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  • Star Stitch Crochet Class Resources

    July 30th, 2014 by Vashti Braha

    “A Star Stitch For Every Purpose” is a sold out three-hour crochet class that I taught in July, 2014 at the 20th anniversary annual conference for the national crochet guild (CGOA). I researched over 200 sources from the 1840’s to the present. Class materials included a spiral-bound booklet of Star stitch patterns and a step by step how-to section.

    Click on an image in the gallery below to learn more about it. Scroll past this gallery for more resources.

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    The earliest example of Star stitches I’ve found so far is in an 1881 issue of a Norwegian magazine. It’s remarkable to me how seldom Star stitches have appeared in crochet books since 1881! 

     Key historical sources:

    • 1881: Nordisk Mønster-Tidende.
    • 1886: Knitting and Crochet.
    • 1891: The Art of Crocheting, by Butterick.
    • 1891: Home Work, by A. M. (Toronto).
    • Late 1800’s: Weldons Practical Crochet, First Series (London).
    • 1910: Fleisher’s Book #8.

    When Star stitches do appear in a book or online, they can vary in many ways both subtle and dramatic. This is mainly because a Star stitch is a compound stitch, so there are opportunities to vary each step along the way. This is true not only when completing each Star, but also when crocheting the next row into it, and what stitches are in that next row. For example, you can crochet Stars into Stars – with turning or without. You can alternate a row of Stars with a row of, say, single crochet stitches. All of these simple choices change the look of the stitch, and the experience of crocheting them.

    I’ve been unable to locate a print copy of two Japanese “Star Crochet” books, but here is the ISBN for one of the volumes: 978-4-579-11323-1.

    For more Star stitch images as I create them, bookmark/follow this Star Stitches photo album in Flickr.

     

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    2. […] first swatched this in 2014 (see last photo above) for CGOA classes I would be teaching: A Star Stitch for Every Purpose (3 hours) and 21st Century Love Knot Adventures (3 hours). Back then I had to set it aside due to […]

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    Star Stitch Crochet Class Resources

    July 30th, 2014 by Vashti Braha

    “A Star Stitch For Every Purpose” is a sold out three-hour crochet class that I taught in July, 2014 at the 20th anniversary annual conference for the national crochet guild (CGOA). I researched over 200 sources from the 1840’s to the present. Class materials included a spiral-bound booklet of Star stitch patterns and a step by step how-to section.

    Click on an image in the gallery below to learn more about it. Scroll past this gallery for more resources.

    Please visit:

    The earliest example of Star stitches I’ve found so far is in an 1881 issue of a Norwegian magazine. It’s remarkable to me how seldom Star stitches have appeared in crochet books since 1881! 

     Key historical sources:

    • 1881: Nordisk Mønster-Tidende.
    • 1886: Knitting and Crochet.
    • 1891: The Art of Crocheting, by Butterick.
    • 1891: Home Work, by A. M. (Toronto).
    • Late 1800’s: Weldons Practical Crochet, First Series (London).
    • 1910: Fleisher’s Book #8.

    When Star stitches do appear in a book or online, they can vary in many ways both subtle and dramatic. This is mainly because a Star stitch is a compound stitch, so there are opportunities to vary each step along the way. This is true not only when completing each Star, but also when crocheting the next row into it, and what stitches are in that next row. For example, you can crochet Stars into Stars – with turning or without. You can alternate a row of Stars with a row of, say, single crochet stitches. All of these simple choices change the look of the stitch, and the experience of crocheting them.

    I’ve been unable to locate a print copy of two Japanese “Star Crochet” books, but here is the ISBN for one of the volumes: 978-4-579-11323-1.

    For more Star stitch images as I create them, bookmark/follow this Star Stitches photo album in Flickr.

     

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    2 responses to “Star Stitch Crochet Class Resources”

    1. […] offset, reversible, and has accordion-like pleats. It’s also fast, soft, and warm for fall. (Click here to see many more star […]

    2. […] first swatched this in 2014 (see last photo above) for CGOA classes I would be teaching: A Star Stitch for Every Purpose (3 hours) and 21st Century Love Knot Adventures (3 hours). Back then I had to set it aside due to […]

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