3 Different Ways to Incorporate Crochet into Your Gift Wrapping

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – December 19th, 2013 2 Comments

It’s not what you think! We know that crochet makes great little gift and treat bags, but this post is about other ways that crochet can be incorporated into your gift wrapping. For the purpose of this post, imagine a basic gift box which will be wrapped with paper. We’ll use crochet to embellish!

Since time is ticking down, we may have to resort to buying our Christmas gifts, but we can still incorporate crochet into the gift giving. :D
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How to Crochet: Backward Double Crochet

By Candace – December 17th, 2013 8 Comments

Backward crochet stitches open up possibilities for variation in your crochet, and they are also convenient. Crocheting backward without turning is great for working on blankets. Best of all, it’s simple and only a slight variation from regular crochet. For an introduction to backward stitches, see the backward single crochet tutorial.

Left-handed crocheters can hover over the pictures to see a left-handed view of the backward single crochet.

To start, yarn over (YO) and insert your hook into the next stitch from back to front. (The direction of the yarn overs does not matter; do what is comfortable for you.)

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Crochet Pattern: Rosemary Sachet

By Laurie Beranek – December 15th, 2013 4 Comments
I had an excess of dried Rosemary that I harvested from my herb garden and was thinking of a way I could use it and then I thought of creating a sachet. These are wonderful in drawers and closets or just about anywhere. They also make great gifts. You can change out the herb to your favorite one. These sachets are also a great way to use up your yarn stash. They are quick and easy too! Crochet Sachet

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Crochet Pattern: Abigail Hat and Scarf Set

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – December 13th, 2013 Be the first to comment
Wrap up this winter with a home-made hat and scarf! Being a big fan of the slouchy look in hats it’s no wonder that the majority of them in my crocheted collection are a form of slouchy beret. And now here is one for you! Pair it with its matching scarf and you’ll love the look.
When I first saw a design similar to this scarf on a film, I decided I wanted to mimic it. I played around with a few stitches until I found this one. By pulling the initial yarn over of a double crochet up higher than normal, you achieve a long and lacy stitch that no one will guess is a basic stitch. This stitch pattern mimics broomstick lace and hairpin lace, but is so much simpler to crochet!
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Book Review: Crochet Adorned

By Claire Ortega-Reyes – December 12th, 2013 4 Comments
I’ve always kept a lookout for Linda Permann’s crochet patterns. I’ve always thought her creations were whimsical yet elegant and practical since the first creation I saw from her: “Pinups” from Stitch ‘n Bitch Crochet. So when I found out that she had authored her own book, I immediately set out to get a copy. Crochet Adorned: Reinvent Your Wardrobe with Crocheted Accents, Embellishments, and Trims was everything I had expected it to be–it was just so Linda (“linda” by the way is Italian, Spanish and Portuguese for beautiful or pretty, which makes it even more appropriate).

Crochet Adorned: Reinvent Your Wardrobe with Crocheted Accents, Embellishments, and Trims

Crochet Adorned: Reinvent Your Wardrobe with Crocheted Accents, Embellishments, and Trims

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How to Crochet: Long Double Crochet (ldc)

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – December 10th, 2013 7 Comments

There are certain things I do without intention and one of them is recognizing crochet or finding crochet inspiration in the movies. And I know I am not the only one. (See this post by Cami for example). What I noticed lately inspired me to design my new pattern, the Abigail Hat and Scarf. The pattern uses a very basic stitch to which I’ve added a “twist”. If you want to know how to make it follow along and I’ll show you.
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Crochet Pattern: Heart Gift Card Holder

By Laurie Beranek – December 8th, 2013 Be the first to comment
Can’t believe the holdiay season is already here. Where did the time go? Are you giving gift cards this holiday season? Make giving gift cards more personal by making a gift card holder. These gift card holder’s work up quick and they are easy to make. You can personalize the gift card holder for each recipient by using yarn in their favorite colors. After they use the gift card, they can continue to use the gift card holder as a business card or reward card holder. Gift Card Holder

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Crochet Pattern: Trellis Christmas Ornament

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – December 6th, 2013 2 Comments
After seeing a pattern for crocheting ornament covers in a crochet magazine I thought they would make a great holiday activity for my family to do together. But even though it’s an easy pattern, there are still elements a newbie would struggle with. So I decided to make my own design using the very basics of crochet. And here it is! Add a little glitter for some sparkle and don’t forget the ribbon! Trellis Christmas Ornament

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Crochet Pattern: Santa Hat Toilet Paper Roll Cover

By Rachel Choi – December 4th, 2013 1 Comment
There’s a new pattern in the Crochet Spot Store! Requested by a reader, this pattern is a mini version of a Santa Claus hat that is specially designed to fit over a toilet paper roll. If you are shy about having your extra roll of toilet paper sit out in plain sight, then hide it with this cute cover. The cover is a great way to bring extra Christmas decor into the bathroom! The Santa hat will fit over most toilet paper roll sizes. The photo shows it comfortably covering a large 15″ circumference roll.

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Quick and Easy Holiday CAL Winner!

By Rachel Choi – December 3rd, 2013 4 Comments

A big thanks goes out to everyone who participated in the Quick and Easy Holiday Crochet Along, and to Caissa for putting it all together! I had a great time look at all your photos and oooo-ing and ahhhh-ing at your work. I’m pleased to announce that the winner was randomly selected and is… Janette.

Here’s a link to her entry to show off her fantastic work: Janette’s crocheted ruffle scarf

Congrats Janette, and thanks again to everyone for participating! I hope you all had as great of a time as I did.