I am a big fan of cluster stitches! I mean seriously? What's not to love! They create beautiful textures, are pretty thick, and they work up fast. Cluster stitches are my go to stitches for scarves and blankets/afghans. I also love them for wash cloths. The texture really pops when you crochet them in cotton. The offset cluster stitch is a new one I just learned. It came from the book listed below.
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What I Used To Make This Tutorial
Cluster Stitch: Yarn over and insert your hook in the specified chain/stitch, yarn over and draw up, *yarn and pull through 2 loops*, repeat from * 2 more times until you have 4 loops on your hook, pull through all 4 loops.
Shell Stitch: Double Crochet, Chain 1, and Cluster Stitch into the specified chain/stitch.
The Offset Clusters Stitch is worked in multiples of 3+2. For my example swatch I chained 30 + 2 = 32 chains total.
Cluster Stitch into the back hump of the 5th chain from the hook, *skip the next 2 chains, Shell Stitch into the next chain*, repeat from * until you get to the last chain. Double Crochet into the last chain, Chain 4 and Turn.
Cluster Stitch into the base chain in your turning chain, *Shell Stitch into the Double Crochet on the next Shell Stitch*, repeat until you get to the last stitch. Double Crochet into the 3rd chain of your turning chain, Chain 4 and Turn.
Repeat Row 2 to continue the pattern.