How I made a Crochet Wind Spinner

This week, I gathered some scrap yarn and had some fun making crochet wind spinners. These are easily made in an afternoon and add a little bit of fun to the back yard.

I was looking through random videos on YouTube and stumbled upon (as you do) a tutorial on how to make the spinners. If you'd like to see the video, I'll link it up to  the end of this post. 

If you're a person who likes to read the instructions, I'll add here how I made mine so you can have a go at making one too... and so I can reference back to this in future.

Start with a 3.5 hook and just some regular 8 ply yarn. You don't need a lot of yarn, especially for the first couple of rows.

I've found it best to leave longish tails on both ends of the spinner until you decide where and how you want to hang it. 


In this pattern, we don't turn the work at the end of the rows. Cut and start fresh at the beginning of each row. 

I used the same white yarn for the first two rows, then yellow, green and finished with blue (in the spinner pictured above).

Chain 75 and tie off. (At this stage, go back and tie a little knot on your starting yarn tail so that you know the starting point).

SC to the end of the row and tie off.
Crochet 2 DC into each space of the previous row and tie off.
Crochet 3 DC into each space of the previous row and tie off.
SC to the end and tie off.

Feed through and trim the yarn tails, except for the first and last ones. One side will be used to hang some sort of weight (eg. beads or a tassel or pom-pom etc) and the other side will be where it's hung from.




Arrange (in a stack) your spinner so that it's a nice even corkscrew shape.

Add your weight to the bottom tail - this is where I added a tassel as I didn't have any large beads.

Now hang up your new wind spinner somewhere in the garden and enjoy.


Here's the link to the video that I watched to make the first spinner.

18 comments

Ann-Maree said...

Thank you. I'm going to give this a go! x

Fiona said...

I love these... will definitely give a go..... better go and dig out some yarn...
Thanks - I much prefer reading instructions than a video...
Hugz

Susan said...

This is another reason why I wish I could crochet! These look lovely! I really enjoyed watching the video of them twirling in the wind!

The Cozy Quilter said...

Such a fun project!

Janice said...

How nice and bright against the blue sky. As you say, adds some fun to the yard.

Raewyn said...

Such a fun idea - it looks great; I was sure it must have had some fine wire threaded through it!

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Enjoy!!

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Hopefully the instructions make sense. Once you make it once, it's really easy to remember the rows and make more.

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Hi Susan, once you get started with crochet, it's really quite easy with only a few basic stitches used in different variations for most patterns.
I learned by watching BellaCoco on YouTube and for me, the trickiest part was figuring out the best way to hold the yarn and hook.
When it comes to crochet, I say go for it. Grab a size 4 hook (which is a common size) some cheap yarn and jump in :)

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Thank you!

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

I do love making and looking at these, although the rest of my family don't seem to appreciate them as much as I do.

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

These are fun to make - and fast!
I think using a smaller hook and a tighter stitch helps them hold their shape nicely.

loulee said...

Thank you for sharing. Sad to have missed you in Zoom on Saturday.

Unknown said...

Hi thanks for your clear instructions.
For best spinning does a weight on it help, or does a light tassel work better?
Thanks

One for Fun said...

Thanks! I made it - easy and so much fun and I must say really cute. I'm making some for Christmas gifts but not in Christmas Colors - in people's fav colors so they can enjoy it all year!

One for Fun said...

Hi - I found a weight is needed in order to hang correctly. I did one with just a small tassel and it didn't look right so I added some weight at the bottom and now it's great. I love these - so much fun for yourself and others.

Jill said...

This is really beautiful. Thank you so much for the instructions.

happyjax said...

Ive already made a couple... nice busy work for waiting rooms and other spare moments... once remembered, no need to consult a pattern. thank you.