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Making a Six Side Woven Yarn Star of David for Hanukkah!
Submitted by Pam on Wed, 12/01/2010 - 05:26
Got an e-mail from Nicole a few days ago asking me if I had ever figured out the weaving pattern for a Star of David - I mentioned I was working on it in the Yarn Star tutorial I published last December.
Actually - I had put the project on the back burner where it had remained until I got Nicole's reminder! ACK! This tutorial wasn't on the schedule! And I wasn't planning anything this complicated to post right now in my busy season!
Nevertheless, I devoted an evening to trying to finally figure out the weaving pattern! It wasn't easy! But - finally - it began to work as soon as I let go of the idea that, like it's predecessors, it had to be woven from the outside edges in. Starting the weave pattern in the center is the key!
That is my prototype above. It is still my favorite as the Star really shows up so beautifully.
The great thing about these stars is that you can use recycled cardboard boxes and bits of yarn - stuff you have around the house - and create in no time a really pretty decoration or gift or package topper.
Thank you Nicole for your reminder! Just in time for Hanukkah! Woven Yarn Star of David.
You will need the same supplies listed in the previous Yarn Star tutorial, except in place of glue sticks, I have found double sided tape and masking tape work much faster!
Cut two 3"x3" squares from cardboard. Measure and mark the center of each.
Using a 3" side as a guide, mark off an equilateral triangle as shown. Place the corner of one square on top of the corner of the other and then rotate the top square toward the center line on the bottom square until it touches it. Draw a line. Continue until you have drawn an equilateral triangle on each piece..
Note: Accuracy is important as the triangles must have three sides of equal length in order for the star to work.
Cut out your two triangles.
Double sided tape works great to hold the triangles together. Use masking tape to hold the end of the yarn to the BACK of the star.
Cover the tape with a small square of foil or pretty paper. Glue stick or double sided tape works great.
Insert a glass head pin or a straight pin with a bead into each tip as shown.
Note: I completely forgot this step while making my tutorial photos, so please - just imagine the pins are in place. So sorry.
Grab a pencil or pen and place a 1 and a 2 on the FRONT of your star in the positions shown.
Carry the yarn from the back to the front at 1 and return to the back side at 2.
Mark 3 and 4 in the positions shown and bring your yarn to the front of the star at 3 and return it to the back at 4.
Mark 5 and 6 and proceed in the same way - returning to the back of the star at 6.
Here is what your star will look like once all the numbers are in place. You may want to make a little drawing for future reference just to get you started - always the hard part! And the easiest to forget!
Now, bring your yarn up at 2 and return it to the back at 1. Be sure to place the yarn to the RIGHT of the previous yarn. Remember - we are working from the center out toward the star tips.
Bring the yarn to the front at 4 and return to the back at 3. Then back to the front at 6 and return to the back at 5.
And that is the basic weaving pattern! Look closely and you can see the beginnings of a weave in the very center.
After another round of six you can see the pattern even more clearly.
And this pattern will begin to emerge on the back! Pay attention to the yarn placement on the back - always laying the yarn to the right. And if you are ever unsure from this point onward just where to go next, follow the pattern on the back as it will lead you to the correct front entry point!
Continue winding your yarn until you wish to change yarn color.
On the back side of the star, tie the two colors together placing the knot behind the nearest star tip if possible. This just helps to keep the join a little less visible from the front. Trim the tails to about 3/8 inch. You will be able to tuck them once the weaving is completed.
Continue weaving with the new color.
As you weave close to the star tips, you will begin to notice that the yarns forming the back weave begin to show at the edges. This is what will give your star that three dimensional appearance!
Weaving is complete. Personally, I preferred the prototype as the Star of David seems to be more apparent. I quit weaving the blue yarn too soon on this one. But, you may prefer it this way!
Or you might prefer to alternate the colors. There are no rules here! These are all prototypes! Just do what you like! I just happen to like the way the Star stands out on the very first prototype.
Now you can see why we put that pretty paper over the tape in the back!
Cut your yarn so that there is about an 8" tail extending beyond the last bead.
Fold your yarn as shown and tie a knot about 1" above the pin.
Thread a large eyed needle so that both sides of the loop go through the eye as shown.
Place the needle under the inside edge of the weave and come out right at the pin.
Pull the needle and yarn through the weave and to the top. The knot will be buried behind the weave and the loop is secured for hanging! Slide the needle off!
You are done!
And keep in mind that the eight sided star is also gorgeous in blue and white.