Nubby Dishcloth Free Pattern – 108 Crochet Cluster Stitches

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Crochet the Nubby dishcloth using the Nubbins stitch pattern. This is just one of the stitch patterns included in 108 Crochet Cluster Stitches.

Title: 108 Crochet Cluster Stitches
Author: Darla Sims
Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc
ISBN: 9781601409195

108 Cluster Stitches

You Can Use To Crochet Pretty Projects!

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I love ‘stitch dictionaries’. I find so much inspiration browsing through the pages and seeing what stitch patterns I can use in my designs.  108 Crochet Cluster Stitches by Darla Sims includes 76-pages of full color stitch patterns.  The written instructions are very easy to follow and if special stitches are used, they are explained in each pattern. Each Cluster Stitch Pattern includes a color photograph showing you a finished sample, to help you visualize the design.  The instructions start with the ‘pattern repeat’ information to allow you to make any size project you want.

Page-74 provides an example of how to use the ‘pattern repeat’ information to create an Afghan. This is helpful to those wishing to make different sized projects like dishcloths and afghan squares too.

I chose the stitch pattern on page 50 called Nubbins to create a small cloth. You can use these cloths as dishcloths, washcloths, or facecloths. I have included 2 sizes below so you can make your perfect dishcloth.

Nubby Dishcloth Pattern

Supplies

Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn) [4]
Hook: 5.00 mm (H) (Hook used in photo tutorial at the end of the post is the Furls Limited Edition Osage Orange Crochet Hook)
Finished Size: 10 inches x 10 inches or 4 inches by 4 inches square

Nubby Dishcloth oombawkadesigncrochet 4 inch

Finished Size: 4 inches by 4 inches is available on Instagram here:

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Gauge

6 pattern stitches (nubbins) = 3″; 6 rows = approximately 2″

Stitch Multiple

Multiple of 2 stitches

ABBREVIATIONS

US Terminology used

ch – chain
nubbins – nubbins cluster stitch (see special stitches)
R – row
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st/sts – stitch/stitches
* – Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of multiple instructions.
() – Repeat the instructions between the parentheses the number of times indicated.
[] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches

Special Stitches

Nubbins – nubbins is the name we are using for the cluster stitch in this stitch tutorial. It is created by pulling up 1 loop in the same st as the last st made and by pulling up 1 loop in each of the next 2 sts. You will have 4 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all 4 of the loops on your hook. Ch 1 to complete the nubbins cluster stitch. (This is basically a sc3tog, ch 1.)

Helpful Tutorials

Stitch tutorial single crochet

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Nubby Dishcloth Pattern Instructions

For the stitch tutorial please scroll to the END of the post.

R1: Ch 36

Note: I work in the back bump for R2 but you can choose to work your first row into any loop of your chain 

R2: 1 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, pull-up 1 loop in the same ch as the last sc made and pull-up 1 loop in each of the next 2 chs. Yarn over and pull through all 4 of the loops on your hook, ch-1. *Pull-up 1 loop in the same ch as the last st made and pull-up 1 loop in each of the next 2 chs. Yarn over and pull through all 4 of the loops on your hook, ch 1**.  Rep from * to ** across, finishing with 1 sc in the same ch as the last st made. Ch 1, turn. (Note: this is the ‘right side’ of the fabric so you may wish to mark this side with a stitch marker) [17 nubbins, 2 sc]

Note: You will be working in the chains and sc stitches.

R3: 1 sc in the first sc. Pull-up 1 loop in the same st as the last sc made and pull-up 1 loop in each of the next 2 sts.  Yarn over and pull through all 4 of the loops on your hook, ch 1. *Pull-up 1 loop in the same st as the last st made and pull-up 1 loop in each of the next 2 sts. Yarn over and pull through all 4 of the loops on your hook, ch 1**. Rep from * to ** across to the last sc, work 1 sc in the last sc. Ch 1, turn. [17 nubbins, 2 sc]

R4 – R 30: Repeat R3 (until the piece measures approximately 9.5″)

Finishing Instructions

The finishing rounds are worked around the outside edges of the square.

R1: 1 sc in each st and row end around and work 2 sc in each corner

R2: 1 sl st in each st around, finish off and weave in any ends

Nubby Dishcloth Pattern Instructions with Stitch Tutorial

R1: Ch 36

Note: I work in the back bump for R2 but you can choose to work your first row into any loop of your chain 

R2: 1 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, pull-up 1 loop in the same ch as the last sc made and pull-up 1 loop in each of the next 2 chs.

Step 1 Nubby Dishcloth Tutorial

Yarn over and pull through all 4 of the loops on your hook, ch 1.

Step 2 Nubby Dishcloth Tutorial

Step 3 Nubby Dishcloth Tutorial

*Pull-up 1 loop in the same ch as the last st made and pull-up 1 loop in each of the next 2 chs. Yarn over and pull through all 4 of the loops on your hook, ch 1**.  Rep from * to ** across, finishing with 1 sc in the same ch as the last st made. Ch 1, turn. (Note: this is the ‘right side’ of the fabric so you may wish to mark this side with a stitch marker) [17 nubbins, 2 sc]

Step 4 Nubby Dishcloth Tutorial

Step 5 Nubby Dishcloth Tutorial

Note: You will be working in the chains and sc stitches.

R3: 1 sc in the first sc. Pull-up 1 loop in the same st as the last sc made and pull-up 1 loop in each of the next 2 sts.  Yarn over and pull through all 4 of the loops on your hook, ch 1.

Step 6 Nubby Dishcloth Tutorial

Step 7 Nubby Dishcloth Tutorial

*Pull-up 1 loop in the same st as the last st made and pull-up 1 loop in each of the next 2 sts. Yarn over and pull through all 4 of the loops on your hook, ch 1**. Rep from * to ** across to the last sc, work 1 sc in the last sc. Ch 1, turn. [17 nubbins, 2 sc]

R4 – R 30: Repeat R3 (until the piece measures approximately 9.5″)

Finishing Instructions

The finishing rounds are worked around the outside edges of the square.

R1: 1 sc in each st and row end around and work 2 sc in each corner

R2: 1 sl st in each st around, finish off and weave in any ends

Nubby Dishcloth Free Pattern - 108 Crochet Cluster Stitches

This stitch is fun to crochet!

This is a very relaxing project and the texture is perfect for dishcloths and washcloths 🙂 I think it will also work great in a light weight yarn for a baby blanket as there are no large gaps between the stitches and the texture is slightly bumpy.

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  1. Hi Wendy 🙂 There are 17 clusters and 1 sc on each end if I am remembering correctly. For the ch 1 sts try to make them a little bit more relaxed – you need to be able to work into them beneath the top 2 loops 🙂 Hope this helps 🙂 Rhondda

  2. Hi, I just had a question. How many clusters should I end up with at the end of each row? Also, is it normal to have a bit of difficulty inserting my hook into the ch 1 st? Thx!

  3. Hi Heather,

    I just recrocheted the first bit to double check. I am ending in the last st of the row -I do not have any stitches remaining. Are you remembering to make the first part of the cluster stitch in the same ch as the last stitch made?

  4. Your instruction: R2: sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, pull-up one loop in the same ch as the last sc made and in each of the next 2-sts; yarn over and draw through all 4-loops on your hook; ch-1; *pull-up one loop in the same ch as the last st made and in each of the next 2-sts; yarn over and draw through all 4-loops on your hook; ch-1* and repeat from * to * across, finishing with a sc in the last st made.

    Question: When I finish the repeats in the first row, there are two stitches left. In your instructions you say to finish with a sc in the last st made but you don’t say anything about skipping the 2nd last st. Is this just understood or have I done something wrong. I tried it twice and I still finish my repeats with two sts left.

  5. This is my favorite dishcloth/facecloth pattern… texture to scrub/exfoliate 🙂
    ~Tess

  6. That is really cute. I could see using that pattern in many ways. Thanks for another free pattern I thought that pattern would also make a few other cute items.

  7. Thanks Bethany 🙂 I appreciate you pinning it ! Very kind of you 🙂

    and I also appreciate you letting me know when you run into trouble with my instructions – there are many ways to explain how to crochet something – I never know which is more helpful unless people give me feedback 🙂 So thank you!!

    Have a great weekend,
    Rhondda

  8. Thanks so much for this additional information. Maybe you had written it out like that before on your blog or in a previous comment but I didn’t see it….so thanks for responding directly to me. Your added note helps me visualize it.

    I hope to be able to work on this over the weekend. If I am successful I will come back here and let you know!

    I pinned your blog post, so perhaps it will drive a bit more traffic to your blog. 🙂

  9. Hi Deena, I’m happy you had success 🙂 I wonder why the ends were uneven? If you make another, let me know where the problem seems to be so I can double check my maths 🙂 Thank you!! Rhondda

  10. Hi Bethany, It is very difficult for me to do video tutorials at the moment because of my small children (age 3 and 5) – but this might help you understand 🙂

    Using a single crochet stitch as an example: When you do a single crochet stitch, you insert the hook and pull up one loop, yarn over, then pull through two loops on the hook to complete the stitch.

    So for the bit that is causing the confusion, it is just the insert the hook and pull up one loop part that you need to do in the stitches indicated.

    Hope this helps 🙂 Rhondda

  11. I made this for my mom and she loved it!. I am trying to track her how to do it now. I only had trouble at the end of the rows, they didn’t all end the same so they were uneven. I undid it a few times and figured something out. Mine looked just like yours!

  12. I’m confused with the pull up one loop terminology. I’m hoping to find a tutorial on youtube to explain that.

    Have you thought about doing a quick video tutorial? 🙂

    I love this pattern and hope to be able to complete it.

  13. Hi Sharon 🙂 Fantastic! Let me know if you have any questions – I’m happy to help 🙂 Hugs, Rhondda

  14. Hi Rhondda,
    Sorry i am way behind on posting! I am making several sets with Dishcloths, Potholders, Crochet Towels and Scrubbers for Christmas gifts. These are going to be great in my sets. thank you!

    Hugs:)
    Sharon

  15. Thanks, I was doing it right, maybe I just need to go a little further into it for it to look better. You printed it right , just me . Thanks I’ll try again tonight.

  16. Hi Cynthia,

    It is no bother – I’m just trying to figure out how to explain.

    You sc in the first st only. Then you insert your hook into the first stitch (the same stitch you just completed the sc in) and pull up one loop, then you insert your hook in the next st and pull up one loop and insert your hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop. You should now have 4 loops on your hook. Now you yarn over and pull through all four loops on your hook. Then you chain 1.
    Then you insert your hook back into the last stitch (where you pulled up that final loop), and then pull up a loop in each of the next two stitches (so you again have 4 loops on your hook), yarn over and pull through all four loops, chain 1 and repeat this all the way across until you reach the end. In that final stitch you also make a single crochet stitch.

    I think I need to change the first ‘sc’ to ‘st’ in the instructions to clear up the confusion 🙂 Thank you for pointing this out and please let me know if you have any other questions (or if this didn’t help and you need me to try to explain differently!).

    All the best, Rhondda

  17. I am attempting the nubby dishcloth, just a little confused. Is there not but the 2 sc on easy row, is this right or am I suppose to put sc after the gathering (nub) stitch. Mine doesn’t look right either way. I’m sorry for bothering you with something as simple as a dishcloth but I do really like the pattern