This is one stitch you will want to cluster to! The crochet cluster stitch creates a beautifully modern, plump texture that’s ideal for shawls, scarves and cowls. While the weather is getting warmer, there’s still a chill in the air. So, wrap up warm in the cosy cluster stitch.
It’s time to muster your tools and get down with the cluster!
PATTERN USE IDEAS
- Scarfs and cowls
- Hats and gloves
MATERIALS AND TOOLS NEEDED
Yarn: your choice, I used Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK
Hook: hook to match yarn and your desired gauge
Written in UK terms
This pattern gives you the basic principles for the crochet Cluster stitch, designed to help you create your own projects.
Video tutorial can be found at the base of the post.
Beginning and end of row is slightly different.
Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through one loop on hook
Cluster: similar to working 4 treble crochet together in one stitch or space:
1. Yarn over, insert hook into stitch or space, yarn over, draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, draw through 2 loops (2 loops remain on hook),
2. Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch or space, yarn over, draw up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook (3 loops on hook),
3. Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch or space, yarn over, draw up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook (4 loops on hook),
4. Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch or space, yarn over, draw up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook (5 loops on hook),
Yarn over, draw through all loops on hook. Chain 1 to secure the stitch. Cluster completed.
Double Crochet (dc): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops.
Slip Stitch (ss): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull yarn through stitch and loop on hook
Treble Crochet (tc): Yarn over, insert hook into stitch or space, yarn over, draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), (yarn over, draw through 2 loops) twice.
Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions. You can find my EBook HERE.
CLUSTER STITCH PATTERN
Foundation chain: Chain an even number
Row 1: Work 1 dc in second ch from hook and in next ch, *ch 1, skip 1 ch, dc in next ch; repeat from * until you have 3 chs remaining, ch 1, sk 1, dc in each of last 2 ch sts.
Row 2: Ch 4 and turn, work cluster in each ch-1 space across, skip 1 dc, tc in last st.
Row 3: Ch 1 and turn, dc in top of tc, dc in ch-sp before first cluster, *ch 1, dc in next ch-sp between clusters; repeat from * across working one dc in ch-sp after last cluster and 1 dc in third ch from turning chain.
Repeat Rows 2-3 to desired length.
To change colors at the end of the row, before working off the last 2 loops of a stitch, drop first color and pick up new color to finish the last stitch of a row, continue next row with new color. Cut first color and tie to new color tail if you prefer.
NCApril 29, 2020 at 5:18 pm
Do you think this stitch is square enough to be used for graph-gans or is it more rectangular?
BellaCocoTeamMay 4, 2020 at 1:44 pm
The stitches are not quite square as they are taller than they are wide, so I wouldn’t recommend using them for graphgans