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.
Materials & Notes
- 4 ply or sport weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour in Onyx black which has a subtle glittery effect.
- 3.5mm crochet hook – I love Addi swing hooks
- Fabric stiffener. I used Beacon Stiffen Stuff, other suggestions below
- Lots of pins
- Blocking board or something to pin the web out on. I have Boye foam blocking pieces.
Finished size: 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
Starting with a magic ring do 4 sc and join with sl st. [4 st]
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).
Your crochet looks more like a lacy flower than a spider web at this stage. Stiffener will fix that. I used Beacon Stiffen Stuff. Alternatively you could try mixing white PVA glue with water, strong hairspray or one of Jeddah Mom’s suggested crochet shaping methods.
Spray or coat your crochet well with the stiffener.
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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