Crochet Pattern: Démodé Summer Cowl

By Amy – May 7th, 2015 13 Comments
When the weather begins to grow warm you might hesitate to wear some of your crocheted accessories. The answer? Crochet lacier projects and you won’t have to sacrifice your style. This cool summer cowl has an antique lace look, hence the French name for “old-fashioned”. But contrary to some belief, lacy doesn’t have to mean more difficult. The stitch pattern is fairly simple, and with a lovely variegated yarn, will present just the right amount of character. Wear it with any summer outfit for the perfect look! Démodé Summer Cowl

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Crochet Startitis? Blissful.

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – May 5th, 2015 1 Comment

Remember back a while ago when I asked you to pay attention to what inspires your crochet? Well, I have been doing just that lately and I have two wonderful inspirations that have led to a big case of Crochet Startitis and I am loving it!

The first source of inspiration is the opening of a new and great yarn store in my local area! The beautiful store is called Sheep Thrills of Lauderhill, FL and it is focused upon creating an open & welcoming environment filled with uniquely beautiful, inspiring yarns. One of the great things I noticed was that the yarn prices varied greatly! I got a ball of really high quality and adorable t-shirt yarn there for $5, which is much less than what a comparable skein cost at my local big box!

Sheep Thrills Yarn Store Inspires My Crochet - @artlikebread Caissa McClinton
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Crochet Pattern: Circles and Stripes Baby Dress (5 Sizes)

By Rachel Choi – May 3rd, 2015 Be the first to comment
Here is a cute, striped summer dress for babies! This pattern contains 5 sizes from babies to toddlers ranging from 0 – 24 months. This baby doll style dress has a fitted chest with a lacy skirt that flares out. The dress can easily be made as long or as short as desired. The stitch pattern is made up of cute circles that make a striping effect. Feel free to use as many colors as desired! The thread used in this pattern creates a thin fabric which is great for layering or wearing as-is on a warm day. crochet circles and stripes baby dress

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Crochet Pattern: Lace Flower

By Candace – May 2nd, 2015 Be the first to comment
Are you ready to try out lace? How about lace in the round? Never fear. Once you get the hang of this simple floral pattern, you’ll be ready to tackle bigger projects.
As for this one: use it to decorate, link a bunch together to make a cool belt or bag, or adorn another project with it.

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Crochet Pattern: Cappuccino Cuff Bracelet

By Amy – April 30th, 2015 2 Comments
If you are a big bracelet person, have you ever tried crocheting your own? It’s easy and oh, so much fun! Choose a favorite yarn and follow the pattern’s simple instructions. The border on this bracelet is textured with a very ordinary stitch while the middle sports shells and clusters. Here’s an idea: for a lacier bracelet, try a smaller weight yarn while still using the same hook. Let me know what you think! Cappuccino Cuff Bracelet

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How to Frog Your Crochet

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – April 28th, 2015 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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Crochet Pattern: Vintage Doll Bathing Suit and Bag

By Amy – April 26th, 2015 2 Comments
If you have ever looked at vintage pictures, you’ve most likely seen some cute ones of little children in the adorable clothing of that period. The bathing suits of 100 years ago can often be laughable to us, but my favorite era for bathing suits of all kinds would have to be between the 40’s and 60’s. This doll bathing suit was inspired by a rather average style from a time around these periods. The suit is very easy to make, has a tie for the top and a cute bag for bringing things to the beach. The swimsuit will fit most standard dolls and can be lengthened for taller dolls. crochet vintage doll bathing suit and bag
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Crochet Pattern: Hex Flower Coaster

By Candace – April 25th, 2015 Be the first to comment
Floral patterns are fun whether they’re created with colors, lace, or relief stitches. This coaster pattern uses stitches worked around posts to create a textured six-petal flower. The coaster is quick to make once you have a handle on posts stitches and increasing stitches. Crochet a bunch of these flower coasters in a variety of colors for a fun looking collection. crochet_hex_flower_coaster

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Crochet Pattern: Lacy Tunisian Bookmark

By Candace – April 23rd, 2015 Be the first to comment
Are you ready to try something a little different with Tunisian Crochet? Try this bookmark to get used to working tall stitches in a different way. You will need to be familiar with Tunisian crochet from the setup/Tunisian simple stitch to the Tunisian knit stitch and the Tunisian treble crochet. crochet_lacy_tunisian_bookmark

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10 Ways to Increase Your Yarn Stash

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – April 21st, 2015 5 Comments

I have come to realize, through griping about my crazy & out of control stash, that some Crochet Spotters may want a large stash. I also have come to realize that since buying yarn can be expensive, I should share some of the great thrifty tips that have helped me to amass such a vibrant & (well, now getting under control) stash.

Yarn is lovely and I am obsessed. That means that I budget for yarn each and every month. Through careful budgeting, shopping, and swapping, I have amassed quite a stash. It has taken me a long time to accumulate it! Truth be told, I am a very thrifty person. I have to be. Yet I still have yarn. If you want to amass an enormous stash, maybe these tips can help!

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