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Tutorial Tuesday- The Berry Stitch

Good Morning Lovelies,

My (heavily) pregnant self is so happy that it is finally cold enough here in New York to be able to wear my hoodies and jumpers! Because it is finally Autumn here our tutorials are concentrating on some beautiful chunky texture. Todays crochet tutorial is the berry stitch, brought to you by Joanna from High Desert Yarn. If you follow along to the end of the tutorial you will find some beautiful patterns she has written that take advantage of this texture!

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Hi, I’m Joanna, the designer at High Desert Yarn. I became interested in yarn crafts as a teenager. My mom and I would knit or crochet simple accessories (scarves, hats) during the winter school breaks. In 2013 my love for crochet blossomed into a full hobby as I created baby blankets for family and friends.

By 2017, I decided to sell finished accessories and opened up an Etsy Shop. My very first sale was a trio of mini pumpkins. Now, I design crochet patterns for modern accessories that are fun and functional. You will never be bored crocheting one of my patterns!

Half Double Crochet Cluster

This tutorial teaches a modified half double crochet cluster (hdc-cl) that is easy to do once you get the hang of which stitches to skip. This half double cluster is different because it skips a stitch, whereas the traditional cluster does not. It creates a lovely, subtle texture. 

I chose this stitch for a tutorial to help out any crocheter wishing to make the Ashley Fingerless Mitts.

What you need

  • Worsted weight yarn in a light color
  • Size I-9/ 5.50 mm hook

Set up


YO — yarn over
CH — chain
ST — stitch
SC — single crochet


First, create a chain of any multiple of 2.

Row 1 : SC in the 2nd CH from hook. SC in every ST until the end of row. CH 1. Turn.

Next, move onto the Berry Stitch row.

Row 2 : SC in the first ST. [BERRY in the next ST. SC in the next ST.] Repeat […] until end of row. CH 1. Turn.

Repeat Rows 1 – 2 as many times for your desired length. Working the Berry Stitches into the wrong side of the fabric will ensure they puff out on the Right Side of the fabric.

How to Make a Berry Stitch

Step 1: Yarn over, and insert hook into the next stitch.

Step 2: Yarn over, and pull through stitch.

Step 3: Yarn over

Step 4: Pull through one loop on hook. Now, there are 3 loops on the hook.

Step 5: Yarn over

Step 6: Insert hook into same stitch.

Step 7: Yarn over and pull up one loop. Now, there are 5 loops on the hook.

Step 8: Yarn over, and pull through all 5 loops on hook.

Step 9: Continue the row the alternating a Single Crochet, and a Berry Stitch.

At the end of the row, flip the fabric to the Right Side facing you to see the Berry Stitches puffed out.

Now, you’re done!

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial of the Berry Stitch. If you would like to practice this stitch, I use it in these crochet patterns.

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