A simple decorative crochet stitch can be used to cheer up a rather plain piece of crochet. The star stitch is one of those decorative stitches that I like to use in those cases. It may look a little bit complicated, but trust me, it is not! I will show you step-by-step how to make it in this crochet tutorial: star stitch.
Stitches and Abbreviations (US terms):
|Abbreviation||US terms||UK terms|
|Ch||Chain stitch||Chain stitch|
|Hdc||Half double crochet||Half treble crochet|
|Hdc2tog||Half double crochet two together||Half treble crochet two together|
- The star stitch pattern is worked in two rows and you start the first row with the right side of your work facing you
- To make the stars really pop I recommend that you use a bright and lighter colour
This is how it works:
You’ve started the first stitch in the ch3 that you made at the beginning of the row. From now on, you will make your stars by inserting your hook at several places into the previous star. The arrows in the photo below show where to insert your hook:
Let’s make another star:
Repeat until you have reached the end of your row. My swatch has an even amount of stitches which means that I have one stitch left after finishing the last star stitch. I finish the row as follows:
I would like to show you what it looks like if you finish without doing the ‘hdc2tog’… You will most likely end up with a hole between the last star and your last stitch of the row. That doesn’t look particularly pretty, especially not when you are going to add a border to your work and you work around the last stitch.
When your piece of crochet has an uneven number of stitches, you will finish the last star stitch in the last stitch of the row. In that case, you make one half double crochet (hdc) in that same, last stitch.
The star stitch pattern is worked in two rows. Let’s move on to row number two:
To make sure that you did not miss a stitch it is good to count your stitches at this point. The number of stitches should be the same as before you started the star stitch rows.
How to continue
Stars are supposed to shine and that goes for the crochet star stitch as well! It will pop out much clearer when the row before and the row after the star stitch rows are in contrasting colours. Therefore, I have added an extra row of half double crochet to this swatch where I used the same colour as I used before starting the star stitch pattern. This row is worked on the right side of your work. I have used two different ways:
In the photo above you can see that the stitches on the right of the hook look different than the ones on the left of the crochet hook. That is because I inserted my hook in different ways.
- On the right side: Insert your hook into the stitch as you normally do (underneath the little ‘v’ that forms the top of the stitch)
- On the left side: Insert your hook in between the stitches of the previous row
Inserting your hook in between the stitches makes the stars show a little clearer. I personally like the little ridge above the stars which you get when you insert your hook into the stitches as you normally do.
I hope that this tutorial works for you! Should you have any questions than simply drop me a line by using the contact form!
- The yarn used for this tutorial is Scheepjes Stonewashed XL (colours 847 / 842 / 854)
- I have used a 5,0 mm crochet hook