Starpath Scarf: How to Crochet Star Stitches

This scarf celebrates a 19th century Star stitch with modern sporty color contrasts and fringe-as-you-go edges.
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  • Item #: 24L-N2314
  • Manufacturer: Vashti Braha

This scarf celebrates a 19th century Star stitch with modern sporty color contrasts and fringe-as-you-go edges. It's designed to offer maximum color fun because there are zero ends to weave in, and no switching between attached colors. 

I so love the starry texture of this stitch that I've amplified it two ways: by using a contrasting color for each row, and by using two strands of a shimmery yarn held together throughout. Another feature of this special stitch pattern is that the backs of the Stars are pretty too.

A convenient benefit of this pattern is that you can easily substitute one strand of thicker yarn for the two strands of the thinner DesigningVashti.com Lotus yarn shown here. (See Materials on the next page). This project is also a great way to combine yarn scraps leftover from other projects.

While preparing to teach a class on Star stitches, I discovered a surprising range of variations. My goal is to design with them in ways that take advantage of the unique charms of each Star type. Please see the (forthcoming) issue #59 of my newsletter for more.

Skill Level: Easy Intermediate. I have written this pattern with few abbreviations. UK and Australian equivalents for American measurements, yarn weights, and stitch terms are in brackets { }.

After using this pattern, you will know (if you didn't already): 

  • How to crochet a historic Star stitch pattern and understand its texture.
  • How to heighten the best qualities of this Star stitch.
  • How to create crocheted fringe scarf ends.
  • How to plan striped color combinations and estimate amounts needed of each color.

Finished Dimensions measured flat.

6" {15.24 cm} wide and 63" {160 cm} long, not including fringe. Blocked fringe measures approx. 6" {15.24 cm} at each scarf end.

Materials 

  • Crochet Hook: Sizes US I/9 {5.5 mm} and US G/6 {4 mm} or sizes required for gauge, if using two strands of sport weight yarn held together. If using one strand of worsted weight yarn instead, only the larger crochet hook size is needed. 
  • Stitch markers: one or two may be helpful at first.
  • Yarn Used for Scarf: DesigningVashti.com Lotus (52% Cotton, 48% Rayon; 256 yds {235 m} per 3.5 oz {100 g} skein): 1 skein of each of 6 colors: Sapphire, Teal Glimmer, Bamboo Green, Rose Red, Grenadine, Purple Glow. See Color Planning below.

To substitute a different yarn of the same thickness: Choose a #2 Fine Weight yarn with a recommended crochet hook size range of US E/4 {3.5 mm} to US G/6 {4.0 mm}. These yarns may also be referred to as Sport or Heavy Sock {Light DK, 5-Ply}. 

To substitute a thicker yarn to crochet scarf with one strand throughout: Choose a smooth #4 Medium Weight yarn that lists a crochet hook size range from US H/8 {5 mm} to US J/10 {6 mm} on its label. These yarns may also be referred to as Worsted, Aran, Afghan, and occasionally "Light Chunky" Weight.

Color Planning & Yarn Estimating Tips: 

For the double-strand scarf shown, each inner stripe requires between 25g-30g of Lotus or other sport weight yarn; each outer stripe requires an additional 10g-12g for the foundation chain and the final slip stitch edge. To estimate amounts needed for worsted weight yarns, or for a longer or shorter scarf, weigh the scarf in grams (a finer measurement than ounces) after fastening off at the end of each row. 

Scarf shown has 6 colors in 11 stripes. For three of the six colors I needed 50g-60g (approx. 150 yds) each: Teal Glimmer ("Color B"); Bamboo Green ("Color C"); Rose Red ("Color D"). Sapphire ("Color A") and Grenadine ("Color E") were used for both an outer stripe and an inner stripe, so I needed up to 72g of each. Purple Glow ("Color F") was used only once as an inner stripe, so I only needed 25g-30g of it. 

To choose these six colors and to plan the order of the stripes, I used my new Color Chips set, a crocheted color planning kit. (Some of the colors repeat so I needed to use two sets of chips.) I decided on a total of 11 rows based on the row gauge and my desired scarf width. I knew that I wanted this scarf to begin and end with darker colors, but not necessarily the same color or the darkest of all. (Newsletter issue #56 is about the color chips tool.)

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