Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Crocheted stars

These small crocheted stars are great when made in crochet cotton, and can be used as small patches across the back of denim jackets, or possibly on the brim of a stocking cap. 
They're not my original pattern.  I found them as an embellishment for an Afghan, made of knitted worsted.   (McCalls Big Book of Afghans, 1976 edition.  ) 
I have since found the pattern in several other places, even in books dating back to the 1950's, and these small stars are very popular as appliques on Etsy, Zibbet, eBay,  etc.  I strongly suspect that it would be impossible to trace the actual creator of this pattern.  
Here is the pattern as i found it.  My notes and changes are in (parenthesis)

Work in knitting worsted and size G hook.  (Or crochet cotton and size 5 hook.)

 Ch 5, join with sl st in first ch to form ring. (I use a magic circle to give a solid center.)

Rnd 1;  ch 2, work 14 hdc in ring.  Join with sl st in top of ch 2.  (Works just as well  with dc)

Rnd 2:  { points }  *Ch 7, Turn;  Sl st In 2nd ch from hook.  Sc 
in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in each of next 2 ch, tr in next ch, skip 2 hdc of rnd 1, sl st inn next hdc; repeat from * 4 Times.  End off.   

That's it.

To make them easier to applique, hit them with spray starch and iron them, face down, on a soft cotton towel. 
To give them a permanent sizing, wet them with white glue, the kind school children use is fine, then stretch them out on a piece of cardboard covered with tin foil.  Use straight pins to pierce the points and push the pins through the foil into the cardboard.  After the glue dries, you'll have a permanently stiffened piece that will hold its shape and can be used for earrings, hair bows or Christmas tree ornaments. 

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