The Star Stitch – Basis for a Cute Crochet Cozy

Back in February, after publishing the post Crochet Coaster Crazy, I indicated that my next step after crocheting what seemed like a thousand cozies was to start lining them. One of my readers, Christie F  indicated that she was interested in seeing how I lined my bag because she didn’t feel comfortable lining the Half Medallion Bag  that she crocheted as part of a Lion Brand Crochet Along.

Star Stitch Pattern – A variation

Before I discuss lining the bag, let me say a little something about the purse itself. I used a variation of the star stitch pattern that I found demonstrated  in a YouTube video a month or so ago.

I’ve included a set of written instructions below so that you can try this little purse out for yourself.

A closeup of the star stitch pattern I used for my crochet cozy/purse.

Most of the star stitch video instructions I’ve seen on YouTube put a row of half double crochets between the star stitch rows, but this pattern doesn’t.; each row is a star stitch row.  This creates a “full star” or “flower” or whatever you want to call it, and the resulting pattern is “reversible,” i.e., you see the same pattern on both sides of the fabric.

Long story about how I came to create these written instructions, but you can read all about it, as well as how I lined the purse in an article I published on HubPages.

Materials:

I used an I/9 (5.5 mm) hook and worsted-weight acrylic yarn to make my purse, which is essentially a rectangle (with a few embellishments like a button hole and single crochet border around the flap and opening) that is folded into thirds to create a purse pouch and flap. Really easy to do, and you can make a million of these using different colors and crochet stitch patterns.

You might also want to have some stitch markers on hand because I use them to mark my place at critical points in the pattern, as well as a tapestry/yarn needle to weave in ends and sew the purse side seams.

Abbreviations:
Ch = chain
Dc = double crochet
St(s) = stitch(es)
Yo = yarn over

Notes:

  1. I have written the instructions for each row in “chunks” to make them a little easier to follow.
  2. Also, I have made up a name for a dc stitch called a “partial dc” to denote a dc that is only partially completed.
  3. The only time you make a finished or completed double crochet stitch is at the beginning of the row. All the rest are “partial double crochets.”

Instructions:
Ch a multiple of 3 sts plus 1
Row 1:

  • Ch 3, 1 dc in 4th ch from hook (place stitch marker in top 2 loops of the dc), ch 3, yo, insert hook in base of ch 3 (in front of stitch marker), yo, pull through, yo, draw through 1st 2 loops (2 loops on hook), [yo, insert hook in chain where the dc is, yo, pull through, yo, pull through 2 loops] twice (4 loops on hook), yo, skip 2 ch, insert hook in 3rd chain, yo, draw loop through, yo, draw through 2 loops] twice (6 loops on hook), yo, draw through all 6 loops, ch 1 to create  an“eye.”
  • *Ch 3, yo, insert hook in eye just made, yo, draw through, yo, draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook),   [yo, insert hook in ch where the last two partial dc sts are, yo, draw through, yo draw through 2 loops] twice (4 loops on hook), [yo, skip 2 ch, insert hook in 3rd ch, yo, draw through, yo, draw through 2 loops] twice (6 loops on hook), yo, draw through all 6 loops, ch 1.
  • Repeat from * across chain to end, crocheting final petal (last 2 partial dc’s) in last chain, yo, draw through all 6 loops, ch 1 to create the eye, turn.

Row 2:

  • Ch 3, 1 dc in eye of last star st on previous row (place a st marker through the top 2 loops of this dc), Ch 3, yo, insert hook in base of dc just made (in front of st marker), yo, draw through, yo, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), [yo, insert hook in eye of last st of previous row, draw through, yo, draw through 2 loops] twice (4 loops on hook), [yo, insert hook in next eye, yo, draw through, yo, draw through 2 loops] twice (6 loops on hook), yo, draw through all 6 loops, ch 1,
  • *Ch 3, yo, insert hook in eye just made, yo, draw through, yo, draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), [yo, insert hook in base of same st, yo, draw through 2 loops] twice (4 loops on hook), [yo, insert hook in next eye, yo, draw through, yo, draw through 2 loops] twice (6 loops on hook), yo, draw through all 6 loops, ch 1.
  • Repeat from * across row, making the last petal (last 2 partial dc’s) in top of the 1st “ch-3, 1 dc” of previous row (at the stitch marker), yo, pull through all 6 loops, ch 1. turn.
  • Repeat row 2 for pattern.

You can make this purse as wide or as long as you want it, so customize the pattern to your heart’s content.

As For Lining the Bag …

Granted, I did not use the technique the Half-Medallion Bag calls for to line this purse, namely creating a fabric “pouch,” inserting it inside the bag, and then hand stitching it to the upper edge of the bag.

But I used a few of the techniques employed in the Half Medallion Bag pattern , as you will see in the article I wrote about it. I also include a link in that article to a tutorial that shows you how to make a pouch lining.

I’ve made pouch linings before, so let me know if you have any questions, and I’ll do my best to answer them. And if you need help with the star stitch pattern or, heaven forbid, you find a mistake, please let me know.

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