How To: Crochet In The Spiral - Easy Tutorial


When I first started on my crochet journey an odd 5 years ago I never could have dreamed that I would still be as in love with crochet today as I was all those dozens of months ago! The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating something truly special and unique as hundreds of techniques and stitches are in our arsenal (or overflowing Pinterest boards), ready and waiting to be used in interesting combinations to design beautiful pieces to wear or adorn our homes. 

Today I'm excited to be sharing with you one of my favourite crochet techniques, on how to crochet in the spiral! If you've tried out a few of my patterns over the last couple of years you may have noticed that plenty of my hat and baby bootie patterns use this clever approach to the standard manner of crocheting in the round.

Crocheting in the spiral is the technique of working in the round in a continuous manner, without joining the separate rounds with a slip stitch. You’ll notice how using this technique eliminates any trace of an unsightly seam, keeping your work nice and neat. It also creates a unique spiral design (thus the name), making it the perfect method to use when crocheting all those pretty beanies, sturdy baskets and beautiful rugs!


Learning a new crochet technique always leaves me giddy with excitement and eager to try it out - How about you? If you're keen to challenge yourself this weekend, you're in luck as this helpful step-by-step video tutorial will guide you through all the necessary steps needed to learn how to "Crochet in the Spiral"; In an easy to follow speed!


+MATERIALS
Crochet Hook - 5.00mm (H/8)

+ STITCHES & ABBREVIATIONS
st(s) - stitch(es)
sl st - slip stitch
ch – chain stitch

+ PATTERN
Note: Crocheting in the spiral is the technique of working in the round in a continuous manner, without joining the separate rounds with a slip stitch.The most common ways to start the 1st round is by crocheting in the 1st foundation chain or making a magic circle.

+ SC VERSION
Rnd 1: Ch2 (counts as 1st sc), 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not sl st in the 1st st of this rnd. (6 sts)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in every st. Do not sl st in the 1st st of this rnd. (12 sts)
Rnd 3: *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * all around. Do not sl st in the 1st st of this rnd. (18 sts)
Rnd 4: *1 sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * all around. Do not sl st in the 1st st of this rnd. (24 sts)

+ HDC VERSION
Rnd 1: Ch2 (counts as 1st hdc), 7 hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not sl st in the 1st st of this rnd. (8 sts)
Rnd 2: 2 hdc in every st. Do not sl st in the 1st st of this rnd. (16 sts)
Rnd 3: *1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st. Repeat from * all around. Do not sl st in the 1st st of this rnd. (24 sts)
Rnd 4: *1 hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st. Repeat from * all around. Do not sl st in the 1st st of this rnd. (32 sts)

+ DC VERSION
Rnd 1: Ch3 (counts as 1st dc), 11 dc in 3rd ch from hook. Do not sl st in the 1st st of this rnd. (12 sts)
Rnd 2: 2 dc in every st. Do not sl st in the 1st st of this rnd. (24 sts)
Rnd 3: *1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * all around. Do not sl st in the 1st st of this rnd. (36 sts)
Rnd 4: *1 dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * all around. Do not sl st in the 1st st of this rnd. (48 sts)

+ REPEAT
Then for rnd 5, crochet 1 sc/hdc/dc in each of the first 3 sts, and 2 sc/hdc/dc in the following st. For rnd 6, crochet 1 sc/hdc/dc in each of the next 4 sts, and 2 sc/hdc/dc in the following st. And so on and so forth...


Is there a specific crochet stitch or interesting technique you'd love to learn? I'm always open to new ideas and inspiration when it comes to sharing crochet with the world!

Be sure to use the tag #hopefulhoneyhive on Instagram to show me your spiral!
Have a lovely day crocheting...

Magnolia Blossom Wrap - Crochet Pattern


Familiar and calming, the tranquility of the magnolia tree evokes something special and free in all of us. It’s sturdy base the ideal thing to lean against as you enjoy the last chapter of your latest book. As the pastel petals dance away on the wind, their gentle rustling becomes an eloquent reminder that autumn is upon us.

As the air turns cool and crisp, embrace your inner free spirit with the Magnolia Blossom Wrap, a delicate piece designed to be worn with anything and everything.

From the airy design to the little details that work harmoniously together, it’s clear to see how this versatile wrap will quickly become your new favourite layering piece to drape over any ensemble - helping to bring a touch of warmth to your cool shoulders.



+ ADD TO CART

+ MATERIALS
4.50mm (7) Crochet Hook
1050 [1200yds] DK Yarn (8ply) - Sirdar Cotton DK
Tapestry Needle

+ SIZE
Changes for “Teen/Women's” size are in [ ].

6 – 12 Yrs (Child)
Width: 57" (145cm)
Length: 28.5” (72cm)

Teen/Women's
Width: 67.5" (171cm)
Length: 32” (81cm)



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Hope you all enjoy this pattern for boho-chic wrap.
Be sure to use the tag #hopefulhoneyhive on Instagram to show me your version of my design!
Have a lovely day crocheting...

Sea Spray Bohemian Top - Crochet Pattern


Get lost in the mystery and tranquility of the ocean with the whimsical Sea Spray Bohemian Top... As you admire the vastness of the horizon with the sun gently slipping behind the rolling clouds, throw this extra layer over your favourite sundress, helping to bring a touch of warmth to your cool shoulders. From the lightweight design to the delicate nature of this versatile top, this stylish piece ticks all the right boxes!


Can't you just picture this boho top being worn on a trip to the seaside, as you inhale the sharp, salty smell of the air. For this delicate design I knew I wanted to work it up in a light cotton with an airy stitch, helping to make this piece as soft and flow-y as an ocean breeze.

While on the hunt for the perfect yarn, We Are Knitters reached out and it wasn't long before we teamed up on this fun design as for the longest time I've been obsessed with the smoothness of their pima cotton yarn! If you've never heard of them before you must be living under a rock as they have a massive selection of the most beautiful fibres, kits and patterns ("The Wool" being a fave of mine)!.. Something for everyone, whether you're an absolute newbie or a crochet veteran. They've just celebrated their 6th year together, and it's easy to see why they've been so successful as practically every crocheter or knitter has their yarns on their Christmas wish-list this year!


When I first spotted their pima cotton in this beautiful hue, I could already feel my toes curling in the sand, and the warmth of my sun-kissed cheeks... Without any hesitation I knew it was the perfect fit for this boho top!

The great thing about this pattern is that the construction is pretty simple, and the overall design uses a lot of repeats helping you to enjoy a peaceful, and stress-free crochet experience... If you're ready to dive into this pattern, you can find the free pattern below or purchase an ad-free, printable PDF here!


+ ADD TO CART
Purchase the ad-free, printable PDF pattern here.

+ MATERIALS
4.50mm (7) Crochet Hook
520 [720yds] DK Yarn (8ply) - We Are Knitters The Cotton Wool
Tapestry Needle

+ SIZE
Changes for “Women's Medium/Large” size are in [ ].

Teen - Women's Small/Medium
Width: 21.5" (55cm)
Length: 15” (38cm)

Women's Medium/Large
Width: 23.5" (60cm)
Length: 16.25” (41cm)

+ GAUGE
17 stitches + 19 rows = 4"/10cm in single crochet

+ ABBREVIATIONS
(All Hopeful Honey patterns are written in standard US terms.)
st(s) - stitch(es)
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet
cl - cluster stitch


+ PATTERN
Note: This pattern is worked in the row. The finished panels are seamed together to form the top. It is imperative to check gauge and maintain an even tension throughout to ensure pieces ft together. 

Cluster Stitch (cl)
Yarn over, insert hook into the next st. Yarn over, draw up a loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. *Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch. Yarn over, draw up a loop. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. Repeat from the * twice. (4 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through all 4 loops on hook.

TOP (FRONT & BACK):
Note: Repeat the “Top (Front & Back)” pattern twice to create two seperate pieces; The front and back panels.

Ch66 [74] using yarn and 4.50mm hook.
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in next 64 [72] sts. Turn your work. (65 [73] sts)

Row 2: Ch3 (counts as 1st dc and 'ch1'). Skip 1 st, 1 dc in next st. *Ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next st. Repeat from the * 30 [34] more times. Turn your work. (33[37] sts)

Row 3: Ch3 (counts as 1st dc and 'ch1'). Skip 'ch1' space, 1 dc in next st. *Ch1, skip 'ch1' space, dc in next st. Repeat from the * 30 [34] more times. Turn your work. (33 [37] sts)

Row 4 – 8 [9]: Repeat row 3.


Row 9 [10]: Ch2 (counts as 1st dc). *1 dc in next 'ch1'space. 1 dc in next st. Repeat from the * 31 [35] more times. Turn your work. (65 [73] sts)

Row 10 [11]: Ch2 (counts as 1st dc). 1 dc in next 64 [72] sts. Turn your work. (65 [73] sts)

Row 11 [12]: Repeat row 2.

Row 12 [13] – 17 [18]: Repeat row 3.

Row 18 [19]: Ch1, 1 sc in same st. *1 sc in next 'ch1'space. 1 sc in next st. Repeat from the * 31 [35] more times. Turn your work. (65 [73] sts)


Row 19 [20]: Ch1, 1 sc in same st. *Ch4, skip 3 sts, 1cl st in next st. Ch4, skip 3 sts, 1 sc in next st. Repeat from the * 7 [8] more times. Turn work. (17[19] sts)

Row 20 [21]: Ch2 (counts as 1st dc). *Ch4, 1 sc in next cl st from previous row. Ch4, 1 cl st in next sc from previous row. Repeat from the * 6 [7] more times. Ch4, 1 sc in next cl st from previous row. Ch4, 1 dc in next sc from previous row. Turn work. (17 [19]sts)

Row 21 [22]: Ch1, 1 sc in same st. *Ch4, 1 cl st in next sc from previous row. Ch4, 1 sc in next cl st. Repeat from the * 7 [8] more times. Turn work. (17 [19] sts)


Row 22 [23] – Row 34 [37]: Repeat rows 20 [21] – 21 [22].

Row 35 [38]: Ch1, 1 sc in same st. *Ch1, 1 hdc in 3rd ch of next 'ch4' space. Ch1, 1 dc in next sc from previous row. Ch1, 1 hdc in 2nd ch of next 'ch4'space. Ch1, 1 sc in next cl st from previous row. Repeat from the * 6 [7] more times. Ch1, 1 hdc in 3rd ch of next 'ch4' space. Ch1, 1 dc in next sc from previous row. Ch1, 1 hdc in 2nd ch of next 'ch4' space. Ch1, 1 sc in next dc from previous row. Turn work. (17 [19] sts)

Row 36 [39]: Repeat row 18 [19].

Row 37 [40]: Repeat row 2.


Row 38 [41 – 43 [46]: Repeat row 3.

Row 44 [47]: Repeat row 9 [10].

Row 45 [48]: Repeat row 10 [11].

Row 46 [49]: Repeat row 2.

Row 47 [50] – 52 [56]: Repeat row 3.

Row 53 [57]: Repeat row 18 [19].

FINISHINGS:
Block the front and back panels to correct height/width. (Check “Assembly” diagram below) Turn both pieces horizontal, ensuring that wrong sides are facing out.


Seam sides along the top of the top, leaving approx. 15”/38cm (16”/41cm) open at the neck. Seam along both sides of the top, leaving approx. 8”/20cm (9”/23cm) open for armholes. Block pullover top to size and shape.
Fasten off, and weave in loose ends.


Hope you all enjoyed the pattern for chic beach cover-up.
Be sure to use the tag #hopefulhoneyhive on Instagram to show me your version of my design!
Have a lovely day crocheting...
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