Stash Busting Tip: Double-Stranded Crochet!

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – March 31st, 2015 Be the first to comment

I am very excited to share a technique I recently rediscovered while working on my newest crocheted shawl for spring. The technique is called “double stranding.” It is actually quite simple and it can really come in handy when you’re trying to stash down (as I still am doing!)

Double Stranded Crochet, Stash Busting Tip by Caissa McClinton for Crochet Spot @artlikebread
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Crochet Pattern: Woodland Book Bag

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – March 29th, 2015 Be the first to comment
Bags are one of those items a person just can’t have enough of, I always say. This book bag pattern is created using an interesting stitch design that is surprisingly simple to create. It gives the bag texture that makes it stand out from the crowd. For accent, I chose to use a tree and a cute hedgehog but you can use your own appliques as well to give it a completely different look! Feel free to line the interior of the bag for extra strength if you’re going to carry heavy books. crochet woodland book bag
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Crochet Pattern: Easy Pen Case

By Candace – March 27th, 2015 2 Comments
It takes almost no time for my purse to become a complete mess, and perhaps the greatest tragedy is that my pens become nearly impossible to find. My best bet? Keeping them all together in an easy-to-grab case. The yarn is held triple, giving the case bulk and color. If you’re like me, this small step in purse organization can be a great help. crochet_pen_case

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How to Host a Crochet Giving Circle

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – March 25th, 2015 Be the first to comment

The concept for this tutorial came from a wonderfully fun event a funky college friend of mine used to host. The event was called a “sister circle” and it was based on the idea that one woman’s junk is another woman’s treasure.

A group of us would gather our extra clothes, shoes, and accessories and bring them into her dorm room. My friend would set the mood with great music and refreshments. We’d artfully arrange everything and swap to our heart’s content!

It was so much fun to see the cool stuff that everyone brought but no longer needed. And to think that any one of us could have it – for free! Everyone would leave feeling lighter. We’d all gotten rid of some stuff, chosen some cool stuff, and had a great time with friends!

More recently my local crafting group has did something similar but much yarnier! You betcha. It was a sister circle with yarn! I’m going to give you a step-by-step about how you can host your own Crochet Giving Circle.

Image modified from photos by TheKarenD, Kristin Roach, librarykyle, and splityarn, all via flickr.  Links to licenses.

Image modified from photos by TheKarenD, Kristin Roach, librarykyle, and splityarn, all via flickr. Links to licenses.


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Crochet Pattern: Wine Glass Coasters

By Rachel Choi – March 23rd, 2015 2 Comments
This pattern set includes 4 different coaster patterns that you can use with wine, martini, champagne, or any other fluted and footed glasses. Each coaster is designed so that it attaches to the bottom of the glass without falling off. No matter where you go with your glass, you’ll always have a coaster with it. These coasters can be used as glass markers if you crochet a set in a variety of colors. Quick and easy to crochet, make a bunch of these for your next party, or just to have a set around the house. crochet wine glass coasters

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Adaptive Crochet For the Legally Blind

By Rachel Choi – March 21st, 2015 4 Comments

I recently received an email from Sister Margaret Mary, a Crochet Spot reader, who uses an adaptive method for crocheting because she is legally blind. She made a nice video demonstrating the method she uses while crocheting a variety of stitches. After watching the video, I was able to relate to a lot of the tips that she provided, although I am not legally bind. The tips can be use by anyone who crochets, and if you do have trouble seeing your stitches for whatever reason (forgetting your glasses, dim lighting, etc.) then this video is worth checking out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_VkPUK-12M

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Crochet Pattern: Polka Dot Accent Belt for Girls

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – March 19th, 2015 Be the first to comment
Most girls have grown up playing “dress-up”, and young girls usually always love to accessorize. The fact that some girls never grow out of it is beside the point. Making this belt with its French knot accents and tassels will delight almost any young girl. And if she decides she wants to make it herself, the pattern is easy to understand and takes little time to complete. If you are not familiar with making French knots, a quick internet search reveals how simple the technique really is. Let me know what you think. And in the meantime, enjoy! Polka Dot Accent Belt

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Make Your Spring Cleaning More Fun with Crochet

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – March 17th, 2015 1 Comment

Hey there, Crochet Spotters! How’s the weather by you? I know there are lots of us living in the Northern part of North America, and I understand that winter’s in full swing up there. But I’m here to tell you that warmer weather is on the way! By the time that rolls around, you want to be ready to rush out and enjoy it, right? You don’t want to be stuck in the house doing your spring cleaning. According to the calendar, we’re just a few weeks away from Passover and Easter, the harbingers of the new season, so it’s time to plan and get moving! Why not incorporate crochet into your spring cleaning?

Image via flickr modified from Chiot's Run license

Image via flickr modified from Chiot’s Run license


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Crochet Pattern: Classic Mesh Sweater (9 Sizes)

By Rachel Choi – March 15th, 2015 Be the first to comment
The classic mesh sweater is light weight and great for layering. The sweater is crocheted from the top down with NO sewing required! It can be made in 9 different sizes from X-Small to 5X. Try it on as you go to ensure the proper fit. The sweater is intended to have a tight fit, but if a looser fit is desired simply crochet the next size up. As an adjustable sweater, you can make the sleeves as long or short as you like to create short sleeves or long sleeve. crochet classic mesh sweater

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How to Crochet: Broomstick Lace Decrease

By Candace – March 14th, 2015 Be the first to comment

If you’ve already tried increasing broomstick lace, you probably know shaping isn’t too complicated. Like the broomstick lace increase, the decrease is worked on the single crochet row. If you are not familiar with broomstick lace or you need a refresher, take a look at the How To Crochet: Broomstick Lace tutorial.
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