In the midst of cookouts, family, and fireworks, take a moment to remember all the lives that have been given and sacrifices made to keep this country free. Here's a link to my Pinterest board that is dedicated to our military, http://www.pinterest.com/distractedknits/military/. I look at it to remind me, because it is so easy to forget.
One quick note: I've finally jumped into the world of social media. You can follow me on Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. There are buttons at the top of the page for the first two. I don't have a button for Instagram right now, but you can find me under the user name, distractedknits.
Size US 3 knitting needles, double point and straight
Approx. 10-15 yards of sock yarn (equal amounts of each color, if using more than one color)
- The star pattern is from Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitter's Almanac, with a few modifications to get it the size and width needed.
- The star is best knit in an animal fiber that can be blocked. The star's appearance is dramatically improved by blocking.
- Slip all sts purlwise, with the yarn in the back.
- Abbreviations: BO-Bind off, CO-Cast off, k2tog-Knit 2 sts together, k2pso-Knit 2 sts together, then pass the slipped st over the stitch just formed and off the needle, sl-Slip, sts-Stitches
Using double pointed needles, CO 3 sts and work an icord until cord measures 12", or desired length. BO and weave in ends.
Stars (make 2)
Using straight needles, CO 45 sts, leaving a tail for attaching star to cord.
Row 1(WS): Knit
Row 2: K3, sl1, k2pso, (K6, sl1, k2pso) 4 times, k3 (35 sts)
Row 3: K2, sl1, k2pso, (k4, sl1, k2pso) 4 times, k2 (25 sts)
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: K1, sl1, k2pso, (k2, sl1, k2pso) 4 times, k1 (15 sts)
Row 6: Knit
Row 7: (sl1, k2pso) to end of row (5 sts)
Cut yarn, leaving a tail for sewing seam and attaching star to cord. Thread the yarn tail onto a yarn needle, and slip the remaining 5 sts onto to it and pull tight. Sew seam about 1/2 way down between the two points. (Just sew until it looks right compared to the other points.) Tie off ends, but do not cut. Block stars, stretching as much as possible. After they are completely dry, use both tail ends to secure the star to the end of the cord. (I used both tails to make it stronger, if you only want to use one, then weave in the CO tail, and just use the BO tail to attach the star to the cord.) Enjoy!