Tutorials and Help

How to Frog Your Crochet

Posted in Tutorials and Help on April 28th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

When I gave you Five Fine Reasons to Frog Your Crochet, fellow Crochet Spotter Cindi commented to ask about how to pull back crochet without stretching the yarn out further and also how to get rid of the kinks. In this tutorial, I am addressing the first part of the question – how to pull back without stretching the yarn out further. In the future, I will show you how to get rid of the kinks.

Previously it hadn’t occurred to me that we might need a photo tutorial about frogging, but then I remembered back to when I was a beginning crocheter and I wanted to soak up everything possible about the craft. (Well, I still want to learn absolutely everything about crochet, but some of it has become second nature to me.) While this tutorial may be very familiar to many of you, I hope that it will serve as good information for beginners and researchers. Also, please feel free to share your frogging tips in the comments!
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How to Host a Crochet Giving Circle

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 25th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 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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Adaptive Crochet For the Legally Blind

Posted in Fun Ramblings, News, Tutorials and Help on March 21st, 2015 by Rachel Choi – 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

Do you have trouble seeing your crochet stitches? Do you use an adaptive method to crochet? Join the conversation in the comments below!

How to Crochet: Broomstick Lace Decrease

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 14th, 2015 by Candace – 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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3 Crochet Ideas for a Day at the Spa

Posted in Fun Ramblings, Tutorials and Help on March 3rd, 2015 by Tameko Barnette – 2 Comments
When we think about going to a day spa, we rarely think about crochet. Even when we are creating an at-home spa environment, we never think about involving crochet, unless we are working on a project while we soak our feet. Perhaps, it’s time to get some to create some crochet items that will assist us in having a wonderful day spa or at-home spa experience. SPADAY

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How to Crochet: Broomstick Lace Increase

Posted in Tutorials and Help on February 28th, 2015 by Candace – Be the first to comment

Broomstick lace, like any other technique, has a lot of potential, especially when you add shaping to your repertoire. Fortunately, making increases in broomstick lace is fairly easy if you are comfortable with shaping and making broomstick lace. All you have to do is make more stitches in the groups of loops. If you are haven’t tried broomstick lace yet, check out the How To Crochet: Broomstick Lace tutorial first.
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How to Facilitate a Crochet Workshop

Posted in Tutorials and Help on February 22nd, 2015 by Tameko Barnette – 5 Comments

Sharing crochet as a social group or with a friend who loves it as much as you do is one thing, but teaching crochet in a workshop is a little different. However, it can be a joyous experience and one worth trying for those who are between jobs, need a fun part-time job, or perhaps, you are looking to become an entrepreneur.

Either way, in the world of crochet, you have a plethora of inspirations and opportunities. A great idea is to put your years of crochet wisdom to good use and facilitate crochet workshops. It’s not as complicated as it may sound at first, especially, if you are not familiar with facilitating a workshop of any kind.

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How to Crochet Around Flat Cards or Paper Scrapbook Embellishments

Posted in Tutorials and Help on February 10th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 2 Comments

I have been so excited and inspired by art journaling and mixed media techniques! Crochet is not the only craft in my life, but I always want to incorporate it into my artwork. My major influences in art journaling and mixed media are Christine Urias, Traci Bautista, and Kathy Cano-Murillo. Aren’t we lucky to have so many wondeful artists at our fingertips through the magic of the internet?

During this tutorial, I will show you how to add texture to your flat cards or scrapbook embellishments by crocheting around them. By the end of the step-by-step tutorial you will have a finished embellishment.

I would look great on your Pinterest board.

I would look great on your Pinterest board.


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A Simple Guide to Yarn Weights

Posted in Tutorials and Help on January 13th, 2015 by Tameko Barnette – 13 Comments

Have you ever noticed how some of your creations may not look and feel exactly how you imagined they would during or after creating them? Or, have you ever noticed that your creations may not look exactly like the images used in the magazine or crochet article?

Quite often, most crocheters from way back will use the yarn weight they have available to them at the time because it is cost effective and easily accessible. Perhaps, we may not even know about or use all of the yarn weights available, even if the patterns may call for a different yarn weight other than the most popular number four (4).

Here, in this piece, I have decided to compile a very simple guide to the various yarn weights and what each of them can be used for when we’re creating our items this year. This will be excellent for those crocheters who like to create their own patterns. You can start to explore the various types of yarn weights to see what works with your creation.
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How to Crochet: Spike Cluster Stitch

Posted in Tutorials and Help on December 20th, 2014 by Amy – 6 Comments
Learning new crochet stitches may appear daunting at times but often, once you unravel the wordy instructions, it can be done with a flip of the wrist –or crochet hook.

A few months back I borrowed a crochet stitch book from my grandmother who has a whole library of wonderful crafting books. I’ve used it so many times for reference in designing my patterns, I am loath to return it. I believe every crocheter needs their own guide to crochet stitches. Understandably, many of us don’t have one, or can’t borrow one from their grandmother. That’s why we are here at Crochet Spot. To help you learn new things! CloseupSPC

My most recent fascination is the spike cluster stitch, abbreviated SPC. Keep reading for a step-by-step guide to how it’s done.
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