Cheerful Clusters Tutorial and Dishcloth Pattern

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Happy Thursday! Welcome to this week’s Let’s Learn a New Crochet Stitch – Kitchen Crochet Edition event. This week I am going to show you the Alternate Double Cluster Stitch in this photo tutorial, plus give you instructions for this pretty Cheerful Clusters dishcloth in sizes 6″ x 6″, 9″ x 9″ and 12″ x 12″. I hope you enjoy this fun and festive dishcloth tutorial and pattern! Happy Crocheting!

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Cheerful Clusters Tutorial & Dishcloth Pattern

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Materials:

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Skill Level:

Easy

Abbreviations:

ch(s) – chain(s)
st(s) – stitch(es)
dc – double crochet
dc CL – double crochet cluster
sc – single crochet
t-ch – turning chain
sk – skip
ch sp – chain space
() – indicates stitch counts

Multiple:

Chain any number of sts

Gauge:

3.3 sts & 1.3 rows = 1″

Finished Sizes:

6″ x 6″
9″ x 9″
12″ x 12″

Notes:

  • This pattern is written in US terms
  • Sizing will vary depending on how tightly or loosely you crochet. Gauge is not necessary for this pattern but if you would like to keep the sizing the same, please check your gauge before starting this project.
  • This pattern is written for a 6″ x 6″ dishcloth with stitch counts for 9″ x 9″ and 12″ x 12″ written in parenthesis. The 9″ dishcloth stitch counts will be written in italics and the 12″ dishcloth stitch counts will be written in bold.
  • Chain spaces are included in the stitch count at the end of the row.

Special Stitches:

3-double crochet cluster (3-dc CL):

  • Yarn over
  • Insert hook into designated stitch
  • Yarn over, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook)
  • Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook)
  • Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch
  • Yarn over, pull up a loop (4 loops on hook)
  • Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook)
  • Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch
  • Yarn over, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook)
  • Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (4 loops on hook)
  • Yarn over, pull through all 4 loops. Cluster made.

Photo Tutorial:

With Color A, Ch 20

Row 1:  Begin working your first 3-dc CL by yarning over and inserting the hook into the 4th ch from hook. Yarn over and pull up a loop.

Row 1 cont’d: Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. There should be 2 loops on your hook.

Row 1 cont’d: Yarn over, insert hook into the same st, yarn over and pull up a loop.

Row 1 cont’d: Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. There should be 3 loops on your hook.

Row 1 cont’d: Yarn over, insert hook into same st, yarn over and pull up a loop.

Row 1 cont’d: Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. There should be 4 loops remaining on your hook.

Row 1 cont’d: Yarn over, pull through all 4 loops on your hook. The first 3-dc CL has been made.

Row 1 cont’d: *Ch 1

Row 1 cont’d: sk the next st, work a 3-dc CL in the next st**

Row 1 cont’d: Repeat from * to ** across, changing colors in the last yarn over of the last st, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3

Row 2 cont’d: Sk the first 3-dc CL, work a 3-dc CL in the next ch sp
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Row 2 cont’d: *Ch 1
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Row 2 cont’d: work a 3-dc CL in the next ch sp** Repeat from * to ** across, changing colors in the last yarn over of the last st, turn.cheerfulclusters15
Row 3: Repeat Row 2, change to Color A
Row 4: Repeat Row 2, change to Color B
Row 5: Repeat Row 2, change to Color C
Row 6: Repeat Row 2, change to Color A
Row 7: Repeat Row 2, change to Color B
Row 8: Repeat Row 2, fasten off.

This will give you approximately an 6″ x 6″ square. You can add a simple sc border around the square to finish it off.

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Written Instructions:

With Color A,
Ch 20 (30, 40)
Row 1: Work a 3-dc CL into the 4th ch from hook (ch-3 counts as a dc), *ch 1, sk next st, work a 3-dc CL into the next st** Repeat from * to ** across, change to Color B on last yarn over, turn. (18, 28, 38)
Row 2: Ch 3, sk first 3-dc CL, work a 3-dc CL into the next ch sp, *ch 1, sk next 3-dc CL, work a 3-dc CL into the next ch sp** Repeat from * to ** across, working the last 3-dc CL under the ch-3. Change to Color C in the last yarn over, turn. (18, 28, 38)
Row 3: Repeat Row 2, change to Color A
Row 4: Repeat Row 2, change to Color B
Row 5: Repeat Row 2, change to Color C
Row 6: Repeat Row 2, change to Color A
Row 7: Repeat Row 2, change to Color B
Row 8: Repeat Row 2, (fasten off for 6″ dishcloth) Change to Color C for other sizes.
Row 9: Repeat Row 2, change to Color A
Row 10: Repeat Row 2, change to Color B
Row 11: Repeat Row 2, change to Color C
Row 12: Repeat Row 2, (fasten off for 9″ dishcloth) Change to Color A for 12″ dishcloth.
Row 13: Repeat Row 2, change to Color B
Row 14: Repeat Row 2, change to Color C
Row 15: Repeat Row 2, change to Color A
Row 16: Repeat Row 2, Fasten off, weave all ends.

Finish:

You can add a simple border by joining your yarn with a sl st in one of the stitches, sc evenly around placing 3 sc sts in each corner, join in beginning sc with an invisible join. Fasten off, weave ends.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

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3 Comments

  1. I love, love, love this pattern! It took me a while to get the hang of the 3dc-cluster but once I got that mastered, it was smooth sailing. I’m using a variegated cotton yarn and am quite satisfied with the results. Thank you for sharing your talent and keeping it easy. Blessings, Carol

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