Stitch School: Star Stitch with Anna Nikipirowicz
Welcome to our fabulous new Stitch School series! This week – learn to work the Star Stitch with Anna Nikipirowicz!
The Star stitch is a truly lovely stitch that produces dense fabric with very little drape making it perfect for blankets, cushions, accessories and other more structured projects.
The stitch is made out of gorgeous little stars that are created by spikes, the number of spikes can vary depending what look are you going for, this tutorial is for the 5 spikes star which is also the most common one.
The star stitch may look intimidating when you first look at it, but it is very easy to memorise and once you get the hang of it, it will work up in no time!
Ch – chains
Dc (US sc) – double crochet (US single crochet)
Htr (US hdc) – half treble (US half double crochet)
St(es) – stitch(es)
Yrh – yarn around hook
You will need any yarn of your choice and a hook size suitable for your yarn, I’m using Cascade 220 Aran and 5mm hook.
Star stitch is worked over multiple of 2 sts + 1 for foundation row.
1. Make 21 chains, insert hook into 2nd ch from hook, yrh and pull up a loop, then pull up a loop in each of next 4 ch, you should have 6 loops on hook.
2, Yrh and pull through all 6 loops on hook.
3. Ch 1 to lock all those loops, you have now created the eye of the star.
4. Insert hook into eye of the start, yrh and pull up a loop, 2 loops on hook.
5. Now things get interesting, you have to pull up a loop through the front leg of the last loop of previous star, then through the same ch as last loop of previous star, then pull up a loop through each of the next 2 ch, again you should have 6 loops on hook.
Now repeat steps 2 to 5 until all ch have been worked.
6. When you reach the end of the row, you need to finish it off nicely otherwise your sides will not look great. All you have to do is make 1htr into the same ch as last loop of previous star, turn.
Your first finished row should look like this:
7. Ch 1, now you will work dc all along the second row, starting with 1 dc into top of htr, 1 dc into next eye of star, then 2 dc into every eye of star to end.
8. End the row by working 1 dc into top of the turning ch, turn.
9. Ch 2, now you will pull up a loop through the front leg of the second ch from hook, then pull up a loop through back leg of the same ch, 3 loops on hook.
10. Pull up a loop through each of next 3 dc (6 loops on hook), yrh and pull through all 6 loops on hook,ch 1.
11.*pull up a loop through the eye of last star, then pull up loop through front leg of last loop of previous star, then through same dc as last loop of previous star, then pull up a loop through each of next 2 dc, yrh and pull through all 6 loops on hook, ch 1, rep from * to end, working 1htr into last dc.
Repeat steps 7 to 11 until you reach the desired length.
Why not try using different colours, but complete 2 rows in each colour, the star row and dc row before changing colours?