This Free Crochet pattern teaches you how to make a granny square using cluster stitches to make this very unique cluster granny square.
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This stitch is also used in the Pattern & tutorials for:
Cluster Stitch Scarf
Cluster Granny Square – Free Crochet Pattern
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For this Cluster Granny Square project you will need:
HOOK: 5 mm hook or size H hook for the US
YARN: 1 skein of worsted weight yarn, 4 ply US, 10 ply AU
100 grams / 3.5. oz
240 meters / 262 yards
The granny doesn’t stop at 6 or 12 inches so if you want to make it fit a 6 inch afghan then stop after round 3 then create a border to reach 6 inches. If you want a 12 inch square then stop after round 9 and create a border.
Ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
YO = Yarn over
* = Repeat what is in between
IDC = Incomplete DC – This is when you YO, insert your hook into the stitch and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 loops, just like you do when making a regular DC, only don’t YO again and pull through the final two loops as you would when finishing a DC, instead leave the last loop on your hook. As shown in picture below.
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ch 5, sl st in beginning ch to form a ring
ch 2, now working in ring, dc, ch 2, dc 2, ch 2, dc 2, ch 2, dc 2, ch 1 and sl st into top of beginning ch 2. (3 clusters before corner)
ch 2, then do a IDC in same stitch, do two IDC’s in next stitch. ( 4 loops on the hook ) YO and pull through all 4 loops. Ch 1. (1 cluster before corner)
Then you are now at the corner. All corners in this project will be worked the same through out. And how you do them is do 4 IDC’s worked into large corner stitch, YO, pull through all 5 loops, ch 2, work 4 IDC’s into same corner space, YO and pull through all 5 loops. As shown below.
Now work 2 IDC’s in the next two stitch, be careful, the first stitch after the corner is somewhat hidden, push stitches aside. 4 loops on the hook, YO pull through all 5 loops, ch 1. Then repeat corner and middle sections the same until you reach beginning stitch, not need to ch 1 after last cluster of round, just sl st in the top of the first cluster, not the ch 2. Just skip the ch 2 like it wasn’t there.
We are now working in the tops of the clusters from last round.
Ch 2 and IDC into beginning st, IDC 2 into next stitch, (4 loops on hook ) YO and pull through all 4 loops, ch 1. IDC 2 in next stitch, IDC 2 into next stitch, 5 loops on your hook, YO and pull through all 5 loops. You will be working all your center clusters this way. And when you reach a corner, they are worked as shown before. You will have 3 clusters in the middle sections before the corners this round, because you have incorporated the corner clusters from last round.
When you reach the end of the round make sure after the last corner of the round that you don’t skip working the last cluster. As shown below. If you mess up and skip it, then it throws your square out of wack.
Repeat round 3 until your square reached desired length. The granny doesn’t stop at 6 or 12 inches so if you want to make it fit a 6 inch afghan then stop after round 3 then create a border to reach 6 inches. If you want a 12 inch square then stop after round 9 and create a border. You could always play around with other size hooks to see if you can get the correct size you need without doing a border. We all crochet at different tightness’s so find what works best for you.
Every row you add more clusters in middle sections before the corner. After round 2 you should have 2 more clusters in the middle section each round. Shown as follows:
Round 2 – 1 cluster
Round 3 – 3 clusters
Round 4 – 5 clusters
Round 5 – 7 clusters
Round 6 – 9 clusters
Round 7 – 11 clusters
Round 8 – 13 clusters
I wouldn’t make it much bigger than this, because it starts to buckle. But making several and sewing them together after round 9 would make a wonderful afghan!
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By: Meladora's Creations
Posted: February 12th, 2014