3 dc clusters Tutorial

ImageThis week I thought I would do a tutorial on one of the specialty stitches of the “Steppin’ Out Poncho” (Kit 2:  Steppin Out Poncho Review) for those of you that are crocheting your way through the “Annie’s Hook & Needle Club” with me.

I personally love doing clusters, the way the dc are combined into making one stitch I think is wonderful. Clusters actually could be worked in hdd, (Half Double Crochet) dc, (Double Crochet) or tr, (Triple/Treble Crochet) str, (Double Triple) etc. Althought I have found that most are done in dc with the pieces I have crocheted. It also could be worked with 2 or more stitches. The one I am doing today is the 3 dc cluster. The cluster is always worked with a foundation chain of a multiple of 2 or an even number of stitches.

3-dc clusters

Foundation chain row: Multiple of 2 chains for each cluster.

Row 1: (*yo, insert hook n 1st ch of foundation ch, yo, pull though a loop, yo, pull
thorough 2 loops on hook) 3 times into same st, you, pull through 4 loops on
hook, ch 1, skip 1st st of foundation chain*, rep * to *

Row 2: Ch 2, repeat directions in row 1 for each cluster (inserting hook in each ch space
of previous row).

Repeat row 2 for pattern.

Now for those of you who are think you are reading Greek, let’s break this down into simple steps:

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(Yo, insert hook in 1st ch of foundation ch, yo, pull through a loop,

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Yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) 3 times into same st,Imageyo, pull through 4 loops on hook,

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ch 1, skip 1st st of foundation chain*, rep * to *.

Helpful Hint: If you can crochet a dc, a dc cluster will be a breeze. When crocheting a dc you yo and pull through 2 and then 2 again. With a dc cluster, yo, and pull through 1 and then 2 , which leaves one on the hook. This is how you end up with 4 loops on your hook.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you have never crocheted a cluster before, let this be the time you learn. Go, right now- and get you some scrap yarn, and practice. You might discover that you have a new favorite stitch.

Until next time keep those hooks flying.

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I have been certified through the Craft Yarn Council both in teaching and Instructor. I also have been teaching people to crochet for over fifteen years. This is what I will be doing through this blog. In the Crochet Master Class there are 18 projects. Some of the projects will be familiar to me such as Hairpin Lace; Tunisian Crochet; Filet Crochet; Double Ended Crochet; painted Crochet; Aran Crochet and Irish Crochet. However there are several in the book that are new and have peaked my interest and that includes the following: Woven Crochet; Tapestry Crochet; Entrelac Crochet; Fashion Crochet; Tassels; Bullion Stitch; Overlay Crochet; Bead Crochet; Bruges Crochet; Free-form crochet and Wire Crochet. Since Crocheting is a time consuming craft I will only be posting once a week. If you are like me and love to crochet but would really like to challenge yourself to go beyond what you are now doing, come along with me and move to the next level. Although the actual patterns will not be posted (copyright law) I will take you through each project and go through the process of each one. This is not a blog about free crochet patterns or selling crochet tools. What I would like to do is take you with me on the journey through this book as I learn and crochet each of 18 projects. I will attempt to crochet each project in the book, and in the process recording in detail my progress and the problems I encounter along the way and the process I went through to accomplish each project. I am hoping that you will not only learn from my experience but that it will inspire you to push yourself to the next phase in your crocheting skills. Until next time; keep those hooks flying.
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5 Responses to 3 dc clusters Tutorial

  1. daniellajoe says:

    That stitch is one of my favorite 🙂

  2. We are two pea’s in a pod. I really enjoy this stitich also. It is so much fun to crochet.

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