Starry Night Shawlette by Bronagh Miskelly

Starry Night Shawlette

October 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch after blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
427 yards (390 m)
Wingspan: 165cm Depth 40cm
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At a yarn fair I fell in love with a deep blue 4ply wool/silk yarn which was crying out to be a shawlette. When I got home I realised the colourway was called “Night Sky” which took me back to my childhood living on a cliff over the Atlantic with little light pollution. We had deep dark skies with scatterings of stars.

It also brought to mind the Van Gogh painting Starry Night– I had a poster of on my wall as a teenager. In the painting, stars are
represented by spirals and swirls - and, of course, interlinked
spiral designs feature strongly in Irish design history.

Before long I was sketching and charting out spirals and decided on a crescent shawlette featuring a long border of the swirl pattern and then a stocking stitch section with random eyelets to represent stars/constellations.

You could have a plain stocking stitch section or add eyelets (k2tog, yo) where you like to create your own “star map”.

The design will work best in dark or bold colours and is ideal for using a lovely skein of luxury sock yarn to create your individual shawlette that can be drapped or wrapped round your neck

Pattern collection offer

This pattern in one of five in the Sea, Shore, Sky collection of patterns inspired by memories my family’s home on cliff in Donegal, Ireland and my love of seashores the world over.
The other four patterns are Salmon Net shawl, Low Tide scarf, Coolmore Creek wrap, Waves on Slate shawlette
You can buy the whole collection for £12.50 + VAT (for your region, for example the collection will be £15 in the UK)

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