Sunday, 23 November 2014

Christmas Crochet Stars

I don't wish to alarm you in any way, but I feel it is my civic duty to warn everyone that Christmas is fast approaching and that means there's limited time left for festive crafting...eeep!

Thankfully, there's always a few quick and simple things to make that add a touch of homemade loveliness to that oh-so-commercial time of the year and these little crochet stars are the perfect addition to a tree or a very sweet embellishment to a wrapped gift.

I used Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 8ply in shades of Holly and Raffia with a size 3.5mm crochet hook.

The pattern is:

Chain 5, slip stitch into first chain to make circle.

Round 1:  Puff stitch, chain 1 (There's a great tutorial from the Crochet Guru on Puff Stitch here) repeat 4 times, 5 puffs in total,  then slip stitch into top of first puff stitch

Round 2: In chain space between puff stitches, Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), double crochet 2, chain 1*,  In next chain space double crochet 3, chain 1, double crochet 3*.  

Repeat from * to * a further 3 times.  To finish round double crochet 3 and chain 1 in the first chain space of this round, slip stitch into top of chain 3.

Round 3:

Single crochet in chain space from previous round.
*Double crochet 3 into the next chain space, chain 3, double crochet three into same chain space (this forms the pointy bit of the star), single crochet into next chain space from previous round* 

Repeat from * to * four times.  Finish round by slip stitching into first Single Crochet of this round.  

Then it's a simple case of blocking the stars so that they sit nice and flat, sewing in the ends and adding a ribbon and button of your choice to finish.

Happy Christmas Crafting


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