Adorn Your Gifts, Home, and Tree with Crocheted Christmas Ornaments!

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – November 22nd, 2014 Be the first to comment

The seasons have turned, snow has begun to fall, the stores are already decked out in their Christmas splendor… Doesn’t it just fill your heart with excitement? These signals tell us it is time to nest. It’s time to connect with family and friends. It’s time to make everything warmer with crochet.

Have you planned your Christmas decorations and gift wrapping yet? Crochet can and SHOULD be a part of that! Why? Because it can be! The wonderful ritual of decking the halls, trimming the tree, and wrapping the gifts is made all the warmer with crochet. I’ve put together a round up of versatile and adorable Christmas ornaments for you to enjoy!

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Sustainable Living: 3 Winter Creations

By Tameko Barnette – November 20th, 2014 1 Comment

Sustainable living is all about what will sustain you; however, it is also about how you sustain yourself. With crochet, we are connecting with a hobby or a profession that is built on sustainable living. The key to sustainable living is recycling; what can be used over and over again or reworked to be used in another way.

In this article, I decided to share three Winter creations with you that can be used many times throughout the Autumn, Winter, and perhaps, even the Spring months as well. They’re just ideas, oldies, but goodies, if you will. During the Autumn and especially during those Winter months, we have to do our best to stay warm and cozy. Below, you’ll find three ideas (plus a quick and easy pattern) that I hope sparks your creativivity for the Winter season.
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Crochet Pattern: Squircle Earrings

By Candace – November 19th, 2014 2 Comments
Squircle–it’s a square and a circle. These earrings are simple to crochet and interesting to look at. You can choose to dangle one from each ear or make a chain of them for a series of squircles. crochet_squircle_earrings

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Make Believe with Amigurumi, Crochet Plush Toys Kids Will Love!

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – November 18th, 2014 2 Comments

When I was interviewing for my teaching job in Mexico, the principal scheduled our meeting at about 10:30 A.M. As I walked across the campus to get to her office, I passed the kindergarten playground and the air was filled with the joyful squeals of laughter and happy chatter as the children ran and played. They were princesses, sailors, police officers, mamas and daddies. They were big blue whales, lions, puppies, & duckies.

I was sure the principal must have scheduled me right then on purpose. Who doesn’t delight in the sheer joy of children at play? It was a very happy time.
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Crochet Pattern: Subtle Stripes Poncho

By Rachel Choi – November 16th, 2014 1 Comment
Crochet this super comfy poncho for extra warmth in the winter. With it’s oversized fit, it would look great with leggings. The pattern features subtle stripes by alternating 2 similar stitch patterns, one slightly more textured than the other. The poncho can be crocheted to fit any sized woman using the instructions within the pattern to adjust its width and length. The cowl neck can also be lengthened to create a thicker cowl or removed all together.

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Crochet Pattern: Simple Twist Cuff

By Candace – November 15th, 2014 Be the first to comment
Wear a bold cuff to cover that gap between your jacket cuff and glove or just to add a little something to your outfit. This easy cuff features a skinny 2-stitch cable that a beginner can learn on. Crochet a pair of cuff in your favorite color! crochet_simple_twist_cuff

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Sustainable Living: How to Recycle Your Yarn

By Tameko Barnette – November 14th, 2014 7 Comments

Now, I know this seems a little redundant, but it is not because there are so many ways to recycle yarn. There are many ways to get yarn in order to recycle it. I have seen so many people talking online about a variety of ways they recycle yarns. We’re not just talking about the yarn you already have at home like I talked about in previous posts, but other yarn resources.
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How to Weave in Ends – Part 2

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – November 13th, 2014 3 Comments

Welcome back to How to Weave in Ends! In part one, we talked about the importance of weaving in yarn tails and a couple of ways to do it. Now I am going to show you what to do when working the tails into the row ends isn’t a good choice.

In the same way I showed you how to weave the tails into the single crochet border, simple weaving in behind a few strands of the stitches in the pattern piece is fairly quick and great for pieces with a wrong side. I recommend this method for solid stitch patterns like the one in the picture below.

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Tip #2: After weaving a tail in, give the material a stretch so that the tail will look more natural and you can clip off any ends that show.
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Crochet Pattern: Doll Booties

By A Guest Writer – November 12th, 2014 1 Comment
A Guest Post by Tara Cousins.

I’ve been crocheting a long time, but just recently started making crochet doll clothes for 18″ dolls. Since my little girl just turned 3, she’s finally interested in playing with my old American Girl doll and dressing her up, which prompted me to design my own patterns. The first item I started playing around with making is the doll’s shoes. In fact, they are pretty easy to make and to customize (with a strap, or make into boots). You can also use this basic idea to make baby shoes!

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How to Crochet: Widthwise Twirls and Ruffles

By Candace – November 11th, 2014 Be the first to comment

By now, you may already know how to crochet twirls and ruffles lengthwise–in two ways, even. Another way to do these and ad a little variety to your crochet repertoire is to work them widthwise, it’s as easy as making row upon row of a mix of tall and short stitches.
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