Tips and Fun from Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival 2016

By Candace – May 31st, 2016 Be the first to comment

Who loves fiber festivals? I do! And if you haven’t been to one yet, I wholeheartedly recommend looking up ones near you and going. This year, I was fortunate to be able to make it down to Maryland for the annual Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, and between festival itself and time I got to spend with friends, I had a ball! As with any event, it’s more fun when you keep some things in mind.

Aren't these little guys cute?  Look at those spots!

Aren’t these little guys cute? Look at those spots!


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Crochet Pattern: Birthday Cake Hat (5 Sizes)

By Rachel Choi – May 29th, 2016 Be the first to comment

Crochet this goofy hat for the birthday boy or girl. Add as many candles as needed. Crochet it in any size, ranging from babies to kids to adults. The Birthday Cake Hat would make a fun photo prop for baby or children photo shoots. Too embarrassed to wear a cake on your head? You can also use it as a table decoration! Crochet the cake with colors to match the theme of the party. You can also personalize the “Happy Birthday” on the front with the person’s name or your own message.

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15 Crochet Patterns to Crochet in 15 Minutes

By Rachel Choi – May 28th, 2016 Be the first to comment

Quick, you have 15 minutes to crochet! What can you possibly crochet in only 15 minutes? Here are 15 crochet patterns to try. Whether you are pressed for time or simply want to see if you can actually make an entire crochet project in 15 minutes, this roundup is for you. This roundup contains small, quick crochet patterns, varying from coasters to jewelry to bookmarks. Each pattern can be crocheted in 15 minutes depending on your speed and skill level. What are you waiting for? Grab your crochet hook, set your timer, and crochet!

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Crochet Pattern: Colorful Rainbow Mug Rug

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – May 26th, 2016 Be the first to comment
I could not stop with just one Mug Rug pattern, especially with the merry month of June upon us. Show your pride and/or love of diversity this summer with this versatile Colorful Rainbow Mug Rug! I made mine using (some of) a jumbo package of embroidery floss. Each color used just over one 10-yard skein of floss held double (two strands of floss held together while crocheting), meaning each stripe used the length of about 5.5 yards as held double, or about 11 yards total. These stripes could be changed to any colors to suit your mood. The cotton floss held double ended up being about the weight of a sock yarn.

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Crochet Pattern: Felted Flower

By Candace – May 24th, 2016 Be the first to comment
Felting is something that I wasn’t originally interested in, but over time, the idea has grown on me. For my first pattern, I wanted to start with something small. An accent is a great first felted project because even if you don’t felt it enough or you felt it a little too much, the difference in size won’t be disastrous. Try adding a cluster of felted flowers to a finished hat or scarf or wearing one as a brooch to finish off an outfit. crochet_felted_flower

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Crochet Pattern: Beaded Arc Necklace

By Rachel Choi – May 22nd, 2016 Be the first to comment

This fashion necklace is one of my new favorites. It’s really all about the beads. Choose a few beads in your favorite colors and string them together with crochet. The beads can be all one color, or different colors. Blues are my favorite to wear, but feel free to make the necklace in any color that you like. Imagine the necklace with vibrant orange or yellow to add a pop of color to a summer outfit. Try it in black, silver or gold for an elegant look. Whatever look you choose, it’s sure to look great tied around your neck!

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8 Crochet Bead Tutorials

By Rachel Choi – May 21st, 2016 2 Comments

Adding beads to your crochet can give your project the extra touch it needs. Beads are popular in crochet jewelry patterns, but can also be used in scarves, shawls, accessories, home decor, toys, and anything else you can imagine. In this post, I rounded up eight bead tutorials that we have on Crochet Spot. They are in the order which I recommend learning if you aren’t familiar with bead work. Of course, you can jump around to different tutorials if certain ones spark your interest.


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Tips and Tricks for Stringing Beads onto Yarn and Thread

By Rachel Choi – May 19th, 2016 Be the first to comment

Before starting your beaded crochet project, you’ll have to string your beads onto the yarn or thread. If you’re lucky, the beads will string on with no problem. However, many beads have small holes that are intended for jewelry wire, not crochet thread or yarn. In this post, I’ll discuss some tips and tricks to string your beads on. Sometimes the trick is really simple and quick, other times it can take a bit more work to get those stubborn beads on.
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Crochet Pattern: Marlena Bracelet

By Candace – May 17th, 2016 Be the first to comment
A nice cotton thread bracelet works as a great accent for a casual summer outfit. With the right thread and beads, you can have a combination that goes with your favorite outfit or mix summery neutrals to work with any outfit you come up with.
Make sure to take a look at the adding multiple beads to a crochet stitch tutorial if you aren’t familiar with the concept.
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Crochet Pattern: Chevron Pillow Covers

By Rachel Choi – May 15th, 2016 2 Comments

Add a pop of color to your pillows with a classic chevron pattern. Following the instructions within this pattern, you can create a pillow cover for any sized square or rectangle pillow. Unlike other chevron patterns, this pattern is solid and is crocheted with sharp peaks and valleys to ensure a bold stitch. The pillow cover can either be sewn to be permanently on the pillow or removable so that you can toss it in the wash when needed.

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