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Cluster Stitch

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Cluster stitch family is crochet classics. This name is given to the whole group of stitches with the different names but  similar technique to crochet. Each of them is formed as a group of stitches gathered at the top, or the bottom, or  both. Their names are: CLUSTERS, BOBBLES, and PUFFS.

They are easy to crochet and have an endless possibilities to be combined with the other stitches and make new patterns. Being joined  in a  group,  clusters look much more volumetric, hence much more decorative, than, for instance, any single stitch.

There are a lot of variations to crochet the stitch. You can crochet these stitches by using single crochets, double crochets, or treble crochets. The number of stitches in a cluster can be different. The more stitches included in a group, the more decorative stitch you will get. Cluster can serve both as a decorative element and the way to decrease number of stitches in a row.

How to Crochet a Cluster Stitch

A group of stitches  is joined at the top. You can crochet either double or treble crochets, to form the stitch. Depending on the desired look, number of stitches in the group can be different. The video below demonstrates a stitch created with three double crochets.

Here is the process, to get the idea.To make a cluster in the next stitch:

  • yarn over, insert hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pool through, yarn over and pool trough two loops on the hook (there are two loops on the hook now)
  • yarn over, insert hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pool through two loops on the hook (there are three loops on the hook now)
  • yarn over, insert hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pool through two loops on the hook (there are four loops on the hook now, three of them are halfway completed double crochets)
  • yarn over, pull yarn through all four loops.

How to Crochet a Bobble and Puff Stitches.

Sometimes it is quite confusing for a not too much experienced crocheter to distinguish the stitches of the cluster family. I hope  these video tutorials will help you to become familiar with this remarkable cluster stitch family.

     To crochet a bobble stitch, we have to join a group of stitches (single crochet, or double crochet. or treble crochets)  both at the bottom AND at the top.

   To crochet a  puff stitch, we do not crochet any crochet stitch the way we did it for cluster and bobble stitches. We just pool a few loops through the same stitch and join them at the top then. 


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