Oscar Mystery Crochet Along Update!

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – February 9th, 2016 3 Comments

The Oscar Ceremony on February 28th is right around the corner and (not without controversy) the nominees have been announced! I am delighted with the amount of interest in the Oscar Mystery Crochet Along. Thank you! You have also asked some great questions, so hopefully after this post, all will be a lot clearer.

I am excited to provide you with a sneak peek of one of the award badges, and a preview of the stitches we will use! All of the stitches we will use have a photo tutorial on Crochet Spot, so you can feel free to practice before the event!

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Crochet Pattern: 3 V-Stitch Blankets

By Rachel Choi – February 7th, 2016 Be the first to comment

This blanket stitch pattern set features the v-stitch. The v-stitch, shaped like the letter V, is a popular stitch that is used to make an easy lace and openwork look. This set uses the v-stitch in 3 different ways to create unique stitch patterns that are great for blankets. Each pattern has a unique border to give each blanket a finished look. The patterns include instructions for making the blankets any size you wish, from small baby blankets to large bedspreads to any size in between. Each blanket can be crocheted in a solid color, so no color changing is required. But feel free to crochet the patterns in multiple colors for a different look.

crochet v stitch blankets

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Tunisian Crochet for Beginners

By Molly Ferriter – February 6th, 2016 2 Comments

Have you wanted to give Tunisian Crochet a try, but don’t have a Tunisian hook yet? Have you caught the Tunisian bug, but don’t know where to start? Have I got the project for you! Let’s try a Tunisian crochet project using a regular crochet hook! How about a Tunisian Crochet Sampler Scarf?

First of all, what is Tunisian Crochet? Tunisian crochet is a form of crocheting that uses a long crochet hook. The long hook is necessary because as you crochet right to left (or left to right if you are left handed), the stitches are left on the hook, similarly to knitting. Then, to complete the row, you must crochet back, left to right (or right to left if you are left handed), finishing stitches as you return. Sometimes a Tunisian crochet hook will have a cord or tube attached to it, to hold the stitches for a longer project like an afghan. With many Tunisian crochet stitches, the finished fabric has a knit-look and the fabric is thick. I absolutely love the look of the Tunisian knit stitch in particular.
Abby wearing my Tunisian Crochet Sampler Scarf

Abby wearing my Tunisian Crochet Sampler Scarf

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Crochet Pattern: Pearly Heart Charm

By Candace – February 4th, 2016 Be the first to comment
It’s that time of year! (No, not the countdown to that movie release everyone is talking about) It’s time for us to share our warm fuzzy, feelings. We can also share warm, fuzzy crochet projects. While this particular one lacks the fuzz (unless you want to try it with fuzzy yarn), it’s a nice choice for a gift that expresses your appreciation. Add it to a bracelet and share the love! crochet_pearly_heart_charm

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10 Ways to Show Your Love of Crochet

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – February 2nd, 2016 Be the first to comment

How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? I have had mixed feelings about it over the years. Most of the time I didn’t take the holiday seriously other than rejoicing over the return of the conversation hearts. 😉 When I lived in Mexico, Valentine’s Day was celebrated as “Dia de Amor y Amistad,” or, “Day of Love and Friendship.” In the school where I worked, more emphasis was placed upon friendship than romantic love.

Whether it’s for love, or for friendship, you can certainly celebrate Valentine’s Day with crochet! Here are ten patterns your hook will love!

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Crochet Pattern: 3 Mini Storage Containers

By Rachel Choi – January 31st, 2016 Be the first to comment

Need some organization for your desk, bathroom, or kitchen? This set includes 3 cylindrical containers to crochet that have an unlimited number of uses. The small container can hold small items such as coins, paper clips, or q-tips. The large container is great for taller items such as pencils, paint or makeup brushes, and utensils. The medium container is perfect for everything else in between from crayons to cotton balls, or even a potted plant! Each container is crocheted from the bottom up, seamlessly in the round. The containers are soft yet still sturdy, and can be stiffened or starched if a firmer container is desired.

crochet mini storage containers

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Book Review: 10 Basic Granny Squares, 30 Bags by Margaret Hubert

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – January 30th, 2016 3 Comments

Today we’re reviewing the latest publication from CGOA Crochet Hall of Fame Member Margaret Hubert. In the past I’ve reviewed & given away Margaret’s books Customize Your Crochet and 10 Granny Squares 30 Blankets. As it turns out, you can do a lot with a granny square! In this newly released book, 10 Basic Granny Squares 30 Bags, Ms. Hubert sparks our creativity and encourages us to flaunt our handiwork all over town by carrying one of the thirty bags she has designed for our enjoyment.

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The Drop Spindle – Spindles Around the World Series #2

By Molly Ferriter – January 28th, 2016 6 Comments
For post #2 of the monthly series, “Hand Spindles Around the World”, we have the drop spindle! Probably the most popular type of spindle, particularly in the U.S. and Europe, the drop spindle is perfect for the beginner and the experienced spinner alike. With practice, all crocheters can learn to spin with a drop spindle. As you can see in the photo to the right, even Abigail, my four-year-old, is learning to spin! drop spindle

As I wrote in the first post in the series, spindles come in two forms: drop spindles and supported spindles. Supported spindles come in many varieties, but the drop spindle comes in only three forms, the low whorl, high whorl, and center whorl drop spindle. A drop spindle works (like all spindles) by twisting loose fibers together, which binds them. They come in everything from very simple, plain forms, to highly decorated spindles that are carved and painted. I’ve even seen drop spindles with in-laid gemstones!
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How to Crochet: Beaded Rope

By Candace – January 26th, 2016 2 Comments

If you’ve tried crocheting and beading, chances are you’ve come across beaded ropes. These lovely pieces are simple in concept– they’re made of beaded chains and slip stitches– but they’re easy to mess up, which makes them tricky in practice. Hopefully, by the end of this tutorial, you will have gotten the hang of the basic steps to this devilishly simple way to make beautiful jewelry.

For this tutorial, I’m using four colors to make a simple pattern. This makes it easier to see where beads should be positioned. It is very important that your beads be positioned right when making these ropes, so be careful.
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Crochet Pattern: V Neck Cardigan Sweater (9 Sizes)

By Rachel Choi – January 24th, 2016 2 Comments

This sweater has a mid length V shaped neck that is great for layering. Wear this classic cardigan with a camisole, t-shirt, or turtleneck underneath. The pattern includes 9 sizes ranging from X-Small to 5X. Crocheted from the top down, you can try on the sweater as you crochet it to make sure it fits perfectly. Easily adjust the size or length of the sweater if needed. The sweater is crocheted all in one piece, with no sewing required other than the buttons.

crochet v neck cardigan sweater

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