Sparkly time is here and I so love a bit of festive sparkle (actually I love sparkles all year round!) so as a crochet designer, I just had to design something sparkly! And the best part? It’s free! I’ve designed a sparkly free crochet pattern.
The problem with sparkly yarns that we usually find is that they’re not at all eco-friendly. But I’m so excited to tell you I solved this problem and found a gorgeous sparkly yarn that actually is!
If you’re keen to be more eco-friendly, then you are going to love this yarn and this pattern too. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to get my hands on this yarn and design something with it! It’s a gorgeously sparkly, incredibly pretty yarn and works perfectly for this free crochet pattern, the Sparkle Star Coaster.
It’s the new metallic recycled ribbon by Paintbox yarns and it’s made entirely from recycled fibres! Capturing the sparkles on this fabulously chunky yarn is a little tricky in photos but I hope this close-up shows it a little for you.
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Once I got my yarn, I grabbed my big hooks and had loads of fun experimenting with a few ideas. I got my design completed and crochet pattern written up before the festivities were upon us!
The Sparkle Star Coaster crochet pattern is easy and works up very quickly in Chunky/Bulky yarn. So if you love a bit of sparkle at Christmas too and like the idea of being more eco-friendly then why not try the Paintbox Metallic ribbon (link under Recommended Yarn) and create stunning festive coasters or pop on a hanging loop for a pretty festive decoration.
A marvellous thing about this star crochet pattern is you could really use any yarn, it is a wonderful project to play with size, you can easily go smaller, just use a smaller hook and thinner yarn. You can make little stars as tree decorations or to pop on a present for a fab finishing touch. It’s a fun and versatile crochet pattern.
I have written the crochet pattern here in this post FREE. But if you’d like an easy print ad-free PDF, you can get it below at very low cost. The PDF includes the photo tutorials for all the special stitches and techniques used in the pattern.
Paintbox Recycled Ribbon or Metallic (photo above in Red and Gold Metallic). The Metallic is a little thicker and firmer than the Ribbon, so the gold is a little bigger than the red one also pictured. You only need a few metres to make a star. So you’ll get quite a few stars from a ball of this yarn.
Alternatives: Hoooked Ribbon XL. Or use chunky/bulky cotton yarn held together with a metallic thread to get the sparkles or 2 strands worsted weight cotton held together with metallic thread. It’s a bit fiddly with 3 strands but it’s doable. I made the pink and silver one on the right this way, it’s only a fraction smaller than the red star.
Crochet Hook & Other Materials
- US Size N (10mm) crochet hook – I love this hook and have them in all sizes from 7mm to 12mm, they are so comfortable to use, look pretty and are easy to find by size as each size is a different colour. They’re also exceptionally good value.
- Big Eye Yarn needle – You need big eyed darning needles for working with ribbon yarn. These are awesome.
- Stitch marker – I only ever use locking stitch markers, the loop on ones always fall off!
- Scissors – every crocheter needs a pair of pretty scissors, I love these so much.
Advanced Beginner level – pattern uses a variety of stitches and techniques.
The pattern uses the Chainless Invisible Join and Invisible Finish (FO) . The PDF includes a photo tutorial and written instructions or you can see my online tutorial post.
Approx. 6” (15cm) at point to point.
Crochet Pattern Abbreviations used:
Ch – Chain
Sl st – Slip stitch (UK ss – slip stitch)
Sc – Single crochet (UK Dc – Double Crochet)
Hdc – Half Double Crochet (UK Htr – Half Treble)
FO – Fasten off
- US Terms.
- Ch 1 at the start does NOT count as a stitch.
- Use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch.
- We use invisible joins throughout. Alternatively, you may join any way you prefer.
- Always check your stitch count to ensure you don’t miss or add any stitches.
- Pattern shows stitch count at the end of each round in bold.
Not important, but to meet the same measurements the 1st round diameter measures approx. 2.5cm (1”) once joined and pulled closed.
A pretty stitch that is used to make a point. ch 2, sl st into 1st ch. Counts as 1 stitch once complete.
Invisible (chainless) join in the round
(Click the title above to go to photo tutorial). We use this crochet technique instead of sl st join and ch 1 start for a neater look.
Invisible Finish (FO)
(Click the title above to go to photo tutorial). We use this crochet technique instead of a sl st FO. This method makes the appearance of the top of a stitch, with no ugly bump.
Round 1: Make a magic ring, ch 1 and 10 sc into it, join with invisible join. Pull closed. (10)
Round 2: *Sc in 2 sts, then ch 2, repeat from * to end, join with invisible join. (20)
Round 3: *Sc in 2 sts, (sc, ch 2, sc, in ch 2 space), repeat from * to end, join with invisible join. (30)
Round 4: Sc2tog, *sc, (sc, hdc, picot, hdc, sc, in ch 2 space), sc, sc2tog, repeat from * to end. Finish off with invisible finish. (40)
Ensure magic ring is closed tightly and weave in ends. Pull to shape as needed.
I hope you enjoy this crochet pattern and love your star coasters (sparkly or not), any problems please get in touch through social media or send me an email.
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