The Cluster Shell Stitch creates a beautiful lace fabric that is fairly easy and quick to work up.
The design is a four row repeat made up of beautiful double crochet cluster stitches. The cluster stitches are simple, worked like a double crochet two together but all in the same space.
There are endless possibilities for this stitch! It may be worked in a fine lace weigh yarn, or it may even be worked in a bulky weight yarn. It can be used in a variety of projects including blankets, shawls and wraps, bags and lacy tops.
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Materials for this Tutorial:
For this tutorial today I will be using a small amount of Pima Cotton Yarn by Lion Brand Yarn in one colour. It is a worsted weight, 100% cotton yarn. The hook shown in the video below is a 5 mm birchwood crochet hook by Rowan Yarns. However you may use any hook and yarn combination you choose, even experiment with stripes of colour!
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Cluster Shell Crochet Stitch
Stitches and Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
CL – Cluster Stitch ([Yo, insert your hook in the sp indicated, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops] twice, yo and draw through all the lps on your hook. Cluster Stitch made.)
Dc – Double Crochet
Rpt – Repeat
Sl st – slip stitch
Yo – yarn over
- Pattern is written in American English terms
- Weave in ends as needed
- This stitch is worked in rows in this tutorial.
To begin you will make a foundation chain. For this pattern you will need a multiple of seven plus two chains for your foundation chain (7+2).
For example, ch 30.
Sc in the 2nd ch from your hook, *ch 1, sk the next 2 chs, [CL, ch 1, CL, ch 1] in the next st, [CL, ch 1, CL, ch 1] in the next st, sk the next 2 chs, sc in the next st; Rpt from * across. Ch 4 (counts as a dc, ch 1), turn.
Dc in the 1st st, *ch 5, [dc, ch 2, dc] in the next sc; Rpt from * across to the final sc, [dc, ch 1, dc] in the final st. Ch 4 (counts as a dc, ch 1), turn.
[CL, ch 1, CL, ch 1] in the 1st ch-1 sp, *sc working over top of the ch-5 and into the centre ch-1 sp of the set of 4 CL 2 rows below, ch 1, [CL, ch 1, CL, ch 1, CL, ch 1, CL, ch 1] in the next ch-2 sp; Rpt from * across to the final ch-1 sp, [CL, ch 1, CL, ch 1] in the next ch-1 sp, dc in the 3rd ch of the turning ch 4. Ch 1, turn.
Sc in the 1st st, ch 2, *[dc, ch 2, dc] in the next sc, ch 5; Rpt from * across ending with a ch 2, sc in the final sc. Ch 1, turn.
Sc in the 1st st, *ch 1, [CL, ch 1, CL, ch 1, CL, ch 1, CL, ch 1] in the next ch-2 sp, sc working over top of the ch-5 and into the centre ch-1 sp of the set of 4 CL 2 rows below; Rpt from * across ending with an sc in the final st.
And that’s it!
For the rest of the pattern repeat rows 2-5 for as long as your would like. Fasten off, weave in your ends.
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