Despite their lovely colours and the alluring crinkle of their wrappers, sweets (or candy if you like) can be a hit or miss underneath all that glamour. Sometimes they taste of the best cacao beans dancing with the sugar plum fairy, sometimes like a bowl of berries and lemons and apples and oranges drunk on bubbly elderflower wine, and sometimes like a cube of sugar that went a little too heavy on the makeup and deodorant on a tipsy night out.

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And crochet sweets are therefore the perfect solution to this problem. You get all the glitz and sparkle, all the colour and cute little shapes and ruffles, without the calories and occasional bad aftertaste. I chanced upon some cute sparkly yarn at the store, and after knitting a cute sparkly hat from it, decided to make a cute sparkly sweet.

One thing led to another, and a swirly sweet joined the fray. This one’s a little more complicated because of the swirl- I’ve explained it in colour-coded text, but if you need a visual aid, http://snovej.com/archives/freeform-crochet-basics-the-two-color-spiral provides a wonderful photo tutorial upon which I made modifications. Patterns below!

Legend
R: Round
Sc: Single crochet
Hdc: Half double crochet
Dc: Double crochet
Numbers in brackets at the end of each line: number of stitches in each round 

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Sparkly sweet
R1: Magic ring (including chain 1), 6sc into ring. Tighten
R2: 2sc in each sc (12)
R3: (2sc in next sc, 1sc) 6 times (18)
R4: (2sc in next sc, 2sc) 6 times (24)
R5-8: Sc around
R9: (Decrease, 2sc) 6 times (18)
R10: (Decrease, 1sc) 6 times (12)
Stuff
R11: Decrease around, bind off

Sparkly sweet ends (make 2)
R1: Magic ring (including chain 1), 6sc into ring. Tighten
R2: 2sc in each sc (12)
R3: (2sc in next sc, 1sc) 6 times (18)
R4: (2sc in next sc, 2sc) 6 times (24)
R5: (Slip stitch in next sc, 3 hdc in next sc, slip stitch in next sc) 8 times (8 scallops)
Flatten the piece, sew closed. Sew to sweet

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Swirly sweet
1. First, make a magic ring with the first colour (including chain 1)
2. Now, into the ring make 1sc, 1hdc, 2dc. Make the loop large so that it doesn’t unravel, and remove the hook
3. Change to your second colour. Into the magic ring, chain 1, then make 1sc, 1hdc, 2dc
4. Close the magic ring
5. Still using the second colour, make 2dc into the first sc stitch you made with the first colour (step 2)
6. Make 2dc into each of the next 3 stitches (so essentially you’ll have made 2dc into each of the stitches you made with the first colour in step 2)
7. Again, make the loop of your second colour large so that it won’t unravel. Remove your hook
8. Insert it into the loop of the first colour that you left open at the end of step 2. Tighten the loop onto the hook
9. Make 2dc into each stitch of the second colour (there should be 12 stitches in the second colour). When you’ve completed this, again make the loop large and remove the hook
10. Switch back to your second colour by inserting your hook into the loop you left open at the end of step 7
11. Make 2sc into each of the next 8 stitches (which should be of the first colour)
12. To close the swirl, make 2hdc into the next stitch, then 1sc in the next, and finally 1 slip stitch in the next. Fasten off the second colour
13. This should leave you with one open loop in the first colour, the one you left at the end of step 9. Insert your hook into this loop, and again make 2hdc into the next stitch, then 1sc in the next, and 1 slip stitch in the next. Fasten off
14. Repeat steps 1-13 to make another swirl, but do not fasten off at the end of step 13. Using Sc around into the back (inner) loops of each stitch, join the round with a slip stitch, chain 1, sc around again, join with a slip stitch, bind off. This makes the sides of the sweet. Sew the first swirl onto the rest of the sweet, stuffing before closing

Swirly sweet ends (make 2)
R1: Magic ring (including chain 1), 6sc into ring. Tighten
R2: 2sc in each sc (12)
R3: 2sc in next sc, 1sc, repeat around (18)
R4: 2sc in next sc, 2sc, repeat around (24)
R5: 2sc in next sc, 3sc, repeat around (30)
R6: Using the other colour, make a slip stitch border around and fasten off
Flatten the piece, sew closed. Sew to sweet

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