I’ve been working on more Christmas gifts this week and I’m kind of obsessed with this half double crochet front two loop cluster stitch that my mom used in her beginner friendly hat, scarf and mittens project she designed for Yarnspirations last month.
I really love this stitch because it gives the appearance of cables without the complication of actually making cables, and once you figure out what loops you’re supposed to work through, it’s a pretty easy pattern to follow.
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I made these infinity scarves pretty much the same as the Yarnspirations beginner scarf – I made a long chain so that the stitches are worked lengthwise and then at the end I slip stitched the two ends together so it made one big loop that you can wrap twice around your neck.
I used two different types of yarn for these scarves – the gold and gray scarves are made with Paton’s Alpaca Blend in Smoke and Butternut and the pink scarf is made with Paton’s Classic Wool Roving in Pale Blush. I really loved working with both of them and I love how soft and warm the scarves turned out.
Here is a short video to help you learn the HDC front two loop Cluster stitch if you’d like to see it done before you get started:
(You can also view the video on YouTube if you have trouble getting it to load.)
2 skeins Patons Alpaca Blend (100 g/3.5 oz, 142 m/155 yds)
or 3 skeins Patons Classic Wool Roving (100 g/ 3.5 oz, 109 m/120 yds)
Size J/6.00mm hook, scissors, tapestry needle
Half Double Crochet (HDC): YO, insert your hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through three loops on hook.
Half Double Crochet (HDC) Cluster: YO, insert your hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO insert your hook into the same space again, YO, pull up a loop, YO and pull through all loops on the hook.
Single Crochet (SC): Insert your hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops on hook.
Chain 170 (or any even number).
Row 1: In the third chain from the hook, work 1 half double crochet (HDC). HDC to the end of the chain. Chain 2 and turn.
Row 2: HDC across the whole row, working in the front two loops only (the chain 2 does not count as your first HDC). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 3: In the first stitch of the row below, work 1 HDC Cluster in the front two loops only. SC in the next stitch, working in the front two loops only, then work another HDC Cluster in front two loops only. Continue across the row, alternating front two loop SC and HDC Cluster. When you reach the end of the row, chain 2 and turn.
Row 4: HDC across the whole row, working in the front two loops only (when you are working into the SCs from the row below, there will only be one front loop to go through.) Chain 2 and turn.
Rows 5 – 6: Repeat Row 2.
Row 7: Repeat Row 3.
Row 8: Repeat Row 4.
Rows 9 – 10: Repeat Row 2.
Row 11: Repeat Row 3
Row 12: Repeat Row 4.
Rows 13 – 14: Repeat Row 2.
When you finish the last row, you can either tie off and leave a long tail to sew the two sides of the scarf together with a tapestry needle, or you can slip stitch the two sides together.
If you decide to slip stitch them together, then you’ll want to make sure that the backside of the scarf is facing outward so that you can turn it inside out after you’re finished and the thicker seam will be on the inside.
Weave in all ends with a tapestry needle when finished.
And that’s it! I hope you enjoy making these scarves; I think they are a fun and simple way to create something that looks more complicated than it really is!
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