Squiggly, Wiggly Crochet Technique

Squiggly, Wiggly Crochet

This can be a very confusing crochet technique. It took me a while to figure it out. The squiggles are made on a crocheted open mesh. I have seen this technique (by my grandmother) used to make rugs, hot mats, place mats, pillows, etc.

squiggly wiggly crochet on open mesh

Below is the back of the Squiggly Crochet. With this picture I charted the direction of the way the stitches go around.

Squiggly, Wiggly (visual) pattern(Click on the above chart/picture to see a larger view).

I did my best to try to explain this technique. With that said, here goes.

Squiggly, Wiggly Crochet Technique-

Squiggly/Wiggly Crochet is worked on an odd number of open meshes and rows.

Multiple of even number of chains + 6 more will result in an odd number of open spaces/meshes (my square, above, has 11 rows across and 11 rows down. I started with 38 chains).

Chain 44 = 13 spaces (meshes) across
Chain 50 = 15 spaces (meshes) across
Chain 56 = 17 spaces (meshes) across

For a square mesh you will have the same number of odd open spaces and rows. Example: 13 rows x 13 rows, 15 rows x 15 rows, etc. will result in a square.

To begin:

Mesh (rows):
Ch desired number of sts.
Row 1: 1 double crochet in 8th ch from hook. *ch 2, skip 2 chs, dc in next st. *Repeat across to the end of row, ch 5 turn.
Row 2: 1 dc in dc, ch 2, dc in next dc across, ending with ch 2, 1 dc in 3rd ch of turning ch. Repeat last row until desired number of odd rows. End off.

Rnd 1: With desired color, begin at center (see above chart/picture). Attach yarn, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc now and throughout), 2 dc in same space. Work around following pattern on picture; 3 dc on each ch 2 (space) and around each dc (space). Join with a sl st at the top of beg ch 3. End off.
Rnd 2: Attach desired color (see above chart/picture) ch 3, 2 dc in same space. Work around following pattern on picture, 3 dc on each ch 2 (space) and around each dc (space). Join with a sl st at the top of beg ch 3. End off.
Repeat Rnd 2 until finished.

If you have a problem with my instruction/directions, etc., please let me know. Or, if you found these instructions helpful and easy to follow, I would be grateful if you would let me that also.

14 Responses to Squiggly, Wiggly Crochet Technique

  1. Jen Quinn says:

    I tried another sites instructions, and found them easy to read but the finished product too open, with the colour of the mesh showing through. I tried a few changes, but wasn’t proficient enough to wing it. Love your instructions, thank you, also thanks for the photo of the back of the work, I have referred back to it several times, it really helps!! Love my new cushion front :)


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  3. Vicky says:

    I just finished this pattern and have to let you know that I love it. Your instructions were easy to follow. I thought it was going to be a little difficult but was pleasantly surprised at the ease of the pattern. GREAT JOB!!


  4. Cyndi says:

    Oh my goodness! I am definitely going to be trying this.. however, not today! haha Thank you for the pattern and the diagram!


  5. I am pretty sure I understand but time will tell… I WILL be trying this :) THANK you soo much for sharing. I will let you know how it goes ;)


  6. isa says:

    ohhh, me gusta mucho!, diferente a todos los grannys, pero precioso!! gracias por compartir el tutorial, tengo que probar hacerlo!!


  7. Janet says:

    Thank you for doing this! The only crochet piece I have from my grandmother is this technique and I have never been able to find a pattern for it. You are awesome!


  8. Che says:

    Wow! I just might be able to do this now!
    Thank you so much!!!


  9. Jennifer U says:

    I have been looking at projects using this technique and trying to figure it out forever! Your tutorial has made me incredibly happy. Off to make a pillow!


  10. this looks really awesome! I will have to try it. I have never seen anything like this before. To me, it looks like you explained everything really well. Thanks for sharing!


  11. Tana Whitney says:

    What an awesome way to do this. Thanks for sharing. This is really neat


  12. dj says:

    i have been looking for this pattern ! i was not sure what to call the pattern. thank you for sharing. i found an antique doily done like this and was amazed.


  13. lee says:

    this is very pretty- thanks for sharing. years ago, my mom gave me a lovely square very similar to this and I’d always wondered how to make it. after seeing your tutorial (and the one at http://www.made-in-k-town.blogspot.com), I feel like I can give it a go. thank you. :)


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