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Modern Crochet: Beginner Friendly Cluster Stitch Blanket

teacher avatar Jessica Stiel, Crochet Made Simple

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11 Lessons (1h 10m)
    • 1. Modern Crochet: Cluster Stitch Blanket

      3:02
    • 2. Materials

      2:09
    • 3. Getting Started

      6:32
    • 4. Foundation Row

      5:13
    • 5. Cluster Stitch

      8:36
    • 6. Row 3

      9:45
    • 7. Check In: Half way there

      3:35
    • 8. Final Row

      4:26
    • 9. Border 1

      7:56
    • 10. Border 2

      5:40
    • 11. Border 3 and Outro

      12:53
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Learn to make the project that hooked me (pun intended) on crochet.  Fall in love with the texture and simplicity of a gorgeous cluster crochet stitch.

This class will go over all the skills and materials needed to learn a cluster crochet stitch utilizing the:

  • single crochet
  • half double crochet and
  • double crochet stitches.

The class is perfect for beginners because you will get to practice all the most basic crochet stitches.  However, all experience levels are welcomed and encouraged!

Throughout class you'll learn my favorite tips and tricks I wish I knew as a beginner like:

  1. Different ways to hold your yarn and hook
  2. Types of hooks
  3. Changing Colors
  4. Reading a pattern

           .....and much more!

After a little practice you will be ready to move on to the class project where we will discuss how to convert your knowledge and skills into a blanket in just about any size you desire.

To begin class you will need to gather several materials:

  1. worsted weight yarn in 2 different colors, a main color and a border (amounts will vary depending on size, please have at least 1 oz in total.)
  2. "H" 5.0 mm crochet hook
  3. scissors
  4. yarn needle
  5. positive attitude

Make something special that will be loved for a lifetime 

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Jessica Stiel

Crochet Made Simple

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Meet Jess, a yarn obsessed mom of 4 (yes, she has triplets), wife, healthcare worker, and coffee junkie.  When she's not doing newborn hearing screenings,  heating up chicken nuggets, or sipping a venti vanilla sweet cream cold brew,  you can find her snuggled on the couch with her cavapoo, crochet hook, and lots and lots of yarn.

 

As a self taught pre- Youtube era crocheter she decided to turn her passion into a purpose by starting “But First, Crochet.   “But First, Crochet” is a hub for beginners to learn  how to crochet the “easy way”.  She also loves encouraging other creatives to unwind with yarn and hone in on their skills through crochet classes, youtube tutorials, digital patterns, and ... See full profile

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1. Modern Crochet: Cluster Stitch Blanket: You know that feeling you get when you hand over a gift that you made with your very own hands, that you spent so much time, love, and attention to? That joy your story is filling? You know the one. This class today will give you all of that and so much more. Hey friend, I'm Jessica and I'm the owner and maker behind But First Crochet. But First Crochet is like But First Coffee, except for yarn. I enjoy designing and creating patterns for children and babies, and more specifically, preemie babies. Today I'm here to teach you how to make the blanket. This particular stitch that hooked me on the crochet. I made this blanket several times for my children, for friends, for baby shower gifts, and it is my go-to pattern. It's the first stitch and the first project that I ever completed. Now, this blanket has been really well-loved by my three-year-old but I have some examples of what it looks like when it is in new form. We're going to dive in how to make this beautiful cluster stitch and I'm going to walk you through how to do that in today's class. This class is absolutely perfect for beginners because you will get to practice all the most basic crochet stitches. However, all experience levels are welcomed and are encouraged. After watching the lessons and a little practice, you will learn how to make a mini blanket that can be used for a special cause that I'll tell you about at the end of class. I've included a detailed PDF pattern that is yours to keep for taking this class today. The pattern is a written tutorial with plenty of photos, so you can make this pattern anywhere as many times as you like. I've also included a chart to help guide you into making a blanket in almost any size. Now, before you go tackling a king-size blanket, we're going to learn the cluster stitch by making a practice square and that's going to be today's project. This practice square will serve you well to learn about gauge and how to create a blanket in any size from preemie to king size if you really want to dive in deep. For today's class, you'll need a few materials. You'll need a five-millimeter crochet hook, two different colored skeins of yarn, scissors, a yarn needle, and a tape measure or ruler. Grab your copy and hook and let's jump straight into the first lesson. But first, be sure to follow me on Skillshare so you can stay up-to-date on my latest simple crochet classes. All right, let's get started. 2. Materials: Hello, hello and welcome to today's Skillshare class. I'm Jessica, your crochet teacher. Today we're gonna learn how to make a cluster stitch that will make the most beautiful baby blanket or throw blanket whatever size you'd like. In today's class you're going to learn how to make a simple swatch that looks something like this. These can be used for something special too and we'll talk about that a little bit more as the class goes on. The materials you're going to need for today include two different color yarns. One for the main color and a color to make your border. If you're only making the small square, which I would recommend doing as practice before you tackle a larger, full-size project, you only need a little bit, just scrap amounts. Just head to your local yarn store and grab just one scheme, each color and that will be plenty to get you going. You will need a 5.0 millimeter H crochet hook. I'm going to be using my clover, a more hook today. They are my favorite. Some scissors, a yarn needle. A yarn needle is a needle that has plenty of space to get the yarn through and it has a blunt end. Finally, you will need a tape measure just to measure and make sure your gauge is consistent with mine. If you're not concerned about gauge, which is how you match your tension and your stitch size to mine. If that's not important to you for today's class, then the tape measure is optional, but otherwise it's good to have one handy, a tape measure or ruler without further ado. Let's get going. 3. Getting Started: All right, friends, we're going to get started here and if you haven't already, I would strongly recommend going to the resources for today's class and have your PDF of the pattern handy. You can print it or leave it up on your computer screen or your iPad so that you can follow along reading the pattern as we move through our project today. Looking at the pattern, we went over the materials already. There are some abbreviations we're going to be using today that includes CH which stands for Chain Cluster, which is our cluster stitch, which is our special stitch that we're going to do today. Which is great for practicing the most commonly used crochet stitches, which include the double crochets, the half double crochet, and the single crochet, finish off and stitch. We're going to be working in US crochet terms today. Our skill level is a beginner, but it is for all experience levels, but it is beginner friendly. To make this pattern in any size, you will make your starting chain in a multiple of three plus two additional chains that will serve as your turning chain. To make our sample, we're going to start out by chaining 20, which is 18, 18 's are multiple of three plus our additional two stitches. Grab your hook and grab your main color of yarn. We're going to start out making our slip knot. Take your yarn end, and there are many ways to make a slip knot. I will show you how I make mine. You're going to wrap the yarn around your index finger and gently pull the loop off. Then your working yarn, you're going to put that through the middle of your loop and just gently pull. There's your slip knot. Take your yarn hook, place it through your slip knot and pull to tighten and you don't want to make it too tight. It still needs to be able to go freely up and down your hook. I hold my hook like this. This is the knife hold, like you're spreading peanut butter or buttering some toast. You might play around with the pencil hold. Both are acceptable. You might find something else that works for you, but these are the two most common ways to hold your crochet hook, play around and see what feels more comfortable and natural for you. I prefer this type of hook, this Clover Amour hook, which I consider a hybrid version between an inline and a tapered hook. For me that just lets me work a little faster, smoother, easier. If you find that you're really struggling with working through the yarn, through the stitches. If your work's getting caught, you might try a different hook. Something I wish I knew when I began was that there are different types of hooks. When I went to the store at first I ended up with a hook like this. This is what they call a tapered hook and it is made by Boye, and very common for crocheters to use this hook. The other type of hook is an inline hook. The difference really lies right here where the yarn is grabbed. This is more tapered. This has a sharper line in there to help you grab the yarn and pull it through. You might find that one suits you better than the other. Both, you will end up with the same result, but for me, I prefer the inline hook. Ultimately I prefer these Clover Amour hooks. They can be a little more pricey, but if you have a coupon, you can usually get it for like 40 percent offer at Joey and fabrics, which is where I got all of mine and eventually just built up a collection of them and I got them all for about half off. Hot tip. Holding your yarn also, again, you want to do what feels good. I take my working yarn and I wrap it around my pinky. Then I fold my hand over and then put my yarn between my index finger and my middle finger, and I find this helps me control my tension. I can control it here and I can control it here. If I need my tension to be a little bit tighter, I might wrap the yarn once, twice, and that makes things a little bit tighter here. You can see there's a little more resistance when I try to pull that through my fingers versus when I just do it one time, it goes through a little bit smoother. If you don't like having your pinky wrapped, if that feels awkward, just place it through these two fingers and you can control your attention with how tightly you keep your fingers closed. There's all different ways to hold yarn. You can wrap it here, drape it up here, whatever feels comfortable. There's no right, there's no wrong as long as you're happy, not frustrated and comfortable. I'm going to wrap mine around here and through here and let's get going. 4. Foundation Row: If we look at row 1, we're going to start by chaining 20. Our multiple of 3 is 18 plus our two extra chains for our turning chain to equal 20 stitches. To start chaining, you want to wrap your yarn around your hook and then grab your yarn and pull it through the slipknot. That was one chain. Repeat that, yarn over, pull through, two. Yarn over, pull through, three. Yarn over, pull through four, five. Not too tight. You still want to make sure your work can move freely up and down here. Six, seven, eight, nine, 10. Keep going until you get to 20. There we go. We have 20. The next thing we're going to do is single crochet in the third chain from the hook. If we look at our work, there is a chain on the hook. This is the first chain, this is the second chain, third, and so on. We're going to place our first stitch in the third chain from the hook. Insert your hook in the third chain. We're going to make a single crochet. Yarn over, pull through one loop, yarn over, pull through two. That is your first single crochet. We're going to repeat single crochets all the way to the end. Insert your hook, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops. That's two single crochets. Repeat. As you practice and get faster, it's just like muscle memory, and it just glides and becomes a fluid in smooth motion. I'll meet you at the end of the row. Don't feel like you have to keep up with me. You pause when you need to pause, take a break when you need to take a break. Speed up if you need to speed up, whatever you need, this is supposed to be fun. I'm at the last chain. Now, if we count our single crochets, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18. We have 18 stitches and here is our chain 2 at the beginning. The next step is to turn our work. To turn our work, we're going to add height. We're going to chain two at the end, one, two. Like flipping a page in the book, turn your work over. Now we're working on what we call the wrong side. 5. Cluster Stitch: We're going to make our first cluster stitch in the same stitch as our chain 2. That would be right here. Here is your chain 2, it's connected to this stitch. That is where we're going to place our hook to make our first cluster stitch. Our cluster stitch is going to be one single crochet, one half double crochet, and one double crochet all in this stitch. I'm going to insert my hook through both loops, front loop, back loop. Yarn over, pull up your loop, yarn over, pull through both loops. That's your single crochet. Next, we're going to make a half double crochet. Yarn over, insert your hook, yarn over, pull up your loop. You should have three loops on your hook. Yarn over again, and pull through all three loops. That's your half double crochet. Finally, we're going to make a double crochet into the same stitch. To start out a double crochet, you yarn over first, like we did with the half double crochet, insert your hook back into that very same stitch we've been working in, yarn over, pull up a loop. Three loops are on the hook. Yarn over, pull through the first two loops, two loops remain. You yarn over again and pull through the remaining two loops. That is our first cluster. We've got a single crochet, a half double crochet, and a double crochet. The next step is to skip two stitches and then make another cluster. We're going to skip this stitch and this stitch. We're going to make our next cluster in this stitch. Skip two, go in into that third stitch there. Skip this one, skip this one, insert your hook through both loops, yarn over, pull up your loop, yarn over, pull through two loops. Let's make our half double crochet. Yarn over, insert your hook, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all three loops. There's your half double crochet. Finally, we're going to make our double crochet. Yarn over, insert back into the same stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through the first two loops, yarn over, pull through the remaining two loops. There is your second cluster. We're going repeat that again. Skip the next two stitches going into this one. We'll make our single crochet, our half double crochet, and our double crochet, three cluster groups. Skip two stitches, single crochet, half double crochet in the same stitch, and double crochet into the same stitch. Repeat it again. Skip two stitches, insert your hook making sure you go through both loops. When I was a beginner in crochet, YouTube wasn't a thing, video tutorials weren't a thing. I was trying to follow written patterns, and I always thought you just inserted your hook here. This is the front loop. That is wrong. For years, I had no idea that unless you are told, otherwise, you insert your hook through both the front loop and the back loop. Skip two. We are ready to make our final cluster. Right now, we have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 clusters. We're going to end with seven. We're going to skip these two stitches, and our last cluster is going to go in this chain 2 at the beginning. Not this one, not this one, but this. It's here on the side. Insert. This can be a little bit tricky. Make your single crochet, half double, and double. You should have seven clusters, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. We are ready to turn our work. If you're not ready yet, just pause the video. Even more helpful, it might help just to even watch the video the first time before you even pick up your hook. There's no rush. This is not supposed to be frustrating, you have to have patience, and you have to practice. That is my biggest tip. So many times I got mad and put it away. It will come, and it will come with practice. Don't expect it to be perfect on the first try. Let's turn our work. Again, we are now on row 3. We're going to turn, and then we're going to be on row 3. Chain 2, one, two. Turn your work, like flipping that page in the book, and we're back on the right side. You can see this has a little more texture when you're working on the right side versus the wrong side. 6. Row 3: We're going to skip the first two stitches and we're going to start our cluster in this third stitch here. Not the one on the chain to the next one, but the third one. Your cluster is always going to go in your single crochet from the previous row. Insert your hook here, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, and pull through two and you've just made your single crochet. Let's make our half-double crochet by yarning over. Insert your hook, grab your loop and pull it up. Yarn over, pull through all three, and double crochet, yarn over. Insert your hook into the same stitch. Grab your yarn and pull it up. Three loops around your hook. Yarn over, pull through the first two loops. Yarn over, pull through the last two loops. Repeat that process all the way across. We're going to skip our two stitches, so one, two, looking at it from this way, one, two, we're going to make our stitch into this one here, which is our single crochet from the last row. Insert, yarn over, pull up your loop. Yarn over, pull through two, half-double crochet. Double crochet. Repeat. Skip two stitches. Insert your hook, yarn over. Make your single crochet. Make your half double crochet in the same stitch and your double crochet in the same stitch. Skip two, one, two, insert your hook. Yarn over. Pull up the loop. Yarn over, pull through both loops. There is your single crochet, half double crochet, yarn over first. Insert your hook back into the same stitch, grabbing your yarn and pulling it up, so there are three loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all three loops. There's your half-double crochet and you can see how the height goes up with each progressing stitch. Our double crochet, yarn over. Insert your hook into the same stitch, grabbing that yarn and pulling it up. Yarn over. Pull through the first two. Yarn over, pull through the remaining two. See how it gets taller and that makes such a pretty texture. Skip two stitches. Now I'm at the end of my row, we've got one more cluster to make. We're going to skip these two and then our last cluster is going to go right here. Skip those and right in there, insert your hook. Make your single crochet, half double crochet in the same stitch, and double crochet into the same stitch. You should have seven clusters, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. We're going to repeat row 3 until we get to row 15. We're going to keep repeating the same pattern, so one, two, chain two, turn your page. Now we're on the wrong side again. Skip with the first two stitches. Single crochet into that single crochet from the previous row, half double crochet into the same stitch, and double crochet into the same stitch. Skip two and repeat single, half double, double. Once you get the hang of it, grab yourself a cup of coffee, some tea, some water, some wine, whatever you want, and relax and enjoy. Light a candle, play some music, turn on some Netflix, and just get lost. It's so therapeutic. Once you really practice and get the hang of it. Then you'll be blaming me for your yarn habit. I don't think there's a weekend that goes by that I'm not buying yarn. I just can't help it. Let's count here, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. Chain two and turn. Keep going friends and I will meet you at the end of row 14. Just keep count of your rows. This is our first row where you see these single crochets. Then you just count your clusters, so that was row 1, row 2, row 3, row 4. Now I'm on row 5. Do that until you get 14 rows or until you have what looks like a square. If I measure this, it's about six inches across, give or take. If yours is measuring a lot bigger or a lot smaller, you can meet my gauge by sizing up. Go up to a larger hook, like an I or a J hook, if your work is a lot smaller than mine. If your work is a lot larger than mine, you may need to size down, so maybe a G hook or a F hook. Or you might need to tighten or loosen how you're holding your yarn. If you're meeting my gauge, which again, it does not have to be perfect unless you are making something that somebody is wearing, like a hat or a sweater. In my humble opinion, a gauge is not that important when it comes to making blankets or things that people don't have to physically wear that has to match the size. But mine is measuring about six inches approximately. Once you've got a height of about six inches, stop, and for me, that was about 14 rows. I'm going to keep going and join back up with you once we have reached row 14. If you need to go back and re-watch slower, or repeat, or watch it first before you even start with your crochet hook. I encourage you to do that. There's no right or wrong way to do this. If you have a question, drop it in the discussion, I will get back to you and I will meet you at my end of row 14. 7. Check In: Half way there: All right, just checking in about halfway through, see how everyone is doing my works coming along nicely. One tip I want to be sure to tell you is after each row or after every couple of rows, make sure you still have seven clusters. You can see your clusters, they're all in one stitch there. It can get a little confusing when you see the end, the cluster from the previous row can trippy up a little bit. Just make sure you're always ending with seven clusters 1,2,3,4,5,6,7, so this doesn't count, that's in the row before. Always make sure you have seven. It looks a little tricky sometimes when you're finishing your row, you're like, "Oh do I need a stitch more?" But no, not if you have seven clusters. Let's do another row together. I'm turning my work. I'm working on the wrong side here. I'm going to skip my 1st two stitches and I'm going to come in that first single crochet. Make my single crochet. Make my half double crochet and then my double crochet. That's my first cluster. It looks like I already have two, but I don't, I just have one. That's one cluster, two clusters, three clusters, four, five, six, and seven which again can look really strange. Skip your two stitches. You're going in this stitch here. I don't want to call it a mess, but this jumbled up a bunch of stitches is your cluster from the previous row so ignore that. One, 2 you're making your last one in number 3 here. This is the 7th cluster. [inaudible] 2 , turn your work. Keep going. 8. Final Row: I've just completed row 14, and it looks like I'm going to have to add a couple more rows to make my swatch look more like a square, because I'm measuring six inches this way and I'm measuring about five-and-a-half inches this way. I'm going to go on to make a 15th row. If you would like to join me, please do. I'm going to chain up too, and I'm going to turn my work. Skip those first two stitches and I'm going to cluster in the single crochet from the previous row, and in each single crochet from the previous row to have seven clusters across. That is 15 rows. That looks very square if you ask me. That looks pretty good. I think if I add another row, it might be a little bit too tall, so I'm going to stop there and call it at 15 rows. Go ahead and make your 15 rows or 14. See, I used different yarn when I made this swatch and it only took me 14 rows to get my square. This one took me 15 rows. That is why many patterns request that you make a gauge swatch first, because a lot of it depends on the yarn you're using. These are two different brands of yarn and it does make a difference. Make sure you measure and I've got my six by six square. I don't think it matters, again, with gauge too much when you're not wearing a hat or a sweater, something that is made specifically to a person's size. But for this project, I do want it to be a square, so you want both the lateral sides and the vertical sides to be equal, but still approximate. I know I'm contradicting myself because we don't have to strive for perfection, but this looks like a square. Finish when yours looks like a square and we will fasten off and then start our border. To finish off or fasten off your work, you are going to simply chain one at the end of the row, and leave a little bit of a tail so you can weave it in or incorporate it into the border. I'm going to snip this here. Then to fasten off, you just pull your hook out. Just give that a little tug and that'll secure the work in place. You have completed your cluster stitch swatch, say that five times fast. Cluster stitch swatch, cluster stitch swatch. Good job. Mine's about six inches by six inches. Next we're going to make a simple border around. Borders are fun. You can get really fancy, but we're going to be simple here just so that you know the basics of how to put a border on your work, on a blanket. I know this looks like a pot holder, but this is what we're going to call a snuggle square. I'm going to tell you at the end what you can do with these for a terrific cause. We are ready to move on to the border. 9. Border 1: If you have made it this far, I am so proud of you. You should have approximate six-inch by six-inch, five-inch by five-inch, depending on the type of yarn that you're using; square that we're going to add a border to. If you've made it this far, awesome, I would love it very much if you snapped a photo of it and added it to the project gallery for today's class so I can sing your praises and give you some positive feedback. Do that for me. I am going to come back over here with my main color. Come in there, pull your yarn through and chain 1, and make your single crochets along the rough edges evenly spaced. The best way I feel like you can evenly crochet is just to get into a rhythm and just memorize where you placed your hook before and just punch your hook in the same distance as the previous one, if that makes sense. It's better, instead of starting and stopping, just get in a rhythm and go with it. I'm back in my corner again. I'm going to come in here and put my three single crochets; 1, 2, and 3, to make my turn. Bring my tail with me to blend it in. Crochet over top of that. You don't have to. If find that too tricky or you don't like how that looks, you can weave it in at the end with your needle. But I am just crocheting over top of it so that it blends in here and I don't have to leave it in later. Can I drop it off now? This does look a little funky. There is no real defined corner. I'm going to just pick a spot right there in the middle and make three single crochets; 1, 2, and 3, turning again. We're going to be working back down our rough edge, evenly spacing our single crochets, the best you can. If you have your stitches too close together, you'll notice that things will start to ruffle. That means you have too many stitches. If you feel like it's starting to stretch, that means you don't have enough. When you lay things down, it should lay flat and you should still have what somewhat resembles your perfectly imperfect square. I'm going to keep going here. We're back in our corner and we're going to make our three single crochets. Making our turn and we're at the part with the stitches, so you just have to stitch across here in each stitch that's already defined for you. I'm at the last corner here, and also my last tail, which I'm going to, of course, weave in here. Three single crochets in this last stitch; 1, 2, and 3, turn, and I just have a little bit to go until I reach the beginning. Get one more in there. Let that tail fire away. You've stitched all the way around. Hopefully, it's lying pretty flat. You don't see any ruffles or any puckering. We're going to join to this chain 1 that we made. We're going to join to that. Stick your hook in the chain 1. We're going to make a slip stitch, yarn over, pull through the chain, and then pull through again. We're going to chain 1 to fasten off that. You'll have that tail. I'm also going to flip my work over and trim these tails that I wove in. Just get as close to the edge, but not too close that you cut your working part and then just stretch it, and then boom, hidden. Magic. 10. Border 2: That looks much cleaner when you do that first round in the same color as your main color. The first round of the border in the same color as the main blankets watch square. Now, we are going to attach my white again. I'm going to pick another spot to attach it, not in the same spot that this guy is. I'm going to come over here to another random spot, just close your eyes and pick one. There we go. Go in here. Pull your yarn up. This time we are going to chain 2. This time we're going to double crochet in each stitch all the way around our border, placing three double crochets in each corner stitch, which is the middle stitch of the cluster of three that you made in each corner. There's our chain 2. We're going to yarn over and we're going to insert into the next stitch. Through both the front loop and the back loop, yarn over, pull up the loop, yarn over, pull through two, yarn over, pull through two. Here's your first double crochet. Now repeat that again. Double crochet. If you're new to double crochet, I'm going to do a slow stitch again in case you're not doing this all on the same day and you're out of rhythm and you're like, oh, how many yarn overs and pull throughs? It is this. Yarn over. Insert your hook through the front and the back loop. Yarn over again. Pull up a loop. Three loops on your hook. Yarn over, pull through the first two loops. Yarn over, pull through the remaining two loops. That is your double crochet. I'm almost to the first corner. I've got one more stitch and this is my corner. In this stitch, we're going to place three double crochets in that same stitch. There is one yarn over and go back into the same stitch for two, and back into the same stitch for three. This is also called a cluster. Anytime you have multiple stitches in the same stitch, we can call that a cluster stitch. Let's turn and we're going to work our double crochets across this side. You're going to repeat the same process, double crochet in each stitch, placing three double crochets in the same stitch of your corner stitches. I'll do one more corner with you. Remember, go at your own pace. Pause, speed up, take a break. I try not to count too much when I'm making these videos because if you're counting and I'm counting and we're not on the same number, you're going to start saying bad words to me, so I won't count. We are almost to our corner. Now we're going to do our cluster of three double crochets in this corner stitch. There is two. There is my last one. You can see there's three in that corner. We've made the turn here. Keep going. Same process, one double crochet in each stitch, three in your corner, and then I'll meet you at the bottom and we'll join the round and show you what to do for the final round of the border. 11. Border 3 and Outro: Friends, we are on the home stretch here. Couple more stitches. I've double crocheted in all my stitches and now I need to join the round, and I'm going to join the round at the top of my chain here. I'm going to insert my hook, and I'm going to make another slip stitch. This time I'm going to chain one, and we're just going to put a single crochet in each of these stitches for a nice little finishing touch. You can see, you can really get creative with borders, with different stitches, the key is having a nice clean finish and making the turns, which usually consists of three stitches in the corner. Again, we're going to place three single crochets in the very corner stitch. Placing three in this corner, and then turn, single crochet all the way down this side. You could even do another round of double crochets if you wanted half double crochets. This is where the creativity part comes in and you get to have fun with it playing around with different stitches, different textures, whether you're crocheting in the front loop or the back loop, that will change the textured look of things as well. Back in the corner, so three single crochets in this corner. One thing that took me a long time to learn is the crochet police are not going to come and get you because there is no such things. Sometimes people want to tell you what hook size you need to use or how to do a certain technique, I say if the outcome is the way you want it, then it's your choice. It's your creativity, you choose your hook size, you choose ways to make it your own. You don't have to follow something verbatim, you can change it up a little bit to put your unique mark in it. I promise you, the crochet police will not come and get you. Don't let fear of imperfection stop you from finishing a project. Keep going. You're going to learn from it, you're going to know what to do better next time, and you might have a happy accident and create something really cool and new that is better than what you originally intended to go after. Don't be afraid to fail, don't be afraid if it's not perfect. My corners, so I'm putting my three single crochets in this corner, and I'm turning and I'm headed down the home stretch. Feel like you're going on a race track, making another left turn, going to the finish line. Really bad corny jokes, I'll be here all day. No, I won't because we are about finished. Here we go, we're at the last couple of stitches. This can get a little bit tricky, so if I stop here and show you a few things, this is our brad, our last stitch right here because here's our stitch and then the loop we go for is right in front of it. We're going to go in there, and then we are going to join to our first stitch which is here. Skip this, this is the slip stitch we made. We want to go in here and make another slip stitch, so let's slow this down. We're going to skip over this guy and we're going to come in here. We're going to yarn over, pull through, and then pull through again. Then we're going to chain on to finish off our work, leaving a little bit of a tail because this one we will actually have to leave in, so snip off that, pull out your hook and tighten that, and we're going to weave in this end and our swatch will be complete. There's a way we can hide how this is sticking up there, so thread your needle. I'm going to try to blend this in. I'm going to put my needle in through here, and then back through here, makes like another stitch and it hides everything. Then I'm going to weave in my end on the wrong side or the backside. I want to find a place where I can seamlessly thread my yarn back and forth about three times, so I'm going to come, this looks good. We're going to go one, and then back through, but not exactly the same route, or you'll just undo what you did, so try to pick up in some random different places. That's two, and then one more time to make sure everything is secured, three. You can remove the needle. Oh look, I have another end to even snip that. We got to weave, this one I weaved in already, I'm going to snip that one off. I just got to weave in this end. Back on the right side, here we go, you did it. Here is your practice watch to make a gorgeous blanket. This blanket I have made in a normal baby blanket size, multiple times for my daughter, for my best friend's baby, for another friend's baby, and it is the first blanket that I ever made. It is the first crochet project that I ever actually finished. It's beautiful, it's simple, it's classic. I encourage you to try to make one in a larger size but the cool thing you can do with these for our course like I talked about in the beginning is, this is the perfect size for what they call bonding squares. I like to call them snuggle squares because I like the word snuggle better than bonding square. Make two, so if you make them in pairs, and you can donate these to your local hospital and they can use these in the NICU. These help mom and dad or family caregiver bond with baby, when they can't be with baby. One of my main missions and reasons why I crochet is to help babies in the NICU. My triplets were in the NICU, for a little over a month and it can be really hard and anything you can do to make the experience a little bit easier, comforting, I'm all about that. What happens is baby gets one, this goes in the isolate, baby snuggles with it, baby's scent gets on here, and then mom or dad takes this home, put it under your pillow or snuggle it under your chin, mom or dad scent gets on this one. Then when they go back to the hospital, I bumped my camera. When they go back to the hospital, they swap so now baby gets this one that mom had, and baby can pick up on mom and dad's scent. Mom gets baby's scent and this helps boost lactation, this helps with bonding, this helps comfort the parents that have to go home without their baby and know that a little piece of their babies here with them, and one of the most developed senses in premature infants is scent. This is a really cool way to use up your scraps, so if you have a lot of scrap yarn lying around, rather than throw it away, make it into a square. I would say five inches by five inches minimum, but if you make it six inches by six inches, make some squares, learn some new stitches. Use your cluster stitch or single crochet, whatever you want, make it into a square and use your scraps as pairs and donate them to the hospital and the families will surely appreciate it. I hope you enjoyed this class. I want to see your finished snuggle squares/gauge swatches, and I hope that you post those in the project gallery. I hope you consider donating your finished swatches to the NICU and I want to see your finished blankets. You can tag me on Instagram at butfirstcrochet, to let me take a look at what you've been up to there, and I also would love it if you posted in the project gallery and if you would follow me here on Skillshare. Feel free to start a discussion of what you would like to see more of as far as crochet classes go, and I will hope to see you in the yarn aisle friends, until next time, take care.