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Stitchology 5 : Starry Skies Stitch

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Snowy/Starry Skies Square-angleThe weather outside is frightful, but we here at KB Chat can enjoy it all from the comfort of our armchairs and our looms!  This month’s stitch represents a flurry of snowflakes, falling from the skies…or whip it up in a pretty blue to escape the cold days of winter with a glimpse of the endless stars of the Milky Way.  This stitch is a super easy one technically, as it consists of only knits and purls—it just takes a bit of attention to keep track of each row’s stitch pattern. ;)

In this monthly column we’re going to be working on some exciting new stitch patterns, as well as a few new techniques thrown in for good measure.  My intention for our yarn play is to provide all the know-how for you to be able to work the new stitch; any charts, photos, or videos you may need; as well as a pattern to create an 8” x 8” square.  As we go along in our looming journey, we should be able to create lovely pieced afghans with our squares, as I like to know that we’re going somewhere while swatching, don’t you?  You can think of it as our Stitch Sample Afghan—a stitch dictionary right at your fingertips, keeping your legs warm, lol. ;)

Snowy/Starry Skies Square

Snowy/Starry Skies-close up

Items Needed

Loom: Authentic Knitting Board Adjustable Hat Loom: 2 rounded pieces + 3 peg connectors, with pegs in all holes for a 3/8” gauge.  The Sock Loom 2 or the All-n-One Loom could also be used.

Yarn: approx. 75 yards Worsted Weight (Sample uses Berroco Vintage in Mochi)

Notions: Loom tool, yarn needle, scissors.  (Also helpful: peg markers, row counter)

Pattern Notes:

This versatile stitch pattern would apply itself very nicely to pretty much any type of project.  To work this pattern in the round for a hat, use the Repeating Pattern Rows chart, and make sure to read it from right to left for each row, rather than alternating sides each time.  Also, cast onto your loom in a clockwise direction, using a number of pegs that is divisible by 16—the number of stitches required for each pattern repeat.

For flat pieces of a greater size, begin with the Set Up Rows (increasing as necessary), then simply increase the number of Repeating Pattern Rows inside the garter stitch border for the length and width required, then complete with the Finishing Rows.

When the pattern uses the term “knit” or “k”, please use the true knit stitch or the u-stitch, not the e-wrap.

The abbreviation “rep” stands for “repeat”.


Knitting Chart Key with grey copy


Repeating Pattern Rows

Snowy-Starry Skies Stitch

Here is the entire pattern chart for the 8” x 8” square:

Snowy-Starry Skies Square

Everything you need to know about knitting your square is included in the above chart.  Believe it or not, you can actually create your square without looking at another thing!  For help with reading charts, please see the Stitchology I post for a detailed explanation, and you’ll be ready to go!

But, don’t worry…I am also providing you with the step by step instructions below. ;)


Step by Step Instructions:

Cast onto your loom from left to right, using a total of 37 pegs. (Sample uses Chain Cast On)

Snowy/Starry Skies SquareSet Up Rows

Row 1:  p37

Row 2:  k37

Row 3:  p37

Main Pattern Rows

Row 4:  k6, p1, *k7, p1, rep from * twice, k6.

Row 5:  p2, k1, *p1, k5, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1, k3, rep from * once, p2.

Row 6:  k4, *p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k3, rep from * 3 times, k1.

Rows 7:  p2 *k3, p1, k1, p1, k3, p1, k5, p1, rep from * once, k1, p2.

Row 8:  k6, p1, *k7, p1, rep from * twice, k6.

Row 9:  p2, k3, p1, k1, p1, k13, p1, k1, p1, k11, p2.

Row 10:  k12, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k11, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k4.

Row 11:  p2, k1, *p1, k5, p1, k4, p1, k4, rep from * once, p2.

Row 12:  k3, *p1, k5, p1, k4, p1, k4, rep from * once, k2.

Row 13:  p2, k10, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k11, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, p2.

Row 14:  k5, *p1, k1, p1, k13, rep from * once.

Row 15:  p2, k4, *p1, k7, rep from * twice, p1, k4 p2.

Snowy/Starry Skies- top angleRow 16:  k2, *k3, p1, k1, p1, k3, p1, k5, p1, rep from * once, k3

Row 17:  p2, k2, *p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k3, rep from * twice, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, p2.

Row 18:  k3, *p1, k5, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1, k3, rep from * once, k2.

Row 19:  p2, k4, *p1, k7, rep from * twice, p1, k4, p2.

Row 20:  *k13, p1, k1, p1, rep from * once, k5.

Row 21:  p2, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k11, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k10, p2.

Row 22:  k2, *k4, p1, k4, p1, k5, p1, rep from * once, k3.

Row 23:  p2, *k4, p1 k4 p1 k5 p1 rep from * once, k1 p2.

Row 24:  k4 p1 k1 p1, k1, p1, k11, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k12.

Row 25:  p2, k11, p1, k1, p1, k13, p1, k1, p1, k3, p2.

Rows 26-47:  Repeat Main Pattern Rows 4-25.

Rows 48-58:  Repeat Main Pattern Rows 4-14.

Finishing Rows

Row 59:  p37

Row 60:  k37

Row 61:  p37

Bind off all stitches loosely. (Sample uses the Basic Bind Off)  Weave in ends and trim close to work.

Block to an 8” x 8” measurement.

Afghan Notes:

blocks on red smIf you are intending this square to be part of an afghan, you may wish to make up to 3 or 4 additional squares.  We will be sharing at least 12 of these patterns for you to use in your blanket.  Use the following general measurements to decide how many of each of the 8″ x 8″ squares you will need, rounding up as necessary:

  • Baby Blanket: 30″ x 36″
  • Children: 42″ x 48″
  • Lapghan: 36″ x 48″
  • Twin Bed Afghan: 60″ x 85″
  • Queen Bed Afghan: 90″ x 95″


  1. Mary Hartel

    I love this. Could this pattern be knitted as a hat?

    1. Oh, I’m so glad you like it, Mary! :)

      You can definitely use this for a hat! If you look up in the pattern notes section, you will find tips for working the stitch in the round.

  2. Mary Hartel

    I am working this in the round and following the repeating pattern rows. My question is this:
    Do I repeat rows 1=11?


    1. Yes, the repeating rows are 1-11 (of the stitch pattern, not the first garter rows) for working in the round. You would need to follow all 22 rows of the stitch pattern if you were working the stitch as a flat panel. ;)

      Great question! :D

  3. Mary Hartel

    Thank you! I had a ‘feeling” that is what I do. On row 4 now. Looooong way to go !

    1. Ahhh, you’ll have it done in no time! ;)

  4. Lisa Nelson

    LOVE this pattern!! Thank you so much for sharing it! Started my first square this afternoon, should have it done tomorrow. You are awesome!

  5. I think I am doing this wrong. For knitting this in the round, would the first row be k4, p, k7, p, k3, and the second row p, k5, p, k3, p, k, p, k3? If this is correct, then I need to get froggin’! Yikes!

    1. Hi Mary :)

      Your row 1 is correct, but I’m not sure where you are getting your instructions for row 2.

      I have: (Row 2) k3, p1, k1, p1, k3, p1, k5, p1

      This is of the stitch chart itself, working from right to left, because in the round you will be working all your stitches in the same direction as the first row.

      Does this help?

  6. Mary Hartel

    Yes! I am doing it the right way. Phew!

  7. Jenny Stark

    You have put so much work into these beautiful squares. Each one is truly marvelous! Thank you for sharing your talent with us, Bethany!

  8. Cheryl Bammel Post

    Can I assume that I can work this on the 28″ Board since it is just a flat piece?

    1. Yes, you assume correctly. :)

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