I spent the better part of the last 2 days worth of knitting ripping back and redoing and ripping back and redoing.
It isn't that the little Star stitch is hard. By no means. Its really quite simple and rhythmic really. Part of it is that the Fleece Artist BFL 2/8 is a wonderfully slippy smooth yarn and in my hands, ought to be worked on wood needles and part of it is that there is one centering stitch for each cluster and if you end up one stitch off, well, mishmash.
So far so fair, and I am doing a little better, but it isn't a cakewalk. I'm taking it with me tonight to work at at knitting group so we shall see if I can manage the purl back row while visiting.
That is one of the very interesting things about this little stitch. The purl back row requires a great deal of care to make sure that the last stitch which forms the cluster doesn't slip into the wrong place or doesn't get combined with the yo which creates the center stitch. The knit side pattern row is the easier row! Whodda thunk it.
I do love the texture of this little thing though. When you look at all the Laminarias on Ravelry, people talk about the marvelous border lace, and the flower lace, but far fewer talk about this delightful little star stitch. Its highly under sung.