How to Join Foundation Crochet Stitches in the Round

By Candace – January 8th, 2016 7 Comments

Foundation rows are great, especially on large projects. You can get right to the good part of crocheting without having to deal with a lot of chains. Those chains are also a problem in the round. Not only do you have to worry about making the right number, but you also have to take care that you don’t twist it when you finally do join the round. Being able to turn a foundation row into a foundation round gets rid of this problem.

To follow this tutorial, you should be familiar with foundation stitches. I am using foundation double crochet (fdc) for the sake of example, but the basic idea will work with other foundation stitches.
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Caring for Your Handcrafted Crochet Items

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – January 7th, 2016 Be the first to comment

How do you care for your crocheted items? My guess would be that the answer depends upon the materials you used in making your project. While care instructions can be easily found on most yarn labels, I tend to treat my handmade items with a little extra consideration. Today we’ll look at some yarn labels and go over two ways to care for your crocheted items.

1 Caring for Your Handcrafted Crochet Items by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread on @crochetspot




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Tips from the Doily Nerd: Crocheting Your First Doily!

By Molly Ferriter – January 5th, 2016 20 Comments
Hello, my name is Molly and I’m a doily nerd. Yes, that’s what I said, a doily nerd! I love doilies of all shapes, sizes, and types: ruffled doilies, vintage doilies, oblong, square, and rectangle doilies. Did you know there are doily patterns with 3D swans? Here’s my question for you- Why haven’t you started your first doily!? I remember your New Year’s resolution from 2012. You haven’t made one yet, have you? Well, here’s a few tips to get you started! Picture 161

Many crocheters have a fear of the tiny, tiny crochet thread. But don’t worry, we can tackle that! There is nothing to be afraid of! It’s just like switching from bell bottoms to skinny jeans- a little tight at first, but then you get used to them!
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Crochet Pattern: Circles and Squares Blanket

By Rachel Choi – January 3rd, 2016 3 Comments

This blanket is made up of two types of motifs: a circle in a square, and concentric squares in a square. The motifs are sewn together, then a finishing border is crocheted around it. Crocheted with multiple colors, this blanket creates a fun pattern that is great for baby and children’s blankets but can also be used for larger adult blankets. The pattern includes instructions for various sizes ranging from baby size to king bedspread. Choose bright colors for a bold look, or neutral colors for a more subtle blanket. The blanket makes a unisex pattern. For a gender specific blanket simply choose the colors that you like.

crochet cirlces and squares blanket

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Celebrate the Awards Season with Crochet

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – January 2nd, 2016 1 Comment

I adore pop culture and movie buzz. How about you? It can be fun to host an Oscar or Golden Globes party and why shouldn’t crochet be a part of that? I wrote about “Red Carpet Ready” Crochet in 2014 and since the peak of the awards season is upon us, let’s take our inspiration from the stars and crochet some fun!

Crochet Inspired by the Awards Season on Crochet Spot @crochetspot by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread




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15 Most Popular Free Crochet Patterns of 2015

By Rachel Choi – December 31st, 2015 1 Comment

We had amazing crochet patterns published on Crochet Spot in 2015, thanks to all of our wonderful writers and designers! The patterns range from blankets to home decor to wearable items, so there’s bound to be something you will enjoy crocheting. Here is a roundup of the 15 most popular free crochet patterns that were published on Crochet Spot in 2015. I hope you enjoy all of the patterns, and cheers to a new year and more crochet patterns to come!
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Introduction to Spindles Around The World

By Molly Ferriter – December 29th, 2015 15 Comments
One of the hot crochet-related items on many crocheters Christmas list this year was a spindle for hand-spinning yarn. Spindles come in a plethora of types, styles, and models. Many are a mini-art pieces, with beautiful woodwork, designs, and colors. Hand spinning yarn, for me, has become a sister addiction to my out-of-hand crochet addiction! This is the first post in a series that plans to explore hand spindles from around the world. I’m so excited to be writing about a new passion of mine- hand spinning yarn!
Photo by Dan & Jo Stanbrough

Photo by Dan & Jo Stanbrough

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Crochet Pattern: Warm Winter Capelet (9 Sizes)

By Rachel Choi – December 27th, 2015 Be the first to comment

Winter is a wonderful season… as long as you’re warm. This capelet is just what you need to crochet and wear to keep your upper torso warm this season. The capelet looks great whether dressed up or down. The capelet is my favorite accessory when wearing dresses in the winter, especially if the dress has short or no sleeves. You can even crochet it in white and wear it with a winter wedding dress! The capelet is designed with beginner crocheters in mind. Bulky weight yarn and a large crochet hook makes this project relatively quick to crochet and creates a thick, warm fabric. This pattern has 9 sizes, ranging from women’s X-Small to a plus size 5X. Feel free to make the capelet as long or short as you desire.

crochet warm winter capelet

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How to Crochet: Picked-Up Braid

By Candace – December 26th, 2015 3 Comments

Have you seen the trend of knitting projects with dropped stitches that are later picked up into a braid? Of course, crochet stitches don’t drop, so there needs to be a workaround. Using long chains, crocheters can achieve the same look. If you’re familiar with long chains such as those used in the Knot Stitch (Also known as the Lover’s Knot or Solomon’s Knot), You’re already ahead of the game.
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Crocheting Mandalas as Moving Meditation

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – December 24th, 2015 6 Comments

If you have been following crochet online (and something tells me if you’re reading this you probably do), you may have noticed an uptick in the prevalence of crocheting mandalas. I think there are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, Kathryn Vercillo of Crochet Concupiscence began a project called Mandalas for Marinke in memory of crochet designer Marinke “Wink” Slump. If you’re interested in reading about the project, you should check out this link or the article in Interweave Crochet, Fall 2015 about it.

Image from @crochetblogger used with permission of Kathryn Vercillo

Image from @crochetblogger used with permission of Kathryn Vercillo




Today we’ll look at crocheting mandalas as a moving meditation like walking a labyrinth.
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