Watch how to crochet the connected spiral stitch (video & written instructions)

The connected spiral builds up using double crochets and clusters to make an intricate and beautiful pattern.
This cosy yet sophisticated stitch is perfect for warm scarves, afghans and throws. You'll love its texture and adaptability.
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Watch the connected spiral video tutorial:
Materials
This textured stitch looks great in a medium weight yarn like a DK. Choose a variegated variety if you'd like the appearance of color changes without the complications of lots of loose ends. Your yarn manufacturer's band will have suggestions on hook sizes. You'll also need a pair of scissors and a tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
Abbreviations
* repeat from this point the required number of times
ch st chain stitch
CL4 cluster 4
dc double crochet
rep repeat
sk skip
yo yarn over
Special stitches involve in this pattern
The cluster 4 or CL4 is made as follows: work 3dc around the dc sp just created, leaving last loop of each dc on hook. Work 4th dc as directed in written instructions, also leaving last loop on hook (5 loops on hook). Now yo and pull through all 5 loops.
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Written instructions
This stitch is worked in multiples of 3 + 5, so first create a suitable foundation chain for the size of your project.
Row 1: Work 1dc into 6th ch from hook, *3ch, sk 2ch, work CL4 placing 4th dc into next ch; rep from * to last 2ch, 3ch, work cluster4 placing 4th dc in last ch, turn.
Row 2: 3ch, 1dc into next 3ch sp, *3ch, work CL4 working 4th dc into next 3ch sp; rep from * to end, working final dc into top of ch at beginning of previous row, turn.
Repeat row 2 until you have reached your desired length.
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