June 24

Double Crochet Cluster ~ A Stitch Tutorial

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 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.

Double Crochet Cluster Swatch

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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. 

DC Cluster
3 DC Cluster
4 DC Cluster

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

Double Crochet Cluster Step 1
Double Crochet Cluster Step 2

1: Yarn over (YO)

2: Insert your hook into indicated stitch/chain/space

Double Crochet Cluster Step 3
Double Crochet Cluster Step 4

3: YO and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook)

4: YO and pull through 2 loops (leave 2 loops on hook)

Double Crochet Cluster Step 5
Double Crochet Cluster Step 6

5: YO again

6: Insert your hook into the same stitch/chain/space

Double Crochet Cluster Step 7
Double Crochet Cluster Step 8

7: YO and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook)

8: YO and pull through 2 

Double Crochet Cluster Step 9

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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Other Clusters

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. 

Video Tutorial

And that, my friend, is how you make double crochet clusters! 

Looking for more tutorials? Check out the Linked Double Crochet tutorial or the Reverse Single Crochet tutorial. Want more? Check out the tutorial library and if you don't see something you're looking for, use the contact page to request it!


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