Crochet 101: How to make Double Crochet 3 Stitch Together Cluster or DC3Tog
Double Crochet 3 Together Stitch (DC3Tog) – is a decorative cluster stitch which is very useful to most of crochet projects. It yields a triangular cluster which which creates a really nice texture. It is mostly used in making squares. It’s textured look make it more appealing. Made up of 3 incomplete double crochet stitches bind together in one stitch.
To make a DC3Tog,
1. Chain 4, SL ST to the first CH to form a ring. You could also use a magic ring on this part.
2. CH1, make SC stitches on the ring. How many depends on what your pattern calls for. SL ST on the first SC to close. I made SCx8.
3. CH3 (this count as 1 DC). Yarn over then insert your hook on the same stitch. Yarn over, pull through first 2 loops on your hook. You got 2 loops on your hook at this point. This is the first incomplete DC stitch. (2nd DC for the DC3Tog counting the Ch3)
4. Yarn over again, insert on the same stitch. Yarn over and pull through first 2 loops. 3 loops on your hook and this one is the 2nd incomplete DC stitch. (3rd DC for the DC3Tog).
5. Yarn over again and hook through all 3 loops on the hook.
6. Yarn over and start Step 3 again on the next stitch. Since I have 8 SC, I repeated 7 more times to complete the round. I will have 8 DC3Tog cluster stitches.
Note that on the next DC3Tog cluster, the Ch3 will not count as your first DC, you will need to make 3 incomplete DC’s. You should have 4 loops on your hook before closing the DC3Tog cluster.
You can watch this video to know how to make single crochet stitches:
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