HOW TO: Crochet the “Split Clusters”



– a step-by-step picture & video guide

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The “Split Clusters” is a beautiful stitch, & I love the finish it gives any crochet project.

I can’t really remember the first time I came across this & it might have other names, but it’s really one of my favorite stitches!

If you have bought one of my crochet patterns, you might wonder how it is done. The pattern always offers written text in addition to charts, but now I will share a step by step picture guide with you. In addition there is a video of how to crochet this stitch on the bottom.

Today I suggest that you learn the stitch & then you should use it in a project! You can make you own project, but on the bottom of this post I have also included all crochet patterns that are using the “Split Clusters”!

 Just grab you hook & yarn and you’re ready!

 

Split Clusters – the STEP-BY-STEP picture guide:

1. How to start:

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Since the purpose of this post is to learn the stitch I suggest that you start by making a small test square:

1. Chain 12 stitches, turn.

2. Single Crochet along chain row, turn.

Then you are ready to start the “Split Clusters”!

(If you are uncertain about “Chains” check my “Beginners Guide to Crochet Part 1″ – and for “Single Crochet” the “Beginners Guide To Crochet Part 2″.)

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Start every row with 3 (or 4) ch.

*The number of ch is given in the pattern you use & if you make your own pattern do the number that looks best.

2. Yarn over

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 Yarn over from back to front.

 

3. Draw up a loop

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Draw up a loop from 4th stitch from hook (when starting the a row).

You now have 3 loops on hook.

*5th stitch if you ch 4 in the beginning of the row.

**Next stitch if you continue to crochet along a foundation row you have started.

*** Around ch bow if you are on the 2.nd row or higher.

4. Yarn over

split clusters 4-400Yarn over from back to front.

5 Draw up a loop

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Draw up a loop from same stitch.

You now have 5 loops on you hook.

6. Yarn over

 Yarn over from back to front.

7. Pull through the 4 first loops on hook

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Pull yarn through the first 4 loops on hook.

You now have 2 loops left on the hook.

8. Yarn over

Now you will repeat the steps 2-7,

this is shown as step 8-13.

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Yarn over from back to front.

9. Draw up a loop

 

Skip one stitch. Draw up a loop from next stitch (foundation row).

You now have 4 loops on the hook.

*This will mean the 6th stitch from hook when you start crocheting the first split cluster (or 7th if you ch 4).

**Around ch bow if you are on row 2 or higher with the split clusters pattern.

10. Yarn over

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Yarn over from back to front.

11. Draw up a loop

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Draw up a loop from same stitch.

You now have 6 loops on you hook.

12. Yarn over

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Yarn over from back to front.

13. Pull through the 4 first loops on hook

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Pull yarn through the 4 first loops on the hook.

You now have 3 loops on the hook.

14. Yarn over

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Yarn over from back to front.

15. Pull through the last 3 loops on hook

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Pull yarn through the last 3 loops on the hook.

You now have 1 loop on the hook.

16. Chain 2

 split clusters 16-400Chain 2 stitches, making a chain bow.

17. Repeat steps 2-16

Now you will have to repeat the steps 2-16 until end of the row.

End the row with chain one & then one “double crochet”.

Turn your work & start a new row.

On row 2 or higher with the “split clusters” you will crochet around the chain bows from last row instead of crocheting in the next stitch.

See how this is done on the video below if you are uncertain.

Split clusters – the written description:

                Special mask – SPCL *(yo, draw up a loop from first st/hole from last row) two times on the same place, yo, work through the 4 first loops on hook, repeat from * in third st/next hole from last row, yo, draw throught the 3 last st on hook.

Row 1: Crochet 1 SPCL, by drawing up a loop from 5th & 7th st from the hook, crochet *ch 2, 1 SPCL, in the next st, skip one st, and in the next st, repeat from* until last st, ch 1, 1 dc in the last st, turn.

                Row 2:  Ch 4*, skip the 1st st, 1 SPCL, in the first & second ch-bow, *2 ch, 1 SPCL, in the same ch-bow as last time, and the next, repeat from *, until the last – SPCL is done under ch 4 from last row, 1 st under the same ch4 from last row, turn.

                Repeat row 2.

 *The split clusters can be made with 3 or 4 ch in the beginning of each row. The video & picture guide will display 3 ch.

 

Split clusters – video guide:

 This shows how to crochet the “Split Clusters”.

Compare this with the written instructions & you should have a feel about how it’s done.

(Don’t pay attention to the fact that I don’t finish up the 1st row. You should crochet the row all the way to the end, I did not to keep the video shorter & easier to watch.)

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My crochet patterns that are using the “Split Clusters”:

Click on the picture to view the Crochet Pattern Descriptions.

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“The Saltus Sweater”

"The Alba Top"

“The Alba Top”

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“The Motu Sweater”

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“The Candle Cover” **

 

 

 

 

 

** “The Candle Cover” Crochet pattern are available for FREE when you sign up for newsletters.

 

I hope you enjoy this crochet stitch!

how to crochet the split clusters