Crochet Swirls (Tutorial)

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This is a little crochet swirl.

You might have seen me using it in this project.

And since I gave you a pinky swear promising I’d show you how it’s done, here it is.
But before I start, I’d just like to let you know that I am no crochet guru. Not by a long shot. I am kind of a psychotic, hysterical, constant trial and error experiencing person who, despite that all, loves her yarns and her hook.

Which in short means that I really hope the following sentences make at least some sense.
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Here’s what you need.

Two yarns of different color – the bulkier the yarn the bulkier the swirl.

You also need one hook that will work well with your yarns, a needle and a pair of scissors.

Let’s pretend that is not a hair cutting scissors.


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The whole swirl has only four rows. This is the first one:

1. Row: 43 ch (ch = chain stitch).

2. Row: 1 dc (dc = double crochet stitch) into the fourth chain stitch from the hook, 1 dc into each remaining chain stitch.

3. Row: 3 ch, 1 dc into the first stitch from the hook, 1 dc in next stitch, 2 dc into next stitch, *1 dc in next stitch, 2 dc in following stitch*, repeat *…* till the end of the row.

4. Row: with a changed yarn color, 2 ch, 1 sc (sc = single crochet stitch) in the first stitch, 1 ch, *1 sc in next stitch, 1 ch*, repeat *…*.

Finish off.


You have just created a funny curly strip.

Now twist the strip into a nice shape.

Using a needle and some yarn, sew some stitches in the middle and along the edges only to fixate the whole swirl.

I made only three stitches and that was it.

I can imagine these on scarves, slippers, headbands or as a brooch even.
Hopefully, I didn’t break your brain.

Enjoy, dear friends!


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34 Responses to Crochet Swirls (Tutorial)

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    Awesome Work!


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    ldh says:

    Very pretty! Your tutorial looks great :) You really do have a very pleasant and happy place here. I always feel a joy when stopping by!

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    Your crocheting has definitely inspired me, I am currently attempting to crochet a penguin (possibly a little ambitious given I’m a complete beginner!) he will be 9inches tall when I’m finished with him and he will be my friend’s 21st birthday prezzie (as long as I don’t destroy him in a raging craze due to my confusing with crocheting in rounds :P). Loving the projects, I’m on a mission! xxx

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    Tammy says:

    These are too cute. My daughter saw it and has already requested a few as an addition to a sweater. Great excuse to visit the new yarn shop in town. 😉

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    I used prudent babies fabric flower on just about everything I could. I can now picture myself making the swirls again and again! THANK YOU!

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    saltymom says:

    sweet ! this will make a great project while I wait for my kid’s saturday class to end.
    oh, and I’ve got photo envy !

  7. 7

    Great tutorial. I love it, thanks for sharing

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    Yarnaholic says:

    I’m so flippin excited I can’t stand it. I’ve been looking for some cute embelishments for headbands and scarves, and I can’t wait to try this out. I’ll also be adorning a pair of slippers from your super-easy slipper pattern! Thanks so much for the descriptive photos and tutorial. Love it!

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    shannon says:

    Gorgeous! Thank you.

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    Melodie says:

    Wow, I love this swirl! I’m attempting to make this, but I can’t seem to fixate the swirl as nicely as yours. Mine looks too bulked together so all I see is the colour from the last row :S Maybe the yarn I’ve used is too thick!

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    Ghita Debattista says:

    Fantastic work, and considering it’s so easy to do when you have just the beginners aptitude. Thanks dear.

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    Liz Hartesvelt says:

    I’m going to try this swirl idea, so pretty. Am rather a novice at crochet but find it a nice way to pass a long winter when I can’t be in my flower garden. Many thanks. Liz

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    FayC says:

    I love this! So simple yet beautiful! Thank you

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    Joanna says:

    Love the tutorials…the pics that accompany the instructions…love love love it :)

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    Margie Livingsto says:

    This is a great pattern. I have been searching for these instructions on how to crochet a swirl for the past 3 week. This is marvelous. Thanks for the instructions. Take care!!

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    Harley Cox says:

    I don’t no why u think ur so horrible at patterns, I understand urs so much better then books! Its not all fancy, just to the point this is how u do it. Lol…. Love em! O an the pics help a lot to. :)

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    Rae says:

    I made a pretty hat and embellished it with one of your swirls. I’m constantly getting, “where did you buy that! It’s adorable!” You should see the looks I get when I tell people I made the hat.

    Thank you for the wonderful tutorials!

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    Diane says:

    Petra could you show us a little more in detail how you made it into a swirl? I sure would appreciate it. It is so cute I want to make some but know I will not beable to make it swirl like you did without some further instructions. Thanks so much Petra….Diane

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    Christe says:

    I have it up to the “funny curly strip” but I’m not sure how to actually make the swirl. :/ Is there a way you can video/take pictures of how exactly you knit it in? Also, is there a way to crochet it instead of knit that part? I don’t know how to knit, which is why I’m asking but if that’s the only way, I can learn. 😀

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    Grace Lee says:

    I love your blog and the things you make.
    Your tutorials are so well explained.
    Your swirls are lovely on your slippers.

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    rebecca says:

    I don’t think I did it correctly but it worked all the same. this is great thanks :)

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    Alizey Muaaz says:

    wow….. ShoOoOo Shweeeeet N Cute Flower….

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    SomeWhereInSC says:

    Thank you soooooooooooo much! Just made my first flower! Love this pattern.

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    Shawna says:

    Love this!! I was thinking of a much harder way when I saw it but it’s actually so simple!!! Very creative and thank you for sharing :)

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    Sandra Ware Walton says:

    I absolutely love your sense of humor ! And I love your work! !

  29. 29

    Lovely Petra. I enjoyed making it and inspired to do more.

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    Kathy king says:

    This is the best site ever. I can’t get off it. I am sending it to all my friends. Thank you

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