Freeform Crochet Basics: The Spiral
Back 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
Into the first chain, make 2 single crochet …
2 half double crochet …
and 8 double crochet.
Mark the last stitch with a marker or a thread. This is the last stitch of the first round.
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.
2 double crochet into each stitch all the way round (24 stitches).
1 double crochet in the next stitch, 2 double crochet in the next stitch. Continue this way all around (36 stitches).
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!
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