Tutorials and Help

How to Embroider Eyes onto Crochet

Posted in Tutorials and Help on April 29th, 2016 by Rachel Choi – 1 Comment

So, you’ve crocheted a cute animal or doll and now you’re ready to add its face. In this tutorial I’ll show you how I embroider eyes with yarn. Of course, there are other methods for adding eyes, but this method is one of my favorites, because you can use scraps of yarn you already have. Here I’ll show the technique being done on a little lion that’s a part of the Little Safari Animals set. You can use this technique on any knit or crocheted doll, animal, or amigurumi.
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How to Crochet: Chain with Bead

Posted in Tutorials and Help on April 16th, 2016 by Rachel Choi – Be the first to comment

So, you want to learn to crochet with beads? It is easier than you think. Adding beads to stitches you know is as simple as moving a bead to your hook as you’re crocheting a stitch and catching the bead in your work as you yarn over and close the stitch. Once you learn how to crochet with beads using one stitch, you can transfer the same technique to other stitches. This tutorial demonstrates how to crochet chain stitches with beads. Once you have a basic understanding of crocheting chains with beads, try crocheting single crochets with beads or double crochets with beads.


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How to Crochet: Herringbone Double Crochet (HBdc)

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 31st, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

Herringbone double crochet (HBdc) is one of the first special stitches I learned. It is an easy way to create texture in any project. To achieve the full effect of the stitch, Herringbone double crochet should be worked back and forth in rows. For the purpose of practicing this skill, we’ll make a swatch in this tutorial. Yarn and hook size don’t matter for this practice swatch.
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Turkish Spindle – Spindles Around the World Series #4

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 29th, 2016 by Molly Ferriter – Be the first to comment
I’m very excited this week, as we come to the Turkish spindle, the fourth post in our series “Spindles Around the World“. So far we’ve discussed the drop spindle and the Navajo spindle.

The Turkish drop spindle is incredible, in that the yarn is wound around the whorl, creating a ball of yarn that slides off the shaft and is ready to use! Amazing!

Photo by Snyder Spindles

Photo by Snyder Spindles

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How To Add Multiple Beads to a Crochet Stitch

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 24th, 2016 by Candace – 1 Comment

If you’ve already tried to single crochet or double crochet with beads, and you like lots of sparkle in your work, Here is a technique to consider. Normally, the best way to make sure your project is dense with beads is to use single crochet, but what if you want a lot of beads in a pattern that calls for taller stitches? The answer is simple: use multiple beads in each stitch!

This tutorial is focused on bringing up beads on vertical threads of a stitch which gives the beads a neat, stacked look. The stitch used in the example is a double treble.
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How to Crochet a Tube (Version 2 – In Spirals)

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 15th, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

In my last tutorial, I showed you how to crochet a tube in a certain way, by joining rounds. However, you can also crochet a tube in spirals.

For the purpose of practicing this skill, we’ll make a small swatch in this tutorial. Yarn and hook size don’t matter for this practice swatch.

You may mouse over images for left-handed views.

Abbreviations:
ch – chain
sc – double crochet
sl st – slip stitch

Foundation: ch 15. The photo below shows this completed.







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Navajo Spindle – Spindles Around the World #3

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 3rd, 2016 by Molly Ferriter – 3 Comments
In the fiber arts world, the Navajo people are recognized for their world-renown rugs and other woven textiles. As a teacher on the Navajo Nation for over a decade, I was able to see the beautiful handcraft in my students’ dresses and belts that they wore on special days such as class pictures and the school Christmas concert. For spinners, the Navajo spindle is well-known for its simple but graceful design. In our third post in the Spindles Around the World Series, we will be discussion the Navajo spindle, traditionally used by Navajo and Pueblo people in the southwestern United States. navajo spinning

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When Your Filet Crochet “Squares” Look “Rectangular”

Posted in Tutorials and Help on February 25th, 2016 by Molly Ferriter – 4 Comments
Do you love the intricate look of filet crochet but can’t get your spaces to come out right? Do your “squares” look like “rectangles”? This is a common problem that can happen to any crocheter, but is easy to fix. Grab your crochet hook and your favorite thread and let’s get busy! In this tutorial I’ll give you a few pointers to get those squares looking square. squares rectangles

After understanding the basics in filet crochet, many crocheters run into the same problem. After completing a few rows or a section or even an entire piece, they realize that their filet open and closed spaces (also called “squares”, “mesh”, “blocks” and others) have more of a rectangle shape. What do we do to fix this?
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Tips from the Doily Nerd: Getting that Vintage Look

Posted in Tutorials and Help on February 16th, 2016 by Molly Ferriter – 11 Comments
In my doily nerd opinion, the only thing better than a doily is a vintage doily. But how can crocheters today achieve the look of a vintage doily? In this post we will be traveling back in time to the days when every household had doilies on display and every armchair had antimacassars. (What is an antimacassar? Read on…) I will be discussing the thread and patterns needed to achieve the vintage look.
Flowering Pine Doily Pattern

Flowering Pine Doily Pattern

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How to Crochet a Tube, or How to Crochet in Rounds (Version 1)

Posted in Tutorials and Help on February 13th, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

When we talk about crocheting in the round, it can mean many things. For example, you could be crocheting a flat circle in rounds or in spirals. You could also be crocheting an oval in the round. However, there is another way to crochet around and around. Instead of crocheting flat, like a coaster or a placemat, you’re crocheting up, like a basket or hat. This techniques creates a three-dimensional piece and can be used in countless applications.

Crochet A Tube Photo Tutorial with Lefty Images by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread for @crochetspot




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