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Valley Yarns 509 Knit Stars (Free)

Twinkle, twinkle, little knit stars, in every color of Northampton Sport! These pretty little stars are made in two simple pieces, first in the round*, then in rows, and sewn together. The ends, secured and buried within, make just the right amount of stuffing. String them into holiday garlands, tree trimmings, or a soft mobile for a baby’s room.

* This pattern has now been updated to include alternate instructions for working the stars entirely in rows.

Click here for free pattern.

Finished Sizes: about 4 inches wide
Yarn: 1 skein Valley Yarns Northampton Sport (100% wool, 50g/164yds)
Needles: US 3 (3.25mm) double pointed needles or size needed to get gauge
Gauge: 6.5 sts = 1” in stockinette stitch

Pattern updated 10/19/12. View errata details here.

Author:
Kirsten Hipsky

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Valley Yarns509 Knit Stars (Free)
 
3.5

(based on 8 reviews)

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5.0

THE PATTERN IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT

By Marta McCall

from Portland, OR

Pros

  • It's adorable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Valley Yarns 509 Knit Stars (Free):

      I just found a link to this star through Pinterest and had to knit one up immediately. I read through the comments, and don't know if the PDF has been changed, but as a knitwear designer and technical writer, the instructions are absolutely 100% correct.

      I think MAYBE the problems might be if Rows 5,7, &9 are read incorrectly it would give you problems. The instructions read: K1fb, K2, K1fb. If you did this: K1fb, K2, K1fb, k2 across you would get a wrong count. It is this: K1fb, K2, K1fb, K1fb, K2, K1fb.

      Since the star is knit from the center out, I would definitely knit it circularly so that you have one less seam to sew to connect the spokes of the star. (The photo attached is knit flat and you can see the extra seam I'll be sewing up).

      I wouldn't call this a beginner project. But if you have some knitting under your belt and would call yourself an intermediate, it's for you!

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Pattern

      By Lindsey

      from Massachusetts

      Comments about Valley Yarns 509 Knit Stars (Free):

      I found this pattern super easy to follow. The designer offers directions for knitting these flat and also in the round which is great! The instructions are clear and the pattern goes really fast. I knit a dozen of these stars for holiday gifts. They make great ornaments and look nice in a rustic garland.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Easy and Fun

      By Janet

      from Monkton, Vermont

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      Comments about Valley Yarns 509 Knit Stars (Free):

      I think these are easy and fun to knit and I plan to knit up a few as trinkets to give away. Two skills help to make them easy to knit; knit them on two circulars in the round so you don't have to fuss with double pointed needles, and use backward knitting on the points so you don't have to keep turning the work.

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      4.0

      Looks beautiflul - can't wait to start!

      By kmr

      from colo. springs, co

      Comments about Valley Yarns 509 Knit Stars (Free):

      I can't wait to make these - a perfect little canvas for me to embelish my own way! After reading all of the prior reviews, some may be put off, but I look at it as a challenge! I love that the pattern is free!

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Tricky at first...

      By Knitting Bunker

      from Vinalhaven, ME

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      Pros

      • Quick
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • decoration
        • Gifts

        Comments about Valley Yarns 509 Knit Stars (Free):

        I used this pattern to use up some scraps of yarn I had in my stash that weren't big enough to do much else with. At first it's tricky to knit with so few stitches on dbl pointed needles, but after the first couple rows it goes very quick. My tip would be to knit the first couple rows like an i-cord (keeping all stitches on one dbl pointed needle and sliding the stitches to knit again, not turning). Sewing it up didn't take long at all - the ends dont have to be super secure since they are hidden inside, and I used the tails from the points to sew around. Stuffed mine and added a spare button to the center of the star to bling it up a little. This pattern can be used with any weight yarn - you'll just get bigger or smaller starts (using the needle suggested for gauge on the lable).

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        3.0

        Fun to knit

        By Garth

        from Martha's Vineyard

        Pros

        • Looked Like The Pictur
        • Took Little Yarn

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Valley Yarns 509 Knit Stars (Free):

            Found it best to do the first three rows on straight needles. After I had ten stitches I put it on the three double pointed needles. You have to read the pattern carefully or you miss the two increases in a row. Took as much time to sew together as to knit.
            Really liked the looks

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            not easy

            By Yarnlover

            from Worc,County, MA

            Comments about Valley Yarns 509 Knit Stars (Free):

            This pattern is not easy. Love the picture of the stars, they look great, not worth the frustration.
            And reviews are removed if not favorable even though content is appropriate.

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            (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Errors in pattern cause confusion

            By CelticNana

            from Baraboo, WI

            Pros

              Cons

              • Error Wrong Count

              Best Uses

                Comments about Valley Yarns 509 Knit Stars (Free):

                I agree with the other comment that the pattern has errors in lines 5,7 & 9. In order to get a smaller star, I had to change yarn type. I used a sock weight yarn instead of sport weight otherwise the star was huge (and I was on gauge). That said, the star is still cute.

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