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?

04/10/17 @ 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)


04/10/17 @ 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 😆

12/28/17 @ 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


12/28/17 @ 09:07