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This is a simple, free tutorial to crochet a spiral rope. The spiral rope can be used for bag or basket handles or as rope in specific craft projects.
When doing a search for spiral rope, one finds several results showing lovely seed bead jewelry that employs a technique to create a spiral twist in the finished product. But did you know that the spiral rope is for more than just bead jewelry? That’s right. You can also crochet a lovely spiral rope to add to your crochet projects.
If you would like to learn how to make this lovely rope, please continue to read below for the easy-to-follow tutorial.
This Tutorial will teach you how to crochet a spiral rope easily. You can also call it a spiral cord or spiral tube if you wish, but they are all the same thing. When I first learned this spiral rope, I was very confused. The wrong side of the work was on the outside and the right side of the work was located on the inside. Furthermore, the single crochet stitches are not placed where they normally are. But after trying it out a few times and figuring out where all the stitches are, it became a lot easier.
Now, before I start teaching you how to crochet this spiral rope, I must explain to you where to put the stitch. Typically we put any kind of stitch underneath the V which is also known as the front and back loop. But there are other places where to add a stitch. The second most known way would be to add the stitch to either the front or the back loop. And the final way would be the 3rd loop behind the V.
Now the spiral rope is crocheted differently. You will add the stitches to neither of the just listed stitches, but rather the horizontal bar that is created when you crochet any basic stitches. To be more clear, the horizontal bar is the yarn strand that is created, and kind of hidden and never looked at, when two stitches are connected.
So when you crochet a single crochet, you need to be able to get your yarn from stitch to stitch, when that is the yarn strand used to connect two stitches. I have it shown on the picture (showing the back side of a single crochet) below which I found on Annie’s website. I added some text, color and an arrow to better show off the horizontal bar I am talking about.
If that picture is not very clear, be sure to check out the very detailed video tutorial below. I explain and show in detail where the horizontal bar is and where to place the stitches in order to crochet a spiral rope.
If you prefer to have the right side outwards, be sure to check out my video tutorial to learn how to crochet an I-cord. You can use the Spiral Rope for Bag Handles. the I-cord would take longer to create than the Spiral Rope, though. I may not have used the Spiral Rope for the Flower Shoulder Bag, but you can easily substitute the handles with this one.
But let’s get started with the actual photo and video tutorial for the Spiral Rope.
How to crochet a Spiral Rope – Photo Tutorial
1. First, make a magic ring and add as many single crochets as you wish. The more you add the bigger and thicker the spiral rope will be. In this example, I added 8 single crochets. Next, pull the ring closed and crochet 1 round (continuous with no slip stitches) of back loop single crochets (one stitch per stitch). Now you will start using the horizontal bar. I pulled the horizontal bar out a little bit in the picture below so you can see where it is.
2. Here I am showing you the horizontal ba from a different perspective. It is the upside down U you see closest to my finger, in the center of this sample.
3. To be even more clear, I inserted my crochet hook into the horizontal bar shown below. You will now create a single crochet right onto this horizontal bar to create a spiral effect.
4. This picture shows a dramatically elongated version of the horizontal bar. I decided to hold the yarn a bit longer before creating my next single crochet to show off what the horizontal bar actually is for. You can see very clearly here that it is the yarn strand connecting 2 stitches together. Most crocheters either never think about this stitch or are not even aware of it and that it can be used.
5. In the picture below, can you see the horizontal bar? Once you tried it out a few times, it really is easy to spot it.
6. So, now that you know where the horizontal bar is, just keep crocheting one single crochet onto each horizontal bar in a round as long as you need your crocheted spiral rope to be.
7. Once you get a bit further down, you might want to tilt the project to the side and keep crocheting that way as that might be more comfortable for your hands and wrists. So, just keep crocheting single crochets onto the horizontal bar to create a spiral rope.
If you found this picture tutorial too confusing, I highly recommend for you to check out the video tutorial below. Be aware I do provide a quick instructional lesson about the horizontal bar first as that might otherwise be to confusing if I would not have done that.
How to crochet Spiral Rope – Video Tutorial
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My friend Cheryl at Crochet 365 and Knit too also created a video and photo tutorial for the Spiral Rope. So if you don’t understand my version, you should try hers HERE. Also, I need to give my friend Cheryl from Crochet 365 Knit Too a big thank you for this tutorial idea. You are awesome!
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