5 Reasons NOT to Crochet a Gift

By Rachel Choi – November 3rd, 2016 10 Comments

Last week I discussed 5 reasons to crochet a gift. This week, I’ll be devil’s advocate and bring up 5 reasons NOT to crochet a gift. Let’s be truthful, we all know someone who may not appreciate our work or use it like it is indented to be used. Crochet gifts are great when they are given to the right people.
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How to Crochet: Magic Adjustable Ring with Tunisian Crochet

By Candace – November 1st, 2016 Be the first to comment

I recently set my sights on trying to crochet flat objects in the round using the Magic Adjustable Ring and my Tunisian in the round technique. Guess what. It wasn’t as simple as I thought it would be. But when have you ever known me to not enjoy a challenge? Trial and error and reading my crochet paid off, and now you can learn, too! You just need yarn and a hook with a cable.

Left handed? If you hover over the photos, you can see another view.

Start off by readying your ring as usual.

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5 Reasons to Crochet a Gift

By Rachel Choi – October 29th, 2016 9 Comments

It’s that time of year again, when we’re all in a hurry to get gifts crocheted for the holidays. Gifts can be crocheted for almost anyone. Get those hooks moving and crochet those gifts! If you don’t have enough motivation, here are 5 reasons to crochet a gift.
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Crochet Pattern: Double Stranded Oval Placemat

By Rachel Choi – October 27th, 2016 Be the first to comment

This placemat is crocheted with 2 strands of yarn held together, making it quicker to crochet and creating a thicker, sturdier fabric. The double strands are used throughout the pattern, working seamlessly in the round from the center out. The classic oval shape never goes out of style. Crochet a set of these placemats to reuse again and again. Choose a yarn that is machine washable so that you can toss the placemats in the washing machine for easy clean up.

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Crochet Pattern: Tunisian Eyelet Cowl

By Candace – October 25th, 2016 2 Comments
Talk about yummy and squishy! Tunisian crochet just seems to give the right amount of squishy bulk for winter projects. Take this cowl with its simple eyelet pattern. Made with a ball of DK weight yarn, it has a thickness that belies the yarn weight.
The cowl is a quick project for those familiar with Tunisian crochet and my Tunisian crochet in the round technique. (If your afghan hooks don’t have cords, you can work it flat and seam it together.) Remember to block after finishing to open the eyelets up.
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Crochet Pattern: Classic Children Cardigan Sweater (8 Sizes)

By Rachel Choi – October 22nd, 2016 Be the first to comment

Many folks have asked, and now it’s finally here! Here is my Classic Cardigan Sweater pattern in children sizes. The sweater is crocheted all in one pieces from the top down, with no sewing required (other than sewing on the buttons). It is designed to be tried on as you crochet so that you can easily adjust the size while crocheting and obtain the prefect fit. Although the pattern contains 8 sizes ranging from U.S. size 2 – 16, you can customize the sweater as you see fit by lengthening the body and sleeves.

Check out the adult and baby versions that are also available in the store.

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How to Count Crochet Stitches

By Rachel Choi – October 20th, 2016 2 Comments

If you’re a beginner crocheter, it may be difficult to count your crochet stitches. The ability to count your stitches is extremely important if you want your project to turn out as intended. Counting stitches is a skill often learned with experience. The more you crochet, the more familiar the stitches will become making them easier to recognize and count. In this tutorial, I will show you examples of swatches I crocheted and give you tips on how to count the number of stitches and rows.

Here is the first swatch I crocheted using double crochet stitches. How many stitches do you see on the top row? How many rows do you see? The answer is below the photo.
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How to Crochet: Tunisian Crochet in the Round

By Candace – October 18th, 2016 2 Comments

If you’ve looked online for Tunisian crochet in the round videos, you’ve probably found lots of tutorials using a double-ended hook and two balls of yarn. My method is a bit different and, in my opinion, simpler. It requires only one ball of yarn and a crochet hook with a flexible cord (single- or double-ended hooks are fine).

This method is a lot like traditional crochet in the round, so if you can do that and already know the basics of Tunisian crochet, you’re good to go.
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Crochet Pattern: Christmas Character Ball Ornaments (Set #2)

By Rachel Choi – October 15th, 2016 Be the first to comment

This crochet pattern was requested by a Crochet Spot reader!
If you crocheted the original Christmas Character Ball Ornament Set, here are more characters to add to the collection! This set has 5 new characters: angel, drummer boy, nutcracker, penguin, and polar bear. Each character is crocheted in the round, in the shape of a traditional Christmas ball ornament, but has added limbs, face, and accessories to make each of them unique. Crochet all of the characters for your tree or give them as gifts.

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Crochet Pattern: Chihuahua Ears Headband

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – October 13th, 2016 Be the first to comment
While this may be a controversial position, I believe the chihuahua is both the cutest and mightiest of dogs! I am excited to share the love by designing this cute chihuahua ears headband. The ears are constructed separately and then affixed to a store-bought, plastic headband. This could be the beginning of an easy Halloween costume.

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Finished Size: Each ear measures 3″ (8 cm) wide, 3″ (8 cm) tall

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