Stellar Stripes Knit Shawl

This free knit shawl pattern is one that I designed for the Winter 2014 issue of Love of Knitting. For that issue, the editor asked me to design a striped shawl that was on trend and could also be made in crochet. Mission Accepted!

This pattern has gotten a lot of attention from both Ravelry members andFacebook Friends. Many of you have asked me when it would be available for purchase. Well, good news is that it is available now and it is FREE!

Let me tell you about the yarn I used for both shawls. I got to use one of my favorite yarns byBijou Basin Ranch named Sport. It is 100% yak! The colors are rich and look lovely coupled together. No matter if you use the same two colors I used or mix and match from the other available colors. You can’t go wrong; and you only need one hank of each color!

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This shawl is super fun, super simple and super addictive! It begins at the center top and increases are worked in a manner that will give you a half circle shawl with the edges longer than the body.

The finished sample used nearly two full skeins of yarn but should you have more than just 2 skeins you can easily make this shawl even larger.

Stellar Stripes Knit Shawl

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Skill Level: Easy

One size

Finished Measurements:
Width: 23 1/2″ at widest point Length: 44″ at longest point

Yarn Weight: CYCA #2 sport


Yarn: Bijou Basin Ranch, “Sport” (100% yak, (328 yds/100g) in each Blue (A) and Gold
(B)— 1 skein each color

Needles: U.S. size 7(4.5mm) 40″ (100cm) circular needles or size required for gauge

Notions: Removable, stitch markers, darning needle


15 sts = 4″ (10cm) in Garter st (knit every row)


The color pattern for this shawl is made by changing yarn color every 2 rows. It is not
necessary to cut the yarn each time you change. Simply leave the old color
hanging at the edge, and carry it up when it’s time to use it again.

The shawl is worked back and forth in rows. The circular needle is used in order to hold the
full length of the sts.


Beginning Tab
Using A, cast on 2 sts, and knit 2 rows.

Turn work 90 degrees, pick up 1 st from edge, turn
work 90 degrees, pick up 2 sts from cast on edge–5 sts.


Row 1 (RS): Knit.

Row 2: Sl 1 pwise, pm, kfb 3 times, pm, k1–8

Change to B.

Row 3: Sl 1 pwise, knit to end.

Row 4: Sl 1 pwise, slm, kfb 6 times, slm, k1–14

Change to A.

Row 5: Sl 1 pwise, knit to end.

Row 6: Sl 1 pwise, slm, kfb 11 times, k1, slm, k1–25

Remove markers.

Change to B.

Row 7: Sl 1 pwise, knit to end.

Row 8: Sl 1 pwise, pm * yo, k3, yo, k1, pm; rep from
* 4 more times, yo, k3, yo, pm, k1–37 sts.

Change to A.

Row 9: Sl 1 pwise, knit to end.

Row 10: Sl 1 pwise, slm, * yo, knit to 1 st before
marker, yo, k1, slm; rep from * 4 more times, yo, knit to last marker, yo, slm,
k1–49 sts.

Rep the last 2 rows 4 more times, being sure to
change colors every 2 rows–97 sts, 15 sts in first section, 16 sts in each
other section, 2 edge sts.

Next 4 rows:

Change to B.

Row 1 (RS): Sl 1 pwise, knit to end.

Row 2: Sl 1 pwise, slm, yo, purl to last st, yo, k1–99 sts, 16 sts in first 5 sections, 17 sts in last
section, 2 edge sts.

Change to A.

Row 3: Sl 1 pwise, knit to end.

Row 4: Sl 1 pwise, slm, * yo, knit to 1 st before
marker, yo, k1, slm; rep from * 4 more times, yo, knit to last marker, yo, slm,
k1–111 sts, 18 sts in first section, 18 sts in each of 4 center sections, 19
sts in last section, 2 edge sts.

Rep the last 4 rows 21 more times–405 sts, 82 sts in
first section, 60 sts in each of 4 center sections, 81 sts in last section, 2
edge sts.

Using A, knit 6 rows.

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Lace Bind Off

K2, * sl 2 to lhn, ssk, k1; rep from * until 1 st rem. Fasten off.


Weave in all ends. Wash and block piece to measurements.

Michigan Shawl Schematic

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  1. atcv49 says:

    Wow! Love this pattern a lot, the stellar shape looks great and I love stripes. Thanks for sharing, Marly
    (Now, I’ll tell you a secret 😉 -I knit and crochet but never been sure which one I’m faster at … I’ll check it with this pattern:
    one as a Christmas gift for a friend, the other one for myself!!!. When I finish ‘the project’, Ill let you know)

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