Now that you’ve mastered a few simple stitches and created some crochet muscle memory, it’s time to learn a little more difficult stitch, the cluster stitch. In this step-by-step tutorial, I’ll guide you through the process of creating the perfect cluster stitch.

Whether you’re a beginner or the most experienced crocheter, the cluster stitch will be your go-to stitch for pretty projects. So, grab your preferred mm hook and some yarn, and let’s get started!

A light pink and mint green swatch of cluster crochet stitching.
Let’s complete this gorgeous crochet stitch!

Cluster stitches are a great way to turn out beautiful baby blankets, gorgeous scarves, or good, sturdy dishcloths. By adding features like the cluster stitch, you can provide extra definition and distinction to your crocheted items. If you’d like to try your hand at stitching other decorative gathered stitches, I’ll share some tutorials at the end of this post.

Now, let’s get started with our photo tutorial for creating a perfect cluster stitch, starting with our foundation chain.

Mint green and light pink crochet cluster stitches with a gold crochet hook on a white background.
Let’s learn about the beautiful cluster stitch!

How To Make a Cluster Crochet Stitch: Step-By-Step

Materials Needed:

-Crochet hook (Here’s a guide to pick the right size mm crochet hook here)

-Yarn (choose your favorite color and worsted weight cotton yarn based on what you want to create)

-Scissors to snip your yarn when finished

-Darning needle to finish off your ends


Step 1: Foundation Chain & Single Crochet Row

The cluster stitch will work with any length foundation row if the stitches are of an even number. The number of stitches I used for this sample was 20 stitches. To begin insert hook into a slip stitch(sl st) to crochet a starting chain. If you need help understanding how to create foundation chain(labeled as ch ongoing) stitches, start here. Insert the hook into the second stitch from the hook and do a single crochet(will be further labeled as sc. Get the single crochet stitches instructions here.) Skip a stitch, then place another sc in the next stitch. Continue placing a sc in every other stitch until 3 stitches are left before the end of the row.

Mint green and light pink sample of cluster crochet stitches on a white background.
The cluster stitch will certainly test your stitch knowledge!

Step 2: Finishing SC Row 1

Skip the third stitch and do a single crochet in the second stitch from the end. Do the last sc the same way. Chain(ch) 4 and turn your work. This completes the first row.

Cluster stitch being completed in mint green over a row of light pink singe crochet row.
Cluster stitches are not only a beautiful texture but fun to create too!

Step 3: Row 2 Cluster Stitches

After turning your work, start your first cluster stitch(will be labeled cs ongoing) in the first chain space. Be sure not to place the cs in the sc. For the cs, yarn over and place in the chain space. Yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops on your hook.

Mint green and light pink yarn swatch of cluster stitches on a white background.
The cluster stitch is a beautiful crochet stitch!

Step 4: Finishing Row 2 Cluster Stitches

These are essentially a group of incomplete stitches or double crochet stitches(referred to as dc) unfinished. Repeat this stitch pattern until you have 5 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all 5 loops and chain 1 to secure your stitch. Continue this pattern until you reach the last chain space and place another cs there.

Mint green and light pink  crochet piece made of cluster stitches on a white background.
The simple beauty of crochet stitches!

Step 5: Ending Row 2

To finish the row, place your actual first dc in the last stitch of row 1. This finishes the final stitch in row 2. Chain 1 and turn your work.

Step 6: Row 3

Place a sc in the first chain and a sc in the first chain space, then chain 1. Place one sc in each space between each cluster stitch. Continue until you reach the last chain space at the end of the clusters and place a sc there. Place your next sc in the third chain from the bottom to finish the row and anchor your stitch so you don’t have wobbly stitches. Chain 4 and turn your work.

A mint green and light pink swatch of cluster crochet stitching on a white background.
It feels great to learn a new stitch and finish a project!

Step 7: Row 4

Repeat row 2, doing clusters in the chain 1 space. Finish in the same way row 2 finishes.

Step 8: Row 4

Repeat row 3 and finish the same way.

Knowing a variety of crochet stitches, like the cluster stitch, will give you the confidence to attempt more advanced crochet stitches in future projects. Experiment with different techniques, colors, and stitch patterns to create your own unique design pieces.

Note: Keep in mind that while we’ve described the single crochet stitch in US terms, but the equivalent in UK terms is half treble crochet stitch.

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  • My MOST FAVORITE tool is these portable scissors that always make it through security and fit perfectly in my hook case.
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  • Crochet Stitch Dictionary: 200 Essential Stitches with Step-by-Step Photos is the most helpful resource to keep handy!

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Tips and Basic Crochet Stitch Tutorials:

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