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Home : Patterns : Child's Star Afghan

Free Knitting Pattern: Child's Star Afghan

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Pattern #: 80435AD
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy + (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size
About 27 x 34 1/2 in. (68.5 x 87.5 cm)


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Additional Materials
6 in. (15 cm) piece of cardboard

Child's Star Afghan

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16 sts + 24 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) with larger needles. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


K2, p2 Rib
Row 1:
*K2, p2; rep from * across.
Row 2: K the knit sts and p the purl sts.
Rep Row 2 for K2, p2 Rib.

With larger needles and A, cast on 94 sts.
Work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures about 31 in. (78.5 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.

Top Edge

Change to smaller needles and B.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: *P2, k2; rep from * across.
Row 3: Inc 1 in first st, k1, p2; work in k2, p2 Rib across – 95 sts.
Rows 4-8: Continue as established, working in k2, p2 Rib and inc 1 st at beg of every row – 100 sts at end of Row 8.
Bind off.
Lower Edge
With RS facing and B, pick up and k94 sts along opposite (cast-on) edge of Afghan. Work as for Top Edge.
Side Edges
With RS facing and B, pick up and k150 sts along (long) side of Afghan. Work as for Top Edge – 156 sts at end of Row 8. Rep on opposite (long) edge.

STAR (make 6)
Lower Right Point

With smaller needles and B, cast on 2 sts.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Cast on 1 st, p to end – 3 sts.
Rows 3-6: Rep last 2 rows twice – 5 sts.
Row 7: Knit.
Cut yarn; leave sts on needle, read to work a WS row.

Lower Left Point
On free needle, cast on 2 sts.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: Cast on 1 st, k to end – 3 sts.
Row 4–7: Rep last 2 rows twice – 5 sts.
Do not cut yarn.
Join Points
Next Row (WS): Purl across sts of both points – 10 sts.
Continue in St st, cast on 1 st at beg of next 8 rows—18 sts.
Bind off 5 sts at beg of next 2 rows—8 sts.
Work even for 2 rows.
Dec 1 st each edge of next RS row 3 times—2 sts.
Work even for 2 rows.
Next Row: K2tog, fasten off.

Tassel (make 4)

Wrap B around 6 in. (15 cm) cardboard 40 times. Cut a piece of yarn and thread doubled onto large-eyed blunt needle. Insert needle under all strands at upper edge of cardboard. Pull tightly and knot securely near strands. Cut yarn loops at lower edge of cardboard. Cut another piece of yarn and wrap tightly around loops 1 1/2 in. (4 cm) below top knot to form Tassel neck. Knot securely; thread ends onto needle and weave ends to center of Tassel. Trim Tassel ends evenly.

Tassel Band (make 4)
With smaller needles and B, cast on 10 sts. Bind off. Wrap band 1 1/2 in. (4 cm) down from top knot of Tassel. Sew ends of band together.

Seam mitered corners of borders. Sew 3 Stars evenly spaced across lower and top edges of Afghan. Sew a Tassel to each corner of Afghan.

Weave in ends.

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dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing) inc = increas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing) RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es) WS = wrong side

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