How to Crochet the Cluster Stitch

To learn how to crochet the cluster stitch, you will need to work a group of incomplete stitches into the same stitch. This may not make sense, but it will once you follow the instructions below. 

The cluster stitch is usually made up of 3-6 single, double, or triple crochet partial stitches. After you finish crocheting the partial stitches, you will close the cluster by pulling the yarn through all of the loops that still remain on your hook. It is also possible to cluster more advanced crochet stitches together as well. 

I have seen the cluster stitch abbreviated in three different ways: (cl), (cs), or (cluster).  Keep in mind that every crochet designer has their own way of abbreviating certain stitches, and each designer should have the abbreviations with a set of instructions on their pattern. The height and width of a cluster stitch will also depend on the designer. 

Tip: Every pattern will use the cluster stitch a little differently.

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This video tutorial will demonstrate the two most common ways to crochet the cluster stitch.

How to Crochet the Cluster Stitch

Step-By-Step Instructions:

This crochet lesson will teach you to make a cluster stitch using three double crochet stitches. This tutorial will teach you the basic principles of creating a cluster stitch. After you learn the basics of this stitch, you will be able to build upon what you have learned. 

Step 1: Yarn over the hook (yo).


Tip: It is common practice to skip the next chain or stitch when making a crochet cluster stitch. However, every crochet pattern is different.


Step 2: Insert the hook into the second chain or stitch from your hook.


Step 3: Yarn over the hook (yo). 


Step 4: Pull or draw the yarn through the chain or stitch. There will now be 3 loops on your hook. 


Step 5: Yarn over the hook (yo).


Step 6: Pull the yarn through the first 2 loops on your hook. There will now be 2 loops on your hook.


Step 7: Yarn over the hook (yo).

Tip: Do not complete this stitch as a double crochet.


Step 8: Insert the hook into the same chain or stitch.


Step 9: Yarn over the hook (yo).


Step 10: Pull the yarn through the chain or stitch. There will now be 4 loops on your hook.


Repeat steps 7 through 10 as many times as you need to make the correct amount of stitches for the pattern you are following.

Step 11: To finish the cluster stitch; yarn over the hook, (yo).


Step 12: Pull the yarn through all 4 loops on your hook.

The cluster stitch is now complete. 


An alternative way to crochet the cluster stitch is to follow the above instructions. However, the only difference is to insert the hook into the next chain or stitch instead of the same chain or stitch. 

The cluster stitch creates a wonderful full texture that looks great when crocheted into shawls, cowls, hats, and blankets.

You can always check out The Crochet Guild of America for more resources on crochet stitches.  The Crochet Guild of America

Now that you have learned how to make the cluster stitch, it is time to find some exciting and fun cluster stitch patterns.


This is a beautiful cluster stitch afghan ePattern from Leisure Arts. It features two different strips that each work across the length of the afghan and join as you go. This blanket is crocheted using four medium-weight yarns and US size H, 5mm hook.  The ePattern Includes diagrams and finishing instructions. The afghan measures approximately 43"x 61." This is a three-page PDF download.

Here are Some Free and Wonderful Cluster Stitch Patterns For You to Try:

Crochet Cluster Stitch Blanket - By Crochet Dreamz

Double Crochet Cluster Blanket - By Easy Crochet

Cluster Crochet Beanie - By Meladora's Creations

Cluster Stitch Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern - By Lee Lee Knits