Supernova Shawl by Ambah O'Brien

Supernova Shawl

May 2023
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 37 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette, blocked
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1350 - 1360 yards (1234 - 1244 m)
One size
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Knit yourself a wearable exploding star! Originally designed as a five-part mystery knit along (MKAL), the Supernova Shawl will take you on a cosmic knitting adventure with plenty of techniques to try along the way.
Designed to utilise twelve mini skeins paired with a full skein, this is a delicious way to use a gorgeous set or to dive into your stash and make the most of all those lovely leftovers you’ve been collecting.

The pattern includes both written and charted instructions for the charted sections.
Supernova begins in the centre, with the birth of your star and is worked in the round initially. Stitches are then held while each “wing” is worked flat, separately. Finally stitches are picked up along the outside edge to complete the project with the edging.

“The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.” Carl Sagan

Fingering weight
MC: 400 yd/366 m
C1 - 12: 12 x 80 yd/74 m mini skeins. Colours will be referred to as C1 through C12.

Sample shown in:
Love and Speckles, Singles, (fingering weight, 100% superwash Merino, 400 yd/366 m per 100 g), MC: Abyss, C1 - 12: Heavenly 12 colour kit

Inspired by Supernovas or exploding stars, my project is knit with a space theme in mind; MC is a dark moody shade to represent the darkest space and C1 - C12 represent the bright colours of the Supernova itself.
There are so many possibilities for colour play with this mysterious project. Keep it spacey or venture into other colour realms. This shawl is designed to be knit in a wide range of colour palettes.
Here are some tips:
C1 - C12: Anything goes here! A fade set will work beautifully, as will a non-gradient set, especially with colour pops to add interest to this explosive delight. Solids, speckles, neutrals, brights - all will work.
MC: This will need to be a strong contrast with C1 - C12. Keep it dark and mysterious or go light and bright!

Top Edge: 105”/262.5 cm
Width: 28”/70 cm
Measurements taken after blocking.

US 5/3.75mm circular needles, 24”/60 cm and 60”/150 cm in length (for edging and bind off)
Or size required to obtain gauge
Optional DPNs for small circumference knitting if preferred, in addition to the above

1 A marker, 4 B markers and 20 C markers, tapestry needle,
stitch holder or waste yarn to hold sts

24 sts and 37 rounds = 4”/10 cm in Stockinette blocked
28 sts and 40 rows = 4”/10 cm in Garter stitch blocked
Gauge is not crucial for this project, but variations will affect yardage and final measurements.

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