I made one mitered cross block with no problems, other than that gauge thing. While knitting the second mitered cross block, my focus was on maintaining gauge and knitting more tightly. How a star was born was made clear only while unknitting the five sided block. Here is what appears to have happened to make a mitered star.
Complete Miter 1. Complete Miter 2. Complete Miter 3. Repeat Miter 3. Complete Miter 4.
Complete Section 5. Complete Section 6. Complete Section 7. Repeat Section 7. Complete Section 8.
Two rows from ending Section 8, I stretched out the block to admire the more even tension and adherence to gauge. Hmmm, great tension, great gauge but it will not behave and be a flat block. My own reactions to this were disbelief, disappointment, and finally laughter. Jumped up, put it on the floor, took a photo, shared it on MDK. (My husband’s reaction was: knitting humor. If he does not understand why something is funny, it is placed in a category that equals specialized humor only enjoyed by those who have insider knowledge.)
Since that first block I’ve made a couple of other stars without completing Sections 5 thru 8. My new challenge is how to fill in the space between the points and maintain a flat block. Several of you have made excellent suggestions on approaches to try and have also shared approaches you found on Ravelry. There are some lovely star patterns, mitered and not, on Ravelry.
While this mistake is not as delicious as those Karen shared, it has had the delicious quality of pure fun! It also has the added bonus of having a place to share this with others who understand knitting humor. Thank you to all of you who have commented and offered suggestions.
Once my computer will cooperate with giving me access to my photos, I will share images of what has occurred to date.
Yours in the yarn,