How to Crochet a Spiral Curly Cue

Learn how to crochet a crochet spiral curly cue to add to hats, amigurumi, bags or any other project that needs a little something extra.

In this step-by-step tutorial we’ll show you just how easy it can be to add a fun finishing touch to your finished project

crochet spiral curly cue
technique overview

Quick, easy and pretty darn fun.

Crochet spiral curly cues are made with a single stitch, the double crochet, so knowing how to crochet a double crochet will be helpful, but not required. Our goal was to make this tutorial easy enough for a beginner to follow.

Although we used medium weight yarn for our demonstration, you can use any weight yarn, smooth or textured. Choose a hook that coordinates with the yarn. If you need help with this, refer to the yarn label for a recommended hook size.

put it to use

When to use a crochet spiral curly cue in your project

Curly cues are great additions to hats, especially those with ear flaps. We’ve also seen them used for tails and tentacles in various amigurumi projects. They’re also great in place of tassels or fringe.

see how it’s done

Crochet Spiral Curly Cue Tutorial

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Right-Handed Tutorial on YouTube


additional information

Used in Demonstration

  • Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (Colorway pictured: Delightful, white)
  • 6 mm Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

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pattern details


This pattern is written using standard US crochet terminology.

  • Ch Chain
  • Dc Double Crochet
  • Hk Hook
  • Rep Repeat
  • St(s) Stitch(es)
the pattern

Written Instructions

Row 1: Ch any number of sts that measure 2″ longer than the desired curly cue length. Add 3 more ch. 2 dc in 4th ch from hk. *3 dc in next ch. Rep from * to end of row.

Fasten off and use your fingers to twist the spiral curly into shape if needed. Use end to attach to project or weave them in.

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