To get the border look above, first complete a round of single crochet before following this tutorial. If you do not need pictures and just want the text, scroll down to the very bottom of this post.
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
sl - slip stitch
yoh - yarn over hook
Step 1: ch3
Step 2: yoh and insert hook in back of the 1st ch in ch3 (see arrow below on where to insert)
Step 3: yoh and draw through 1 loop on hook
Step 4: yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook (you should have 2 loops left)
Step 5: next, yoh and insert hook through back of 1st ch in ch3 again (The top of my hook is resting right at the 2nd sc that I will insert the hook into for the next step)
Step 6: insert hook in 2nd sc from hook, yoh and draw through 2 loops; this is what gives the cluster it's hook (you should have 4 loops left)
Step 7: yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook
Step 8: yoh and draw through the remaining 3 loops on hook
Step 9: sl into next sc.
One Hooked Cluster made! Continue working steps 1 - 9 around your blanket or crochet piece. Slip stitch in the base of the first cluster made and fasten off.
This Hooked Cluster is a variant of a cluster within Clue #6 in the Bernat Waverly Crochet Along (CAL) 2012. I loved the look of the cluster, but it seemed to be very loose for a border. There was quite a gap when tugging slightly on the original cluster as shown below.
With my Hooked Cluster, when tugged slightly, the cluster is securely attached. Yay!
Can you spot the difference? There is one cluster in the picture below that is based upon the Bernat Waverly CAL cluster and all the rest are my Hooked Clusters. :)
And here are my Hooked Clusters on my Waverly Bernat CAL 2012 blanket!
For those of you that just need the pattern:
*ch3, yoh and pull a loop through at the base of ch3, yoh and pull through 2, yoh and insert hook into base of ch3, insert hook into 2nd sc from ch3, yoh and pull through 2, yoh and pull through 2, yoh and pull through 3. Hooked Cluster made. sl in next sc. ** Repeat from * to ** around border until complete. sl into original base of ch3 and fasten off.
Please let me know if you try it! I would love to share with everyone! Or, add your project to the ravelry page here.