Thursday, August 4, 2016

*.*.*.Star Stitch Tutorial.*.*.*


First of all: There are several star stitch tutorials around, I know! So, why making yet another new tutorial when there are enough on the internet?

A/ In a few days I will be sharing a new pattern for a crocheted bracelet cuff and in this pattern I make two rows with this stitch, so, as I wrote my notes in understandable terms, I wanted to find a tutorial where someone showed how to do the star stitch to share it with you, fair enough, right? Well.... I couldn´t find one where they made the star stitch the way I did it... (Probably there is one around, just that I couldn't find it) 

So here we go... 

In case you are already familiar with the star stitch, I´ll describe what I do, so you can compare it with what you do ;-)
 I start with an even number of stitches.
If the pattern allows it, I prefer to have a foundation row of stitches other than chains, in this tutorial I use scs as the base.
This pattern is to work the star stitch in rows, not rounds, so one row will show the front side of the stitches and the next row will show the back side of the sitches. 
I work the pattern in two rows: a first row: where the stars start forming  (this will be the right side of the piece) and a second row: where the stars are "completed" with 2 hdcs on each eyelet.
On the forming row, I pull up 4 loops each time, pulling the yarn through a total of 5 loops on hook to form the eyelet.

Ok, now to the tutorial... 

To start, make a even number of chains, in this case I made 18 ch:

then, ch 1, turn, make one sc on each ch. (18 sc) 

 Make three chains to start the first row, and turn the piece:

Insert hook in the second chain from hook and pull up a loop (2 loops in hook):

Now, insert the hook on the next chain and pull up a loop: (3 loops on hook):

Insert the hook in the first st from the base row and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook):

Insert the hook in the next st (*Pay atenttion to this stitch, where you insert the hook, we will need it later on) and pull up a loop (5 loops on hook) :

Yarn over hook (Y.O.) and pull the yarn through all 5 loops on hook:

Then ch 1, to close the star and form an "eyelet" (First "half" star made)

To make the next "half" stars: insert the hook in the eyelet just made, and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook)
Then insert the hook in the last stitch where you pulled the last loop for the previous half star (*The same stitch that I previously told you to pay attention to) and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook):

Insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook):

Insert hook in next st (*) and pull up a loop (5 loops on hook):

Yarn over hook...

...and pull through all 5 loops on hook:

Ch 1 to close the star and form an eyelet:

Continue this way across (9 "half" stars formed):

For the "completing" stars row: Ch 2, turn (this will be the wrong side of the piece):

Hdc in first eyelet: 

2 hdc on each eyelet, until the second last one. Here you can see the hook inserted in he second eyelet in the process of making an hdc:

Continue with 2 hdc in each eyelet as explained before:

On the last eyelet make just one hdc, and make one hdc in the 3rd chain from the previous row (18 hdc):  

For subsequent rows, same instructions apply, Ch 3, turn:

Insert the hook in second ch from hook and pull up a loop, insert hook in next ch and pull up a loop, [insert hook in next st and pull up a loop] twice (5 loops on hook), Y.O. Pull yarn through all 5 loops on hook, ch 1 to close star and form an eyelet:

Continue across (as directed before, for each star stitch you will be pulling loops on the previous eyelet, the last stitch used on previous star, and the next 2 stitches):

Ch 2, turn:

Hdc in first eyelet, 2 hdc in ea eyelet to second last, 1 hdc in last eyelet:

1 hdc in 3rd ch from previous row:

Tada! Star stitch made! (in this photo you see the wrong side of the piece):

Star Stitch diagram:



Hope this helps! 
Happy Crocheting!

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