Free crochet pattern: Clusters in the Corner 12" Square in Red Heart With Love by Underground CrafterI’m excited to be joining the Moogly CAL 2018 with a free pattern for a 12″ crochet square that combines two of my favorite stitches: the crossed double crochet and the cluster. I made my version in neutral colors because it is going to (eventually) be part of a gift for someone with gray home decor, but you can make your version in brights, pastels, or any other color combination.

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If you’re new to Moogly’s annual afghan crochet along, you can get caught up here! This is Afghan Block #14.

Free crochet pattern: Clusters in the Corner 12" Square in Red Heart With Love by Underground Crafter - Moogly CAL 2018I used two neutrals for my version, but feel free to add stripes. Just change colors at the end of every repeat of Row 7, or use Red Heart With Love Stripes and let the yarn do the work for you.

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Clusters in the Corner Square

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free crochet pattern: Clusters in the Corner 12" Square in Red Heart With Love by Underground CrafterUS terms 504-medium 50A cluster stitch variation of the traditional granny square combines with crossed double crochet stitches for a textured motif that can easily be customized to another size.

Finished Size

  • Motif: 12” (30.5 cm) square.

Materials

  • Red Heart With Love yarn (100% acrylic, 7 oz/198 g/370 yd/338 m) – 1 skein each in 1001 White (CA) and 1401 Pewter (CB), or approximately 70 yd (64 m) in each of 2 colors in any (CYC weight name) weight yarn.
  • US Size J-10/6 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • Through Rnd 3 = 5” (13 cm) square in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • cdc – crossed double crochet – Skip st, dc in next st, dc in skipped st. New Stitch A Day has a helpful video tutorial for this stitch here.
  • ch – chain
  • cl – cluster – [Yo, insert hook in same sp, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops] 4 times, yo and draw through all 5 loops on hook. Hopeful Honey has a helpful video tutorial for this stitch here.
  • dc – double crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sc – single crochet
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitches
  • WS – wrong (back) side
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • () Instructions between parentheses are worked into same stitch or space.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Note

  • Ch 1 at beginning of Rounds does NOT count as a stitch.
  • Rounds 1-3 are worked in the round on the wrong (back) side, then square is turned and worked in the round on the right (front) side for Round 4. The rest of the square is worked flat in rows until the edging, which is worked in the round.
  • When counting stitches at end of Rounds, each cdc counts as 2 stitches.

Pattern Instructions

Corner Square

  • With CA, ch 8, skip 7 ch, join with sl st to first ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: (WS) Ch 1, [Cl, ch 2] 7 times in ring, cl, ch 1, sc (counts as second ch in ch-2 sp, here and throughout) to first cl to join. (8 cl + 8 ch-2 sp)
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, cl in same sp, *ch 2, skip next cl, cl in ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next cl,** (cl, ch 3, cl) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, rep from * to ** once, cl in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, hdc (counts as second and third ch in ch-3 sp, here and throughout) to first cl to join. (12 cl + 8 ch-2 sp + 4 ch-3 sp)
  • Rnd 3: Ch 1, cl in same sp, *[ch 2, skip next cl, cl in next ch-2 sp] twice, ch 2, skip next cl,** (cl, ch 3, cl) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, rep from * to ** once, cl in first ch-3 sp, ch 1, hdc to first cl to join.
  • Rnd 4: Turn to RS, ch 1, 3 sc in same sp, *[sc in next cl, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp] 3 times, sc in next cl, ** (3 sc, ch 3, 3 sc) in next ch-3 sp; rep from * 2 more times, rep from * to ** once, 3 sc in first ch-3 sp, ch 1, hdc to first cl to join, changing to CB in last yo of hdc. Fasten off CA. (64 sts + 4 ch-3 sp)

Begin working in rows

  • Row 5: (RS) With CB, ch 1, dc in same sp, *cdc 8 times across to ch-3 sp,** (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in ch-3 sp, rep from * to **, dc in ch-3 sp, skip remaining sts. (40 sts + ch-3 sp)
  • Row 6: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and each st across to ch-3 sp, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch-sp, sc in next st and in each st across. (Increases by 2 sts each repeat to an odd number of sts on each side + ch-3 sp)
  • Row 7: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), skip first st, cdc across to ch-3 sp, (dc, ch 3, dc) in ch-3 sp, cdc across to last st, dc in last st. (Increases by 2 sts each repeat to an even number of sts on each side + ch-3 sp)
  • Rep Rows 6-7 until square measures approximately 11” (28 cm), finishing after Row 7.

Begin working in the round

  • Final Rnd: With RS facing up, turn to work along unworked edge towards Corner Square, ch 1, [2 sc in side of next row, sc in side of next row] across to row before start of Corner Square, 2 sc in side of next row, sc in ch-3 sp on Corner Square, sc in each st across to corner ch-3 sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in corner ch-3 sp, turn to work along other side of Corner Square, sc in each st across to ch-3 sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in ch-3 sp, continue along unworked edge, [2 sc in side of next row, sc in side of next row] across to last row, 2 sc in side of last row, ch 1, turn to final repeat of Row 7, sc in each st across to ch-3 sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in ch-3 sp, sc across to start of Final Rnd, ch 1, join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off CB.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends on WS of square.
© 2018 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/2018/07/19/crochet-pattern-clusters-in-the-corner-square. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

If you make your own Clusters in the Corner Square, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Crochet Pattern: Clusters in the Corner Square

2 thoughts on “Crochet Pattern: Clusters in the Corner Square

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  • October 28, 2019 at 8:08 pm
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    Thank you for these wonderful designs. I hope to make a large piece of this. I recognized the stitch as “reverse double crochet” that you call “crossed double crochet.” Whatever the name, it’s one of my favs. With the cluster stitches, it’s doubly wonderful. Thank you!

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