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The crochet star stitch border, aka Marguerite stitch, is a one-round edging that adds a simple, but beautiful finishing to your crochet projects. And it’s quick and easy to create! In this article, I’ll show you how to do the star stitch edging with step-by-step photos and instructions.

The Marguerite stitch creates a spiky star texture and can be used in many projects. But in this tutorial, you’ll learn how to do it around any projects that use any other stitches. Such as, blankets, towels, and washcloths.

Crochet Star Stitch Border
The crochet star stitch border

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A Close Look at the Star Stitch

The crochet star stitch has other variations, but for this border we are using a multiple of two stitches. Here is what you need to know about the star stitch:

  • Stitch construction: the star stitch basically consists of 5 single crochet stitches together (sc5tog).
  • Texture: the finished texture of the star stitch will remind you of a star or a flower. Hence the name of the stitch.
  • Abbreviation: most patterns will spell it out as “Marguerite st” or “star st”. But you may also see it as “m6c”, which stands for Marguerite six-loop cluster.
  • Stitch multiples: the star stitch usually uses a multiple of two stitches.
  • Tight tension: it’s recommended that you use a larger hook when you do the star stitch border. And reason is because this stitch tends to be tighter.

How to Crochet a Star Stitch 

The star stitch starts with three chains for the first stitch, then you do the second stitch and repeat it around. 

Make the 1st Star Stitch

  1. First, you will chain 3.
  2. Secondly, insert hook in the second chain, yarn over, pull up a loop (two loops on hook).
  3. Thirdly, insert the hook in next chain, yarn over, pull up a loop (three loops on hook).
  4. Then, insert the hook in the same stitch you started the chain 3, yarn over, pull up a loop (four loops on hook).
  5. (Insert the hook in next stitch on the edging of the project, yarn over, pull up a loop) 2 times, you now have six loops on hook.
  6. Yarn over and pull through all six loops. This creates the eye of the first star stitch.
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Stitch Process Shots

Make the 2nd Star Stitch 

  1. Chain 1 to start.
  2. Then, insert the hook in the eye of the first star stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop (two loops on hook).
  3. Next, insert the hook in next 2 side loops of last single crochet stitch in the group of 5 single crochet together you created for the first star stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop (three loops on hook).
  4. Now, insert the hook in the same stitch as last single crochet stitch in the group of the first star stitch in the border of the blanket, yarn over, pull up a loop (four loops on hook).
  5. * Insert the hook in next stitch on border of the blanket, yarn over, pull up a loop, repeat from the asterisk one more time (six loops on hook).
  6. Lastly, yarn over, pull through all 6 loops. This will create the “eye” of the 2nd star stitch. Repeat these 6 steps around the project.
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Stitch Process Shots

Practicing Swatch

This step is optional, but here is how you make the pictured square to practice the crochet star stitch border on:

Round 1: in a mc: ch 4, (dc 3, ch 1) 3 times, dc 3, sl st to initial ch 4 sp to join.

Round 2: ch 4, dc 3 in same sp as ch 4, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch sp 3 times, dc 3 in same ch sp as initial ch 4, sl st to initial ch 4 to join.

Round 3-5: ch 4, dc 3 in same sp as ch 4, *dc 3 in sp between next two clusters to next corner, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch, repeat from the asterisk 2 more times, dc 3 in sp between next two clusters to next corner, dc 3 in same ch sp as initial ch 4, sl st to initial ch 4 to join. Fasten Off. Cut the yarn. 

Crochet Star Stitch Border

Crochet Star Stitch Border Pattern

Notes

  • This pattern uses US terminology.
  • Use a hook one size larger for crochet star stitch border due the tighter tension nature of this stitch.
  • The crochet star stitch border doesn’t need a corner. Just keep repeating the second set of instructions around your project.

Special Stitch

sc5tog (five single crochet stitches together): This is the group of stitches used to form the star stitch. (Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop) 5 times, 6 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through all 6 to complete the stitch.

Abbreviations (US terms)

  • ch(s): chain(s)
  • dc cluster: a group of three double stitches in same space (used for the swatch)
  • dc: double crochet (used for the swatch)
  • mc: magic circle 
  • sc: single crochet
  • sp: space
  • st(s): stich(es)
  • sc5tog: single crochet five together
  • yo: yarn over

Materials

Instructions

We are using one round of the star stitch for this crochet star stitch border. Which basically consists of sct5og, but with a special “eye” construction that makes the stitch look like star.

Make the first stitch

  • Attach your yarn to any stitch on the border of the project and ch 3. 
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  • Insert the hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook).
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  • Insert the hook in next ch, yo, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook).
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  • Insert the hook in same st as ch 3, yo, pull up a loop (4 loops on hook).
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  • (Insert the hook in next st on border of blanket, yo, pull up a loop), 2 times (6 loops on hook).
  • Yo, pull through all 6 loops. This step will create the “eye” of the first star stitch.
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Make the second stitch

  • Ch 1 to start the second stitch.
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  • Insert the hook in the eye of first star st, yo, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook).
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  • Insert the hook in next 2 side loops of last sc in the group of 5c5tog, yo, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook).
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  • Insert the hook in same st as last sc in the group of sc5tog, yo, pull up a loop (4 loops on hook).
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  • (Insert the hook in next st on border of blanket, yo, pull up a loop) 2 times (6 loops on hook).
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  • Yo, pull through all 6 loops. This step creates the “eye” of the 2nd star stitch.

Repeat step 2 around the blanket, or around any other crochet project, to complete the crochet star stitch border. There are no special instructions for the corners, just keep going around following the instructions for the second stitch.

Crochet Star Stitch Border

FAQ

Is the crochet star stitch border easy?

Yes! The star stitch border is easy because there are only 2 steps to learn. And there are no special instructions for the corners, which makes it even easier.

Is the crochet star stitch a yarn eater?

Yes! This stitch takes lots of yarn because it’s a textured stitch. But if you are using it for the border of your project only, it won’t take much.

What projects to use the crochet star stitch border for?

Some projects that will look great with the star stitch border are baby blankets, kitchen towels, hot pads, and washcloths.

What does “sc5tog” means in the star stitch?

It means single crochet five together and it’s the group of stitches used in the construction of the star, aka the marguerite stitch.

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