Mastering Crochet’s Star Stitch: Introducing the Nolan Collection for Beginner Crocheters

Oct 11, 2023

Hey there, fellow crochet lovers! Are you ready to dive into a journey of texture-full stitches that’s both mesmerizing and oh-so-fun? Well, get ready to meet the Nolan Collection, straight from the heart of SEK Handmade! This collection isn’t just about patterns; it’s about embracing the magic of crochet and mastering the enchanting star stitch so that you can grow confidently in your craft. So, let’s unravel this crochet tale together!


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Embrace the Starry Wonder

Oh, the star stitch! It’s like crocheting your very own galaxy, one stitch at a time. But hey, we get it – mastering it might seem like reaching for the stars. I was certainly intimidated by this stitch the first time I was it. That’s why the Nolan Collection is here, designed with beginners in mind. I’ve poured my heart into crafting patterns that guide you through mastering the star stitch, making it a breeze for anyone to feel like a super star with this stitch.




Meet the Shining Stars of the Collection

1. Nolan Cozy

Wrap yourself in pure coziness with the Nolan Cozy! Picture yourself snuggled up with a cup of cocoa, surrounded by the warmth of this star-stitched masterpiece. It’s like a hug from the stars themselves – soft, luxurious, and oh-so-dreamy. This pattern is specifically designed to teach you the star stitch and allow you to practice your new skill in a small, quick pattern.


2. Nolan Cowl

Elevate your style game with the Nolan Cowl! Whether you’re strolling through the city streets or meeting up with friends for brunch, this cowl adds a touch of celestial elegance to any outfit. Trust us, heads will turn – and not just because of the chilly breeze! You’ll love adding your new mastery of the star stitch to this one of a kind, stunning pattern. This reversible cowl is as simple to make as it is unique.


3. Nolan Hat

Top off your look with the Nolan Hat! This snug little number is perfect for those crisp autumn days and chilly winter nights. With its cozy fit and eye-catching star stitch design, you’ll be turning heads wherever you go – slopes, coffee shops, you name it! Elevate your skills as you add the challenge of shaping your hat while working with the star stitch.


Why Choose the Nolan Collection?
  1. Beginner-Friendly: We believe crochet should be for everyone, which is why the Nolan Collection is designed with beginners in mind. Say goodbye to stitch-related stress and hello to cosmic creativity!
  2. Versatile Styles: Whether you’re a cozy enthusiast, a fashion maven, or just someone who loves a good hat, the Nolan Collection has something for you. Mix and match to your heart’s content!
  3. Detailed Guidance: We’ve got your back every step of the way. Each pattern in the Nolan Collection comes with detailed instructions and helpful tips, ensuring smooth sailing from start to finish.
  4. Endless Inspiration: Once you’ve conquered the star stitch, the sky’s the limit! Get creative with different yarns, colors, and embellishments – because who says the stars can’t sparkle in rainbow hues?

Ready to Shine Bright?

Don’t wait another moment to embark on your crochet adventure! Head over to SEK Handmade and snag the Nolan Collection today. Whether you’re a seasoned crocheter looking for a new challenge or a beginner eager to learn, this collection is your ticket to crochet bliss. So, grab your hooks and let’s make some magic together!


The Full Pattern Introduction


Introduction video


The Yarn

First, I’d like to give you some tips on choosing yarn when you’re planning on donating your hats. The very first thing you need to think about is who you are donating your hat to. Depending on if you are gifting the hat to a specific person or to a charity, may change your yarn selection. If you have a specific person in mind to give the hat to, you want to keep their personal preferences of color, style, and fiber content in mind. If you are donating to a charity, be sure to check out their website or even give them a call. They may have specific requirements for the donations they accept. If there aren’t any guidelines given, keep in mind that softness is important for babies and those going through chemotherapy, While a durable and washable yarn may be more appropriate for donations to a homeless shelter. If you’d like more tips for donating to charity I have a full YouTube video about the topic that you can watch here!

For my Nolan Hat I chose one of my “go to” worsted weight yarns, Rios by Malabrigo. I’ve fallen absolutely in love with the colorway Archangel so you’re sure to see it again soon! Malabrigo Rios is a lighter worsted weight yarn. Each hank comes with 210 yards per 100 grams. It is a 100% Superwash Merino wool. I use this yarn a lot and love it for it’s amazing color palette and it’s durability. For my second Nolan Hat I used Every Day Merino by Twice Sheared Sheep in the colorway Ocean. I would consider Every Day Merino to be a heavier worsted weight yarn so my second hat worked up in a fabric that it more dense, but I know it’ll keep me warm this winter! Every Day Merino has 185 yards per 100 gram ball and it also made of 100% Superwas Merino wool.




Other Supplies

While accessories and tools can be fun to use, one of the great things about hats is that you don’t usually need a lot of tools. The only other things you really need are a US H 5.0 mm  and US J 6.0 mm hooks, a tapestry needle (these are my favorites) and scissors (aren’t these beautiful?). I always recommend you check your hook carefully and look for the millimeters rather than a letter label. While US H & J hooks are pretty standard, there can be some discrepancies between companies as to how they label their hook sizes.

I fell in love with and always recommend Furls crochet hooks. Their Alpha Series is my absolute favorite hook line. It’s stunning and fits so well in my smaller hands. It is one of their pricier hooks, but well worth the splurge. If you’re looking to dip your toes into Furls hooks, I love their wooden Streamline hooks too. Because of their more affordable price, I have a lot of these hooks and use them regularly. They fit nicely in my hands too, are so comfortable to work with, and glide nicely through yarn! 

During the summer I was taking my yarn on the go a lot more than I do now that the boys are back in school. I’m a bit nervous about taking my wooden hooks to the park so I ordered a set of metal hooks at the beginning of the summer to take on the go.  I’ve really been enjoying my Tulip hook set. They’re super smooth, with a really comfortable grip. I usually work with wooden hooks, but find that metal hooks glide really nicely through cotton and other plant fiber yarns. I bought a whole set of Tulip hooks and am a bit surprised that I’ve used almost all of them. Initially I worried the more narrow handle might cause hand pain, but they glide so easily through the yarn, they’ve been very comfortable to use!


A special deal for you!

I’m so thrilled to introduce the Nolan Cozy pattern as part of the 60 Minute or Less Crochet Scrap Challenge event hosted by Christine of Sweet Potato 3! As part of this special event, my pattern is available for FREE starting at 7am MT Thursday, April 25th through 8am MT Friday, April 26th! Go snag it now, before it’s too late and enjoy expanding your crochet skills!


The Nolan Cozy is a Tier 1 pattern. Tier 1 patterns are designed to build your skills in a frustration free way. The pattern is packed with photo and video tutorials. This pattern is designed to teach a new stitch in a practical, small pattern that you can use to practice this new stitch over and over! The Nolan Cozy has been tested and tech edited to make sure that it is a clear and error free as possible.





 How it works

First, start here at the Sweet Potato 3 blog and learn more about the 60 Minute or Less Crochet Scrap Challenge, look at all the wonderful patterns that have been available and get your coupon code.



Then, come back here and click the link below to go to the Nolan Cozy on Ravelry.



Next, enter the coupon code at check out and get your cozy pattern for free!


All the hopping is good for designers, the free pattern is awesome for you and the donated hat is great for someone in need! Win, win, win! 


More Quick Patterns

Check out some of my other patterns that are great for crocheting up quickly and expanding your skills. All are great for using up scraps of yarn and gifting!

The Waylen Cozy will help you master the Bavarian stitch. Another stitch that looks more difficult than it is. With it’s thick fabric, it’s the perfect cup cozy! Grab the pattern here!



The Reverse Shell Coaster will teach you a fun, but unique ruffle boarder that you’re going to want to use everywhere! Perfect for using up scraps of left over yarn, this pattern is great for gift giving and just having a cute place to set your drink! Check out the pattern here!



The Delilah Cozy is the most relaxing thing you’ll make all year. Leave the half ring stitch and fly through this rhythmic and tranquil pattern! Find the pattern here!

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