Stitches Midwest 2015 Recap

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – August 18th, 2015 1 Comment

Attending Stitches Midwest for the first time was like going to a crafty playground! There was so much there – so many colors, so many tools, so many people… And we all had something in common – fiber crafting! It was a lot of fun to go to this event, which was unlike any other I have attended. I took classes, shopped the marketplace, and networked. I had a lot of special experiences during the four-day event. There is a lot to process for sure, but I am happy to share a bit of my experience with you here on Crochet Spot.

Recap of Stitches Midwest 2015 @artlikebread Caissa McClinton Crochet




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Crochet Pattern: Unisex Striped Beanie (5 Sizes)

By Rachel Choi – August 16th, 2015 Be the first to comment
This classic, gender neutral, striped beanie can be crocheted in 5 different sizes: baby, toddler, child, adult, and large adult size. Crochet this hat in your school colors or favorite sports team colors to show your spirit. Use one color to create a solid colored hat or as many colors as you like to create fun stripes. Customize the hat with thick or thin stripes by varying how often the colors are changed. You can mix thick and thin stripes if you desire. Feel free to add your own appliques too!

crochet unisex striped beanie

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Combining Increases and Decreases in Crochet

By Candace – August 14th, 2015 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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Crochet Pattern: Hedgehog Potholder

By Amy – August 13th, 2015 2 Comments
If I’ve said it once… I’ll have to say it again. Hedgehogs are too cute! Their rotund bodies, spiky fur, and little pointy noses all add up to one adorable creature. Recently I was shopping at a craft store, and while browsing the fall decorations, I found many great hedgehog things. It seems this year, hedgehogs are in! So I’ve added my own special project to the mix. This potholder is made using fairly simple instructions and basic crochet techniques. Hang it on your wall for decoration, use it in your kitchen, or give it to a friend. Be sure to let me know what you think! Hedgehog Potholder

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Tips for Finding & Enjoying a Crochet Conference or Fiber Festival

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – August 11th, 2015 4 Comments

Ahhh! As I am writing this I am eagerly anticipating all the yarny wonder of the famous fiber event, Stitches Midwest. By the time you read this, the event will be over, but as it turns out, there are a number of crochet conventions and fiber festivals all over the world (and even at sea!)

How does one find a fiber festival? How can one make the most of the time there? Read on for my (lengthy but nowhere near comprehensive) list of crochet conventions and fiber festivals and a few tips for saving money and enjoying the event!

Tips to Find & Enjoy a Crochet Conference or Fiber Festival @artlikebread Caissa McClinton Crochet




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Crochet Pattern: Quick Storage Basket

By Rachel Choi – August 9th, 2015 Be the first to comment
Here is a quick basket pattern to solve your storage needs! The basket is crocheted in the round from the bottom up. You can make it as big or as small as you like using the instructions within the pattern to adjust its size. Make it big enough to use as a laundry basket or small enough to fit perfectly on a cube shelf. Being able to adjust the width and length of the basket makes the possibilities endless! The sample basket in the photo uses a variegated yarn to create a quick colorful basket, but feel free to use a solid color or multiple colors if desired.

crochet quick storage basket

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How to Crochet: Tunisian Puff Stitch

By Candace – August 8th, 2015 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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Crochet Pattern: Cherry Blossoms Binder Cover

By Amy – August 6th, 2015 7 Comments
A few days ago Cami posted an article featuring a handful of back-to-school projects from right here on Crochet Spot (click here to read it for yourself). I would like to introduce to you another project perfect for those school accessories, the Cherry Blossoms Binder Cover. The cover itself is very simple and made up solely of rows of single crochet. The design on the front is made up of surface crochet and embroidered french knots, both easy to do and very fun. Cherry Blossoms Binder Cover

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How to Wet Block Crocheted Lace with Wires

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – August 4th, 2015 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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Finish in ’15 Third Quarter Entries

By Rachel Choi – August 1st, 2015 Be the first to comment

Are you participating in the Finish in ’15 Year Long WIP/UFO Challenge? All are welcomed to join at anytime! This contest is a fun event to help get your projects completed. In this post are all the photos submitted by readers so far for the third quarter of the challenge. Remember there will be a winner every 3 months and each photo you submit counts as an entry!

Join the contest by emailing your recent photos to [email protected]
Your photos can be any WIP (work in progress) you have on your hook at the moment, any item you just finished, any UFO (unfinished object) that’s been sitting around your house, any item that you “frogged” (ripped out to reuse the yarn for something else). Submit as many photos are you like, each crochet item you submit counts as another entry!
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