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Discover Versatile And Easy Star Motif (Free Pattern Mosaic Crochet)

Nordic star crochet pattern

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Today, I’m thrilled to share with you a free crochet pattern for a stunning ethnic motif of star, known in various cultures, Nordic Star in Norway, Aušrinė in Lithuania, Auseklis in Latvia and so on. This intricate design is perfect for adding a touch of cultural flair to your crochet projects.

Overview

The Ethnic Star Mosaic Square is crocheted in rounds using the mosaic crochet technique. This technique involves changing colors at the beginning of each round to create beautiful geometric patterns. The square can be used as a component in larger projects such as afghans, pillow cushions, bags, or even as standalone decorative pieces or coasters.

Materials Needed

Gather the following supplies:

  1. Worsted weight yarn in two contrasting colors. I used linen white (A), and violet (B).
  2. A crochet hook suitable for your chosen yarn.
  3. Yarn needle for weaving in ends.
  4. Scissors.

I used Scheepjes Catona yarn and hook 2.5 mm.

Abreviations

US notations used.

ch – chain
sc – single crochet
st – stitch
slst – slip stitch
dc – double crochet
BLOsc – single crochet into back loop
FLOdc – double crochet into front loop
BLOsc3shell – three BLOsc into one st


Round Join from the Back – Perfect for Mosaic Crochet

One of the challenges in mosaic crochet is changing colors in each round while keeping your work neat and tidy. To achieve a clean and polished look, use the “Join from the Back” technique. Here’s how it works:

  1. When you reach the end of a round and need to join with a slip stitch, instead of joining in the usual way (inserting your hook into the top of the first stitch), flip your work to the backside.
  2. Insert your hook from back to front through the top of the first stitch of the round.
  3. Next, insert your hook into the loop of last stitch.
  4. Pull this loop through the loop already on your hook. This creates a slip stitch that joins the round, but it’s hidden on the backside of your work.

This technique creates an almost invisible join on the front side, giving your mosaic crochet project a clean and seamless appearance.

Pattern

Round 1 (B): Into magic ring start with ch 3 (counts as dc). 15 dc. Join with the start of the round from the back, then  switch to yarn A with slst.

Round 2 (A): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 3 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn B with slst.

Note: be careful not to miss the last stitch of the pattern in the rounds. The last stitch will look a bit overlapped with the start of the round.

Round 3 (B): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 5 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn A with slst.

Round 4 (A): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 3 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 3 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn B with slst.

Round 5 (B): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 1 FLOdc into corner st, 3 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 3 FLOdc, 1 FLOdc into corner st* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn A with slst.

Round 6 (A): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 5 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 5 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn B with slst.

Round 7 (B): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 1 FLOdc into corner st, 5 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 5 FLOdc, 1 FLOdc into corner st* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn A with slst.

Round 8 (A): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 7 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 7 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn B with slst.

Round 9 (B): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 1 BLOsc, 5 FLOdc, 5 BLOsc, 5 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn A with slst.

Round 10 (A): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 1 FLOdc into corner st, 1 FLOdc, 5 BLOsc, 5 FLOdc, 5 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 1 FLOdc into corner st* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn B with slst.

Round 11 (B): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 3 BLOsc, 3 FLOdc, 9 BLOsc, 3 FLOdc, 3 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn A with slst.

Round 12 (A): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 1 FLOdc into corner st, 3 FLOdc, 3 BLOsc, 9 FLOdc, 3 BLOsc, 3 FLOdc, 1 FLOdc into corner st* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn B with slst.

Round 13 (B): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 5 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 13 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 5 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn A with slst.

Round 14 (A): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 1 FLOdc into corner st, 5 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 13 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 5 FLOdc, 1 FLOdc into corner st* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn B with slst.

Round 15 (B): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 29 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back. Cut yarn off. Weave in ends.

Nordic star crochet pattern

Chart

More Ethnic Motif Patterns

Morning star motif pattern with a slightly different start of the square

Click on the picture to go to the pattern

Daisy square

Click on pictures to go to pattern.

Ethno Pillow Cushion Garden

Click on pictures to go to pattern.

For more patterns visit my pattern shops on Etsy and Ravelry.

Usage Ideas

– Create a series of squares and join them together to make a vibrant and culturally-inspired afghan.

– Change start of square or add additional forms.

– Sew or crochet together the squares onto a fabric backing to make unique pillow cushions.

– Incorporate the motif into the design of a tote bag or purse for a touch of ethnic charm.

– Experiment with different yarn weights and hook sizes to vary the size of the squares and create a cohesive set of projects.

Feel free to experiment with colors and yarn combinations to make this pattern truly your own. Whether you’re a seasoned crocheter or just starting out, this pattern offers endless possibilities for creativity and personalization.

Smagaus nėrimo!

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