How to Crochet: Herringbone Double Crochet (HBdc)

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – March 31st, 2016 Be the first to comment

Herringbone double crochet (HBdc) is one of the first special stitches I learned. It is an easy way to create texture in any project. To achieve the full effect of the stitch, Herringbone double crochet should be worked back and forth in rows. For the purpose of practicing this skill, we’ll make a swatch in this tutorial. Yarn and hook size don’t matter for this practice swatch.
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Turkish Spindle – Spindles Around the World Series #4

By Molly Ferriter – March 29th, 2016 Be the first to comment
I’m very excited this week, as we come to the Turkish spindle, the fourth post in our series “Spindles Around the World“. So far we’ve discussed the drop spindle and the Navajo spindle.

The Turkish drop spindle is incredible, in that the yarn is wound around the whorl, creating a ball of yarn that slides off the shaft and is ready to use! Amazing!

Photo by Snyder Spindles

Photo by Snyder Spindles

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Crochet Pattern: First-Timer Doily

By Rachel Choi – March 27th, 2016 Be the first to comment

Are you ready to crochet your first doily? Here is a pattern just for you! Doilies can be intimidating, but this pattern uses basic crochet stitches and a slightly thicker thread to make a doily that is easy to crochet. Even though the pattern is easy, it doesn’t lack in interesting shaping or lace work. The doily has a classic look that even experienced doily crocheters can enjoy. If you’re having trouble crocheting with thread, feel free to try the pattern with a thicker thread or regular yarn first. Once you are comfortable crocheting with thread, try the doily with thinner weights of thread for an even lacier look.

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Crochet Pattern: Beaded Diamond Earrings

By Candace – March 26th, 2016 1 Comment
My seed bead collection is ever-growing, so making jewelry with a bit of sparkle is a perfect way to spend my time (and beads). The pattern smoothly transitions from round to square to diamond as you work. Try mixing and matching thread and bead colors to make earrings that go great with spring and summer outfits. crochet_beaded_diamond_earrings

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How To Add Multiple Beads to a Crochet Stitch

By Candace – March 24th, 2016 1 Comment

If you’ve already tried to single crochet or double crochet with beads, and you like lots of sparkle in your work, Here is a technique to consider. Normally, the best way to make sure your project is dense with beads is to use single crochet, but what if you want a lot of beads in a pattern that calls for taller stitches? The answer is simple: use multiple beads in each stitch!

This tutorial is focused on bringing up beads on vertical threads of a stitch which gives the beads a neat, stacked look. The stitch used in the example is a double treble.
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Crochet Pattern: Blooming Flower Coaster

By Rachel Choi – March 22nd, 2016 9 Comments
Crochet a set of these flower coasters for spring using 3 of your favorite bright colors. This pattern is a sampler for the Lilac Trellis Mandala crochet pattern, as it uses the first 5 rounds to create this coaster. The pattern is crocheted with a number of color changes, some even requiring you to finish off. It also requires some stitches to be made on a couple of rounds below. Test your crochet skills by crocheting this coaster, then crochet the Lilac Trellis Mandala to match. crochet flower coaster

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Crochet Pattern: Lilac Trellis Mandala

By Rachel Choi – March 20th, 2016 Be the first to comment

This crochet pattern was requested by several Crochet Spot readers and even named by one. The Lilac Trellis Mandala would make a beautiful addition to your home decor this spring. Crochet it with light weight yarn as recommended in the pattern to create a doily sized mandala that can be used as a trivet or hot pad. If crocheted with medium/worsted weight yarn, it will turn out even larger, about the size of a placemat. Use thinner yarns to create smaller mandalas if you wish. Feel free to crochet the mandala with 3 or more of your favorite colors to give it a different and unique look. The pattern is not recommended for beginners as it will require frequent color changes, and unique stitchery to create the colorful and intricate look.

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Crochet Pattern: Bruges Lace Placemat

By Candace – March 19th, 2016 Be the first to comment
Have you given Bruges lace a shot yet? If you haven’t, this placemat is a good place to begin. It’s one continuous tape with consistently placed turns, perfect for getting the hang of how the technique works. If you can’t get enough once you get started, the pattern is easy to adjust to get a matching table runner. crochet_bruges_lace_placemat

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Crochet Spot Oscar Mystery CAL Winners!

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – March 17th, 2016 7 Comments

It is an absolute pleasure to announce and congratulate the winners of the 2016 Crochet Spot Oscar Mystery CAL! The whole thing was a lot of fun and it was different for us. I was thrilled to see that people threw caution to the wind and enjoyed the process and the projects, too!

We had twelve wonderful nominees! Each entrant was honored with a beautiful, high resolution nominee badge suitable for printing or displaying on your blog, website, or social media.

300 Nominee 2016 Oscar Crochet Along Badge by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread for @crochetspot



Congratulations to our nominees, Tia, Julie, Gayle, Linda, Brenda, Diane, Susanne, Varsha, Michele, Wendy, Lisa, and Lynne!

Oscar CAL Nominees - Caissa McClinton @artlikebread for @crochetspot



There was one person who was a prolific CAL-er and received multiple nominations!
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How to Crochet a Tube (Version 2 – In Spirals)

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – March 15th, 2016 Be the first to comment

In my last tutorial, I showed you how to crochet a tube in a certain way, by joining rounds. However, you can also crochet a tube in spirals.

For the purpose of practicing this skill, we’ll make a small swatch in this tutorial. Yarn and hook size don’t matter for this practice swatch.

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Abbreviations:
ch – chain
sc – double crochet
sl st – slip stitch

Foundation: ch 15. The photo below shows this completed.







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