I’m here to share another photo tutorial with you today.
This is the Cluster Stitch!
This stitch happens to be another one of my favorites! For some reason, I absolutely love the way the cluster stitch looks when it’s finished. It isn’t the easiest stitch ever created or the fastest to execute, but it’s definitely worth the extra effort when you see the final result!
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The pattern is comprised of alternating rows. The first row is all single crochets. The second row is all cluster stitches. And you will continue to alternate the rows. This keeps the “right side” of the stitches all facing the same way.
It should be noted that the cluster stitch looks different on both sides and I’ve included photos of each side at the end of this ridiculously long and detailed tutorial. You can decide which side you prefer because there is no “wrong side”.
Here is a pin for your Pinterest boards so you can refer back to this tutorial later…
To cut down on the length of this photo tutorial, I only show step-by-step photos of two complete clusters. After that, you should be able to scroll back up and re-follow the pictures for any consecutive clusters if you are still unsure.
All you need to execute this stitch is a multiple of 2 in your foundation chain or, in other words, an even number of chains. The cluster stitch is wonderful for hats, scarves, blankets, dishcloths, dishtowels, etc.
The yarn I’m using is Caron Simply Soft in Bone that you can purchase at the link if you are interested. The hook is a Boye H/8 (5.00 mm) hook that I bought at Wal-Mart.
All of the instructions for each photo is below the picture.
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Okay, enough talking. Let’s get started!
How to Crochet the Cluster Stitch
Chain a multiple of 2 chains or an even number of chains.
In the second chain from your hook (just above my thumb), single crochet. Single crochet in each chain across to the end. You will have an odd number of single crochets.
Turn your work.
Skip the stitch that the chain 3 came out of. In the next stitch, insert your hook. Yarn over and draw back through the stitch.
Yarn over again and draw through only 2 loops on your hook. Two loops are left.
Insert hook into the same stitch, yarn over and draw back through the stitch. You will have 4 loops on your hook.
Draw through only two loops on hook. You will now have three loops left on your hook.
Yarn over. Insert hook into the same stitch you’ve been working into, yarn over again and draw back through the stitch.
There are now five loops on your hook.
Yarn over and draw through only two loops on your hook.
You now have four loops on your hook.
Draw through all four loops on your hook. First cluster has been made.
Skip one stitch. You will work your next cluster into the next stitch (the one just in front of my thumb). Yarn over.
Insert hook into the stitch. Yarn over and draw back through the stitch. Three loops on the hook.
Yarn over and draw through two loops on your hook.
Yarn over. Insert hook into the same stitch that you have been working into, yarn over and draw back through the stitch. You will have four loops on the hook.
Yarn over and draw only through two loops on your hook.
Three loops will be left on the hook.
Yarn over and insert the hook back into the same stitch one more time. Yarn over and draw back through the stitch.
Yarn over and draw through only two loops on the hook.
Four loops will be left.
Draw through all four loops on the hook to complete the second cluster.
Continue working, alternating the cluster stitch and skipping one stitch across. Don’t forget to chain one after every completed cluster.
This photo shows the completed final cluster and chain one. One stitch left.
In the last stitch, double crochet one time.
Turn your work.
Your next row is going to be a row of single crochets. You will skip the stitch that the chain one comes out of.
Just a reminder: you will alternate rows of single crochets and cluster stitches for the pattern.
Single crochet in the first chain one space from the previous row.
Work your next single crochet into the top of the next cluster stitch from the previous row.
Continue working single crochets across.
Work your last single crochet into the 3rd chain of the turning chain from the previous row, then chain three.
Turn your work.
Yarn over and begin working your first cluster in the second stitch. You will skip the stitch that the chain three comes out of.
Chain one after your cluster is made. Skip one stitch and work another cluster.
Continue alternating clusters and skipping one stitch the whole way to the end. There will be two stitches left at the end of the row.
Skip the next single crochet and double crochet in the final stitch.
Turn your work.
Work your first single crochet in the chain one space. Single crochet across.
Continue working the pattern until your fabric piece measures your desired or indicated length.
This side is considered the “right side”.
This side is considered the “wrong side”.
Congratulations! You just learned a new crochet stitch!
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