How to Crochet Star Stitch

An advanced crochet stitch for adding variety to projects

How to Work Star Stitch in Crochet
Mollie Johanson

Crochet star stitch forms rows of starburst-like stitches, each worked with multiple loops. This stitch is also sometimes called the "Marguerite stitch" or the "daisy stitch", or even a "spiked cluster". That's helpful to know because it gives a visual of how you'll form each "star" with a cluster of "spikes", which you work between. To make the pattern, you also work rows of half double crochet stitch between the rows of stars.

You can make star stitches with a varying number of spikes, so you will find different instructions for different variations on this stitch. These directions are for making a common five-spike star stitch, but they'll 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 you can use it to make just about anything. Let's learn how to make this stitch!

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  • 01 of 14

    Make the Foundation Chain and Start the Star Stitch

    Start Star Stitch Like a Single Crochet
    Mollie Johanson

    Start with a foundation chain. If you're working with a pattern, it will tell you how many to chains to make. Otherwise, begin with an odd number of chain stitches.

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

    This is the beginning of a single crochet stitch but instead of completing the entire stitch, leave the loop on the hook.

  • 02 of 14

    Draw Up Loops on the Hook

    Draw Up Loops
    Mollie Johanson

    Insert your hook into the next chain, yarn over and pull through. There are now three 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 keeping it even so all the loops on the hook are the same size.

  • 03 of 14

    Yarn Over and Pull Through the Loops

    Draw the Yarn Through Stitch Loops
    Mollie Johanson

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

  • 04 of 14

    Finish the First Star

    Chain 1 to Finish the Star
    Mollie Johanson

    Chain one. This finishes the star. It also creates an "eye" in the center of the star. You will work into the eye, so it's helpful to get a feel for the stitch design. 

    Continue to 5 of 14 below.
  • 05 of 14

    Begin the Second Star

    Draw Up a Loop Through the Star Stitch Center
    Mollie Johanson

    Next, insert your hook into the "eye" that you just made. Yarn over and pull through. There will now be two loops on your hook.

  • 06 of 14

    Insert the Hook Between the Spikes

    Draw Up a Loop Through the Star Spikes
    Mollie Johanson

    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.

  • 07 of 14

    Insert the Hook Into the Chain

    Draw Up Loops Through the Other Stitches
    Mollie Johanson

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

    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.

  • 08 of 14

    Complete the Second Star

    Chain 1 to Complete the Second Star Stitch
    Mollie Johanson

    Finish this second star as you did the first one. Yarn over and pull through all six loops on the hook. Chain one to close the second star.

    Continue to 9 of 14 below.
  • 09 of 14

    Crochet Star Stitch Across Row

    Add Star Stitches Across the Row
    Mollie Johanson

    Repeat the steps above to make stars all the way across the row.

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

  • 10 of 14

    HDC for the Second Row

    Work Two Half Double Crochets in Each Star Stitch
    Mollie Johanson

    Between each row of star stitches, work rows of hdc stitches.

    Turn the work and chain 2. This counts as the first hdc stitch of the row. Crochet two hdc stitches into the eye of the star in the row below. 

  • 11 of 14

    Complete the HDC Row

    Add Half Double Crochet Stitches Across the Row
    Mollie Johanson

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

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

  • 12 of 14

    Start the Next Star Stitch Row

    Chain 3 and Draw Up Loops
    Mollie Johanson

    To make another row of crochet stars, the process is almost the same as before, except that it begins with extra chain stitches.

    Turn the work and chain three.

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

    Insert your hook into the next chain, then yarn over and pull through. There will now be three loops on the hook.

    Continue to 13 of 14 below.
  • 13 of 14

    Complete the Star Stitch

    Complete the Star Stitch and Repeat
    Mollie Johanson

    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.

    Yarn over and pull through all six loops on the hook. Chain one to close the star.

    This creates the eye of the first star of this row (which is the third row of the pattern and the second of the star stitch rows).

  • 14 of 14

    Continue Working Star Stitch and HDC Rows

    Star Stitch Crochet Pattern
    Mollie Johanson

    Finish the row of start stitch, then work another row of hdc, and so on.

    Work the crochet star stitch on odd number rows and half double crochet stitches on even numbered rows.