A little later than initially planned but here is part 6 of our 2022 Stash Busting Crochet Along!
If you are new here, we are working on a row-by-row crochet stitch sampler throw this year. We will learn approximately 30 new stitches to use on future projects and end up with a beautiful keepsake too. You can find out all about this crochet along here. It’s not too late to join!
This month’s stitches are the forked cluster, thistle stitch and modified silt stitch.
To kick off part 6 we will start with the forked cluster stitch. This stitch uses a variation of a double crochet 2 together to create an interesting texture. This stitch is worked in legs, meaning that you will start in one stitch and end in another. If you are familiar with the trinity stitch or mixed cluster stitch, this will feel familiar to you. Between each forked cluster row is a row of single crochets. What I like about this stitch is that you can work it over any number of stitches and it’s completely reversible. It is sort of a yarn-eater though, which is why I only made one row of them in this blanket.
Next is the Thistle Stitch. I loved making this stitch! It is unique in that beyond the first setup row, all the rest of the stitches are worked in the spaces between stitches. Shell stitches are worked between pairs of double crochets and the result really looks like the flower on a thistle plant. I can’t wait to use this one again.
Finally, we are adding the modified silt stitch to our blanket. This is one of the first tutorials I ever put on my website years ago! The silt stitch features a row of sc/2dc groups sandwiched between rows of double crochet. I added more texture by working the double crochet rows in the back loop. It’s so fun to see how little changes like that can modify a stitch.
Materials and Pattern Information
- Your chosen worsted weight yarn
- 5.5mm crochet hook
- Scissors and yarn needle
Gauge: 6 dc x 4 rows = 2 inches
This is a little tricky, given it is such a mix of stitches. I would say the stitch part of the gauge is easier to get correct for this particular project. As long as your first 2 rows are measuring approximately 42 inches across you should be good.
Measurements: 42 in across x 31in tall
- US Terminology
- St(s): stitch(es)
- Ch(s): chain(s)
- Sc: single crochet
- Dc: double crochet
- FC: forked cluster (see instructions below)
Forked Cluster (FC): yo, insert hook into same st as last leg of previous FC, yo, pull up loop. Yo insert hook into next st, yo, pull up loop. [Yo pull through 3 loops] x2
- I’ll note my color changes, but feel free to change color wherever you see fit.
- Ch 3 counts as a stitch, unless otherwise noted
- Ch 1 does not count as a stitch, unless otherwise noted.
- Odd rows are wrong side, even rows are right side
>>FIXED LINK!!<< Video Tutorials for these stitches can be found here. (not every stitch has a video tutorial. I try to make them for the more complicated stitches)
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Forked Cluster Stitch
Yarn Color: Smoke
Row 69: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1 and in each st across. (121)
Row 70: Ch 3 (does not count as stitch), FC over 1st and 2nd sc, FC across. Dc in same st as last leg of final FC. Turn. (121)
Row 71: as row 69
Yarn Color: Pale Gray
Row 72: Ch 3, dc in next st,*skip 2, 5 dc in next, skip 2, dc in next 2. Repeat from * across. (17 shells, 36 dc)
Row 73: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st as ch 3, *dc in space between 2nd and 3rd dc of next shell (shell = 5dc group), dc in space between 3rd and 4th dc of same shell, skip 3 dc, 5 dc in space between last skipped dc and next dc. Skip 3 dc. Repeat from * across until last shell group. Dc in space between 2nd and 3rd dc of last shell, dc in space between 3rd and 4th dc of same shell, skip 3 dc, 3 dc in last. Turn.
Row 74: Ch 3, dc in next st, skip 3 dc, 5 dc in space between last skipped dc and next dc. *Skip 3 dc, Dc in space between 2nd and 3rd dc of last shell, dc in space between 3rd and 4th dc of same shell, skip 3 dc, 5 dc in space between last skipped dc and next dc. Repeat from * across until 4 sts remain. Skip 3 dc, 2 dc in space between last dc and turning ch. Turn.
75: as row 73
Modified Silt Stitch
Yarn Color: Barley
Row 76: Ch 3, dc in next st and in each st across. Turn. (121)
Row 77: Ch 1, (sc, 2dc) in same st as ch 1, *skip 2 sts, (sc, 2 dc) in next. Repeat from * across. Until 3 sts remain. Skip 2 sts, sc in last. Turn. (121)
Row 78: Ch 3, working in BLO, dc in next st and each st across. Turn. (121)
That’s it! Part 7 will be available at the beginning of August.