How to Crochet Clusters

Welcome to the final installment of our three-part series on decorative stitches: puff stitches, popcorns, and clusters! Today we're going to learn what separates clusters from the other two.

How to Crochet Clusters

Clusters, like puff stitches and popcorns, are a variation several stitches worked together. Whereas popcorns are several complete double crochet stitches joined at the top and puff stitches are several half-double crochet stitches worked together, clusters are several double crochet stitches worked together. A cluster is usually a group of three double crochet (often abbreviated dc3tog), but it can also be a group of two (dc2tog) or many more (dc4tog, etc), depending on its purpose in the pattern.

For the purposes of this tutorial, we are going to work a cluster of three.

1. Work a double crochet as you normally would, but stop when you have 2 loops left on the hook.

How to Crochet Clusters

2. Working in the same stitch as Step 1, begin another double crochet, this time stopping when you have 3 loops left on the hook.

How to Crochet Clusters

3. Repeat Step 2 again, this time stopping with 4 loops left on the hook. You now have 3 incomplete double crochets.

How to Crochet Clusters

4. Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on the hook to finish the 3 double crochets together.

How to Crochet Clusters

5. If you are going to be working a row of clusters, you'll want to finish the cluster with a chain stitch to keep the fabric from bunching.

How to Crochet Clusters

That's it! We hope you enjoyed this series.

Previous Posts