Crochet Pattern: Hanging Blossom Earrings

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – May 6th, 2014 3 Comments
It’s hard to ignore the outburst of beauty that comes with spring. One of my favorite flowers are gladiolus and every year I watch my flower bed closely to catch the first glimpse of their glory coming out of the ground. Flowers are the best way to celebrate the arrival of spring. Being spring-inspired, I found some of my lighter colored yarn and started with the intentions of creating something dainty, just like new blossoms. If you’d like a stiffer earring, try starching the flowers before attaching them to the earrings. P1180150

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Crochet Pattern: Stepped Up Scarf

By Candace – May 5th, 2014 2 Comments
If you are looking for a challenging yet fun project for spring or summer, look no further than this scarf. With its open and closed pattern and stair step edges on the long sides, it’s sure to add interest to any outfit. While its shaping looks simple, the stitches used are not, so this pattern is recommended for adventurous intermediate to advanced crocheters who are interested in linked stitches and right-angle increases. crochet stepped up scarf

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The Crochet Guild of America Is Really Awesome!

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – May 3rd, 2014 8 Comments

Did you know that crochet has a professional organization? Don’t be surprised! Crochet is a really big deal! The most recent public data from the Craft and Hobby Association estimates that of the 62.5 million U.S. crafters, 14.7 million crocheted at least once in 2012. That’s almost a quarter of all crafters! Furthermore, the U.S. Census states there were approximately 313.9 million people in the country that same year. That brings our crochet data to another level. That means that almost 5% of THE POPULATION crocheted in 2012. You’re in good company.
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Book Giveaway: Blueprint Crochet Sweaters

By Rachel Choi – May 1st, 2014 92 Comments

Yay! I just got an extra copy of Blueprint Crochet Sweaters: Techniques for Custom Constructions. You know what that means…time for another book giveaway! This book is full with modern, beautiful sweater patterns, it’s hard to choose which one to start first. The sweaters are also constructed using different methods, so there is a lot to learn about sweater construction! If you’re interested in crocheting different types of sweaters, this book is definitely for you.

Blueprint Crochet Sweaters

To enter the giveaway, for a free copy of Blueprint Crochet Sweaters:

  • Go to the Blueprint Crochet Sweater page and click on the “Look Inside This Book” link to look inside the book.
  • Then in the comments section on the bottom of this post, share with us which project/type of sweater you’re most excited about starting! Remember to only comment one time (since there is only one entry per person). Duplicate comments or comments that are not on topic will be deleted.

Giveaway ends on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 11:59PM EST, where a winner will be randomly selected. Be sure to check back to see if you win!

Have fun looking through the book and good luck everyone!!

This giveaway is now closed. The winner is announced on the Book Giveaway Winner: Blueprint Crochet Sweaters page.

How to Crochet: Quintuple Treble (Quin tr)

By Candace – April 29th, 2014 7 Comments

The quintuple treble is an insanely tall stitch, so tall it takes eight chains to start off a row. It’s not a stitch that comes up too often, but like its shorter cousins, it’s very simple to do. It’s good for things like lace or projects where you want to cross stitches over longer distances.

To make a quintuple treble, simply, yarn over 6 times, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook) 7 times.
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Crochet Pattern: Pioneer Shawl

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – April 27th, 2014 Be the first to comment
There’s nothing like looking through old designs and patterns to inspire you to create something new, I always say. I found a pattern that inspired this one while watching an old James Stewart film. It was worn by a pioneer woman and you could tell that it must have been a round afghan she had folded over and draped across her shoulders. I loved the idea so I decided to mimic the design. Since it is first a round afghan you could throw it across the back of the couch, and then when you want a warm shawl, simply fold it over and wear it! crochet pioneer shawl

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How to Crochet: Foundation Linked Double Treble Crochet (Fldtr)

By Candace – April 26th, 2014 Be the first to comment

Sometimes to get what you need in a project, you have to combine techniques. This tutorial will show you how to combine linked stitches and foundation stitches. While it features double treble stitches, it can be adapted to other crochet stitches as needed.
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Discovering Drape in Crochet

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – April 24th, 2014 1 Comment

I learned the basics of crochet when I was still young from a booklet I found in our storage. Being naturally inquisitive I found ways to learn more but it wasn’t until I was much older that I heard about drape. Now that I understand the concept I realize that I had an idea of how it worked before hand, as the term has some obvious implications. Now, as a crochet teacher, I’d like to help our readers understand what it means, how important it is, and how to achieve it.
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Yarns for You: Vickie Howell’s Sheep(ish)

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – April 22nd, 2014 4 Comments

Today’s Yarns for You selection is a novel classic, Vickie Howell’s Sheep(ish).

Yarn Facts: Vickie Howell’s Sheep(ish) is a blend of 30% wool and 70% acrylic spun into a versatile, single-ply, workhorse yarn that is soft to the touch but is suitable for projects for the whole family. A true medium worsted weight yarn, it’s machine washable in cold water and should be laid flat to dry. It’s best not to iron this yarn. A size H/8 (5 mm) hook is recommended to achieve a 4″x4″ (10 cm x 10 cm) gauge swatch at 17 sc across and 22 rows up. The yarn comes in a very fresh palette of 19 saturated colors that just draw you in and work together very well. I should also mention that there is a related yarn line called Sheep(ish) Stripes that comes in 6 different colorways.

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How to Crochet: Linked Double Treble Crochet (ldtr)

By Candace – April 21st, 2014 6 Comments

If you like using tall stitches but want a denser fabric, linked stitches will help you make the project you want. The linked double treble is just one of the may stitches you can use in this way. In short, it is formed as follows:

Yo (yarn over) and pull up a look in each of the three horizontal bars of the previous dtr (4 loops will be on hook). Insert hook into the next stitch, yo, pull up a loop. (Yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) 4 times.

Here is a breakdown in photos for clarification.
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