Lollipops

Crochet in the spiral with added slip stitch detailing, makes for the perfect swirly lollipop. A great rainy afternoon project, to make together with your little ones!

Materials

Yarn, Crochet hook, Scissors, Cardboard, Acrylic paint, Paintbrush Wooden dowel, Hot glue gun, Stitch Marker, iron.

Abbreviations

ch: Chain
sl st: Slip Stitch
sc: Single crochet (UK double crochet)
hdc: Half Double Crochet (UK Half Treble Crochet)
From now on, all crochet stitch abbreviations are written in US terminology.

Yarn & Hook

Any type of yarn can be used for this project along with the yarn manufacturers recommendation of hook size. However, this project works best if you use two different shades of yarn that contrast with one another.
I've used an 8ply mercerised cotton, along with a 4mm crochet hook (as recommended on the label of our yarn).

The Pattern

These lollipops are worked in a continuous round, so there is no need to join at the end of each round.
(Make sure to use a stitch marker to indicate the start of each round.)

Round 1:
Make a magic loop, 10 hdc into the loop. (10 sts)

Round 2:
2 hdc into each of the stitches from the previous. (20 sts)

Round 3: *2 hdc into first stitch. hdc into next stitch* Repeat between * and * 9 more times. (30 sts)

Round 4:*2 hdc into first stitch. hdc into next 2 sts* Repeat between * and * 7more times. 2 hdc into next stitch, sc into the next 2 sts. 2 sc into the next stitch, sl st into the next 2 stitches. Fasten off. (40 sts)

Flip your work over so that the back is facing you. Tie on a new color of yarn to the tail that hangs from the center of your work. (Picture A)

Once again, flip your work over so that the right side is facing you. From now on we are going to be working through the holes that spiral around our crocheted circle. (Picture B)




Insert your hook through the center hole. Pull through a loop of the new color of yarn that you have just tied on (Picture C)
Insert your hook through the next hole and pull a loop of yarn through. (Picture D) Then pull that loop through the loop that is on your hook to create a sl st. Repeat this until you have created a sl st spiral all of the way around your work.
Finally for the outside row of stitches, sc into each of the 40 sts. sl st into the first sc of the round and fasten off, sewing in all ends.



Joining your Bunting

Cover your work with a tea towel and with a hot iron gently press the work so that it lies as a flat circle.
Cut a circle of cardboard and paint it in a nice contrasting color to your lollipop.
Using a hot glue gun, glue the circle of cardboard to the back of your crocheted lollipop. This will help to keep the lollipop nice and ridgid. (Picture E)
Finally, cut a length of dowel (about 6 inches long) and paint it in your favorite color. Using your hot glue gun, glue the dowel onto the back of your lollipop. (Picture F)