How to crochet in a spiral
Crochet Lessons for beginners, Unit 8
Today you will learn to crochet in the spiral. Crocheting in the spiral used often: when crocheting hats, laces, decorative elements, etc.
There are several ways to start crocheting in the round: a chain ring, a slip knot or a sliding loop. In this lesson we will use the most common way the chain ring. To make the ring you must to form a slip knot on your hook and make required number of chain stitches (in our example 5). Then join the chain with a slip stitch. Insert the hook into the first chain (under both front and back loops), catch the working yarn and pull it toward you through the work and then immediately pull it through the loop on the hook. You have formed a ring.
In order not to close the "tail" of yarn and to have the opportunity to further tighten hole of the ring you need to wrap the free end of the yarn around a ring in a clockwise direction. Here's what you should have:
The chain ring. There is a slip stitch in the hook.
Circle we will to crochet with the simple crochet stitches. Make one turning chain and mark it with a marker, so as not to lose the beginning of the row in the future. For this purpose you can use a piece of yarn of another color. Then work 5 single crochet stitches into the hole at the center of the ring. We made the first row, there are 6 stitches in it: 5 single crochet stitches and 1 turning chain (the turning chain is counted).
Crocheting in a spiral. The first row.
In the photo: the first stitch of the row is marked with a marker, there is a last stitch on the hook.
Continue to work in a circle, does not turn the work. In the second row you must add stitches in order to keep the circle flat. Work 2 single crochet stitches in the each stitch of first row around the circle. Now you have 12 stitches in the second row.
Crocheting in a spiral. The first row. The beginning of the second row.
There is a beginning of the second row in the picture. Made 2 single crochet stitches into the first stitch of the first row. The first stitch of the second row was marked with a marker.
Now you do not need to do a slip stitch and a chain stitch. You need to move a marker in the first stitch of each round.
Note: when crocheting in a spiral the first and the last stitch of row are arranged on different levels.
Crocheting in a spiral. The second row is finished.
There is a second row in the photo: the first stitch of the row is marked with a marker, there is a last stitch on the hook.
Let's see how to add stitches when crocheting in a round, to the circle look smooth and beautiful.
The main rule crocheting in the round - the number of stitches, to be added in each row, must equal the number of stitches in the first row, in our case - 6.
How evenly add stitches when crocheting in a circle is presented in this table:
|Row||Number of stitches|
|Scheme of adding||Total|
|1||6 stitches into ring (the turning chain is counted)||6|
In the table: in the green cells - the places additions of stitches (make 2 stitches in each stitch of the previous row), in the blue cells - the number of stitches between additions of stitches, in the cell "Total" - the total number of stitches in the row after adding.
For example, in the second row we make 2 stitches in the each stitch of the previous row, so the number of stitches between additions - 0.
In the third row we make 2 stitches in the first stitch of the previous row, then make 1 stitch in the second stitch, then make 2 stitches in the third stitch, and so we working till the end of the row.
In the fourth row we make 2 stitches in the first stitch of the third row, then make 2 stitches in the third stitch and then again make 2 stitches in the fourth stitch, and so on. The number of stitches between additions is increased by one with each new row.
Continue crocheting your swatch and make 10 rows.
As you noticed, the swatch is obtained with little angles. This is due to the uniformity of adding stitches: we add stitches one above the other, thereby forming the corners. This way of adding stitches is convenient and the chance of error is very small. But sometimes there are cases when we need a circle without the corners. To do this we do not add stitches one above the other and make them in different places. However, the total number of added stitches in a row should correspond to the main rule.Next lesson: How to crochet in the round