As Carl Sagan famously said, “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” And that applies double to the Starstuff Cowl crochet pattern!
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Because not only does this cowl now exist in the universe, but it’s made of stars! I took the Glittery Crochet Stars pattern that I designed last year, and used it to create this gorgeous one skein cowl. It’s light enough for AC’ed summer rooms, or you can double it and stay extra cozy this winter.
Add more skeins, make it longer, go crazy – the Starstuff Cowl is totally customizable! And it’s join as you go – love it! Because this pattern is made up of motifs, the directions are a little different. I’ve made it as clear as I can with words and graphics.
- US – J, 6.00 mm hook (Furls Fiberarts in Purpleheart)
- 280 yds worsted weight yarn (1 skein Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable in Sunrise)
- Gauge: Each star motif is approximately 2.5″ wide
- Finished size: Approximately 44″ long, but easily customizable
To make this pattern, you’ll be making 60 stars, of 2 rounds each. The first star is made alone, and then each star is joined to the previous star(s) while making the 2nd round. Here are the instructions for the first star:
- Round 1: Starting with a magic circle, ch 2 (does not count as a st) and dc 10 into the ring. Join to 1st dc with a sl st. (10 dc)
- Round 2: *Ch 2, dc in the next st. Ch 3, work 2 sc around the post of the dc st. Sl st in the next st. Repeat from * 4 times, finishing the last repeat with a sl st in the 1st st of the first Round. Break yarn and weave in ends. (I do recommend weaving in ends as you go.)
Now take a look at the following graphic. This is your plan for the rest of the scarf. The stars are numbered in order for the first 6, and you add them in this layout until you get to the last 3 – 58 to 60. Each point of the star will be joined to the the stars around it, except for the points that stick out at the sides.
To start the next star, start as for the first star, then, when you get to the ch 3 that is in bold above, stop at the ch 1, remove your hook, insert your hook into the ch sp of the star point you want to join to, and then put the loop of the second star back on your hook. Finish the ch 3 and the rest of the star as written. See the graphics below.
Work across, from left to right in rows of 3, repeating the joining method seen above whenever you see the points of two pentagons touch, as in the layout above. When you are joining to two stars, insert your hook in the “newest” star. So for Star 5, join to Star 4 for the first circle, Star 2 for the second and third circle.
When you’ve made 19 rows of 3 stars each, it’s time to work the joining row that will turn it into a cowl (unless you want to keep going and make it into a bigger cowl or scarf!). In this row, almost all the points of all the stars will connect to other stars, except for the very first point of Star 58. Look again at the first graphic, and you’ll see colored dots at the bottom of the first row and top of the last row – these are the joins that create the cowl, and they are color coded so you can see how they match up.
Finally, work a sc border all around both edges, and make sure all ends are woven in. Block as needed.
I blocked my Starstuff Cowl by getting it damp and pinning it out flat until it dried. And now It’s all ready for me to wear to the Knit and Crochet Show next week! When I return, I’ll be happy to make a video tutorial, if you feel you need one – let me know in the comments!
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