Cluster Flowers Stitch Pattern

The Cluster Flowers stitch pattern came into my life in the mid 1980s. I belonged to a Crochet Club and one of the members was using it to edge an afghan. She explained that her Mother had taught her, and she believed that her Grandmother had taught her Mother. About 17 years later I saw the stitch pattern in a Leisure Arts book (called Cluster Stripes). So knowing who was the 'original' creator is almost impossible to determine.

There are subtle differences between Cluster Flowers (what I'm going to teach you), and Cluster Stripes (what Leisure Arts published). The biggest difference is that, on one side of the finished stitch pattern, the petals of the flowers actually 'pop up' a little. This is caused by a different placement of your hook.

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The nice thing about the Cluster Flowers stitch pattern is that it works with any size hook and any size yarn. You do NOT have to use two colors. I did, to make the 'flowers' stand out a bit. This size yarn makes a strip about 2.5 inches wide.

In the picture to the right I used a size G / 4.00mm hook.

I used Red Heart's Super Saver in Orchid (ID# E300_530) for the flowers, and Frosty Green (ID# E300_661) for the edging.

Other tools would be a scissors, and if you're going to change colors I suggest a yarn needle to easily hide the ends.

This stitch pattern takes a bit to get used to. Simply follow the instructions on the first few and pretty soon you'll see the pattern. Because hook position is so very important I took a lot of pictures to show you the exact location.

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Just below you can see both front and back. This shows what the Cluster Flowers stitch pattern looks like done with # 5 Pearl Cotton and a size C / 2.75mm hook. This size creates a strip about 1.5 inches wide making it a perfect lacy edging for a blouse, little girl clothing, or pillow cases.

Crochet Multiples & Gauge for Cluster Flowers Stitch Pattern

In order to calculate your length, your beginning chain needs to be in multiples of 3, with a minimum of 9 (9 makes one flower) (9, 12, 15, 18, etc.).

Gauge: If you are attempting to get an exact fit for sewing this onto an item. Check your gauge using double crochet (dc). Once you know how many stitches equal 4 inches, you can measure the area you're going to sew this onto, and calculate your stitches. Remember that the pattern is done in multiples of 3 so adjust as needed.

If you are going to add the Cluster Flowers stitch pattern, as an edge, to something you are going to crochet, make sure that the edge is done in multiples of 3.

Cluster Flowers Stitch Pattern

Chain (ch) a suitable number for your project. Remember; multiples of 3.

Row 1: Start in the 4th chain (ch) from the hook. Double Crochet (dc) across, 1 double crochet (dc) in each chain (ch).


Row 2: Chain (ch) 2 and turn. Half Double Crochet (hdc) across, 1 half double crochet (hdc) in each stitch.

Cluster Side - Cluster Side Petal (uses 1 stitch)

Chain (ch) 3,

*** Yarn Over (YO), insert hook in the stitch indicated (see below), Yarn Over (YO) pull up a loop, Yarn Over (YO) pull the loop through 2 loops on your hook ***

Repeat 1 more time from the instruction between the *** stars.

Yarn Over (YO) pull through all 3 loops on your hook.

Cluster Bottom - Cluster Bottom Petal (uses 3 stitches)

*** Yarn Over (YO), insert hook in next half double crochet (hdc) on the row below, Yarn Over (YO) pull up a loop, Yarn Over (YO) pull through 2 loops on hook ***

Repeat 2 more times from the instruction between the *** stars.

Yarn Over (YO) pull through all 4 loops on hook.


Row 3: Chain (ch) 3 and turn. 1 double crochet (dc) in the first stitch.


Row 3 continued: Chain (ch) 3. Yarn Over (YO), insert your hook into the stitch above the previous double crochet (dc) you just made. 


Row 3 continued: Yarn Over (YO) pull up a loop, Yarn Over (YO) pull the loop through 2 loops on your hook.


Row 3 continued: Yarn Over (YO), insert your hook into the same stitch you just used. Yarn Over (YO) pull up a loop, Yarn Over (YO) pull the loop through 2 loops on your hook.

Yarn Over (YO) pull through all 3 loops on your hook.

This finishes your first "Cluster Side".


Row 3 continued: *** Yarn Over (YO), insert hook in next half double crochet (hdc) on the row below, Yarn Over (YO) pull up a loop, Yarn Over (YO) pull through 2 loops on hook ***


Row 3 continued: Repeat 2 more times from the instruction between the *** stars.


Row 3 continued: Yarn Over (YO) pull through all 4 loops on hook.

This finishes your first "Cluster Bottom".


Note: As you work the "Cluster Sides" this picture shows you the placement of the stitch to work into. It is just below your beginning chain (ch) 3, and only has one thread on the left side.

Row 3 continued: Work a "Cluster Side" (see instruction in the above yellow box), followed by working a "Cluster Bottom" (see instruction in the above pink box) ...


UNTIL there are 2 stitches left on the row. Work 1 more "Cluster Side" (as pictured). The picture to the left shows the last TWO stitches, not the next stitch to work into.

Last Bottom Cluster

Row 3 continued: *** Yarn Over (YO), insert hook in next half double crochet (hdc), Yarn Over (YO) pull up a loop, Yarn Over (YO) pull through 2 loops on hook *** 


Repeat 1 more time from the instruction between the *** stars. Yarn Over (YO) pull that loop through the last 3 loops on your hook.

Your row should look like the picture below.

Cluster Top - Top Flower Petal

Chain (ch) 3 and turn, double crochet (dc) in 1st stitch.

*** In the center of each cluster, 3 double crochet (dc) ***

Repeat the instruction between the *** across the row.

When you've done the last "Cluster Top" that will fit in the row you will find 1 stitch at the very end. 1 double crochet (dc) into that stitch. Then, in the SAME stitch, Yarn Over (YO) insert hook and pull up a loop, Yarn Over (YO) pull that loop through 2 loops on your hook, Yarn Over (YO) pull through 2 loops on your hook.


Row 4: Chain (ch) 3 and turn. 1 double crochet (dc) in the first stitch.


The picture to the left shows the location of your "Cluster Tops".


Row 4 continued: *** In the center of each cluster, 3 double crochet (dc) *** Repeat the instruction between the *** across the row.

Note: there is NO chain between the clusters.

Row 4 continued: When you've done the last "Cluster Top" that will fit in the row you will find 1 stitch at the very end (see the picture to the left). 1 double crochet (dc) into that stitch. Then, in the SAME stitch, Yarn Over (YO) insert hook and pull up a loop, Yarn Over (YO) pull that loop through 2 loops on your hook, Yarn Over (YO) pull through 2 loops on your hook.

The picture below shows what the Cluster Flowers stitch pattern should look like at this point.


Row 5: Chain (ch) 2 and turn. Half Double Crochet (hdc) across, 1 half double crochet (hdc) in each stitch.


Row 6: Chain (ch) 3 and turn. Double Crochet (dc) across, 1 double crochet (dc) in each stitch.

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