Crochet Star Stitch Tutoral, by Janice Jones, Published 10-13-2023.
The star stitch, which also goes by the name daisy stitch, is created with predominately half-double crochet stitches. As the name suggests, the fabric looks like little stars that are produced in simple two-row repeats.
It is not reversible, and the star pattern can only be seen on the right side of the fabric.
This is probably a more advanced stitch since one must know where to insert the hook, which can be confusing at first.
However, since it is only a two-row repeat, the beginner can learn this pattern quickly. You will find that it's not as complicated as you might initially have thought.
The first row of the pattern creates the stars, which are made up of a single crochet stitch each worked in a separate chain or stitch from the previous row.
Once there are 6 loops on the hook, a yarn over is made and drawn through all 6 loops. This is also called the single crochet 6 together (sc6tog).
These single crochet stitches make up the star’s six points. The chain stitch that follows becomes the center or eye of the star. In a written pattern this little eye or star center is called the chain two space (Ch-2 sp)
The second row consists of half double crochet stitches, two of each being worked into the chain space or eye of the row below. This is repeated across the row to the very end, and then one-half double crochet is worked in the last
This can be used as a stand-alone stitch for a variety of projects including pillow covers, blankets, dishcloths, bags, headbands, and hats, just to name a few.
This stitch also works well when combined with other stitches to create scarves, shawls and other wearables.
NOTE: I've spelled out the directions for making this stitch. If you prefer, I've also added directions below in a shortened form.
Chain an odd number of stitches.
Row 1: Insert hook in 2nd chain from hook. Yarn over and pull up a loop. (2 loops on hook)
Insert the hook in the next chain and pull up a loop (3 loops). Insert the hook in the next chain and pull up a loop (4 loops)
Repeat this process two more times until there is 6 loops on the hook.
Yarn over and pull through all six loops. (One Star Stitch). Next,
Continue to create star stitches across the row until there is one chain left. Work one hdc in last chain. Turn.
Row 2 (WS): Ch 2. 1 half double crochet in first stitch. *2 half double crochet stitches in next chain-1 space. Repeat from * in each ch-1 or eye of the star to last stitch—one half-double crochet stitch in the last loop of the star below. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 3. Insert the hook in 2nd chain of the three chains you just made. Yarn Over and pull up a loop. Insert the hook in the next chain, Yarn Over, and pull up a loop.
[Insert hook in next stitch, Yarn Over, and pull up a loop] 3 times (6 loops on the hook), Yarn Over, and pull through all six loops. Ch 1.
Insert hook in ch-1 space, Yarn Over, and pull up a loop. (2 loops)
Insert the hook in the last loop of the previous star, Yarn Over, and draw up a loop. (3 loops).
Insert hook in ch of last star, Yarn Over, and pull up a loop. (4 loops).
Insert the hook in the next chain, Yarn Over, and pull up a loop (5 loops).
Repeat one more time. (6 loops).
YO and pull through all six loops. Repeat this process to the end of the row, to the end of the chain. 1 half-double crochet in the last stitch of the last star. Turn.
Repeat: Repeat rows 2 and 3 until your project measures the length you want, ending after completing a 2nd row.
hdc - half double crochet
rep - repeat
st(s) - stitch(es)
ch - chain
YO - yarn over
* * repeat the process between the two asterisks
WS - wrong side
RS - right side
sp - space