North and South stitch pattern
May 15, 2014
November 30, 2016

North and South stitch pattern

Project info
Lovelace by Vashti Braha
Afghan block
Stitch pattern
Cut Out & Keep tutorial
6.5" square
Hooks & yarn
4.5 mm
madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK
225 yards in stash
A Good Yarn in Sarasota, Florida
March 3, 2012

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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  • Project created: December 2, 2016
  • Finished: December 2, 2016
  • Updated: March 10, 2018