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How To ~ Knit Curly Cues

Updated: Dec 2, 2020


Curly Cues are so cute ! But - what makes a great curly cue - and how long should they be - and what is a curly cue anyway ?



So, I investigated, and this is what I discovered ~


Although knitters and crocheters refer to these as curly cues (or even curly Qs) - the name actually comes from curlicues.


A curlicue is .......


'a decorative curl or twist in calligraphy, architecture or in the design of an object.' curly + cue (the cue is perhaps from French queue "tail")


If you want to add curly cues to a Baby's Hat ~

Use UK DK yarn & 4mm needles


Kfb = knit into the front and back of the stitch (this makes 2 stitches out of each stitch) Kfbf = knit into the front, back and front of the stitch (this makes 3 stitches out of each stitch - and it is fiddly - but so worth it!

For a loose curly cue ~

Loosely, but evenly, cast on 30sts

Kfb into every stitch across the row

Cast off Darn away cast on end Coil into a spiral shape


For a curlier curly cue ~

Loosely, but evenly, cast on 30sts

Kfbf, into every stitch across the row

Cast off

Darn away cast on end

Coil into a spiral shape


Coil into a spiral shape

Make 5 curly cues

Use the cast off tails to attach them together

Attach securely to a little hat

If you want to add curly cues to a Child's Hat ~

You can make these a bit longer - 40sts instead of 30sts

Loosely, but evenly, cast on 40sts Kfbf into every stitch across the row Cast off Darn away cast on end Coil into a spiral shape Kfbf = knit into the front, back and front of the stitch (this makes 3 stitches out of each stitch - and it is fiddly - but so worth it!

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