Star Stitch Tutorial + Lemonade Scarf Pattern

Hello all you lovely people! Almost two weeks ago, I posted a video on Instagram of me working the star stitch, and you loved it! I got so many questions about it and the project I was working on so I’m really pleased to finally share it. This is the Lemonade Scarf, made up of half double crochets and the star stitch, which I have a video tutorial for as well as the written instructions.

Everything about this scarf makes me happy: the bright beautiful yellow reminds me of lemonade and summer (even though it’s still cold here), the satisfaction of pulling through 5 loops with the star stitches, the big hook I used, the giant buttons, everything! Also, as I made this, I had my cousin in mind and knowing that this would end up with her made me smile as I worked. This is a really simple pattern once you get the hang of the star stitch, so let’s get started!

Star Stitch Tutorial

The star stitch is a really easy stitch to learn. You can watch my video tutorial of it down below, and although it’s almost 20 minutes long, it’s detailed. You can see each step that I take and I wrote out in captions what’s going on in each step. I’m still learning how to make my videos better, so any feedback you have is appreciated! I’ve also written the instructions out below, so take a look at that if you’d prefer that to the video.

How to star stitch:

1. Create a chain of any odd number. I started with a chain 15. This is going to give me 6 star stitches, framed by a HDC on either side.

Row 1:

2. HDC into the first space next to the hook.

3. For the first star stitch, insert your hook into the same space as the HDC and pull up a loop. Pull up a loop from each of the next 3 spaces. You should now have 5 loops on your hook. YO, and pull through all 5 loops at once. Chain 1 to close the star stitch and you’re done with the first one!

4. Now, for the next stitch and each one after, we’ll start by working into the previous star stitch. Insert your hook into the 5th “leg” of the star stitch and pull up a loop. Then, insert your hook into the same space on the chain as that 5th leg and pull up another loop. Pull up loops from each of the next 2 spaces. You should again have 5 loops on the hook. YO, and pull through all 5 at once, and chain 1 to close.

5. Repeat step 4 all down the row, until the last space. HDC into the last space. And that’s it for the first row! Now, chain 1, and turn to work the second row.

Related: The Beginner’s Guide to Crochet Ebook

Row 2:

6. Work 1 SC into the first space (where the last HDC is). Then, work 2 SC into the center, or eye, of each star stitch. You basically just insert your hook into the little hole in the middle of the star and work your SC into it even though it’s not a normal space. Do this until the last star stitch, then work 1 SC into the last space (top of the first HDC). This stitch tends to rotate, so just turn it the right way. Chain 1, and turn to work the next row.

Row 3:

7. HDC into the chain 1 space. Insert your hook into the same space and pull up a loop. Pull up loops from the next 3 spaces, then YO and pull through all 5 loops. Chain 1 to close.

8. Insert your hook in the 5th leg of the star stitch you just made and pull up a loop. Insert your hook into the same space as the 5th leg, and pull up a loop. Pull up loops from each of the next two spaces for a total of 5 loops on the hook. YO and pull through all 5 loops. Chain 1 to close.

9. Repeat step 8 down the row to the last space, and then HDC into the last space. then, chain 1 and turn to start the next row.

Row 4:

10. Work the same way as row 2.

Now, just repeat rows 3 and 4 to continue the pattern.

See, that wasn’t so bad, was it? There are a lot of loops, but there always are in crochet. Just practice and you’ll have it down in no time! This is how my scarf started out, so you’ll have plenty of time to master it if you’re planning on making the Lemonade Scarf. This is the majority of the pattern, but the I’ve written it out again, along with the details and how I finished it down below!

The Lemonade Scarf Pattern

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Directions:

1. Chain 15.

2. HDC into the first space next to the hook.

3. For the first star stitch, insert your hook into the same space as the HDC and pull up a loop. Pull up a loop from each of the next 3 spaces. You should now have 5 loops on your hook. YO, and pull through all 5 loops at once. Chain 1 to close the star stitch and you’re done with the first one!

4. Now, for the next stitch and each one after, we’ll start by working into the previous star stitch. Insert your hook into the 5th “leg” of the star stitch and pull up a loop. Then, insert your hook into the same space on the chain as that 5th leg and pull up another loop. Pull up loops from each of the next 2 spaces. You should again have 5 loops on the hook. YO, and pull through all 5 at once, and chain 1 to close.

5. Repeat step 4 all down the row, until the last space. HDC into the last space. And that’s it for the first row! Now, chain 1, and turn to work the second row.

6. Work 1 SC into the first space (where the last HDC is). Then, work 2 SC into the center, or eye, of each star stitch. You basically just insert your hook into the little hole in the middle of the star and work your SC into it even though it’s not a normal space. Do this until the last star stitch, then work 1 SC into the last space (top of the first HDC). This stitch tends to rotate, so just turn it the right way. Chain 1, and turn to work the next row.

Row 3:

7. HDC into the chain 1 space. Insert your hook into the same space and pull up a loop. Pull up loops from the next 3 spaces, then YO and pull through all 5 loops. Chain 1 to close.

8. Insert your hook in the 5th leg of the star stitch you just made and pull up a loop. Insert your hook into the same space as the 5th leg, and pull up a loop. Pull up loops from each of the next two spaces for a total of 5 loops on the hook. YO and pull through all 5 loops. Chain 1 to close.

9. Repeat step 8 down the row to the last space, and then HDC into the last space. then, chain 1 and turn to start the next row.

Row 4:

10. Work the same way as row 2.

11. Repeat rows 3 and 4 until your scarf measure 52-55 inches, ending on a row 4. You can always make it longer or shorter depending on how many time you want it to loop around you, but 55″ was a good length for me.

12. Now to make the border and finish it off! HDC all along the row. Then, chain 2 and turn the work on its side so that you can work down the length of the scarf. HDC into the same space as the last HDC to make a corner, then HDC into along the side of each row. At the corner, HDC, chain 2, and HDC into the same space. Turn and HDC across the row (into the back loops of the foundation chain). Work the corner the same way as the other 2, and turn to work into the last side. HDC along the side, HDC into the last, then chain 1.

13. To make the buttonholes, SC into the next space (you should be back at the top of the scarf now), *chain 2, skip the next 2 spaces, and SC into the next 3*. Repeat everything from * to * twice more to make 3 buttonholes. Bind off and weave in any loose ends.

Buttons!

Lastly, attach the buttons however you like them. For my scarf, I added the buttons vertically on the opposite end of the scarf as the buttonholes. This way, when I wrapped it up and buttoned them, the buttons would be along the side and the scarf would form a V shape. If you want to, you could also sew the scarf into a loop (without buttonholes) and add the buttons on top as decorative pieces rather than functional. Either way, it’ll look great!

Related: 3-in-1 Infinity Scarf Pattern

And you’re all done! This scarf is so big and chunky and squishy, it makes me happy. In fact, I was learning how to star stitch when I made this, so even if this stitch is new and daunting to you, I promise you can do it. I learned on the go and this is one of my favorite projects now: it took me about a day and half to make, start to finish, and I couldn’t be more pleased with it.

 

I hope you enjoyed this pattern and the video helped you out! I’m still working on making videos as best as I can, and I’m going to try and incorporate them in more patterns. You can see more of the videos I already have by clicking the “Videos” tab at the top of the page. Any feedback or suggestions you have are welcome!

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