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How to Crochet a Cluster Stitch Border Around a Blanket

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This month we’re going to crochet a cluster stitch border around our blanket. This is the first half of the border, we’re almost done!

Horizontal rectangle with a square image of the corner of a striped sampler crochet blanket with a cluster stitch border, all in light rainbow colors on the left of the rectangle and a smaller square image of just the border on the right of the image. Above that is text which reads "Suzie's Striped Sampler Part 9 - October", "2021 Blanket CAL", and "Jessie At Home."

The yarn for this design was provided by WeCrochet. All opinions are my own.

On the third Thursday of each month a new part of the CAL will be released. For all the details and links to each part, CLICK HERE for the January post.

Sometimes adapting a crochet stitch to be used as a border on a blanket can be a bit of a pain. Figuring out how many stitches to add in the corners, and how to get those corners to look good on your crochet borders isn’t always easy. With this post you’ll learn how to crochet a border around a blanket using the cluster stitch.

Upon finishing this first half of the border, the corners will look like you put in too many increases. Don’t worry, it will even out with the second half. If you’re using this border on another pattern and not making the second half of the border, you may want to only place 4 sc in each corner after the cluster stitch rounds, instead of 6.

Suzie’s Striped Sampler

Part 9: Cluster Stitch Border

Crochet Blanket Pattern
Intermediate Skill Level
Designed by Jessie Rayot

Cluster Stitch Border Supplies

Yarn

WeCrochet Brava Worsted: (100% Premium Acrylic), Size 4 (Worsted), 218 yds / 100 g (yds/g = 2.18) Care: Machine Wash / Tumble Dry Low
***This yarn is also available in 500 g skeins for some colors. One 500 g skein in each color will be enough to make the blanket. Below is the yarn amount needed for the 100 g skeins.
Silver 28450: Color A, 4 skeins
Dove Heather 28428: Color B, 4 skeins
Seashell 28447: Color C, 4 skeins
Custard 28426: Color D, 4 skeins
Alfalfa 28409: Color E, 4 skeins
Sky 28451: Color F, 4 skeins
Freesia 288433: Color G, 4 skeins

Crochet Hook

5.5 mm (US I/9)

Gauge

Learn about gauge HERE
15 sts x 7 rows = 4” [10 cm] in double crochet

Other Supplies

Yarn Needle
Removable Stitch Markers

Stitches and Abbreviations

Click on highlighted sts for tutorials
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
rs – right side
rnd – round
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
sp(s) – space(s)
st(s) – stitch(es)
( ) – work step in parentheses in indicated stitch
[ ] – work step in brackets number of times indicated

Special Stitches

four double crochet cluster (4-dc cl): Yo, insert hook into st, yo, pull through st (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), [yo, insert hook into same st, yo, pull through st, yo, pull through 2 loops] 3 times (5 loops on hook), yo, pull through all remaining loops.

Getting Started

  • Read through all instructions before beginning.
  • The stitch count is at the end of each row after the period, if the count has changed from the previous rnd. {count here}
  • Chs and sl sts are not included in stitch counts unless specified.
  • Starting chains at beginning of rnds do not count as stitches unless otherwise noted.

Check out the highlights video of the tutorial below. Find the complete tutorial for the Cluster Stitch Pattern HERE.

Pattern

Cluster Stitch Border

Rnd 1 (RS): Join Color B to bottom right corner of blanket, ch 3 (counts as ch-2 corner after round is joined, here and throughout), sc in each of 211 sts of Section 14, ch 2, 15 sc in row edges of Section 14 side, sc in each of 145 sts of Section 13, 15 sc in row edges of Section 15 side, ch 2, sc in each of 211 sts of Section 15, ch 2, 15 sc in row edges of Section 15 side, sc in each of 145 sts of Section 1, 15 sc in row edges of Section 14 side, sl st in beginning ch-3 sp. {175 sts on short sides, 211 sts on long sides, 4 ch sp corners}
Rnd 2: Ch 3, sc in ch-2 corner, [sc in each st to next ch-2 corner, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 corner] 3 times, sc in each st to ch-2 corner, sc in ch-2 corner, sl st in beginning ch-3 sp. {177 sts on short sides, 213 sts on long sides, 4 ch sp corners}
Rnd 3: With Color G, ch 3, sc in ch-2 corner, *[ch 1, skip 1, sc in next st] across until 1 st remains before next ch-2 corner, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 corner; repeat from * 2 more times, [ch 1, skip 1, sc in next st] until 1 st remains before next ch-2 corner, ch 1, sc in ch-2 corner, sl st in beginning ch 3 sp. {90 sc on short sides, 108 sc on long sides}
Rnd 4: With Color E, ch 2 (does not count as a st), *(4-dc cl, ch 2, 4-dc cl) in ch-2 corner, ch 1, [4-dc cl in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] across to next ch-2 corner; repeat from * 3 more times, sl st to top of first 4-dc cl, sl st in ch-2 sp. {91 clusters on short sides, 109 clusters on long sides, 2 clusters at each corner}
Rnd 5: With Color G, ch 3, (sc, [ch 1, sc] 2 times) in ch-2 corner, *[ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp] across to next ch-2 corner, ch 1, (sc, [ch 1, sc] 2 times, ch 2, sc, [ch 1, sc] 2 times) in ch-2 corner; repeat from * 2 more times, [ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp] across  to firstch-2 corner, ch 1, (sc, [ch 1, sc] 2 times) in ch-2 corner, sl st in beginning ch 3 sp. {96 sc on short sides, 114 sc on long sides}
Rnd 6: With Color F, ch 3, sc in ch-2 corner, *[ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp] across to next ch-2 corner, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 corner; repeat from * 2 more times, [ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp] across to firstch-2 corner, ch 1, sc in ch-2 corner, sl st in beginning ch 3 sp. {97 sc on short sides, 115 sc on long sides}
Rnd 7: With Color D repeat Row 4. {98 clusters on short sides, 116 clusters on long sides, 2 clusters at each corner}
Rnd 8: With Color F, repeat Row 5. {103 sc on short sides, 121 sc on long sides}
Rnd 9: With Color G, repeat Row 6. {104 sc on short sides, 122 sc on long sides}
Rnd 10: With Color C repeat Row 4. {105 clusters on short sides, 123 clusters on long sides, 2 clusters at each corner}
Rnd 11: With Color G, repeat Row 5. {110 sc on short sides, 128 sc on long sides}

Here are some supplies that you may find useful. You pay the same price with these affiliate links, and I get a small referral fee.

WeCrochet Jumbo Darning Needle Set
WeCrochet Brava Worsted Yarn
WeCrochet Antique Yarn Threader

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