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~Heritage Heartcraft, heirloom quality thread crochet by Cara Louise Reitbauer~

I have been crocheting since about 1974 at age 8 when my mother taught me with regular yarn and larger crochet ...

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Moravian Star of Bethlehem Ornament

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(4) Name: 'Crocheting : Moravian Star of Bethlehem Ornament
Moravian Star of Bethlehem Ornament
Moravian Star of Bethlehem Ornament
Moravian Star of Bethlehem Ornament

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • chainless foundation
  • foundation triple crochet
  • foundation double crochet
  • foundation half double crochet
  • foundation single crochet

Pattern Description:

In the midst of a very hectic day, the peaceful image of the Star of Bethlehem came to mind. I grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which was the first permanent Moravian settlement in what would become the U.S. The true Moravian star is quite a complicated affair, boasting many points in a spectacular 3-D design. I have over-simplified this design into something still quite lovely, yet more easily translated into crochet!

This design uses extensively the 'foundation single crochet' or 'chainless foundation' and its taller sister stitches. I include links to some great tutorials to help you in learning how to form these.

"Whatever its form, the star reminds us of God, who caused the light to shine out of darkness and of the light which is the life of humanity. It reminds us of the promise of Abraham that his descendants would be more numerous than the stars; we are reminded of the star that pointed to the "great and heavenly light from Bethlehem's manger shining bright." The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. This is the message of the Advent star, which also points to Jesus, who said, "I am the bright and Morning Star." It is the star of promise, the star of fulfillment, and the star of hope."
(from http://www.moravian.org/faith-a-congregations/moravian-traditions-a-customs/the-moravian-star.html)

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Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 4 inches tall in size 10 thread
  • 6 inches tall in size 3 thread


  • Small amount of crochet thread or skinny yarn
  • appropriate size hook for your chosen thread or yarn

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Aunt Lydia Classic Crochet Thread

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