How to Do a Single Crochet Tube Spiral


The French began this needle art during the 18th century. Learning to crochet a tube-shaped or cylindrical spirals is useful in projects like sweater arms, socks, and hats. Tube-shaped spirals are simple to work and, unlike common stacked tubes, turn out seamless.

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Chain the length required for your project. Join the chain and form a ring by inserting the hook through both loops of the first stitch and making a slip stitch. If possible, measure or check the size of your tube before continuing.

  • Mark the end of the last round or start of the new round, if you are tracking rounds. Form round 2 by working one single crochet (sc) in each stitch in the chain.

  • Complete the round. Create round 3 of the tube spiral by working one single crochet in each stitch you made round 2.

  • Continue working the pattern working around. Finish off with a slip knot if you are ending your project with the tube spiral. Cut the yarn 2 to 3 inches from the slip knot. Use a yarn needle to weave the trailing end into the tube.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be careful not to increase or decrease the tightness of your stitches as you work. Changing the size of your stitches will cause your tube to contract or expand.
  • Track the rounds you've crocheted by using a marker, such as a safety pin, attached at the start of each round. Move the marker to start a new round.
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