The cluster stitch is used in numerous designs for scarves, baby blankets, afghans or purses.
Video: Crochet a Cluster Stitch
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One of the main differences of the cluster stitch – it’s worked over several chains or stitches. Unlike the bobble or popcorn which is worked into one chain or stitch, the cluster can be worked over 3, 4, 5 or more chains or stitches. Always check with your pattern to see how many prongs are used in the cluster. For your own designs, obviously the more prongs, the puffier the cluster.
A double crochet is the most common stitch used to create a cluster so I will be demonstrating a double crochet cluster. However, you can use a stitch with more height if you choose.
Begin with a yarn over, insert hook into one chain or stitch. Yarn over and pull through. Yarn over and pull through two loops on the hook. Do not complete the double crochet. Repeat over the next desired number of chains or stitches, leaving the unused loops on the hook. When you have completed the required prongs for your cluster, yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook. Lock the cluster with a slip stitch. Always check your pattern, the design may finish or close the cluster differently.