HOW TO Crochet the Split Clusters Stitch

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In this crochet stitch tutorial you’ll learn how to crochet the split clusters stitch. The split clusters is a beautiful lace crochet 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 the split clusters are crocheted. The crochet pattern always offers written text in addition to charts, however here I will share a step by step picture guide with you.

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

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MATERIALS YOU’LL NEED TO LEARN THE SPLIT CLUSTERS STITCH:


Crochet Hook:

To follow this crochet tutorial you’ll need a crochet hook. When I crochet I usually use 2 types of crochet hooks. I’ve listed them below:

  • Knitpro – Symphonie Rose Crochet Hooks – My first choice as of now is the Symphonie Rose Crochet Hooks from KnitPro. They opened my world to wood hooks &  impressed me with their amazing lightness & how they feel in my hand. Even though they’re not padded, they never give me any strain while using them. I’ve only come across them in sets They are available here:
  •  
  • KnitPro – Waves Crochet Hooks – Are the crochet hooks I use almost as my favorite. They are padded hooks & are comfortable to crochet with.  They are a little heavier than wooden hooks, but the padded comfort is truly amazing. You can purchase these both in sets & alone. They are available here:
  • Love Crochet
  • Wool Warehouse
  • Wool Warehouse (set)
  • Amazon
  • Amazon (set)
  • Etsy

Yarn:

You’re going to need some yarn to follow this crochet tutorial to learn a new crochet stitch. I really do love purchasing my yarn online. Here’s my top yarn resources:

Crochet a blanket!

Use this crochet stitch pattern to crochet a blanket! Learn more about crochet blanket sizes & making one with any size crochet hook & yarn:

  1. Crochet Blanket Sizes
  2. Any Yarn & Hook Blanket Calculator
  3. Other Crochet Stitches for Blankets

Instructions

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″.)

2. Chain 3 and yarn over

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Start every row with 3 ch.

Then yarn over from back to front (not shown in photo).

3. Insert crochet hook in next stitch

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Insert crochet hook in next stitch, you are ready to draw up a loop.

* In ch-loop if you are on the 2. row or higher.

4. Draw up a loop

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Draw up a loop.
You now have 3 loops on hook.

5. Yarn over

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Yarn over from back to front.

6. Insert crochet hook in same stitch

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Insert crochet hook in same stitch as on step 3.

7. Draw up a loop

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Draw up a loop from same stitch.
You now have 5 loops on you hook.

8. Yarn over

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Yarn over from back to front.

9. 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.

Now you will repeat the steps 2-9, this is shown as step 10-15.

10. Yarn over

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Yarn over from back to front. Notice you will skip 1 stitch on next step and work into the stitch pointed to.

11. Draw up a loop

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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.

12. Yarn over

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Yarn over from back to front.

13. Draw up a loop from same stitch

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Draw up a loop from same stitch.
You now have 6 loops on you hook.

14. Yarn over

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Yarn over from back to front.

15. 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.

16. Yarn over

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Yarn over from back to front.

17. 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.

18. Chain 2

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Chain 2 stitches, making a chain loop.

19. Repeat steps 2-18

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Now you will have to repeat the steps 2-18 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.

Notes


The silent video shows you how to crochet the Split Clusters Stitch.

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).

HOW TO CROCHET THE SPLIT CLUSTERS STITCH – WRITTEN GUIDE:


Special stitch – SPCL:

*(yo, draw up a loop from first st/space from last row) two times on the same place, yo, work through the 4 first loops on hook, repeat from * in third st/next space from last row, yo, draw through 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-space, *2 ch, 1 SPCL, in the same ch-space 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 ch 4 from last row, turn.

Repeat row 2.

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

Crochet Abbreviations

We try our best to include all crochet abbreviations in the list above for the crochet stitch pattern, but sometimes we may forget one or two.

Learn more about crochet abbreviations & find a complete list on our Crochet Abbreviations & Terms post.

CROCHET PATTERN DESIGNS USING THE SPLIT CLUSTERS STITCH:


I hope you enjoyed learning how to crochet the Split Clusters Stitch. Comment below to let me know what you used the crochet stitch for, I’d love to see what you’ve made!

Janne Kleivset

Janne Kleivset

Founder, Crochet Pattern Designer & Owner of Joy of Motion Crochet.

Janne has helped millions of crocheters find their next crochet project with more than 250 free crochet patterns and 110 crochet tutorials on her blog.

With more than two decades of crochet experience, and crochet designing since 2011, she's been featured on multiple prominent sites such as Lion Brand Yarn, in crochet magazines and the OML "Make" book.

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