Crochet, Education, Patterns

Learn to Crochet – A Star Garland – Christmas decorations

I love teaching. It’s an honour to be the person who teaches another a skill.  Whether it’s teaching little ones to love the water, bigger ones to swim and be safe around water or adults to crochet, it’s a privilege.

This simple star garland is a great pattern for someone who has mastered the basic stitches and wants to move on. It’s a nice introduction to reading crochet charts. With lots of practice of stitches that may be new, such as half treble, and double trebles.

I write my patterns in UK/Australian crochet terms, that’s how I learned crochet. These days with the easy access to American patterns via the internet it’s important to be able to use both American and International crochet terms. One of the reasons I love crochet charts is that I don’t have to convert American into UK terms!

Materials and hook

  • I used Sheepjes Catona a 4ply mercerised cotton and a 2.5mm hook.
  • 3 x 25gm balls, one in each colour, red, yellow and green; is plenty to make a garland in.
  • The stars can be made in any yarn with a hook that gives you a firm tension.

Let’s Start!

 

Make A Magic Ring. (YouTube has many tutorials) 

Round One:  Chain 3, make 14 trebles into ring.

Pull magic ring tight. Slip stitch into third chain made.

 

 

Points ( make five)

Chain 6 

3rd chain – Double crochet

4th chain – Half treble

5th chain – Treble

6th chain -Double treble

Skip two trebles on round one, slip stitch to the third.

Repeat four more times.

On last slip stitch, break yarn and finish.

Stiffen Stars

Stars will hang nicer if they are stiffened. I use a mix of 50/50 PVA glue and water. After sewing in the ends, soak the star in the PVA and water mix, squeeze out and lay in shape on plastic to dry.

Make a chain

Chain at least 30cms before joining stars to chain.

Join stars by : double crocheting into a point. Chain more stitch and join in the next star. Leave a chain of about 30 cms at the end, to use to tie up your garland.

 

 

If you are interested in attending my classes email me for details. I have hosted many classes for mothers and daughters and individual classes in the shop. My larger classes are run on a Saturday afternoon and Sundays, in the KSW Studio in Gleeson Street.

 

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