How to: Hyperbolic Crochet

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How to hold a crochet hook and yarn while working.
How to hold a crochet hook and yarn while working. (Image: Steve Mason/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Hyperbolic crochet is a great way to make scrubbing puffs, decorative pieces that look like roses, sea plants, or interesting sculptured shapes. While it looks complicated, hyperbolic crochet is easy to do, and involves only a couple of stitches: chain and double crochet. It’s also a great way to practice increasing in crochet. Any material that can be crocheted with can be used for it -- including cut-up plastic shopping bags. For this example, use yarn or dishcloth crochet cotton.

Things You'll Need

  • Crochet hook
  • Skein of yarn or dishcloth crochet cotton

Chain 4. Make 8 double crochet in the first stitch. Join to top of 4th stitch of chain with slip stitch -- 9 stitches around.

Chain 3, double crochet in same space as slip stitch, 2 double crochet stitches in next stitch, and repeat in each stitch. Join in top of chain 3 with slip stitch -- 18 stitches around.

Chain 3, double crochet in same space as slip stitch, 2 double crochet stitches in next stitch, and repeat in each stitch. Join in top of chain 3 with slip stitch -- 36 stitches around.

Chain 3, double crochet in same space as slip stitch, 2 double crochet stitches in next stitch, and repeat in each stitch. Join in top of chain 3 with slip stitch -- 72 stitches around.

Chain 3, double crochet in same space as slip stitch, 2 double crochet stitches in next stitch, and repeat in each stitch. Join in top of chain 3 with slip stitch -- 144 stitches around.

Continue working rounds in the same manner until the piece is as large as desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • If desired, the final row can be any of the following: one single crochet in each stitch; a simple picot (3 single crochet) in each stitch; or a fancy picot -- such as 1 single crochet, chain 5, 1 single crochet -- in each stitch
  • Remember to take breaks while working to avoid repetitive stress issues.

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