Crochet Star Stitch Washcloth: Free Pattern

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Learn how to crochet the Star Stitch (also known as the Marguerite Stitch) – a beautiful and striking stitch pattern that is deceptively simple once you get the hang of it!

As you will see, the written instructions for this stitch are far longer and more complex than actually working the stitch itself! The written pattern below also comes with a step-by-step video tutorial to help you master this gorgeous stitch pattern quickly and easily. 

I did a little experimentation with this stitch pattern, and I decided to alternate each “star stitch” row with a moss stitch (aka linen or seed stitch) row. I love the effect that this gives as it makes all of the stars blend seamlessly together, while keeping a good drape in the fabric.

I am a big fan of stitch markers, and yet again, having one to hand will make your life much easier when figuring out stitch placement for this pattern.

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What you’ll need to make this washcloth

Yarn

The Star Stitch pattern uses quite a lot of yarn so do bear this in mind, especially if you have a larger project in mind! 

yellow crochet star stitch washcloth

For washcloths, a worsted weight cotton yarn is a great choice. Cotton is strong and durable, washes easily and holds its color and shape well. I used Drops Paris yarn for my washcloth in the “Light Yellow” colorway, but some other great yarn options for dishcloths include:

Hook

You will need a 5mm H/8 crochet hook for this project (or whichever hook size allows you to crochet with an even tension). If you are making something other than a washcloth then feel free to use any suitable hook for your chosen yarn.

crochet star stitch sample yellow

Gauge is not critical for this pattern but just note that if your gauge is slightly different to mine your project may turn out a different size and you might use more/less yarn.

Additional Tools

You’ll also need scissors, a tapestry needle for weaving in those ends and a stitch marker to help with stitch placement.

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So now, let’s get started on our Star Stitch dishcloth!


STAR STITCH WASHCLOTH

Video Tutorial

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STAR STITCH WASHCLOTH

Crochet Pattern

crochet star stitch washcloth pdf preview

Pattern Notes

Please read through the entire pattern before beginning.

Skill Level

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • ch = chain
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sk = skip
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • Star = Star stitch (see Special Stitches)
  • Beg Star = Beginning Star stitch (see Special Stitches)
  • beg = beginning
  • rem = remaining

Construction

  • This project is worked in rows from the bottom up.
  • The sample is pictured in a single color, but feel free to use any number of colors that you wish.

General Pattern Notes

  • Ch 1 at the start of a row does not count as a stitch.
  • Ch 2 at the start of a row does not count as a stitch.
  • Stitch count for each row is given in square brackets [ ] at the end of the row.
  • If no stitch count is given then the count is the same as the previous row.
  • This pattern alternates between rows of “Star” stitches and rows of the moss/linen/seed stitch.
  • Before beginning Row 2 and subsequent “single crochet” rows, you might find it helpful to mark the first chain of the “ch-2” at the beginning of the “Star stitch” row with a stitch marker. This will make it easier to find the correct position to insert your hook at the end of the row.

Materials

Yarn

Any #4/Worsted/Medium weight yarn in a cotton or cotton blend. The amounts given here are for Drops Paris in Light Yellow (19) (82yds/75m per 50g skein; #4/Worsted/Medium; 100% Cotton).

ProjectYds/mSkein(s)
Washcloth105yds / 96m2
Tea Towel465yds / 425m6

Alternative yarn options:

Hook

5mm (H-8) crochet hook

Other Items

  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch markers (optional)

Finished Measurements

Washcloth: 8.25″ x 8″ / 21cm x 20.5cm

Tea Towel: 14.5″ x 22″ / 37cm x 56cm

Note: you can also add an optional single crochet border around the edge of your project which will add approx 0.5” / 1.25cm to the width and length.

Please see Adjustments section below for information on making this project in a different size.


Gauge

9 sts x 12 rows = 4″ x 4″ / 10 cm x 10 cm measured over Star sts.

Note:

  • The count of 9 sts in the gauge measurement above is for Star stitches only, and does not include the “ch-1” spaces within the pattern.
  • Gauge is not critical for this project. However, if your gauge does not match the one listed above then your project may turn out a little larger/smaller depending on how loosely/tightly you crochet, and you may use a different amount of yarn than what is listed below.

Special Stitches

Star Stitch (also called Marguerite Stitch)

These instructions assume that you are working into a row of single crochet stitches.

Beg Star (work at the start of a row)

Ch 2.

Step 1: Insert hook into back bump of first ch from hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. [2 loops on hook]

Step 2: Insert hook into back bump of second ch from hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. [3 loops on hook]

Step 3: Insert hook into first st of row, yarn over and pull up a loop. [4 loops on hook]

Step 4: Insert hook into next st, yarn over and pull up a loop. [5 loops on hook]

Step 5: Insert hook into next st, yarn over and pull up a loop. [6 loops on hook]

Step 6: Ch 1 to lock stitch in place and to create the “eye” i.e. the little gap beneath the ch-1.

Star (work for rest of row)

Step 1: Insert hook into “eye” just made, yarn over and pull up a loop. [2 loops on hook]

Step 2: Insert hook into “back bar” of last leg of Star just made, yarn over and pull up a loop. [3 loops on hook]

Step 3: Insert hook into same st as last leg of Star just made, yarn over and pull up a loop. [4 loops on hook]

Step 4: Insert hook into next st, yarn over and pull up a loop. [5 loops on hook]

Step 5: Insert hook into next st, yarn over and pull up a loop. [6 loops on hook]

Step 6: Ch 1 for eye.


Adjustments

Stitch multiple: 2 + 1
Starting chain multiple: 2 + 3

  • To adjust the width of your project, simply chain any multiple of 2 + 3 to start.
  • To adjust the length, simply repeat Row 2-3 until you reach your desired length.

Note: adjusting the size of your project will impact the amount of yarn required.


Written Pattern

Washcloth: Ch 41. 
Tea Towel: Ch 67.

Row 1: (Working into back bumps of each ch) insert hook and pull up a loop in first ch from hook and each of next 4 chs, yarn over and pull through all 6 loops, ch 1 for eye (first Star made), *insert hook and pull up a loop in eye (i.e. ch 1-sp) just made, insert hook and pull up a loop in last leg of Star just made, insert hook and pull up a loop in same ch as last leg of Star just made, insert hook and pull up a loop in each of next 2 chs, yarn over and pull through all 6 loops, ch 1 for eye (next Star made); repeat from * across, hdc in same ch as last leg of Star just made, turn. [Washcloth: 18 Stars, 1 hdc; Tea Towel: 32 Stars, 1 hdc]

Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st, here and throughout), sc in first st, sc in first eye, *ch 1, sc in next eye; repeat from * across, sc in top of tch. [Washcloth: 20 sc , 17 ch; Tea Towel: 34 sc , 31 ch]

Note: in the next row you are instructed to work the legs of the Star stitches into each of the next 2 or 3 “sts.” These stitches can either be a single crochet or a ch-1 sp, but to simplify the pattern I refer to them all as “sts”.

  • When the next st is a single crochet you will work into the top of the stitch (as normal)
  • When the next stitch is a ch-1 sp you will work into that space

Row 3: Ch 2, insert hook and pull up a loop in back bumps of each of 2 chs just made, insert hook and pull up a loop in each of first 3 sts, yarn over and pull through all 6 loops, ch 1 for eye (Beg Star made), *insert hook and pull up a loop in eye just made, insert hook and pull up a loop in last leg of Star just made, insert hook and pull up a loop in same st as last leg of Star just made, insert hook and pull up a loop in each of next 2 sts, yarn over and pull through all 6 loops, ch 1 for eye (next Star made); repeat from * across, hdc in same st as last leg of Star just made, turn. [Washcloth: 18 Stars, 1 hdc; Tea Towel: 32 Stars, 1 hdc]

Washcloth: Repeat Rows 2-3 for a total of 24 rows, or until work measures approx. 8″/ 20.5cm in length.

Tea Towel: Repeat Rows 2-3 for a total of 66 rows, or until work measures approx. 22″/ 56cm in length.

BORDER (optional)

Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc evenly around the edge of your work, working 3 scs to turn each corner. Join to beg sc with a sl st or invisible join.

Fasten off. 

Weave in ends. All done!


If you wish, you can purchase an inexpensive, ad-free PDF version of this pattern through Ravelry or Etsy.

I hope you have enjoyed this pattern, if you have questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me. And be sure to tag your finished project on Instagram or Facebook using @nedandmimi or #nedandmimi!

Happy crocheting!

Sarah