These knitted stars appeared in the Fall 2009 issue of Interweave Knits (see Yarn Review, page 20). Each of the five "points" is knitted flat and joined to the last point. They’re fun and quick to make, and easy to adjust in size—try tiny ones for gift tags, or much larger ones for decorations, or sew two together and stuff.
This pattern may be used as a formula for any size star—we found 7-stitch segments to be the smallest practical multiple. The pattern below calls for 21-stitch segments.
To change the size of the star, cast on an odd number of stitches greater than 5. Follow instructions as given, working a double decrease over the 3 center stitches on each right-side row. Subtract 1 from the number of cast-on stitches and divide in half to find the right number of stitches to pick up along the selvedge.
Materials: Any weight yarn and suitable needles; tapestry needle.
Use the knitted method to CO 21 sts. Set-up row: (WS) Purl.
Row 1: (RS) Sl 1 with yarn in back (wyb), k8, sssk, knit to end—19 sts rem.
Row 2 and all WS rows: Sl 1 with yarn in front (wyf), purl to end.
Row 3: Sl 1 wyb, k7, sssk, knit to end—17 sts rem.
Row 5: Sl 1 wyb, k6, sssk, knit to end—15 sts rem.
Row 7: Sl 1 wyb, k5, sssk, knit to end—13 sts rem.
Row 9: Sl 1 wyb, k4, sssk, knit to end—11 sts rem.
Row 11: Sl 1 wyb, k3, sssk, knit to end—9 sts rem.
Row 13: Sl 1 wyb, k2, sssk, knit to end—7 sts rem.
Row 15: Sl 1 wyb, k1, sssk, knit to end—5 sts rem.
Row 17: Sl 1 wyb, sssk, k1—3 sts rem.
Row 19: Sssk—1 st rem.
*With RS facing and 1 st on right needle, pick up and knit 10 more sts down slipped-st selvedge of lefthand side of Segment 1, ending at corner. Turn and use the knitted method to CO 21 sts—32 sts total. Set-up row: (WS) P20, p2tog, turn—1 st dec’d. On WS rows, you will join Segment 2 with the picked-up sts along Segment 1 by working p2tog over last st of Segment 2 and next picked-up st.
Row 1: (RS) Sl 1 wyb, k8, sssk, knit to end—2 sts dec’d.
Row 2 and all WS rows: Sl 1 wyf, purl to 1 st before turning point on previous row (slipped edge st of Segment 2), p2tog (edge st and foll picked-up st), turn.
Row 3: Sl 1 wyb, k7, sssk, knit to end.
Row 5: Sl 1 wyb, k6, sssk, knit to end.
Row 7: Sl 1 wyb, k5, sssk, knit to end.
Row 9: Sl 1 wyb, k4, sssk, knit to end.
Row 11: Sl 1 wyb, k3, sssk, knit to end.
Row 13: Sl 1 wyb, k2, sssk, knit to end.
Row 15: Sl 1 wyb, k1, sssk, knit to end.
Row 17: Sl 1 wyb, sssk, k1.
Row 19: Sssk—2 sts rem: 1 st for Segment 2 and 1 st for Segment 1.
Segments 3, 4, and 5:
Rep from * for Segments 3, 4, and 5—after each segment you will have 1 more final st rem. 5 sts rem when all segments are complete. Break yarn and thread tail through rem 5 sts and cinch to close. Sew seam between Segment 5 and Segment 1. Weave in ends and pin out to block.