If you follow me on social media you will no doubt be aware of my recent blanket journey, the Rainbow of Stars. If you don't follow me then you are in for a treat (even if I do say so myself).
Let's begin this journey with a little background information as to how this blanket came about. This post does contain affiliate links to the yarn I used.
My smallest star has recently turned two years old. He is absolutely obsessed with stars and rainbows at the moment (and trains, and trucks, and tractors but I digress!). His love of rainbows and stars set my mind on how I could capture his love in a blanket as a gift from me to him. Something he can use now but treasure in the future. Almost a memory in a blanket I suppose. I knew fairly instantly how I wanted to bring these together but the tricky part was going to be executing it.
I have a rather large stash of Stylecraft Special DK. This is, without a doubt,my absolute favourite go to yarn for blankets (I am not being paid to say this - it's completely my personal opinion). Stylecraft Special DK is 100% acrylic making it easy to look after. If it gets dirty - which with a two year old it will - I can just throw it into the washing machine on a 40 degree wash and know it will come out looking perfect. So, I rummaged through my stash and dug out my rainbow colours. The colours I used for the blanket are as follows:
Kelly Green or Sage (both work equally well with the other shades so your personal preference wins!)
I do not have exact amounts for you I am afraid as some were incomplete balls. I can tell you that I did not use more than 100g of any colour other than the cream. I used somewhere between 400g - 500g of cream.
I then sat down and drew myself a little chart of how I was imagining my colours would work. I am going to let you into the ever so slightly crazy world of my notebook here, it often resembles the ramblings of a madman and doesn't make much sense to anyone else who picks it up but I know what everything in there means.
I also knew that I wanted to use a five point star, I have seen six point stars used in blankets but for me it just had to be a five point star. Two reasons - firstly, a five point star is automatically what I would draw if asked to draw a star and secondly, my son has also come to see a five point star as the most common form of star.
Now there was the task of designing a five point star that I liked and that would work in this blanket. I made many before settling on the one you see. I trawled the internet for images of stars and found the most beautiful five point star afghan. Now could this save me having to make one myself? Sadly not as the middle of that afghan didn't begin with a star, the star developed on later rounds and would be too big for what I had in mind. Eventually I made the one you see but I hadn't written down my pattern for it as I wasn't convinced it would work. So I had to try and replicate the star so that I could write down my pattern and reuse it (and duplicate it here for you).
In UK terminology, I used a 4.5mm hook and DK yarn (I'm a tight hooker!)
Round 1: ch3, sl st to form a ring, ch2 (counts as a st here), 19tr into the ring, sl st to top of ch2 
Round 2: ch1, dc into the same sp, *sk next st, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) into the next st, sk st, dc into next st* Repeat * to * all the way around and then sl st into the ch1, sl st along two st
Round 3: ch2 (counts as a st here), 1tr into the next st, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) into the ch3 sp from previous round (this forms the point), 1tr in next 2st (do not work a st into the hidden st here), *sk 2 st, 1tr in next 2st, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) into the ch3 sp from previous round, 1tr in next 2st (do not work into the hidden st here)*, Repeat * to * all the way round and join with sl st to the starting ch2.
Fasten off and sew in ends.
So that is how you make the star for the Rainbow of Stars blanket.
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