Norah’s Knits: Knitting Stars
I hear a lot of talk about knitting stars (celebrities), but it’s geometric stars that I’m talking about today. A few years ago, when I just couldn’t stop knitting hexagons and pentagons, I expanded my explorations to include 3-D shapes. Celestine is made of 10 pentagons all knit on to each other forming a dodecahedron. Then, there’s a twist, the triangular sides of each pentagon have been elongated, so it’s a stellated dodecahedron. It’s a star. If you put few straight rows between the decrease rows you can make a soccer ball shape (well, almost, soccer balls actually have mostly hexagons, but that’s another story). If you put more rows in-between the dec rows, your star will have longer points. Here it is shown as a tree topper. I under-stuffed one point so it could be inverted to help it stay on the tree.
I think more knitters have made them as toys. Here is a link to the 467 projects in Ravelry and here are 434 more, files as Celestine Sox. I love that you can make so many different versions from the same pattern. We have a crocheted version, too.
Celestine Sox, Celestine Crochet
Our free pattern Starlet, is made by working a pentagon from the outside edge in and then picking up around each ‘finger” and working outward to form the points. I was thinking “starfish” when I knit Starlet, and then I realized that it would make a great ring holder.
And while I’m at it, I have to mention Bright Star, a garter stitch throw inspired by patchwork quilts. Simple garter stitch squares are sewn together to form a star pattern that looks almost 3D when you use two shades of the same color to form the star motif.
Are you a star-obsessed knitter too?