Celestial Stars by Donna Druchunas

Celestial Stars

September 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
400 yards (366 m)
22" (55cm) circumference
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Note: the instructions in the Symbols in Stithches ebook are recipes. The example shown is only one variation of what you can make.

The Symbols: Stars, mostly with eight points, are popular wherever knitting is found. This motif has been used in Lithuanian weaving since at least the sixteenth century. Whereas in most parts of Lithuania an eight-pointed sun. The eight-pointed shape is also related Lithuanian floral designs, and was known as a blossom (žiedas) in Denmark. The eight-pointed star became very popular in Lithuanian knitting in the twentieth century, along with simple geometric designs, perhaps reflecting that women had less time to spend knitting complicated motifs that were difficult or impossible to memorize. (Knitted items made out of thicker yarns also appeared in the twentieth century.) Stars are regular, and easy to do without a lot of concentration.

The Stitches: To adjust size, CO the desired number of sts based on your gauge and desired circumference.

This pattern is written for 144 sts in the colorwork section. If you are working an all-over pattern around the entire hat,
you can inc a few more or a few less sts after the brim ribbing. In many books from Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, the author advises that it is more important to get a proper t than to have a full repeat of the pattern at the end of the round. It is perfectly acceptable to have a visible “seam” at the center back or side.