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Common Starfish (R3)

knitted starfish top and bottom

The common starfish has five arms and can be colours ranging from dark orange to sun-bleached white.

A printable version of this pattern is available.

You will need:

  • double knit in orange and cream
  • toy stuffing
  • 4 x double ended knitting needles (3mm)
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors

Pattern:

(A list of abbreviations is available.)

Starfish Top:

Cast on 5 sts in the darker colour and join into the round.

  1. Round 1: kfb x 5 (10)
  2. Round 2: [p1, kfb] x 5 (15)
  3. Round 3: [k1, p1, kfb] x 5 (20)
  4. Round 4: [p1, k1] x 10 (20)
  5. Round 5: [kfb, p1, k1, pfkb] x 5 (30)

The following rows are worked straight on the next six stitches.

  1. Row 6: k1, p1, k3, pfkb
  2. Row 7: k1, [p1, k1] x 3
  3. Row 8: k1, p1, k3, p1, k1

Repeat rows 7 & 8 three more times each.

  1. Row 15: p2tog, k1, [p1, k1] x 2
  2. Row 16: p2tog, k3, p1
  3. Row 17: p1, [k1, p1] x 2
  4. Row 18: p1, k3, p1

Repeat rows 17 & 18 one more time each.

  1. Row 21: k2tog, p1, k1, p1
  2. Row 22: k2tog, k3

Thread yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight. Work through rows 6 to 22 on the following six stitches until no stitches remain.

Starfish Bottom:

Cast on 5 sts in paler colour and join into the round.

  1. Round 1: pfkb x 5 (10)
  2. Round 2: [pfb, p1] x 5 (15)
  3. Round 3: [k1, pfb, k1] x 5 (20)
  4. Round 4: [k1, p2, k1] x 5 (20)
  5. Round 5: [kfb, p1, pfkb, k1] x 5 (30)

The following rows are worked straight on the next six stitches.

  1. Row 6: k2, p2, k2
  2. Row 7: p2, k2, p2

Repeat rows 6 & 7 three more times each.

  1. Row 14: k2, p2tog, k2
  2. Row 15: p2, k1, p2
  3. Row 16: k2, p1, k2
  4. Row 17: p2, k1, p2
  5. Row 18: k2tog, p1, k2tog
  6. Row 19: p3

Thread yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight. Work through rows 6 to 19 on the following six stitches until no stitches remain.

Making Up:

Use the yarn tails attached to each of the arms to sew the top of the starfish to the bottom. Tuck any remaining loose ends into the centre of the starfish shape. If necessary a little extra toy stuffing can be used to plump up the shape.

Notes:

Needle/Yarn Size

As with most ODDknit patterns the yarn and needle sizes in the "you will need" section are just a guide. Feel free to improvise with whatever needles and yarn you have lying around - that's half the fun!