How to Crochet a Star Stitch

A star stitch pattern starts with a base chain.
A star stitch pattern starts with a base chain. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

A star stitch, or Marguerite stitch as it is also called, uses a series of modified half double crochet stitches — stitches that are gathered at the top — to create the illusion of a group of stitches radiating out from a center point. In reality, the "center points" of the stars are the places in which the gathered stitch group from the row below and the stitches in the row above meet. You cannot create a star stitch in a single row. Each star stitch pattern requires two rows of stitches that will only look like stars after the second row is complete.

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Row One

Chain a multiple of two stitches plus three. For example, you could start with 11 chains (two times four plus three), 25 chains (two times 11 plus three) or 153 chains (two times 75 plus three). The first six stitches make the first star. Each additional multiple of two, after the first six, will add one additional star to the row. The final stitch is required for its own purpose. Thus, 11 chains will make three stars (six stitches for the first star and two stitches each for two additional stars before the last stitch) while 25 will make 10 stars; 153 chains will make 74 stars.

Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook and pull up a loop. You will have two loops on your hook. Each loop on your hook, not counting the first loop, is a point on the star.

Insert your hook into the next chain and pull up a loop. You will have three loops on your hook. Repeat three more times. You will have six loops on your hook.

Yarn over and pull your hook through all six loops.

Chain one.

Insert your hook into the chain one space you've just made and pull up a loop.

Insert your hook into the side of the last star point and pull up a loop.

Insert your hook into the chain that you made the last star point in and pull up a loop. You will have four loops on your hook.

Insert your hook into the next chain and pull up a loop.

Insert your hook into the next chain and pull up a loop. You will now have six loops on your hook.

Yarn over and pull your hook through all six loops.

Repeat — chain one, insert hook into the chain, into the side of star point, into the chain where you made the last star point, into the next two chains — until you have one stitch remaining.

Make a half double crochet stitch into the last stitch. To do this, yarn over, insert your hook into the last chain, yarn over and pull your hook through all three loops. Turn. This is the end of row one.

Row Two

Chain two.

Make two half double crochet stitches into each of the center points of the stars.

Make a single half double crochet stitch in the chain three space from the row below. Turn.

Row Three

Chain three.

Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook and pull up a loop.

Insert your hook into the next chain and pull up a loop.

Insert your hook into the first stitch and pull up a loop.

Insert your hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop.

Insert your hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop.

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

Chain one. Repeat the pattern from row one, inserting your hook into the chain space, the side of the last star point, the stitch into which the last star point was made and then each of the next two stitches, until you have six loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull the hook through all six loops. Repeat this pattern until you have only one stitch remaining.

Make a single half double crochet stitch in the last stitch. Turn.

Repeat rows two and three until you reach the desired length.

Tips & Warnings

  • The larger your hook and the thicker the yarn, the larger your project will be. To make sure you end up with a finished project of the right width, crochet a swatch with the yarn and the hook you want to use and measure how wide each star is. Use this measurement to determine how many chains to make at the start.

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