12 Point Star Baby Blanket

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I’ve wanted to make a 12 Point Star Blanket for a while now – I’ve seen some beautiful ones in a crochet Facebook group that I’m part of and was inspired by them to have a go at it.

So with a 13-hour road trip and some lovely thick SpotSaver yarn I gave it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised at how simple it was once you get the hang of the repeats and it worked up quite quickly.

I used a combination of a video tutorial by Bella Coco <here> and a written pattern by Celeste Young <here> (largely because the reception in the car was rubbish and the video kept dropping out) so I needed some written instructions. Bella Coco also does a great left-handed 12 point star tutorial, which is awesome if you’re a leftie like me.

For this blanket, which is baby size, I used most of one ball of Spot Saver in yellow and about half a ball each of Spot Saver in Silver and Cream from Spotlight. The cream is kind of more of a just-off-white than it looks in the image below, as you can see from the photo of my completed blanket so it actually all works really well together. Oh, and I used a 5mm hook.

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After a bit of a false start with getting the increase/decrease thing right to make the pointy bits of the star and a small learning curve to slip stitch into the corners before starting a new round (which I’ve never done before) I found this blanket to be a dream to work up.

All in all, if you’ve never made a 12-point star, I highly recommend it! Just count your increases carefully to make sure you don’t add too many in, which will make it buckle.

 

Best Crochet Hooks

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Every crocheter has their favourite tools – part of the fun of the craft is playing with different hook sizes, different yarns and different gadgets and inventions to make it all easier.

Here’s a round up of the best crochet hooks we could find – let us know if you think there’s any that need to be added to the list!

What Are The Best Crochet Hooks?

It goes without saying that your hooks really make or break your projects – a great hooks can make crocheting a breeze, one that catches on the fibres of the yarn, gets ‘sticky’ or just doesn’t fit in your hand properly can make it a nightmare.

Here’s a round up of some of the best rated hooks on Amazon. You’re sure to find some you love on this list! (And just so you know, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you click through to Amazon from any of these links.)

 

The #1 BESTSELLER Crochet Hooks on Amazon

These hooks have over 1,600 reviews on Amazon and 85% of those are 5 star … something tells me that I need to get myself a set of these. The carry case is pretty cool and there are a whole bunch of neat gadgets included  and the price is pretty amazing to be honest.

 

Clover Armour Crochet Hooks
Everyone I know who has Clover Armour Hooks loves them to bits. They’re tough, well made, have ergonomic grips to help you crochet longer without getting sore hands and are SO pretty! These are definitely on my wish list – they’re a little pricey, but it seems like they’ll be worth every single cent.

 

Clover Armour Hooks – LARGE

For chunky yarn you’re going to need to big hooks and these bad boys are just what you need. The problem with working with really chunky yarn and massive hooks is being able to get a good grip on them – especially if you have small hands like me. Problem solved with this set of large hooks with ergonomic handles!

 

 

Tulip Etimo Crochet Hooks
These hooks look like they mean business! Study black handles and golden polished aluminium hooks that ‘glide through yarn like butter’. People are raving over these babies and it’s easy to see why. I totally need a set of these as well. How many hooks is too many hooks?

 

Knit Picks Wooden Hooks
These. Are. So. Pretty! Apparently they are also really well made and wonderful to work with. Layers of beautifully coloured birch have been crafted into these hooks that are super light and comfortable to use with no rough edges. And did we mention how pretty they are?

Bamboo & Bamboo+Steel Hooks
I do already have a set of bamboo crochet hooks and I’m not going to lie, they’re not my favourite. BUT having checked out the reviews for this set I think I’m going to give it a go. Masses of value and a great range of hook sizes – what more can we ask for? Plus it comes with all the handy little bits and bobs you can see in the photo and that neat carry case to keep it all organised.