Boho Christmas Stars
These crochet stars could be regarded as ‘unconventional’ by Christmas traditionalists with their bold bohemian colours and sunny disposition. However, it’s their unconventional attitude that makes them even more beautiful and completely original.
You can make them as individual Boho Stars, or combine several to create a garland or two.
Yarn: Small amounts of DK cotton Yarn (We used DY Choice – Cotton Fresh DK Yarn Collection)
Shades used: 02 Cream, 03 Silver, 04 Black, 08 Aqua, 09 Teal, 10 Kiwi, 11 Olaive, 12 Amber, 13 Orange, 14 Scarlet, 15 Magenta, 16 Rose
Hook: 4mm crochet hook
Notions: Tapestry needle
Stars measure approximately 12cm/4.75″
Specified gauge is unnecessary.
If you wish, you can also use yarn of your choice and matching hook
Picot – ch3, sl st into 1st ch, picot made
Spike stitch – (Spike stitch or long double crochet) : Insert hook below dc from round 4, yo, draw up a loop to the same height as the working row, yo and draw through both loops on hook.
Written in UK crochet terms
Use picture of star for reference
You can use up to 5 colours
Round 1 : With yarn A, make a magic ring. Ch1 (counts as 1st dc), work 11dc into ring. Join with a sl st to 1st dc made. Pull yarn tail tightly, and fasten off yarn. (12dc)
Round 2 : With yarn B, join in any st from previous row. Ch4 (counts as 1tr, ch1), work 1tr, ch1 in the next 11 dc. Join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch4. Fasten off yarn. (12tr, 12ch-1)
Round 3 : With yarn C, join in any ch-1 space from previous row. Ch1, work 2dc in same space, and 2dc in each ch-1 space around. Join with a sl st to 1st dc made. Fasten off yarn. (24dc)
Round 4 : With yarn D, join in any st from previous row. Ch1, 1dc in same st, 1htr in next st, (2tr, ch2, 2tr) in next st, 1htr in next st, * 1dc in next st, 1htr in next st, (2tr, ch2, 2tr) in next st, 1htr in next st; repeat from * 4 more times, join with a sl st to 1st dc made. Fasten off yarn. (6 star points)
Instructions for garland star, without a hanging loop
Round 5 : With yarn E, join in any ch-2 space from previous row. Ch1, * (1dc, picot, 1dc) in ch-2 space, 1dc in each of the next 3 sts, 1 spike stitch into next st (see special stitches), 1 dc into each of next 3 sts; repeat from * 5 more times, join with a sl st to 1st dc made. Fasten off yarn.
Instructions for single star with hanging loop
Round 5 : With yarn E, join in any ch-2 space from previous row. Ch1, * (1dc, picot, 1dc) in ch-2 space, 1dc in each of the next 3 sts, 1 spike stitch into next st (see special stitches), 1 dc into each of next 3 sts; repeat from * 4 more times. In last ch-2 space, work [ 1dc, ch20, slst into 1st ch made (hanging loop), 1dc], 1dc in each of the next 3 sts, 1 spike stitch into next st, 1 dc into each of next 3 sts. Join with a sl st to 1st dc made. Fasten off yarn.
Weave in all threads. Pin each star to block in shape (I use the ironing board!) and steam just hovering over the crochet piece. Leave to dry.
To make Garland : (use as many stars as you wish)
Using any yarn colour to join stars, ch 20, sl st into first ch to form a hanging loop, ch20. Holding first star motif with RS in front, * sl st into top of any picot, ch8, sl st into top of next picot of same star, ch15; taking next star motif, repeat from * until all motifs are attached. Ch40, sl st back into 20th ch made, to form 2nd hanging loop, and fasten off thread. Weave in loose ends.
Carmen is a crochet designer based in County Waterford who loves to knit and crochet. She is a maker of pretty colourful appliques which she sells via her Etsy Shop Annie Design. Her new book Crochet Yourself Calm, will be published on December 31st