Freeform Crochet Basics Part 4
Here’s a few more ideas for making spirals.
Spiral to circle
This is how you can make the spiral into a circle by tapering the end:
Start by crocheting a spiral. When it is as big as you want it, start tapering this way:
Make 3 half double crochet, 3 single crochet, and a slip stitch, into the stitches of the previous round. This brings the level down to meet the previous round and the spiral shape turns into a circle.
You can make the end shorter too by making just 2 HDC, 2 SC and a SL ST.
If your spiral is made of only single crochet stitches, then you taper off with a few slip stitches until the shape is round enough.
Extra Relief Spiral
You can add an additional spiral shape to your spiral. It’s easy and effortless. Just make all the stitches into the back loop of the previous round as seen in the picture below. That’s how I made the red spiral in the picture above.
The Three Color Spiral
First follow the directions for the Two Color Spiral.
Here’s a quick recap:
With yarn A make a Magic Circle. Work 1 chain, 1 single crochet, 1 half double crochet, 2 double crochet into circle. Attach yarn B and work the same stitches as with yarn A.
For the three colored spiral you attach the third yarn C and repeat the same stitches.
Return hook to yarn A, work 2 double crochet into next 4 stitches. Repeat with yarn B and C.
Return hook to yarn A and work *1 double crochet in the next stitch, 2 double crochet into next*, repeat from * to * eight times. That makes 13 double crochet from the first single double crochet. You can of course add more, but be mindful of the increases. As you make more rounds, make less increases per round.
Fasten off. Do the same with yarn B and then yarn D
The Four Color Spiral
Do it as you did the Three Color Spiral, but add a fourth yarn and work it the same way as the others.
Be mindful of the yarns. With four beginning tails, four yarns, and three empty loops, you could easily get all tangled up!
If you want to add a fifth or sixth color, you should not make any increases in the beginning. It gets too crowded, and you will end up with a messed up hyperbolic plane! (I will talk about hyperbolic planes in Part 6)
In case you would like to try to make an Eight Color Spiral, there’s an excellent tutorial by Laura on her blog the crochet case.
In Part 5 I’ll show you how to make a pretty Nautilus Shell!
What would you make with these spirals?
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