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2-Double-Crochet Cluster Stitch
This stitch is wonderfully simple as it mainly involves double crochets! It works up pretty quickly making it perfect for blankets and garments, both of which I’ve included patterns for at the end of this tutorial so be sure to check that out!
I think this stitch looks super effective, especially when worked in alternating colours. I have done this between rows, although changing between stitches in the one row could make an intricate touch! You could also play around with hook size and yarn ply of course to make the stitch come up more net like or condensed, the choice is yours!
The 2-Double-Crochet Cluster Stitch super easy for anyone new or experienced with crocheting! This is because the only stitches it involves are:
Double Crochet (dc), with a twist
…and that’s it! You will have the hang of it in no time, especially with this easy to follow tutorial that walks you right through.
The 2-Double-Crochet Cluster Stitch may be used for special detailing at any point of a project, but ideally you want your stitch count to be an even number. If not, you may have to change the double crochets done at the start and end of rows so that it suits your work, but that’s not too much of a worry. Now, let’s get into the tutorial!
(To start) Step 1: Slip knot yarn onto hook and chain desired length, making sure it is an even number.
Step 2: Double crochet into the third chain from your hook.
Step 3: Double crochet again into the next chain along.
Step 4: Chain 1 and skip 1 chain.
Step 5: Insert hook into the next chain and go through the motion of a double crochet until you have 2 loops on your hook.
Step 6: Yarn over, insert hook into the same chain and complete a double crochet. To do this, pull yarn through to have 4 loops, pull hook through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through remaining 3 loops. (This is what makes your 2-Double-Crochet Cluster!)
Step 7: Repeat Steps 4-6 until you are 3 chains from the end of the row.
Step 8: Skip 1 chain and double crochet into the last 2 chains of the row.
For the purposes of this tutorial I will change colours to help distinguish between the first and second rows, but you can too! Here is a mini tutorial on how to change colours:
Before completing your double crochet in the last chain of the row, use your new colour to pull through the last two loops.
Double knot the strands of each colour together to secure.
To weave in ends at the same time as you work, hold strands between inserting your hook into a stitch and pulling yarn through hoops, as seen in the image of Step 10.This can be fiddly and takes practice, so leaving them out to weave in later is fine too!
Step 9: Turn work and chain 4.
Step 10: Skip the 2 double crochets from last row.
Step 11: Insert yarn into the 1 chain space and complete a 2-Double-Crochet Cluster as per Steps 5 and 6. Chain 1.
Step 12: Repeat Step 11 until you get to a 2-Double-Crochet Cluster in the last 1 chain space.
Step 13: Skip 1 stitch (this is a double crochet from last row) and double crochet in the last stitch. End with a colour change if you choose too!
Step 14: Repeat as per First and Second rows until desired length and congrats, you are done!
If you are more of a visual learner, here is a video tutorial by AllFreeCrochet who shows how to do the 2-Double-Crochet Cluster Stitch!
Cluster Stitch Crochet Blanket
This blanket is a perfect example of how the 2-Double-Crochet Cluster Stitch may be used within a project! I love the colours here, the pastels allow it to be a lovely baby blanket or home décor for the couch. Since the stitch works up quickly, it is great for big projects like blankets so that you will have one to keep you warm in no time!
How beautiful does that crochet poncho look?! And the colours here have a lovely Autumn feel! Aside from the 2-Double-Crochet Cluster Stitch, stitches such as single crochet puff stitch and alternative double crochet are also included which may be new. This makes it more of an intermediate project but the pattern is clear and includes linked tutorials, so there’s no need to lead that deter you from giving it a go!