Make Your Thanksgiving Meal Special with Crochet

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – October 28th, 2014 Be the first to comment

Well, the seasons are changing and fall is definitely in full swing here in the United States. For those of us in South Florida that means sunny skies, mid-70’s, and snowbirds. My friends up north tell me this year the fall foliage is gorgeous! And those lucky people are probably wearing sweaters and cute legwarmers already!

I have to tell you, having made the move to a warm (Mexico) then even warmer (Florida) climate, these subtle seasonal changes are barely perceptible to my northern-bred body, but even so, the longer you stay somewhere, the more you become in tune with those tiny shifts. This year, I actually noticed a change in weather! In these climates, the holidays become even more important indicators of seasonal changes.
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Crochet Pattern: Hi-Lo Cowl

By Candace – October 26th, 2014 Be the first to comment
There’s a new crochet pattern in the Crochet Spot Store! This warm and snugly cowl features simple shaping that allows it to be worn around the neck or pulled up over the head as a hood without too much bulk under the chin – despite the very bulky yarn. Break out your chunkiest, squishiest yarn (and finally put that huge plastic hook to use) for a warm and cozy project.

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How to Transform Your Crochet Mistakes – Part 3

By Tameko Barnette – October 25th, 2014 5 Comments

This is the last installment of this series on transforming your crochet mistakes. In truth, some of the mishaps that occur in our crochet projects aren’t always mistakes. I say it that way because we tend to look at things that way. Crochet is a fun activity, a relaxing hobby, yet it doesn’t go without its frustrating moments

In addition, it may not be a mistake, but a coincidence that can turn into a creative treasure. The key factor to handling a crochet mistake is to tap into one’s own creativity. In part 2 of this series, I shared ideas on creative ways to use leftover afghan squares. In this last installment of the series, I will share some fun ideas on what to do with spare yarn (i.e., small amounts of yarn leftover). You’ll see what I mean, check it out.
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Crochet Pattern: Pumpkin Mug Cozy

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – October 23rd, 2014 3 Comments
With the arrival of autumn, everything is orange, brown and yellow, with a smidgen of green. Personally, my favorite color palette. You see it in the trees and the fields, and we celebrate the season with adding these same colors to our décor. Wrap you favorite mug in this autumn inspired cozy to add to the festive spirit. With a band of single crochet and a pumpkin applique practically worked in one round, it’s very simple and works up quick. For another mug cozy, check out last weeks Snowflake Mug Cozy. Pumpkin Mug Cozy

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How Much Do You Crochet?

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – October 21st, 2014 18 Comments

The inspiration for this post was my own personal reflections about my relationship with crochet. Crochet is a wonderful craft and since it’s portable, people may do it more often than some of the other crafts. However, I would like to get an idea of how often you, Crochet Spotters, actually crochet.
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Crochet Pattern: Classic Slouchy Beanie (5 Sizes)

By Rachel Choi – October 19th, 2014 1 Comment
This crochet pattern is great for beginners who would like to crochet their first hat! The pattern comes in 5 sizes from baby to adults, so you can crochet a beanie for everyone in the family. Double crochet stitches are the primary stitches used in this pattern, making each beanie fairly quick to crochet. The beanie can be worn slouchy like in the sample photo, or with the edge folded up for extra warmth around the ears.

crochet classic slouchy beanie

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How to Transform Your Crochet Mistakes – Part 2

By Tameko Barnette – October 18th, 2014 10 Comments

This is the second part in a three-part series for transforming possible crochet mistakes. This time I am exploring extra pieces to a crochet project. Specifically, I have found myself having several extra afghan squares that I didn’t use for an afghan, either because I didn’t finish the project or had made a few too many.

This is where our creativity can kick in. It’s always fun trying to figure out what to do with the extra pieces. So, I came up with a few ideas listed below. I hope you enjoy them and they spark even more ideas for you.
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Crochet Pattern: Snowflake Mug Cozy

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – October 16th, 2014 5 Comments
The cool days are coming, or already here for some, which means that hot tea in the morning is even more necessary than before, or so we tea drinkers would have you believe. Mug cozies are the funnest way to accessorize your mug because you can design them any way you might choose. There are a handful of ways to make them, but all are very simple and enjoyable. Here is one using some simple stitches and some wintry embellishments! The pattern is made to fit an average size mug, but squeeze it over a taller mug and you might like it just as well. Snowflake Mug Cozy

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The Crochet Awards Are Back!

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – October 14th, 2014 Be the first to comment

Double crochet. Double crochet. Finish off. Balloons fall from the ceiling and everyone around you erupts with applause. Wait. That’s not the way your last crochet project ended? Hm. After all the time, care, and concentration we put into our work, sometimes it seems like we should have a celebration! And when you think about all of the resources that went into your project before you even knew you would make it, like the hook you use, the yarn, the patterns… Actually, the patterns have much more to them than the designer. Technical Editors and editors tweak the patterns before publication. Speaking of publication, what about our wonderful websites and magazines that post crochet patterns so that we can have them? Don’t all of those people deserve an award as well?

Well, actually, there is an award system created by crocheters for crocheters! It’s called the Flaming Hook of Justice, or “Flamie” Award. The awards began as a conversation thread in the Crochet Liberation Front Ravelry forum and grew into a well respected measure of recognition in the crochet industry.
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Crochet Pattern: Bumblebee Dishtowel Set

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – October 12th, 2014 Be the first to comment
With a wedding on the horizon, I asked my friend what colors she wanted in her new kitchen. She responded with yellow and black. These two colors, sometimes mixed with white, has met with popularity in home decor and fashion, among other areas. My decision to make her dishtowels was an easy one. Dishtowels make wonderful gifts for anyone, especially those setting out to make a new home. Plus they are handmade and should last many years to come. This set includes patterns for a diamond stitch, chevron stitch pattern, and the ever-loving granny stitch. Designed for three colors, choose any that suit your taste and have fun making all three dishtowel patterns! crochet bumblebee dishtowel set

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