In order to avoid a seam when you are working in the round sometimes a pattern will ask you to work in a spiral fashion. In this tutorial we will look at how to work in a spiral fashion in both single and double crochet.
When working in sc often at the end of round 1 you would join the round with a sl st, ch 1 and then you would continue on to round 2.
To work in a spiral fashion you do not join your work at the end of the round, but rather you work your first sc into the first stitch of the round. It's important to mark this stitch with a safety pin or a stitch marker.
This is what your work will look like at the end of round 2. Continue working in a spiral fashion moving your stitch marker up as you go.
To work in a spiral fashion in dc it might be better to start with a smaller stitch on the first round and then work your stitches in ascending order (sc, hdc, dc), but it is possible to start your first round in dc.
Work your first dc into the first st of the round. Again it is important to mark this first stitch.
This is what your work will look like at the end of round 2.
You can finish off your last round by creating a tapered end. To do this work your final stitches in a decending order. For example you could work the last 6 stitches as follows: 3 hdc, followed by 3 sc.
Finish off by working a sl st into the first stitch of the round.