Spiral crochet motif pattern

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!).

Spiral crochet motif

Pattern notes

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.

Pattern

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:

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Row 1 

Working back towards the centre circle, skip 3 chain and make a double treble crochet in the 4th  chain from the hook.

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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:

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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:

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Row 2 Take your working yarn over to the back of your work, like this:

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Make a half double crochet around the front post of the final double crochet crochet in the previous row.

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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:

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Row 3 Turn your work back to the front, and chain 3.

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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:

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Make an slip stitch in the centre circle in the same stitch where you anchored your first petal, where that blue arrow is pointing:

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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:

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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:

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Here’s how it looks from the front:

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Continue along, joining the length of the two petals together. Weave in your ends to finish.

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Hope you like this little motif!  Please let me know if anything isn’t clear in the pattern…. (in a nice way!).

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57 thoughts on “Spiral crochet motif pattern

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  2. Hello. I just came across your beautiful flower pattern. I’m going to try it in the next day or so, but I wanted to let you know that I so appreciated you giving the alternative to the beginning circle for us older crocheters. I’ve never made a ‘magic circle’, and was taught, and always use the chain so many, then join and insert so many crochets into the circle. I remember looking up that ‘Magic circle’ before, but never quite got the hang of it.

  3. Hello Ma’am!
    I’m from China and I’m in font of yarns!!
    I just made this motif thanks to your instruction and a lot of my friends love it.They want to make their own and they asked me to tell them the instructions. I’ve sent some of them the address of this article but unfortunately they couldn’t load this page as we have some firewall issue…What’s more,they didn’t really get all those crochet terms in English.
    I’m thinking about translating this article into Chinese and post it on my personal blog so that my friends can read. This is for fun and no commercial use.I’m going to crochet another motif and take pictures while making it,so I won’t use your photos here.However,for the instruction part I will credit properly and add an link to this article so my readers will know where the instructions come from.
    I hope I can have your permission to do so and I won’t post anything about your design on my blog before I have your reply.
    Best wishes,
    Zeze

  4. did anyone actually make this? After completing the first petal and joining it back to the center, the instructions are to fphdc around 3 dc, 2 tc, and a DOUBLE TREBLE that was not instructed to make on the previous row……..????

    1. Hi Jaime… although I find your question rather abrupt (hello, I am a just a fallible person sharing free patterns, not a crochet pattern creating robot!) – I will try and get to grips with it. Are you having difficulties with row 2? In which case you will see that there is certainly a double treble crochet in row 1, it is the first stitch that you make after the 9 chain. I hope I have understood your problem correctly – if not, do feel free to get back in touch, and we will see if we can figure out what the issue is.

  5. Hello! Thank you very much for your explanation (nice and simple, actually!!) but, above all, thank you so much for sharing: I’m sure you’re a lovely person!

  6. Thank you so much for this pattern. I usually don’t look at crochet items on flicker because there are never any patterns. I’m making a scarf with all different flowers and yours will be one if them. Thanks for your kindness.

  7. What a different pattern, love it, hope one of these days I can make it too, thanks so much for sharing your secrets.

  8. Thank you for this pattern though it is slightly different from the other one…I wonder how it would look made into a square to use for a blanket

  9. Brilliant, thank you! I shall be trying this out tomorrow. Just about getting there with crochet, don’t know why I’ve taken so long about it. So many lovely patterns and magazines about for this craft now, it’s finally shaking off its fuddy duddy image.

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