Crochet Pattern: Subtle Stripes Poncho

By Rachel Choi – November 16th, 2014 1 Comment
Crochet this super comfy poncho for extra warmth in the winter. With it’s oversized fit, it would look great with leggings. The pattern features subtle stripes by alternating 2 similar stitch patterns, one slightly more textured than the other. The poncho can be crocheted to fit any sized woman using the instructions within the pattern to adjust its width and length. The cowl neck can also be lengthened to create a thicker cowl or removed all together.

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Crochet Pattern: Simple Twist Cuff

By Candace – November 15th, 2014 Be the first to comment
Wear a bold cuff to cover that gap between your jacket cuff and glove or just to add a little something to your outfit. This easy cuff features a skinny 2-stitch cable that a beginner can learn on. Crochet a pair of cuff in your favorite color! crochet_simple_twist_cuff

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Sustainable Living: How to Recycle Your Yarn

By Tameko Barnette – November 14th, 2014 7 Comments

Now, I know this seems a little redundant, but it is not because there are so many ways to recycle yarn. There are many ways to get yarn in order to recycle it. I have seen so many people talking online about a variety of ways they recycle yarns. We’re not just talking about the yarn you already have at home like I talked about in previous posts, but other yarn resources.
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How to Weave in Ends – Part 2

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – November 13th, 2014 3 Comments

Welcome back to How to Weave in Ends! In part one, we talked about the importance of weaving in yarn tails and a couple of ways to do it. Now I am going to show you what to do when working the tails into the row ends isn’t a good choice.

In the same way I showed you how to weave the tails into the single crochet border, simple weaving in behind a few strands of the stitches in the pattern piece is fairly quick and great for pieces with a wrong side. I recommend this method for solid stitch patterns like the one in the picture below.

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Tip #2: After weaving a tail in, give the material a stretch so that the tail will look more natural and you can clip off any ends that show.
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Crochet Pattern: Doll Booties

By A Guest Writer – November 12th, 2014 1 Comment
A Guest Post by Tara Cousins.

I’ve been crocheting a long time, but just recently started making crochet doll clothes for 18″ dolls. Since my little girl just turned 3, she’s finally interested in playing with my old American Girl doll and dressing her up, which prompted me to design my own patterns. The first item I started playing around with making is the doll’s shoes. In fact, they are pretty easy to make and to customize (with a strap, or make into boots). You can also use this basic idea to make baby shoes!

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How to Crochet: Widthwise Twirls and Ruffles

By Candace – November 11th, 2014 Be the first to comment

By now, you may already know how to crochet twirls and ruffles lengthwise–in two ways, even. Another way to do these and ad a little variety to your crochet repertoire is to work them widthwise, it’s as easy as making row upon row of a mix of tall and short stitches.
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Crochet Pattern: Slipper Booties (9 Sizes)

By Rachel Choi – November 9th, 2014 1 Comment
This crochet pattern is great for creating warm winter slippers! With super bulky weight yarn, these quick slippers will have the feel of thick socks, but the look of cute booties. The pattern contains instructions for U.S. women size 4 – 12. It also includes instructions for adjusting the size in case you find the need to customize the slippers to a size that is not specified in the pattern. The slippers are crocheted from the toe up so you can try them on as you crochet. No sewing is required! Feel free to embellish your slippers with buttons or straps to give a true boot look.

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Sustainable Living: 3 Extra Uses for an Afghan or a Blanket

By Tameko Barnette – November 8th, 2014 7 Comments

While the hobby or profession of crochet could be considered sustainable living in and of itself, we can certainly employ creativity in extra uses for completed items just lying around the home. Come on, admit it, you may have a completed afghan, blanket, place mats, or something lying around or sitting in a closet collecting dust after the initial excitement of creating it wore off.

Well, never fear, there is a use for just about anything. In this first installment in my 3-part Sustainable Living Series, I will share a variety of uses I’ve found in my own personal life to be quite fun and surprisingly, helpful.
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How to Weave in Ends – Part 1

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – November 6th, 2014 1 Comment

The fun of crocheting isn’t just in the finished project but the whole process: choosing the project, buying the material, beginning and completing it, and finally, showing it off. Unfortunately, there is one small but significant element that causes most of us some apprehension. And I’m sure you’ve already guessed what I’m going to say: weaving in ends.

No matter how we may want to get around it, hiding those unsightly yarn tails is a must. You can look for magical ways to avoid this step but as far as the world knows now, you cannot eliminate it. So let’s take a look at some of the most common methods.
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12 Great Crochet Holiday Gift Ideas

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – November 4th, 2014 3 Comments

Hey there, Crochet Spotters! Is it just me, or is life a whirlwind of activity for you, too? I LOVED reading your responses to my recent post How Much Do You Crochet? and those responses have informed this post!

Although the high holidays just ended and Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, the perennial question, “What are you crocheting for the winter holidays?” has come up! As well it should! And I’m going to be very, very realistic this year. Not everything needs to be handmade, and it really is the thought that counts!

Having said that, let’s put some thought and some handmade into this gift-giving extravaganza. This year Haunukkah runs from December 16 through December 24, meaning (YAY!) we have more time this year! Christmas, is (of course) on December 25, as always.

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