Mixed Cluster Crochet Stitch Tutorial
Hello Crocheter! Welcome to the mixed cluster stitch tutorial! This is a new stitch I’m excited to work on as well using Megan’s tutorial below :) I can’t wait to see what you make using this tutorial!! After the tutorial there is a list of crochet patterns you can go to when you want to make something using your new found knowledge of the mixed cluster crochet stitch. To include one gorgeous pattern by Megan herself the St. Lucie Shawl!!!!
Hello my name is Megan, I am the maker and designer behind PoppieJoe.Co. I taught myself to crochet 10 years ago via youtube when I quit my full time job as a hair stylist after returning home from a mission trip to Tanzania, Africa. I have not stopped crocheting since!! Crochet has helped me through a lot of tough times in my life, including the loss of my best friend. I have slowly learned that even though I am a maker, and as makers we love to sell our makes, NOT everything we make needs to be a product to sell, we can have all the selfish makes that we want!! I am new to the designing part of this maker community, yet I absolutely love it! I have designed 6 patterns so far and I CANNOT stop! The stitch I am going to show you today is in my newest design, the St. Lucie Shawl
Chain in multiples of 2 plus 1, for this tutorial I chained 14 + 1 = 15
Single crochet in the third chain from hook and each chain across.
Turn, CH 2 (counts as first HDC)
Yarn over, insert hook into first stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through only one loop, yarn over, pull through two loops, (two loops left on hook) (long DC made, or first half of mixed cluster)
Skip one stitch, yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through one loop,
Yarn over, insert hook again into same stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through one loop
Yarn over, pull through all six loops on hook (mixed cluster stitch made MC) CH 1 to close the cluster.
Yarn over, insert hook into THE SAME STITCH, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through one loop, continue working steps 4-8 until you reach the end of the row.
Half Double Crochet in the starting chain space.
Chain 1 and turn, Single crochet in each stitch across row(14 total)
I absolutely love this stitch, it's so fun and not your average cluster! I cannot wait to see what you all make with this stitch! Be sure to check out my newest pattern (St. Lucie Shawl) it not only features this lovely stitch there are a few other cool ones too! I hope you enjoyed this stitch as much as I do.
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Here are a number of patterns that use the above stitch so you can practice and make some of your first crochet pieces!!! As the Mixed Cluster Stitch is a rarer stitch, I’ll be adding more patterns as I find them below. If you have one you recommend please comment below or send me an email at email@example.com.
Stitch In Progress has a fun dishcloth pattern using the mixed cluster stitch and what a great way to practice this new stitch as well as make some useful pieces for your house or as a gift!
Also, here are some additional patterns you can make using all the stitches combined.
Megan’s St. Lucie Shawl is absolutely gorgeous and is listed here as it does use the Mixed Cluster Stitch, however, it also uses the extended single crochet, extended half double crochet, drop stitch, and the single crochet stitch. We will be having the other three stitches in tutorials within the next couple of months but I wanted to include this stunning pattern for those that already know how to do these stitches :)
Too Much Love has a gorgeous mixed cluster crochet stitch baby blanket that also uses double crochet and is one that you can start with the foundational double crochet from the previous crochet stitch tutorial.
Looking for a project that is not as lengthy as a blanket? Cream of the Crop Crochet has a twisted mixed cluster headband that you can create using the mixed cluster crochet stitch, single crochet stitch, and double crochet stitch.
A beautiful baby blanket using mixed cluster crochet stitch as well as single crochet is from Daisy Farm Crafts . This is a great way to practice the mixed cluster and create a gorgeous, warm baby blanket or blanket for yourself or as a gift!
Another shorter project is the mixed cluster scarf by Daisy Farm Crafts, that you can use one skien of Scarfie Yarn to create this using the mixed cluster crochet stitch and the single crochet stitch.
If you are left-handed here is an extra tutorial specifically chosen with you in mind. :)
If you have arthritis or issues with your hands here are some extra tutorials and tips specifically designed with you in mind. :)
The Arthritis Foundation has an article with specific tips for knitting, crocheting, and cross stitching with arthritic hands. They have specific tips for each craft on things you can do to help make manage your arthritis while still allowing you to enjoy the craft you love.
Every Day Health has an article all about how to knit/crochet with Arthritis with 10 tips for how to keep crocheting/knitting. They even encourage you to crochet and craft with Arthritis because it can actually help you with managing it.
All Free Crochet has a full Crochet and Arthritis Tip Guide for those that have arthritis or issues with their hands complete with information about how to help your hands each time you crochet or craft and tips on how to adjust for your craft based on whether you have a good day or a bad day.
You can also find ergonomic crochet hooks (recommended for those with hand pain to ease it and allow you to crochet longer or at all) among the amazing crochet hook shops of Etsy in an earlier round up of crochet hooks.
For those of us trying to prevent hand pain from repetitive motion hand pain, Yarn Obsession has written an article specifically for us :) She goes through several recommendations for how to keep our hands healthy as well as ways to stretch and items that could help if you crochet a lot (for work or pleasure).
YouTube has several videos where people have discussed tips that have helped them with crocheting or knitting with Arthritis or other health issues that cause your hands and body to be stiff.
Jen B discusses how she crochets in this 3 minute video and shows you how to best hold the yarn and more.
Motion Works Blog has an article on tips for crocheting and using your hands despite having arthritis and also gives several stretches that you can do to help your hands while crocheting or crafting.
Laughing Hens has an article specifically about stretches (complete with pictures!) that are great for both crocheters and knitters. I think I’ll start doing these too to help my hands when I’m working on a variety of projects!
Thank you for joining us for this mixed cluster crochet stitch tutorial! What crochet stitches are you wanting to learn about? Comment below or sent me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d also love to hear from you about what types of resources you want more information on as well as Makers you would like to nominate for a Maker Feature! Please email (email@example.com) or leave a comment on this article! Looking forward to hearing from you and have a great day!