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pentalia
« on: December 20, 2007 04:25:00 PM »





This was inspired by the picture of a beaded starfish I saw on knittingzone.com. I didn't get a look at the pattern, because I didn't want to buy it.

For more info on how I developed this, check out my Xanga posts. http://weblog.xanga.com/pentalia/630744429/a-star-is-born.html

Here's the pattern from my notes:

FIVE-POINTED DOUBLE KNIT STAR

- 2 skeins sportweight yarn in 2 colors
- US no. 2 circular needle or dpns

Techniques required: double-knitting, knitting in the round, increasing, decreasing

Note: This star is double-knitted in the round.  You can use the Magic Loop technique with circular needles, or use double-pointed needles.  For every stitch indicated in this pattern, the listed knit stitch is in the first or front color, and it should be followed with a purl stitch of the other or second color--vice versa for a listed purl stitch (front color),  which is followed with a knit (back color).  If you arent familiar with double-knitting, there are some great websites that tell how to do it.

M1 means make one,which is a type of increase.  To eliminate holes in the work, twist the loop you pick up before knitting or purling it.  In this pattern, always make the new stitch, like the stitch before.  So K1, M1 means knit one, then make one knitwise.  (The back color is worked purl one, make one purlwise.)

K2tog: To knit 2 stitches together in double-knit,  slip the front-color loop onto the other needle, place the back-color loop on a stitch holder behind the work, move the slipped loop back to the first needle, knit the 2 same-color/front-color loops together, move the holders back-color loop back onto the first needle, and then purl the 2 back-color loops together.

START:
Holding two strands together, cast on 10 stitches.  Divide stitches between needles.  Being careful not to twist the work, tie the tail yarn at the end to the working yarn at the last cast-on.  Work R1-10 in the round with the front color facing you.

CENTER OF STAR
R1:   K all
R2:   K1, M1, K2, M1, K1; K1, M1, K2, M1, K2, M1, K1
R3:   K1, M1, K3, M1, K2; K1, M1, K3, M1, K3, M1, K2
R4:   K1, M1, K4, M1, K3; K1, M1, K4, M1, K4, M1, K3
R5:   K1, M1, K5, M1, K4; K1, M1, K5, M1, K5, M1, K4
R6:   K1, M1, K6, M1, K5; K1, M1, K6, M1, K6, M1, K5
R7:   K1, M1, K7, M1, K6; K1, M1, K7, M1, K7, M1, K6
R8:   K1, M1, K8, M1, K7; K1, M1, K8, M1, K8, M1, K7
R9:   K1, M1, K9, M1, K8; K1, M1, K9, M1, K9, M1, K8
R10: K1, M1, K10, M1, K9; K1, M1, K10, M1, K10, M1, K9
R11: K1, move that st to end of previous row on cable or prev. dpn
(work the next 10 st using the short-row method--not in the round, but still double-knitting)

POINTS
R11, continued: (front) K2tog,  K6, K2tog, turn work
R12: P all, turn
R13: K2tog,  K4, K2tog, turn
R14: P all, turn
R15: K2tog, K2, K2tog, turn
R16: P all, turn
R17: K2tog, K2tog, turn
R18: P all, turn
R19: K2tog, turn
R20: K remaining 2 stitches (one of each color) together
Tie off.

Repeat rows 11-20 for each group of 10 st, corresponding to a point on the star.

Draw one tail through the center cast-on stitches and draw up tightly.  Tie to the other tail.  Work-in ends.

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Please, please let me know if you find any mistakes... I typed this from my notes, and I hope there aren't any typos.

Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2007 06:57:55 PM »

That's really pretty!
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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2007 08:58:16 PM »

Thank you.  I wish I had some red yarn and some gold or yellow yarn.  I think this star could easily look like a poinsettia.
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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2007 12:28:25 PM »

That is really very cool.  Nice job, and thanks for sharing the pattern.
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2008 10:52:19 AM »

You are most welcome.  I'm sending folks from Ravelry to this thread for the instructions.  Again, please let me know if you find any mistakes.  : )
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