A few months ago, I shared my method for working the star stitch flat in turned rows for my Evren Baby Blanket pattern, but today I want to share with you how to work this beautiful stitch in the round! If you are unfamiliar with this stitch, you might find it beneficial to read up on the stitch in my previous tutorial, because this one is going to build on it.
It is an intermediate stitch with a couple of tricky parts, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be cruising along in no time! I promise, though, it is totally worth the effort! Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with photo and video support!
Just like in when working this stitch flat, the star stitch in the round is worked using a 2-round repeat, the first round establishing the bottom half of the star stitch and the second round establishing the top half. The bottom halves are formed by single crochet cluster stitches that are linked to one another, with each loop you pull up making what looks like a spoke on a wheel, what we call a “leg” of the star stitch. Each star stitch bottom is closed with a chain stitch that forms an “eye.” The top halves of the star stitches are formed by working either single or half-double crochet increases (two stitches in the same location) into the eye of each star stitch from the previous round. Whether you use a single crochet or a half-double is a matter of personal preference. I’ll be using single crochets in this tutorial, as that is my preference, but my previous tutorial above compares both for you.
Unlike my method for working this stitch flat, working in the round uses a multiple of 2 stitches. Whether you’re working a foundation chain that is then joined to work in the round or working on top of other existing stitches, you need that multiple of 2 to work into. Star stitches are worked over 2 stitches, which means you’ll have 1 star stitch for every 2 stitches from the previous round. For example, if you start with 28 chains, then you’ll have 14 star stitches.
The trick to working the star stitch in the round is in the join. Because star stitches are linked to one another, we need to link the last star stitch to the last in a way that fools the eye into thinking that it is one seamless round.
NOTE: The method I show you below is my own way of working this stitch. I was unhappy with the look of the traditional method particularly how it relates to the second round of our stitch pattern repeat. If you would like to see the traditional method of working this stitch, I illustrate both the traditional method and my personal method in my video tutorial below.
If you want to see this stitch in action, I’ve recorded a video tutorial for you as well! This tutorial goes over the traditional method as well as my personal method to show you the difference.
For this tutorial, I’m working over a round of single crochets, but this will work the same regardless of what type of stitch you’re working on top of. Let’s start with the first round of our pattern repeat, shall we?
Round two of the star stitch pattern repeat can be worked either as single crochet or half-double crochet. I’m going to show it to you in single crochet, but if you want to see what it looks like with half-double crochets, check out my original star stitch tutorial. Regardless of which type of stitch you choose to work for this round, just know that the stitch placement is the same.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If there’s a stitch you’d like to see me make a tutorial for, let me know in the comments below!
Until next time!
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