How to Crochet on the Side of a Single Crochet

By Candace – July 4th, 2012 6 Comments

Most crochet stitches are worked into the loops in the top of the stitch, whether it’s both loops or one of them. However, every once in a while, you may come across a pattern that requires you to work into the side of a stitch. In the case of the single crochet, the stitch is worked into a vertical bar as shown below. If you are right-handed, the bar will be on your left, and if you are left-handed, the bar will be on your right.

For a left-handed view, hover over the pictures.

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Crochet Pattern: Bunch of Grapes

By Candace – July 3rd, 2012 4 Comments
Bunches of grapes make a nice addition to fruit themed decorations and appliques. They would make a nice addition to a market bag or an accent for a table setting or kitchen set. The finished bunch of grapes are one sided so that you can use it as an applique.

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Crochet Pattern: Netted Hair Snood

By Rachel Choi – July 1st, 2012 Be the first to comment
There’s a new pattern in the Crochet Spot Store! Use this pattern to crochet a classic netted hair snood. A snood is a great hair accessory when you’re having a bad hair day, or just want an easy way to gather your hair. Just tuck your hair in and go about your day! The snood is also fairly warm to wear in cooler weathers. One size will fit most adults. This pattern uses elastic at the edge of the snood to keep it snug on your head. The elastic can be adjusted if needed to make it tighter or looser to fit your head. Feel free to crochet a bunch of snoods in your favorite colors.

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Crochet Pattern: American Flag

By Emilee Gettle – June 30th, 2012 1 Comment
I’m sure some of you are firing up the grill, buying corn on the cob at the farmer’s market and stocking up on your secret BBQ sauce. Perhaps you’re thumping away at the watermelons in the garden looking for a perfectly ripe melon to wow your 4th of July guests. While you prepare for all the festivities take a little time to remember that our freedom came at a cost. Brave men and women have carried our flag into battle for our freedom. This week, make a few of these flag pins to share with those who have served in the military, as well as your family and friends.

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Good Ergonomics to Help with Repetitive Stress Injury

By Tameko Barnette – June 29th, 2012 8 Comments

Even with crochet, we run the risk of injury due to the repetitive movements. Ergonomics is not just for corporate office cubicles anymore. We, crocheters, need some help in that area as well.

Repetitive Stress Injuries are happening more and more with crocheters and other crafty folks all over the country, including carpel tunnel issues. Many times, we associate these issues with typing on a keyboard all day, but these conditions can occur under a variety of circumstances.

But the question is – how do we improve this condition and others associated with repetitive movements?

Here are a few things to consider:
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Crochet Pattern: Sparkler Flip Flops

By Emilee Gettle – June 28th, 2012 2 Comments
A short dirve through town and one can see tents popping up in parking lots with every kind of firework imaginable. While I love watching them on the 4th of July, I’m not brave when it comes to lighting them. Sparklers, smoke bombs, and those weird black snakes that grow when lighted are about as adventurous as I get. While strolling through the yarn section this week at a local craft store I spotted a new selection of glitter eyelash yarn. So, inspired by the night fireworks shows that I’ve been enjoying I decided to make this pattern for sparkler flip flops.

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How to Make a Felted Join

By Candace – June 27th, 2012 5 Comments

When your ball of non-superwash wool yarn runs out or breaks and you don’t want to deal with another end, the felted join can help. It’s quick, simple, and you don’t need any extra tools for it. It makes a great substitute for the Russian join if your yarn needle has gone missing. This join is commonly called “spit splicing” since you can use your saliva in a pinch, but some of us prefer to just use water.
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2 Days Only – 40% Off Select Summer Crochet Patterns

By Rachel Choi – June 25th, 2012 Be the first to comment

Now through Tuesday June 26, 2012, select summer crochet patterns are 40% OFF! Summer crochet patterns include patterns from all store categories, so be sure to check them all out. If a pattern is on sale, it’ll say so at the beginning of the pattern’s description. The patterns are already marked down to their sale prices, so there’s no need to enter coupon codes. Just add the patterns to your cart and check out!

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In addition, there will be a Premium Pattern Membership giveaway, so that not one, but two lucky people will be able to download patterns for free for a year! If you’re not familiar with the membership, feel free to learn more about it here: About Premium Pattern Membership. All current Premium Pattern Members along with any new members that sign up for a membership before the end of the sale will be automatically entered into this giveaway. Good luck to everyone!

Update: Congrats to Jamie F. and Rebecca K. on winning the free memberships!

Crochet Pattern: Openwork Shell Skirt

By Rachel Choi – June 24th, 2012 4 Comments
There’s a new pattern in the Crochet Spot Store! This pattern is for a skirt that is highly adjustable. The instructions will tell you how to crochet the skirt so that it fits your size. You can also adjust the length of the skirt to make it as short or long as you’d like. Although the photo shows the skirt on an adult, you’re more than welcome to crochet the skirt for children as well. The stitch pattern is open and lacy so that you can wear a plain skirt of a contrasting color under it. You can also wear the crocheted skirt with leggings.

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Crochet Scrapbooking

By Tameko Barnette – June 23rd, 2012 Be the first to comment

What? Crochet and Scrapbooking? Is it possible? Yes! It’s very possible. Crochet as a craft, as an art is perfect for scrapbooking. In a previous post, I talked about keeping a crochet journal. Crochet scrapbooking is an expansion of the crochet journal idea. It is equally cathartic, yet twice the fun.

If you are already into scrapbooking, you already know the joy it can bring to your life. It’s a wonderful way to keep wonderful memories alive and new, exciting moments vivid.

Scrapbooking as a craft dates back to the mid 1820s, believe it or not. In its original form, scrapbooking is simply taking pictures and newspaper clippings to create a book of memories. It’s like a step up from photo albums.

Here are a few tips on combining crochet and scrapbooking.
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