Pattern is written in US terms; a conversion chart is included at the end.
Materials required: 800g Worsted Weight Yarn #4; 5mm (H/8) hook; yarn needle
Abbreviations: Sc – single crochet Hdc – half double crochet Dc – double crochet Yoh – yarn over hook
Special stitches: Star Stitch:
Row one of star stitch: 3 ch, insert hook in second chain from hook, pull a loop through; insert hook in next chain from hook, pull a loop through; insert hook into base of 3ch, pull a loop through, insert hook into next stitch from previous row, pull a loop through, insert hook into next stitch from previous row, pull a loop through – you should now have 6 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all six loops. Work one chain to “close” the star. To work next and following stars in the row, insert hook into the chain you used to “close” the star (sometimes called the “eye” of the star), pull up a loop, insert hook into the star behind the last “spoke”, pull a loop through, insert hook into base of that same spoke, pull up a loop, insert hook through next stitch, pull up a loop, insert hook through next stitch, pull up a loop. You should, again have 6 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all 6 loops, again working a chain to “close” the star. Repeat to end of row. Work one hdc in the 3ch or last hdc of previous row.
Row two of star stitch: Chain 2, * make 2 hdc into the “eye” of the previous row, rep from * to last stitch, hdc in last stitch.
These two rows from the star stitch pattern. Repeat until the blanket is your required length. I generally make mine as receiving blankets, i.e., roughly 30” x 30”.
There is a video tutorial for this stitch at: http://notyouraveragecrochet.com/tutorials/howtos/stitchvariations/fullstarstitch/
Shell pattern: 3ch, work 4 dc into same stitch as 3ch, * skip 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, sk 2 stitches, work 5dc into next stitch.* Repeat from * to * as many times as you need shells.
Row 1: Chain any number of chains required, in multiples of 2 plus 2 at the end. A 30” blanket in worsted yarn generally needs 102 chain; Work hdc into 3rd chain from hook, and every following chain to end of row (100 hdc).
Row 2: Ch 3, work star stitch to end of row, work 1 hdc in last stitch, turn
Row 3: Ch 2, work 2 hdc into the “eye” of each “star” from the previous row, until the end of this row, work 1 hdc into last stitch.
Repeat Rows 2 & 3, changing colours as you wish to create a striped blanket, until you reach your desired length. I normally work to roughly 30”. End with 2nd row of star stitch.
Next row: Work 3sc into the corner stitch, and 1 sc in each stitch along the edges, up the sides, and back to the start, working 3 sc in each corner. Slip stitch to the first sc to complete the row.
Work another 3 rows – in different colours if you wish, until you have worked a total of 4 sc rows all round the blanket.
For a boy’s blanket, finish off here, and leave the edge plain.
For a girl’s blanket, work a shell pattern around the blanket, repeating from * to * in shell stitch instructions and working 7 dc instead of 5dc into the corners. Slip stitch to beginning 3 chain, finish off and tidy up ends.
Stand back and admire your work!
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