Crochet Starfish Tutorial!

Here comes the first official free pattern/tutorial from Crochet Buddies! I designed it back when I was experimenting with different styles and techniques for the Crochet Coral Reef Project (more on that here). It was one of the easiest to create, and by far the most material-efficient. Starfish make great gifts, decorations, and even collectors’ items. They can be made in the gazillions at very little cost, with plenty of yarn left for other projects.

What I love about this pattern is the way the ends of the limbs naturally curl over, creating a very lifelike effect. The symmetric pattern is also very aesthetic to the eye. (Different crochet tension and yarn create different curling effects, so try adjusting one or both for varied results.)

Apologies in advance for the image quality. I’ll be updating the photos to a more recent version in future, once my camera is back to working again.



  • Yarn of your choice. The standard starfish can be crocheted with Red Heart 100% acrylic yarn, or Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton yarn.
  • Size H/5.00 mm crochet hook

Finished Size: Approx. 5″ for starfish above with size H hook


  • Limb count (L1, L2…)
  • Stitch (st) or stitches (sts)
  • Chain (ch)
  • Single Crochet (sc)
  • Slip stitch (sl st)



L1: Ch 10. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across. (9 sts) Note: You can vary the length of each of the limbs by having more or less sts. See below:

L2: Ch 10. This will start the 2nd limb, and keep the starfish limbs connected:

Sc across (9 sts):

L3-L5: Repeat L2.

To Join: Sl st in base ch st where the slip knot is:

Right now the finished product looks like a very thin starfish, known in the scientific world as a brittle star (Ophiuroidea). You can leave it as is, or to add more ‘substance,’ sc around both sides of all the limbs, and sl st back in sl st of previous row. For yet another layer, sl st in every sc, end with a sl st and fasten off.

Here is how the brittle starfish looks:

Tip: Try experimenting with chunkier or finer yarn for a wide range of starfish types. Example: Aunt Lydia’s crochet thread for tiny brittle stars. Also, for an ornament, sew a thread or ch st loop through the tips on one of the limbs, and hang the starfish up by the window, or wherever you intend to put it. ๐Ÿ™‚

And there you have it! Your very own crochet starfish! Here’s a photo of the two together:

Once you’ve mastered this basic starfish, you can experiment by adding picots around the edges, or sewing the starfish onto a crochet reef. The possibilities are truly endless.

Have fun crocheting! Let me know how the pattern turned out for you–and, if you like, please send some photos of your crochet starfish! I’d love to see them… thinking about having a community page for other crocheters to post their crafts! So photos are most welcome. (They will, of course, be given acknowledgment to their rightful owners.)

I’ll be posting more in the near future, and would love to hear any and all feedback you guys have, or ideas for patterns/tutorials you’d like to see in the near future. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pattern copyright: Crochet Buddies 2017. Please don’t reprint or repost this pattern, and please don’t claim it as yours (unless we happen to have the exact same pattern, which isn’t likely). It’s alright to link this page to share the pattern with others. If you’d like to sell items made from this pattern, please let me know before doing so.

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