Just Another Pattern to Burn (Cluster Stitch Version)

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Welcome to the very first mOnth of The Eras Crochet Along! Our insPiration for the first block will begin with our favorite artist’s debut album. Since we don’t have the nEw version yet, I took cues from the original artwork colors and the geNeral impression of the songs.

The music’s sound and lyrics give serious country vibes, right? So What kind of crochet stitch gives me that country feeling like a screen door slAmming shut? The Very popular granny stitch of course! ThEre’s just one issue with the granny stitch…

Since Bernat Blanket Yarn is so super bulky, it makes all thoSe double crochets gigantic! I want a sTitch that gives a country feel but Is more compact. The cluster stitch came to mind but was still too large, so I modified it, and now it looks like I just plucked it off the back of Grandma’s couch.

For now, let’s get to those insTructions for crocheting this block. At the end, we’ll talk about which yarn colors you chose. Oh, and if you are making this with double strands of medium-weight yarn, you’ll see photos of the finished bloCk for you. Happy CrocHeting!


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Just Another Pattern to Burn (Cluster Stitch Version)

Difficulty

Beginner to Intermediate

Materials

(Click the product links below to find your materials!)
  • 1 – 10.5 oz Skein #6 Bernat Blanket Yarn in Stormy Ocean or Dark Teal
  • OR 1 – 7 oz Skein #4 Loops & Threads Classic both in Ivy and in Reef

Tools


Measurements

The finished block will measure approximately 6″ by 48″ with the blanket yarn.
It will measure approximately the same using two strands of #4 medium-weight yarn.

Gauge

*I highly encourage you to crochet a swatch of 15 stitches and 4 rows to test your gauge for this stitch.
4 cluster & chain 1 stitch combos = 3.5″
4 rows = 3.5″

Special Stitches

Modified Cluster Stitch:
Yarn over, insert hook in stitch, yarn over, pull through, 3 loops on hook.
Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. 2 loops on hook.
Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over, pull through, 4 loops on hook.
Yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over pull through 3 loops.


Instructions

Chain 109.

Row 1: Single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook. Single crochet into each chain across. (108 single crochets)
Chain 4, turn.

Row 2: Chain 4 counts as 1st stitch plus a chain 1. Cluster stitch in the next stitch. *Chain 1. Skip 1 stitch, cluster stitch in the next stitch.** Repeat * to ** across. For the last 2 stitches, chain 1, skip 1 stitch, 1 double crochet in the last stitch. (53 clusters)
Chain 3, turn.


Row 3: Cluster stitch into the first chain space from the previous row. *Chain 1, cluster stitch into the next chain space.** Repeat * to ** across. Last stitch is 1 cluster stitch into the last chain space. (It’s that 4th chain we ignored from the beginning of row 2.) (54 clusters)
Chain 4, turn.

Row 4: Chain 4 counts as 1st stitch plus chain 1. Cluster stitch into the next chain space. *Chain 1. Cluster stitch into the next chain space.** Repeat * to ** across. For the last 2 stitches, chain 1, skip 1 stitch,1 double crochet in the last stitch.
Chain 3, turn.


Row 5: Cluster stitch into the first chain space from the previous row. *Chain 1, cluster stitch into the next chain space.** Repeat * to ** across. Last stitch is 1 cluster stitch into the last chain space.
Chain 4, turn.

Rows 6: Chain 4 counts as 1st stitch plus chain 1. Cluster stitch into the first chain space. *Chain 1. Cluster stitch into the next chain space.** Repeat * to ** across. For the last 2 stitches, chain 1, skip 1 stitch, 1 double crochet into the last stitch.
Chain 3, turn.


Row 7: Cluster stitch into the first chain space from the previous row. *Chain 1, cluster stitch into the next chain space.** Repeat * to ** across. Last stitch is 1 cluster stitch into the last chain space.
Chain 1, turn.

Row 8: Single crochet in the 2nd stitch from the hook and each stitch across. (108 single crochets)

Cut the yarn, tie off, and weave in the ends.



So what did you think of the first block? Which type of yarn and what colors did you choose!? I can’t wait to see how your different blocks turn out. I know I’ve made at least two and sometimes three or four versions of each block because I couldn’t decide which yarn colors I wanted to use.

Comment below with your color/ yarn choices. And if you post a photo of your block to Instagram or Facebook use #TheErasCrochetAlong so we can easily find each other’s projects.

Oh, and did you find the two easter eggs I planted in this post? One is a clue about the name of the album this era is honoring and the other is a clue about next month’s surprise mystery stitch. Happy Hunting!

Thanks for stopping by!
Please let me know if you have any questions or need help with your block!
See you next month!
– Marie

10 thoughts on “Just Another Pattern to Burn (Cluster Stitch Version)”

  1. I have finished my first block in dark teal (Bernat blanket). I was wondering if the next few colors could be available so I can take advantage of sales or coupons. Instructions were easy to follow.

    1. Hi Nancy, I’m so glad the instructions were easy to follow. You can find all of the different era color suggestions on the main Eras Crochet Along page at https://www.ellemariehome.com/the-eras-crochet-along/ or you can click “Eras CAL” in the menu up top or you can go to my home page and find a link to it there.
      Remember these are just suggestions for colors. I personally am making multiple versions because I love so many of the color options lol. I chose to use the colors on each of her albums as inspiration, but there are multiple colors on each of those albums to choose from. Use my suggestions as a guide and if you don’t like those, just look to her album art. Have fun yarn shopping! It’s my favorite, lol. -Marie

  2. I am so excited to start this!! I didn’t see the pdf version in the store – can you tell me where/how I can purchase this? ❤️

      1. Maria Myslinski

        It seems like the repeat should end with a chain 1 (for example, in in row 2). Is anyone else having a problem with this? Thanks!

        1. Hi Maria, In Row 2, that very first cluster goes into the very next stitch after the base of the chain 4. That counts as 2 stitches. (Ignore that 4th chain for now and don’t skip a stitch.) Then it goes chain/ skip & cluster 52 more times, ending with a cluster. That counts as 104 stitches. So for the last 2 stitches you have a chain 1/ skip and then a double crochet. 2 more stitches, bringing us to 108 stitches total. When we get back around to that 4th chain at the end of row 3, we’re still at 108 stitches. I think it’s just the nature of this style of stitch, but I’ll see if I can add some clarification to the instructions, like that the chain 3s count as stitches. I’m so glad that you asked! I welcome questions and I’m happy to help you as you crochet. -Marie

          1. What you just said makes sense but I think that’s not what the pattern says for row 2. The last part in the pattern just says to skip 1 stitch and then double crochet. It’s missing the chain 1 part.

          2. Hi Maria, I see what you’re saying. Rows 2, 4 & 6 have been updated. Thanks for the catch! Rows 3, 5 & 7 are good to go. The repeat is ch 1/ sk 1, cluster so the row ends on a cluster. If you email me at marie@ellemariehome.com, I’ll send you any pattern from my shop for free for your sharp eye. Just let me know which one. -Marie

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