MACRAMÉ HANG­ING SIM­PLE STARS

Knit Today Magazine - - Happy New Year -

Cre­ate your own piece of strik­ing tex­tile art with bold gold and blue geo­met­ric shapes soft­ened with tas­selled fring­ing

1 Cut 12cm x 136cm (4¾in x 53½in) length in yarn A, 6cm x 136cm (2¼in x 53½in) length of yarn in each colour yarn B, C and D and 1x 200cm (78¾in) length in yarn D. 2 Lay 200cm (78¾in) length in yarn D flat and weighted down at each end. 3 Be­gin 12cm (4¾in) in­wards and with 1 x 136cm (53½in) length in yarn A fold over and tie to yarn D as if you are mak­ing a tas­sel. Use a knot to se­cure tas­sel. 4 Leave a 6cm (2¼in) gap be­tween each tas­sel then at­tach a fur­ther 5 x 136cm (53½in) lengths in yarn A, 6 x 136cm (53½in) lengths in B, 6 x 136cm (53½in) lengths in C and then a fur­ther 6 x 136cm (53½in) lengths of A. 5 Be­gin­ning on the right, and work­ing on the first two 136cm (53½in) lengths, mea­sure down 6cm (2¼in) and tie a dou­ble stan­dard knot. Re­peat with next two 136cm (53½in) strands un­til row is com­plete. Re­peat on row below and tidy up any loose tas­sels.

For step-by-step in­struc­tions on how to make the macramé hang­ing, re­fer to the blog post at knit-to­day.com Let the stars fall from the sky and your nee­dles – use them like con­fetti to sparkle up your party ta­ble!

Make as many stars as you’d like across your ta­ble.

Us­ing 3.25mm dou­ble-pointed nee­dles and yarn D cast on 4 sts. Di­vide th­ese 4 sts over three nee­dles. Rnd 1: Kfb to end. 8 sts 1 Cast on 3 stitches onto one of your DPNs. Round 2: Knit. Round 3: *Kfb; rep from * to last st, k1. 15 sts **Now work, k1, m1, k1, m1, k1 (5 sts) onto 1 nee­dle leav­ing any re­main­ing sts on other nee­dles. You will now work straight on th­ese 5sts only. Row 1 (WS): Purl. Row 2: Ssk, k1, k2­tog. 3 sts Row 3: P3­tog. 1 st Fas­ten off. Now join yarn to re­main­ing sts and re­peat from ** un­til all five points of the star are com­plete. Fas­ten off all loose ends. 2 Knit th­ese 3 stitches so that they all end up on the right nee­dle. Do not turn your work. 3 Slide stitches from one end of nee­dle to the other. With RS fac­ing you, knit into right-most stitch on left nee­dle, pulling work­ing yarn across the back of the stitches to be­gin next row.

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