This star and pompom garland from Cute and Easy Little Knits would work really well in a baby or child's room. It’s so pretty, it’s tempting to hang it anywhere around the house!
Debbie Bliss Rialto DK, 100% merino wool light worsted (DK) yarn, 1.oz (50g) balls, approx 115yd (105m) per ball:
1 x ball each of:
Fuchsia shade 34 (bright pink)
Vintage Pink shade 66 (pale pink)
Plum shade 61 (purple)
Mallard shade 82 (teal blue)
Ecru shade 02 (off white)
Willow shade 59 (pale green)
Lake shade 86 (dark blue)
Citrus shade 69 (bright yellow)
Banana shade 57 (pale yellow)
• US size 6 (4mm) double-pointed needles
Approx. 78in (195cm) long
Exact gauge (tension) is not essential for this project.
k2tog knit 2 stitches together
kfb knit in front and back of next stitch
p2tog purl 2 stitches together
WS wrong side
[ ] repeat stitches in brackets number of times stated
s1, k1, psso—slip 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch, pass slipped stitch over
(make 18—2 in each color)
Cast on 5 sts, divide sts onto 3 needles, and join in the round.
Round 1: [Kfb] around. (10 sts)
Round 2: K to end.
Round 3: [Kfb] around. (20 sts)
Round 4: K to end.
Round 5: *[Kfb] twice, k2; rep from * to end. (30 sts)
Round 6: K to end.
Round 7: *[Kfb] twice, k4, kfb; rep from * to end. (40 sts)
Round 8: K to end.
Round 9: *[Kfb] twice, k6, kfb; rep from * to end. (50 sts)
Round 10: K to end.
Beg working in rows for star points:
Row 11: K10, turn.
Row 12: P10, turn.
Row 13: S1, k1, psso, k6, k2tog, turn.
Row 14: P8, turn.
Row 15: S1, k1, psso, k4, k2tog, turn.
Row 16: P6, turn.
Row 17: S1, k1, psso, k2, k2tog, turn.
Row 18: P4, turn.
Row 19: S1, k1, psso, k2tog.
Row 20: P2tog, cut yarn and fasten off, leaving 6in (15cm) tail.
Leaving 6in (15cm) tail, join yarn where you left off on main portion of star.
Rep Rows 11–20 for each point.
(make 9—1 in each color)
Make pompoms as instructed below, approx 2in (5cm) diameter, leaving long tail for attaching to icord.
Leaving a long tail, wrap the yarn around a paperback book (or something a similar size) about 120 times, leaving a second long tail.
Ease the wrapped yarn off the book gently and wrap the second tail tightly around the center six or seven times.
Take a yarn sewing needle and thread in the second tail. Push the needle through the center wrap backward and forward three or four times.
Cut the loops on each side of the wrap. Holding the two tails in one hand, hold the bobble and fluff it out.
Hold the bobble in one hand and use sharp scissors to trim it into a round and even shape.
Using two US size 6 (4mm) doublepointed needles and Fuchsia, cast on 3 sts. *Knit to end. Do not turn.
Slide sts to other end of needle, keeping working yarn to back; rep from * until work measures approx 78in (195cm).
K3tog, and fasten off.
Sew pair of Stars in same color with WS together.
Block and press Stars.
Lay icord length out and, leaving approx 7–8in (17.5–20cm) free at each end, evenly space alternating stars and pompoms along the length approx 4in (10cm) apart.
Using matching yarn, sew stars and pompoms onto the icord to secure.
The drop of the yarn on the pompoms is approx 2½in (6.5cm).