Crochet Pattern: Pinwheel

By Emilee Gettle – May 12th, 2012 12 Comments
Now that we have some breezy warm afternoons upon us I’m sure you’ve been finding pinwheels at the local dollar shops. Kids can’t resist them. Oftentimes we see them for party decor or even replicated with fabric for quilt blocks. This week I decided to try crocheting a pinwheel and this pattern is what resulted. You can use this project to spruce up throw pillows and other home accessories. Make it out of finer yarn and it makes great appliques, pins, or hair accessories. I used two colors for this pattern but you can easily make each blade out of a different color.

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3 Great Life Lessons Taught by Crochet

By Tameko Barnette – May 10th, 2012 9 Comments

We can experience life lessons at any given time from anyone and anywhere. Did you know that you can learn life lessons from the art of crochet? In daily life, we all need inspiration, encouragement, and support. Often times, we sit and crochet with the intentions of creating, supporting, and nourishing ourselves and others with our creations.

We have great life lessons passed down to us from family members, friends, and strangers we meet in grocery stores, but we can also learn a great deal to help us each day in life through crochet. Here in this post, I’m only going to touch on three life lessons, but if you really pay attention to your craft, you’ll see there are many more life lessons to learn.

I’m going to give this list to you in the style of David Letterman for fun. Here goes…
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Crochet Pattern: Bruges Trim Pouch

By Candace – May 9th, 2012 2 Comments
Bruges lace is really a very easy technique–even a beginner can do it, and the simple edging on this pouch proves it. After making one of these you’ll feel ready to tackle more complicated patterns using the technique–and you’ll have a pouch to keep things in.

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How to Crochet: Bruges Lace

By Candace – May 8th, 2012 12 Comments

Bruges lace is a technique that originated in Belgium that uses structure that consists of a ribbon/tape and chains on either side of the tape that create the lacy effect. This method of creating lace is actually quite simple, but can yield gorgeous results both alone and when mixed with other crochet techniques.

Here you can see a basic Bruges lace tape. If you look at it carefully, you can see that in its most basic form, it is a thin crocheted strip with extra long turning chains.

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Crochet Pattern: Flower Pillow Cover

By Rachel Choi – May 6th, 2012 7 Comments
There’s a new pattern in the Crochet Spot Store! Crochet this pillow cover to cover up a 16″ square pillow. You can use it to cover an old pillow that needs a new look, or a plain white pillow. The cover has one open end that is fastened closed with 6 small buttons. The buttons are designed to be on the inside of the pillow so they’re hidden and the cover appears seamless. The cover can be removed from the pillow at anytime, making it easily washable. The large flower is crocheted all in one solid piece, and then sew to the pillow cover.

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The Top Crochet Apps of 2012

By A Guest Writer – May 5th, 2012 5 Comments

Four crochet resources to help you get your stitch on.

A Guest Post by Jane Johnson.

I find that when I’m tasked with doing a lot of technical jobs at work, my creative side really rears its head and expects an artistic outlet. That’s why I picked up crocheting about 2-years ago. I find that it helps me really unwind when I pick up and devout a few hours to some stitch work.

Now when the technical side of my brain collaborates with the artistic side of my brain—which isn’t very often—I use my T-Mobile Samsung Android phone to look for crochet tools to satisfy both sides of my personality. And I’ve uncovered quite a few useful crochet apps for cross stitch and knitting that can help both stitch newbies and pearl veterans alike prefect the craft of crocheting.

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Crochet Pattern: Flower Hair Pin

By Emilee Gettle – May 3rd, 2012 13 Comments
This flower is so easy and simple to crochet but it can be used a million ways. Lately I’ve seen crocheted flowers popping up everywhere on clothes, toys, accessories, and home decor. I love the fact that they can be made in little time and yet these simple appliques can really spice up anything their applied to. In your spare time crochet several using scrap yarn and save them in a jar for upcoming projects. If you have some extra bobby pins around the house this is a great way to infuse new life into them.

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Keeping a Crochet Journal

By Tameko Barnette – May 2nd, 2012 17 Comments

I love to write. Writing has always been a fun thing for me to do ever since I was a child. It can also be quite cathartic as well. There are many different types of journals one can keep. The possibilities are endless – dream journal, cooking journal, self-help journal, and the list could go on and on.

However, I’d like to suggest that you start keeping a crochet journal.
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Crochet Pattern: Cat Scrubbie

By Candace – May 1st, 2012 5 Comments
Add some fun to bath time with this scrubbie made for cat lovers with small hands. The small size also makes it great for scrubbing the corners of dishes or cleaning other small items. Crochet a bunch of these little cat scrubbies in a different colors to make a set.

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Increasing Blocks in Filet Crochet

By Candace – April 30th, 2012 2 Comments

One manner of increasing and decreasing in filet crochet is be adding and subtraction blocks and the beginning or end of a row. It creates a step-like effect.

To increase at the beginning of a row, chain the appropriate number of stitches at the end of the previous row, make your starting chain, and then work into the chains you have added and the rest of the stitches across the row.
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