How to Crochet: Star Stitch

By Erin Burger – 72 Comments

Out there in Crochet Land there are many ‘special’ stitches that I call ‘YO Stitches’ (the abbreviation for yarn over is yo).  These stitches include the popcorn stitch, the bobble stitch, the puff stitch etc…etc…

My favorite of these type of stitches is the star stitch.   A lot of ‘star stitch’ patterns have you break off at the end of each row…which leaves a lot of ends to weave in upon completion.  The instructions I use and am including below use a turn and a row of hdc instead.

Star Stitch

This tutorial is for both right and left handed people. For left handed pictures, roll your mouse over the image and it will change for you.

Start by chaining an odd number of stitches.

Row 1: pull up a loop in 2nd ch from hook and in each of the next 4 ch, yo and pull through all 6 stitches on hook, ch 1 to close star.




This is your first star and it should look like this (continue on with pattern)


* Pull up a loop in ch-1,

pull up a loop in last ch of star just made,

pull up a loop in each of the next 3 ch,

yarn over and pull through all 6 loops on hook,

ch 1 to close star,

repeat from * across, hdc in last ch.
Here’s what your first row should look like

Row 2: ch 2, turn, 3 hdc in each ch-1 from the previous row, ch3 turn.

Row 3: pull up loops in the 2nd and 3rd ch of turning ch-3 and in the next 3 hdc, yarn over and pull through all 6 loops on hook, ch 1 to close star *pull up a loop in ch-1, pull up a loop in last ch of star just made, pull up a loop in each of the next 3 hdc, yarn over and pull through all 6 loops on hook, ch 1 to close star, repeat from * across. hdc in last hdc.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until appropriate length is reached.

Tips for working the star stitch:

  • Holding the previous star between your thumb and forefinger while working will help while working through these instructions.  I do it like this:

thumb and forefinger

  • You don’t have to literally put the yarn over your hook.  You can instead put the yarn under and have the same results.  The main idea is to make a loop and keep those loops on the hook until it’s time to close the stitch.

Good luck and if you have any questions or comments don’t hesitate to comment here!

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72 Comments

  1. Lisha says:

    Hey! This is an AWESOME tutorial and the pictures are SO GREAT! My problem is when I did my first row it came out twisted? Not sure how that happened but when I go back with the HDC row it just makes it curl/twist even more. Can you tell me what the heck I am doing wrong? Or is that how it does the first couple rows and I just have to keep going and it will eventually stop twisting/curling? Thanks for the tutorial and I hope you can help me out! Thanks again! :-)

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Lisha! Try to make your foundation chain a little looser, that might be what is making it curl. You can also double check to make sure you are using the right number of stitches. Keep crocheting as it may uncurl on its own.

  2. Mary says:

    I was thinking of making a slouchy hat with this stitch. Does it work out ok in the round?

  3. Cathleen says:

    Hi. Ive always loved the look of this stitch and wanted to make a sleeve-like case for my tablet. My only issue is when you are supposed to chain 1 to close the star, it is really difficult to get my hook in there to start the next star. Im wondering if you have any ideas how to make it a bit easier? Thanks. Cathleen

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Cathleen!
      Try to crochet the chain stitch slightly looser. You can also try using a crochet hook that is one size larger for the chain stitch, but that might be too much trouble switching hooks back and forth.

  4. Hannah Marie says:

    Hi! I am trying desperately to do the star stich and I have to keep restarting because as I go, it curls into a C shape. What am I doing wrong and how can I prevent this from happening? Will it fix itself as I go?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hello!
      It sounds like you may be accidentally skipping or adding stitches (depending on which way the C shape is curving). Try to count the stitches as you crochet. The stitch count should be consistent.

      • Hannah Marie says:

        Thank you i will try it!!! I have been at this all day and I just noticed that as i go on with each row, I end up with less stars than in the row before

  5. V Smith says:

    Hi, Rachel. I have been designing a washcloth using this tutorial and noticed that the first photo for Row 1 only shows five stitches on the hook but the instructions state to pull through SIX stitches on the hook. Additionally, since the first photo is incorrect, could it be that all the other photos are incorrect as well, or could it be that the instructions are incorrect and there should be only five stitches on the hook? Just thought I’d call this to your attention, in case this may be causing people problems. . . .

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hello! It looks like Erin’s photo is probably off. But it shouldn’t mess up the rest of the pattern if you follow the instructions as written. Just pretend there is another loop on the hook in the first photo LOL

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