How to Crochet a Spiral String

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Crochet spiral strings are a form of corkscrew made from single crochet stitches worked into a crochet chain. The spiral can be a lazy curl or a tight ringlet depending upon on the length of the chain and number of single crochet stitches worked into each chain. Crochet spiral strings have many uses. Typically they are added to a string of single crochet stitches for decorative purposes. Applications for crochet spiral strings include shoe lace ties, hair ties or ties for hoodies.

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn or crochet thread
  • Crochet hook sized to match yarn or thread
  • Make a slip stitch with the crochet hook and yarn or thread and make chain stitches until it is the length that you want. You may need to make the chain longer or shorter than the finished length that you need depending upon the fiber composition. For example, tighter spirals can stretch acrylic yarn to a longer length. A 4-inch chain made with an "I" hook and medium weight acrylic yarn is about 4 inches long when two single crochet stitches are worked into each chain. The same chain is about 5 inches long when three or four single crochet stitches are worked into each chain.

  • Work two single crochet in the second chain from the hook and in each chain across for a loose spiral. With this method, a 4-inch chain with an "I" hook and medium weight yarn makes a string with about two and a half spirals.

  • Work three single crochet in the second chain from the hook and in each chain across for a medium tight spiral. With this method, a 4-inch chain with an "I" hook and medium weight yarn makes a string with about five spirals.

  • Work four single crochet stitches in the second chain from the hook and in each chain across for a very tight spiral. With this method, a 4-inch chain with an "I" hook and medium weight yarn makes a string with about seven spirals.

  • Work one single crochet in each chain to make a straight section of the string.

  • Fasten off when you reach the end of the chain. Either hide the yarn ends or leave as a decorative element at the end of the spiral string.

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