Crochet Star Stitch
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Meet my new love: the crochet star stitch! She’s a fancy girl with a symmetrical vibe that gets me every time. It’s the kind of stitch that makes me dream of all the possibilities–a sweet bag, cozy hat, a full of texture blanket and really anything that needs a little pop of gorgeous.To be honest, I always thought the star stitch pattern was probably super complicated so I never quite got around to learning it. Those beautiful spikes that leave you scratching your head wondering if you will ever understand the instructions.
Maybe you feel this way too. Well, my friends, buckle up…because this sweet crochet star stitch that we’re drooling over? It’s really not that difficult to learn at all! And we’re going to learn how step by step right to the last stitch. And just like that, you’ll be rocking your own star stitch!
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Star Stitch Crochet Tutorial
Though it might look complicated, the star stitch is really easy to work and after a few, you will be making them really fast, just like any other stitch combination. The secret is where you place your hook for each loop. Let’s go over it in this step by step star stitch tutorial:
In this photo, I’ve crocheted several rows in the pattern and we’re ready to make our next star stitch. I find it easiest to teach the stitch at this point because this is how you will see your crochet before you make almost every star stitch. The first row on the foundation chain is worked in a very similar manner.
Each star stitch row is separated by a row of single crochet, so the star stitch is always worked on the “odd” numbered row. It’s important to note that this is a stitch that has a “right” side and a wrong side. Odd number rows are the “right” side. In this example, I’m on row 9, working my 5th row of star stitches.
Note that just under the working loop on the hook there is a little “hole” formed at the end of the prior star stitch. This little hole is called the “eye” of the crochet start stitch. You will be working into this hole first.
Star Stitch Step 1:
Put your hook into the eye of the last star stitch and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook)
Star Stitch Step 2:
Put your hook into the back of the last loop of star just worked yarn over (YO) to pull up a loop. In my opinion, this is the trickiest part of the entire stitch. The easiest way I’ve found to do this is too look at the star just made and then look just behind that and work into THAT loop. Look carefully at where this loop is in the below picture and zoom in if you need to. There are now 3 loops on the hook.
Star Stitch Step 3:
Now put your hook into the same stitch that the last star was worked into and pull up a loop. At this point, you’ve now draw up loops basically around the top and left side of the last star and there are 4 loops on the hook.
Star Stitch Step 4:
Insert your hook into the next stitch (which is a single crochet from the row before) and pull up loop. (5 loops on hook)
Star Stitch Step 5:
Insert your hook into the next stitch and pull up loop. (6 loops on hook)
Star Stitch Step 6:
Yarn over and pull through all 6 loops on hook.
Star Stitch Step 7:
To lock the star stitch in, chain one. This forms the “eye” of the star stitch.
Now you simply repeat the star process across the row.
The stitch sample pattern below fills out the rest of the details… how you work into the starting chain. The differences at the beginning and ends of the row (to form nice neat edges) and how to work the even number rows (between the star stitch rows). Note that I prefer the look of a single crochet row as a “separator”. Other designers use a half double crochet for this row instead. Use the stitch that gives you the desired result for your piece.
Star Stitch Crochet
Here is what you will need:
- Any size hook. I used a US G6/4 mm crochet hook (Did you know you can purchase my go-to hooks on Amazon?)
- A yarn weight that works with your hook size. I used DK weight yarn.
- tapestry needle and scissors
Remember, you can make your swatch with any size hook and yarn weight. Read all about How to Swatch Here.
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet Abbreviations, US to UK Crochet Conversion Chart. Find links to stitches on the “Tutorial” menu: Getting Started will show basic stitches used in many patterns and Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials.
How to Crochet a Star Stitch
Multiple of 2 + 1 (for information on what this means, please read How to Swatch)
Ch 27 (or to desired length)
R1: Insert hook and pull up a loop in second ch and in each of next 4 ch (6 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all loops on hook, ch 1 to lock in stitch (eye of star made), *insert hook in the eye of last star and pull up a loop, insert hook into the back of last loop of previous star and pull up a loop, insert hook through same ch as last loop of previous star and pull up a loop, pull up a loop in each of the next 2 chains (6 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all 6 loops, ch 1 to lock in the stitch (eye made). Repeat from * across. Work 1 hdc in last ch (same ch as last loop of last star), turn.
R2: Ch 1, sc in hdc, sc in eye of first star stitch. Now work 2 sc in eye of each remaining star stitch across the row. At end of the row, work 1 sc in top of turning ch, turn.
R3: Ch 2, insert hook in the front strand of 2nd ch from hook and pull up a loop. Then insert hook into the BACK strand of same chain and pull up a loop, pull up a loop in each of the next 3 st (6 loops on hook), yarn over and pull yarn through all 6 loops, ch 1 to lock in the stitch (eye made), *insert hook in the eye of last star and pull up a loop, insert hook into the back of last loop of previous star and pull up a loop, insert hook through same st as last loop of previous star and pull up a loop, pull up a loop in each of next 2 st (6 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all 6 loops, ch 1 to lock in the stitch (eye made). Repeat from * across. Work 1 hdc in last st (same st as last loop of last star), turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have reached your desired length.
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Thank you so much for both the visual and written instructions! I tried the 27 stitch swatch and came out with less than 27 stitches. Was that supposed to happen?
I would guess that you probably have looser grip that Cheryl does. Try going down a hook size and seeing if that solves the problem. Happy crocheting!