The double crochet cluster is a fun stitch to work with. Not only does it work up quick with the height of a double crochet, it creates a fun fabric with the ease of a standard stitch. Find out how to work this in the following 2 double crochet cluster tutorial.
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What is a Double Crochet Cluster?
There are several ways to work this cluster. All of them use the basic technique as a double crochet, but instead have multiple stitches 'clustered' together.
Confused? Think of this stitch similar to a double crochet decrease... only working in one stitch.
The amount in the cluster may vary. For example, a 2 double crochet cluster is what's being done in this tutorial, but there are 3, 4 or more. Each work the same, just the amount of legs of the stitch vary.
Symbols for these clusters differ depending on the amount of of double crochets worked.
The abbreviation for this stitch is 'dc cl'. Patterns should clarify the number of the cluster or directions of that cluster. For example, in this tutorial I've used 2 legs in all my clusters. This stitch is the 2 dc cl.
What is a Leg of a Stitch?
When you have a cluster or decrease it has multiple 'legs'. If you notice the pictures above, they have 2, 3 and 4 legs to those stitches.
A leg of a stitch is the lower part of the stitch worked into the same or different space more than once. Single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet all have one leg where as clusters and decreases have more than one.
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Double Crochet Cluster Instructions
1: Yarn over (YO)
2: Insert your hook into indicated stitch/chain/space
3: YO and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook)
4: YO and pull through 2 loops (leave 2 loops on hook)
5: YO again
6: Insert your hook into the same stitch/chain/space
7: YO and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook)
8: YO and pull through 2
9: YO and pull through remaining loops on hook. That completes a 2 double crochet cluster. Some patterns may include a chain 1 to close the stitch.
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That was a 2 double crochet cluster. To complete a 3 dc cl, repeat steps 5-8 once more and for a 4 dc cl repeat twice more.
And that, my friend, is how you make double crochet clusters!
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