After making so many little hearts, I started wondering about other stuffed shapes I could come up with, and which might be suited to the holiday season. For me, stars are the most Christmassy shape. I used to cut some out of cardboard and shiny paper when I was a child to fit the Christmas tree color scheme that my mother had decided on, and would then leave them all over the house. I’ve been meaning to knit a Celestine for a while to put on top of the Christmas tree, but for now I fancied something smaller and even more of an instant gratification. Something I could easily knit in one sitting.
I played around a bit with different ideas for a five pointed star. I wanted the stitches to go from the centre out, and I wanted it to have as little seaming and fiddling as possible (they’re still a bit fiddly in places, but I can live with that). I also didn’t want the increases or decreases to be hidden in the seams, I wanted the shaping stitches to be a bit of a feature. There’s been a fair amount of trial and error, but I think I’ve now got it. I’m pretty happy with the result I must admit, I like the overall look of those.
These are slightly bigger than the little hearts… This purple star made in aran weight yarn and knit on 3.5mm needles has a ‘wingspan’ of 9cm.
I’m currently writing up the pattern, but before I share it, I’m going to first make sure it all makes sense by asking a couple of friends to try and knit one from my written instructions. It’s the first time I try to write out a pattern, so I just want to make sure it’s more than just making sense in my own warped mind. Once I’m satisfied with how clear it all is, I’ll post the pattern here.
It only takes a short time to knit a star, and once you’ve done one the second one is even faster, so hopefully there will still be time to put some on your tree!