The crochet star stitch is a stitch pattern that consists of rows of starburst-like stitches, each of which is worked with multiple loops. There are many names for this stitch, and sometimes it is called the “Marguerite stitch,” or the “daisy stitch,” even “spiked cluster.” It is helpful to know these names, because it gives you a clear understanding of how each “star” is formed by a cluster of “spikes,” between which you will work. In addition to the rows of stars, you will also need to work rows of half double crochet stitch between them to complete the pattern.
You can make star stitches with varying numbers of spikes, so you will find that different instructions are available for making different variations on this stitch. Using these directions, you’ll be able to make a five-spike star stitch in a variety of ways, but they’ll also help you understand how to make other variations of this stitch as well.
Crochet star stitch is a beautiful stitch with a thick texture and works well for projects that are dense, such as washcloths and winter blankets. In spite of this, you can use it for just about anything you want, as long as you have a crochet hook and some yarn. Let’s take a look at how you can make this stitch!
Foundation Chain for Star Stitch
Start with a foundation chain. In case you are working with a pattern, it will tell you how many chains you need to make. For the foundation chain, you will always start with an odd number of chain stitches.
The hook should be inserted into the second chain from the hook. Yarn over and pull a loop through.
In this instance, we are starting a single crochet stitch, but we are leaving the loop on the hook, instead of completing the entire stitch.
Draw Up Loops On Your Crochet Hook
In the next chain, insert your hook, yarn over, and pull the yarn through the chain. Three loops have now been formed on the hook.
It is important to continue inserting your hook into subsequent chains until you have six loops on your hook. This can be accomplished by yarning over and pulling through each loop until there are six loops on your crochet hook.
Tip: In order to make sure all the loops on the hook are the same size, complete the loops with loose tension, while keeping the tension even.
Yarn Over Again And Pull Through All Six Loops
When you have six loops on your hook, yarn over one more time and pull through all six of the loops at the same time. As you crochet your first star, the loops that make up the stars are called “spikes.”
Finish Your First Star
Chain one. The star is now complete. Furthermore, it creates an “eye” in the center of the star as well. You will work into the eye, so it’s helpful to get a feel for the stitch design.
Begin Your Second Star
The next thing that you need to do is to insert your hook into the “eye” that you just made. Yarn over and pull through again. You will now have two loops on your hook as a result of this.
Insert Your Hook Between The Spikes
As you work your way through the first star, insert your hook into the gap between two of the last “spikes.” Yarn over and pull the yarn through. Your hook will contain three loops when this step is finished.
As you are crocheting the crochet star stitch, it is very important to pay attention to where the hook is inserted at each step in order to achieve the best result.
Insert Your Hook Into The Chain
It is important to insert your hook into the same chain where you worked the last stitch of the previous star. Yarn over and pull through. As you can see, your hook now has four loops on it.
The next step is to insert your hook into the chain, yarn over, and pull the yarn through. In the next chain, repeat the same process.
As a result, you will have six loops on your hook.
Finish Your Second Star
As you did with the first star, finish this second one as well. Yarn over and pull through all six loops on the hook. You will need to chain one more time in order to close the second star.
Crochet Star Stitches Across The Row
In order to make stars across the entire row, you will have to repeat the steps above.
It is important to make one hdc in the last stitch of the pattern when you reach the end.
Make An Entire Row Of Half Double Crochet
Whenever you work a row of star stitches, work a row of hdc stitches between each row of star stitches.
As soon as you have turned the work, chain 2. This counts as the first hdc stitch of the row. Crochet two hdc stitches into the eye of the star in the row below.
The next step is to work 2 hdcs into the eye of each star across the row.
It is important to crochet 2 hdc in the last stitch of the pattern when you reach the end.
Crochet The Next Row Of Star Stitches
The process of making another row of crochet stars is almost the same as before, except that it will begin with extra chains at the beginning of the row.
Turn your work and chain three.
You will need to insert your hook into the second chain from the hook. Yarn over and pull through. There will now be two loops on your hook.
Insert your hook into each of the next three stitches, yarning over and pulling through each so that you end up with six stitches on your crochet hook.
Then, you will need to again yarn over and pull through all six loops on the hook. Chain one to close the star.
This creates the eye of the first star of this row (which is the third row of the pattern and the second row of the star stitch rows).
Insert your hook into the next chain, then yarn over and pull the yarn through the next chain. As a result, there will now be three loops on the hook.
Continue To Work Alternated Star Stitch And Half Double Crochet Rows
As soon as you have completed the row of star stitch, work another row of hdc, and so on.
On odd numbered rows, work the crochet star stitch, and on even numbered rows, work half double crochet stitches.