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Crochet Cluster Stitches

Crochet cluster stitches are made by working several stitches into one chain or stitch and then finishing them together so that they count as one stitch.  That might sound complicated but these are not hard to work at all.

All the different cluster stitches are very similar to each other, yet unique in their own way.

Crochet Cluster Stitch

The Cluster stitch is created by working incomplete stitches over several stitches or chains and then joined together at the top.

Cluster stitches are worked in the same way that decreasing stitches are worked.

1 -  Work 1 double crochet (dc) into the first stitch, leaving the last step of the stitch un-finished.  There are 2 loops on your hook.

2 – Work 1 double crochet (dc) into the next stitch leaving the last step of the stitch undone.  There are now 3 loops on the hook.

3 – Work another double crochet (dc) into the next stitch leaving the last step of the stitch undone.  There are 4 loops on the hook.

4 – Yo and pull through all 4 loops on the hook.

This completes the cluster stitch.

5 – Some patterns will have you chain 1 to secure the stitch.

Crochet Bobble Stitch

A crochet bobble stitch is several incomplete stitches, usually double crochet or taller, worked into one single stitch (not over several stitches) and then joined at the top.

That's the difference between a bobble stitch and a cluster stitch. Bobbles are worked into one single stitch and clusters are worked over several stitches. 



1 – Work 5 dc into 1 stitch, leaving the last step of each dc undone.  You will have 6 loops on your hook when this step is done.

2 – Yo and pull through all 6 loops. 

 

This completes the bobble stitch.

3 – Chain 1 to secure (if called for).

Sometimes your bobbles will want to lay flat and that's ok.  But if you want them to poof out again, just gentle push them up from the back of your work.

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Crochet Puff Stitch

The crochet puff stitch is created in exactly the same way as a bobble stitch, except it is worked with half double crochet.  This makes it a smaller, more sutle ball than the bobble.





1 – Work 3 hdc into one stitch, leaving the last step of each hdc undone. 

This means that you will YO, insert your hook into the stitch, YO again and pull up a loop.  Then repeat 3 times.  

This leaves 2 additional loops on your hook after each unfinished hdc instead of just one like other stitches.  There should now be 7 loops on your hook.

You will have the tendency to let the stitches tighten on your hook as you work the 3 hdc and this will make it very hard to pull the loop through all 7 loops.  Keep the loops on your hook even and a little loose to avoid this problem

2 – Yo and pull through all 7 loops

This completes the puff.

3 – Chain 1 to secure (if called for).

Crochet Popcorn Stitch

The popcorn stitch is created by completely working several stitches into one stitch and then gathering them at the top with one stitch.  It actually makes a little pocket.

It's not difficult to work once you understand the how-to of it.




1 – Work 5 dc into one stitch.

2 – Remove the hook from the last worked loop and insert it into the top of the first dc stitch you made. 

 Grab that last worked loop and pull it through the first dc.

That’s a complete popcorn stitch.

3 – This can also be secured with a chain stitch.

Remember, always follow your pattern.  Don’t add a chain stitch unless the pattern says to.

Leave Crochet Cluster Stitch and give Raised Crochet Stitches a try.

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