These cute floral stars have been made using good old garden twine.
Jute is not just for tying up plants and using around the garden, oh no…… it is perfect for crochet.
There are many things that you can crochet with it and here is a fab example in the form of hanging garden decorations.
We often forget that our gardens are an extension of our home.
Adding decorations to it, gives it a personal touch and makes it a space you want to spend time in.
Why not add some of these gorgeous jute floral stars to yours.
They are quick and easy to make and suitable for all levels.
Let’s get started
Here’s what you need:
Crochet hook – we used a 5.5mm
Darning needle – to sew in ends
thick card – to create a template for the tassels
beads – to add a bit of bling
Jute gives a fab rustic look to your crochet.
Working with string like yarn can be hard going for your hands.
For these floral stars tension isn’t important. If you are finding it tough on your fingers, go up a hook size.
This will give you a more open weave look and will be kinder to your hands.
We used a 5.5mm hook for our stars and found this fairly easy to work with.
The pattern is written in UK terms.
st/sts – stitch/stitches
yo – yarn over (place yarn over hook)
sl st – slip stitch (insert hook into space, yo and pull through and pull through loop on hook)
dc – double crochet (insert hook, yo and pull through, yo and pull through both loops)
tr – treble crochet ( yo, insert hook, yo pull through, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo pull through remaining 2 loops on hook)
ch – chain (do not insert into work, yo and pull through loop on hook)
Starting with a magic ring, chain 3 which will counts as the 1st tr in this round.
In the first round we need to create 5 sides as our star will have 5 points
The first side already has one treble (the chain 3) so work a further 2tr into the magic ring.
To create a space for the next round, ch 1. The first side has now been completed.
The sides are created with 3tr and the spaces are 1 chain.
To complete the round work as follows. 3tr, 1ch, (2nd side), 3tr, 1ch, (3rd side), 3tr, 1ch, (4th side), 3tr, 1ch (5th side).
To close the round work a sl st into the 3rd stitch of the 3ch you worked at the beginning of the round.
Round 1 is now complete.
We want to start round 2 from a 1ch space from round 1. To do this sl st to the left until you reach the 1st corner and work a sl st in there too.
When working in trebles we need to gain height at the start of each round. This is why we work a 3ch at the start.
It does count as a treble.
Work a 3ch (counts as 1st treble).
We will be working in each of the 5 spaces in this round.
They were created when we worked a 1ch in the previous round and are located after each set of 3tr.
As the 3ch counts as the first treble, work 2tr into the same space as the 3ch.
1ch, (this will create the space for the next round) and 3tr back into the same space again.
1st sequence is complete.
We will now work in the next 1ch space from the previous round.
(3tr, 1ch, 3tr) into the next 1ch space.
Continue the sequence of (3tr, 1ch, 3tr) into the remaining 3 1ch spaces from the previous round.
To close this round work a sl st into the 3rd stitch of the 3ch worked at the beginning.
We need to start round 3 inbetween two of the sets of trebles.
To do this work a dc to the space just to the right of where you finished round 2.
A dc stitch has been worked in this space.
We are now going the create the 5 points of the star.
They are all worked with the same sequence as follows.
In the next 1ch space from the previous round (3tr, 2ch, 3tr).
A 2ch is worked in between the tr in this round to create more of a point.
To secure the point, work a dc in between the sets of trebles in the previous round.
Continue this sequence for the round.
Work (3tr, 2ch, 3tr) in the 1ch spaces and 1dc in between the sets of trebles from the previous round.
To close the round, work a sl st back into the 1st dc of the round.
Cut off yarn and pull through to secure.
Weave in this and the centre strand to complete this side.
Work a 2nd star in exactly the same way but once you have closed the last round, do not cut off yarn.
We will be joining the two stars together with it.
To join the two stars together, place them so that the wrong sides are facing eachother.
Line them up so that the stitches match.
Making sure that you work in both loops of the stitches, pick up and work a sl st through both stars.
Continue working through both stars until you reach the space at the point of the star.
To make the point of the star stand out more work a (sl st, 3ch, and sl st) all in the same space.
Continue in the round working sl st’s in all of the st’s apart from the points.
Work a (sl st, 3ch, sl st) in all of these.
Once you get back to the beginning, cut yarn, pull through and sew in end to secure.
You may need to pull the star into shape.
Due to the raw nature of jute, it sometimes has a mind of it’s own and twists slightly.
You can leave it like this or do as we have and turn it more into a flower shape.
This is simple to do. You will need 5 lengths of jute.
Insert one the lengths into the middle treble of one to the sets of tebles in round 1.
Make sure you go through both sides in this place.
Tie the length tightly and it will pull the side in towards the centre to create a petal.
Once you have tied the knot, weave in the ends so they don’t show.
Do this 4 more times around the star to create the flower shape.
You may need to tease it into shape and pull the points of the petals.
Select one of the points and thread a length of jute through.
This will be your hanging cord, so make it as long as you need.
To keep the hanger together, thread a couple of beads through both lengths.
We now want to add a tassel to the flower.
If you don’t have a tassel maker, you can make your own using stiff card.
Decide how long you want your tassels to be. We like to add a tiny bit extra on so that the tassels can be trimmed after.
This means that if you are making lots, you can cut them the same length once you have made them all.
Cut a piece of card so that the height is a fraction more than your chosen tassel length.
We have found that the best card to use is from an old cardboard box.
It was nice and stiff and we found it lasted for ages.
The width of the card doesn’t really matter.
If it’s nice and wide, it is easier to wrap the jute around and it won’t slip off.
Now wrap the jute around the card.
The more you wrap it around, the thicker the tassel will be.
Again this part is a bit of trial and error.
If you wrap it around too many times, the tassel will be hard to secure together.
We wrapped it around about 15 times.
As we said, it really doesn’t matter, but bear in mind, if you are making a set, you want them to look similar.
Find a number that gives you the look you want and make a note of it for future reference.
So that the strands don’t all fall off the cardboard once cut, thread a piece of jute under the strands on one side and slide it up to the top.
Tie a tight knot. This length of jute should be long enough to add some beads and be able to tie to the bauble.
Once you have secured the top, cut along the strands at the bottom to release them.
Hold the tassel together and tie a piece of jute just below the top.
You may need to ask someone to hold it as this is a bit fiddly.
Once your tassel is secure you can neaten the bottom off with a pair of scissors.
Thread some large holed beads to the strand at the top of the tassel.
You need to thread both the strands through the beads so that they sit on top of the tassel.
To attach them to the fower, thread the tassel through the length of yarn you used to pull the petal into shape.
That way you can tease the tassel down to the bottom before tying to secure.
Weave in both yarns to secure and hide.
All you need to do now is decide were your are going to hang your beautiful creation.
We hung ours in a tree. It will be protected from the elements by the canopy of the tree.
These will withstand weather but will fade.
If you want to keep them like new, you can hang them indoors.
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