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Blue Star Spring, Yellowstone

Blue Star Spring Shawl

This summer my family took a road trip to Yellowstone to celebrate my oldest’s high school graduation and our persistence through the pandemic. The color of Blue Star Spring especially startled me, and I couldn’t stop thinking about the ball of KnitPicks Stroll Gradient in Sea You Later I had at home. So I thought I’d try to knit a shawl as an homage to this Spring. This is an asymmetrical shawl knit in the round in garter stitch with a wrap & turn to create the bumps and an eyelet lace edging to look like the edges of the Spring.

Yarn: Fingering Stroll Gradient in Sea You Later (A). One ball. Additional white yarn in Fingering. I used Fingering Stroll Gradient in Ice Sculpture (B).

Wind ball of Sea You Later so that the lighter color is at the center. You need to start with the darkest colors first. Wind Ice Sculpture with the darkest color at the center.

Needles: Size 5 needles, DPN and circular


  • PM: Place Marker
  • Sl: Slip stitch knit wise.
  • W&T: Bring yarn to front of work between needles. Slip next stitch to right-hand needle, and bring yarn around stitch to back of work. Slip stitch back to left-hand needle. Turn work to begin working back in other direction. Be sure to pick up this wrap on the next pass over this stitch by inserting the right-hand needle upward through front of wrap(s) then through wrapped stitch, and knit these together.

Cast on 120 stitches in A using at least 4yd of yarn. PM at beginning of round. Make into a circle.

Row 1: Knit one round.
R2: Purl one round. For a garter stitch in circular knitting, every other row must be purl.
R3: Knit, increasing one every eight stitches in whatever way you choose. Just be consistent.
R4: Purl.
R5: Knit.
R6: Purl.
R7: Knit 30 stitches. PM. Knit 50 stitches. PM. W&T.

Knit back and forth between these two markers, leaving one stitch more each row so that you’re creating a “bump” in the design. Knit six rows within these markers.

Then knit back and forth leaving two stitches before the previous wrap-and-turn. Do that for 14 rows.

Knit back to second marker (the one that indicates the start of your “bump”). Knit 25 stitches. PM.

Do the same second bump between these two markers now, adding one stitch to each side until you have 5 unwrapped stitches left.

R8: Knit.
R9: Purl.

R10: Knit 7. PM. Knit 21. PM. W&T back and forth until 5 stitches remain. End on wrong side row. Knit around.

R11: Purl.

R12: Knit and increase one every 8 stitches.

R13: Purl.

R14: Knit to 1st marker. K4 YO. Knit to second marker. W&T. Knit back and forth 8x always making a YO every other row but always above the previous YO.

Be sure to continue all YO every other round all the way to the end of the shawl.

Knit to 5th marker. Knit 12 stitches. YO. Knit to next marker. W&T. Knit back and forth between these markers stopping just before each previous wrapped stitch to W&T and always YO above the previous YO on right side rows. Do this until there are 5 unwrapped stitches left and ending on a wrong side row. Finish the round knitting.

R15: Purl around.

R16: Knit to marker 5. W&T between marker 3 & 5 until you reach marker 4. Finish knitting the round.

R17: Purl around.

R18: Knit to marker 6. W&T between markers 5 & 6 5 times. On Last wrong side row go back to marker 3. Knit and W&T between 3 & 4 until all stitches are wrapped. Knit around.

R19: Purl around.

R20: Knit around.

R21: Purl around.

R22: Knit to 20 stitches past 3rd marker. W&T back and forth between this spot and marker 3 until all are wrapped. Finish round (knit).

R23: Purl around.

R24: Knit around.

R25: Purl around.

R26: Knit and increase every 8 stitches.

R27: Purl around.

R28: Knit to Marker #5 and W&T and knit through to Marker #3. Go back and forth 20x. Be sure to end on wrong side row. Finish row with knit.

R29: Purl around.

R30: Knit around.

R31: Purl around.

R32: Knit to 4th Marker. W&T to 3rd marker. Go back and forth until all stitches are wrapped. Knit to 5th marker. W&T to 4th Marker. Go back and forth until all but ten stitches are wrapped. Finish knitting round.

R33: Purl around.

R34: Knit around.

R35: Purl around.

R36: Knit increasing every 8 stitches.

R37: Purl around.

R38: Knit around.

R39: Purl around.

R40: Knit around.

R41: Purl around.

R42: Knit around.

R43: Purl around.

Continue this pattern of increasing every 8 stitches every 8 rows until you’re nearly done with the ball.

Add the lighter color white (B).

R44: Knit around.

The rest of the shawl is knitted perpendicularly to the center. To see one method of that in action, check out Knitpicks StarFlower dishcloth pattern here.

Turn work and cast on 5 sts.

Edging Row 1: Sl 1, k1, yo twice, k2tog, k1.
Edging Row 2: Sl 1, k2, p1, k1, p2tog (with one stitch from the center).
Edging Row 3: Sl 1, k3, yo twice, k2.
Edging Row 4: Sl 1, k2, p1, k3, p2tog (with one stitch from the center).
Edging Row 5: Sl 1, k1, yo twice, k2tog, k4.
Edging Row 6: Sl 1, k5, p1, k1, p2tog (with one stitch from the center).
Edging Row 7: Sl 1, k8.
Edging Row 8: Bind off 4 sts, k3, p2tog (with one stitch from the center).

Repeat edging rows 1 to 8 until all center stitches are worked in.

Bind off, and sew the last peak to the beginning of the first peak.

Use a mattress stitch to sew up the center gap.

Weave in ends. Block aggressively.