How to knit a star shape

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How to knit a star shape
Star motifs are popular in many designs. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

A knitted star shape can be an artistic addition to your projects. You can applique it onto a bag or throw. Use it to decorate wall art, or make two and stuff them for a 3-D star pillow or other decorative piece. Knitted stars can enhance a patriotic theme as well. You can knit in beads or stitch them on afterward to make the star a sparkling gem.

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Things you need

  • Yarn
  • Double-pointed knitting needles, one for each star point plus one to work the stitches
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

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Instructions

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    Cast on two stitches per point or ray of your desired star. Leave a long tail from your cast on.

  2. 2

    Place the stitches on two or three double-pointed needles.

  3. 3

    Form the stitches into a circle to knit in the round. Check that your cast-on stitches are not twisted before you begin.

  4. 4

    Place a marker at the first stitch and knit around one row.

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    For the second row, yarn over and knit two. Repeat yarn over and knit two all the way around.

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    Knit the third row.

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    For the fourth row, yarn over and knit three. Repeat yarn over and knit three all the way around.

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    Knit the fifth row.

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    Separate the stitches onto one double-pointed needle per ray or point of the star you are knitting. The yarn overs should align with the leading edge of the double pointed needle.

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    Continue to knit around with a yarn over first on each even numbered row, straight knitting on odd numbered rows, until the base of your star is the size you want. If the base of the star becomes too large for the double-pointed needles, switch to circular needles, but remember to keep track of the yarn overs. They are the beginning of each section for the ray or point of your star.

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    When the base of star is the size you want, knit until you have an odd number of stitches for each star ray or point section.

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    Knit across the first ray section.

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    Turn work and purl across the ray to the centre stitch. Knit centre stitch and purl across the rest of the stitches.

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    Turn work and knit across, purl centre stitch, and knit the rest of the stitches on the ray.

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    Turn work and purl across to centre stitch. Knit centre stitch and then pass last purl stitch before centre stitch over the centre stitch. Purl remaining stitches. Turn work and knit across, purl centre stitch, knit to end. Turn work and purl across to centre stitch. Knit centre stitch. Purl next stitch and pass it over the knit stitch. Purl to end. Continue to work in this way, decreasing one stitch on back of star and alternating slip stitch over centre knit stitch from right and left. When you have three stitches remaining, pass stitch one and stitch three over the centre purl stitch. Fasten off and cut end of yarn.

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    Attach yarn to leading edge of next ray. Knit across the ray section.

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    Turn work and purl across the ray to the centre stitch. Knit centre stitch and purl across the rest of the stitches.

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    Turn work and purl across to centre stitch. Knit centre stitch and then pass last purl stitch before centre stitch over the centre stitch. Purl remaining stitches. Turn work and knit across, purl centre stitch, knit to end. Turn work and purl across to centre stitch. Knit centre stitch. Purl next stitch and pass it over the knit stitch. Purl to end. Continue to work in this way, decreasing one stitch on back of star and alternating slip stitch over centre knit stitch from right and left. When you have three stitches remaining, pass stitch one and stitch three over the centre purl stitch. Fasten off and cut end of yarn.

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    Repeat the fastening on process and the decreases on the back for each ray of your star. When star is complete, weave ends in. Take long tail of cast-on stitches and place it on a yarn needle. Pull the yarn needle through each of the original cast on stitches and then tighten the tail to close the centre hole of the star. Fasten off the long tail on the back, weave in a couple of inches and trim off with scissors.

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