Knit decorations for your Christmas tree

DIY free star pattern

There's a new star knitting pattern for your needles, fallen from the heavens just this Christmas season for all sorts of DIY crafty uses: decorating your Christmas tree, hanging as a garland on a crochet chain, appliques, how about coasters for that special hostess gift? The free pattern includes two sizes of stars, each with eight points, but with a little math, knitting star placemats is a cinch.

8-point star knitting patternCredit: Sharon Watterson

Small Eight Point Christmas Star knitting pattern, 4" finished
Materials:
1 skein worsted weight yarn will make oodles of stars
US 7 (4.5 mm) dpn's (double pointed needles)

M1 = pick up the link between two sts and place on left hand needle

CO 6sts, leaving a 10" tail.
Rows 1,3,5,7,9 (WS): knit
Rows 2,4,6,8: K1, M1 (knit in the back of  M1), K3, K2tog (6sts)
Row 10: BO, leaving the last stitch on your needle. Pick up 5 sts at the left edge of that stitch, using the purl bumps as a guide. (6 sts)
Remember, you are knitting 8 little diamonds to shape the star pattern. Repeat Rows 1-10, seven more times. Sew seam and pull in center stitches just like the top of a knitted hat. Imagine these stars as sparkling appliques knit in metallic yarn! copyright Sharon Watterson, 2013

To enlarge the star pattern as in the larger Christmas star pattern below, you must increase the number of cast on stitches and also the number of garter stitch rows you are knitting, which you will use as a guide for picking up stitches for the eight small diamonds that make up the 8-point star.

8 pt star knitting patternCredit: Sharon Watterson

Larger Eight Point Christmas Star knitting pattern, 5.5" finished measurement

Materials:
1 skein worsted weight yarn will make about 4 stars
US 7 (4.5 mm) dpn's (double pointed needles)
M1 =  pick up the link between two sts and place on left hand needle

CO 8 sts, leaving a 10" tail.
Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13 (WS): knit
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12: K1, M1 (knit in the back of  M1), K5, K2tog (8sts)
Row 14: BO, leaving the last stitch on your needle. Pick up 7 sts at the left edge of that stitch, using the purl bumps as a guide. (8 sts)

copyright Sharon Watterson, 2013

 Just like the stars in the heavens, the possibilities for star sizes are infinitessimal. Increase the number of cast on stitches and also the number of garter stitch rows you knit (double the number of picked up sts), therefore, increasing the number of picked up stitches (always one less than CO sts.) for the next diamond of the star.


Wishing you the happiest Christmas, simply the merriest of all!

eight point christmas star knitting patternCredit: Sharon Watterson

 

 

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