Are you ready for a new cowl pattern? I know I am! The Starburst Cowl is the newest creation to my collection of scarves and cowls and it is one of my favorites! This would be a perfect Christmas or birthday gift. The pattern calls for bulky yarn, so it works up quick and it only requires one skein of yarn. I am using Bernat Softee Chunky in the color ‘natural’. The pattern utilizes one of my favorite stitches, the star stitch. I’d say this technique is an advanced beginner stitch, but it probably looks more complicated than it actually is. Follow my Crochet-along tutorial below and you’ll be well on your way to completing your next project. I walk you through step-by-step from the beginning chain to adding the button!
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- Crochet hook size 8.0mm
- bulky weight yarn (5) 108 yards
- Darning needle
Starting with slip knot, chain 45 (or if varying from 45 stitches, do a multiple of two, plus one);
b) Insert hook into 2nd chain stitch from hook (under top/front single loop only) and draw up a loop (now 2 loops on hook), repeat for 3rd, 4th and 5th stitches on chain (now 5 loops on hook), draw up a loop and pull through all 5 loops on hook, then chain one stitch to close/lock the star stitch;
c) For next stitch, insert hook into the “circle” at the centre of the star created by the last chain stitch (it’s right next to the loop on your hook) and draw up a loop (now 2 loops), insert hook just below, into the “gap” that that appears immediately to the left of the star stitch just made and draw up a loop (now 3 loops on hook), draw up a loop in each of next 2 stitches, (again under top/front single loop only), (till 5 loops on hook), draw up a loop and pull through all 5 loops on hook, chain one st to lock**; repeat from * to ** to end of row; then wool round hook and insert hook again into last stitch, draw up a loop, wool round hook again and pull through all 3 loops (one hdc made) to finish this row. Total of 21 star stitches made with on hdc at end.
Chain 2, turn. Hdc twice into “circle” formed by first star stitch in previous row; repeat pairs of hdc in these “circles” across to last stitch, and hdc into the last stitch to finish the row. (Hdc is: wool round hook, insert hook into stitch, draw up a loop, wool round hook again and pull through all 3 loops.)
a) Chain 3, turn. Insert hook into 2nd chain from hook and draw up a loop, insert into 3rd of 3 chain stitches and draw up loop, insert hook into next stitch (this time under both top loops of stitch) and draw up a loop, insert hook into following stitch of work (again under both top loops) (now 5 loops on hook), wool round hook and draw loop through all 5 loops, chain 1 to close/lock;
b) Insert hook into circle of last stitch and draw up loop, insert hook into gap of previous stitch, as before, and draw up loop, insert hook and draw up loop in next 2 stitches (under both top loops) (5 loops), draw loop through all 5 loops, chain 1 to lock. Carry on with star stitches to end of row as per Row 1. Hdc in last stitch to finish row. Star stitch rows should be starting to stack up evenly aligned with each other.
Repeat Row 2.
Repeat Rows 3 and 2 till desired height is reached, ending with a Row 2. (I repeated 3 more times for 5 complete sets of star stitches (10 rows total)). Chain one, pull tight, cut yarn and pull through to secure.
To finish buttoned edge (left front for women, right front for men):
1) Join yarn in corner at beginning of row just completed. Chain 1, sc in joining, then single crochet in ends of rows along raw side edge down to first row completed. (I used one sc per row with two sc in one at about midpoint), so 12 sc total including both of the end stitches for 10 rows.)
2) Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc back across. Repeat this row as many times as desired, depending on size of buttons. (I did 6 rows total.)
When finished edging, chain one, pull tight, cut yarn and pull through to secure. Repeat for other side, or make buttonhole edge as below.
To finish buttonhole edge:
1) Repeat Row 1 of buttoned edge, joining yarn in first corner made, at bottom of right front edge.
2) Ch 1, turn. Sc in each sc back down edge to end.
3) Ch1, turn. Sc in each sc to last 4 stitches, ch2, skip 2, sc in remaining sc to end.
4) Ch 1, turn. Sc into each stitch across, including the 2 chain stitches of buttonhole in previous row.
5) Ch 1, turn. Sc into each stitch across. Repeat till same width as button edge.
Chain one, pull tight, cut yarn and pull through to secure.
Button (use either ready-made or crochet your own!):
Cut a sewing length of yarn, and split the yarn into single ply to use for sewing. Sew button in place (using backing button as “gasket,” if necessary to prevent any possible “pull-‑through”). Overlap edges and sew through both thicknesses (to go over head), or fix button to button edge as suggested.
Original design by Brittany of B.Hooked Crochet; text compiled by Linda Nygaard, Vancouver Island, BC.