Sunday, 12 August 2018

STAR LOVER Mandalas

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Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have this wish I wish tonight.



Mankind has always looked to the stars for guidance, in navigation and in predicting how they will influence the future. Star shapes have also been used as symbols and the number of points on a star gives it special meaning. Star shapes appear on flags and in religions or you may have been born under a "lucky star". Whatever your fascination is with the stars you must admit we are all in awe of those shining specs of light up there in the deep emptiness of space!

You may well ask, What has this got to do with crochet?

And my answer will be, it has lots to do with crochet, have you seen how many crochet designs and patterns exist with some reference to star shapes? There are 5-point, 6-point, 7-point, 8-point, 9-10-11-12-point star shape patterns incorporated into blankets, shawls, rugs and mandalas, as well as individual star shape motifs added to numerous garments, bags, headbands, hats and garlands.


My Star Designs

During the last week, while the weather here in the south-east of the UK has been hot, hot, hot, I have been staying cool indoors, playing and having some fun with star shapes.

So far without trying too hard, I have come up with a collection of three (3) mandalas and each has been designed purposefully with a different number of star-points. 

The first mandala is a 10-point star (a decagram), the second mandala is a 9-point star (an enneagram) and the third mandala is an 8-point star (an octagram).

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Yarn Used

DMC Petra 5 is a beautiful mercerised cotton which is soft and subtle with a lovely sheen, and it is available in 60 colours. I love using this yarn for small creations. Therefore, the star collection is made quite simply with monochrome colours, one blue, one green and one pink. No colour changes within the star, however, you can go ahead and change colours at your leisure. Be creative and have some fun!

Unique Designs

Each one of these star mandalas is my own original and unique design, created just last week. 

My plan is to design another three (3) star mandalas which will be available in a fortnight. You may want to come back and check those new mandalas out as well.


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Today I am going to give you the crochet pattern for the STAR LOVER 2 MANDALA here in this blog FREE.



If you want all three (3) STAR LOVER Mandalas you can purchase the complete pdf patterns from my online shops.
CRAFTSY      LOVECROCHET      RAVELRY


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PATTERN DETAILS for STAR LOVER 2 MANDALA

DIFFICULTY: Easy-Intermediate
MEASUREMENTS: Diameter 5in (12.7cm) approximately
YARN USED: DMC Petra 5 ● 100% Mercerised Cotton ● 100g 400m (437yds)● Shade: 5907
YARN ALTERNATIVES: Any similar mercerised cotton. Always check Yarnsub website for the best match.
TOTAL YARDAGE: approx. 5g = 20m (22yds)
TENSION: Not critical to this pattern
NOTIONS: 2mm hook; Yarn needle.
PATTERN NOTES: You need to know how to crochet in the round. This written pattern has accompanying photographs.

This pattern is written in USA American Crochet Terms.

USA - American Crochet Terms
UK - British Crochet Terms
[ ] = work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
( ) = work instructions within parenthesis as directed,
different sizes, total stitches
* = repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
** = repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions
Ch = chain
ch-sp/s = chain space/s
sc = single crochet
dc =double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
htr = half treble crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
tr = treble crochet
dtr = double treble crochet
dtr = double treble
ttr = triple treble
rev sc = reverse single crochet (crab stitch)
rev dc = reverse double crochet (crab stitch)

sl st = slip stitch
st/sts = stitch/es
cont = continue
rep = repeat
rnd = round
beg = begin/beginning
yo = yarn over
yrh = yarn round hook
FDC = foundationless double crochet
FTR = foundationless treble crochet
Esc = extended single crochet
Edc = extended double crochet
BL = back loop
blo = back loop only
FL = front loop
flo = front loop only
BPdc = back post double crochet
rtrb = raised treble back
FPdc = front post double crochet
rtrf = raised treble front
Abbreviations List ©2015  Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet.  All rights reserved.

PATTERN STARTS:

Rnd 1: Magic loop, ch1, 9sc in loop, join with sl st in ch1. (9sts)

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Rnd 2: Ch3, 1dc in same st, 2dc in each st around, join with sl st in 2nd ch of ch3. (18sts)

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Rnd 3: Ch5 (counts as 1dc, ch2), 1dc in same st, *skip next st, (1dc, ch2, 1dc) in next st, rep from * around, join with sl st in 2nd ch of ch5.

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Rnd 4: Sl st in ch2-sp, (ch3, 4dc) in same ch2-sp, ch1, *(5dc, ch1) in next ch2-sp, rep from * around, join with sl st in 2nd ch of ch3.

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Rnd 5: Ch8 (counts as 1dc, ch5), *(1dc, ch1, 1dc) in ch1 st (not ch1-sp), ch5, rep from * around, ending with (1dc, ch1) in last ch1 st, join with sl st in 2nd ch of ch8.

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Rnd 6: Sl st in ch6-sp, (ch3, 3dc, ch3, 4dc) in same ch6-sp, (4dc, ch3, 4dc) in each ch6-sp around, join with sl st in 2nd ch of ch3.

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Rnd 7: *Ch3, (3dc, ch3, 3dc) in ch3-sp, ch3, skip 4dc, sl st in next dc, rep from * around, invisible join.

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FASTEN OFF and HIDE ENDS.

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STAR LOVER MANDALAS Collection Part 1
will be available from my online shops.

CRAFTSY       LOVECROCHET       RAVELRY


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“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. 
Try to make sense of what you see 
and wonder about what makes the Universe exist. 
Be curious. 
And however difficult life may seem, 
there is always something you can do and succeed at. 
It matters that you don't just give up." 
Stephen Hawking



That's all from me for now, my friends,
ciao, ciao!
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com

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