Learn to crochet the cluster stitch with The Unraveled Mitten! | Free crochet pattern

Today we are going to learn the Aligned Cluster Stitch! This is Block #15 of the 2019 Stash Busting Sampler Afghan Crochet Along. Wow! Look how far we’ve come and how many stitches we’ve learned. 

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How to Crochet the Cluster Stitch

I love this crochet stitch, it always reminds me of little pebbles. Its pretty easy too! Its just a double crochet 3 together (dc3tog) all in one stitch! We used the dc3tog in our last square so I thought this would be a fun transition. 

To start this square you’ll do a base of single crochets and chains. Then next row you’ll start your clusters. A cluster stitch is worked in each ch 1 space across the row. Then the next row you’ll do another set of single crochets and chains and the pattern continues. 

Its a really fast-growing stitch that would suit almost any sort of project. I am already planning on using it one of my patterns this fall!

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Let’s get started! Be sure to read over the notes section of the pattern for some helpful tips. 

Learn to crochet the cluster stitch with The Unraveled Mitten! | Free crochet pattern

Materials and Pattern Information for the Aligned Cluster Stitch Crochet Square

You’ll need:

#4/worsted weight yarn

5.5mm crochet hook

Needle to weave in ends


Gauge and Sizing

Gauge: 5 cl x 8 rows (slightly over) = 3 in.

Gauge was a hard one to measure on this one. As long as you have 5 cluster in 3 inches you can modify the rows as needed.

Finished: 12 x 12


I use US Terminology

Ch(s): chain(s)

St(s): stitch(es)

Sc: single crochet

Cl: cluster (see notes)

Dc: double crochet

Sl st: slip stitch


Ch 3 counts as 1 dc

Special Stitch: Cluster (cl): Yo, insert hook into st indicated, pull up loop, Yo pull through 2 loops. * Yo, insert hook into same st, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat from * 1 more time. Yo pull through all loops on hook.

To change the size of this pattern, chain any multiple of 2

Even rows are the right side

If you end your square on a row 2 do not turn before the border. If you end on a row 3, turn and continue to border.

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Aligned Cluster Stitch Square Crochet Pattern

Ch 36, loosely.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, skip 1 st, sc in next repeat from * across. Turn. (18 sc, 17 ch-1 spaces)

Row 2 (right side): Ch 3, cl in ch-1 space, *ch 1, cl in next ch-1 space, repeat from * across. Dc in last sc. Turn. (17 clusters, 2 dc)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1, *ch 1, skip cl, sc in next ch-1 space. Repeat from * across. Turn (18 sc, 17 ch-1 spaces)

Row 4-25: repeat rows 2 and 3, ending on a row 3. Turn and continue to border.


Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc evenly around, placing 3 single crochets in each corner stitch. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st.

Repeat rnd 1 as necessary to get to 12 in. I did two rounds in sample. Finish off and weave in ends

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