2-dc Cluster and 3-dc Puff Stitch

A 2-dc cluster stitch is identical to a 3-dc puff stitch, minus 1 dc. There is technically no such thing as a 2-dc puff stitch (since 2 dc aren’t enough to be “puffy”), but how to make the cluster versus puff is the same. Therefore you can see the two taught together below for comparison.

Click image for larger photo of the steps to make a 2-dc cluster and 3-dc puff stitch:
2-dc Cluster and 3-dc Puff

5-dc Bobble Stitch

The double crochet bobble stitch, or 5-dc bobble we are making here, is a great way to add eye popping “dots” or bumps to your crochet work. Similar is style is the dc Puff stitch or dc Popcorn stitch, but they are slightly different. The bobble stitch will actually protrude out on the “wrong side” (WS) of your work and the design must keep this fact in mind. Popcorns and puffs typically show on the right side of your work and are gathered a little differently.

Follow steps below by making 5 “half finished” dc, resulting in 5 +1 loops on hook.
Yarn over and pull through all 6 loops.

Click image for larger photo of the steps to make a 5 double crochet bobble:
5-dc-bobble

Below are the results of a 5-dc bobble used for a darling baby blanket, the Sugar Baby Pattern #12
crochet baby blanket

Crossed Double Crochet Stitch w/Ch Between

Another fun stitch that’s easy to do but creates a nice “X” pattern in your work is the crossed double crochet (crossed dc) stitch. Below I show a crossed dc stitch with chain between the dc heads as this is an option to less gap in the “X” pattern. The crossed dc stitch will add visual interest and variety to your baby blanket, hat, scarf or any other project needing a little visual pop.

Click image below to see a larger photo of the steps to making a crossed dc with chain between:

crossed double crochet stitch

How to Crochet the Picot Stitch

Picots are cute, little round-shaped crochet stitches that add a decorative touch to an edging. Below is the simple instructions, of how I prefer to do it…

A) Chain 3
Create three chain stitches from the point in your row where you want to add the picot stitch.

B) Insert your hook where the arrow indicates
Some picot instructions say to insert the hook in the 3rd chain from hook, but I don’t prefer that method… the shape is smaller and less interesting. Follow the arrow movements in both diagrams.

Crochet the Picot stitch

C) Hook yarn, yarn over (yo) and draw the yarn through the stitch and through the loop on the hook.

You’ve completed one picot stitch!

To see a baby blanket pattern that uses the Picot stitch in the edging, go here:
Chevron Baby Blanket Pattern #55