Tunisian Cluster Crochet Stitch Tutorial
Learn how to Tunisian crochet cluster stitch with this step-by-step guide!
Tunisian crochet is a form of crochet that combines knitting and crochet to create fabric that mimics knitted and woven textures. Loops are picked up with a crochet hook during the forward pass and then the loops are worked off of the same crochet hook during the return pass. Most commonly the work is always facing and most of the time there is no need to turn the work.
For small projects a crochet hook without a handle can be used, but for larger projects a long crochet hook or a crochet hook with a cord is needed. Some corded crochet hooks have a permanent cord attached to the hook and some have a cord that can easily be attached. Some techniques and working in the round may require a double ended crochet hook.
The Tunisian Cluster Stitch creates a beautiful fabric that can be light, airy and lacy with open holes throughout. A denser, thicker fabric with clusters that are closer together can be created with chunky yarn or a different size hook. Blocking can also be used to achieve a more open and airy look.
Below are two examples of the Tunisian Cluster Stitch. The image on the left was created with chunky yarn and a size K (6.5 mm) crochet hook. The clusters are closer together and there is less laciness to it. The image on the right was created with medium weight yarn and a size K (6.5 mm) crochet hook and then it was also blocked. The fabric created is light, airy and very lacy.
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Tunisian Crochet Cluster Stitch Tutorial
- Multiple of 2 + 1.
- 2 row repeat.
Step 1. Chain 11.
Row 1: Forward Pass:
Step 2. Starting in the 2nd chain from the hook, pick up a loop in each chain across. =11 loops
Row 1: Return Pass:
Step 3. Yarn over and pull through 1 loop on the hook,
Step 4. yarn over and pull through 2 loops on the hook.
Step 5. Repeat step 4 across until 1 loop remains on the hook.
Row 2: Forward Pass:
Step 6. Chain 1 (counts as a stitch),
Step 7. skip the next stitch,
Step 8. yarn over,
Step 9. insert the hook into the next stitch between the front and back vertical bars (just like for a tunisian knit stitch),
Step 10. yarn over,
Step 11. and pull up a loop.
Step 12. Yarn over,
Step 13. and pull through the first 2 loops on the hook.
Step 14. Repeat steps 8-13 two times but work into the same stitch.
Step 15. Yarn over,
Step 16. and pull through the first 3 loops on the hook.
Step 17. Repeat steps 7-16 until 2 stitches remain.
Step 18. Yarn over,
Step 19. skip the next stitch and insert the hook behind the last 2 vertical bars,
Step 20. yarn over,
Step 21. and pull up a loop,
Step 22. yarn over,
Step 23. and pull through the first 2 loops on the hook. =6 loops
Row 2: Return Pass:
Step 24. Yarn over,
Step 25. pull through 1 loop on the hook,
Step 26. yarn over,
Step 27. and pull through 1 loop on the hook,
Step 28. yarn over,
Step 29: and pull through 2 loops on the hook.
Step 30. Repeat steps 26-29 until 1 loop remains on the hook.
Row 3: Forward Pass:
Step 31. Tunisian knit stitch (loop on the hook),
Step 32. Make one in the top bar (this is an increase) by inserting the hook into the top bar,
Step 33. yarn over, and pull up a loop.
Step 34. Tunisian knit stitch into the top of the next cluster,
Step 35. Repeat steps 32-34 across. =11 loops
Row 36: Return Pass:
Step 37. Repeat steps 3-5.
Step 38. Repeat Row 2-Row 3 (steps 6-37) until the desired length.
Step 39. Bind off. See the resource section for a tutorial on how to bind off.
Step 40. Block if desired.
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