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Home : Patterns : Gift Topper: Starched Spirals

Free Craft Pattern: Gift Topper: Starched Spirals

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Lion Brand® Lion® Cotton - LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo
Pattern #: L10667B
Rating: *****5.0 (based on 1 review)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner (Level 1)

SIZE: Varies

As desired.

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Finish off your gifts with a touch of yarn! It's the perfect way to decorate Christmas presents and more! Designed by Kim Hamlin.

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*Lion® Cotton (Article #760). 100% Cotton; package size: Solids: 5 oz./140g; 236yd/212m balls
Multi: 4 oz/113g; 189 yd/170m balls.
*LB Collection Cotton Bamboo (Article #487). 52% Cotton, 48% Rayon from Bamboo; package size: 3.50oz/100.00 gr. (245yds/224m) pull skeins

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Additional Materials
Plastic wrap or cookie sheet
Button (optional)
1 tablespoon (10 grams) cornstarch (for homemade starch)
2-3 drops of essential oil
Laundry starch (if not using homemade starch)
Alternative: Wooden spoon handle can be used instead of knitting needles

Gift Topper: Starched Spirals

Lion Brand® Lion® Cotton - LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo


Exact gauge is not essential to this project.


  1. Materials are sufficient to make several spirals.
  2. Instructions are provided for homemade starch. Use purchase laundry starch, mixed following package directions, if you prefer.

HOMEMADE STARCH Bring 3/4 cup (150 ml) water to a boil.
Mix cornstarch into 1/4 cup (50 ml) cold water and stir constantly until starch is dissolved.
Once water boils, slowly pour in cornstarch mixture. Lower heat a bit and stir mixture for one minute. Remove pot from heat and add essential oil, stirring to mix.
Allow to cool.

Knotting yarn to itself at each end to keep from unraveling, wrap yarn around knitting needle or spoon handle. One wrapped 12 in. (30.5 mm) knitting needle is sufficient for one package topper.

Using hands, apply starch mixture to each wrapped needle, squeezing to remove excess. Set aside on plastic wrap or cookie sheet to dry.

Once yarn has dried, carefully remove it from knitting needle or spoon handle. Leave some clumped sections intact for a funky look. Cut into 3 or 4 sections and set aside.

Leaving a 6 in. (15 cm) yarn tail at either end, wrap yarn around package and tie with a double knot.

Place the spiral sections on top of knot and tie another double knot around them.

Cut tails.

Thread one tail through both buttonholes and tie with a double knot behind button. Cut yarn tails to hide.



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Pattern Average Rating: *****5.0 (based on 1 review)
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Gift Topper: Starched Spirals Reviewed by Renae Brooks on 2011-12-20 *****
This is pretty simple, yet kind of cute. What got me was the essential oil in the starch - so they smell good too! I LOVE that idea, why not starch some snowflakes with pine essential oil and hang them on a fake tree? Or lavender oil and hang them in your bedroom to help you sleep? This could have ALL kinds of possibilies, thanks for the mind-fodder!

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