Stitch of the Week: Star (Daisy) Stitch

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Last week, I totally blew off Stitch of the Week. Well, I didn’t blow it off. I was just, you know, really busy.

Excuses, excuses.

This week, I’m back on track. I learned how to crochet the star stitch, sometimes called the daisy stitch. It’s really dainty and sweet. You almost want to crochet it with your pinky sticking up.

I was surprised when I couldn’t find a ton of patterns using this stitch. But I did find a few worth mentioning. I’m especially fond of Ishrat Khawja’s star stitch coin purse, which is offered as a free download on Ravelry.

StarStitchPurse

I also like Hilah Kellner’s snuggly looking star stitch hand warmers, also a totally free pattern.

StarStitchHandWarmers

Crochet by Jennifer’s vintage star baby bonnet looks like all it needs are some chubby cheeks inside it.

StarStitchBonnet

The star stitch requires you to stick your hook into some nonstandard spaces, so I put together a little video tutorial to walk you through it. Everyone seems to do this stitch a little differently, so here’s my version. Written instructions appear below.

Multiple for the foundation chain is 2 (basically any even-numbered chain will do)

Row 1: Draw up a loop in the first ch (the one right next to your hook) and the next 4 ch for a total of 6 loops on your hook. YO and draw through all loops on hook to create a star. Ch 1 to secure the star. (Insert hook into the center of the star created by the ch-1 and draw up a loop. Draw up a loop by inserting your hook into the side of fifth loop you drew up in the previous star. Draw up a loop by inserting your hook into the foundation ch in the same ch space you used to draw up the fifth loop on the previous star. Draw up loops in the next two chs in foundation row. This gives you a total of 6 loops on your hook. YO and draw through all loops, and secure the star with a ch-1.) Repeat across till 1 ch remains. Dc in the last ch. Turn, ch 2.

Row 2: Make 2 hdc in the ch-1 spaces from the previous row. Do not hdc in the loop spaces that form the top of the star, only the ch-1 spaces. Make final hdc in the top ch from the previous row. Turn, ch 3.

Row 3: Insert hook into first ch (the one right next to your hook) and draw up a loop; do the same in the next 2 chs and the following two hdc. YO and draw through 6 loops on hook. Ch 1 to secure the star. (Insert hook into the center of the star created by the ch-1 and draw up a loop. Draw up a loop by inserting your hook into the side of fifth loop you drew up in the previous star. Draw up a loop by inserting your hook into the same hdc you used to draw up the fifth loop on the previous star. Draw up loops in the next two hdcs. This gives you a total of 6 loops on your hook. YO and draw through all loops, and secure the star with a ch-1.) Repeat across till 1 hdc remains. Dc in last hdc. Turn, ch 2.

Repeat rows 2 and 3.

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So, now that you have stars in your eyes, go out into that big wide world and crochet some twinkles.

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47 thoughts on “Stitch of the Week: Star (Daisy) Stitch

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  2. This pattern is a hot mess. Follow the ACA’s tutorial on how to do it and save yourself a lot of grief. The hdc on the wrong side should be in the loops of the stars or else your work will lean to the left.

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  4. I’m doing this pattern and its flaring out slowly on both sides like its getting more stitches than its supposed to but I KNOW I;m doing it right, I have done way more complicated patterns so I just don’t get it.

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  6. I find that on row 3 if I have chained 3 before I turn, then that star stitch is taller than all of the other star stitches. I have been chaining 2 which makes the first star stitch the same size as the others. However my work is still leaing to the left. The way I have corrected this is on the even rows I alternate either starting the row with a hdc in the first stitch and then 2 hdc in the remaining ch-1 spaces. I would then end that row with 1 hdc in the top ch from the previous row. Or I start the row with 2 hdc in the remaining ch-1 spaces and ending the row with 2 hdc in the top ch from the previous row. You will need to alternate the 2 types of even rows throughout your project to keep it square.

  7. Well done!
    It’ s easy to follow and to understand.
    Thank you so much😊
    I am looking forward to your next tutorial
    Love Ayshea

  8. Thank you, Michelle! I have wanted to use the star stitch and tried to learn from written instructions several times but never quite got it. Your video makes perfect sense of how to do it. Thank you for sharing this!!! 😀

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  10. hi, I love this stitch, it came out really nice but my rows tend to shift gradually to one side, leaving me with a trapezoid instead of a square….. am I missing something?

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  12. I have an idea and I was going to make a baby blanket using 1 row of the puff bobble stitch and then about 4-5 rows if this stitch and then repeat till appropriate size

  13. I adore this stitch. Unfortunately I didn’t pay close enough attention and somehow added some stars so my piece began growing in width. I (reluctantly) pulled it apart and began again but it’s growing in a diagonal fashion (like a rhomboid!); despite me making sure there’s the same # of stars in each row.
    Help?

    • Same problem here! I think I figured out how to keep it straight!

      I’m doing a row of 30. I start the first star in the second chain from the hook and work the stars all the way across making sure I have 15. In the last star, I pull two loops through the hdc from the previous row. (I insert my hook in a different part of the hdc) make the chain and complete the last star. In next row, I make 1 hdc in the first ch 1 space, two hdc like the pattern states and then 1 hdc in the last stitch of tr previous row. It’s looking pretty even so far. Hope this helps!

    • Thanks for making this comment as I am having the exact same issue. It’s really strange how even with the same # of stars, it keeps growing. I will try to follow the advice in the replies, but I find it a little hard to follow.

  14. Hi michelle when you have pulled the loop through the eye of the stitch on to the next stitch do you pull it through the same stitch twice i think that is where i am going wrong , when i pull it through the same stitch twice that is where the stitch bends and i can not pull through all six loops

  15. Hi i love your tutorial but i notice that you go under two loops when doing the first row of chains i have tried doing that but find it hard to do when i go into one chain and try pulling through all six loops it won’t go hope you can under stand what i’m talking about and hope you can help me please as i love this stitch and your’s is the best to follow for this stitch.

    • Hi Janet! Thanks so much for asking this question. I think I understand what you mean. Yes, when I start that very first star, after chaining 14, I do stick my hook into both loops of the foundation chain. You don’t have to do that if you don’t want to. You can stick your hook into only one of the loops that comprise the chain. I don’t think that should make a difference at all, and hopefully it’ll give you a little more leeway when you pull through all six loops. Let me know if I can help further!

      • Thankyou for getting back to me when i do put it through one hole i can not pull through all six loops it always catches in the middle , i will try and put it thriough both loops like you do .you make it look so easy

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  17. Any idea how I would join this to work in the round? I would love to make a cowl using this stitch but would like to avoid a seam if possible.

    • Ashley-I don’t if you are still needing an answer, but I had the same question and this is what I came up with.
      I’m making a hat, so I’m working the pattern with rows without turning. I just worked a dc on top of my beginning chain (from my last increase row), then started the row 2 instructions with the hdc. At the end of row 2, I ss into the dc, then chained 3 to start row 3.
      Not sure if it is exactly the same look, since row 2 is work on right side instead of the wrong side, but it looks alright to me! 😉

      • you could just slip stitch the beginning chain together work row 1, slip stitch to first worked chain/stitch, chain given #, then turn your work. By turning your work, I mean work in the opposite direction. By doing this, it is essentially the same as if you weren’t working in the round. There is a visual difference between the right and wrong sides (to me at least. It may not bother you).

  18. Love this stitch:) Thank you. Would love to crochet my grandson a afghan, but I need to know the hook size and how much yarn for bigger than a baby blanket? Thank you for you help.

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