How to crochet the tipsy clusters stitch (video and written instructions)

The tipsy clusters stitch showcases a pretty shell design and highlights its intricacy by interspersing it with some more straightforward double crochet work. This stitch looks lovely worked up into blankets, afghans and throws, and would even make a pretty scarf.
Although this pattern looks a little complicated, you should easily be able to master it if you're at an intermediate level and have come across fans and double crochet before. It involves only three simple stitches, chains, single crochet and double crochet.
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Watch the tipsy clusters stitch video tutorial:
Materials
You can use any yarn for this project but a DK or fingering weight would give the ideal balance between definition and delicacy. Check your manufacturer's band for hook size suggestions. You'll also need a pair of scissors and a tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
Abbreviations
* repeat from this point number of times required
ch chain
dc double crochet
rep repeat
sc single crochet
sk skip
st(s) stitch(es)
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Written instructions
To create this pattern, you'll need to make a foundation chain the right length for your project, in multiples of 12, plus 4.
Row 1: 1 sc in the 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each ch across row, turn.
Row 2: ch 3, sk first sc, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts, *sk next 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, ch 2, sk next 4sts, 1 dc into next 5 sts, rep from * along row, ending last rep with 1 dc into last 4 sts, turn.
Row 3: ch 3, sk 1st dc, 1 dc into each dc, *sk next ch2 space, 5 dc in 1st dc of next shell, ch 2, sk next 4 dc of shell, 1 dc in each of the next 5 dc; rep from * along, ending last rep with 1 dc into next 3 dc, 1 dc in top of turning chain, turn.
Repeat row 2 until your project reaches desired size.
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