Make a spider web decoration for Halloween with this easy crochet pattern. It is really quick to crochet – it’s mainly just making chains. You can also easily extend the pattern to crochet a spider web of any size.
This pattern is part of my Halloween garland crochet motifs. You can also crochet a pumpkin face, make some friendly or scary ghosts or embroider a crochet cat face. If you don’t want to make bunting, this crochet spiderweb pattern makes a cute hanging decoration for Halloween all by itself.
Crochet Spider Web Video Tutorial
New for Halloween 2023: I’ve added a full step by step video tutorial for this crochet pattern. Watch below or scroll on for the written pattern with pictures.
Materials & Notes
- Sport or DK weight yarn. The glittery sport weight black yarn I used is now discontinued unfortunately (Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour).
- 3.5mm crochet hook – I love Addi swing hooks
- Fabric stiffener. I used Beacon Stiffen Stuff
- Lots of pins
- Blocking mat or something to pin the web out on. I have Boye foam blocking pieces.
- A bit of plastic to cover your blocking mat to stop your crochet web sticking to it.
Finished size: 5 inches (12cm( diameter approx. You can make a larger spider web by adding more rounds to the pattern below.
Gauge is not important here. While you can use any weight yarn, thinner yarns give a better spider web effect. Make sure you change the hook size to suit your yarn. You can use a hook size around that suggested on the ball band, or increase your hook size for a looser, lacier web.
NB this pattern uses US crochet terms. The equivalent UK crochet stitches are listed after each term.
- R – round
- st – stitch(es)
- ch – chain
- sl st – slip stitch
- sc – single crochet stitch (UK: double crochet)
- dc – double crochet stitch (UK: treble crochet)
How to crochet a spider web
Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc & 2 ch). Do 1 dc in 1st sc & ch 2.
(1 dc in next sc, ch 2, 1 dc in same sc, ch 2) x 3 times. Sl st in 3rd ch of initial 5 ch to complete round.
[8 dc separated by 2 ch]
Ch 7 (counts as 1 dc & 4 ch).
(1 dc in next dc, 4 ch) x 7 times. Sl st in 3rd chain of initial 7 ch to end round.
[8 dc separated by 4 ch]
Ch 9 (counts as 1 dc & 6 ch).
(1 dc in next dc, 6 ch) x 7 times. Sl st in 3rd chain of initial 9 ch to end round.
[8 dc separated by 6 ch]
Ch 11 (counts as 1 dc & 8 ch).
(1 dc in next dc, 8 ch) x 7 times. Sl st in 3rd chain of starting 11 ch to end round.
[8 dc separated by 8 ch]
Bind off unless you want to crochet a larger custom sized spider web (see next step). Weave in ends.
Optional – make a larger web by adding more rounds
Just follow the same format as round 2-5 above. Add 2 to the starting chains and also increase the chains between each dc by 2. For example, the next round would start with 13 ch (11 + 2) and each dc would be separated by 10 ch (8 + 2).
Pin out spider web edges
Place some plastic, e.g. a small bin bag, over your blocking mat to protect your mat (and stop the crochet sticking to it if using Stiffen Stuff). Lay your wet crochet piece down on this & pin in the centre.
Pin 2 opposite points to the mat. They should be fairly taut & approx 12-13cm apart if using sport yarn. Repeat for the other 3 sets of opposite points. Tweak if needed until you have a fairly even round shape.
Add spider web curves (optional)
If you want to curve your chains for a more authentic spider web look, add lots more pins. For the outer 2 rings, add 2 pins on top of each chain length, pulling it down to curve gently inwards. Just add 1 pin mid way along each smaller chain on the 3rd inner ring.
Leave to dry
Stiffen Stuff instructions say it takes an hour to dry, but I found it took longer. Whichever stiffener method you choose, the longer you leave it the better. Overnight is a good rule of thumb if you are unsure of your stiffener strength.
Add a loop for hanging (optional)
If you would like to use your spider web as a hanging decoration, put your hook through one of the 8 end points, pull a loop of yarn through & chain for double your desired loop length & slip stitch back into the same end point. Bind off & weave in ends.
I hope you enjoy crocheting your spider webs. If you have any questions just comment below and I will try to help.
Be sure to check out my other free crochet Halloween decoration patterns.
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