How to Do a Single Crochet Flat Spiral

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    Crocheting in a flat spiral can make attractive yarn projects, but it can be tricky to keep your spiral truly flat. The secret lies in the number of stitches you use and how often you increase stitches. Flat spiral projects include items like coasters or hot pads, sections of granny squares for an afghan blanket or fine, lacy doilies. Use these steps to practice a basic flat spiral.

    Chain five stitches. Join the chain and form a ring by inserting the hook through both loops of the first stitch and making a slip stitch.

    Work twelve single crochet (sc) around the loop. Work the stitches in the center of the ring, not into individual stitches of the chain.

    Work two single crochets (sc) in the first single crochets (sc) in round two. Work one single crochet (sc) in the next stitch.

    Continue working stitches around the loop using an alternating pattern of two stitches in one stitch, then one stitch in the next stitch, as you work around the circle.

    Make your spiral lay flat by decreasing the frequency in which you work two stitches in a single stitch for each round. Work two single crochets (sc) in every third stitch for the third round, then work two single crochets (sc) in every fourth stitch in the fourth round, and so on until the spiral is the size you want.

    Finish off with a slip knot if you are ending your project with the spiral. Cut the yarn several inches from the slip knot and use a yarn needle to weave the trailing end into the tube so it isn't visible.

    • Adjust the number of stitches in the first round as needed to account for the size of your yarn, but make sure you use an even number of stitches.
    • Use a stitch marker, such as a safety pin, attached at the start of each round. When you reach the marker, count one more completed round.