For the past 2 days, I’ve been working on the contents of my Polish Stars class that I’ll be teaching at the CGOA Conference in Reno, NV in September. I had some swatches already made, but needed to make some new ones that aren’t as big for the class swatches. And, of course, I’ve been writing and checking the new patterns for these swatches, too! I tried following the patterns in some leaflets that I have on Polish Stars, but I’ve found a lot of errors in the instructions, so it’s back to the drawing board! If you’ve never seen a Polish Star in crochet, this is how it looks:
They’re actually quite fascinating to make! They are worked in rows of alternating colors. The stars are formed when you weave the chain loops in a certain configuration. I found a YouTube video on weaving the stars, but she does it wrong! I pity the person who follows her directions!!! Their stars won’t turn out right at all!
Here’s how this swatch looked before weaving the loops:
That’s quite a jumbled up mess, isn’t it? It almost looks as if there are mistakes in it! But have no fear! After weaving the loops, it turned into the well-mannered, finished swatch with the stars that I already showed you. Are you amazed?
Well, a few years ago, I tried the Polish Star technique that was in publication and decided to improve it a little. I came up with a less messy way to work the Polish Stars and I’ll be unveiling it in my Playful Polish Star class in Reno in September. If you’re interested in learning this technique, you can read about my class and sign up to take some crochet or knitting classes here: http://www.knitandcrochetshow.com/fall-special-events.asp?i2s3. This class will be held on Friday, September 14 from 9AM – Noon. There are a lot of other wonderful crochet and knitting classes being taught at the CGOA Conference in Reno that week, too.
If you’ve never been to a CGOA Chain Link Conference before, you don’t know what you’re missing! It’s a week of “crochet heaven on earth”!!!