In Excelsis Natalis

Thank you to Bearye.com for hosting this amazing event. I have participated in each one of her blanket CALs and have loved each one of them! The designers that Claire gathers for these events are so talented and creative. I am so blessed to be able to work along side of them

As a reminder you can get the other squares that have been released here. If you are not the blog hopping type, no worries, you can get all the squares for a massive discount here.

Purchasing the squares as a bundle gets you all the premium PDF patterns for each square on the day’s they are released. This means that if you purchase today you will receive the squares that are released up to today. BUT not to worry because each of the following day’s you will get that day’s premium PDSF pattern delivered to you through SendOwl.com

I hope you are enjoying the Hope in the Holiday’s blanket CAL.

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What you will need

Yarn:  I used KnitPicks Mighty Stitch, #4 worsted weight, 80% acrylic 20% wool (this yarn is light for a worsted weight yarn). The abbreviations in the parenthesis is what is used in the pattern to represent which color to work with.

You can get all the yarn for this project at We Crochet!

1 skein KnitPicks Mighty Stitch in Spruce (SP)
○ 1 skein KnitPicks Mighty Stitch in White (WH)
○ 1 skein KnitPicks Mighty Stitch in Silver (SL)

Here are the other colors you will need for the other squares of this CAL

1 skein KnitPicks Mighty Stitch in Oyster (O)

1 skein KnitPicks Mighty Stitch in Spruce (Sp)

1 skein KnitPicks Mighty Stitch in Black (B)

1 skein KnitPicks Mighty Stitch in Chocolate (Ch)

1 skein KnitPicks Mighty Stitch in Silver (S)

Hook(s): 5mm H-8. I used my Furls Odyssey

Yarn needle

Blocking board or something to pin the square to

Pins (24 minimum) for pinning the square to board

Scissors

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Let’s talk fiber!

If you need to substitute with an other yarn and are not sure what to look for here are some tips…

What you will look for between labels

Is the weight the same?

Are the fibers similar, such as Acrylic, wool, alpaca, nylon, etc.?

Is the gauge similar or close enough to make it work?

Are the recommended hook sizes the same?

Another piece of information you can look for is the number of wpi (wraps per inch). This information is not always available so me be more difficult to compare.

You can read more about this in my blog post for Happily Hooked Magazine!

Do you know these stitches and abbreviations?

St– stitches

Ch– Chain

Scsingle crochet

Knst- knit stitch

Point Pin- the pin that marks the out points of the star

“V” Pin- the pin that parks the inner V point of the star

Gauge and measurements.

16 st x 21 rows of knit stitch= 4X4” 10cm

W– 8”
H– 8”

Other things you should know before starting…

The chain at the beginning of each round does not count as a stitch.

The Knit stitch is a single crochet worked between the legs of the stitch below.

White sides of the star will always be to the left of the point pin

Silver sides of the star will always be to the right of the point pin.

When embroidering the star keep your tension relaxed. You want the yarn taught but not pulling so that the square loses its shape. Some shape loss is ok as this can be fixed with blocking but not a lot.

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Okay let’s go!

Row 1- In SP ch31; 2sc in 2nd chain from the hook and across; ch1, turn. (30)

Row 2-42- Knst in each st across; ch1, turn.

Pin your square to a blocking board or surface of your choice.

Pin the star at each point (8) and each inner “V” point (8), and two pins at the center with a little space between them.

I know this looks crazy right now but take a deep breath and go one step at a time.

Next, cut a comfortable length of WH to work with, and with your yarn needle insert from underneath your square at one of the points.

Pull through without pulling the yarn completely out (secure tail with tape if desired). Rotate the board and reach the yarn to the exact opposite point pin (be sure to insert the needle to the left of the point pin).

Now, look at the center two pins and compare yours to my picture above. Thread your yarn between the two center pins as I have. Keep these pins between the two colors as you move from point to point to keep the two colors separated throughout embroidering your star.

After doing 2 passes with the White yarn switch to the Silver and repeat.

As you continue making passes and switching colors work your insert points down toward the “V” pin, see picture below for visual of what this looks like.

When you reach the “V” pin, thread the color you are working with through the center at the junction point of the two colors (this will ensure the two colors do not blend and cross once the pins are removed.

Then reach the yarn to the next point pin you wish to make. Move your center pins so that they will separate the colors as they did with the first points.

Continue working around for each point. Once you have finished all the points of the star, feel free to add more to points you feel need extra yarn. When doing this be sure to pass the yarn needle through the middle of the colors where they intersect and preferable on the same layer you wish to add to.

When you are happy with the outcome of the star work one or two passes between the intersection of the top layer of colors to keep them in place after removing the pins.

Insert the yarn needle one last time and through the back of the square. Remove all pins, turn the square over and tie off all loose ends. Weave in any visible ends, attach square to the other squares of this blanket CAL and Enjoy!

Want even more?

Get the entire pattern bundle for this CAL at a major discount here! Each day you will be able to download the next square in this series!

Visit my store to purchase the fully loaded downloadable version of this pattern! Complete with start template cut out, and photo tutorials.

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