A long time ago… a very long time ago, I made a spiral crochet motif – it is one of my most pinned photos, and lots of people have asked me for the pattern. But I lost my pattern notes, and couldn’t remember how on earth I had made it… The other day, when tidying up my yarn basket, I found the motif, unravelled it… and worked out what the heck I had done (well almost, I don’t think it’s quite the same, but it’ll do!).
Although this starts with a circle, the petals are worked in rows, and the first and last petal need to be stitched together when you have finished crocheting. The pattern is written in USA crochet terms – you can find a conversion chart just here. You can use any yarn and the appropriate hook to make this motif, but I used Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky available from my sponsors Black Sheep Wools. There’s 10% off any yarns or fabrics at Black Sheep Wools with the code VB10 until 31 March 2016.
Make magic circle/sliding circle then make 6 single crochet in the circle and tighten the loop. Alternatively, chain 4, join with a slip stitch, then crochet 6 single crochet in the loop. Join circle of single crochet with a slip stitch and make 9 chain:
Working back towards the centre circle, skip 3 chain and make a double treble crochet in the 4th chain from the hook.
Make 1 treble crochet in each of next 2 chains then make 1 double crochet in each of next three chains. This is how your first row should look. The blue arrow points to where you need to make the following slip stitch:
This is your first petal!
Make 1 slip stitch in the same place where you started then 9 chains (where that blue arrow is pointing) to join the first petal to the centre. Turn your work over for the second row, this is how it should look:
Row 2 Take your working yarn over to the back of your work, like this:
Make a half double crochet around the front post of the final double crochet crochet in the previous row.
Continue along the row, making a half double crochet around the front posts of the next two double crochets, around the two trebles and around the double treble. You should end up with something like this:
Row 3 Turn your work back to the front, and chain 3.
Skip 3 chain. Working in the front loops of the half double crochets you made in the previous row, make 1 double treble, 2 trebles and 3 double crochet. This is where your first double treble should go:
Make an slip stitch in the centre circle in the same stitch where you anchored your first petal, where that blue arrow is pointing:
This is your second petal completed!
Repeat rows 2 and 3 (ending with a 3) 10 more times, working around the centre circle, making 2 petals for each of the single crochets, until you have 12 petals. Finish with a slip stitch in the centre circle, cut your yarn, leaving a 6″ tail, and pull the tail through the slip stitch to finish. Your motif should look like this:
Using the tail of yarn, stitch the final petal so it overlaps the first petal. Bring the yarn up through the top of the stitch in the first row, and then round the post of the first stitch in the final petal. I hope you can see what I mean from this picture – this is looking from the back:
Here’s how it looks from the front:
Continue along, joining the length of the two petals together. Weave in your ends to finish.
Hope you like this little motif! Please let me know if anything isn’t clear in the pattern…. (in a nice way!).