Crochet Star Garland
Crochet has to be one of the most satisfying crafts that I’ve turned my hands to. I love the way that the projects seem to grow and take shape so quickly right before your eyes!
I always think that the finished look of crochet work has a distinct retro feel, and that gives it a timeless quality that I just can’t get enough of! I mean think of the humble granny square, this classic design was one of the very first things that I learnt to crochet, I love to give it a more contemporary feel with the use of glorious colours – mastering the art of seaming and blocking these lovely little squares has made me fall even deeper in love with them, and I gift them at every opportunity…particularly if there is a new baby to wrap up in something cozy and handmade!
I adore crochet projects that are created with the piecing together of different elements, which is part of the appeal of the granny square and the wonderful blankets you can make with them! This fantastic star garland project has much the same charm, each star is worked one at a time before bringing together to create the striking garland.
Working on small elements at a time makes large scale projects – like miles of decorative garlands – feel so much more achievable. You can stow them in your bag and pick them up whenever you have a few moments to spare. Not only are these little starts pretty portable, meaning that you can make them on the go and you’ll have lashings of garland in no time, it is also a great project for using up those wee balls of your left-over favourite yarns!
Whether it is for Christmas or just because, like me, you can’t get over the awesomeness of this beautiful take on bunting, this Crochet Star Garland is going to look fantastic in your home! You can work these up to suit your decor, team orange and black for a spooky Halloween take on the project, or opt for frosty wintertime colours to boost this year’s Christmas decorations.
Grab Your Supplies…
Crochet hooks: 2mm and 2.5mm (US sizes B/1 and C/2)
Yeoman Yarns Cannele 4-ply, or a similar super-fine-weight mercerised cotton yarn, in 7 colours
A Small amount in linen
B Small amount in pale mustard
C Small amount in coral
D Small amount in light sage green
E Small amount in terracotta
F Small amount in dusky lilac
G Small amount in burgundy
Spray starch (optional)
Each star motif measures approximately 9cm (3½in) in diameter using a 2.5mm (US size C/2) hook.
Finished Garland Size:
Garland measures approximately 200cm (78¾in) long (unstretched)
This crochet project uses Standard Crochet Abbreviations.
If you’re raiding your stash for left over yarns, each star motif requires approximately 5g (¼oz) of yarn – or 18m (20yd).
Make the star motifs
Base ring: Using a 2.5mm (US size C/2) hook and A, make 5 ch and join with a sl st in first ch to form
Round 1 (RS): 7 ch (counts as 1 dtr and a 3-ch space), [1 dtr in ring, 3 ch] 7 times, join with a sl st in
4th of 7-ch at beginning of round.
Continue in rounds with RS of work always facing.
Round 2: 3 ch (counts as 1 tr), [4 tr in next 3-ch space, 1 tr in next dtr] 7 times, 4 tr in last 3-ch space, join with a sl st in top of 3-ch at beginning of round. (40 sts)
Round 3: 1 ch, 1 dc in same place as last sl st, *6 ch, 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 htr in next ch, 1 tr in next ch, 1 dtr in next ch, 1 trtr in next ch, miss 4 tr, 1 dc in next st; rep from * 7 times more, omitting
1 dc at end of last repeat, join with a sl st in top of first dc at beginning of round. (8 points)
Fasten off and weave in any loose yarn ends.
Make a total of 15 star motifs in the same way – 1 more in A, 3 in B, and 2 each in C, D, E, F and G.
Alternatively, if you prefer to crochet using a chart…Tah Dah!
Make the garland cord
Row 1 (RS): Using a 2mm (US size B/1) hook and A, make 20 ch, 1 sl st in first chain to form a loop
for hanging, 22 ch, *with right side of a star facing, join star onto chain with a sl st in top of one point,
30 ch; rep from * until all the 15 stars are joined onto chain, 42 ch, 1 sl st in 20th chain from hook to form second hanging loop, turn.
Row 2: 1 dc in first free ch after hanging loop, 1 dc in each ch to 1 ch before beginning of hanging loop at opposite end, 1 sl st in last free ch.
Sew in any loose yarn ends.
Pin stars into shape and steam gently on wrong side.
If you would like to slightly stiffen the stars, coat each star motif with spray starch and press again.
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This gorgeous garland is from Simple Makes series: Hook, Yarn & Crochet by Ros Badger,£12.99, Quadrille Publishing, photography by Keiko Oikawa.
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