How to knit the Star Stitch

A step-by-step tutorial on the star stitch knitting pattern with detailed instructions for beginners.

So, you want to knit a project in the star stitch but you don’t know how? Well, you came to the right place! In this tutorial, I’m not only going to show you the repeat but also provide you with step-by-step instruction with extra-large pictures, as this stitch is a bit more difficult to explain and knit.

A close-up of a swatch knitted in the star stitch pattern

The star stitch creates very beautiful fabric with a lot of texture. It’s not all that stretchy, rather solid, and pretty thick. So, it can be the ideal pattern for a little baby blanket or a warm sweater. It’s maybe not the best beginner stitch but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty smooth knitting.

In knitting pattern, the star stitch is often also called Daisy Stitch or Flat Knot

Note: The star stitch is not a reversible pattern. If you are looking for a similar-looking reversible pattern the moss stitch might be a good option for you.

The star stitch knitting pattern

The star stitch is an easy 4-row repeat where the iconic stars are knitted from the wrong side. Here’s the repeat:

Cast on multiples of 4+1
  • Row 1: Knit across all stitches
  • Row 2: *P1, <P3tog and don’t slip the stitch, YO, and P3tog in the same stitch again>*, P1
  • Row 3: Knit across all stitches
  • Row 4: P3, *<P3tog, YO, P3tog>, P1*, P1

I know, this sounds quite difficult, but it really isn’t. It’s maybe a bit slower to knit, but if this instruction didn’t make any sense to you, read on to view the close-up pictures.

a star stitch swatch on the needles

Step-by-step instructions (continental)

I am a continental knitter, so I am going to show you how to knit the start stitch the continental way. But if you are an intermediate English knitter, I’m sure you can adapt it. I’m just going to show you how to knit the star stitch here. You can catch up on how to purl stitch here, and here’s a tutorial for the knit stitch.

Step 1: Insert the right needle into the first three stitches on your left needle.

insert needle to purl three together

Step 2: Purl these three stitches together BUT DON’T SLIP THE STITCH. Keep it on the left needle.

purl three together for the star stitch

Step 3: Now you have to yarn over purlwise once.

Yarn over in the same stitch for the star stitch

Step 4: Secure the yarn over with your right index finger and now purl 3 together into the same 3 stitches again.

purl three together once again to finalize the star stitch

Step 5: And now you can slip this triple-stitch off the right needle. It should look like this.

the final star stitch on the right needle

Essentially, you combined a decrease with 2 increases and this creates the star shape. You have the p3tog at the base and 2 loops sticking out of it. This is what will make it look like a star.

the star stitch knitting pattern

The star stitch is quite a bit similar to the brioche stitch and is quite a yarn intensive pattern as well. But unlike a typical brioche stitch, it’s not reversible. The wrong side looks a bit strange, so I wouldn’t use it for a scarf or anything else where both sides are easily visible.

wrong side of the star stitch knitting pattern

Star / Daisy stitch in the round

If you want to knit the star stitch in the round, you got two options:

A) you stick to the same repeat as detailed above but obviously knit rows 1 and 3 instead of purls and construct your hat (or whatever) from the WRONG side.

B) Or you adapt the repeat with K3tog. So it looks like this:

Cast on multiples of 4
  • Row 1: Knit
  • Row 2: *K1, <K3tog and don’t slip the stitch, YO knitwise, and k3tog in the same stitch again>*, K1
  • Row 3: Knit
  • Row 4: K3, *<K3tog, YO, K3tog>, K1*

Now you might say: Woah, this is way easier. And in fact, you could actually knit the daisy / star stitch flat with this repeat as well (though you would have to purl row 1 and 3). But I personally believe P3tog is a loooot easier to knit than K3tog as you are not working against the tension of the loops but with them.

Oh, and for a very nice variant, you can alternate yarn between two rows to create a beautiful 2 color star stitch knitting pattern!

So, this was my little tutorial on how to star stitch in knitting. I hope I was able to show you how! Let me know how your first stitches went in the comments below.

How to knit the star stitch knitting pattern

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