Inside: Learn how to crochet the crossed cluster stitch with this free blanket square pattern in 2 sizes. Includes fully captioned tutorial videos for both right and left handed crocheters.
I love learning new stitch patterns.
There’s just something about flipping through a pattern book and one jumps out at you and you know you have to try it. That’s how it was with the Crossed Cluster stitch.
In crochet, it’s so easy to make crossed stitches and this one is no exception. Even a new relatively new crocheter can learn how to crochet the Crossed Cluster stitch. And with my tutorial videos (see below) it’s even easier.
One of the things I love about this stitch is that it’s reversible. That makes ideal for blankets and scarves where you’ll see both sides.
I’ve included a pattern for a blanket square below using this stitch pattern. While the pattern has two square sizes (7″ x 9″ and 12″ x 12″) you can resize this pattern to make a full size blanket. The stitch pattern requires you to chain a multiple of 3 +2 so keep that in mind when resizing.
If there is a + sign after the multiple for a stitch pattern that means there is an extra step to figure out your cast on. For example, if a stitch pattern tells you to cast on a multiple of 6+1. That means, first, you need to find a multiple of 6 that will give you the correct size project. If your gauge gives you 5 sts/in and you want about a 7″ washcloth you need the closest multiple of 6: 36 stitches. Then you need to ADD 1 more stitch to that, so your actual cast on would be 37 stitches for the project.
Crossed Cluster Stitch Pattern Details
Crochet Crossed Cluster Square
By Kristen MangusA downloadable PDF of this pattern is available in my Etsy store and from Ravelry at the links below:
The Crossed Cluster Square makes a beautiful, reversible block that would be a great addition to your next pieced blanket. This stitch pattern uses clustered stitches to create a wonderfully dense fabric.
Pattern includes written instructions for 2 square sizes and links to fully captioned tutorial videos for both left and right handed crocheters.
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Medium (#4) weight yarn
Caron One Pound (120g/ 4.2 oz, 73 meters/ 80 yd.) in color Lavender Blue used in sample.
US Size H-8 (5 mm) hook
Furls Odyssey (5 mm size H) in Black & Nickel used in sample.
ch = chain
CL = cluster stitch (see Notes below for stitch details)
dc = double crochet
rep = repeat
sc = single crochet
sk = skip
st(s) = stitch(es)
If you need a refresher, be sure to check out my How to Crochet series!
13 sts x 8.5 rows in 4” (10 cm) in crossed cluster stitch
SKILL LEVEL Easy
Option 1: 7” x 9” (18 cm x 23 cm)
Option 2: 12” x 12” (30.5 cm x 30.5 cm)
The crossed cluster stitch pattern is a repeat of 3 +2.
CL (Cluster): YO, insert hook into st and draw up a loop to height of a dc. YO and draw through 2 loops on hook. YO, insert hook in same st and draw up a loop to height of a dc. YO and draw through 2 loops on hook. YO and draw through 3 loops on hook. CL made.
Chain 23 (38).
Foundation Row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each rem ch. Ch 3 and turn.
Row 1 (RS): (1st sc belongs to previous ch 3). *Sk next sc, CL in next sc. Working in front of CL just made, CL in skipped sc. Dc in next sc. Rep from * across. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 2: Sc in each dc and CL across. Ch 3 and turn.
Rep Rows 1-2 until desired length. Weave in tails.
Crochet Crossed Cluster Stitch Video Tutorials
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The following tutorial videos demonstrate how to crochet the crossed cluster stitch pattern.