In this tutorial I am going to show you how to crochet the Forked Cluster Stitch. This stitch is a fun and highly textured stitch that would work well for crochet blankets, washcloths, scarves and tops. This stitch is also reversible!
The Forked Cluster Stitch is crocheted by working two double crochet stitches together to create a fun and interesting texture. If you love texture in your crochet stitches, then you will love this stitch!
Although the Forked Cluster stitch can be crocheted with any weight yarn, I have found that this crochet stitch works up best in a lighter weight yarn. As a result, a DK and worsted weight yarn seemed to make the stitches stand out much more than a bulkier yarn. Of course you can always have fun and work this stitch up in different weights and fibers to see what you like best!
Let’s get started on the stitch tutorial!
How to Crochet the Forked Cluster Stitch
- For this stitch you will insert the hook in two adjoining stitches. The beginning of each stitch will begin in the last stitch made.
- The pattern alternates a row of Forked Clusters with a row of single crochet stitches.
- This stitch is worked in a multiple of 1 plus 4 stitches.
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Forked Cluster (FC)
Yarn Over (Yo)
Any weight yarn will work with this stitch. Although, like mentioned above, this crochet stitch looks best in lighter weight yarns.
The yarn I used for this stitch tutorial is Lion Brand Basic Stitch Premium, with a 4.5mm crochet hook.
FORKED CLUSTER STITCH INSTRUCTIONS
For this tutorial I made a chain of 20 + 4 for a total of 24 chains.
Row 1 – Yo, insert hook in 4th ch from the hook, Yo and draw up a loop. Yo, insert hook into the next ch, Yo and draw up a loop (5 loops on hook). Next, (Yo, draw through 3 loops) twice (first FC) made. Then, *Yo and insert hook into same ch as last FC, Yo and draw up a loop. Yo insert hook into the next ch, Yo and draw up a loop. Then, (Yo and draw through 3 loops) twice. Repeat from *across, making a dc in last ch. (swatch has 20 FC, 1 dc)
Row 2 – Ch.1 turn, sc in first dc, sc in each FC across. Leave the turning ch unworked. (21 sc)
Row 3 – Ch.3 (does not count as a stitch throughout) turn, FC over first and second sc, continue making a FC stitch across the row. Make a dc in the last st. (20 FC, 1 dc)
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until you have reached your desired length.
That’s it! I hope you have enjoyed following along with this crochet stitch tutorial. What would you make with the Forked Cluster Stitch?
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