Starry, Starry Night

This is a new favorite sky stitch I uncovered in a book last Fall.  It had the clever name of Sky #14.  I made a couple adjustments and renamed it Starry Night Sky.

Clearly, it is for a large space.  This is funny considering how technically small the canvas is on which I first used this stitch.  And, yes, the canvas was mostly sky.  You can get a glimpse of it on Instagram.

I added space in between the large stars to soften the geometric look of the original pattern.  I also added the cross stitches in a different color to mimic stars.

Unlike other stitch diagrams, I did not add compensation stitches because I didn't want to distract you from the large pattern of the stitch.  It's important to note the stitches comprising the star do not cross over each other.  They share the same center hole.  The stitch sequence helps clarify this point.  

Starting from the outer edge, take every stitch from out to the center hole (indicated by the gray square).  So, every even numbered step in the above diagram is the center hole.  Because all stitches end in the center hole, it's important to use a lighter weight thread so you do not stretch the hole too much.  The stitched sample on Instagram uses Elegance on 18-mesh canvas. 

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