This is the Star gather stitch. This instructable is not for an exact item, it is for the stitch pattern that is so distinctive and beautiful looking.
When I was carrying my first child, I had a friend that made a baby blanket out of this pattern for me. She showed me how to do it and I have loved it ever since. I made some twin sized blankets with this pattern and they are sooooo warm!
This star gather stitch is a yarn eater for sure, but the end result is worth it. Warm, thick and durable, but soft and very fancy looking. It is not a hard stitch to master but it looks like it was made by a master craftsman. And that craftsman will be ...YOU! You are going to love making heirloom grade pieces for your friends or family!
I am starting out on a base that is already made. I used a half double crochet stitch for this one. Any odd number of stitches will do. Then I finished up with a row of HDC in the same alternating color. This was for a scarf to match a crocheted hat. In part 6 I will show you how to do this stitch in the round for the hat.
Now to start!
1a Pull a loop through the top of one end of your base, tighten it and chain 3.
1b pull up a loop equal to about the width of 2 base chains. This will be the average length of each pull up loop in pattern.
1c Yarn over hook, and draw up another loop in top of chain... 3 loops on hook
1d Yarn over hook (YO from now on), and draw up a loop from the base of the chain 3. (The same stitch you began in) ... 5 loops on hook
1e skip one base stitch and YO and pull up one loop in next stitch.... 7 loops on hook. Now YO and draw a loop through ALL 7 loops.