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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

A Garland of Stars

What to bring to a pre-Christmas party when you know your hosts like to decorate for the holiday? This year, I'm making Garlands of Stars in bright, cheery colors! The stars are quick to crochet.
Easy Crocheted Star
Materials:
Size "G" crochet hook, worsted weight acrylic yarn. The stiffer and crunchier the yarn, the better your star will look....think Red Heart Super Saver!

Round 1: Chain 6, join with slip stitch to first chain to form a ring.

Round 2: Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), 2 double crochet stitches into ring, chain 5. *3 double crochet stitches into ring, chain five.* Repeat from *to* three times more, Slip stitch into third chain of beginning 3 chains. You should have five chain spaces.
Round 3: Chain 1, *single crochet in same stitch. Skip next stitch, single crochet in next stitch. 3 single crochet stitches in chain 5 space; chain up 2, single crochet back into third single crochet just made (this will produce a picot point for the star); single crochet 2 more stitches into chain 5 space.* Repeat from *to* three more times. Join to first single crochet with slip stitch. Fasten. Weave in end.
I pressed these little stars with a steam iron so they'll really stand out on a pine tree! Then, I crocheted a chain with red yarn, attaching the tips of each star as I chained. There are 12 chains between each star tip. I left about 12 inches of chained red yarn at each end for tying to a doorway or onto the tree.

33 comments:

  1. Anonymous2:24 PM PST

    Ellen, thanks for posting the pattern for your stars...I might even be able to make those! Now if only I can find a hook!

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  2. Recently I read that dipping in Sprite or other colorless soda stiffens nicely.

    Joan

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  3. Such a fun idea for the holidays!

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  4. wow those are really cute. I imagine doing them in a sparkly white yarn would be pretty too.
    I tried the knitted bells last year in worsted acrylic- they ended up looking like tube socks- especially with that white striped band I knitted at the bottom bell edge!

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  5. Okay, you've done it. When I finish my last holiday spider, I will attempt to CROCHET a star. Those are just too wicked cute to pass up.

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  6. Oh I love the stars. A garland of stars sounds so pretty.

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  7. Cheery, the stars turned out so nice too. I like the fact that you can use them for different things - nice option for your host.

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  8. So cute! I love the idea of a tree decorated with crochet stars!

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  9. Adorable stars, thanks so much for the pattern, but I am going to have to find another yarn-I don't like to be a yarn snob, but I guess I am.

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  10. Awh man! these are cuuute! perfect for leftover yarn! thanks!

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  11. HOW DID I MISS THESE? Glad I saw them on Ravelry today. Wonderful, these are perfectto bring to a party this time of year. Although I'd be tempted to wear them.

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  12. I love these stars! I made mine with Christmas yarns...red with silver, green with silver, white with silver, and red, green, and white variegated. I made 4 of each and then used all 4 yarns to make my garland. I tied my stars on individually. They turned out great. I'm giving to my daughter for her tree. With 4 little ones, she needs non-breakable decorations like this one. Thanks a bunch for sharing this pattern!

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  13. These little stars are the cutest. Thanks for sharing your pattern. :)

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  14. These are lovely, but as a beginner crochet-er I'm having a little trouble following Round 3 ... I think it needs to be repeated 4 times (not just 3) and the leading * to show what to repeat seems to be missing. :)

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  15. What a wonderful pattern, thank you so much. I can see lots of these in my future.

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  16. Thanks so much for this pattern!! Those little stars are adorable! Love your garland!

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  17. These are really cute, but I'm having trouble with this: "chain up 2, single crochet back into third single crochet just made". Could you explain this bit to me?

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  18. Hey MonsterSayRawr! Sorry you're having trouble with this pattern.

    "Chain up 2, single crochet back into third single crochet just made (this will produce a picot point for the star)"
    MEANS

    Ch 2, sc in stitch below first chain stitch to create a picot point.

    Hope this helps.

    Ellen B.

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  23. You lost me at round 3.. could you explain it more carefully? thanks

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  24. If you use a smaller crochet hook, guess it would accommodate a small Christmas tree. Looking for a small star for a table top crocheted Christmas tree.

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  25. Hi Brenda,

    Sure, use a smaller hook for a tighter/smaller star. You could also use sport weight yarn or crochet cotton, along with a small hook for an even SMALLER star!

    Have fun with this pattern. Experiment!

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  30. Yea! I did it. Perfect for beginners.

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  31. Thank you they make a pretty applique for preemie beanie esp for little boys.

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  32. Would you be able to do a video link. Only starting out and don't understand pattern yet

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