10 Ways to Show Your Love of Crochet

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – February 2nd, 2016 Be the first to comment

How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? I have had mixed feelings about it over the years. Most of the time I didn’t take the holiday seriously other than rejoicing over the return of the conversation hearts. 😉 When I lived in Mexico, Valentine’s Day was celebrated as “Dia de Amor y Amistad,” or, “Day of Love and Friendship.” In the school where I worked, more emphasis was placed upon friendship than romantic love.

Whether it’s for love, or for friendship, you can certainly celebrate Valentine’s Day with crochet! Here are ten patterns your hook will love!

Ten 10 Crochet Patterns for Valentine's Day on @crochetspot @artlikebread

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Crochet Pattern: 3 Mini Storage Containers

By Rachel Choi – January 31st, 2016 Be the first to comment

Need some organization for your desk, bathroom, or kitchen? This set includes 3 cylindrical containers to crochet that have an unlimited number of uses. The small container can hold small items such as coins, paper clips, or q-tips. The large container is great for taller items such as pencils, paint or makeup brushes, and utensils. The medium container is perfect for everything else in between from crayons to cotton balls, or even a potted plant! Each container is crocheted from the bottom up, seamlessly in the round. The containers are soft yet still sturdy, and can be stiffened or starched if a firmer container is desired.

crochet mini storage containers

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Book Review: 10 Basic Granny Squares, 30 Bags by Margaret Hubert

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – January 30th, 2016 3 Comments

Today we’re reviewing the latest publication from CGOA Crochet Hall of Fame Member Margaret Hubert. In the past I’ve reviewed & given away Margaret’s books Customize Your Crochet and 10 Granny Squares 30 Blankets. As it turns out, you can do a lot with a granny square! In this newly released book, 10 Basic Granny Squares 30 Bags, Ms. Hubert sparks our creativity and encourages us to flaunt our handiwork all over town by carrying one of the thirty bags she has designed for our enjoyment.

10 Granny Squares 30 Bags Book Review by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread on @crochetspot

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The Drop Spindle – Spindles Around the World Series #2

By Molly Ferriter – January 28th, 2016 7 Comments
For post #2 of the monthly series, “Hand Spindles Around the World”, we have the drop spindle! Probably the most popular type of spindle, particularly in the U.S. and Europe, the drop spindle is perfect for the beginner and the experienced spinner alike. With practice, all crocheters can learn to spin with a drop spindle. As you can see in the photo to the right, even Abigail, my four-year-old, is learning to spin! drop spindle

As I wrote in the first post in the series, spindles come in two forms: drop spindles and supported spindles. Supported spindles come in many varieties, but the drop spindle comes in only three forms, the low whorl, high whorl, and center whorl drop spindle. A drop spindle works (like all spindles) by twisting loose fibers together, which binds them. They come in everything from very simple, plain forms, to highly decorated spindles that are carved and painted. I’ve even seen drop spindles with in-laid gemstones!
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How to Crochet: Beaded Rope

By Candace – January 26th, 2016 2 Comments

If you’ve tried crocheting and beading, chances are you’ve come across beaded ropes. These lovely pieces are simple in concept– they’re made of beaded chains and slip stitches– but they’re easy to mess up, which makes them tricky in practice. Hopefully, by the end of this tutorial, you will have gotten the hang of the basic steps to this devilishly simple way to make beautiful jewelry.

For this tutorial, I’m using four colors to make a simple pattern. This makes it easier to see where beads should be positioned. It is very important that your beads be positioned right when making these ropes, so be careful.
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Crochet Pattern: V Neck Cardigan Sweater (9 Sizes)

By Rachel Choi – January 24th, 2016 2 Comments

This sweater has a mid length V shaped neck that is great for layering. Wear this classic cardigan with a camisole, t-shirt, or turtleneck underneath. The pattern includes 9 sizes ranging from X-Small to 5X. Crocheted from the top down, you can try on the sweater as you crochet it to make sure it fits perfectly. Easily adjust the size or length of the sweater if needed. The sweater is crocheted all in one piece, with no sewing required other than the buttons.

crochet v neck cardigan sweater

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Tips for Your First Filet Crochet Piece

By Molly Ferriter – January 23rd, 2016 15 Comments
If you can make a chain stitch and work a double crochet stitch you can make beautiful pieces of art work with filet crochet. Have you wanted to try filet crochet but haven’t taken the plunge yet? Don’t wait any longer! I have some tips for you to get started on this new endeavor!
"Laura Ingall's Wilder Doily"

“Laura Ingall’s Wilder Doily”

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30% OFF Sock and Slipper Crochet Patterns

By Rachel Choi – January 22nd, 2016 Be the first to comment

Have you tried crocheting socks or slippers yet? Now is the perfect time to try it out. If you live in a region of the world where it is cold out, these will come in handy right away. If your region is on the warmer side, then socks and slippers might not be on the agenda to wear, but you can start now and have them ready for when it does get cold.

The Crochet Spot sock and slipper patterns have been some of the best selling crochet patterns in the store! Starting now and ending at the end of the month, all sock and slipper patterns in the Crochet Spot store are 30% off. You can find all of the sock and slipper patterns in the accessories pattern section.

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All the crochet patterns that are apart of the sale are already marked down, so there’s no need to enter in any coupon codes. Just add the patterns you want to your cart and check out. If you need any help while shopping or crocheting, just let me know and I’ll be sure to help you!

Keep those feet warm 🙂

Interested in an Oscar Mystery CAL?

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – January 21st, 2016 29 Comments

Hey, everyone! The Golden Globes have passed, and the Oscar nominees have recently been announced. What do you think of the choices? In order to celebrate the Awards Season, I thought we could do a really fun, quick crochet along.

It will work kind of like a drinking game during the Oscars, except we will be determining the pattern based upon who wins in several of the categories. Drinking is optional. 🙂 Read on for more details!

Join the Crochet Spot Oscars Mystery CAL with Caissa McClinton @artlikebread @crochetspot

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Tunisian Crochet Abbreviations

By Candace – January 19th, 2016 3 Comments

In addition to regular crochet patterns, Crochet Spot is home to many Tunisian (also known as Afghan) crochet patterns. Tunisian crochet is a technique that requires you to work stitches that remain on your (longer than usual) hook until you reach the end of your row then work them off in the opposite direction to finish them. In a way, it’s similar to knitting, and even employs stitches that mimic those used in knitting, but the resulting fabric tends to be thicker.

For a great Tunisian crochet primer, try the Tunisian Simple Stitch tutorial.
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