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How to Crochet the Pineapple Cluster Stitch

Learn how to crochet the Pineapple Cluster Stitch. This photo tutorial guides you step by step in how to crochet this beautiful puff like stitch.

At first glance, it’s difficult to tell the difference between bobbles, puff stitches, and even this pineapple cluster stitch.

The thing that sets the pineapple cluster apart from other similar stitches is how you finish each stitch.

At some point, in puffs and bobbles you’re pulling the yarn through all the loops to complete the stitch. Then you might chain one, or not (but that’s another topic and tutorial entirely), and move on.

A pineapple cluster finishes slightly differently. With this stitch, you pull through all but the last 2 loops. Then you yarn over and pull through those last two loops.

This creates a little top to the puffy body part of the stitch. These are all very technical terms here.

I suppose that’s how this cluster stitch resembles a pineapple? And how it got its name.

I would guess that some of you may know this stitch by a totally different name. It seems that happens often with crochet stitches. One stitch with multiple different names.

picture of crochet swatch in grey of pineapple cluster stitches

You can see from the swatch in the picture there’s quite a bit of space in between stitches.

I think this may be why I enjoy sprinkling the pineapple clusters in with other stitches. I use this technique in the Ambra Triangle Scarf pattern.

The Ambra Triangle Scarf crochet pattern features the pineapple cluster stitch in single rows. It’s boxed in by simple granny rows. I love how this stitch combines with other stitches.

Yarn

After finishing my Verso Scarf in Light Grey and Charcoal Whims Merino I had just a little left.

Like any good crocheter, I wasn’t about to let those scraps go to waste. So I’m using the leftover light grey worsted weight yarn to work up this swatch of pineapple cluster stitches.

It’s a beautiful combination. The light color really allows for the stitch definition to shine.

Stitch

I love this Pineapple Cluster stitch. If it’s a bobble, puff or pineapple I just can’t get enough of them.

I really enjoy adding rows of these eye catching stitches to break up the regular rows of stitches.

Like in the Ambra Triangle Scarf, the main stitch pattern is grannies. Those are just clusters of double crochet.

So keep it interesting I added rows of pineapple cluster stitches. These details make the pattern unique, while keeping it simple.

Morine covers the bobble, puff and popcorn stitches in this post. It’s great to see them all in one place!

Materials

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)

Ps-Pineapple Cluster Stitch

rep-repeat

st(s)-stich(es)

yo-yarn over

Level

Advanced Beginner-Intermediate

Adjustment

To crochet a different width swatch, you need a stitch multiple of 2, plus 2 more for the foundation chain.

For this tutorial, I chain 18 which yields a 5″ swatch. If I want a smaller width, I can chain 14 and get closer to 4″.

Likewise, for a wider swatch I can chain 36 and get about a 10″ wide sample.

Length is easy to adjust, just crochet more rows of pineapple clusters. It’s an easy one row repeat once you get the technique down.

How to Make a Pineapple Cluster Stitch-Written Instructions

Ps-Pineapple Cluster Stitch: Yo, insert hook into st, *{yo and pull up a loop}, in the same st rep from * 3 more times, yo and pull through 8 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops left on hook.

The full video tutorial for the Pineapple Cluster Stitch is also on YouTube.

picture of crochet pineapple cluster stitch swatch in grey with white crochet hook

How to Crochet the Pineapple Cluster Stitch

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $1

The Pineapple Cluster Stitch creates a puff like stitch.

Materials

  • Any weight yarn, in this tutorial I'm using a #4 medium worsted weight yarn, Furls Whims Merino

Tools

  • Crochet hook compatible with your yarn. I'm using a 5.5mm (I) Furls Odyssey Ergonomic Hook.

Instructions

  1. Ch 18, picture of crochet chain in grey yarn with white ergonomic crochet hook
  2. (Row 1) Yo, insert your hook in the 4th chain, I'm working into the back bump here. The skipped chs count as the first dc of the row.
  3. Yo, and pull up a loop (3 loops on your hook), *{yo + insert your hook into the same ch, yo + pull up a loop} (5 loops on your hook), rep from * again (7 loops on your hook), rep from * one more time (9 loops on your hook).picture of 9 loops of pineapple stitch on crochet hook
  4. Yo, and pull through 8 of the loops on your hook (that's all but 1 loop), you'll have 2 loops left on your hook.picture of last step for pineapple cluster stitch
  5. Yo, and pull through those last 2 loops on your hook. One Ps complete. picture of complete pineapple cluster stitch
  6. Ch 1, sk the next ch.picture of ch 1 after first pineapple cluster
  7. Rep Steps 2-6 in the next ch.
  8. Continue to rep steps 2-6 across the row.
  9. Dc in the last ch, and turn your work. picture of crochet pineapple cluster stitch row 1
  10. Ch 3, or use an alternative dc like I've done here.picture of crochet dc to start pineapple cluster row 2
  11. *{Ps in next ch sp, ch 1, sk the next Ps} picture of first pineapple cluster stitch of row 2
  12. Rep from * across to the last stitch,
  13. Dc in last st (top of ch), turn.
  14. Continue to repeat: Ch 3, *{Ps in next ch sp, ch 1, sk the next Ps} rep from * across the row, dc in last st, turn.

Notes

The full video tutorial for the Pineapple Cluster Stitch is also on YouTube.

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Finishing

Once your swatch is a long as you like, just cut the yarn and weave in ends.

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