“A Star Stitch For Every Purpose” is a sold out three-hour crochet class that I taught in July, 2014 at the 20th anniversary annual conference for the national crochet guild (CGOA). I researched over 200 sources from the 1840’s to the present. Class materials included a spiral-bound booklet of Star stitch patterns and a step by step how-to section.
Click on an image in the gallery below to learn more about it. Scroll past this gallery for more resources.
- My Star Stitch Crochet Board in Pinterest. It was specially promoted by Pinterest admins earlier this year: “We think your board is amazing, and it really demonstrates what Pinterest is all about!”
- My DesigningVashti Shop for downloadable crochet patterns, and for the Lotus yarn I used in several Star stitch experiments and class swatches.
- Star Stitch projects and design prototypes as I add them to Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/vashtirama?set=star-stitches&view=large .
The earliest example of Star stitches I’ve found so far is in an 1881 issue of a Norwegian magazine. It’s remarkable to me how seldom Star stitches have appeared in crochet books since 1881!
Key historical sources:
- 1881: Nordisk Mønster-Tidende.
- 1886: Knitting and Crochet.
- 1891: The Art of Crocheting, by Butterick.
- 1891: Home Work, by A. M. (Toronto).
- Late 1800’s: Weldons Practical Crochet, First Series (London).
- 1910: Fleisher’s Book #8.
When Star stitches do appear in a book or online, they can vary in many ways both subtle and dramatic. This is mainly because a Star stitch is a compound stitch, so there are opportunities to vary each step along the way. This is true not only when completing each Star, but also when crocheting the next row into it, and what stitches are in that next row. For example, you can crochet Stars into Stars – with turning or without. You can alternate a row of Stars with a row of, say, single crochet stitches. All of these simple choices change the look of the stitch, and the experience of crocheting them.
I’ve been unable to locate a print copy of two Japanese “Star Crochet” books, but here is the ISBN for one of the volumes: 978-4-579-11323-1.
For more Star stitch images as I create them, bookmark/follow this Star Stitches photo album in Flickr.