Star Stitch Crochet Instructions
The star stitch in crochet, also called the daisy or marguerite stitch in some patterns, gives a decorative texture to afghans, sweaters, purses and other garments. The stitch can be worked in one row for a half star, or two rows for a full 360-degree star. The stitches used to create a star are the chain (ch) and half double crochet (hdc). The majority of the star stitch is constructed by pulling up multiple loops and joining them in the center to form a cluster.
The Bottom and Base Row
Start with a foundation chain (ch) that is a multiple of two, plus six. For example, chain 20. 20 less 6 is 14, which is divisible by 2. Insert your crochet hook into the second chain from the hook and pull a loop of yarn through. Pull up loops in the next 3 chains. You will now have 5 loops on the hook. Yarn over (YO) again and pull the yarn through all 5 loops on the hook. This joins the loops at a center point. Ch 1 to create the "eye" of the star.
Insert your hook into the eye of the star you just made and pull up a loop of yarn. Then insert the hook into the same stitch where you last pulled up a loop for the previous star and pull up another loop. Three loops on the hook so far. Insert your hook and pull up loops in the next 2 stitches. You will now have 5 loops on the hook as before. YO and pull through all loops, then ch 1 to create the eye. Repeat this pattern across to the last stitch. Work 1 hdc in the last stitch (or turning chain once you get into the pattern), then turn. You could stop here for a half star, but a full star needs more "rays" coming from the center to make it round. Those are added in the next row.
The Top Row and Continuing Pattern
Ch 2 to start the top row. Work 2 hdc stitches in each "eye" across the row. Work one final hdc into the top of the ch-3 from the previous row to finish, then turn. Your star stitch is now complete.
To continue in the pattern, ch 3 and work the bottom row pattern again, but instead of pulling up loops through four chain stitches, you will be pulling up loops through the second and third stitches on the starting ch-3, then you will skip the stitch at the base of the ch-3 and pull up loops in in the next two hdc stitches. You may see this first star stitch at the beginning of a new row referred to as a "Beginning Star Stitch" in patterns. The rest of the star stitches are formed as described in the Bottom Row section. The last stitch will be in the top of the previous row's turning chain 2.
Finishing and Blocking
Continue to alternate between the top and bottom rows until your project is the length you want it, then fasten off. Fastening off after a bottom row will give the finished edge a slightly scalloped look. Weave in the loose end. Soak in cool water for a few minutes, then shape the piece by stretching or compressing the fiber according to the fit you want. Allow it to air dry.
You can add variations to the star stitch by picking up more than four loops for each stitch on the bottom row. This will give the star a puffier look. You can vary the top row by using single or double crochet stitches across instead of hdc stitches. Picking up five loops on the bottom row instead of four (pulling the final through six loops on the hook to form the eye) is a variation seen in many patterns.
Nest the stars stitches closer together by picking up a loop not only in the eye of the previous star and in the the left most stitch of the previous star, but in between those two stitches, across the side of the previous star stitch.
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