Today we have a special guest, Kay Whittenhauer who will show us how to make these lovely twinkling star ornaments.
I've been looking for a crochet project, and with the Christmas season approaching I got the idea to crochet Christmas ornaments. My "grand" idea is to buy a table-top Christmas tree and decorate it with only crocheted ornaments. So far, I searched the web and found a lot of patterns, and was even inspired to make up a pattern of my own!
I found this pattern for a star ornament on Caron's website. It's really easy to follow- I did just fine on my first try. :) It takes less than a half hour to make each star, and barely uses any yarn. I'm thinking of making extras to use as decorations on gift packages or maybe even giving a set of six as a gift.
The pattern shows the star in red and green, but I thought I'd prefer it in silver and gold. (After I started I thought blue and silver and red and gold would look good, too.) I chose Vanna's Glamour yarn because it's really soft to work with and already has metallic sparkles in it. (So I didn't use the thread in addition to the yarn.) The pattern says the ornament is about four inches, but I wanted the ornaments to be a little smaller. I used an F hook and they turned out to be three inches across.
Thanks so much, Kay. You are most talented. You've inspired us to make a very pretty collection of ornaments for decorating trees, wreaths and gift packages. We can use scrap bits of yarn, too, to make these stars in all sorts of colors. They also happen to be pet friendly...no broken glass all over the floor!
Here are links to some of Kay's original crochet patterns:
Easy Crochet Dog Toy
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