Starflake by Stephen West


September 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1400 yards (1280 m)
One Size
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Starflake was originally published as the tenth annual Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL. Two colors of fingering weight yarn create a collage of graphic shapes for this top-down shawl. Garter stitch parallelograms with I-cord edges establish the star shape followed by stripes, brioche, short rows, and eyelets. There is also a garter stitch option to knit instead of brioche stitch if you prefer a simpler section. YouTube technique videos accompany each section of the shawl to help as you knit. A striped I-cord bind off frames the border for this striking shawl.

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Size: One Size

Finished Measurements: 78” / 198cm
wingspan length, 27” / 69cm along the
center of the shawl. Measurments taken
after blocking.

Yarn: Fingering weight

Yardage: MC – 2 skeins of wool (700yds / 640m total)
CC – 2 skeins of wool (700yds / 640m total)

Shown in: La Bien Aimée Super Sock
(75% Merino Wool, 25% Nylon; 465yds /
425m per 100g skein)
MC – Le Petit Nuage (gray)
CC – Bleu Royal (blue)

Other Recommended Yarns: Garn Surr Søkke Merino
The Urban Purl Lux Hi Twist
Twisted Fintch BFL Sock
Undercover Otter Squirm Sock

Needles: US 5 / 3.75mm circular in 40” /
100cm length or size needed to obtain

Needles: US 5 / 3.75mm circular in 40” / 100cm length or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions: 16 stitch markers, tapestry

Gauge: 22 sts & 48 rows = 4” / 10cm in garter stitch (un-blocked). Try to get close to the recommended stitch gauge to ensure you don’t run out of yarn.

Garter Stitch Swatch
If you would like to see how your colors interact, I recommend striping the colors together like this…

Knit 2 rows with MC.
Knit 2 rows with CC.

Repeat two-row stripes until you get a good sense of your gauge and color interaction.

I recommend choosing two colors that have a high contrast to see the crisp lines and details of the shawl. The shawl will be equally beautiful with a lower contrast if you prefer a softer, more subtle effect. Use solid, semi-solid, or lightly speckled yarns. I would avoid heavily speckled or variegated yarns for this design as they may obscure the design details.