Starlight Shawl by Rachy Newin

Starlight Shawl

November 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 8 rows = 4 inches
in dc
4.0 mm (G)
1.4 mm
770 yards (704 m)
56”/142cm wingspan; 25”/63.5cm deep
low vision format available
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See all the available colorways of Leizu Fingering on the Julie Asselin site. Get the yarn online at their Etsy shop!

Add a little sparkle with the Starlight Shawl! Delicate beads in multiple hues twinkle throughout the edging and the pattern includes notes for adding beads in the body of the shawl, too.

Beads are deceptively easy to add to crochet and the shawl uses only basic stitches like sc, dc, and ch, making it doable by any crocheter that wants to sparkle and shine. Get ready to experience a starlit journey!

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Sample used Julie Asselin Leizu Fingering, 310yds/85g in Charlotte, 385yds/105g in Midnight Oil), and ~18g each of Toho size 6/0 metallic beads in Gray and Bronze
Thanks to Julie Asselin for providing the yarn for the pattern sample!

Yarn, Yardage, and Colors
The pattern calls for 350yds/320m/95g of color A and 420yds/384m/115g of color B. Both the body and the edging can be adjusted to size, so you can work with any yardage for either color. The shawl can also be worked in one color (or more than two). The pattern calls for heavy fingering weight, but can be worked in anything from a laceweight to a worsted weight.

The pattern works well for combining almost any two colors - the more the colors contrast, the more noticeable the contrast stripes in the body will be. Color A is used in the body and can be anything from a solid to a variegated. Color B is used as a contrast through the body and in the edging. I recommend a color without too much variegation so the lace is visible.

Bead Amounts and Colors
The sample features two colors of size 6/0 beads, approximately 18g of each color. Bead size and amounts will vary with any adjustments made - 6/0 is perfect for heavy fingering, but thicker yarns may require a 4/0 or 2/0 bead. More/fewer repeats in the will result in a shawl that requires more/fewer beads to work the edging. The pattern also includes notes for adding extra beads throughout the body and you can add/remove beads from select rows in the edging, too. The pattern calls for two different colors of beads in the edging, but you can work the shawl with one color throughout or as many colors as you wish.

Pick bead colors that coordinate with the yarn - not too much of a contrast, just enough of a color difference to stand out.

The edging is also dramatic enough to work without beads.

Modifications and Adjustments
Make the body bigger/smaller; make the edging bigger/smaller; add beads in the body; work without beads entirely

Skills Required
ch, dc, sc, Beading as you go (for the beaded version), Working into the ch-space, Working flat, Changing colors, Skipping stitches

This pattern and any associated images, schematics, and charts are copyright Rachy Newin Designs and may not be distributed in part or in whole without express written permission. Handmade objects created from this pattern are not subject to copyright and you can do as you please with your finished object.

Both a regular and printer friendly version are available! The regular version includes large photos on the first page and the last two pages, so print accordingly. The printer-friendly version has only one photo on the cover page, and less spacing so the pattern takes up fewer pages. For more details on what the printer-friendly version includes, see this page. If you are working from the printer-friendly version and are having trouble with a pattern, I strongly recommend checking the regular version. The text will be easier to read and it might have more detailed instructions.

Screen Reader Compatibility
The main pattern pdf is designed to be screen reader compatible. The text is all in one column and headers are formatted according to the style sheet. The pattern is written out completely and the images have descriptive alt text.