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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30 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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  29. Peggy says:

    I love the way this turned out. I’m planning to knit Celestarium myself soon, so I’ve been studying what other people have done with the pattern. Yours is the only one I’ve seen so far with that wonderful, happy, accidental spiral. Now I’m starting to consider using the same yarn you chose instead of the madelinetosh I had planned. Your shawl is just fabulous.

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