Monday, June 6, 2011

how to work in a spiral fashion in crochet.

In order to avoid a seam when you are working in the round sometimes a pattern will ask you to work in a spiral fashion. In this tutorial we will look at how to work in a spiral fashion in both single and double crochet.




When working in sc often at the end of round 1 you would join the round with a sl st, ch 1 and then you would continue on to round 2.








To work in a spiral fashion you do not join your work at the end of the round, but rather you work your first sc into the first stitch of the round. It's important to mark this stitch with a safety pin or a stitch marker.







This is what your work will look like at the end of round 2. Continue working in a spiral fashion moving your stitch marker up as you go.








To work in a spiral fashion in dc it might be better to start with a smaller stitch on the first round and then work your stitches in ascending order (sc, hdc, dc), but it is possible to start your first round in dc.







Work your first dc into the first st of the round. Again it is important to mark this first stitch.











This is what your work will look like at the end of round 2.








You can finish off your last round by creating a tapered end. To do this work your final stitches in a decending order. For example you could work the last 6 stitches as follows: 3 hdc, followed by 3 sc.







Finish off by working a sl st into the first stitch of the round.





kim.

3 comments:

  1. Thank you so much!

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  2. How do you know how many to increase each round?

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    1. A pattern will tell you exactly what to do and how much to increase each round, but if you are improvising then you will need to know some basic principles. We found an excellent download, from Craftsy.com, that will walk you through the essentials of working in the round. You can find the download here: http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2016/04/guide-to-crocheting-in-the-round/

      Hope this helps and we are always here if you have any other questions :) Kim and Tara

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