Yarn: Sugar Apple Creations* Cashmerino (undyed), 60% Cashmere/40% Merino Wool
Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm)
Gauge: 25 sts = 4″
Pattern: Sunspots
Stitch Count Repeat: Multiple of 12 sts
Book: Charted Knitting Designs: A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns
Page: 152-153
Difficult Techniques, if any:

  • The increases in this pattern are not your ususal k1fb or m1 – make sure you read the notes section in the written instructions before you begin.
  • Although Barbara Walker charts the design, the symbols do not distinguish between k3tog and [sl1, k2tog, psso] — you’ll have to check the written instructions on those rows.
  • You will end up with less sts in Row 10. It is also possible to do end the repeats on Row 12 if you need to.

Knit by: Anne

Comments: The reverse (WS) also has a very attractive pattern. There is some minor scalloping on the bind-off edge. I found that following the chart is much easier when doing this pattern, provided that you keep a key of all the symbols handy, in addition to marking which rows are k3tog and which ones are [sl1, k2tog, psso]. I loaded full size images onto Flickr, so to get a close-up view, go here for the right side and here for the wrong side.

* The yarn I used is one that my wholesale provider gets directly from a manufacturer in very limited amounts. To my knowledge, it isn’t sold under any major brand names and is not widely distributed. It is a light sport weight yarn.


9 Responses to “Sunspots”

  1. Monika Says:

    I’ve looked at this one before, but thought it too difficult. It IS a very beautiful stitch pattern. Well done!

  2. kathymarie Says:

    I haven’t seen this pattern before (I don’t own Charted Designs yet). Your swatch looks great, and your notes on the pattern are really helpful. Thank you!

  3. vadogwood Says:

    There is a free pattern at using this motif. It is called Moonlight Sonata and is on their free pattern page.

  4. noodleknit Says:

    That’s beautiful!

  5. craftydiversions Says:

    Thanks! I fell in love with this the moment I got the book. As much of a pain as it was getting started (apparently, I can’t do this at a knitting group meeting, or if I’m watching something like Grey’s Anatomy), I still love it. Once I realized that I needed a symbols cheat sheet, and got a little into it, the rest of the swatch flowed much more smoothly. I’m currently working on designing a lace stole incoporating this pattern with a falling leaf pattern.

  6. missbitesalot Says:

    This looks wonderful. This would be an amazing shawl, and of course, every time I see a small cirle motif in a knitted pattern I think: wouldn’t a little embroidery be cute on that? Maybe for a baby’s sweater or something one-sided.

    Oh great, _another_ must-knit. :D

  7. Smuddpie Says:

    Great idea with the embroidery. A nice little rosebud in alternating squares on a sweet baby sweater…too precious. Fortunately, too precious is OK on babies (except for a certain set that was published in the last Vogue that was just TOO!) That would look nice on Anne McCauley’s dollar cable, (,2025,DIY_14141_5312172,00.html)

  8. Suzann Says:

    It is a beautiful stitch pattern and you did it to perfection. Anyone who wants to knit this as a shawl, check out for the free pattern. There is also an Elann Shawl KAL going on.
    The page with the pattern shows both sides of the stitch pattern and gives Barbara Walker credit for the stitch pattern. It really annoys me when people forget that.
    There are several completed Sunspot shaws at the KAL page. They all look beautiful

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