In this tutorial, learn how to crochet cluster stitch using any stitch and in any number. It will be a perfect stitch to add a little texture to crochet items like scarves, blankets and much more. You can also use it to make various new stitches. Both beginners and experts can learn something from this tutorial, and we shall also talk about abbreviations and symbols. So, keep reading till the end.
Closer Look to Crochet Cluster Stitch
Cluster stitch has a raised, puffy texture that is created by many incomplete stitches in one stitch. Incomplete means we shall skip the last step of the chosen stitch, make another incomplete stitch in the same stitch, and so on.
Finally, all the loops on the hook are pulled through at once. We can classify the cluster stitch according to the stitch we choose and the number of stitches we shall perform.
Abbreviation: The cluster stitches are abbreviated as CL or cl with the number and type of stitch abbreviation written as a prefix. For example, a double crochet cluster consisting of 2 stitches can be abbreviated as “2 dc cl.”
Symbol: Each of the cluster stitches has its own symbol. Some of which you can see in the picture:
How to Crochet Cluster Stitch
The double crochet 3 cluster is the most famous cluster stitch, which I shall teach you with these written and pictorial instructions:
Skill Level: Beginner
Stitches to Know:
- Any stitch (half-double crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, etc).
- Foundation stitch like chain stitch.
- Yarn over and insert the crochet hook into 4th chain from the hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. You now have 2 loops on your hook.
- Yarn over again and insert your hook into the same stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. You should now have 3 loops on your hook.
- Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on the hook. This creates your first Double Crochet Cluster stitch.
You can also chain 1 to secure the cluster.
- Skip the next chain, then work another Double Crochet Cluster stitch in the following chain.
How to crochet the cluster stitch for All Basic Stitches?
The rule of thumb for crocheting cluster stitch is to work on a specific incomplete (skipping the last step) stitch many times in one stitch. In this way, you can crochet the clusters for all basic crochet stitches.