Hi, all! Stella the Starfish is the first creature in our Sea Creature Keychain Collection! You can check out all the creatures over on our Instagram page. Their patterns are coming soon!
Here’s the free pattern for Stella the Starfish!
- We used worsted weight Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in Tangerine;
- 3.5mm hook (I use THESE hooks!);
- Tapestry needle;
- Safety eyes (optional);
- Keychain ring (optional).
Terms and Special Stitches (US Terminology):
MR – Magic Ring
Ch – Chain
Slst – Slipstitch
Sc – Single Crochet
Inc – Increase. Work 2 sc into the same st.
Dec – Decrease. Work 2 sc together (when decreasing in the round, I use the invisible decrease).
We will make five (5) points separately and then join them.
Round 1: MR with 4 sc (4 sts)
Round 2: *sc, inc* repeat around (6 sts)
Round 3: *sc 2, inc* repeat around (8 sts)
Round 4: *sc 3, inc* repeat around (10 sts)
Rounds 5-6: sc around (10 sts)
Round 7: *sc 4, inc* repeat around (12 sts)
Tie off and repeat for the next 4 points. On the fifth point, don’t tie off. Continue with Round 8 below.
Round 8: Sc 6. Place a stitch marker in the first st. Join the next point by placing it next to the first one and working your next stitches into the last row of the next point. Sc 6. Join next point. Sc 6. Continue joining each new point until all five points have been joined. (30 sts) (Basically, you are only crocheting half of the stitches on each point before joining the next one!)
Round 9: *sc 3, dec* repeat around (24 sts)
Round 10: *sc 2, dec* repeat around (18 sts)
Round 11: *sc 1, dec* repeat around (12 sts)
Round 12: *dec* around (6 sts).
Tie off, leaving a tail for closing. Weave tail through the front loops of each stitch, then down through the opening. Tug gently on tail to close.
Place your safety eyes and any other facial features you’d like.
Turn Stella over.
Round 13: Sc around, joining the remaining 6 sts of each point together (30 sts)
Rounds 14-17: Repeat rounds 9-12, stuff Stella between rounds 15 and 16.
Once you’ve closed the opening, poke the remaining tail back into the piece using the back of your tapestry needle.
Add a loop to the top of one of the points and attach a keychain to make a sweet bag charm, or simply attach the jump ring right through one of the stitches.
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