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Knitwear designer (you can find my work in Knitty -- the Citron Shawlette -- Knitscene magazine, Twist Collective, and "Brave New Knits") and mama. You can read my knitting "epic" at ...

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Starshower

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • simple increases and decreases
  • knit in the round
  • yarnover

Pattern Description:

Starshower is another of the shawl-cowl hybrids that I can't get enough of lately. It is shaped as a shawl, but mostly worked in the round - so it can be worn as a shawl, but without the ends dangling down. The simple Open Star stitch pattern perfectly complements Anzula's sparkly fingering weight yarn, Nebula, though the pattern would work just as well with a favorite semi-solid or variegated sock yarn. Sparkle is encouraged, but not required.


18 sts & 27 rows = 4"/ 10 cm in Open Star Stitch
19 sts & 32 rows = 4"/ 10 cm in Garter Stitch
Meeting these exact gauges is not crucial, but any major differences will affect the size of the finished cowl.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 22"/ 56 cm circumference at top opening; 39"/ 99 cm circumference at bottom opening; 17.5"/ 44.5 cm height at center


  • Anzula Nebula 84% Merino, 16% Nylon (Polyamide); 400 yds/ 366 m per 115g; 1 skein in Sexy; Or 400 yds/ 366m of a fingering weight yarn
  • US 6 (4 mm) circular needle, 16-24"/ 40-60 cm long, or size needed to obtain gauge

You Will Also Need:

  • 1 stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle

Suggested yarn:

400 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Anzula Nebula



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