A very Happy New Year to you and here’s a gift tutorial for Star Stitch which is a really striking pretty textured stitch, it looks fabulous in 2 shades and equally as pretty in just the one shade. If you are working in 2 shades it’s fine to carry it up the side of your work, any more than 2 I’d fasten off and start with a new shade. It all depends on your skill level and how confident you feel in working in separate shades, but remember where there is colour there is yarn ends to sew in 🙈. This is how I made mine. As this is a tutorial and not a pattern I have not added a key, hook size or yarn because whatever yarn you choose select the appropriate hook size for that yarn. I give my free time to write tutorials and patterns as a thank you for supporting my Etsy shop but the same copyright applies as to my paid patterns.
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My Star Stitch tutorial uses foundation dc, if you have purchased my hat, mitten and bag patterns you will be familiar with this stitch as I include a separate tutorial for this stitch just like my flower Festival Bag pattern https://www.etsy.com/uk/SewHappyCreative/listing/727842753/flower-festival-bag-granny-square? My tutorial uses dc (US sc) stitch and half treble ( half Dc US). Pattern notes : To make the star it’s like making a cluster stitch you insert your hook pull a loop through but don’t complete the stitch and then continue to insert your hook where indicated pulling up a loop each time until you have 6 loops for each stitch on your hook and then yoh and pull through all 6 loops, work a ch1 to anchor the stitch in place but this ch-1 stitch is also the place where you start your subsequent star stitches. Keep your tension really even or you will easily pull in your work, if you tend to have a tight tension work loosely. My swatch uses 31 foundation dc creating 15 stars ⭐️ You could use either foundation treble or foundation dc. I have used fdc but ftr would give you a nice border eg a blanket or cowl .
Step 1. To begin, make your desired length in foundation dc in multiples of 2 plus 1.
Step 2. Turn your work and ch 3, into the the 3rd chain from your hook, insert your hook and pull up a loop, now insert your hook into the same chain only this time in front of the chain and pull through a loop, there are now 3 loops on your hook, insert your hook into the next 3 stitches pulling up a loop in each one of them, you now have 6 loops on your hook, yoh and pull through all 6 loops, ch1. This is your first star stitch completed.
Step 3 Use the photo below with the arrows to guide you, insert your hook into the the ch-1 you made when you completed your first star stitch, pull up a loop, now insert your hook into the side of your first star stitch ( make sure you go through 2 loops in the side, it looks like a chain stitch ) and pull up another loop, there are now 3 loops on your hook, place your hook into the base of that stitch, pull up a loop, insert your hook into the next 2 stitches pulling up a loop in each one of them as before, you now have 6 loops on your hook, yoh and pull through all 6 loops, ch1. This is your 2nd star stitch completed, continue working your star stitch like this until you reach the last stitch when you complete your last star stitch, work 1 htr in the same stitch. Turn your work .
Step 4 Ch1 (does not count as stitch), 1dc in next st, 1dc in the centre of the star created by your ch-1 from previous row, then work 2dc in every ch-1sp until you reach the end , then work 1dc in the last stitch.
As you build your rows of stars, all your star stitches should be in line.
These 2 rows form the pattern, repeat as many times as you like ⭐️