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.
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Make the Foundation Chain and Start the Star Stitch
Start with a foundation chain. If you're working with a pattern, it will tell you how many 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.
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Draw up Loops on the Hook
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.
Work with loose tension but keep it even, so all the loops on the hook are the same size.
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Finish the First Star
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.
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Insert the Hook Between the Spikes
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.
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Insert the Hook Into the Chain
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.
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Complete the Second Star
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.
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Start the Next Star Stitch Row
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.
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Complete the Star Stitch
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).
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Continue Working Star Stitch and HDC Rows
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.