12 October 2016

Sea Life - Ochre Sea Star

Here is the fourth animal for my sea life baby mobile: a pair of ochre sea stars!

Ochre sea stars are native to the California coast and come in two colors, orange and maroon. Interestingly, since they are not fish, the marine science community is trying to move away from the popular name "starfish" to the more accurate name "sea star" to describe these animals.

    These sea stars are made in 2 parts: the bottom and the top of the star and then joined together.

    They are stitched in Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in Orange and Pomegranate for the top and Oyster for the bottom, with a 4mm hook. Gauge is not important. A larger hook and thicker yarn will result in a larger amigurumi.

    The stars are 3 inches across and about 3/4ths of an inch thick with stuffing.

Top: (in main color)
Row 1:  5 sc in a magic ring.
Row 2:  2 sc in each st around. (10 sts)
Row 3:  [sc, ch 6, skip 1 ch, (sl st 2, sc 3) back along the chain, 2 sc in next st] repeat 5 times.
Row 4:  [sc, skip 1 st, working up the chain: sc 3, (2 sc, ch, 2 sc) in the last st, sc 3 down the other side of the chain, skip 1 st, sc 2] repeat 5 times, sl st.
     Tie off.

Bottom: (in secondary color)
    Stitch pattern for first 3 rounds of the top. Slip stitch 1. Tie off.

Joining: (in main color)
    Join yarn to the bottom and complete Round 4. With each stitch, insert your hook into the stitch in the bottom and pull up a loop. Then, pull the last loop through the corresponding stitch in the top before pulling it through the 2 loops on the hook to join the two layers together. Instead of the chain at the end of each leg, sl st in the back loop of the chain on the top piece.
    Stuff lightly before closing final leg.

Fig. 1:   Top and bottom stars before stitching together.

Fig. 2:   Finished stars!.

I hope you enjoyed this free crochet starfish amigurumi pattern!