Lottie & Albert are back and this time they take a look at crochet - but not as you know it.

These Scandi-inspired starburst crochet mirrors use water and glue to ensure it holds it shape - creating a statement make perfect for decorating your home. This mirror is crocheted in the round and decorated with arches that use simple chains.

Materials

  • 2 x 100g Balls Debbie Bliss Roma (I used Steel Grey and Rose)
  • Scissors
  • PVA Glue
  • Craft Paint Brush
  • Pins
  • 5.5 mm Crochet Hook
  • Mirror 26cm (10in) diameter (I used a decorative charger plate from the pound shop!)
  • Yarn Needle
  • Foam Mat (or blocking board)
  • Old Towel
  • Spray Bottle With Water

Finished size - Approx 40cm

This pattern is written in UK terms (with any US conversions in brackets too).

Blo       back loop only

ch        chain

dc        double crochet (US single crochet)

dec      decrease (work 2dc together)

inc       increase (work 2dc into this stitch)

rep       repeat

rnd       rnd

ss         slip stitch

sts        stitches

Stitch descriptions

Slip stitch: Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, pull this loop through first loop on hook

Double crochet: Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through both loops

Decrease: Insert hook into first stitch, and then into second stitch, front to back (two loops on hook). Yarn over and pull up a stitch through both loops in hook, yarn over and pull through both loops

Notes

The mirror is worked in the round in a continuous spiral, so you may want to use a stitch marker to mark the end of each round to keep your place. The pattern calls for a much smaller hook size that the ball band asks for, to create a really tight and secure cover for the mirror.

Mirror pattern

Create a magic loop and chain 1 to start.

Rnd 1: 6dc into magic loop, pull loop closed. (6 sts)

Rnd 2:  2dc into each stitch around. (12 sts)

Rnd 3:  *1 dc, inc. Rep from * until end of rnd. (18 sts)

Rnd 4:  *2 dc, inc. Rep from * until end. (24 sts)

Rnd 5:  *3 dc, inc. Rep from * until end. (30 sts)

Rnd 6:  *4 dc, inc. Rep from * until end. (36 sts)

Rnd 7:  *5 dc, inc. Rep from * until end. (42 sts)

Rnd 8: *6 dc, inc. Rep from * until end. (48 sts)

Rnd 9: *7 dc, inc. Rep from * until end. (54 sts)

Rnd 10: *8 dc, inc. Rep from * until end. (60 sts)

Rnd 11: *9 dc, inc. Rep from * until end. (66 sts)

Rnd 12: *10 dc, inc. Rep from * until end. (72 sts)

Rnd 13: *11 dc, inc. Rep from * until end. (78 sts)

Rnd 14: *12 dc, inc. Rep from * until end. (84 sts)

Rnd 15: *13 dc, inc. Rep from * until end. (90 sts)

Rnd 16: *14 dc, inc. Rep from * until end. (96 sts)

Rnd 17: *15 dc, inc. Rep from * until end. (102 sts)

Your crochet circle should now be just shy of covering the back of your mirror.

Rnd 18: 1dc blo in each stitch around. (102 sts)

Rnd 19: 1dc in each stitch around. (102 sts)

If you have nearly run out of your first ball of yarn, attach a new ball here as this will allow you to hide the knot on the back of the mirror. The following two rounds will create a tight close on the circle, to hold your mirror in place – crochet as tightly as you can around the mirror as you work.


Rnds 20-21: *4dc, dec. Rep from * until end. (71)

Fasten off with a ss and sew in any ends neatly, then reattach your yarn to any blo stitch of rnd 18. Be careful not to twist your chains as you make the next two rnds.

Rnd 22: *ch40, skip 5sts, ss. Repeat from * around, ss in base of first ch40.

Rnd 23: ss3 to move round the same blo sts from rnd 18. *ch40, skip 5sts, ss. Repeat from * around, ss in base of first ch40. Fasten off with a ss and sew in any ends.

The crochet section of your mirror is now complete and you are ready to transform it by blocking with water and PVA glue!

Layer an old towel on top of your foam mat, and place your mirror face down.

Spray the arches with water until they are damp but not soaked.

Starting with rnd 22 arches (you can fold rnd 23 in and out of the way), pin out the arches so that they are taught and form nice even curves. I used two pins per arch.

Paint each arch with a generous layer of PVA glue (you can mix it with a little water if too thick), then repeat the pinning and painting with glue for the arches on rnd 23.

Leave for 24-48 hours until totally dry, then remove all pins. Your arches should hold their own shape stiffly around the mirror.

Using a small piece of yarn or a small metal ring, create a hook on the back of your mirror to hang it up!