Crochet Pinwheel Motif

This motif is worked as a continuous spiral. The size can be increased or decreased as required.

What you'll need
The size depends on the thread and the hook you'll choose to use. However, just to give you an idea of this motif's size, with dmc embroidery thread and crochet hook size 2 mm it will be 10 cm (about 4 inches) in diameter. You can use heavier thread and bigger hook, or thinner thread and smaller hook and you'll have a bigger or smaller motif. You will also need a needle to weave in loose ends and a pair of scissors.
If you want to stiffen the pinwheel motif, you will need white pva glue, stainless steel pins (or toothpicks), plastic wrap and some kind of foam/blocking board.


Instructions
Make a magic ring.

  • Round 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in the ring, pull the thread end to tighten the ring, join with sl st in first sc.
  • Round 2: Ch 1, sc in same stitch, ch 3, (sc in next sc, ch 3) 5 times.
  • Round 3: (Sc in next sc, sc in ch-3 sp, ch 3) 6 times.
  • Round 4: (Sc in 2nd sc, 2 sc in ch-3 sp, ch 3) 6 times.
  • Round 5: (Sc in 2nd sc, sc in 3rd sc, 2 sc in ch-3 sp, ch 4) 6 times.
  • Round 6: (Sc in 2nd, 3rd and 4th sc, 2 sc in ch-4 sp, ch 4) 6 times.
  • Round 7: (Sc in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th sc, 2 sc in ch-4 sp, ch 5) 6 times.
  • Round 8: (Sc in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th sc, 2 sc in ch-5 sp, ch 5) 6 times.
  • Round 9: (Sc in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th sc, 2 sc in ch-5 sp, ch 6) 6 times.
  • Round 10: (Sc in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th sc, 2 sc in ch-6 sp, ch 6) 6 times.
  • Round 11: (Sc in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th sc, 2 sc in ch-6 sp, ch 7) 6 times, join with sl st in 2nd sc.

Fasten off and weave in loose ends.

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Stiffening
Print out this blocking template. It will help you make this motif symmetrical. Tape it on your blocking board and then cover it with plastic wrap.
Prepare a mix of equal amounts of white craft glue and water, or use your preferred stiffening solution.
Soak the motif in the solution, squeeze out the excess and spread out the motif on the plastic wrap-covered pinning board, having right side facing up. Use stainless steel pins and start by pinning the center. Work your way out pinning as you go until you reach the desired look. While it is still wet, you can sprinkle glitter and make it sparkly. Let dry completely. Remove from the board.
To hang the motif, attach a piece of thread, yarn, ribbon, invisible thread or wire.

The stiffening solution will permanently damage your pins, so it's best to set the used ones aside for use in future starching projects.

Abbreviations
ch chain
sc single crochet
sp space
sl st slip stitch
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work instructions the number of times specified or work instructions in the stitch or space indicated or contains explanatory remarks
 
This tutorial is for personal use only
You can use it to make as many motifs as you like for yourself or as gifts for friends, but please don't make any for sale. Please feel free to borrow photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source. Do not reproduce my entire tutorial on your site. Thanks!