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Milky Way

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    • Knitting pattern for simple starry shawl
    • Swatching instructions and color options worksheet included
    • Suitable for advanced beginners

    Pattern measurements: only inches
    Pattern paper format: only US letter


    On summer nights on our old farm, we would lay out in the field on a frayed quilt while constellations bent over us—some bright, others dim, and all seeming both light-years away and in the palms of our hands. Milky Way evokes the comfort and warmth of those nights under the dark sky. A sideways-knit, garter stitch triangle featuring slip-stitch stars, Milky Way uses three shades of yarn and a shifting interplay of color. Requiring just simple increases, decreases, and slipped stitches, it’s an easy knit that will let you focus on your own stargazing.

    Skills required: increasing, slipping stitches, decreasing

    Finished measurements: approximately 162.5 cm wide and 56 cm deep

    Gauge: 24 stitches to 10 cm of blocked pattern stitch (see swatching instructions). Gauge is not critical but will affect the finished size and meterage required

    Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.

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    Materials you need at home:

    • Approximately 740 m of fingering-weight yarn in three colors (C1/C2/C3): 245/175/320 m. Sample was knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (100% superwash single-ply wool). In the sample shown, C1 is light, C2 is dark, and C3 is medium
    • 3.75 mm/US 5 needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
    • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends