FO Friday: Celestarium

I am so thrilled with the way Celestarium turned out. I wish I could say the same thing about the photos. In the short time we had no rain H and I ran out to the patio and took these and to be honest, they’re lousy. They do give you an idea of the size though and that is part of what I was going for.

The pattern is Celestarium by Audry Nicklin. The yarn is Misti Alpaca Hand Paint lace in LP 43 that I bought at Webs. I used just under one skein.

The pattern is so well written. I would love to knit it again but what I might do instead is knit Southern Skies, the companion piece. It is a view of the night sky from the south pole.

Best photo

I did change a few things from the way the pattern was written. First I used lace weight yarn. I wanted something ethereal and that is what I got. I altered the edging too. I wanted some weight to keep it from flying away so I did a couple of rows of beads. Also instead of the edge as written, I did 5 rows of garter stitch. I then blocked it out to points instead of round. I had no way to stretch it and get it round but in the end I really like the points. They look like the rays on a star. The visible swirl is a happy accident. The yarn did that all by itself.

I will remember not to wear brightly colored fabrics when I wear the shawl. It really should be the center of attention.

If you’d like to read more FO Friday posts be sure to visit Tami’s Amis blog.


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29 Responses to FO Friday: Celestarium


    That is absolutely beautiful, well done.


  2. That is spectacular and the swirling is a very happy accident because it looks like a galaxy, not just the stars. Gorgeous.


  3. Marilyn says:

    Perfect! And way bigger than I expected… Excellent job! πŸ™‚


  4. Yarnchanger says:

    That is amazing. I love your changes. The beaded edging is perfect.


  5. Beautiful – and the ‘lucky’ swirl is fabulous!


  6. Winnie says:

    That is beautiful. I love the added beading. πŸ™‚


  7. Pumpkin says:

    Oh there is just so much I love about this, especially the swirl! I cannot believe you only used less than a skein, but I think that yarn comes in a pretty sizable yardage. The points definitely add to it too. I can definitely see the beauty of this project through the photos.


  8. Emily says:

    Wow .. just wow! Stunning!


  9. Beautifully executed and so lovely on. You’re going to get stopped, questioned and complimented every time you wear this.


  10. Pat(ricia) says:

    Congrats! It is exceptionally beautiful! The “happy accidents” & the decided changes are wonderful. This shawl is truly lovely. I’m sure you’ll love wearing it … it is certainly a piece worth showing off. πŸ™‚


  11. chrisknits says:

    Truly stunning!! I just love the swirl.


  12. YarnyDragonfly says:

    Yes! Do Southern Skies! You can be very proud of this project – it all works together and is absolutely stunning!


  13. Renee Anne says:

    Totally gorgeous! I love how this one looks….not that I’m going to knit my own but I love the ones I’ve seen πŸ™‚


  14. Jordyn says:

    Gorgeous shawl!


  15. ellen says:

    I’m so glad you took photos of it on! It really gives a sense of the size and scale of this admirable project. An absolute stunning piece of handmade craft.


  16. Cyprienne says:



  17. I don’t think there is an adjective that would describe the awesomeness of this so…*CLAPPING!!!!*


  18. Kepanie says:

    Your modifications are spectacular! This is fine art at its best.


  19. kathleen says:

    Extraordinary, and one might say “out of this world.”

    Love it!


  20. iknead2knit says:

    Words fail me…. Thanks for sharing.


  21. Susan says:

    Truly gorgeous! I like the mod that you made to the pattern and I love the swirling. . . it does feel a bit like being at the planetarium.


  22. Dina says:

    Oh my word, that is gorgeous!


  23. All that hard work paid off! It truly is a gorgeous shawl and the hand paint swirls really take it up a notch. The beads look great too. Your blocking is so perfect!


  24. Your starry summer nights pi shawl is lovely ❀


  25. Lisa says:

    WOW! Perfect yarn for that pattern, and your mods are even better! You did so great, you better be proud πŸ™‚


  26. monsteryarns says:

    This is fantastic and a really wonderful idea – to be wearing the sky! How romantic. Please do the other one too so I can drool again : )


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