Crochet Pattern: Turban Headband

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – January 22nd, 2015 3 Comments
The turban style headband brings back memories of the old days when women adopted the style as a part of fashion. Though wearing the turban for fashion has existed for centuries, in the 20’s it was reintroduced by a fashion designer with an Eastern flair. Many of us will recall pictures of a later era with women wearing them while working in factories during World War II. This headband is simple and easy to make, perfect for that Lana Turner-inspired outfit. As an added benefit, it will keep a bit of winter chill from your ears. Turban Headband

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Top 5 Crochet Magazines

By Tameko Barnette – January 20th, 2015 4 Comments

There are plenty of crochet books available on the market and at the libraries. We can find numerous patterns, helpful tips, and fun ideas we’ve never thought of before in them. Quite often though, we are looking to grab something quick and helpful when it comes to our crochet needs. While the Internet is a quick and easy alternative to the crocheter, there’s nothing like a good old fashion magazine to get at the newsstand or store.
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Out of the list of 5 magazines, I have read two of them. They are not just filled with numerous patterns and pretty pictures of yarn, but these magazines also contain thought-provoking and at times, community-based articles inspired by the craft of crochet. For instance, there was one crochet magazine, I believe it was a Crochet! magazine issue I read a couple of years ago that talked about a community-based effort among neighbors who were teaching the youth how to crochet in their community.

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Crochet Pattern: Mason Jar Cozies

By Rachel Choi – January 18th, 2015 5 Comments

Mason jars are popular to use as decoration. They give a nice rustic look and are inexpensive to use. Why not enhance the look by adding some crochet cozies? This set includes 5 different stitch patterns to crochet, each with a unique lace pattern. The pattern also includes instructions for adjusting the cozy for any jar size. Just try the cozy on the jar as you crochet and adjust by following the instructions.

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Crocheting in All Climates & Seasons

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – January 17th, 2015 16 Comments

Before we get started I want to thank everyone for their great comments on my recent post about crocheted works in progress. I feel a Crochet Spot Challenge coming on! :)

How does the weather affect your crochet?

I got to thinking about this question while reflecting on my own changed crochet habits since I moved to southern Florida where the temperature ranges from ridiculously hot to warmish. Truthfully, it is a weird weather pattern to me! I spent the vast majority of my life in the northern United States, so I have endured cold winters and have inspired my crochet! Luckily, I never felt too cold to crochet like Rachel once did. :)
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Crochet Pattern: Crimpy Earrings

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – January 15th, 2015 4 Comments
Using crochet thread for jewelry is an excellent way to create lacy and feminine pieces that look like something out of your favorite boutique. With this easy and quick project you can make yourself a pair of lovely earrings in no time. Make an extra pair for the friends that are sure to love them too! Crimpy Earrings

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A Simple Guide to Yarn Weights

By Tameko Barnette – January 13th, 2015 13 Comments

Have you ever noticed how some of your creations may not look and feel exactly how you imagined they would during or after creating them? Or, have you ever noticed that your creations may not look exactly like the images used in the magazine or crochet article?

Quite often, most crocheters from way back will use the yarn weight they have available to them at the time because it is cost effective and easily accessible. Perhaps, we may not even know about or use all of the yarn weights available, even if the patterns may call for a different yarn weight other than the most popular number four (4).

Here, in this piece, I have decided to compile a very simple guide to the various yarn weights and what each of them can be used for when we’re creating our items this year. This will be excellent for those crocheters who like to create their own patterns. You can start to explore the various types of yarn weights to see what works with your creation.
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Crochet Pattern: Chunky Cloche (5 Sizes)

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – January 11th, 2015 Be the first to comment
In the era of flapper dresses and the Charleston, the cloche became popular and is still so today. In this modernized version, you use bulky yarn and a large hook for a quick and easy project. True to the fit of the cloche, this hat will fit close to the head with a slightly flared brim stopping just above the eyes. This pattern includes instructions for 5 different sizes, from baby to large adult. Make some for every girl in your life and bring back the “good ol’ days”. crochet chunky cloche
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Pay Attention to What Inspires Your Crochet

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – January 10th, 2015 4 Comments

The changing of the calendar year is a perfect time for reflection. It feels natural to look back at the previous year and decide to make a fresh start in the new one. I’ve found that through reflection, I’ve made a deeper connection to what inspires me. Inspiration is a GREAT feeling. I don’t know about you, but if inspiration is flowing, I will take any chance I can get to honor it, enjoy it, and capture it.

While reflection and inspiration could refer to just about anything in life, crochet is special in that we can turn our inspiration into a tangible, touchable thing. It could be cozy, like a warm shawl or blanket. It could be giant & joyful, like a crocheted playground. It could be almost anything at all, but the point is that crochet makes our inspirations real.

Image adapted from Rick Bradley via Flickr. License

Image adapted from Rick Bradley via Flickr. License

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Crochet Pattern Giveaway Winners

By Rachel Choi – January 8th, 2015 8 Comments

Thank you everyone for participating in the 2015 New Year’s giveaway! I really enjoyed reading all of your comments and learning what you all are interested in crocheting. To celebrate the new year 2015, I’ve randomly selected 15 winners for this giveaway, that’s the most winners in one giveaway so far! Here are the winners and the crochet patterns they chose…

Connie Peterson Mile a Minute Shell Blanket
Christina Fisher Easy Adjustable Dog Sweater Coat
Megan S Classic Slouchy Beanie
Bonnie Rectangular Vest
Nancy Lover’s Knot Wrap
Maralou A. Chevron Beanie
Betty O Classic Baby Booties
Karen DiGangi Elephant Security Blanket
Karen Owl Pillow
Meredith Chapman Subtle Stripes Poncho
Terri Easy Adjustable Socks
Lois Karklus Hyacinth Cowl
Cecelia Knuckles Elf Hat
Patricia Athena Textured Shawl
Vimala Diamond Eyelet Wrap Sweater

Winners, the patterns have been sent to your emails, so please check!

Thank you everyone who participated!!! Stay tuned for more giveaways to come.

Crochet Photo Roundup #12

By Rachel Choi – January 6th, 2015 2 Comments

Here are the latest photos submitted by Crochet Spot readers!!! It is always fun seeing what everyone is crocheting. Feel free to click on the photos or the links to see the original patterns. Don’t forget you can share your photos too! If you’d like to be included in a future roundup feel free to submit your crochet pictures.
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