Moravian Star of Bethlehem Christmas Ornament by Cara Louise Reitbauer

Moravian Star of Bethlehem Christmas Ornament

Crochet
December 2012
Thread ?
1.75 mm
3.25 mm (D)
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This design requires that you are familiar with the chainless foundation method, (links to some great video instructions are included!) and uses these stitches:
foundation triple crochet
foundation double crochet
foundation half double crochet
foundation single crochet

In the midst of a very hectic day, the peaceful image of the Star of Bethlehem came to mind. I grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which was the first permanent Moravian settlement in what would become the U.S. The true Moravian star is quite a complicated affair, boasting many points in a spectacular 3-D design. I have over-simplified this design into something still quite lovely, yet more easily translated into crochet!

“Whatever its form, the star reminds us of God, who caused the light to shine out of darkness and of the light which is the life of humanity. It reminds us of the promise of Abraham that his descendants would be more numerous than the stars; we are reminded of the star that pointed to the “great and heavenly light from Bethlehem’s manger shining bright.” The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. This is the message of the Advent star, which also points to Jesus, who said, “I am the bright and Morning Star.” It is the star of promise, the star of fulfillment, and the star of hope.“
(from http://www.moravian.org/faith-a-congregations/moravian-tr...)