I crocheted the stars from this pattern - I found them to be wonderfully quick easy and a bit addictive once i had the knack.
The letters are from a Handy Kitty free pattern HOWEVER - with 8 ply wool and a 3.5mm hook I found them to be a little too eensy weensy small so I changed the pattern ever so slightly.
1. chain 14
2. turn and work one slip stitch in each of the next 6 chains (7 slip stitches in all.
3. insert hook in next chain and pull through loop, insert in next chain and pull through loop (3 stitches on hook) then wool around the hook and pull through all three stitches on the hook (this makes the bend in the J)
4. slip stitch in the remaining 4 chains and slip stitch into the start chain and fasten off.
1. chain 15 and join with a slip stitch in the 1st chain
2. work 1 slip st in the next chain, 2 slip stitches in the next chain and repeat this pattern.
Join with a slip stitch into 1st chain. Fasten off
1.chain 5, turn and work 1 slip stitch into second chain from the hook, 1 slip stitch in each of the next 3 chain
2. chain 6, turn and work into the 2nd chain from the hook, 1 slip stitch in each of the next 4 chain
The worst bit is sewing in the ends.
I then made some little fork pom poms.To make a loop for attaching to the garland I tied the ends in a knot over the hook making a little elevated loop.
Next: Plan out your garland.
Then grab your wool and hook:
To make up the string, chain 12 and join with a slip stitch in the first chain, creating a loop for hanging the garland
chain 14 (or less of you want you dangly bits closer) and join your first dangle piece (star or pom pom) with a slip stitch through the top of the star or the loop of the pom pom.
continue with 14 chains between stars and pom poms.
when it comes to the word I found it easier to work the whole garland backwards -
with the "Y" first.
slip stitch into the top of the y, chain across the gap (around 4 chain)then a slip stitch into the top of the next arm of the "y"
chain across 6 chain and join with a slip stitch across three slip stitches at the top of the "O"
chain 6 then slip stitch into the top of the "J"
continue with the 14 chain gap between dangly bits alternating stars and pom poms.
finish with 14 chain then create the loop -
12 chain and back into the 11th chain from the end to create another loop.
Sew in pom pom ends and string ends.
Stretch the garland chain or press with an iron if you like.
Hang it up! Gift it!
Or make the letters and stick to a card. Crochet alphabet garlands are pretty exciting! It opens a world of possibilities for funny quotes and song lyrics. I'm possibly a bit too excited.