This week in the crochet along, we made the spiral that begins our Tall ‘n’ Fast Flower Pillows. Crocheting spirals is one of my favorite techniques. It looks a lot more complicated than it really is. Once you start you won’t want to stop!
To get started, grab the yarn you want to use for A and B in the pattern. You’ll need your G-6 (4.00 mm) crochet hook as well. The spiral is also the pattern used for the gauge swatch, which I’ll go over in more detail after we have our spirals made.
Rnd 1: The first step is to make a magic loop with A. You’ll find a step-by-step tutorial of this on page 34 of your book. (I hope to put together a video of this soon!) There are other methods to make a magic loop, but after years of trial and error, I’ve found this one to be the easiest.
Work your first 4 stitches into the magic loop, but don’t close the magic loop just yet.
Remove your hook and pull on the loop where your hook was so that you won’t lose your stitches when you attach and begin working with B.
Attach B by making a slip knot and placing it on your hook. Hold the magic loop in your left hand. To sc into the magic loop, insert your hook into the loop from front to back, yo, pull through the loop, yo again and pull through both loops on hook.
Once you’ve made your B stitches into the loop, you’ll need to close the magic loop.
1) Here’s what yours should look like so far. (Except maybe for the kinks. My yarn was very kinky for some reason.)
2) Gently hold the A stitches between the thumb and pointer finger of your right hand. With your left hand, pull slightly on the tail end of A while watching which of the A loops gets smaller. See how in the photo below, one loop has shrunk!
3) With your left hand, pull on the shrunken loop until the magic loop magically closes! Except for that one loop that got bigger. No worries. We’ll take care of that next.
4) Pull the tail end of A again until this last loop is snug. And you’re all set!
Rnd 2: Now pick up B again. You’ll be working into each of the A stitches (yellow in this photo).
For each round in Rnds 3-7 you will be working into all the stitches of the opposite color. So for Rnd 3, pick up A again, and work 2 dc into each of the B stitches. The last stitch will be the one with the long loop of B. See it’s not so hard at all.
But be sure to count your stitches just to make sure you match the pattern throughout. Otherwise things might get complicated and we don’t want that. Here’s what your spiral will look like at the end of each round.
Fasten Off B with the Alternative Join Method (aka Needle Joining)
1. Cut the B yarn leaving a tail of at least 6 inches. Fasten off as you normally would by drawing the tail through the last stitch. Thread the tail onto a yarn needle or tapestry needle.
2. With right side of fabric facing you, pass the tail under both loops of the next stitch from front to back.
3. Insert the needle into the center of the last stitch of the round, under the back loop only, and out to the wrong side of the fabric.
4. Pull gently to adjust the stitch so that it looks invisible. Weave in the end on the wrong side of the fabric.
Now is a great time to measure the diameter of your spiral. Your spiral should measure 7” from one side to the other, through the center. (You can give or take up to 3/8” on either side without being too concerned.) But if it is really quite a bit smaller, you’ll need to try again with a larger hook. If it is larger, try the spiral again with a smaller hook.
See you next time for Rounds 10-13!