Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Hyperbolic Scrumble


Free Form Crochet

Join me in an online Scrumble making frenzy of crocheting freedom and enjoyment.

Rules -

  • You start and finish whenever you please.
  • You can do just one, or a couple, or all, of the scrumbles
  • You can do them in any order you like
  • You can alter and change the stitches whenever you want to
  • You use whatever wool. yarn, or thread you have to hand
  • Feel free to do your own thing

My most important Rule for Free Form Crochet Scrumbling is this:-
  • Adapt, change, disregard, add, adjust, customize, harmonize, modify, turn, change colour, reject, change hook size, use weird or unusual thread combinations......... (do you get the idea yet?)
I'd love to see photos of scrumbles you create from this "Scrumble-Along" event. Let me know where I can find your photos.

Scrumbles do not usually have instructions or a pattern to follow as they are meant to be totally innovative, unique and have a "free-form" style.
I have included the stitches I used to make my scrumbles only as a guideline for you to follow as much or as little as you wish.

 You do not have to follow my instructions exactly as written. Feel free to alter, change and modify to suit yourself.

  The Hyperbolic Scrumble

These instructions are using English crochet terminology. I have included the American crochet terms at the end of the article for your convenience if you should need it. 
Abbreviations key is at the end too.
This scrumble uses one colour and adds a highly textured 3-D scrumble to your collection and is one of my favourites. Very "organic" looking.

Don't worry if you loose count of what st to do. The exact number of stitches does not matter. The idea is just to increase the number of stitches on each subsequent round.
Ch5, sl st to 1st ch to make a ring.
Round 1: 16 dc into ring. Close round with a sl st to 1st dc made. (Do not turn)
Round 2: Ch3 (counts as 1st tr, throughout). 1 tr in same st, *1 tr in each of next 2 sts. 2 tr in next st*. Repeat from asterisk * to the end of the round and close this round (and all following rounds) with a sl st to top of the ch3 starting stitch.
Round 3: Ch3, 1 tr in same st, *2 tr in next st, 1 tr in next st* repeat till end of round and close round as before.

Round 4: Ch3, 1 tr in same st. 2 tr in each st to end of round. Close round as before, cut yarn and finish off.

You can, if you want to, make a "fuller" ball by carrying on with more rounds (repeat increase rounds 3 and/or 4 as many times as required).

Have fun.


If you want to use American terminology you will have to change my stitch names for the following:-

dc (double crochet) .............. sc (single crochet)
tr  (treble)............................. dc (double crochet)

sl st (slip stitch)
ch (chain)
st (stitch)
sts (stitches)


  1. Hi Cyra, found this via your other blog, as a newbie to free form, I am interested in your tutorials. Will try this exercise this afternoon hopefully as then weather is yucky today so lots of time for crochet.

    1. Great. Yes the weather is rather bad here too today, great day to stay in and crochet though.