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Crochet Star Stitch Tutorial

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Learn how to work the crochet star stitch with this tutorial. It is an exquisite crochet stitch that looks like a starburst or daisy. This pattern is a two-row repeat and the star stitches can be worked continuously or between rows of other stitches.

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From the first time I saw this stitch used in an Afghan, I was in love with it. Every time something is made using the daisy stitch, I longed to learn this crochet stitch pattern.

I am so happy that I did! It is so much easier than I would have ever thought.

Crochet Star Stitch Tutorial
Crochet Star Stitch Tutorial

What is the Star Stitch?

The star stitch is a crochet stitch that uses single crochet and half double crochet stitches. Complete an easy 2-row repeat, which results in a star pattern on one side of the work.

Crochet Daisy Stitch
Crochet Daisy Stitch

Easy Crochet Daisy Stitch Tutorial

I always thought that this was just called the star stitch. More recently, I was reading more about this beautiful stitch pattern and found out that it can also be called the Marguerite stitch, daisy stitch, or the spiked cluster.

This tutorial includes step-by-step photos and a video tutorial for both right and left hand crocheters.

Daisy Stitch Afghan Folded
Daisy Stitch Afghan Folded

What to use the Star Stitch or Spiked Cluster Stitch for?

For my first project, I made a blanket. When practicing this stitch, which was new for me, I made a small swatch. Once I was four rows in, I was ready for a bigger project.

However, I have seen this charming stitch used for baby blankets, Christmas stockings, placemats, coffee cup holders, mug rugs, and so many other uses with beautiful texture.

It is a versatile crochet pattern that can have a pretty result.

Single Crochet 5 Together
Single Crochet 5 Together

How to Crochet the Star Stitch

At first, this looked very intimidating, and it stayed on my wish list for a few years. Then I decided to tackle this stitch pattern. I am so glad I did!

It is so much easier than I thought. Once you get the two-row repeat done, it is an easy crochet project with gorgeous results.

Crochet Basics Video and Photos

You will find the link for the video tutorial of this star stitch for both right hand and left hand crocheters below the written pattern and the step-by-step photos.

Directions: Crochet Star Stitch Tutorial

Abbreviations

CH = Chain

HDC = Half Double Crochet

SC = Single Crochet

SC5Tog = Single Crochet 5 Together

STs = Stitches

YO = Yarn Over

[ ] = Repeat Between

Special Stitches

Single Crochet 5 Together (SC5Tog)

Insert hook in next ST and draw up a loop. Repeat this 4 more times. Yarn over and draw the yarn through all 6 loops on the hook.

Pattern Notes

The star stitch requires an odd number of chains. For the sample project, I used 21 stitches for the starting chains in the sample.

I like to start this stitch off with a row of single crochet as it provides a nice foundation for the first row of the star stitch. This row is optional, but if you are going to add a crochet border on your work, this will greatly reduce any unsightly gaps in the beginning chain row.

Work with loose even tension. This helps the star stitch form nicely and have a bit more symmetrical look.

The placement of each stitch is important in making the daisy shape of this stitch. Therefore, it is essential that you place the hook in the correct stitch each step of the way.

The full star stitch is visible when the half double crochet stitch row is worked.

Star Stitch Pattern

Begin by chaining an odd number of chains.

Row 1

In the second CH from the hook, SC and in each ST across. Turn

Row 2

CH 3, insert the hook in the 2nd CH from the hook, YO and pull up a loop. Insert the hook in the next CH, YO and pull up a loop. There should be 3 loops on the hook. Insert the hook in the next ST, YO and pull up a loop. There should be 4 loops on the hook. Insert the hook in the next ST, YO and pull up a loop. You should have 5 loops on the hook. Insert the hook in the next ST, YO and pull up a loop. There should now be 6 loops on the hook. YO and pull through all 6 loops on the hook. CH 1 to complete the star. (Note: that was a SC5 Tog).

Begin working the second star stitch. [In the eye or center hole that was just made, insert your hook, YO and draw up a loop. Insert the hook into the space between the last two STs from the first star. YO and draw up a loop. There will now be three loops on the hook. Next, insert the hook into the same stitch where the last stitch was worked for the previous star stitch. YO and draw up a loop. There are now four loops on the hook. Insert the hook in the next ST, YO draw up a loop for five loops on the hook. Insert the hook in the next ST, YO draw up a loop for six loops on the hook. YO and draw the yarn through all six loops on the hook. Finish the star with a CH 1 to close the second star.] Repeat between the [ ] across the row to continue making star stitches. When you get to the end, make one HDC in the last stitch. CH 1 turn.

Row 3

In the eye of the star stitch from the row below, crochet two HDC stitches. Continue working 2 HDC in each star stitch eye across. End with a HDC in the last ST. Turn

Row 4 and beyond

Repeat rows 2-3 until your desired length is reached.

Step-by-Step Photo Tutorial of the Star Stitch Pattern

The directions are illustrated through the photos below. I have added the specific part of the directions that relate to each picture.

Row 1

In the second CH from the hook, SC and in each ST across. Turn

Begin the star stitch pattern
Begin the star stitch pattern

Row 2

CH 3, insert the hook in the 2nd CH from the hook, YO and pull up a loop. Insert the hook in the next CH, YO and pull up a loop. There should be 3 loops on the hook. Insert the hook in the next ST, YO and pull up a loop.

Begin Row 2 of the Star Stitch
Begin Row 2 of the Star Stitch

There should be 4 loops on the hook. Insert the hook in the next ST, YO and pull up a loop. You should have 5 loops on the hook. Insert the hook in the next ST, YO and pull up a loop. There should now be 6 loops on the hook. YO and pull through all 6 loops on the hook. CH 1 to complete the star. (Note: that was a SC5 Tog).

Continue Row 2 Star Stitch
Continue Row 2 Star Stitch

Complete the First Star Stitch
Complete the First Star Stitch

Begin working the second star stitch. [In the eye or center hole that was just made, insert your hook, YO and draw up a loop. Insert the hook into the space between the last two STs from the first star. YO and draw up a loop. There will now be three loops on the hook. Next, insert the hook into the same stitch where the last stitch was worked for the previous star stitch. YO and draw up a loop. There are now four loops on the hook. Insert the hook in the next ST, YO draw up a loop for five loops on the hook. Insert the hook in the next ST, YO draw up a loop for six loops on the hook.

Continue the Second Daisy Stitch
Continue the Second Daisy Stitch

YO and draw the yarn through all six loops on the hook. Finish the star with a CH 1 to close the second star.] Repeat between the [ ] across the row to continue making star stitches. When you get to the end, make one HDC in the last stitch. CH 1 turn.

Finish the Daisy Stitch
Finish the Daisy Stitch

Row 3

In the eye of the star stitch from the row below, crochet two HDC stitches. Continue working 2 HDC in each star stitch eye across. End with a HDC in the last ST. Turn

Begin the Half Double Crochet Row
Begin the Half Double Crochet Row
Finish the Half Double Crochet Row
Finish the Half Double Crochet Row

Row 4 and beyond

Repeat rows 2-3 until your desired length is reached.

Continuing with the Star Stitch Pattern
Continuing with the Star Stitch Pattern

Crochet Star Stitch Video Tutorials

Right hand crochet

Left hand crochet

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