Tutorials and Help

Combining Increases and Decreases in Crochet

Posted in Tutorials and Help on August 14th, 2015 by Candace – 2 Comments

There is quite a bit of math that goes into crochet. Sometimes it works perfectly with basic techniques, but there are times where a crafter needs to get creative and increase to decrease or decrease to increase to get the right shaping and number of stitches. Learning to mix up your increases and decreases is useful for designing and improvising as well as for as customizing patterns to fit yourself.
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How to Crochet: Tunisian Puff Stitch

Posted in Tutorials and Help on August 8th, 2015 by Candace – Be the first to comment

The puff stitch is one of the many traditional crochet stitches that easily translates over to Tunisian crochet. I like puff stitches because they don’t add as much bulk as some other relief stitches, but they still stand out nicely. If you are already familiar with Tunisian crochet, try this stitch out.
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How to Wet Block Crocheted Lace with Wires

Posted in Tutorials and Help on August 4th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 2 Comments

My life has been engulfed in yarn, crochet, and having good crafty times lately and I couldn’t be happier about it. I recently made a really beautiful crochet lace poncho that looks fabulous on everyone! It was crocheted in the beautiful Louet Euroflax Sport Weight Linen. The pattern was from Rustic Modern Crochet by Yumiko Alexander.

I had a lot of fun crocheting this poncho, but I knew that it would have to be specially blocked when I was done. Maybe you are wondering what blocking is and how you can do it. If so, read on to follow my process step by step.

How to Wet Block Crocheted Lace a Free Tutorial by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread 1




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How to Calculate the Length of Yarn by Weight

Posted in Tutorials and Help on June 23rd, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 7 Comments

Have you ever wondered how much yarn you have left to go in your skein? How about how much yarn you’ve used in your finished project? I didn’t realize this when I first started crocheting, but it is possible to know the length of yarn used or how much yarn is left in a skein without taking out a yard stick. All you need is some information and a kitchen scale.

How to Calculate Yarn Length by Weight a Tutorial by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread 5
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How to Make Crochet Flip Flops

Posted in Tutorials and Help on June 16th, 2015 by Candace – Be the first to comment

Flip flops are pretty much the unofficial footwear of summer. If I’m not at work, you can probably find me wearing one of the many pairs from my colorful collection. Unfortunately, the straps and toe pieces of flip flops can be irritating.

Replacing the original straps work both as a remedy for this problem and as a way to make your flip flops unique. With crochet straps, you have a wide range of possibilities. Maybe you’re fine with a simple single crochet strap or maybe you’ll use a lace edging pattern with your favorite color base. The choice is yours!
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How to Crochet: Tunisian Entrelac (Part 2)

Posted in Tutorials and Help on May 21st, 2015 by Candace – Be the first to comment

Now that you have completed your first row in How to Crochet: Tunisian Entrelac (Part 1), you have a choice for your subsequent rows. You can turn your work (results in wrong sides being visible in the final project, but leaves fewer ends to leave in if working in one color). Or you can finish off then start at the beginning of the previous row without turning (leaves you with all right side rows but leaves more ends to weave in. This tutorial uses the latter method, but they both follow the same basic idea.
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How to Crochet: Tunisian Entrelac (Part 1)

Posted in Tutorials and Help on May 9th, 2015 by Candace – 3 Comments

Entrelac is a knit and crochet technique that involves working with interconnected blocks that are worked on the diagonal. One method for executing this involves using tunisian crochet. To be able to do this technique, you need to be familiar with Tunisian crochet, including the starting row and Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS) as well as decreasing on the forward pass and finishing off.
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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!