Freeform Crochet Basics: The Spiral

Freeform crochet basics: the spiralBack in October I introduced you all to freeform crochet. Since then I’ve had a lot of fun exploring freeform techniques. Starting today I’m going to walk you through a few simple stitches and techniques to get you started in your own freeform crochet projects.

We’ll be starting off with the spiral. A spiral is made by crocheting in the round in a continuous way without joining the separate rounds with a slip stitch. The beginning can be made in various ways, crocheting in the first chain or making a magic circle being the most usual techniques.

The method used for inserting the hook adds to the look of the spiral, too. We’ll be going through all the techniques to make these different looks in this series, so don’t worry. 😉

For now we’re focusing on the purple spiral in the top left corner (above). It’s made with normal double crochet.

The Double Crochet Spiral

Chain 2.

Freeform crochet spiral

Into the first chain, make 2 single crochet …

Freeform crochet spiral

2 half double crochet …

Freeform crochet spiral

and 8 double crochet.

Freeform crochet spiral

Mark the last stitch with a marker or a thread. This is the last stitch of the first round.

Freeform crochet spiral

Do not join the first and last stitch of the first round, but continue by making the next double crochet into the first single crochet. Double crochet again in the same stitch.

Freeform crochet spiral

2 double crochet into each stitch all the way round (24 stitches).

Freeform crochet spiral

1 double crochet in the next stitch, 2 double crochet in the next stitch. Continue this way all around (36 stitches).

Freeform crochet spiral

And there you have it! One double crochet spiral.

In the next post of this series I’ll show you how to make a two-color spiral. Until then, be sure to read my first freeform crochet post to learn more!

~ Marina

Related posts:

– Freeform Crochet Part 1

– Freeform Crochet Basics: The Two Color Spiral

– Freeform Crochet Basics Part 4

– Freeform Crochet Basics 4b: Bigger Spirals

– Freeform Crochet Basics, Part 5. The Nautilus Shell

– Freeform Crochet Spiral Scrumble

– Freeform Crochet: Single Crochet Spiral

– Hump Stitch in Freeform Crochet

– Freeform Crochet World Let’s meet on Facebook!

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