Granny Square #7

How to crochet the cluster stitch Granny Square

The cluster granny square in stylecraft special dk wisteria.

This granny square introduces the first special stitch in my collection of 4×4 Granny Squares, the cluster stitch. If you are new to crochet check out the Traditional Granny Square pattern first. The cluster stitch can be used to add decorative features to your crochet work such as leaves and petals.

How to make a crochet cluster stitch?

Cluster stitches are made by crocheting stitches together. Common clusters will be made with either one, two, three or four stitches together. Your pattern will indicate how many stitches you be using. In this pattern we will be using 3 stitches crocheted together. Step by step instructions for cluster stitch in US and UK terms below in the pattern.

Stylecraft special dk, wisteria & clematis cluster granny squares.

Materials

• DK yarn – I’m using stylecraft special dk

4mm hook

Scissors


Pattern

US Terms

How to crochet a cluster stitch: clusters are made when you crochet stitches together. For this pattern, to make clusters, double crochet three stitches together. Start your first double crochet as normal- yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull hook through, 3 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops, 2 loops on hook. Now instead of finishing this stitch start your next stitch. Yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull hook through, 4 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops, 3 loops on hook. Start your third and last stitch, yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull hook through, 6 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops, 4 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through all 4 loops.

To make a starting cluster: ch1, sc, ch1, yarn over, insert hook, yarn over pull hook through, 3 loops on hook. Yarn over pull through 2 loops, 2 loops on hook. Yarn over, insert hook, yarn over pull hook through, 4 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops, 3 loops on hook. Yarn over pull through all loops.

Key

Dmc = double magic circle

Ch = chain

Ss = slip stitch

Ch sp = chain space

Sc = single crochet

Cl st = cluster stitch (see above)

Rnd = round

Rnd 1: start with a dmc, *cl st, ch4* repeat * 3 more times. Ss to the top of first cl st. Ss to ch sp. (4 clusters, 4 chain spaces)

Rnd 2: into the ch4 sp from rnd 1 *cl st, ch4, cl st, ch2*. Repeat * into 3 more ch4 spaces. Ss to the top of first cl st. Ss to ch4 sp. (8 clusters, 8 chain spaces)

Rnd 3: *into the ch4 sp, cl st, ch4, cl st, ch2. Into the ch2 sp, cl st, ch2,*. Repeat * 3 more times. Ss to top of first cl st. Ss to ch4 sp. (12 clusters, 12 chain spaces)

Rnd 4: *into the ch4 sp, cl st, ch4, cl st, ch2. Into the ch2 sp, cl st, ch2. Into ch2 sp, cl st, ch2*. Repeat * 3 more times. Ss to top of first cl st. Cut and tie yarn. (16 clusters, 16 chain spaces)


UK Terms

How to crochet a cluster stitch: clusters are made when you crochet stitches together. For this pattern, to make clusters, treble crochet three stitches together. Start your first treble crochet as normal- yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull hook through, 3 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops, 2 loops on hook. Now instead of finishing this stitch start your next stitch. Yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull hook through, 4 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops, 3 loops on hook. Start your third and last stitch, yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull hook through, 6 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops, 4 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through all 4 loops.

To make a starting cluster: ch1, sc, ch1, yarn over, insert hook, yarn over pull hook through, 3 loops on hook. Yarn over pull through 2 loops, 2 loops on hook. Yarn over, insert hook, yarn over pull hook through, 4 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops, 3 loops on hook. Yarn over pull through all loops.

Key

Dmc = double magic circle

Ch = chain

Ss = slip stitch

Ch sp = chain space

Cl st = cluster stitch

Rnd = round

Rnd 1: start with a dmc, *cl st, ch4* repeat * 3 more times. Ss to the top of first cl st. Ss to ch sp. (4 clusters, 4 chain spaces)

Rnd 2: into the ch4 sp from rnd 1 *cl st, ch4, cl st, ch2*. Repeat * into 3 more ch4 spaces. Ss to the top of first cl st. Ss to ch4 sp. (8 clusters, 8 chain spaces)

Rnd 3: *into the ch4 sp, cl st, ch4, cl st, ch2. Into the ch2 sp, cl st, ch2,*. Repeat * 3 more times. Ss to top of first cl st. Ss to ch4 sp. (12 clusters, 12 chain spaces)

Rnd 4: *into the ch4 sp, cl st, ch4, cl st, ch2. Into the ch2 sp, cl st, ch2. Into ch2 sp, cl st, ch2*. Repeat * 3 more times. Ss to top of first cl st. Cut and tie yarn. (16 clusters, 16 chain spaces)


Photo Tutorial

All tutorial photos using stylecraft special dk in clematis.

Rnd 1: 4 clusters, 4 chain spaces.

Rnd 2: 8 clusters, 8 chain spaces.

Rnd 3: 12 clusters, 12 chain spaces.

Rnd 4: 16 clusters, 16 chain spaces.

Crochet Chart

Rnd 1: 4 clusters, 4 chain spaces.

Rnd 2: 8 clusters, 8 chain spaces.

Rnd 3: 12 clusters, 12 chain spaces.

Rnd 4: completed cluster granny square.

Happy crocheting,

Sam 💛

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