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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36 thoughts on “Crochet Swirls (Tutorial)

  1. 1

    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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    uselessleopard says:

    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! !

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    Mairi in Kirkcudbrightshire Scotland says:

    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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    Rhonda S says:

    I’ve been addicted to making Granny Square slippers, which has been evolving, and I’m ready to venture out. Plus I’m sick to death of pompoms, so glad to have found your page off of Pinterest. I’m self taught, and your instructions are awesome.
    Big Thank you!

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    sanchita datta says:

    i just love this crochet swirl. Your tutorial was very useful and i have knitted it by my own. thank you very much for sharing this pattern. i wish i could upload a picture of my pattern.
    anyways thanks again.

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    Roberta says:

    I love your easy to crochet slippers whoch i am making now. I will also use the easy swirl flower to adorn them thank you so much for your easy to follow patterns.

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    Helen says:

    Thank you! This is exactly what I needed to find … and to try and do backwards and upside down! Why? Because I have a small amount of the border colour of my scarf left and I want that to be on the upper most edge of my rosette, and the main colour of my scarf to be on the lower edge of the rosette …. Wish me luck!

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    Gini says:

    Absolutely Beautiful. Your tutorial is also very clear and easy to understand. I’ll be making a bunch of these. Thanks for sharing freely with the world.

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    Bev says:

    Fabulous. Thanks for sharing. These Will go on the simple slippers a treat

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