A customer asked the the other day about working in a Continuous Spiral when making amigurumi so this is just a quick photo tutorial on just how it works. (The photos aren’t great but you can get the idea!)
Basically working in a Continuous Spiral means that you just keep crocheting around and around without any slip stitches at the end of the round or chains at the start.
Note: This tutorial is written using UK terminology. If you’re in the US then dc means sc for you!
So let’s presume we’re working a pattern that starts something like this:
Make a Magic Ring
Rnd 1: Dc 6 times into magic ring (6 sts)
Rnd 2: 2 dc in every st (12 sts)
Rnd 3: *1 dc, 2 dc in every st (18 sts)
Rnd 4: *2 dc, 2 dc in every st (24 sts)
Rnd 5: *3 dc, 2 dc in every st (30 sts)
Step 1: You make your Magic Ring and work 6 dc into into. You’ll have something that looks like this. (If you don’t know how to make a Magic Ring you can find a tutorial here.) It’s usually a good idea to place a stitch marker on your last stitch here so you don’t lose your place.
Note: When using stitch markers in amigurumi you have a couple of choices of just how to use them. You place it at the end of your first round and leave it there without moving it (this is what I’m doing in this tutorial). If you are new to crochet or amigurumi this could be a little bit confusing and you mightn’t be able to spot where the round ends so if you’re a newbie I recommend moving the stitch marker at the end of every round and placing it on the last stitch. That way you can’t go further than you’re supposed to!
Step 2: To start your next round just insert your hook into the next stitch and start crochet as normal. So for this pattern that means I’m going to work 2 dc into every st.I DO NOT sl st to the first st nor do I make a ch1 at the start of the round, I just start straight into the next round.
Step 3: When you get to the stitch with the stitch marker in it go ahead and work how ever many dc’s the pattern calls for. (2 dc in this instance) You can either leave the stitch marker here or you can move it and place it onto last st you just worked.
Step 4: The next round is “*1 dc, 2 dc in next st* rep from* so that’s exactly what you do. You start straight into that round without any sl st or ch.
You keep working the pattern like that, in a continuous spiral. If you look closely at your crochet or the above photo you can see there’s no physical end to every round like you would have if you worked a sl st at the end of every round. When working this method the stitches just keep going around and around. If you trace the stitches from the first to the last you’ll see how it works up into a continuous spiral.
I hope that makes it a little bit clearer what is meant by continuous spiral in amigurumi!