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.

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23 Comments:

At 2:24 PM PST, Blogger dobco said...

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!

 
At 3:21 PM PST, Blogger Joan said...

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

Joan

 
At 3:52 PM PST, Blogger carlita dee said...

Such a fun idea for the holidays!

 
At 4:13 PM PST, Anonymous anne said...

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!

 
At 4:21 PM PST, Blogger MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

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.

 
At 4:46 PM PST, Blogger woolanthropy said...

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

 
At 6:18 PM PST, Blogger Jean said...

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.

 
At 8:05 PM PST, Blogger Kath said...

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

 
At 8:31 PM PST, Blogger Marilla said...

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.

 
At 10:34 AM PST, Blogger Sorka said...

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

 
At 4:23 AM PST, Blogger gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

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.

 
At 9:39 AM PST, Blogger Jacquie said...

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!

 
At 6:37 AM PST, Blogger Debi Y. said...

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

 
At 1:42 AM PST, Blogger Allison said...

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. :)

 
At 8:18 AM PST, Blogger glor said...

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

 
At 9:13 AM PST, Blogger PattieJ said...

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

 
At 5:42 PM PDT, Blogger MonsterSayRawr said...

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?

 
At 11:20 AM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

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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At 11:43 AM PDT, Blogger Anja said...

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

 

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