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In this post, you will see a Coraline star scarf knitting pattern.
Inspired by the star sweater Coraline Jones wears in LAIKA’s stop-motion animated film Coraline, based on the book written by Neil Gaiman.
This is a free pattern created using the intarsia technique and two colors.
Please scroll down to the end of the page to view the free pattern and grab your free printable PDF.
The Coraline Sweater
In the movie, you see a lot of the characters wearing knitwear including Coraline’s mom and friends.
One of the stand-out pieces is the knitted star sweater that Coraline wears in her favorite color – blue!
The original knitter of the miniature sweaters is Althea Crome, who knit them in miniature on tiny needles and with thread.
You can learn more about how these costumes came to life on LAIKA’s YouTube channel.
How the stars were created
The stars on the original knit sweater look like they were appliqued on, as they are so tiny.
The stars in this scarf pattern were knit into the fabric, following a chart and using the intarsia technique.
This is a more practical way of creating the stars on a larger scale, as you will want to be able to wash your scarf and wear it again and again, without worrying that the stars may fall apart.
The Intarsia Technique
This scarf with stars is created in a simple stitch pattern – stockinette stitch with a garter stitch edge/border.
The technique used to knit the stars is called intarsia.
This is a colorwork method that uses bobbins for a color change, normally this is a technique for intermediate-level knitters, not first time knitters.
You change your color when you need it for the stars without carrying the yarn across the back of the work (the wrong side) like you would if you were using stranded knitting.
If you decide to use stranded colorwork instead, this could make the stars pucker and look ‘tight’ in the knitted fabric.
What yarn should you use?
For this scarf pattern, I used The Petite Wool in two colors, spotted blue for the main color and natural (white) for the color of the stars.
This is a bulky/chunky/12-Ply yarn and 100% Peruvian wool, so using other fibers may not have the same drape.
However, there are many yarn choices out there for you to browse.
Coraline Stars Scarf Knitting Pattern
Skill Level – Intermediate
The Coraline stars scarf is a chunky accessory inspired by the star sweater Coraline wears in the movie.
This will definitely keep you warm in the early days of winter and show your love for Coraline’s sweater.
You can substitute the yarn for merino wool or any fibers of your choosing in the same yarn weight used.
- Please do not copy, sell, redistribute, or republish this pattern.
- If you wish to share this pattern, only link to the pattern page.
- This is for personal use only, you cannot sell any items made from this pattern.
- Do NOT use copyrighted photos.
- Length – 70 inches/177 cm.
- Width – 18 inches/46 cm.
Gauge – 14 sts and 16 rows = 4 in/10 cm in stockinette stitch.
The Supplies You Need…
- Bulky Yarn 05/Chunky/12-Ply
- MC – 3 balls of The Petite Wool in Spotted Blue from We Are Knitters.
- CC – 2 balls of The Petite Wool in Natural from We Are Knitters.
- One ball is 100g/153 yards/140m.
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Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List
- Beg – Begin(ning)
- Cont – Continue(ing)
- CC – Coordinating color
- K – Knit
- MC – Main Color
- P – Purl
- PM – Place marker
- Rem – Remaining
- Rep – Repeat
- RS – Right side
- SM – Slip marker
- St(s) – Stitch(es)
- WS – Wrong side
- If you follow the instructions below, the direction of stars will all be in one direction – starting at the bottom of the scarf and traveling upwards as you knit.
- If you want the stars to be traveling the same way (up) when worn around your neck, you will have to knit the chart twice, then turn it and knit from the other direction (upside down). So when the scarf is worn, the stars will be facing upward on both sides of the scarf.
- Alternatively, you can make a cowl – by knitting the chart once and completing the border edge.
- You will then seam the cowl by using the mattress stitch.
In the MC – Cast on 46 sts
Knit 4 rows.
- Row 5 (RS): K3, PM, K to the last 3 sts, PM, K3.
- Row 6 (WS): P3, SM, P to the last 3 sts, SM, P3.
- Cont to work in stockinette stitch while working from the chart on page 5.
- When working on the chart, you will knit 3 sts at each end of the piece, slipping the markers as you work.
- You will alternate between the MC – Spotted blue and the CC – Natural.
- You will read the chart from the bottom up.
- RS rows (K rows) are read right to left.
- WS rows (P rows) are read left to right.
- Repeat the 94 rows – 3 times.
- After you have worked the chart once, after row 94, start again with row 7.
- On the third and last time you work the chart, work rows 90-93, then complete the border edge.
In the MC – Knit 4 rows.
Weave in loose ends.
Block if necessary.
More Coraline Knitting Patterns
You can see more Coraline-inspired designs here…
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