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  • Free pattern: Knitted Baby Starfish

    Posted by knittingninja on July 26, 2007

    I was so impressed by a recent visit to London Zoo, that I have decided to start my own knitted aquarium. So, I’ve started by writing a very simple pattern for a starfish. All you need to be able to do it cast on, knit and cast off. Once you’ve got the hang of this easy pattern, you can adjust the size to make a bigger starfish. Here’s the pattern – it’s so easy!

    Under the stitched sea

    Under the stitched sea

    Materials: 2.75mm needles, doulbe knit yarn in any shade that takes your fancy, scissors and a knitter’s needle.

    Directions: Cast on 10 stitches

    Row 1: Knit 10

    Row 2: Knit 10

    Row 3: Cast off 7 stitches, knit the remaining 3 stitches

    Row 4: Knit 3, now turn the needle round and now cast on 7 stitches. This splits the row to make the gaps between the legs.

    Row 5: Knit 10

    Row 6: Knit 10

    Row 7: Cast off 7 stitches, knit the remaining 3 stitches

    Row 4: Knit 3, now turn the needle round and now cast on 7 stitches.

    Row 7: Knit 10

    Row 8: Knit 10Row 9: Cast off 7 stitches, knit the remaining 3 stitches

    Row 4: Knit 3, now turn the needle round and now cast on 7 stitches.

    Row 10: Knit 10

    Row 11: Knit 11

    Row 12: Cast off 7 stitches, knit the remaining 3 stitches

    Row 4: Knit 3, now turn the needle round and now cast on 7 stitches.

    Row 13: Knit 10

    Row 14: Knit 10

    Row 15: Cast off 7 stitches, knit the remaining 3 stitches

    Row 4: Knit 3, now turn the needle round and now cast on 7 stitches.

    Row 16: Knit 10

    Row 17: Knit 10

    Cast off 10 stitches

    Teeny weeny woolly starfish

    Row 16: Knit 10

    Row 17: Knit 10

    Cast off 10 stitches

    You should now have a knitted piece with 5 legs. These need to be stitched into a star shape as in the picture.

    Now you have your very own knitted starfish! I have also adjusted pattern to make the fish bigger, by knitting the legs at a length of 15 stitches instead of 10. I kept the number of stitches always cast on at 3.

    See more pictures here.

    I plan to have the knitted aquarium completed later in the year. Watch this space….

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    19 Responses to “Free pattern: Knitted Baby Starfish”

    1. lulu said

      wicked. i was trying to find a starfish pattern, believe it or not, to decorate a tea cosy as a present for someone who lives at the seaside. i keep thinking knitted coral would be cool as well, but haven’t a clue how i would do it.

    2. Joelle said

      Hi Lulu, I think you could use the same principle as with the knitted starfish as described. Once you try the starfish above, you’ll see that you can cast on at different lengths and you should be able to make coral in the same way. I was thinking of using this to do coral too – I am planning on making a knitted aquarium some time after Christmas!
      Joelle x

    3. nvrenough said

      That is adorable!!

    4. deb said

      i am having trouble casting on after completing the first leg. Do you have any suggestions?

    5. Joelle said

      What are you having trouble with? Are you finding it too tight or awkward to cast on the next row?

    6. Janey said

      What a great pattern to pass on – thank you very, very much!

      After reading Lulu’s comment (that she is knitting the starfish to decorate a tea cosy) i thought of another use for them.
      Instead of using stryofoam pellets (or whatever they are called) for packing, in a box for fragile items .. knit up and use starfish!

      OK, maybe that is not as quickly achieved as using popcorn but …

      Happy knitting to all, and thanks again,
      Janey

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    8. Rudy said

      Are there other “fish” item patterns available for the acquarium…. I am trying to assemble a “family” for a new grandchild whose blood will no doubt be tinged with seawater since her parents are avid divers.

      Best

      Judy Huskey
      Venice, FL

    9. Aries said

      This is amazing!! Thank you!!

    10. VJ said

      Hello,
      Thank you so much for this pattern! This is the first thing I’ve ever knitted, and I’ve managed to get almost up to the end: “Cast off 10 stitches.”
      However, I’m not sure how to stitch the two ends together to make a star shape (the final step). Could anyone give me some suggestion or explanation? Like I said, this is the first thing I’ve ever knitted, so all I know is what I’ve had to learn for this pattern so far: how to cast on, how to cast off, and how to make a knit stitch.

      Thanks,
      VJ

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    15. June said

      Love it, did try the 15 to make it bigger, but got in a mess, oh i can not work it out, so have to stick with the little one. thanks so much

    16. Seikjo said

      I wish you had more pictures for us more visual learners ya know?

    17. angela said

      Hello pleaes email me i have a question about this starfish please asap

    18. Rodolfo said

      Very good article. I am experiencing a few of these issues as well..

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