The Cluster Stitch Crochet by Janice Jones |Updated 06-23-2022
The cluster stitch family is a crochet classic. 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.
It creates a decorative stitch that is very beginner-friendly and can be used to make a wide variety of different items such as pillow covers, blankets, or dishcloths which we will be making at the end of this tutorial. It creates a thick textured fabric that looks good on both the front and the back.
If you want the free pattern for a cotton dishcloth, and do not need the tutorial, feel free to jump directly to the pattern.
Cluster Stitches are easy to crochet and have 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.
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A crochet cluster stitch is a group of stitches that are positioned adjacent to each other and joined at the top. Clusters can consist of any number of stitches.
Cluster stitches are named based on the height of the stitch (double or treble crochet) and the number of stitches in the cluster.
The process is similar no matter how many stitches are used or whether it is made up of double or treble crochet stitches.
To practice you will need some yarn and the appropriate size hook for the yarn you have chosen. Before you can make clusters, you will need to create a slip knot and make a chain with an even number of chain stitches.
For this tutorial I will be making a chain of 20 stitches. This is just a sample swatch for demonstration purposes. If you were making a scarf, you would want to create a chain that is the width of the scarf you are making.
All Instructions are in US Terms. The cluster stitch I am demonstrating uses a two row repeat. I've seen these done differently, but this is my method for doing them.
These are the abbreviations I will be using in this tutorial:
ch st = chain stitch
ch sp = chain space
yo= yarn over
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
Make a slip knot and make 20 chains.
The first row is a little different than subsequent rows.
Row three is similar to row one, but you will be working in stitches and not chains.
Row four is a repeat of row 2 (cluster stitches). After this, you just continue repeating row 3 and 4 until you have reached the length of fabric you desire.
• Lily Sugar’n Cream Stripes Violet Stripes 100% Cotton, CYC #4 worsted weight. 2 oz/56.7 g, 95 yds/86 m
• Hook: Size US H/8 (5.0 mm)
• Tapestry Needle
• ch(s) = chain(s)
• ch sp = chain space
• dc = double crochet
• 2 dc cluster: 2 Double Crochet Cluster
• Sc = single crochet
• st/sts = stitch/stitches
• RS = right side
• This pattern uses American crochet terms.
• The pattern is worked through two loops.
• The Chain-2 at the beginning of the row counts as part of the cluster stitch.
Yarn over, insert hook into the stitch, pull up a loop. Pull through the first two loops. Yarn over, insert hook into the same stitch and pull up a loop. Pull through the first two loops. Pull through the remaining 3 loops.
Chain 31. Work in the back loop of the chain.
Row 1: dc in the third chain from the hook. *ch1, skip the next chain, cluster stitch in the next chain* across. Ch 3, turn.
Row 2: Dc in the first st (the ch-3 and your first dc are worked in the same stitch and count as the first cluster stitch). *ch 1, skip the ch 1 space, cluster stitch in the next ch sp* across. Dc in top of ch-3 from the previous row. Chain 3, turn.
Repeat row 2 for a total of 14 rows.
Hdc around the edges of the dishcloth. Along the beginning and ending rows, work 1 hdc into each stitch. Along the sides, you will work approximately 2 hdc in each chain space.
Corners: Work 2 hdc, 1 ch, 2 hdc. Sl st to the top of the first sc to join.
Optional: You may want to make one more row of sc for a more finished appearance.
Block. Weave in ends.