Crochet Pattern: Sweet Little Heart Ornament

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – January 29th, 2015 Be the first to comment
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and there is nothing I like better than getting ready for it with decorations and lots of planning. I’d like to introduce you to my latest design just in time for the holiday!

This sweet little heart pattern consists of some basic amigurumi shaping techniques. It take so little time to make that you will have a whole handful before you know it. Perfect for Valentine’s decorating or gift giving. Enjoy!

Sweet Heart Ornament

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8 Great Tips to Conquer Your WIPs!

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – January 27th, 2015 Be the first to comment

Hey hey hey! I’m so glad to see that we’ve gotten some interest in this year-long challenge. Be sure to check us out on Ravelry, where I’m trying to get some discussion and project-sharing going. Did I mention there will be prizes? PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES! But the true prize is the satisfaction of knowing you’ve either finished your WIPs or you’ve reclaimed some yarn that was previously tied up in a languishing project!

The purpose of today’s post is to provide different strategies to get us working on our WIPs and UFOs. I got most of these wonderful ideas from the amazing Crochet Spot commenters! Another great source was the KnottyGirls KnitCast, episode 26. If you’re into knitting & yarny podcasts, definitely give it a try! Ready for the tips? Let’s go!

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Crochet Pattern: Adjustable Quick Socks

By Rachel Choi – January 25th, 2015 2 Comments
Tired of making socks with tiny single crochet stitches? This pattern uses double crochet stitches to work up quicker. No need to worry about the spaces created from taller stitches, each stitch is linked together to create a solid fabric. This sock pattern is crocheted from the toe up to the leg in one piece so you can try it on as you go. It is extremely adjustable, since it can be crocheted with any weight of yarn for any foot size you can imagine, from babies to adults, it’s all possible! You can adjust the length of your socks from ankle socks to knee highs. crochet adjustable quick socks

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Finish in ’15! The Year-Long, WIP/UFO Challenge on Crochet Spot

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – January 24th, 2015 10 Comments

Hello, Crochet Spotters! I have something I think you’re going to love! In my recent post Tackle Your Crocheted Works in Progress in 2015, I began a conversation about getting all those UFOs (Un-Finished Objects) and WIPs (Works In Progress) out of your life! These things need to become either FOs (Finished Objects) or yarn that you can use for something else! To get us all motivated to finish or rip back, I am creating a Crochet Spot UFO/WIP Year-Long Challenge for 2015! Yes, there will be prizes!

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Crochet Pattern: Turban Headband

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – January 22nd, 2015 2 Comments
The turban style headband brings back memories of the old days when women adopted the style as a part of fashion. Though wearing the turban for fashion has existed for centuries, in the 20’s it was reintroduced by a fashion designer with an Eastern flair. Many of us will recall pictures of a later era with women wearing them while working in factories during World War II. This headband is simple and easy to make, perfect for that Lana Turner-inspired outfit. As an added benefit, it will keep a bit of winter chill from your ears. Turban Headband

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Top 5 Crochet Magazines

By Tameko Barnette – January 20th, 2015 3 Comments

There are plenty of crochet books available on the market and at the libraries. We can find numerous patterns, helpful tips, and fun ideas we’ve never thought of before in them. Quite often though, we are looking to grab something quick and helpful when it comes to our crochet needs. While the Internet is a quick and easy alternative to the crocheter, there’s nothing like a good old fashion magazine to get at the newsstand or store.
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Out of the list of 5 magazines, I have read two of them. They are not just filled with numerous patterns and pretty pictures of yarn, but these magazines also contain thought-provoking and at times, community-based articles inspired by the craft of crochet. For instance, there was one crochet magazine, I believe it was a Crochet! magazine issue I read a couple of years ago that talked about a community-based effort among neighbors who were teaching the youth how to crochet in their community.

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Crochet Pattern: Mason Jar Cozies

By Rachel Choi – January 18th, 2015 3 Comments

Mason jars are popular to use as decoration. They give a nice rustic look and are inexpensive to use. Why not enhance the look by adding some crochet cozies? This set includes 5 different stitch patterns to crochet, each with a unique lace pattern. The pattern also includes instructions for adjusting the cozy for any jar size. Just try the cozy on the jar as you crochet and adjust by following the instructions.

crochet mason jar cozies

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Crocheting in All Climates & Seasons

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – January 17th, 2015 16 Comments

Before we get started I want to thank everyone for their great comments on my recent post about crocheted works in progress. I feel a Crochet Spot Challenge coming on! :)

How does the weather affect your crochet?

I got to thinking about this question while reflecting on my own changed crochet habits since I moved to southern Florida where the temperature ranges from ridiculously hot to warmish. Truthfully, it is a weird weather pattern to me! I spent the vast majority of my life in the northern United States, so I have endured cold winters and have inspired my crochet! Luckily, I never felt too cold to crochet like Rachel once did. :)
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Crochet Pattern: Crimpy Earrings

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – January 15th, 2015 4 Comments
Using crochet thread for jewelry is an excellent way to create lacy and feminine pieces that look like something out of your favorite boutique. With this easy and quick project you can make yourself a pair of lovely earrings in no time. Make an extra pair for the friends that are sure to love them too! Crimpy Earrings

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A Simple Guide to Yarn Weights

By Tameko Barnette – January 13th, 2015 13 Comments

Have you ever noticed how some of your creations may not look and feel exactly how you imagined they would during or after creating them? Or, have you ever noticed that your creations may not look exactly like the images used in the magazine or crochet article?

Quite often, most crocheters from way back will use the yarn weight they have available to them at the time because it is cost effective and easily accessible. Perhaps, we may not even know about or use all of the yarn weights available, even if the patterns may call for a different yarn weight other than the most popular number four (4).

Here, in this piece, I have decided to compile a very simple guide to the various yarn weights and what each of them can be used for when we’re creating our items this year. This will be excellent for those crocheters who like to create their own patterns. You can start to explore the various types of yarn weights to see what works with your creation.
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