Men and Crochet

By Veronica Smith – August 16th, 2011 32 Comments

Men and any craft actually, pose a bit of a problem and I truly hate that. Firstly, there is the difficulty in finding suitable patterns for men. Then there are the ‘are they too girly’ patterns. Will he wear a crochet item? Does he feel isolated if he does crochet?

Let’s address these problems. Obviously this is only my point of view and people are more than welcome to disagree with me.
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Crochet Pattern: Floral Triangle Earrings

By Rachel Choi – August 14th, 2011 5 Comments
New in the Crochet Spot Store, this pattern uses size 10 thread to make light and lacy earrings. The earrings are designed with a subtle pinwheel flower in the center. Although the earrings have a dainty and delicate look, they still hold their shape well. For folks who prefer more solid and less flexible earrings, the earrings can easily be starched or stiffened.

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Crochet Pattern: Crossbody Pocket Purse

By Emilee Gettle – August 12th, 2011 21 Comments
This super simple project is the perfect purse to keep in your large bag. If you need a few dollars to run in the store, throw on this little crossbody beauty and you’ll have what you need without a backache from carrying a large purse for those quick errands. They also work great for simple gifts and can be stashed away for the holidays. My daughter especially enjoys keeping a few of these little purses handy for her dolls and play money. Whenever we go to town, she has to bring her own pocket purse and be just like mommy!

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Slip Stitch Crochet

By A Guest Writer – August 11th, 2011 11 Comments

A Guest Post by Linda Cee.

Slip stitch crochet is a fantastic way of making a thin stretchy fabric but it can also be used to create thick and heavy hats, scarves, mittens, etc. It can be so durable that the thicker items are waterproof!!!

There are six basic stitches: front loop only slip stitch, inverse front loop only slip stitch, back loop only slip stitch, inverse back loop only slip stitch, inverse slip stitch and of course the regular slip stitch. Now these are only the very basics, there are so many more and it is interesting to note that because you can do these stitches in many different ways (change the yarn over, change the direction of hook entry, etc.) the possibilities are practically endless.
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Crocheting By Color

By Claire Ortega-Reyes – August 10th, 2011 16 Comments

When it comes to crochet, color is one of the first things to consider when starting a project. It plays a vital role in the visual impact of any project–for bigger projects you may want to use colors that area easy on the eyes, but to make details stand out, you have to pick an eye-catching pop of color. You may think you have it all planned out when you go yarn shopping, but when you get home you think, “Did I just make a big mistake?”
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Crochet Photo Roundup #6

By Rachel Choi – August 9th, 2011 6 Comments

Don’t you just love seeing what everyone has been up to? Here is yet another fun roundup of crochet photos submitted by readers and links to the Crochet Spot patterns they used. Feel free to leave comments at the end of the post to share with us your favorites in the round up. Have you crocheted something you’re proud of using a Crochet Spot pattern? Feel free to submit your crochet pictures to be included in a photo roundup!
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Crochet Pattern: Mi Amor Shawl

By Claire Ortega-Reyes – August 7th, 2011 6 Comments

New in the Crochet Spot Store, Mi Amor is a shawl that gracefully drapes over both the front and the back. Generous front panels make sure it doesn’t slip over the shoulders.  The last few rows make a subtle heart design, and the ends can be folded into a stylish collar. Although it is made with skinny fine weight yarn, the whole shawl is finished in just 30 rows! Make it with cotton for a summer wrap, or wool and acrylic for colder weather. Make it for yourself, or for anyone who can use a little more love in their life!

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American Half-Treble Crochet Stitch (htr)

By A Guest Writer – August 6th, 2011 30 Comments

A Guest Post by Suzann Thompson.

My Oma indulged a teenaged me by buying me German knitting and crochet magazines. (What a wonderful Oma!) I found a cute short-sleeved top with a wavy crochet stitch pattern: sc, hdc, dc, trc, dc, hdc, and repeat. We bought the yarn. I started crocheting.

It was just a small thing, but after the first row, I was bothered by the fact that the treble crochet stitches buckled. The difference in height between the double crochet and the treble was too large. Each treble had to bend to meet the double crochet stitch on each side of it.

See how the tall trc-sts pooch out in these two samples?


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Cleaning and Crocheting in 15 Minute

By Veronica Smith – August 5th, 2011 19 Comments

Having read all your responses to my Frightened of My Craft Room post, I have had yet another change in the way I do things here.

First of all – what is the 15 minute thing? That is cleaning anything for 15 minutes, it’s that simple! I randomly go to an area of my house that needs cleaning (that’s everywhere so not hard to find somewhere) and then armed with my trusty kitchen timer I start my cleaning. I set it for 15 minutes and just do whatever I can in that 15 minute time span. If it is not finished then it’s ‘who cares’ and then go to another area or do another 15 in that spot. It is funny as it has turned into almost a game trying to see how much I get done in that time span. Things are picking up here. I must confess that my poor craft room is still suffering from a) not enough 15 minute blocks mostly because I am still daunted by it and b) the fact that I am not sure if there is enough 15 minute blocks to ever get it done.

What’s this got to do with crocheting? Well. I have a lot of unfinished crochet things, they range from afghans to scarfs, toys and towels. When I sit down to do a certain crochet item that I actually WANT to do I first pick up one I don’t want to do and work on it for 15 minutes before I am allowed to do the ‘fun’ one. This has proved to be most successful. Firstly my unfinished stuff is being slowly worked on but secondly, once I pick it up I usually do more than the 15 minutes.

Who new that 15 minutes and a $2 kitchen timer could make such a difference to my house, crocheting and attitude.

Thanks to all of you who suggested it.

Bundles of Love

By Rachel Choi – August 3rd, 2011 Be the first to comment

I received an email a couple days ago from Laura, a Crochet Spot reader, who told me about a charity that she’s involved in called Bundles of Love. Bundles of love is a non-profit organization that collects and sends essential baby items, including crocheted items, to families who need them. What really got my attention wasn’t just the wonderful things that they do, but the tragic incident that recently happened to Bundles of Love. Here’s an excerpt from Laura’s email to tell you all about it:
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