The Counting Stars Shawl

Years ago, when I quit my daytime job to take my side hustle full time as a freelance writer and business coach, I listened to the song “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic on repeat. “Lately, I've been, I've been losing sleep; dreaming about the things that we could be”... I love that song, it’s been my theme song for many life-changing events since then.


My love for knitting goes back even further, to my childhood in Germany, where I learned to knit when I was seven years old. Knitting has {mostly} been a constant companion all my life, and I decided to start a new chapter by creating my first knitwear design. I love textures, a little bit of lace, non-superwash yarn, shawls, embroidering, and stars - throw that all together, and the Counting Stars Shawl was born.


How could it be called anything else? The Counting Star Collection also includes a wrap, hat, and scarf - you can find them all in my Ravelry store

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The Counting Stars Shawl is an asymmetrical triangular shawl, knit flat from tip to edge, slowly increasing in sections 1 and 2 and fanning out in section 3. Twisted ribs run across the shawl, stars are embroidered at the end of each twisted rib.



One size, varies depending on yarn used; 78” / 198 cm wingspan and 32” / 81.5 cm depth.


Yarn and Yardage

For shawl: Tanis Fiber Arts Highland DK [100 g (3.5 oz) / 246 yds (225 m); 100% Peruvian Highland Wool - merino/corriedale blend, untreated; DK weight] in Retro; 4 skeins, 350 g, 860 yds (786 m) used for sample.

For embroidered stars: Tanis Fiber Arts Organic Merino Capsule Collection Minis [20 g (0.75 oz) / 95 yds (87 m); 100% organic merino, untreated; fingering weight] in Cloudless, Flamingo, Mossy, and Goldenrod; 5 g, 20 yds (18 m) of each used for the sample.


Needles and Notions

US6 / 4 mm circular needles, 32” / 80cm length recommended; cable needle; tapestry needle for embroidering and weaving in ends.



22 sts and 28 rows after blocking = 4” / 10cm. Gauge is not crucial for this project but will affect size and yardage requirements.


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