Rainbow Cluster Stitch Scarf Tutorial (Giveaway #1)

February 11, 2013
In: Crochet

The first tutorial in my rainbow giveaway series is this colorful and warm scarf. This project is easy to make, and requires only one type of stitch and a lot of weaving in. But the result is entirely worth it. At least, that’s how I feel.

By the way, if you haven’t entered the giveaway yet – there’s still time! For details click here. It’s open until February 28th, and you can win this item or enough yarn to make it (and more).



  • At least 6 balls of rainbow colors worsted weight yarn. I used 8 balls: red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, turquoise, purple and pink. You’ll have plenty left for other projects.
  • 5mm crochet hook
  • Blunt needle
  • Scissors


  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • yo – yarn over
  • [ … ] – repeat instructions in [ ] as many times as specified.

Triple Cluster Stitch

A single cluster stitch is made as follows:

[yo, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops] 3 times, yo and pull through all 4 remaining loops on hook.


Base chain and first row:

Chain 34. In 4th chain from the hook, [triple cluster stitch, ch 1. skip 2 ch]. Repeat instructions between brackets 8 more times. Make one last cluster stitch, change color, ch 4 (instead of ch 1 with previous color), turn. Cut previous color yarn, leaving a few inches for weaving in later.

At the end of this row (and all of the rows to come), you will have a ch 4 at the beginning of the row, and 10 cluster stitches.

Second row and all the way to the end:

[Triple cluster stitch in next ch 1 space, ch 1] X 9. Triple cluster stitch in top of chain 4, change color, ch 4, turn. Repeat 12 sets of 8 colors, or until the scarf is approximately 140 cm (55 inches) long.

I recommend stopping every few rows to weave in loose ends, but to tell the truth – I got tired of the context switch every few rows, and just left all the weaving in for the end. It took quite a while, but with some support from two small “helping” hands, I got it all done.

lots of loose ends little hands


Cut twelve strands of yarn 30 cm (12 inch) long of each color, in groups of 3.

In the same order of colors you used to make the scarf:

Take 3 strands of one color (A), and 3 strands of the next color (B), line them up, and fold in half. Pull a loop made out of those six strands through the first ch 1 space at the end of the scarf (the short end…). Pull the loose ends through the loop and pull tight.

Take 3 strands of the second color (B) and the next color (C), and repeat in the next ch 1 space. Continue alternating colors until the last ch 1 space. Repeat on the second end of the scarf.



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