Scintillation by Hunter Hammersen
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Scintillation

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Want to make a bunch of these? You’re not alone! We’re having a little KAL and I’d love it if you’d join us!

Scintilation noun
- a flash or sparkle of light

You know those bits of gorgeous yarn left over from your favorite projects? The ones you just can’t bear to throw away? Well why not turn them into a pile of adorable little stars!

There are no seams to work when you’re done, no stitches to pick up, and only two ends to weave in! Each one takes only a few yards of yarn (these took between 10 & 30 yards each) and about two hours to knit. That’s about as close to instant gratification as knitting gets!

As for what you’ll do with them? Well that’s limited only by your imagination!

  • String them on ribbon or twine and use them as bunting or a garland
  • Make a mobile
  • Use them as party favors or place card holders at your next dinner party
  • Pop one in a card and send it to someone who could use a little extra love—they are light and squish down flat, so they’re easy to mail
  • Add some lavender or rosemary and tuck one in your sweater drawer
  • Make one to match a baby sweater you’re giving as a gift.
  • Add some catnip and use one as a cat toy
  • Fill them with dried beans or rice and use them as microwaveable hand warmers
  • Add a rattle insert and use one as a baby toy

I suspect you’ll want to make a bunch and you’ll come up with no end of ideas for what to do with them!

And I promise they’re quick and easy! If you’ve never made something 3D before, don’t worry, the pattern is extremely detailed (really, it’s 22 pages long…it holds your hand the whole way through). I’ve got a three-page photo tutorial showing you every step of the process. And I’ve included all sorts of helpful tips on everything from what to fill them with to how to block them (seriously, there’s a blocking guide you can print out and use if you’re feeling fancy) to how to weave in your ends. I’ve totally got you covered, you can absolutely do this!

I think the only hard part will be knowing when to stop. The pattern includes three shapes, three sizes, and three different stitch textures (stockinette, reverse stockinette, and ribbing), so you’ve got lots and lots of options for what to make (54 different possible combos if I have my math right). I’ve knit about two dozen, and I still want to make more!

Psssst: Lots of folks wrote and asked if it was possible to make these with either four or six points (instead of five), so I’ve updated the pattern with info on how to do just that! You can see what the four and six pointed stars look like (check out the third photo), and they’re every bit as much fun to make as the five point versions!

These are perfect for you if:

  • You need something cheerful and quick
  • You have a jar of yarn leftovers you’ve been wanting to do something with
  • You’re already thinking of all the things you could do with these

They’re not for you if:

  • You’re looking for a somber, serious project
  • You don’t like charts (the pattern uses charts)
  • You just can’t handle this level of cheerful right now