08 November 2010
Today's pattern doesn't have six points. This starflake was inspired by an experience last summer.
I was wearing my Montana T-shirt when a much-older man stopped me and thanked me for wearing "the flag." I was so taken aback by his sentiment, I almost couldn't think of anything to say.
"And I'll bet you served, didn't you," I managed to squeak out.
He stood at attention and saluted.
"Yes, ma'am," he answered. "Korea and WWII."
"Then I'd like to shake your hand," I said weakly, shyly. I'd heard many experiences others told of doing such a thing, but I'd never done it, and I was nervous. I don't know why, but it just didn't come naturally, perhaps because I'm just plain shy by nature, and I didn't know this man. I had to force it.
But he did not notice. Tears welled in the corners of his eyes, and he proudly shook my hand. He thanked me again.
Next time, it won't be so hard. Now I know why others ask to shake a veteran's hand. Something more powerful than electricity transmits when you thank a veteran for risking his life to protect our freedom.
Stars are a beautiful way to decorate at Christmas; they decorate our flag as well. During World War I, mothers hung blue stars in their windows for every son fighting. Gold stars were hung in memory of the sons they lost. To this day, men and women lost during service to their country are honored by the Gold Star Mothers Club.
This star is designed in honor of all veterans and all mothers. Happy Veterans Day!
You may do whatever you'd like with starflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!
Finished Size: 4.75 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 8 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, glue, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line
Ch 29; being careful not to twist, sl st into 1st ch (sl st counts as 30th ch).
Round 1: Ch 1, 1 sc into same ch; ch 3, sk 2 ch, 1 dc into next ch; *ch 2, sk 2 ch, 1 sc into next ch, ch 2, sk 2 ch, 1 dc into next ch; repeat from * around 3 more times; sk 2 ch, sl st into starting sc.
Round 2: 1 sc tightly over sc below into starting ch; ch 3, 1 dc in next dc, ch 2, 1 dc in same dc, ch 3, *1 sc tightly over next sc into ch below, ch 3, 1 dc in next dc, ch 3, 1 dc in same dc, ch 3; repeat from * around 3 more times; sl st in starting sc.
Round 3: 1 sc tightly over sc into row 2 below; ch 5, 1 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same ch 2 sp, ch 5, *1 sc tightly over next sc into row 2 below, ch 5, 1 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same ch 2 sp, ch 5; repeat from * around 3 more times; sl st in starting sc.
Round 4: 1 sc tightly over sc below into row 3 below; ch 7, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same ch 3 sp, ch 7, *1 sc tightly over next sc into row 3 below, ch 7, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same ch 3 sp, ch 7; repeat from * around 3 more times; sl st in starting sc.
Round 5: 1 sc tightly over sc below into row 4 below; ch 9, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same ch 3 sp, ch 9, *1 sc tightly over next sc into row 4 below, ch 9, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same ch 3 sp, ch 7; repeat from * around 3 more times; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.
NOTE: I made four different sizes by ending stars on the second, third, fourth and fifth rows. After all, you can never have too many stars at Christmas!
Finish: Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box. Pin starflake to box on top of wax paper or plastic wrap.
Mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint starflake with glue mixture. Sprinkle lightly with glitter. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow starflake to dry at least 24 hours. Remove pins. Gently peel snowflake from wax paper or plastic wrap. Attach 10-inch clear thread to one spoke, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch the starflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Starflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.