This crochet star blanket puts a modern spin on a traditional eight point star motif. Use it as a baby blanket or toss it over your favorite armchair. Part 1 of the free pattern is below or you can purchase the complete pattern in the ad-free, printable PDF here.
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Learn how to take a traditional eight point crochet star and turn it into a modern piece of art!
While star blankets are usually just that, a star shape, in this pattern, you’ll square the points off to create a more practical and contemporary blanket. The detailed photo tutorial will lead you through every step of crocheting your own Rising Star.
Keep reading for more yarn and inspiration details or scroll down for Part 1 of the free pattern. Get Part 2 of the free pattern here.
Can an 8-Point Crochet Star Be New Again?
I've always loved the nostalgia of crochet ripple star blankets, but I wanted to see if there was a way to modernize the motif a bit. And also, as much as I like to fancy myself an out-of-the-box thinker, blankets that aren't a square or rectangle haven't ever made a lot of practical sense to me. So I set out to see if it would be possible to design a crochet star blanket that felt both contemporary in style and traditional in shape.
After lots of trial and error, the Rising Star Crochet Baby Blanket pattern was born!
Crochet Star Blanket Yarn Details
This eight point star blanket uses a combination of yarns. Lion Brand Pound of Love creates a bright white foundation for our star to float within. Pound of Love is a fantastic blanket yarn because it's economical, but washes and wears really well. Recently Lion Brand released [several new colors of Pound of Love and it's made me want to experiment with more blanket patterns!
The ombre eight point star is crocheted with Lion Brand's Basic Stitch, which is also a category 4 worsted weight yarn. The "Skein Tones" colors within the Basic Stitch line offer a really nice variety of mix and match warm neutral colors and they're exactly what inspired this crochet star blanket in the first place. (I've never met a warm neutral I don't love!)
Substitutions + Customizations
Any worsted weight yarn can be subtituted in this crochet star blanket pattern so long as all the colors of yarn are very similar in thickness. There are many ways to customize this blanket to make it your own!
A few ideas:
- Instead of creating an ombre star, use color for all the star, border and tassel accents. (I think cream + black would make a modern farmhouse-esque star afghan that would make Joanna Gaines swoon!)
- Use a different color for the main center of the star and then use each additional color to crochet rounds of rainbow stripes. (2 rounds of each color with no main color in between.)
- Vary the texture instead of the colors. Create a monochromatic star blanket by using a textured boucle yarn in the same shade as the main color for the star and border accents. (Lion Brand Homespun, for example.)
- Similarly, try a self striping ombre yarn like Lion Brand Ferris Wheel as your accent yarn. It will change colors and shift effortless throughout the star stripes, creating a different style of ombre star.
Related: Crochet Borders and Edgings for Every Blanket
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If you don't live near delicious yarn stores or if you just like to get fun packages in the mail, the all-in-one crochet kit is a perfect way to make your Rising Star Blanket. This bundle from Lion Brand includes all the Pound of Love and Basic Stitch yarn you'll need, plus a free printable PDF of the pattern (delivered digitally).
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More Free Crochet Blanket Patterns
Rising Star Blanket
• Crochet Star Blanket - Free Pattern - Part 1•
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Learn how to take a traditional eight point crochet star and turn it into a modern piece of art! While star blankets are usually just that, a star shape, in this pattern, you’ll square the points off to create a more practical and contemporary blanket. Crochet a baby blanket, couch throw or add borders to customize an afghan any size you wish.
Order an all-in-one kit from Lion Brand here.
• Lion Brand Pound of Love (Weight: 4/medium - 1020 yds, 16 oz)
- Color A: White [550-100] – 2 balls (approx. 600 g)
• Lion Brand Skein Tones (Weight: 4/medium - 185 yds, 3.5 oz)
- Color B: Peachy [202-184] – 1 ball (approx. 60 g)
- Color C: Honey [202-134] – 1 ball (approx. 60 g)
- Color D: Adobe [202-135] – 1 ball (approx. 60 g)
• Tapestry needle
• Size J (6.00 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
• Stitch markers or safety pins
Approximately 38 x 38”
14 dc x 8 rows = 4”
Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch – chain
chsp – chain space
ch1sp – chain one space
ch2sp – chain two space
dc – double crochet
dc2tog – double crochet two together
dc3tog – double crochet two together
rep – repeat
RS – right side
rsc – reverse single crochet
sc – single crochet
sc3tog - single crochet 3 together
sk – skip
slst – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
WS – wrong side
yo – yarn over
Overall Pattern Notes:
• As written, pattern uses just over one skein of Lion Brand Pound of Love. Therefore, if a larger blanket is desired, there will be plenty of extra Color A to enlarge the main center star. Similarly, there will be 10-40 extra grams of each other color for the stripes and border.
• Unless noted, photo tutorials are shown from right-handed perspective.
• Ch 3 counts as a dc throughout.
• Ch 2 does not count as a double crochet, but rather a portion of a dc2tog or dc3tog decrease.
• Star is worked in turned rounds.
With Color A:
Foundation: Ch 4, slst to first ch to create a loop.
Foundation Round (WS): Ch 1, sc 8 in loop, slst to first st to join; turn. (8)
Round 1 (RS): Tightly ch 3, dc in first sc, 2 dc in each remaining sc, slst to first st to join; turn. (16)
Round 2 (WS): Tightly ch 3, dc in base of ch 3, 2 dc in each remaining dc, slst to first st to join; turn. (32)
Round 3 (RS): Ch 2, dc in first dc (dc2tog made), 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next dc, *dc2tog, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next dc; rep from * to end of round, slst to top of first dc2tog, slst to next dc; turn. (5 dc per side, 8 ch2sp corners created)
Round 4 (WS): Ch 2, dc2tog (dc3tog made), dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch2sp, *dc, dc3tog, dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch2sp; rep from * until 1 dc remains, dc in last dc, slst to top of first dc3tog, slst to next dc; turn. (7 dc/side)
Round 5 (RS): Ch 2, dc2tog (dc3tog made), dc in each dc to corner, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch2sp, *dc in each dc until 1 st before dec, dc3tog, dc in each dc to corner, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch2sp; rep from * through last corner, dc in each remaining dc, slst to top of first dc3tog, slst into next dc; turn. (TIP: At end of row, take care not to accidentally work into the st the beginning ch 2 was worked into.) (9 dc/side)
Rep Round 5 seven more times to create a total of 12 dc rounds. Each round should increase by 2 dc per side and 16 dc total per round.
To create a larger blanket, work additional repeats of Round 5 before beginning stripe section. Be sure to end with a WS round.
When changing colors between rounds, work last slst of round in new color, turn and proceed with new color for next round.
Continue repeating Round 5 using the following colors:
Stripe 1 (RS): Color B
Stripe 2 (WS): Color A
Stripe 3 (RS): Color C
Stripe 4 (WS): Color A
Stripe 5 (RS): Color D
Stripe 6 (WS): Color A
Stripe 7 (RS): Color C
Stripe 8 (WS): Color A
Stripe 9 (RS): Color B
Stripe 10 (WS): Color A
Star should include 22 double crochet rounds at this point unless you modified the size in the main color section. Keep yarn attached.
Head to Part 2 of the Free Pattern
Ready to square off your crochet star blanket? Let's do this! You can find Part 2 of the free pattern here or purchase the complete pattern all in one easily printable PDF here.