In the Christmassy spirit of Advent, today I have written up a little pattern to share with you, using the very lovely Paintbox Yarns Simply DK. It is a very quick and simple pattern but includes a spike stitch and both working in the round and straight so I will knock up some accompanying tutorials for you as soon as I can. I will also publish a PDF version on Lovecrochet.com very soon.
I hope you enjoy making it, please do share your pictures of your own stars, can't wait to see which palette you choose!
Paintbox Yarns Simply DK 100% acrylic, 100g/276m/302yds
Yarn A: Neon Pink, 156 x 1 ball
Yarn B: Buttercup Yellow, 122, x 1 ball
Yarn C: Rich Mauve, 144 x 1 ball
Yarn D: Rose Red, 113 x 1 ball
Yarn E: Washed Teal, 132 x 1 ball
Yarn F: Lime Green, 128 x 1 ball
Exact tension is not essential.
Centre of the star is worked in the round. Points of the star are worked one by one on Round 6, but are worked back and forth, breaking the yarn after every point and rejoining the yarn to Round 5 to begin the next point.
Cluster (cl): [yoh, insert in st, draw lp through] twice, 5 lps on hook, yoh and draw through all 5lps.
Star (make two)
With 4mm hook and Yarn A make an adjustable ring.
Rnd 1: 6dc in adjustable ring, pull tightly to close ring, sl st to first dc to close rnd – 6dc.
Fasten off Yarn A, join Yarn B to any st around with a sl st.
Rnd 2: 2ch, yoh, insert hook in same st, draw lp through, yoh and draw through all lps on hook, 1ch, (cl, 1ch) in each rem dc around, join rnd with sl st – 6 cl and 6 ch-sps.
Fasten off Yarn B, join Yarn C to any 1ch-sp around with a sl st.
Rnd 3: 2ch (counts as 1htr), 2htr in same ch-sp, 1ch, (3htr, 1ch) in each rem ch-sp around – 18htr, 6ch-sps.
Fasten off Yarn C, join Yarn D to first htr of any 3htr group with a sl st.
Rnd 4: 1dc in same st and in each of next 2 htr, insert hook down into cl from Row 2, yoh, draw loop through st and up to the height of current rnd, yoh and draw through 2lps on hook, spike made, *1dc in each of next 3 htr, spike stitch; rep from * 5 times in total, join rnd with sl st – 18dc and 6 spike sts.
Fasten off Yarn D, join Yarn E to any st around with a sl st.
Rnd 5: 1dc in each st around – 24dc.
Fasten off Yarn E, join Yarn F to any st around with a sl st.
Round 6 will be making the star points one by one as follows:
Row 1: 1dc in this and each of next 4 sts, turn – 5dc.
Row 2: 1ch (does not count as st), 1dc in each st across – 5dc.
Row 3: 1ch (does not count as st), dc2tog, 1dc, dc2tog – 3dc.
Row 4: 1ch (does not count as st), 1dc in each st across – 3dc.
Row 5: 1ch (does not count as st), dc3tog – 3dc.
Fasten off yarn.
With RSF, rejoin yarn to same st of Rnd 5 that the last dc of Point One’s Row 1 is worked into, so this stitch of Rnd 5 will be worked into twice. Now work next point and each following point from Row 1 in the same way as the last, starting each following point in the last dc of the previous point’s Row 1.
6 points in total.
Block pieces lightly to shape. Place two star pieces together with wrong sides facing.
Rejoin Yarn F to the top of any point and work evenly around the whole star in dc, working each dc through both layers of the star to join them. Before you reach the end of the round, stuff the star lightly to desired shape, then complete the round and join with a sl st to the first dc. Make 15ch, then sl st back down into bottom of the chain to make a hanging loop.
Hang on your tree and admire!