Whether you’re making gorgeous garlands, pretty seasonal decorations, crochet appliqué motifs or even star motifs for entire crochet blankets, learning how to crochet a star is the first step.For this tutorial, I’ve put together a pattern for the simplest five-point star you can imagine. I always think that five points look much more star-like than six or eight, though there are many versions of crochet stars with more than five points.
What you’ll need
- Yarn: You can learn how to crochet a star with any yarn you like. I used three weights of 100 percent cotton yarn (4 ply, light worsted and worsted) by Three Bears Yarn, a new manufacturer local to me in the U.K. Cotton yarn is probably better than acrylic or wool, as cotton produces a well-defined star that keeps its shape well when used in a garland or as decorations.
- Hook: Use a hook half a size smaller than your yarn calls for. I find this helps produce a star with sharper points.
- Darning needle and scissors.
Stitches and techniques used
- Chain (ch)
- Single crochet (sc)
- Half double crochet (hdc)
- Double crochet (dc)
- Half treble (htr) – Yarn around the hook twice, insert the hook into the next stitch, yarn around the hook and pull through, leaving five loops on the hook. Yarn around your hook and pull through two loops, yarn around the hook once more and pull through all three loops that are left.
- Slip stitch (sl st)
- Starting using a magic ring
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Make a magic loop, ch 2 (these do not count as a stitch).
Work 3 half double crochet stitches (hdcs) into the ring, followed by a chain space. Repeat 4 more times. After the last chain, join to the first hdc with a slip stitch.
You will have a small pentagon (five-sided shape) with a chain space at each point. Do not tighten your starting circle too tightly at this point and do not weave in the tail end.
Make a slip stitch into the next stitch and then into the chain space that forms the next point of your hexagon. This brings you to exactly the right position to start the first point of your crochet star.
Ch 5. These are numbered in the photo below to help you with the next step.
Now, work a single crochet into the second chain from your hook, then a half double crochet into the third chain, a double crochet into the fourth chain and a half treble into the fifth chain.
You will now have a point that is not joined to the main part of the star. Use a slip stitch to join it to the chain space on the next point of the starting pentagon.
You should now have something that looks like this:
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 another four more times. You should have five completed points to your crochet star. Join the last point into the first chain space of the starting pentagon with a slip stitch.
Step 5 (optional):
This step is optional, particularly if you are a crochet beginner just learning how to crochet star — if your star is looking pretty good, you can jump straight to Step 6.
I skipped ahead on the yellow star on the left, which I made with worsted weight cotton. For the stars I made in the 4-ply cotton — like this lovely little duck-egg blue one and the light worsted weight star in pale purple — I added this step just to make the star look even better.
Working with the right side of the crochet star facing you, make a slip stitch in each stitch along the side of the first point of your star. When you get to the chain space at the top, work a slip stitch, 1 chain and another slip stitch to form a small picot point. When you get to the end of the fifth point, join to the first chain space again with a final slip stitch.
This finishing touch is a little fiddly, but I think it’s worthwhile as it makes the points of the star sharper and gives the edges more definition.
Tighten up your first tail end so that your magic loop closes up tightly. With the yellow star made in thicker yarn, I left a central hole to make sure the star would lie flat. Weave in both your tail ends.
You can then tidy the final shape of your star using your darning needle. Place the star on a surface that won’t scratch. Insert the end of the needle into each point of the crochet star and pull gently to stretch each point slightly.
Blocking your crochet star
If you are a complete perfectionist, you’ll want to block your crochet star. You can pin a cotton star onto a blocking board or a clean towel on your ironing board, spray with cold water to dampen and then leave it to dry for 24 hours. It will then retain its shape.
This method works with cotton, wool and all natural fibres. If you’ve used acrylic yarn, you can pin it in the same way and hold a steam iron about an inch above your work and gently heat the star using the steam. Once the acrylic star has cooled, it will retain its pinned out shape.
If you want to really firm up your stars for a hanging decoration or garland, spray with fabric stiffener while pinned out and leave to dry.
The stars I made look pretty nice stacked up, too — sewing through the centers and then attaching a brooch to the back would make a perfect little star accessory!
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