Here is the pattern I wrote to make sense of the Mad Hooker’s explanation of how to crochet a star. The beginning (or making the circle centers) is pretty straight forward. When you get into the points of the stars, things can get a little tricky. I had to do some trial and error to see what worked best for me. I highly recommend that you do the same.
STAR – crocheted
Create two of the following:
1. 6 sc magic circle
2. 2sc in each sc (12 st total)
3. *2sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc (18 st total)
4. *2sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc – repeat from * until around (24 st total)
5. *2sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc – repeat from * until around(30 st total)
6. *2sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 4 sc – repeat from * until around(36 st total)
7. *2sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 5 sc – repeat from * until around (42 st total)
8. *2sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 6 sc – repeat from * until around (48 st total)
9. *2sc in next sc, 1 sc in 24 sc – repeat from * until around (50 st total)
Place circles together, working sides facing out.
1. Sl st to join the circles together.
2. Sc 10 st in each sc of one circle only.
Now we are going to create a round to work in to create a tube.
3.Count down 10st from the slst first made to join the circles together. Do this on the circle you did not cast 10 st onto. This will prevent you from completing step and 4 and going, “Oops, I am short a stitch or I have one too many on there.”
4. Pull a loop through 10th st on second circle, then complete the stitch by looping through the two on your hook. It will be a little strange working from this stitch into the first one for you other circle, since you are switching from working in the back to working in the front.
5. Sc 10 st down the other circle. Be sure to pull your loops through the correct way. It can be confusing after working the joining stitch and you may accidentally start pulling loops from the back instead of the front.
6. Once you have gotten down to the “end” (or where you need to round over again), repeat step 4. This step will create a seam along the edges. By not crocheting into the joined stitch itself, but allowing it to create the seam, you are creating a tapering tube. This is perfect for the star!
7.When you get to the point (haha), simply continue the pattern as best you can because things will get tight. I cut off a long tail and put my crochet hook into the star and up through the point, pulling the tail through the star. Don’t pull too tight or your point will round.
8.When it comes time to begin another point, sl st into the last st of the last point to begin your next round tube. This will prevent any holes from existing between star points and will keep that fiber fill in place.
To stuff the star, I wait until I have four points done and then I begin stuffing. Do not overstuff at this point as it will make it difficult to work on your last point and it could end up looser and not in correct proportion to the other points. I slowly stuff the last point as I go along.
Fasten Off the last point and now you have your star! If you want it to look like a Mario Invincibility Star, just use some felt and thread or embroidery floss to stitch on long rectangles for the eyes.