Watch how to crochet the shining star stitch (video & written instructions)

The shining star is a super pretty, beautifully textured stitch that will lift your projects above the ordinary.
In the shining star stitch, you'll use double crochet clusters to create a raised effect that is sure to have a stellar effect on all your afghans, scarves and shawls.
Watch Meladora's video tutorial on the shining star stitch:
You can choose any yarn for the shining star stitch. The tutorial features a DK weight yarn, which is an excellent choice, yielding a snuggly yet defined result. A variegated yarn would produce a lovely color-change effect without the need to weave in a lot of ends at the finish of the project. Check your manufacturer's band for suggestions on crochet hook sizes. You'll also need a pair of scissors and a yarn needle.
ch — chain
dc(s) — double crochet(s)
dcCL — double crochet cluster
rep — repeat
sc — single crochet
sk — skip
st(s) — stitch(es)
yo — yarn over
* — repeat from this point the number of times stated
Special stitches involved in this pattern
To work a double crochet cluster, or dcCL, proceed as follows: yo and grab post of 1st dc, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and grab the post of the 3rd dc, yo and pull through 2 loops. Then yo and pull through all 3 loops. Now ch 3, sc into 2nd ch of ch 3.
Written instructions
This pattern is worked in multiples of 8, plus 2. If you are making a scarf, you'll need to ch 26.
Row 1: sc in 1st ch from hook, *skip 3 sts, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc into next ch, skip 3 sts, sc into next st; *rep to end of row.
Row 2: ch 1, sc into first st; ch 3, and work first dcCL using the 1st and 3rd dc of the following dc 3. Now work next dcCL the 1st and 3rd dcs of the next 2 sets of dcs. Continue, ending row with a half dcCL using last set of dcs, pulling through all 3 loops, then dc in last stitch of row.
Row 3: ch 4, dc 3 into first stitch, *sc into sc, in top of dcCL work dc 3, ch 3, dc 3 all in same stitch sc into sc; *rep along row, ending with 3 dc, ch 1, dc in last stitch.
Row 4: ch 1, sc into first st; *dcCL into dcs as for row 2; sc in 3rd ch of final ch 4.
Row 5: ch 1 and sc into first st, *dc 3, ch 3, dc in next top cluster stitch, sc into next sc; *rep for row.
Repeat Rows 2 to 5 until your project reaches the desired size.