Once fall sets in, my needles come out, I start knitting. I think it’s part of the nesting syndrome that happens with the weather turning colder. I’ve knitted since eight years old. My Mama taught me and we shared some great times together knitting and laughing. For the holidays I decided to make some knitted stars.
I have several knitting projects going on, one is a large sweater project and several headbands to put on my shop. Switching between large and small projects keeps me from getting bored/frustrated. The last two weeks I’ve been all about knitting stars.
The stars are quick and easy to make. If you are interested these are available on my shop!
Size 3 needles are used (small) but knits up quickly. Each star consists of two stars sewn together with wrong sides facing each other. Another nice thing about the project is you don’t have to weave any loose yarns in..the leftover yarns above/below are tucked inside and used as the stuffing. All the yarn leftovers below where used as stuffing.
Anytime you knit in stockinette stitch (knit 1 row, purl 2nd row) the edges have a tenancy to curl under (this is normal not your knitting).
Since stockinette stitch curls under blocking helps the stars to lay flat. A flat piece of styrofoam makes a great blocking board, but I didn’t have any, and couldn’t find a blocking board anywhere. While at Hobby Lobby I found this 3/8 foam core memo board on clearance for $4.00. I never go to Hobby Lobby without checking out all the clearance isles! It worked great!
How To Block:
Wash you item in cold water, and set a few minutes. LIGHTLY wing out the moisture in your item, thenwrap loosely in towel. After removing from towel lay out on your blocking board, pin (use stainless steel T-pins) and pin into shape. I stretched my points out to measure 4″
Aren’t they the cutest thing. I’m using them in my holiday decorating. I’m obsessed with the stars as much as I was with the knitted hearts.
Mom always told me to use good yard (or fabric) when knitting/sewing. Mom said: “don’t buy 50¢ yarn and expect it to look like it was made from $3 yarn (back then $3 was a lot for yarn). I really like Lion Brands Wool Ease washable wool yarn (on sale last week for $3). Red Heart’s “Love” line is nice too.
A good yard is so much nicer to knit with than cheap yarn..it moves smoothly across your needles.
Yes, I am a yarn snob!
Knitted Stars: Kristen Hipsky (her PDF version). Kristen’s Web Site
(she provides a pattern using DPN’s knitted in the round. Since I avoid knitted in the round where I can AND a straight needle pattern was provided I went that route. I found the straight needle pattern might be confusing for beginners so I provided below.
Needle size: US 3 (I use DPN’s, see 1st photo, since they are not as long as regular needles, TIP: in knitting always use the shortest knitted you can to accommodate your stitches.
Finished size is approx. 4″ (I’ve used various size needles (2’s and 6’s) to vary star sizes)
Yarn: I used Lion Brand Wool Ease (a nice washable wool, wool content 20%). Makes for nice knitting…not cheap yarn.
CAST on 5 sts
Row 1: kfb in all 5 sts (now have 10 sts) (kfb: knit in front and back of stitch)
Row 2, 4, 6,8, 10 Purl
Row 3: kfb on all 1o sts (now have 20 sts)
Row 5: *kfb, k2, kfb; rep from *(not have 30 sts)
Row 7: *kfb, k4, kfb; rep from *(not have 40 sts)
Row 9: *kfb, k6, kfb; rep from *(not have 50 sts)
Row 11: k10, turn
Row 12: P10, turn
Row 13: Skp, k6, k2tog, turn (Skp: slip a stitch knitwise, knit next stitch, slip 1st slip stitch over)
Row 14: P8, turn
Row 15: Skp, k4,k2tog, turn
Row 16: P6, turn
Row 17: Skp, k2,k2tog, turn
Row 18: P4, turn
Row 19:Skp, K2tog
Row 20: P2tog, cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a 6″ tail. Leaves tails at least 6″ since you’ll be using these to “stuff” the stars.
Reattach yard where you left off, and repeat Rows 11 – 20 for each point.
Two stars are needed for each star, sewn together, bury ends inside star.