Crochet Pattern: Hexagonal Nesting Boxes

By Candace – November 14th, 2013 Be the first to comment
This pattern is for four pieces – two boxes that fit together one inside the other and two lids. Each piece is crocheted in the round with double crochet stitches. The boxes are naturally soft and flexible, but feel free to starch or stiffen then if you desire. Make the box and lid in different colors to create a unique look. The boxes are the perfect size for storing your crochet notions or small nicknacks. They also make great gifts for others.

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How to Crochet: Backward Single Crochet

By Candace – November 12th, 2013 11 Comments

Crocheting backward is very simple to do, and once you learn it, it will open up more possibilities for your crochet. You can work without turning–great for blankets and other projects that get heavy and annoying to turn– or you can turn your work and have a more uniform look to your stitches. It is also a good technique for creating mirror images.

All you need to do is work from back to front as shown below.

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To start a backward single crochet, with your yarn in front of your work, insert your hook into the next stitch from back to front.

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Crochet Pattern: Leafy Doily

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – November 10th, 2013 1 Comment
Long before crocheting became popular in the 60′s, the art was used for making many things. One item that has always been crocheted is doilies. Doilies have been a part of our culture in a small way for what seems like centuries. This doily pattern has a modern spin with its vibrant colors. The doily is crocheted in the round from the center out and the colorful leaves are joined in as you go. Crochet this doily or a set of them to add to your fall decor. crochet leafy doily

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Crochet Pattern: Trinket Box

By Candace – November 9th, 2013 2 Comments
Trinket boxes are simple to make and good for holding jewelry and other small items. You can make a bunch for yourself or use them to add a personal touch to gifts. The measurements for the finished size are taken from the inside. crochet_trinket_box

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Crocheting with Your Feet? You Bet!

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – November 7th, 2013 4 Comments

Have you ever had to increase your productivity? Have you been busy at work but had a tight crochet deadline to meet? Ever wish it were possible to crochet with your feet?

I don’t know why, but this idea popped into my head and I did a youtube search for “crocheting with feet.” As it turns out, there is one video with uniquely talented crocheter Sarah Kovac actually crocheting with her feet!

The video shows Sarah creating a blanket by working modified double crochets with her toes! The blanket is spread on the floor in front of her. One foot holds the hook while the other wraps the yarn. She uses her big toe to ensure even tension while pulling the yarn through the loops. It really is quite impressive. While I imagine that foot crochet can be slow-going, at least you can do something else, like type or maybe fold laundry at the same time. Heck, maybe you can even crochet two items at once with this technique! That gives a new meaning to double crochet. :D

Have you ever tried this? I haven’t yet but maybe one day if I’m bored, I’ll give it a try! :D At any rate, it’s good to know that someone can crochet “hands-free.”

Crochet Pattern: Pumpkin Appliqué

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – November 5th, 2013 4 Comments
What is it that excites you the most about autumn? The prospect of upcoming celebrations? The decorations? Or is it the changing temperatures? For most of us, it is probably all of it together. We set our scarecrows up in our yards, surrounded by hay and pumpkins, we enjoy turkey and pumpkin pie, and consider how grateful we are for the time God has given us with family and friends. Crochet this little appliqué as an example of your love for the season! P1140983

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Crochet Pattern: Athena Lacy Textured Shawl

By Claire Ortega-Reyes – November 3rd, 2013 5 Comments

Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom, warfare, and the arts (among others). She is the inspiration for this shawl, both lacy and textured, featuring crocodile stitches and a lacy edging. The main body resembles what could have been part of a warrior’s armor, but the lacy border provides a very ladylike sophistication.

Measuring 49″ wide by 25″ tall, this shawl gently hugs the shoulders and gracefully skims the bottom of your back. Make it in lace weight rayon (as used in the photos here) or other plant-based yarn like cotton or bamboo for a stylish summer or spring accessory. Make it in wool or other animal-based yarn to give more warmth for fall or winter.

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Share Your CAL Progress Pictures Here!

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – November 2nd, 2013 Be the first to comment

Have you been stitching away on your projects for the Quick and Easy Holiday Crochet Along? Not done yet? Don’t worry. You’re so not alone! That’s why we call it a crochet along! I have been stitching in my rare free moments, and I guess I chose the largest project on the list, but I really wanted the vest, and besides, it is really pretty and really easy! :D

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Here is a photo of my work in progress. It’s getting there!

I’m not done yet, but I still wanted to share my pictures! I am hoping this will propel me forward and get me to finally finish this project! :) The thing is, during CALs, you’re also supposed to share questions, advice, and comments on others’ projects! I thought I would start this conversation here in the comments so that we can (hopefully) chat back and forth.

Please share your progress pictures online – share here, on your facebook page, instagram, twitter, flickr, Ravelry, and even email to Rachel! Copy and paste the link here in the comments. Please note, this comment thread is only for progress pictures. It won’t enter you for the CAL prize. It’s just for fun!

“You go girl” & “Right on” comments to one and all are especially appreciated! :D You can even bookmark this page and check back often! :) Now, go take a picture of your project and post it… Now! :)

Crochet Pattern: Arch Bracelet

By Candace – October 31st, 2013 Be the first to comment
This simple bracelet has wide arches and a little bit of dimension where the arches meet the chain. It’s easy and quick to make, so it’s good for beginners. It makes a great everyday piece of jewelry to go with casual outfits. crochet_arch_bracelet

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Book Review: Filet Crochet: More than 70 Designs with Easy-to-Follow Charts (Stitch Collection)

By Claire Ortega-Reyes – October 29th, 2013 1 Comment
Betty Barnsden is the author of The Crochet Stitch Bible, 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet, and other crochet, knitting, and embroidery books and patterns. When I found out that she also authored a book for Filet Crochet, I just knew I had to get it! If you’re interested in getting a copy, check it out on Amazon (use the Look Inside feature to check out some of the pages). Here’s a short review to help you decide, too. Filet Crochet Betty Barnsden

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