How to Crochet Star Stitch

An advanced crochet stitch for better projects

Crochet star stitch is a stitch that is worked in multiple loops across the row. You make one "star" next to another across the row. There are rows of hdc stitch between the rows of stars. This stitch is also sometimes called the "marguerite stitch" or the "daisy stitch" and may also be known as a "spiked cluster". The latter is good to know because it gives us a visual of how each "star" is going to be formed by a cluster of "spikes", which is...MORE helpful to know because eventually you'll be working between some of the spikes.

Star stitch crochet can be made of stars with a varying number of spikes, so you will find different instructions for different variations on this stitch. These directions are for making a five-spike star stitch, which is one of the most common variations of this stitch pattern. Learning to make this version of star stitch will help you understand how to make any variation of the stitch.

Crochet star stitch has a beautiful thick texture and is great for dense projects, such as washcloths and winter blankets, but it can be used to make just about anything. Let's learn how to make this stitch!

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    Crochet Star Stitch: Foundation Chain

    Crochet Star Stitch Starting Chain
    Kathryn Vercillo

    You need to crochet a chain to begin this project. If you're working with a pattern, of course it will tell you how many to chain. Otherwise, you want to crochet any odd number. This tutorial uses a foundation chain, also called a starting chain, that is 23 chains long.

    Note: You can use any yarn and crochet hook for this project. Choose a hook that is appropriately sized for the yarn, which you can find on your  yarn label. A good choice is always worsted weight yarn and a size H crochet...MORE hook.

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    Crochet Star Stitch: First Loop on Hook

    Crochet Star Stitch - First Star
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook. Yarn over and pull a loop through.

    Note: this is the beginning of a single crochet stitch but you do not complete the entire stitch. You leave the loop on the hook.

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    Crochet Star Stitch: 6 Loops on Hook

    Crochet Star Stitch - First Star
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Insert your hook into the next chain, yarn over and pull through. There are now two loops on the hook.

    Continue to insert your hook into subsequent chains, yarning over and pulling through until there are six loops on your hook.

     

    Tip: Work with loose tension but evenly so that all of the loops on the hook are the same size.

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    Crochet Star Stitch: Yarn Over, Pull Through

    Crochet Star Stitch - First Star
    Kathryn Vercillo

    With six loops on your hook, yarn over one more time and pull through all six loops. This creates the "spikes" that make up your first star.

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    Crochet Star Stitch: First Star

    Crochet Star Stitch - First Star
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Chain one. This finishes the star. It also creates an "eye" in the center of the star. You will be working into the eye so it's good to pay attention to where you are at this stage and get a feel for the stitch design. 

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    Crochet Star Stitch: Begin Second Star

    Crochet Star Stitch - First Star
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Now, insert your hook into the "eye" that you just made, as discussed in step five. Yarn over and pull through. There will now be two loops on your hook.

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    Crochet Star Stitch: Insert Hook Into Spike

    Crochet Star Stitch - First Star
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Now, insert your hook into the space between the two last "spikes" from the first "star". Yarn over and pull through. There will be three loops on your hook. Placement is everything with the crochet star stitch so pay careful attention to where you are inserting the hook at each step.

  • 08 of 23

    Crochet Star Stitch: Insert Hook Into Chain

    Crochet Star Stitch - Second Star
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Insert your hook into the same chain where the last stitch of the previous star was worked. Yarn over and pull through. There will now be four loops on your hook.

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  • 09 of 23

    Crochet Star Stitch: Two More Loops

    Crochet Star Stitch - Second Star
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Insert your hook into the next chain, yarn over and pull through.

    Repeat in the next chain.

    This will give you six loops on your hook. As you know, this is the number of loops that you need for each star stitch.

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    Crochet Star Stitch: Yarn Over, Pull Through

    Crochet Star Stitch
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Repeat Step Four. So, yarn over and pull through all six loops on the hook. You are about to complete your second star in the first row.

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    Crochet Star Stitch: Second Star

    Crochet Star Stitch
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Repeat Step Five. When you chain one, you close your second star in the row and create the eye of that second star.

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    Crochet Star Stitch Across Row

    Crochet Star Stitch Row
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Repeat Steps 6-11 to make the next crochet star. Continue repeating the steps to continue making stars all the way across the row.

    When you get to the end, make one hdc in the last stitch.

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  • 13 of 23

    Crochet Star Stitch: HDC Row

    Crochet Star Stitch
    Kathryn Vercillo

    In between each row of star stitches, you will have rows of hdc stitches. Turn the work and chain 2, this counts as the first hdc stitch of this row.

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    Crochet Star Stitch: 2 HDC

    Crochet Star Stitch
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Crochet two hdc stitches into the eye of the next star. 

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    Crochet Star Stitch: Complete HDC Row

    Crochet Star Stitch
    Kathryn Vercillo

    2 hdc in the eye of each star across the row.

    When you get to the end, crochet 2 hdc in the final stitch.

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    Crochet Star Stitch: Next Row

    Crochet Star Stitch
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Now it's time to make another row of crochet stars. You will be doing basically the same thing that you did before, except that you begin the process slightly differently.

    So, turn the work to begin the row and chain three.

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    Crochet Star Stitch: Insert Hook

    Crochet Star Stitch
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook. Yarn over and pull through. There will now be two loops on the hook.

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    Crochet Star Stitch: Insert Hook Again

    Crochet Star Stitch
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Insert your hook into the third chain from the hook. Yarn over and pull through. There will now be three loops on the hook.

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    Crochet Star Stitch: Draw Up Three More Loops

    Crochet Star Stitch
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Insert your hook into each of the next three stitches, doing a yarn over and pull through in each so that you have six stitches on the hook. As you now know, this is how many loops you need on your hook for a crochet star stitch.

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    Crochet Star Stitch: Yarn Over, Pull Through

    Crochet Star Stitch
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Yarn over and pull through all six loops on the hook.

    Continue to 21 of 23 below.
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    Crochet Star Stitch: Chain One

    Crochet Star Stitch
    Kathryn Vercillo

    As you have likely guessed by now, you chain one to close the first star of the second row of crochet stars. This creates the eye of the first star of this row (which is the third row of the pattern, the second of the star stitch rows).

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    Crochet Star Stitch: Row Two of Stars

    How to Crochet Star Stitch
    Kathryn Vercillo

    You then proceed as normal across the row to create another row of stars. In other words, repeat Step Twelve.

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    Crochet Star Stitch Free Pattern

    Crochet Star Stitch Tutorial
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Repeat steps 13-23 as many times as you want to continue the star stitch crochet pattern. Work the crochet star stitch on odd number rows and half double crochet stitches on even numbered rows.