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How to Crochet a Star Garland

Here is a fun crochet project that yields an adorable decoration for any occassion.

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I started playing with star shapes the other day, and knew I had to make this project to share with you. Directions for two sizes of crochet stars are included in this how-to as I wanted a mix of both large and small stars for variety in my garland. I also didn't want the stars to be too "yarn-y." I used a lightweight three-strand hemp yarn to create a natural look. The hemp yarn looks perfect amid my favorite holiday decorations.

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I love how each star ends up with its own unique shape. Because each star is a little mini project, it's easy to whip the stars out anywhere -- in line at a store, in front of your favorite TV show, or while you wait for the doctor. I like to bring a little pouch of crochet with me in my tote so I always have a project at hand. With the stars, you don't need to figure out where you were, you just build a little collection of stars as you travel along. Then, just attach them all together at the very end.

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If you don't want a whole string of stars, it's easy to transform the crochet star garland into star ornaments by just making a chain from one of the star points and slip-stitching it back into where you started when you reach desired length for the loop. I made some of the star ornaments as hostess gifts. You can quickly throw one over a bottle of wine, or attach it to a simple card.

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I love them on this branch that I found as well, or throw the crochet star garland directly on to your tree.

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The stars are built from increasing stitch sizes (single crochet, double half crochet, double crochet, triple crochet) along a chain. For this reason, this project is a great way to practice a variety of stitches, as well.

Christmas is right around the corner, so, what's stopping you? Make a pot of amazing cayenne hot chocolate, throw on some Bing Crosby and get hooking away for a lovely string of stars!

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How to Make the Small Crochet Star

1. Chain 4 stitches.

2. Join with slip stitch to form ring.

3. 10 single crochet through ring. Join round with a slip stitch.

4. **Chain 4 stitches.

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5. Slip stitch into second chain from hook.

6. Single crochet into next chain.

7. Half double crochet into next chain.

8. Skip one stitch and slip stitch.

9. These directions form the center and one point of the star. To form the remaining points, repeat the steps beginning with the ** above four more times. Cut end and bring end through loop as below.

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How to Make the Large Crochet Star

1. Chain 5 stitches.

2. Join with slip stitch to form ring.

3. Chain 3 stitches.

4. Make 14 double crochets through ring.

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5. Slip stitch through first stitch to finish round.

6. **Chain 5 stitches.

7. Single crochet into second chain from hook.

8. Half double crochet into next chain.

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9. Double crochet into next chain.

10. Triple crochet into next chain.

11. Skip two stitches and slip stitch through next stitch.

12. These steps above form the center and one point of the star. To form remaining points, repeat the steps beginning from ** four more times to form the remaining points.

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How to Finish the Garland

1. Cut end and bring through last loop.

2. Repeat both small star and large star patterns for as many stars as desired.

3. Weave in ends with a darning needle.

4. Connect stars in desired pattern by chaining 25 and making a slip stitch through the top of one of the star points. Repeat for as many stars as desired.