Twinkle Twinkle

Dec 1, 2006
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by Melissa Mall

Introduction

Twinkle Twinkle Star & Moon Pillows

I love the moon and the stars. Any time we’re out after dark (and it’s dark enough to see them – darn you, light pollution) I love to stop and identify constellations, planets, the current phase of the moon, or whatever else is there to see. My husband is very tolerant of this. At any rate, I was in the middle of making scads of things for my new baby when I realized that I had a few celestial-themed pieces for him, and wouldn’t a little crescent moon and star just go perfectly with them? Of course they would.

So here they are, simply crocheted in a pleasingly soft baby yarn. For those looking for something a little different, the pattern could be worked in worsted weight yarn for something a little larger, or you could work the star in a larger hook for a softer fabric and enlarge it to make a cute star-shaped afghan. I hope you enjoy them!

Materials List

  • Red Heart Soft Baby (575 yd/525 m per 7 oz/198 g skein) in Powder Yellow; approx. 1 ¾ oz/132 yds/121 m for Star, approx. 2 oz/165 yds/151 m for Moon
  • F/5 hook (3.75mm)
  • Stuffing
  • Stitch markers
  • Yarn needle

Finished Size

Star – 7.5"/19 cm tall
Moon – 10.5"/27 cm tall

Gauge

Gauge is unimportant in this pattern.

Notes

Special Stitches

sc3tog = Draw up a loop through each of the next three stitches. Yarn over, and pull through all four loops on hook.

The Pattern

Star (make 2)

Note: Do not join rounds unless indicated. To help keep track of rounds, place a stitch marker in the first stitch of the round to mark the beginning of the round. Move the marker up as your work progresses.

Round 1: Ch 2, work 5 sc in 2nd ch from the hook.

Round 2: Work 2 sc in each st around. (10 sts)

Round 3: *Skip next st, work 5 sc in next st,* rep from * to * around. (25 sts)

Round 4: Sl st in next st, *sc in next st, work 5 sc in next st, sc in next st, sc2tog over next 2 sts,* rep from * to * 4 more times, working last sc2tog over last st and beg sl st.  (40 sts)

Round 5: Sl st in next st, *sc in each of next 2 sts, work 5 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, sc3tog (see Special Stitches) over next 3 sts,* rep from * to * 4 more times, working last sc3tog over last 2 sts and beg sl st.  (50 sts)

Round 6: Sl st in next st, *sc in each of next 3 sts, work 5 sc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts, sc3tog over next 3 sts,* rep from * to * 4 more times, working last sc3tog over last 2 sts and beg sl st.  (60 sts)

Round 7: Sl st in next st, *sc in each of next 4 sts, work 5 sc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts, sc3tog over next 3 sts,* rep from * to * 4 more times, working last sc3tog over last 2 sts and beg sl st.  (70 sts)

Round 8: Sl st in next st, *sc in each of next 5 sts, work 5 sc in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts, sc3tog over next 3 sts,* rep from * to * 4 more times, working last sc3tog over last 2 sts and beg sl st.  (80 sts)

Round 9: Sl st in next st, *sc in each of next 6 sts, work 5 sc in next st, sc in each of next 6 sts, sc3tog over next 3 sts,* rep from * to * 4 more times, working last sc3tog over last 2 sts and beg sl st.  (90 sts)

Round 10: Sl st in next st, *sc in each of next 7 sts, work 5 sc in next st, sc in each of next 7 sts, sc3tog over next 3 sts,* rep from * to * 4 more times, working last sc3tog over last 2 sts and beg sl st.  (100 sts)

Round 11: Sl st in next st, *sc in each of next 8 sts, work 5 sc in next st, sc in each of next 8 sts, sc3tog over next 3 sts,* rep from * to * 4 more times, working last sc3tog over last 2 sts and beg sl st.  (110 sts)

Round 12: Sl st in next st, *sc in each of next 9 sts, work 5 sc in next st, sc in each of next 9 sts, sc3tog over next 3 sts,* rep from * to * 4 more times, working last sc3tog over last 2 sts and beg sl st.  (120 sts)

Round 13: Sl st in next st, *sc in each of next 10 sts, work 5 sc in next st, sc in each of next 10 sts, sc3tog over next 3 sts,* rep from * to * 4 more times, working last sc3tog over last 2 sts and beg sl st.  (130 sts)

Round 14: Working in back-loops only, sc in each of next 11 sts, *sc3tog over next 3 sts, sc in each of next 23 sts,* rep from * to * 3 more times, sc3tog over next 3 sts, sc in each of next 12 sts.  (120 sts)

Round 15: Working through both loops, sc in each of next 10 sts, sc3tog over next 3 sts, *sc in each of next 21 sts, sc3tog over next 3 sts* rep from * to * 3 more times, sc in each of next 11 sts.  (110 sts)

Rounds 16-17: Sc in each st around.

Sl st in next st.  

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Assembly

  1. Being careful to align halves, sew most of the way around using a flat or invisible seam. (Flat seam is worked by placing pieces with edges together and sewing back and forth so that there is no ridge or bulk at the join.)
  2. Stuff, making sure that stuffing gets into the points and is arranged to avoid distorting the shape.
  3. Sew up the remainder, stuffing as you go.

Crescent Moon (make 2)

Ch 71.

Row 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each st across, turn.  (70 sts)

Row 2: Sl st in each of next 4 sts, sc in next st, work 2 sc in next stitch, *sc in each of next 3 sts, work 2 sc in next stitch,* rep from * to * 4 more times, sc in each of next 6 sts, work 2 sc in next stitch, sc in each of next 4 sts, work 2 sc in next stitch, sc in each of next 6 sts, work 2 sc in next stitch, rep from * to * 5 times, sc in next st, sl st in next st, turn, leaving remaining 3 sts unworked. (81 sts)

Row 3: Starting in 2nd st from hook, sl st in each of next 3 sts, sc in next st, work 2 sc in next stitch, *sc in each of next 3 sts, work 2 sc in next stitch,* rep from * to * 1 more time, sc in each of next 15 sts, work 2 sc in next stitch, sc in each of next 18 sts, work 2 sc in next stitch, sc in each of next 15 sts, work 2 sc in next stitch, rep from * to * 2 times, sc in next st, sl st in next st, turn, leaving remaining 6 sts unworked.  (82 sts)

Row 4: Starting in 2nd st from hook, sl st in each of next 5 sts, sc in each of next 20 sts, work 2 sc in next stitch, sc in each of next 24 sts, work 2 sc in next stitch, sc in each of next 20 sts, sl st in next st, turn, leaving remaining 9 sts unworked.  (74 sts)

Row 5: Starting in 2nd st from hook, sl st in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of next 64 sts, sl st in next st, turn, leaving remaining 6 sts unworked.  (67 sts)

Row 6: Starting in 2nd st from hook, sl st in next st, sc in each of next 10 sts, work 2 sc in next stitch, sc in each of next 40 sts, work 2 sc in next stitch, sc in each of next 10 sts, sl st in next st, turn, leaving remaining 2 sts unworked.  (66 sts)

Row 7: Starting in 2nd st from hook, sl st in each of next 3 sts, sc in each of next 58 sts, sl st in next st, turn, leaving remaining 3 sts unworked. (62 sts)

Row 8: Starting in 2nd st from hook, sl st in each of next 3 sts, *sc in each of next 7 sts, work 2 sc in next stitch* rep from * to * 1 more time, sc in each of next 13 sts, rep from * to * 2 times, sc in each of next 7 sts, sl st in next st, turn, leaving remaining 5 sts unworked.  (60 sts)

Row 9: Starting in 2nd st from hook, sl st in each of next 5 sts, sc in each of next 3 sts, work 2 sc in next stitch, sc in each of next 5 sts, work 2 sc in next stitch, sc in each of next 26 sts, work 2 sc in next stitch, sc in each of next 5 sts, work 2 sc in next stitch, sc in each of next 3 sts, sl st in next st, turn, leaving remaining 7 sts unworked.  (56 sts)

Row 10: Starting in 2nd st from hook, sl st in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of next 3 sts, work 2 sc in next stitch, sc in each of next 5 sts, work 2 sc in next stitch, sc in each of next 26 sts, work 2 sc in next stitch, sc in each of next 5 sts, work 2 sc in next stitch, sc in each of next 3 sts, sl st in next st, turn, leaving remaining 6 sts unworked.  (53 sts)

Row 11: Starting in 2nd st from hook, sl st in each of next 3 sts, sc in next st, work 2 sc in next stitch, sc in each of next 40 sts, work 2 sc in next stitch, sc in next st, sl st in next st, turn, leaving remaining 4 sts unworked.  (50 sts)

Row 12: Starting in 2nd st from hook, sl st in each of next 6 sts, sc in each of next 34 sts, sl st in next st, turn, leaving remaining 8 sts unworked. (41 sts)

Row 13: Starting in 2nd st from hook, sl st in next st, sc in each of next 32 sts, sl st in next st, turn, leaving remaining 7 sts unworked.  (34 sts)Round 14: Ch 1, starting in 3rd st from hook (skipping the ch 1 and the sl st), sc in each of next 33 sts, continue forward, working 1 sc into each st previously left unworked (the actual number of stitches you make is less important than that they lay flat), work 3 sc in the first point of the crescent (end of Row 1), place st marker in last st made, sc in same st, sc in each st across the other side of the foundation chain, work 3 sc in next st (first foundation ch st, rounding the second tip), place marker in last st made, sc in same st, sc in each st across to beginning of round, sl st in beg ch-1 to close round.

Round 15: Ch 1, starting in second st from hook, sc in each st across to stitch marker, work 4 sc in next st, place marker in last st made, sc in each st across (along other side) to second stitch marker, work 4 sc in next st, place marker in last st made, sc across to beginning of round, sl st in beg ch-1 to close round.

Round 16: Ch 1, starting in second st from hook, working in back loops only, sc in each st across until 3 sts remain before stitch marker, [sc2tog over next 2 sts] 6 times, sc in each st across (along other side), until 9 sts remain before second stitch marker, [sc2tog over next 2 sts] 6 times, sc across to beginning of round, join round.

Rounds 17-18: Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st in beg ch-1 to close round.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Assembly

Assemble as for Star.

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Comments

pixi wrote
on Dec 2, 2006 2:11 AM

Wow these are amazing! i have an obsession with moons and stars :D i'm going to have to have a go at making these!

Anima wrote
on Dec 2, 2006 4:22 AM

Perfect! I really like celestial stuff and have someone in mind for this for Christmas!!

Sadira wrote
on Dec 2, 2006 5:31 AM

i absolutely adore these! first your heart pillow, now a moon and star? how wonderful! (:

Cinthia wrote
on Dec 2, 2006 8:29 AM

That's so cute!! And so perfect for gifts :) Thank you! BTW, if you love clear skyes, I recomend coming to Chile, specially to Valle de Elqui (Elqui Valley), we have the clearest skies 360 days a year, light pollution free! So If you and your family ever want to take a trip to a different destination, think of Elqui :) I'm sure you will love our starry nights.

Gleda wrote
on Dec 4, 2006 8:18 PM

Adorable moon and star. Thanks for the pattern.

Anonymous wrote
on Dec 6, 2006 8:30 AM

Love this pattern! I haven't made shaped pillows before, but I have a baby shower coming up. Do you think the stuffing will poke out and if so, how do you prevent that? Anyone have an idea?

Melissa wrote
on Dec 6, 2006 9:41 AM

I'm glad to hear that you like the pattern. I just wanted to pop in and say that I haven't had any problem with the stuffing coming out either with the heart or the moon and star. The key to this is twofold: one, use single crochet instead of double. Sure, it takes a bit longer, but it makes the holes between the stitches much smaller. Two, work the yarn at a firm gauge. Firm stitches also make smaller holes, and smaller holes means less stuffing coming out.

My two year old uses the heart pillow to sleep with, and we haven't had any stuffing escape! Hope this helps.

Anonymous wrote
on Dec 14, 2006 1:34 PM

this is a very cool design and i really like it!!!!!

Jackie wrote
on Jan 17, 2007 4:18 AM

I love the pattern for the moon and star! My oldest grandson's girlfriend has her whole room decorated in celestial items and I know she would love these for her birthday in February. If I can just find the time between packing for our upcoming move, to crochet them.

domestika wrote
on Mar 21, 2007 8:32 AM

Just found this pattern today, wow! cute! - just posted about it - I plan to try the star in glow-in-the-dark yarn for my sky-crazy niece, wouldn't that be fun?

Mackenzie4 wrote
on Sep 25, 2007 6:46 PM

These are precious! I,too, am in love with celestial theme stuff!-Mackenzie 11

Quickbeam wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 12:32 PM

The star pattern is brilliant! I've made a dozen of these for friends. It's also a great baby gift since no way can they swallow it or choke on it! Seriously, I get requests for these from the same people who "ho-hum" at a sweater that took months. Thanks for a winner!

dgheorghe wrote
on Dec 19, 2011 2:41 PM

Will be the perfect gift for my daughter....soon will be her birthday.Thanks for it!

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ayshjossie wrote
on Mar 8, 2012 1:24 AM

I am having a hard time after Row 14. I am stuck, hmmmmm someone help me out could u? Also I had a really hard time with the star as well, I dont know I did it anyways, and put it together as a pillow, to me I know its nice, but it seems so bunched up in the middle..... I am using a size 4mm hook, I dont have a 3.75mm hook. But for some reason I am having a really hard time with the moon now.... hope anyone can help me with this... thnx.... 

Ellisen wrote
on Apr 13, 2014 5:41 PM

Lovely Star and Moon. Thanks so much. Love your creations. You are so talented.