How To Make An Easy Spiral Crochet Lei.

16 Apr

For other lei, see pikake, braided, eyelash or candy lei. This photo shows what we will be making in this post.

To make an easy spiral crochet rattail lei, all you need is —

*  some rattail in your choice of color

*   crochet hook

*   scizzors

Here I am using 2mm rattail. It is also available in 1 mm thickness which will make a finer stitch. I am using a J crochet hook. The smaller hook you use, the finer your stitch.

Start with a knot and pull it tight as shown in the photos above and below.

Make a chain of four stitches. You could make your lei thinner by using a chain of three stitches or fatter by starting with 5 or more.

Make a single crochet in the chain closest to the knot.

Complete the single crochet stitch.

Now you have a circle. Next make a single crochet stitch in the next chain as you go counterclockwise around the circle. It will be the chain on the other side of the knot.

Continue spiraling around counterclockwise, using single crochet stitch. Every so often tug on the tail of your lei to tighten the stitches. If you don’t do this while you are working, it may end up loose and stretch out too much once it is worn. The rattail is stiff.

Keep going until you get the desired length, 36 or more inches, (92 cm). I am making this one 42 inches, (107 cm) because it is for a graduate and needs to fit over their mortarboard. Knot the end.

You will notice you have made a long tube. The ends are open on the diagonal.

Using a smaller crochet hook makes it a easier to pull the ends through. Pull them so the longest point of the ends overlap to fill out each other.

Pull tight and tie a square knot.

Voila. Add a bow or leave it plain.

The blue and white lei was made the same way, while carrying along two colors of rattail.

© 2011 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.


Posted by on April 16, 2011 in How to


15 responses to “How To Make An Easy Spiral Crochet Lei.

  1. Jackie B Central Texas

    April 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Made shorter it would be a beautiful choker or even a bracelet for the wrist or ankle too Jeanne, nice! I am bookmarking this one for when my “crochet” bug hits!

    • purplume

      April 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      What a good idea Jackie. XD

  2. Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds

    April 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Gorgeous and so shiny! I love it!

  3. Holly

    April 20, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Love it! It looks like a fun project.

  4. Pam

    June 6, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Approx. how many yards make 1 lei?

  5. Home Page

    August 4, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Hello there! This blog post could not be written any better!
    Looking through this post reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He always kept talking about this. I most certainly will forward this post to him.
    Fairly certain he’ll have a very good read. I appreciate you for sharing!

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    May 29, 2016 at 4:20 pm

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    over lateг ѕince і have am considering making one dսring my ѕelf.
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  7. Whitney

    August 22, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    About how many yards of rattail does it take to make one of the leis with 1mm cord?

    • Purplume

      May 2, 2019 at 7:17 pm

      Sorry, it’s been a long time since I have made one. I don’t know.

  8. Lydia Akana

    May 2, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Can I use yarn instead?

    • Purplume

      May 2, 2019 at 7:15 pm

      The rattail is stiffer than yarn. You can make it with yarn but it is is limp by comparison..


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