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Knit or Crochet a Dodecahedron Star Tree Topper (or Toy)

Nov 26, 2009

Norah Gaughan, design director for Berroco Yarns, earned her degree from Brown in both biology and art, and is known in the knitwear industry for her incredible patterns inspired by nature and geometry. Norah has been working in the handknitting industry for more than twenty years and we’re thrilled to welcome her today as our guest blogger. Please give her a warm, Knitting Daily welcome!

What is this thing? Ok, I know, I'm a bit of a geek, but I had such a blast designing and knitting Celestine, my first stellated dodecahedron. As one five- sided cone was added to the next, my imagination ran wild. When you make one, I bet you'll see the possibilities for cartoon hair hats, egg cozies, and myriad things I haven't dare thought of.

In simple terms, my star is twelve elongated pentagons knit onto each other. To make a flat pentagon I decreased one stitch each end on each of the five triangular segments every second round. To make each pentagon into a cone I decreased every fifth round, creating a more mountainous silhouette. (If you are thinking of felting a Celestine, consider adding more plain rows between decrease rows, as most of the shrinkage will happen in height.)

Although you'll notice the instructions say to use four double pointed needles, three to hold sts and one to knit with, I prefer using six, one for edge side and one to knit with. When you are about half way through the last elongated pentagon, it’s time to stuff your star. Stuff the star almost full and add the last little bit of filler right before you close 'er up.

Ah, my little dodecahedron star is ready to take on the world! We used it as a tree topper in the Berroco newsletter, Knitbits and I've seen other people use it as a plaything for children.

Download the free pattern on Knitting Daily here.

Since the first one in Ultra Alpaca Light was so much fun, the design team at Berroco ended up making variations—one knit out of sock yarn and a second one that we crocheted.

I recently appeared as a guest on public television's Knitting Daily TV and in this video Eunny and I talk about my affection for geometric shapes, which leads into a demonstration of how to knit this star. You can watch the video now:

If you're experiencing problems watching this video, you can try this lower-resolution version from YouTube.

This design has certainly caught people’s imaginations—between Celestine, Celestine Sox, and  Celestine Crochet, over 500 (some wild and crazy) of these stellated dodecahedron projects can be found on Ravelry. Please don't be afraid of this project. Celestine may look complex, but it's really the same triangle worked over and over. As far as using the double pointed needles, if you can knit a sock, you can definitely conquer this star.

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cathy24 wrote
on May 29, 2011 5:07 AM

Why cant I watch the entire video??

When Eunny says what will be on the show and it comes to the crochet corner, then the video ends and you get to see part of the knitting demonstration.  Is there somewhere on this site where I can watch all of the videos?



Judee wrote
on Mar 5, 2010 2:12 PM

Here is the link to the crochet version

on Dec 11, 2009 5:10 PM

Hi, Where is the Celestine Crochet pattern located?

I can only find the knit version.

Thanks. Mary Lou.

DoloresG wrote
on Dec 11, 2009 9:37 AM

Is there a crochet pattern for the dodecahedron star(Celestine) ?

Louis wrote
on Dec 11, 2009 8:57 AM

Looking for the crochet pattern for the dodecahedron star. I have the knitted version, but my daughter likes to crochet. Is it out there?