“Starburst” makes me think of a glittery explosion of pixie dust, and while this week’s stitch doesn’t sparkle, it’s a lot of fun to work up, especially if you like clusters.
Starburst Crochet Stitch
Special Stitch – Cluster: (YO, insert hook in nxt st, draw up loop, YO, draw through two loops) repeat as many times as required by the pattern. For a 4-dc cluster, do this four times. For a 9-dc cluster, do it 9 times. YO and draw through all loops on hook.
Multiple: 8 plus 10 (I chained 34 for this swatch)
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook (sk 3 ch, 9 dc in nxt ch, sk 3 ch, 1 sc in nxt ch) repeat to the end of ch. Ch 3, turn.
Row 2: Sk the first sc and make a 4-dc cluster over the nxt 4 sts. (Ch 4, 1 sc, ch 3, 9-dc cluster over the nxt 9 sts) repeat across. Ch 4, 1 sc, ch 3, 5-dc cluster over the rem 5 sts. Ch 4, turn.
Here’s what a 9-dc cluster should look like just before your final YO and pull through:
And here’s what it looks like afterward. I won’t lie. It’s a lot of fun to pull through all those loops.
And here’s the completed Row 2:
Row 3: 4 dc in top of 5-dc cluster. Sc in sc. (9 dc in top of 9-dc cluster, sc in sc) repeat across. 5 dc in top of 4-dc cluster. Ch 3, turn.
Row 4: Sk 1st dc, (9-dc cluster across nxt 9 sts, ch 4, sc in nxt st, ch 3) repeat across. sc in turning ch, ch 1, turn.
Row 5: Sc in sc (9 dc in top of 9-dc cluster, sc in sc) repeat across. Sc in turning row ch. Ch 3, turn.
Repeat Rows 2 to 5.
I like the starburst because it’s a solid, swirly stitch that looks lacy even though there aren’t any real gaps in the work.
Have a great weekend!