|The Foundation Star Stitch How-To
I developed a new foundation star and used it for the "Firewirbel" at left. It's fantastic for Starwirbels and plenty of other star stitch patterns.
-: Vashti's Foundation Star Stitch :-
Skill Level: Easy Intermediate.
- As usual with other foundation stitches, insert your hook under two loops, not just one of what counts as the foundation chain of each new stitch. This will give you a nicer, chain-like finished edge.
- Pull up loops loosely enough that a second crochet hook could fit snugly.
- See pattern abbreviations at the bottom.
First fstar: Pull up a loop in each of the second and third chs (3 loops on hook so far), ch 1 (counts as first fch of first star), yo and pull up a loop in the two leftmost strands of the ch just made, ch 1 (counts as second fch of first star), pinch it while you yo and pull through all 5 loops on your hook so that last loop doesn't tighten, ch 1 for eye of this first star.
- Two fchs must be created as you complete each star. Each star stitch takes up two stitches of a row because it's a compound stitch (a few variations take up three; never just one unless you're increasing).
- Pinching also helps you know which loops are the new fch loops.
Next fstar: *Pull up a loop in each of these places: the eye, side of star, second fch of star; ch 1 (counts as first fch of first star), yo and pull up loop in ch just made, ch 1 (counts as second fch of first star) and pinch it, yo and pull through all 6 loops on hook, ch 1 for eye.
- See photo #7 in this tutorial for help with identifying the "side of star".
from * for each new fstar. What do you think? Will you enjoy using it?
Here's what my very first attempt looked like!
I hope you don't mind if I do a free-pattern-and-run with this issue. I need to send this a.s.a.p. and go shopping :)
Abbrev's: ch(s)=chain(s), fch=Foundation chain, fstar=foundation star stitch, sc=single crochet, st(s)=stitch(es), yo=yarn over
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