One of the things I like most about designing with crochet, is that I can let my imagination run wild.
I am often amazed where the ideas come from, whether it is the colours I use or the combination of stitches, it all seems to magically blend together.
♥ With modern crochet, we are not limited with colour, shape, or stitches.
And so, here is Star of Wonder, an 8-sided blanket!
Why 8 sides? Well why not 🙂
♥ It lays beautifully on a bed, with four of the sides cutting across the corners of the bed.
Eight sided stars have been used throughout history, by many different cultures.
To signify great celestial events, the wheel of the year and celebrated festivals.
It can symbolise bringing order to chaos, it is also known as the symbol of creation, often depicted as a sun, the giver of life.
♥ I started designing with yarn from my stash, all Stylecraft Special Double Knitting, working with three shades of each colour of the rainbow. I do love rainbows!
Though I have gone for a bright rainbow, it would work equally as well as a pastel rainbow, for those who like a softer colour pallet.
I used approx 1 ball of each colour [slightly more of magenta and plum] in Stylecraft Special Double Knitting:
Burgundy, Claret, Lipstick, Copper, Spice, Apricot, Gold, Saffron, Citron, Green, Grass Green, Spring Green, Empire, Turquoise, Sherbet, Royal, Denim, Cloud Blue, Lavender, Violet, Emperor, Clematis, Magenta and Plum.
♥ Sorry I had missed a couple of colours, this is now the full list and here is a pdf download for the colours used per round ♥
♥ Choosing colours for your project
For some this is easy, for others a minefield, fraught with too much stress!
Here is a little guide for you:
Choose your main colour (muted green in my case), now pick 3 shades in that colour, a light, medium and darker.
I chose Duck Egg, Sage, and Teal.
Now pick a colour on the opposite side of the colour wheel, for me Red (claret).
Now pick a neutral, you can go light, medium or dark, I chose Mocha.
♥ Now number your colours:
C1- Lightest shade of main colour – Duck Egg,
C2-Medium shade of main colour – Sage,
C3-Darkest shade of main colour – Teal,
C4-Complimentary colour – Claret,
C5-Neutral – Mocha.
♥ The pattern gives details of which colour is used where.♥
♥ Stylecraft Special Double Knitting 4mm hook
You will need approx:
C1 – 400g – 1180m/1288 yds
C2 – 500g – 1475m/1610yds
C3 – 400g – 1180m/1288 yds
C4 – 300g – 885m/966yds
C5 – 300g – 885m/966yds
Total yarn reqiured :5605m/6118yds
♥ Stylecraft Special Aran 5.5mm hook (worsted weight)
C1-Silver, C2-Cloud Blue, C3-Denim, C4-Midnight, C5-White.
You will need approx:
C1 – 700g – 1372m/1498 yds
C2 – 800g – 1568m/1712yds
C3 – 700g – 1372m/1498yds
C4 – 500g – 980m/1070yds
C5 – 500g – 980m/1070yds
Total yarn reqiured :6272m/6848yds
Aran Yarn Pack available from Deramores.
♥ I wanted this design to be different, so you can choose where you stop.
At any point, up to round 51 you will have an eight-pointed star, from there onwards you will be filling in the valleys in the star to give an octagon.
♥ This is the star of Wonder one of my testers made, Danielle decided to be different and end on round 70, and then add a round of front loop double crochet and a round of folding single crochet, so that there are still points, and the valleys are only partially filled in. and she added these really cute bobbles to the points.
Danielle used: Red Heart Yarn with a 5.5mm hook, in Medium Thyme, Frosty Green, Burgundy, Country Blue, Windsor Blue, Soft White, Coffee, and Gold.
♥ Also Ineke decided to make a cushion with the remaining yarn she had, and we worked together to come up with a pattern for you. You can choose to do both sides the same, Ineke reversed the colours, as you can see here in her black and white version. Or you can follow the plain back that is in the pattern.
If you should decide to use only two colours, like Ineke, then just change colour each time the pattern tells you to, alternating each of your colours, except Round 35 which should be the same colour as Round 34, then just alternate again.
Because we all seem to just love bright colours, this is Ineke’s second Star of Wonder.
And last but not least… here are two Star of Wonders made by Terena.
First her rainbow colours, all stylecraft special dk, just slightly different colours to mine.
Terena used: Burgundy 1, Claret 1, Lipstick 1, Copper 1, Shrimp 1, Apricot 1, Sunshine 1 and a little bit, Citron 1, Lemon 1, Green 1, Kelly Green 1, Spring Green 1, Empire 1, Turquoise 1, Sherbet 1, Royal 1, Denim 1, Cloud Blue, 1, Wisteria 1, Violet 1, Emperor 1, Clematis 1 and a little bit, Magenta 1, Plum 1.
Violet 5, Lavender 4, Emperor 4, Cream 3, Grass Green 3
Star of Wonder is now available in my Ravelry Store
♥ The pattern is written in US terms and is available as a photo tutorial or a written pattern, and the cushion pattern is a seperate download, so please don’t forget to download that too.♥
I would love to see your projects on Ravelry, or please do share on facebook.
I have also made video tutorials for some of the special stitches, like the Bead Stitch, Crossed dc, puff stitch, and folding sc. You can find them and other video tutorials on my YouTube Channel. ♥
Shine bright ♥