12 October 2008

Simple Stars, A Pattern


I submit for your crocheting pleasure my super-easy, super-quick simple star recipe.

And just how -- you may wonder -- am I so certain about the super-easy part? Well, because I am a novice with the crochet hook. And even I can make them.

Which reminds me...

To all the experienced crocheters out there: my apologies. In advance. I am new to this game. And, to make things worse, I am more of a knitter to boot. But I have tried not to commit (too many) sins against the laws of crochet. And, if you find any, I hope will you smile fondly in the direction of the newbie. Also, I hope that you will email me. So that I will know. So that I may correct.

Alright. Now that all disclaimers are stated, I hope the making of these stars offers up something pleasant for all of you -- at every skill level.


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yarn: Malabrigo worsted (beige)
crochet hook: G7 (4.5 mm)

I eked 25 stars out of one skein (216 yards), so a little yarn will go a very long way here. This would be a great project for scraps!

gauge: Whichever makes you happy. This is one of the beautiful things about projects no one is going to wear. My finished stars measure 4 inches tall and 3.5-4 inches across, and for my purposes they are the perfect size.

Note: I have written the turning chains into the pattern, so no extra chaining at the start of rounds is necessary.

round 1: chain 3, slip stitch into first chain to join in round.

round 2: (chain 1), single crochet 4 times through center, slip stitch into (chain 1) to join round -- 5 stitches.

round 3: (chain 1), 1 single crochet in 1st stitch, *2 single crochet in next stitch*, rep instructions between * and * 3 more times, slip stitch into (chain 1) to join round -- 10 stitches.

round 4: chain 5, single crochet into 2nd stitch, chain 5, single crochet into 4th stitch. Repeat in pattern, making the single crochet into the 6th, 8th, and 10th stitches.

round 5: *chain 2, make 3 double crochet through the loop, chain 3, make 4 double crochet through the loop, slip stitch into single crochet from round below*. Repeat instructions between * and * 4 more times.

Finishing (See that! I didn't lie about the super-quick part either.): Weave in ends. Block lightly, if desired. Festoon house, cards, packages, and possibly even your person (earrings? pasties?).

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p.s. Sometime this week I will post the PDF for easy printing. Look for the link to appear in the sidebar (and maybe even on Ravelry) soon.


strikk said...

very cute. i'm with you though, more of a knitter than a crochet-er, but maybe i'll give this one a try ;-) thank you for the pattern (and inspiration).

Erin said...

yay! i hope you have fun with it.

sukigirl said...

Cute Star! Thanks for the pattern!
I think one of the joys of crochet is that the rules were made to be broken.I know that's the reason that I enjoy it so much.
cheers suki