Crochet Pattern: Starburst ThrowBy Erin Burger – 32 Comments
Vintage Crochet Pattern Series: Week 1
“…model and tool, craft of culture, how we go on.”
Axe Handles Gary Snyder
Crafting items by hand is one of the oldest and most revered traditions we know. Crocheting is one of these traditions and a way we have of passing down our knowledge is by making patterns. This pattern is for a Starburst Afghan and is from a very old handwritten pattern, one of many that will be featured in the ‘Vintage Crochet Pattern Series’ over the next few weeks. It’s been changed a bit from the original, mainly being turned into a throw size afghan rather than a Queen sized one and changes in the pattern’s phrasing, but in essence is still the same. Using two or three colors in corresponding rows of two creates the starburst effect.
Finished Size: approx. 40″ (101.6 cm) wide and 60″ (152.4 cm) long
Medium Weight Yarn
(approx. 530 yards of each Colors A, B and C or just under 1000 yards total)
Crochet Hook J (6.00mm)
Gauge: one starburst is 2 1/2″ (6.35 cm) across
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Crochet Pattern: Starburst Afghan
Row 1: with Color A, ch 130, sc in 2nd ch from hook, *skip 3 ch, 9 dc in next ch, skip 3 ch, 1 sc in next ch, repeat from *across, break off: 144 dc and 17 sc
Row 2: attach Color B, ch 2, (yo, pull up loop in first dc, yo and pull through two loops on hook) 4 times, (5 loops on hook), yo and pull through all 5 loops, ch 1 (makes one half starburst) *ch 3, 1 sc in next dc, ch 3, (yo pull up loop in next dc, yo and pull through two loops on hook) 9 times, ch 1 (makes one whole starburst), repeat from * across, ending with 6 loops on hook, yo and pull through all 6 loops, ch 1 (half starburst made): 2 half starbursts, 15 whole starbursts, 16 sc
Row 3: ch 3, turn, 4 dc in ch-1 of half starburst, 1 sc in next sc, *9 dc in ch-1 of next starburst, 1 sc in next sc, repeat from * across, ending with 5 dc in ch-1 of last half starburst, break off : 144 dc, 17 sc
Row 4: attach Color C, ch 1, turn, *1 sc in dc, ch 3, (yo and pull up loop in next dc, yo and pull through two loops on hook) 9 times, yo and pull through all 10 loops, ch 1 (makes one whole starburst), ch 3, 1 sc in next st, repeat from * across: 16 whole starbursts, 17 sc
Row 5: ch 1, turn, *sc in next sc, 9 dc in ch-1 of starburst, repeat from * across ending with sc in last st, break off: 144 dc, 17 sc
Rows 6-60: repeat rows 2-5 alternating Colors A, B and C ending in a full row of Color A, don’t finish off, continue with border.
Border: with Color A work on the three remaining sides of the afghan both sides and the bottom with 9 dc in the middle of the starbursts and 1 sc between them.
Modernizing this pattern was challenging, but very rewarding. Do you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to comment here!