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MATERIALS
Yarn: 4 ply worsted weight. I used Redheart Supersaver. I am not sure how much I used as I bought the larger skeins and only used a small amount of both colors.
Hook: 5.00 mm
Size: Will fit a 9 to 9.5 inch foot. For a smaller size I would try using a 4.50 mm hook and for larger sizes I would try using a 5.50 mm or 6.00 mm hook.


Gauge: 4 sc = 1 inch, 3 rows of sc = 1 inch


Abbreviations used:
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
Rnd - Round

How To Make the Star Stitches for this pattern:
(Note: I go through the "loop under the top loops" of the hdc. See my blog post at http://suescrochetknit.blogspot.ca/2014/01/the-star-stitch.html for a photo of where to find that loop. You could go through the top loops if you want, but I think it looks better if done through the loop under the top loops)

Starting Star Stitch: For this pattern you will make the starting star stitch this way. This is the first star stitch of each round, after you make the hdc which each Rnd starts with, ch 2, insert hook into the 2nd chain, yarn over and pull up a loop, insert hook the same stitch where you made the hdc, yarn over and pull up a loop, insert hook into the next st of the Rnd, yarn over pull up a loop, insert hook into the next st of the Rnd, yarn over and pull up a loop, insert hook into the next st of the Rnd, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through all 6 loops on the hook. yarn over hook and pull through the loop on your hook to close the star stitch (this will form an "eye").

The normal Star Stitches: Insert hook into the eye of previous star stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, insert hook into the same place where you made the 5th st of the previous star stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, then through each of the next 3 sts pulling up a loop in each one, yarn over and pull through all 6 sts on your hook. Yarn over and pull through the loop on your hook (same as doing a ch1) to close the eye of the star stitch.

Ch 22

Rnd 1 - 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next 19 chs, 4 sc in last ch. Working down the other side of the chain, 1 sc in next 19 chs, 2 sc in last ch, slip stich to join, ch 1, turn. (46 sts)

Make sure you begin your stitches in the first sc and not in the slip stitch where you joined. You work through the back loop mostly throughout the pattern, but when you slip stich to join, do that through both top loops.

Rnd 2 - Through the back loops only make 2 sc in next 2 sc, 1 sc in next 19 sc, 2 sc in next 4 sc,1 sc in next 19 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc, slip stitch to join, ch 1, turn. (54 sts)

Rnd 3 - Through the back loops only make 2 sc in next 2 sc, 1 sc in next 23 sc, 2 sc in next 4 sc, 1 sc in next 23 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc, slip stitch to join, ch 1, turn. (62 sts)

Rnd 4 - Through the back loops only make 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 28 sc, 2 sc in next 4 sc, 1 sc in next 28 sc, 2 sc in last sc, slip stitch to join, ch 1, turn. (68 sts)

Rnd 5 - Through the back loops only make 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 31 sc, 2 sc in next 4 sc, 1 sc in next 31 sc, 2 sc in last sc, slip stitch to join, ch 1, do NOT turn. (74 sts)

Rnd 6 - Through the back loops only make 1 slip stitch loosely (if you make them too tight, the next Rnd will be harder to work) in each st all around, slip stitch to join, ch 2, turn. (74 sts)

Rnd 7 - (The ch 2 does not count as a st throughout the pattern) Through the back loops only 1 hdc in each slip stitch all around, slip stitch to join to first hdc of previous Rnd (by joining to the hdc instead of the ch 2 it prevents a hole at the joining seam. However, you could join at the top of the ch 2 if you want.), ch 2, turn. (74 sts)

Rnd 8 - Through both loops 1 hdc in each hdc all the way around, slip stitch to join to the hdc of previous Rnd, ch 2, turn. (74 sts)

Change color here if you are using 2 colors.

For the star stitch rows you will now work through the loop under the top loops of the hdcs, see photo on my blog post link above to show you where to find those loops. You could, if you prefer, work through both top loops instead but I think it looks better if you work only through the loop under the top loops.

Rnd 9 - Through the loop under the top loops make 1 hdc in first st, Make a starting star stitch, 21 star stitches all around, 1 hdc in next st, slip stitch to join to the top of the hdc of previous Rnd, ch 2, turn. (24 star stitches)

Rnd 10 - 1 hdc in the hdc of previous Rnd, 3 hdc in the eye of the first 9 star stitches, in the next 6 star stitches only make 2 hdc in each eye, 3 hdc in the eye of the next 9 star stitch to the end of the Rnd, 1 hdc in last hdc, slip stitch to join, ch 2, turn.

If you are using 2 colors, change back to the first color here.

Rnd 11 - 1 hdc in the hdc of previous Rnd, make a starting star stitch, 21 star stitches all around, 1 hdc in the hdc of previous Rnd, slip stitch to join, ch 2, turn. (22 star stitches)

Rnd 12 - 1 hdc in the hdc of previous Rnd, 3 hdc in the eye of the first 8 star stitches, in the next 6 star stitches only make 2 hdc in each eye, 3 hdc in the eye of next 8 star stitches, 1 hdc in last hdc, slip stitch to join, ch 2, turn.

Change colors here again.

Rnd 13 - 1 hdc in the hdc of previous Rnd, make a starting star stitch, 19 star stitches all around, 1 hdc in the hdc of previous Rnd, slip stitch to join, ch 2, turn. (20 star stitches)

Rnd 14 - 1 hdc in the hdc of previous Rnd, 3 hdc in the eye of the first 7 star stitches, in the next 6 star stitches only make 2 hdc in each eye, 3 hdc in the eye of each star stitch to the end of the Rnd, 1 hdc in last hdc, slip stitch to join, ch 2, turn.

Change colors here again.

Rnd 15 - 1 hdc in the hdc of previous Rnd, make a starting star stitch, 17 star stitches all around, 1 hdc in the hdc of previous Rnd, slip stitch to join, ch 2, turn. (18 star stitches)

Rnd 16 - 1 hdc in the hdc of previous Rnd, 3 hdc in the eye of the first 3 star stitches, in the next 12 star stitches only make 2 hdc in each eye, 3 hdc in the eye of next 5 star stitches, 1 hdc in the sc of previous Rnd, slip stitch to join, ch 1, turn.

Change colors here again.

Rnd 17 - 1 hdc in the hdc of previous Rnd, ch 2 and make the starting star stitch, 13 more star stitches all around, 1 hdc in the hdc of previous Rnd, slip stitch to join to the top of the ch 2 of previous Rnd, ch 2, turn. (14 star stitches)

Rnd 18 - 1 hdc in the hdc of previous Rnd, 3 hdc in the eye of each star stitch to the end of the Rnd, 1 hdc in last hdc, slip stitch to join, ch 2, turn.

Change colors here again.

Rnd 19 - 1 hdc in the hdc of previous Rnd, make a starting star stitch, 13 more star stitches all around, 1 hdc in the hdc of previous Rnd, slip stitch to join, ch 2, turn. (14 star stitches)

Rnd 20 - 1 hdc in the hdc of previous Rnd, 3 hdc in the eye ofeach star stitch to the end of the Rnd, 1 hdc in last hdc, slip stitch to join, fasten off.


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