Fun Ramblings

Yarns for You: Vickie Howell’s Sheep(ish)

Posted in Fun Ramblings on April 22nd, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 2 Comments

Today’s Yarns for You selection is a novel classic, Vickie Howell’s Sheep(ish).

Yarn Facts: Vickie Howell’s Sheep(ish) is a blend of 30% wool and 70% acrylic spun into a versatile, single-ply, workhorse yarn that is soft to the touch but is suitable for projects for the whole family. A true medium worsted weight yarn, it’s machine washable in cold water and should be laid flat to dry. It’s best not to iron this yarn. A size H/8 (5 mm) hook is recommended to achieve a 4″x4″ (10 cm x 10 cm) gauge swatch at 17 sc across and 22 rows up. The yarn comes in a very fresh palette of 19 saturated colors that just draw you in and work together very well. I should also mention that there is a related yarn line called Sheep(ish) Stripes that comes in 6 different colorways.

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Self-Proclaimed “Crochet Doctor” Gives Unsolicited Crochet Advice

Posted in Fun Ramblings on April 19th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 13 Comments

Well, you never asked for it, but I’m going to advise you anyway! Read on, because maybe these are problems you’ve grappled with, or perhaps these are problems you didn’t even know you had! I am not only pointing out crochet problems, but offering solutions as well!

I got my Ph.D. in hook theory with a concentration in yarn.

I got my Ph.D. in hook theory with a concentration in yarn.


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Blanket, Throw, or Afghan

Posted in Fun Ramblings, Tutorials and Help on April 10th, 2014 by Amy Lynn Yarbrough – 4 Comments

While browsing crochet patterns you might have noticed all three terms –blanket, throw, and afghan– referring to very similar projects, and wondered what exactly is the difference. Today I’d like to clarify what each mean for both yarn-lovers as well as the rest of the world.



Pop Up Flower Blanket

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Yarns for You: Patons Silk Bamboo

Posted in Fun Ramblings on April 8th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 1 Comment

Hello, Crochet Spotters!! Thank you for reading this first edition of Yarns for You! I was so glad to have heard from you on the introductory post, and there’s still quite a conversation going on there. That is exactly what I wanted for this series, so – AWESOME!

Today’s Yarns for You selection is the beautiful and smooth Paton’s Silk Bamboo.

Yarn Facts: Paton’s Silk Bamboo is a blend of 30% silk and 70% bamboo, resulting in a lovely and durable light DK weight yarn. It’s hand washable, and should be dried flat. A size G/6 hook is recommended to acheive a 4″x 4″ (10 cm x 10 cm) gauge swatch at 16 sc across and 20 rows up. Right now the yarn is available in 19 rich colors and jewel tones that are perfect for garment and accessory crafting.

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Let’s Talk about Pooling in Crochet

Posted in Fun Ramblings on April 3rd, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 14 Comments

No, I’m not talking about throwing your crochet project into the pool when you’re frustrated. Pooling is a phenomenon that happens while working with variegated yarns. It is often talked about with knitting, but I wanted to explore this aspect of yarn with crochet.

What is pooling? In knitting, pooling is when like colors in variegated yarn end up next to each other row by row, or round by round. The effect could create a kind of unintentional visual pattern. For example, if I have a blue-purple-green variegated yarn, the blues, purples, and greens would “line up” either occasionally or regularly while I’m working on my project. I’m not talking about self-striping sock yarn, where this type of patterning is intentional and looks intentional. It could happen with any kind of variegated yarn – either hand-painted or conventionally dyed yarn.
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New “Yarns for You” Crochet Yarn Reviews!

Posted in Fun Ramblings, News on March 25th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 24 Comments

I am excited to annouce a new series on Crochet Spot – “Yarns for You” Crochet Yarn Reviews! The purpose of “Yarns for You” is to share a crocheter’s point of view about what makes a yarn good/bad/fun/useful/etc. to crochet with! This will be different from the “Focus on Fiber” series in that I will be reviewing specific types of yarn by name. As always, it would be great to hear from other Crochet Spotters in the comments section!

Why a crochet yarn review? Did you ever notice how sometimes yarn makers put all of the knitting information on the label and have knitted samples in the store, but may overlook crochet? Truthfully, some yarn is better for knitting and some is better for crochet. It has to do with how the yarn is constructed.
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Crochet Pattern Giveaway!!!

Posted in Fun Ramblings, News on March 20th, 2014 by Rachel Choi – 131 Comments

Have you been eying a pattern in the Crochet Spot Store?? Now is the time you can win it for FREE! In this giveaway we’ll be giving away crochet patterns from the Crochet Spot store to readers who want them. We will have multiple winners too! For every 50 entries, we’ll add another winner. For example, if there are 200 entries, we’ll have 4 winners. If you are already a Premium Pattern Member of the store (you can already download unlimited patterns), you can also participate in this giveaway. A member’s prize would be a free month of membership so you can download as many patterns as you want for another month!

To enter into the giveaway:

  1. Visit the Crochet Spot Store: http://www.crochetspot.com/store/
  2. Choose a pattern that you would like to crochet.
  3. Leave a comment below on this post telling us the exact name of the pattern (we want to make sure we send you the correct pattern). Please leave only one comment, multiple comments will be deleted.

Winners will be randomly selected and announced on Thursday, March 27, 2014.

Update: Winners are be found on the Crochet Pattern Giveaway Winners page.

Need a Crochet Stitch Marker? (You May Already Have One on You!)

Posted in Fun Ramblings on March 11th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 45 Comments

Stitch markers are one of the most basic and sometimes the one of the most fun crochet tools. For those who haven’t used them yet, crochet stitch markers are a removable tool that you place on your crochet as you are working. They serve the purpose of marking a spot in your crochet work where you are supposed to “do something,” such as start a new round, make an increase, change colors, etc. Stitch markers are often mentioned in the pattern but sometimes you’re crocheting along and you realize you could benefit from using a stitch marker. Stitch markers can be helpful in keeping count on long pieces, and a single stitch marker can hold your active crochet stitch in place while your transporting your work from place to place!

I wanted to share some of the random things I’ve used as stitch markers over the years. While I love fancy handmade stitch markers from Etsy, and I have certainly used the perfectly-sized, removable, plastic stitch markers from Clover, I have used the following items to hold my crochet for just a moment, or for a while.
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“Red Carpet Ready” Crochet

Posted in Fun Ramblings on March 4th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 2 Comments

How many of you love watching awards shows? I definitely think it’s fun, although I could do without all of the judgment about who looks terrible. I love to see the celebrities dressed up in their finery, but the catty criticism has got to go! They usually all look great, and if they don’t- oh well! They should still be having fun attending the Oscars! Right?

Anyway, since film awards season has finally culminated in the ultimate gala, the Academy Awards, I was thinking about how crochet can be glamorous. Crochet is a very versatile craft and has a long history of being used for formal wear. Futhermore, many major celebrities crochet, including Alyssa Milano, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Eva Longoria, and Meryl Streep! (Source) So why not glam it up with crochet?

Imagine you’re attending a gala and would like to accessorize your formal dress with crochet. Before you say that you never attend formal events, don’t forget that prom & wedding seasons are just around the corner, so you just may have occasion to try these suggestions & Crochet Spot patterns!
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Crochet 1-2-3! 3 Great Patterns to Get a Kid Crocheting

Posted in Fun Ramblings, Tutorials and Help on February 25th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

The inspiration for this post came from the wonderful comments in one of my previous posts, Crochet is Child’s Play. I loved hearing everyone’s stories about learning crochet and then passing it on. One Crochet Spotter, Pearl, mentioned that she was trying to teach her six-year-old brother and asked for advice. Before long, Marcia G (a fellow Crochet Spotter) directed Pearl to Rachel’s “How to Crochet” instructions. Hooray! This is EXACTLY what the Crochet Spot community is about!
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