Crochet star stitch tutorial
The crochet Star Stitch has a pretty texture and it’s fun to make! You can see the texture in the photo above. Try it out with the instructions and helps below.
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What can I crochet with the Star Stitch?
You can use this crochet stitch pattern in just about any project. Use it to make scarves, blankets, placemats, table runners, hats, sweaters – anything.
I’ve designed two crochet patterns using the Star Stitch. The first was made several years ago and published in Crochet! magazine. It’s called Star Stitch Headband. It’s an earwarmer that uses a striping yarn in the Star Stitch. The edges are bordered with single crochet, and then I decorated it with three pom poms in a cluster.
More recently I designed three crochet wristlet keychains, one of which uses the Star Stitch. Kinta Keychain uses just three rows of this stitch to make a pretty and useful keychain.
So these are just a few ideas of what you can make with the crochet Star Stitch.
Crochet Star Stitch photo tutorial
Here you’ll find the written and photo crochet Star Stitch tutorial. Below you’ll also find the written pattern instructions in standard US terms, and a video tutorial.
First, you’ll begin Star Stitch with a foundation chain. You’ll need 2 chains for each Star Stitch, plus three additional chains. So if I want to make my piece 10 star stitches wide I would need 10(2) + 3 chains, or 23 chains. That will always work out to be an odd number of chains. I recommend working into the bottom ridge loops of all chains for this stitch pattern.
For the first star stitch on your first row, you’ll insert your hook into the 2nd chain from your hook.
Yarnover (yo), and pull up a loop through the chain. Then repeat that in both the 3rd and 5th chains from your hook. At that point you’ll have 4 loops on your hook, yo, and pull through all 4 of them
Then work a chain to close the stitch. That completes one star stitch.
The rest of the star stitches of your first row will begin by going right back into the chain you just completed to close the previous star stitch, yo, and pull up a loop, then you’ll insert your hook into the same chain in which you pulled up the final loop of the previous stitch. Yo, and pull up a loop there too. Then skip one chain along the foundation chain, insert your hook into the next chain, yo, and pull up a loop there.
You now have 4 loops on your hook, yo, and pull through all of them, then work one chain to close the stitch.
You’ll repeat that all the way across your chain. Once you’ve worked all the way across, turn.
To begin the 2nd row, chain 2. You already have the 1 chain made to close the last star stitch, so that’s a total of 3 chains here.
Insert your hook in the 2nd chain from your hook, yo, and pull up a loop, insert your hook into the 3rd chain from your hook, yo, and pull up a loop there. Then skip the top of the first star stitch, and insert your hook in the chain used to close the second star stitch. Yo, and pull up a loop there. Then yo and pull through all 4 loops, and chain to close.
For the next start stitch of Row 2, insert your hook into the chain you just made, yo, and pull up a loop. Then insert your hook into the same spot where you pulled up the final loop of the previous star stitch, it’s the chain that was made to close the second star stitch of the row below, yo, and pull up a loop. Skip the top of the star stitch after that, and insert your hook into the next closing chain, yo, and pull up a loop. Then yo, and pull through all 4 loops, and chain to close.
Each remaining star stitch of Row 2 will be exactly like the last one. And each additional row you work will be exactly like Row 2.
Crochet Star Stitch written pattern
Below is a written pattern for the crochet Star Stitch in standard US terms. If you are unfamiliar with the abbreviations used in crochet patterns, get my free, printable crochet abbreviations list here.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Yarn: I used Cascade Yarns Noble Cotton (100% Mercerized Long Staple Cotton; 220 yds; 100 g; yarn weight category: 3/DK/light) #54 Baby Blue. However, you can use any yarn you like.
Crochet Hook: I used F (3.75 mm), but you should use a hook that is appropriate for the size of yarn you are using. You might check the yarn label for a suggestion, or the bottom row of this chart can give you an idea.
Row 1 Beginning Star Stitch (R1 beg star st): Insert hook into 2nd ch from hook, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into 3rd ch from hook, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into 5th chain from hook, yo, pull up a loop, 4 loops on hook, yo, pull through all loops, ch 1.
Row 1 Star Stitch (R1 star st): Insert hook into ch made to close previous st, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into last foundation ch used by previous st, yo, pull up a loop, skip next ch, insert hook into next ch, yo, pull up a loop, 4 loops on hook, yo, pull through all loops, ch 1.
Beginning Star Stitch (beg star st): Insert hook into 2nd ch from hook, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into 3rd ch from hook, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into ch used to close 2nd st of previous row, yo, pull up a loop, 4 loops on hook, yo, pull through all loops, ch 1.
Star stitch (star st): Insert hook into ch made to close previous st, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into last ch used by previous st, yo, pull up a loop, skip top of next star st, insert hook into ch used to close next star st, yo, pull up a loop, 4 loops on hook, yo, pull through all loops, ch 1.
Ch a multiple of 2 + 3 additional chs
Row 1 (RS): R1 beg star st over first 5 chs, R1 star st across, turn.
Row 2: Ch 2, beg star st, star st across, turn.
Repeat Row 2 for pattern.
When you’ve reached desired length, fasten off.
Crochet Star Stitch tutorial video
If seeing the process in live motion is what you need, watch the video below for a crochet Star Stitch video tutorial.
I often get asked about the crochet hook or the yarn I use in my videos. So the crochet hook that I used here is a Clover Amour crochet hook that I got from WeCrochet. The yarn is Noble Cotton from Cascade Yarns, which you can probably get at your local yarn store or order online.
That finishes this crochet Star Stitch Tutorial. I would love to see your swatches and projects! You can share them with me by posting on Instagram and tagging me, or by joining my Facebook group and sharing them there.
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