Crochet Pattern: Granny Square With a Flower

By A Guest Writer – November 11th, 2012 22 Comments

A Guest Post by Jolanta Gustafsson.

This pattern for a granny square with a flower is easy to crochet and easy to adjust to your own style. Just choose the colors that you like and combine them as you want. If you want to get a stylish look, choose one color – natural white or some other light shade. To get a more cheerful look, use contrasting colors but keep them in order. For example, red shades in the center of the granny and blue-green shades up to the edges. And if you choose colors
randomly, you can get quite a cheeky look!

Note: Squares in the photo are joined with single crochet stitches.
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A Study in Fair Isle Crochet

By Corinne Munger – November 9th, 2012 21 Comments
Fair Isle knitting became popular in 1921 when the Prince of Wales wore Fair Isle tank tops in public (Fair Isle is a tiny island in the north of Scotland). The Fair Isle technique refers to color work where stitches are knit alternately in various colors. We’ve all seen Fair Isle style on ski sweaters, scarves, mittens, etc. with their intricate patterns and vibrant colors. There are an infinite number of patterns that can be incorporated into a handmade piece, and with today’s selection of colors in yarn, making a striking, unique piece is likely, but not simple.

Sample of Fair Isle Knitting

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Crochet Pattern: Spiral Bracelet

By Candace – November 8th, 2012 2 Comments
Two spirals come together to make this bracelet–one a flat circle, and the other a 3-dimensional band. This is a great pattern for variegated yarns with short color intervals, but you can always make it in one solid color as well.

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Why Crochet?

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – November 7th, 2012 32 Comments

It’s a funny question to ask, because we’re all here because we love crochet, right? But think about it – there are oodles of crafts out there. Why do YOU choose to crochet? I am imagining a few reasons why, but I really want to hear from you!

Personally, I choose to crochet for four main reasons:

1. I am creating fabric! As the daughter of a textile-obsessed artist, the idea that I could actually make fabric is what got me to learn crochet!

2. There are so many stitches and techniques to explore! I know with certainty that I will be forever happy because the opportunities for creative exploration in this craft will never end.

3. It’s not so hard to start. I’m not going to say it’s easy, because I remember my beginning days, but honestly, it wasn’t so bad. It’s a pretty kind craft in that way. :)

4. I am making useful stuff! I don’t know about you, but I lose motivation when I am making something that’s meant to be only a “decoration.” Don’t get me wrong, I love adornment, but after a while, we crocheters accumulate finished items because we’re always crocheting! It makes me happy to know that someone will *use* the item I am making.

What about you?

Crochet Pattern: Animal Baby Mittens

By Rachel Choi – November 5th, 2012 4 Comments
There’s a new pattern in the Crochet Spot Store! Keep those itty bitty baby hands warm this winter by crocheting these adorable baby mittens. The pattern includes 5 different animals to crochet: bear, bunny, cat, dog, and mouse. The pattern starts with a classic thumb-less baby mitten. The ears and face are then added on to truly bring the mittens to life. The faces are embroidered on, so previous experience embroidering is a plus. The mittens are also crocheted with elastic at the wrist to ensure a snug fit.

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Crochet Pattern: Ruffled Coaster

By Candace – November 3rd, 2012 1 Comment
This is a nice, thick, coaster with a ruffle for a more feminine touch. The center is nice and flat so you can sit your glass on it without worrying about ruining the ruffle effect. It is easy to make, and you can work up a whole set in a flash. Have fun with this pattern, and be sure to make a bunch in different colors!

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Yarn Giveaway: 2 Skeins of Gala

By Rachel Choi – November 1st, 2012 266 Comments
Thanks to Corinne, Crochet Spot’s newest writer, we have 2 skeins of Gala Yarn to giveaway! The skeins of Gala Yarn are a blend of fun colors and a mix of varies fibers.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below on this post telling us what patterns/tutorials you’d like to see on Crochet Spot. We’re always looking for new ideas and would love your input! Please stay on subject and only comment one time (one entry per person), multiple comments will be deleted.

All participants must be either a Crochet Spot Newsletter subscriber or a Premium Pattern Member at the time the winner is drawn. If you are neither, feel free to sign up for the newsletter or a membership.

Giveaway ends on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 11:59PM EST, where a winner will be randomly drawn.

Good luck everyone and thanks again Corinne for sharing your yarn!

Update: Thanks everyone for participating! You can find the winner result here: Yarn Giveaway Winner: 2 Skeins of Gala

Crocheting Hats Without Patterns

By Corinne Munger – October 30th, 2012 24 Comments
Hats are one of my favorite accessories – they help me express my mood on any particular day. If it’s super cold, it’s the “furry, no-named animal” hat that says I’m feeling “a little wild” today. My bulky yarn rolled brim says “I’m feeling preppy!” Then there’s my flat top, large flowered, multi-colored, multi-fiber yarn that states that I’m feeling artistic and love color! And there’s always the “Bad Hair Day Beanie” that I can just throw on and head out the door without spending an hour getting to know my curling iron better.

Basic Beanie with Ear Flaps embellished with furry yarn

Whatever your likes, there’s a pattern out there. In my experience in crocheting, there are really only 3 styles of hats you need to learn to make a very wide array of different hats.
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Crochet Pattern: Hooded Scarf Version 2 (3 Sizes)

By Rachel Choi – October 29th, 2012 9 Comments
There’s a new pattern in the Crochet Spot Store! This crochet pattern is exactly like my original Hooded Scarf crochet pattern, with the only difference being that this hood is curved and NOT pointed in the back. For folks who aren’t a fan of the point on the back of many hooded scarves, this pattern is for you! The hooded scarf features deep pockets on both sides and a ribbed edging along the front. The scarf and hood are designed to be wide and large to keep you extra warm during the winter.

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Crochet Pattern: Traditional Finnish Mittens

By A Guest Writer – October 27th, 2012 19 Comments

A Guest Post by Jolanta Gustafsson.

Finland is a northern land and it was always important to have warm clothing here. But in contrast to other northern countries, where the main technique to make clothes from wool was knitting, Finland is distinguished for its beautiful multicolored crocheted handicrafts.

The mittens that I made are inspired by the old mittens from the Ostrobothnian Museum’s collection, which are at least one hundred years old. I adapted the original pattern to a thicker yarn, shaped the mittens in my own way and added a chain-loop fringe edging. It may be interesting to know that the original mittens have 128 stitches in one round! There is also a more modern version of the same mittens – these have 64 stitches in one round. I reduced that number to 48.

The colors in the original mittens are red, green and white – red leaves and green border on a white background. The color combination that I have used is naturally white leaves and dark green border on a gray-green background. Feel free to use the colors that you like!

The most difficult part in this project is, in my opinion, to obtain the same gauge all the way through. So try to be aware of that from the beginning.
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