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Midnight: sky of the deepest blue, moon's silver crescent, twinkling stars... This shawl is inspired by the North Star - mankind's constant companion and essential nighttime guide since the dawn of civilization. Fifteen large lace diamonds form the central star motif, which is placed on a background of smaller shapes reminiscent of sparkling stars. Beads are placed throughout the lace to further enhance the impression of a starry sky and to provide extra texture and drape to the finished piece. Polaris is knitted in one piece starting at the outside edge of the lace section followed by short rows (no wraps), which give the shawl its versatile crescent form. The elongated shape offers numerous ways of tying and draping without the need for a shawl pin. This project is not difficult even for the beginner lace knitter because the lace pattern is formed with fairly basic stitches, the reverse rows are purled and the addition of beads is optional. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Basic lace stitches (yarn overs and decreases) GAUGE 20 sts / 32 rows = 4" / 10 cm in stockinette, unblocked; correct gauge is not critical for this project, but your final measurements and yardage requirements may vary if your gauge is different SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 19"/ 48.5 cm deep x 55"/ 139.5 cm wingspan, blocked

Recommended with this pattern

  • Yarn: Any lace weight yarn (substituting fingering or heavier yarn may require 500 yards or more); the original was completed with approximately 435 yards of Knit Picks Shadow (100% Merino wool; 440 yards / 50 grams); color Midnight
  • Needles: US 7 / 4.50 mm circular needle; US 10 / 6.00 mm circular needle (for cast on only)
  • Crochet hook size 14 / 0.75mm (small enough to fit through holes of beads, optional)

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ArtQualia by Susanna IC
ArtQualia by Susanna IC
Artist by calling, art historian by training, completely obsessed with yarn. The colors, the textures, the infinite possibilities within each skein… I love knitting cables. I love knitting lace. Cables combined with lace are my idea of a knitting nirvana. I have been designing knits ever since I first picked up the needles about ten years ago; my first ‘swatch’ was a sweater for my baby boy. Since then, my designs have appeared in numerous publications, such as Interweave Knits, Jane Austen Knits, Twist Collective, and Knitty. All of my designs and projects can be found at I am a little bit of a nomad; originally from Europe, I’ve lived in five US states and two European countries. I’ve studied fashion design and I have an extensive background in studio arts and art history. All these travels and studies, along with my love of nature, continue to inspire my knitting.