Crochet Pattern: Christmas Pickle

By Candace – December 19th, 2012 3 Comments
The Christmas pickle is part of a German-American tradition in which the children of the family search for the pickle on the Christmas tree. The first one to find it gets a reward such as the privilege of opening the first gift or good luck. You can adjust the difficulty of this game in your own home by adjusting the size of your hook and yarn or the color of your yarn to make the search easier or harder. crochet_christmas_pickle

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Crochet Pattern: Sampler Washcloth Set

By Rachel Choi – December 17th, 2012 2 Comments
There’s a new pattern in the Crochet Spot Store! The Sampler Washcloth Set gives you a fun range of stitch patterns to crochet! With 3 stitches, basketweave, shells, and textured bumps, you get a fun variety to crochet. Crochet all 3 patterns to create a set to give as a gift or use yourself. With this sampler you’ll get an idea of different types of washcloths with different textures. Washcloths are great for bathing, dish washing, dusting, and a bunch of other cleaning job!

crochet sampler washcloth set

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Crochet Pattern: Loopy Pinecone

By Corinne Munger – December 15th, 2012 8 Comments
This adorable little pinecone is built with loops upon a simple crocheted base. The only stitches needed are slip stitch, chain and single crochet. Great for a package adornment, make several for a warm winter centerpiece or how about on the ends of a scarf? However you choose, once you make one, you’ll be addicted to making more and more! Make them in different colors for a festive, whimsical look, or in natural colors to mimic nature.

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“People used to crochet more years ago.” Really?

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – December 14th, 2012 16 Comments

Like many of us, I love crochet because it is a portable craft. Those moments on the bus, in line at the grocery store, and in the doctor’s waiting room are excellent times to crochet! In fact, that’s one of the reasons I prefer not to drive at all! More crochet time! :)

Yesterday I was on the bus crocheting and a woman who was (to me) an elder told me that more people used to crochet before and fewer people do it now. I live in Miami, so we are fortunate to have an eclectic mixture of cultures and lots of intergenerational interaction.

I was confused because recent research by the Craft and Hobby Association has indicated that crochet is the seventh most popular craft in the United States terms of dollars spent per year, with over one billion spent in 2010. (Crochet World Magazine Newsletter, Vol. 8, No. 10)

Additionally, my observation of global crochet trends show that crochet is strong, particularly in Mexico.

The fairly recent surge of high fashion crochet fuels the fashionistas’ interest in “getting the look.” We crocheters know that we can get the look for much less! And we do!

I think that people are crocheting now more than ever! What do you think?

Crochet Pattern: Cuffed Glasses Case

By Candace – December 13th, 2012 1 Comment
This pattern uses thick yarn and a relatively small hook to create a dense fabric that keeps your glasses (and whatever else you want to store in it) contained. It’s an easy project for new crocheters to complete.

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Going to Market With Your Handmade Goods

By Corinne Munger – December 11th, 2012 11 Comments

As you progress in your crocheting skills, you learn to like your items more and more. The people around you tell you how talented you are and you even start to impress yourself! Then the day comes when you feel you’re good enough to sell your products. Good for you! But where do you start? What are the best avenues? How do you know what to charge? Where do you sell? As a 20+-year veteran in retail, I’d like to list some basics on how to get started in this exciting venture.
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Crochet Pattern: Doll Shell Dress with Belt

By Rachel Choi – December 9th, 2012 Be the first to comment
There’s a new pattern in the Crochet Spot Store! Here’s a cute and classy dress that you can crochet for an 18″ doll. The dress is crocheted all in one piece from the top down so there’s no sewing required. The contrasting belt is crocheted separately and is fastened with a button in the back. You will need to sew on the Velcro closure for the dress and the button for the belt. Get creative with this pattern by crocheting a few of these dresses in different colors! You can also crochet with more than one color to create stripes as well.

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Combining Thick Yarn and Thin Thread in Crochet

By Corinne Munger – December 8th, 2012 7 Comments
It all started with a snowflake. I decided to make some the other day and I found a couple of patterns in one of my favorite books, “Super Stitches Crochet” by Jennifer Campbell and Ann-Marie Bakewell. I then found some white metallic cotton thread in my never-ending stash to use for this project. After completing some snowflakes, I needed an item to use them on. I was thinking of sewing several together and making a string-type scarf, but since the cotton thread I used is metallic, I knew I could never tolerate it on my neck (too itchy). What to do, what to do?

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Holiday Crocheting and Submitting Your Pics!

By Rachel Choi – December 6th, 2012 4 Comments

I love this time of year because folks all over are crocheting for the holidays! We’re making fun gifts for our family and friends (and hopefully a little something for ourselves as well). But don’t forget to take a picture of it before you wrap it as a present to give away.

If you crocheted something you’re proud of using a Crochet Spot pattern, I’d love to see it! If you would like to share your work with the Crochet Spot team and other Crochet Spot readers, feel free to submit your photos to be included in the Photo Roundup! Once enough photos are received, they’ll be placed in a post on Crochet Spot for all to see. Here’s a link to previous roundups if you want to check them out: Crochet Spot Roundups

To submit your pictures:

  • Email photos to Rachel at [email protected]
  • Let me know which pattern you used.
  • Indicate that you would like your photos in the roundup! (I get a lot of email and photos, but don’t want to publish photos without permission)

I can’t wait to see what you all are crocheting for the holidays!!

Crochet Pattern: Branch Pendant

By Candace – December 5th, 2012 2 Comments
Here is a project for crocheters who want to branch out a little. Hang it from your neck at your preferred angle for showing off or make two for your ears. If you need your final project to be stiffer, block it with starch. You can also use this branch pendant as a applique if you prefer. Have fun and get creative with it!

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