Crochet Pattern: Anchor Appliqué

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – July 17th, 2014 11 Comments
We have appliqués of all sorts here at Crochet Spot. And now introducing an anchor appliqué! You can add it to a child’s blanket, outfit, or use it on a pillow in the living room to enhance the nautical theme. Crocheted in a single round, this appliqué is easy and very enjoyable to make, and takes little time to complete. There is no end to the ideas with which to use it! Anchor

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Fine Art Crochet?

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – July 15th, 2014 14 Comments

What is Fine Art?

Photo Modified from (c) Ayaka Darkly.  License

Photo Modified from (c) Ayaka Darkly. License

(Can of worms: opened!)

Fine art is art developed primarily for aesthetics, distinguishing it from applied art that also has to serve some practical function. (Source)

What is Craft?
A craft is a pastime or a profession that requires some particular kind of skilled work. (Source)
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Crochet Pattern: Keychain Card Holder

By Candace – July 13th, 2014 3 Comments
I have a bunch of mini cards on my keyrings from grocery stores, drugstores, the library–you name it. Over time, some of them have gotten a lot of wear, so to protect them and keep my newer ones from meeting the same fate, I made a little sleeve to keep them in. Not only does it protect cards, but it also keeps keyrings looking a bit neater. crochet_keychain_card_holder

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Summer Crochet Food Round-Up

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – July 12th, 2014 1 Comment

The kids are out of school and it’s undeniably summer up here in the northern hemisphere! That means it’s time for some favorite summer activities like gardening, camping, and cooking out! Summer is so much fun that sometimes we let crochet fall to the wayside because we’re busy with different things to do. However, we here at Crochet Spot are fully in favor of summer crochet, and Rachel’s even got some tasty patterns to keep your hook working whether it is on the front porch while sipping a sweet tea, by the pool in the summer sun, or even relaxing in the air-conditioned comfort of your living room.

The neat thing is that a lot of them correspond to some favorite summer pastimes! And they’re also doubly delicious because (yum) they’re food!! Nom nom nom!
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Crochet Pattern: Graphite and Rose Infinity Scarf

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – July 10th, 2014 Be the first to comment
Bulky sweaters are all the rage these days and I’m just as guilty over loving them as anyone else. But for those times when you want something to wear with your turtle-neck or some other favorite fitted shirt, try this bulky bobble stitch infinity scarf. It’s plump and comfortable, just like that sweater, while remaining incredibly stylish. Add a rose for an accent and you’re on your way! Made with a bulky yarn and a large crochet hook, this pattern is worked in the round and takes very little time to complete. The rose is made in a long strip and then wrapped around itself and sewn. crochet graphite and rose infinity scarf

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How to Crochet: Single Crochet I-Cord

By Candace – July 9th, 2014 6 Comments

In knitting, i-cord is a versatile tool, and is used to make handles, straps, edgings, and other components. It’s knit across without turning or working backward across the row, and this crochet i-cord works the same way. Follow along with this tutorial, and you’ll be working up miles of i-cord in no time.
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Crochet Pattern: Expanding Diamond Motif

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – July 7th, 2014 4 Comments
Recently I have written a couple of posts on making expandable geometric motifs, the Expanding Pentagon Motif, and the Expanding Geometric Motif Crochet Tutorial, where each shape follows a similar design. Unfortunately, not all shapes can be created so simply. My method is based on the amount of identical sides a shape has. But in the case of a diamond, for example, there are the same number of sides as a square but all sides are not identical. Expanding Diamond Motif

After reading a comment by a reader requesting help while using my tutorial to make a rhombus, or diamond, I set about making the necessary changes. So here is a pattern in the same expanding design but for a more unique shape!

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It’s OVER! The Crochet vs. Knit War is Over!

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – July 5th, 2014 19 Comments

Right, so… When I started crocheting in 2008 or so, I began by reading one of the best ever crochet books ever, Debbie Stoller’s Stitch N’ Bitch Crochet, the Happy Hooker. It continues to be a mainstay of the crochet community and perhaps the most comprehensive “all-in-one” crochet manual out there. But that’s besides the point. In the introduction, Stoller brought voice to something weird that was out there in the yarn crafting conversation, as well as the crafting community at large – a serious division between crochet and knitting.
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Crochet Pattern: Timmy the Turtle Box

By Candace – July 3rd, 2014 4 Comments
Turtles are pretty cool creatures. They swim, they fight bad guys, and they love to eat pizza! This turtle may not have any ninja moves, but he just may come in handy. Remove his shell, and he can hold your treasures for you. You can also sew his shell and belly together to create a stuffed toy. This pattern is quick to crochet as it uses bulky weight yarn. crochet turtle box

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Ever Had a Crochet Ugh?

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – July 1st, 2014 9 Comments

I’m here to tell you it is okay. Good crocheters sometimes make ugly things! I’m not talking about things that are so ugly they’re cute. Because as creative people, that would be something we would have meant to do. I’m also not talking about “ugly pretty,” which is a term most often used on America’s Next Top Model. The way it would translate into crochet might be the captivating effect of when you bring two garish yarn colors together and they look so interesting together that you love the outcome. But I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about crochet ughs!
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