Monday, May 13, 2013

TECHNIQUE: Cross Cluster Stitch



Today I am sharing a few really pretty stitches that I have enjoyed using in some of my patterns.  They are called the Cross Cluster Stitch, and the Beginning Cluster Stitch. These stitches will give your crochet projects a fun texture. 

The Beginning Cluster stitch is used at the beginning of a row, and so I am sharing it first.  Scroll down just a bit and you will find the Cross Cluster Stitch.

Beginning Cluster:

Ch 3


Wrap your yarn around your hook
 
 
Insert your hook in the same st
 
 
Pull up a loop (you will now have 3 loops on your hook)
 
 
Wrap your yarn around the hook and pull through 2 loops (you should now have 2 loops left on your hook)
 
 
Wrap your yarn around your hook and insert it in the same stitch
 
 
Pull up a loop (you will now have 4 loops on your hook)
 
 
Wrap your yarn around your hook and pull through 2 loops (you will now have 3 loops left on your hook)
 
 
Wrap your yarn around your hook and pull through all 3 loops on your hook.  You have just made a beginning cluster!
 
 
Cross Cluster:

Wrap your yarn over your hook and insert it in the stitch indicated


Pull up a loop (you will now have 3 loops on your hook)

 
 
Wrap your yarn around your hook and pull through 2 loops on your hook (you will now have 2 loops on your hook)



Wrap yarn over  your hook again, insert it into the same st, pull up a loop (you will now have 4 loops on your hook)


Wrap your yarn around the hook, pull through 2 loops (you will now have 3 loops on your hook)


Wrap your yarn over, and insert it in the previous stitch (the one you just skipped, where the arrow is)

Pull up a loop (you will now have 5 loops on your hook)


Wrap your yarn around your hook and pull through 2 loops (you will now have 4 loops on your hook)


Now, wrap your yarn around your hook and pull through all 4 loops on your hook.  You have now made a cross cluster!


I will be sharing a free crochet project using this stitch very soon!

 I used this stitch for my Hailey Newsboy Cap Pattern, and for my Hailey Diaper Cover Pattern.  I am sure you will probably see it in future patterns as well.  Have a great day everyone!

 

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