Worsted/aran-weight wool yarn (approx 3.5 oz/100 g; 155 yds/142 m)
CC 1 skein in orange red
CCa 1 skein in red
CCb 1 skein in gold
CCc 1 skein in light green
CCd 1 skein in medium green
CCe 1 skein in turquoise
CCf 1 skein in light blue
CCg 1 skein in magenta
CCh 1 skein in dark blue
Size G-6 (4mm) hook
A star motif measures approx 4" across from point to point
Approx 37" x 24"
FPdc and FPtr: dc and tr, respectively, worked behind the post of the designated stitch on the side facing you.
Surface sl st: insert hook through designated st and draw up loop from the WS of the motif and complete sl st on the RS; insert hook into next designated st, draw up loop, and complete sl st. Continue around the motif working into each designated st.
NOTE: each star motif requires approximately 17 yards of worsted/aran-weight yarn. If you choose to design something with different dimensions, multiply the total number of motifs by 17 yards to determine the total length of yarn required. For example, if you want to make a blanket measuring 37" x 48", you will need 2 skeins of each color.
To make the rug
FIRST STAR MOTIF
Using color of choice, ch6, join ends with sl st to form ring.
Round 1: *ch1, work [dc1, tr1, dc1, ch1, sl st] into ring, ch1, rep from * 5 more times. (6 petals)
Round 2: *ch2, skip ch1, work [FPdc into next st, FPtr into next st, FPdc into next st, ch2], skip ch1, sl st into sl st from previous round, rep from * to end.
Round 3: *ch2, skip ch2, work [FPdc into next st, FPtr into next st, FPdc into next st, ch2], skip ch2, sc1 into sl st from previous round, rep from * to end.
Fasten off yarn and weave in loose ends.
NOTE: the next round is worked using the surface crochet technique and a contrasting color. The hook is used with the RS of the motif facing, but the yarn will be held at the WS of the motif.
Work the surface sl st around motif, inserting hook into the top of each designated st or sp below.
Round 4: Join contrast color with sl st into final sc of Round 3, then work down toward the center of the motif as follows, working down the edge of the last of the six petals.
Sl st into corresponding sp on Round 2, sl st into corresponding st of Round 1, sl st into center of ring, *work sl st into each sp back up the right side of next petal, ending with sl st into ch2sp, sl st into blo of next 3sts**, work sl st into each sp back down left-hand side of same petal, and into loop, rep from *, ending last rep at **.
Fasten off yarn and pull tail through to WS. Weave in loose ends.
NOTE: the next round is worked into the top of the sts from Round 3; they are at the WS of the motif.
Round 5: join next color into any sl st on Round 3, *sl st into ch2sp, sc1 into next st, work [sc1, ch3, sc1] into next st (corner worked), sc1 into next st, sl st into next ch2sp, rep from * to end, sl st into sl st at beg of round.
SECOND STAR MOTIF
Using next set of three colors, start by working Rounds 1—4 as given for first motif.
NOTE: you will also join the motifs together as you go on next round.
Round 5: join next color into any sl st on Round 3, *sl st into next ch2sp, sc1 into next st, work [sc1, ch1, sl st into ch3sp from first motif, ch1, sc1] into next st (corner join worked), sc1 into next st, sl st into next ch2sp, rep from *, working corner join into two corners only for first row of motifs, for remaining corners work as Round 5 of first motif.
Using picture as a guide, join all the motifs together as Round 5, working into two corners from each motif.
Work a total of seven rows, maintaining the progressive sequence of colors as shown in the picture. Weave in loose ends and block if required.
Each star fruit motif uses three colors. Create multiple color combinations and maximum color contrast.