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North and South stitch pattern

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May 15 2014
November 30 2016
Project info
North and South stitch pattern
my head
Cut Out & Keep tutorial
6.5" square
Afghan block
Stitch pattern
Hooks & yarn
4.5 mm
madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK
225 yards in stash
A Good Yarn in Sarasota, Florida
March 3, 2012

Full instructions for this stitch pattern will appear at Cut Out & Keep. I’ll update here.

The star stitches of the 1800’s were crocheted in wool yarns, even the lacy stars, so I suspect they originated in a northern climate. The earliest star stitch pattern I found is in Norwegian.

Meanwhile, love knots were always crocheted with very fine cotton or silk thread--from a southern climate perhaps? (I suspect it was inspired by macramé.)

It took some figuring for me to get love knots and star stitches to settle in comfortably with each other in a stable, versatile stitch pattern. This one is a multiple of 4 + 3, and it’s a surprise bonus that a symmetrical number of row repeats results in a square block. In fact I’d like to see what it looks like if I add a simple border.


I’ve also added photos of the earliest swatches I tried in May 2014.

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May 15 2014
November 30 2016
About this pattern
Personal pattern (not in Ravelry)
About this yarn
by madelinetosh
100% Merino
225 yards
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  • Project created: December 2, 2016
  • Finished: December 2, 2016
  • Updated: December 3, 2016