One of the things I love most about crochet is how many different things you can make with just a hook and yarn. Lately I’ve been working on expanding my stitch vocabulary and have decided that a good way to motivate myself to keep learning is to do a weekly “stitch showcase.” So check back each week for a new featured stitch with tutorials and patterns!
I’ll start things off with my personal favorite at the moment, the cluster stitch. I love the beautiful texture that this stitch creates, and it’s actually really easy to do!
To Make a 5 Double Crochet Cluster Stitch
You start out just like you’re doing a double crochet but instead of pulling through the last 2 loops on your hook, you repeat the first step until you have 6 loops on your hook, then pull your hook through all 6 loops.
Step by step instructions: [Yarn over, insert hook in stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through first two looks on hook.] (2 loops on hook, partial double crochet made). Repeat 4 more times (you should have 6 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all 6 loops on hook (see note and pictures for instructions on starting a row of clusters).
I’ve had an idea for a cluster stitch cowl/circle scarf pattern floating around in my head for awhile and finally got it written down over the weekend. I started out planning to make a solid colored cowl but ran out of yarn half way through so I just decided to finish with a new color, resulting in a two-toned cowl that I actually really love! I’ve included instructions to make both kinds, or you could alternate colors on each row to make it striped!
This pattern was designed using Caron Simply Soft yarn, which is technically worsted weight (4) but is actually a bit lighter than a typical category 4 yarn. It has a very nice subtle sheen to it that works beautifully with the cluster stitch. Another similar yarn is Hobby Lobby’s Yarn Bee Soft Secret. The pattern should work fine with regular worsted weight yarn, your cowl just might end up a little bigger, or you could use a smaller hook.
Finished measurement: 36 inches x 12 inches (Before stitching ends together)
- 2 skeins of Caron Simply Soft yarn or another similar light worsted weight yarn in the same color if you want a solid color cowl or in 2 colors of your choice if you want a two-toned cowl
- Size K hook
Ch: Chain cl: cluster
Note: The starting ch at the start of each row counts as the first part of your cluster, so when you’re completing your first cluster in each row you’ll only have 5 loops on your hook instead of 6. Your first two clusters should look like this:
Ch 102, Turn
Row 1: Complete first cluster in 3rd chain from hook (ch counts as 1st part of cl). Ch 2, skip 2 ch. [Cl in next ch, ch 2, skip 2 ch.] Repeat to end of row, sl st in top of ch, ch 3, turn.
Row 2: Finish cl in 1st ch 2 space, ch 2. [Cl in next ch 2 space, ch 2.] Repeat to end of row, sl st in top of ch 3, ch 3, turn.
For Solid Colored Cowl
Row 3-18: Repeat instructions for row 2. Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew ends together.
For Two-Toned Cowl
Row 3-10: Repeat instructions for row 2.
Change to new color. (When fastening off your first color and joining your new color, leave a long tail for both, you’ll use them later to stitch the two ends of the cowl together).
Row 11-18: Repeat instructions for row 2. At end of row 18, slip stitch into top of ch. Fasten off.
Now you have a long rectangle. To complete your cowl, align the two edges and sew together using your yarn tails.
You could easily make this longer or shorter depending on the look you’re going for. For example, to make an infinity scarf just make your starting chain longer until you can double it comfortably around your neck (use a multiple of 3 for your chain), then when you’re getting ready to stitch up the ends, lay your rectangle out flat and flip one end over creating a twist in the center, then stitch your ends together.
If you have any questions or trouble with the pattern, just let me know and I’ll be happy to help you! Don’t forget to let me know how it turned out:)