Tutorial: Crocheting in spiral

Crocheting in spiral is the basis of amigurumi making - unlike crocheting in rounds, this creates a nice even fabric without a seam where the round ends.

This also means it will not be obvious where the last stitch of a round is, so if you don't want to keep counting your stitches, use a stitch marker to mark the first or last stitch of a round to keep track. I usually just draw the starting yarn tail through the last stitch.

Tip! There are occasions where you want to crochet joining rounds, when making a stripy toy for example, but most amigurumi toys are crocheted in spiral. 



1: mr, sc 6 (6)
2: inc x 6 (12)
3: (sc, inc) x 6 (18)
4: (inc, sc 2) x 6 (24)
5: (sc 3, inc) x 6 (30)

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1. Start with a magic ring, crocheting the required number stitches (in this
case six) into the loop. Do not join the round with a slip stitch.

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2. Do not start the second round with a chain, instead insert your hook
straight through the first stitch...

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3. ... and complete the first sc of round 2.

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4. Continue around your piece and finish round 2. As you can see, the
last stitch of the round is now already higher than the first stitch so you don't
need to start the next round with a chain. Just keep crocheting in spiral.

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5. And that's all there is. As you can see, you will get a nice even fabric
without a seam where the round ends.






Comment from: Stella Nicholson [Visitor]  
Stella Nicholson

All I get is a bowl? How can you crochet it flat with no increase in stitches?

10/04/17 @ 05:55
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Stella,

You will need to increase to get a flat circle, usually six stitches per round. In this example I am increasing like this:
1: mr, sc 6 (6)
2: inc x 6 (12)
3: (sc, inc) x 6 (18)
4: (inc, sc 2) x 6 (24)
5: (sc 3, inc) x 6 (30)
(see before the first photo)


10/04/17 @ 22:19
Comment from: Kara [Visitor]  

Thank you for your clear explanations and pictures through your website. But as I’m a fairly new crocheter I find the instructions somewhat unclear for the following:
3. (Sc,inc) x6 (18)
4. (Sc,inc) x6 (24). ….and so on.

For #3 do we sc 2 in every other stitch?
And similarly for #4 we sc 2 in every 3rd stitch?
We don’t just ad more stitches at the beginning or end of each row?

Thank you,
Just a Little Confused Kara 😆

28/12/17 @ 01:53
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Kara,

Yes, we increase by 6 stitches every round and we divide the increases evenly all around the piece, so for #3 we do 2 sc-s in every other stitch, for #4 in every third stitch, for #5 in every fourth stitch and so on.

But to make sure we get a nice even circle and not a hexagon, we switch up the place where we increase, so we start #3 with an increase and then do sc in next two stitches. You can read more about it here: http://engsidrun.spire.ee/blogs/blog1.php/crocheting-a-round-piece


28/12/17 @ 09:07
Comment from: Jeanette [Visitor]  

Have a pattern-it’s a Longhorn Horn, starts with 3 sts (not the normal 6) SO am having a really hard time! I’ve worked keeping my sts loose but no success! Any help appreciated!

29/01/18 @ 04:56
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Jeanette,

One trick is to let the edges curve up when you start the second round, so the wrong side is on the outside. And then turn it right side out after you’ve made the second round, you can use a larger hook to help push it out. But it is really fiddly starting with so few stitches, it might take a few tries to get it right.


30/01/18 @ 08:18
Comment from: Anne [Visitor]  

Am a beginner. At what point? when? do you put the marker to count rounds?
Can you send a picture or explain?
With many thanks in advanced.

19/02/18 @ 12:23
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Anne,

Finish the first round and then put the stitch marker in the last or the first stitch, so you know where the round ends. Finish the second round and then move the marker up and so on.


19/02/18 @ 16:57
Comment from: Anne [Visitor]

Wow that is brilliant! thank you very much for your quick reply! am well impressed.
I will keep in touch with you about my first project: the owl.
I am also looking into your Kits (great ideas for presents).
THANK you SO much for your time and patience.

20/02/18 @ 14:57
Comment from: Tish [Visitor]  

Please advise how you end the spiral once the desired height is reached so that it shows a round spiral in view of not starting and ending with a chain/3chains.

Your assistance will be much appreciated

11/06/19 @ 11:07
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Tish,

When crocheting in spiral, there will always be a little “step” where the round ends. I usually just slip stitch in then next stitch and fasten off. It won’t be perfect, but it’s totally fine when making toys - you can’t see it after you’ve sewn the toy together.


12/06/19 @ 05:29