Mar 31, 2015
For this shawl, I wanted to divert from more commonly used floral motifs and instead introduce a celestial yet simple theme. The inspiration behind this piece came from the “3from3” stitch, which has always reminded me of a star. From that subject, I designed three stitch patterns for the center, hem and edge naming them “Constellation”, “Milky Way” and “Little Star” respectively. Hence, the name “Celestina”.
The shawl is made in two steps without breaking yarn. In the first step, you will knit a square center section in the all-over lace motif "Constellation" which is surrounded by a thin garter-stitch frame. Secondly, a lace edge is worked around the square outwardly. The lace edge consists of the two stitch patterns – “Milky Way” and “Little Star”.
Intermediate / advanced.
About 40” (102 cm) square, relaxed after blocking.
Lace weight yarn (CYCA 0)
Shown here: Henry’s Attic Moriah (2520 yards / 2304 meters, 100% superfine merino wool), undyed, approximately 1500 yards / 1360 meters, 133 grams, lace weight yarn (CYCA 0).
US 2 / 2.75 mm circular needle.
Waste yarn for provisional cast-on; markers; blocking accessories; size US D-3 / 3.25 mm crochet hook; darning needle.
30 sts and 32 rows = 4” (10 cm) in pattern from Constellation chart.
Here are some helpful tutorials for techniques used in this design:
Crochet Chain Provisional Cast-On
Instructions: Picking Up Selvedge Stitches