How to Crochet: Linked Double Crochet (Ldc)

By Candace – January 17th, 2012 17 Comments

Linked double crochets are closer together than traditional double crochet stitches. The fabric they create is more dense and stiffer.

If you’re left handed, you can hover over the pictures with your cursor to see the left hand view.

Find the lower horizontal bar of the stitch. It’s actually slightly diagonal (more so if the preceding stitch is a traditional dc), but when you’re done, it will be more level and the resulting stitch will resemble two rows of single crochet.


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Crochet Pattern: Owl Hat (5 Sizes)

By Rachel Choi – January 15th, 2012 7 Comments
There’s a new pattern in the Crochet Spot Store! This cute owl hat can be crocheted for anyone in the family, from babies to adults! The main hat is designed with ear flaps to keep your ears nice and warm, and to add to the owl’s overall shape. Braided tie strings are used at the ends of the ear flaps, which you can make as long or short as you desire. The owl’s eyes, nose, and ears are then sewn onto the hat. Feel free to choose your favorite 2 colors to crochet this owl hat!

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Crochet Pattern: Bordered Bib

By Candace – January 14th, 2012 1 Comment
Babies sure are cute, but they’re also messy and unpredictable, so it’s good to have a sizable collection of bibs on hand. This bordered bib will catch your baby’s food and protects clothes– maybe even that sweater you crocheted.

The raised post stitches and simple decreases make this a good pattern for beginners who want to branch out.

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Crochet Pattern: Prospector’s Change Purse

By Emilee Gettle – January 13th, 2012 12 Comments
My daughter and I both love purses. It seems from dawn to dark my little lady has some kind of handmade purse on with all her goodies inside. So, she keeps me busy repairing and making her a new purse just about once a month. We have lots of fun designing them together and she is quite honest about how she thinks they should look. So, this week’s pattern is inspired by the leather pouches prospectors stored their gold in. So our little pennies might not be gold, but it’s fun for little ones to pretend. This purse can also be modified to look like a teddy bear.

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What to Do With Those Extra Appliques

By Tameko Barnette – January 12th, 2012 22 Comments

One of the most fun things to do with crochet is making appliqués. Whether it’s a beautiful little flower or a pair of bells, we just love to look at them and most of all, we love to create them.

However, there are times when we can make a few too many appliqués and we’re not sure what to do with all of them. Especially, if the crochet sweater or the crochet dish towel have reached their appliqué quota.
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How to Crochet: Linked Half Double Crochet (Lhdc)

By Candace – January 11th, 2012 15 Comments

Linking half double crochet stitches (and other stitches) eliminates the space between the stitches and creates a denser fabric. The stitch is simple to make and is great for when you need a tighter horizontal gauge.

If you’re left handed, you can hover over the pictures with your cursor to see the left hand view.

Start by finding the vertical thread at the left side (right, if you’re left-handed) of the stitch.


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Crochet Pattern: Bouquet of Roses

By Rachel Choi – January 9th, 2012 6 Comments
There’s a new pattern in the Crochet Spot Store! Use this pattern to crochet a beautiful bouquet of roses for a loved one or to simply decorate around your home. Who wouldn’t love flowers that last forever and need no watering? Feel free to crochet as many roses as you like, make a single rose or even dozens. Mix and match colors to create a bouquet that is uniquely yours.

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I’m Not Going To Make Any New Year’s Resolutions

By Veronica Smith – January 7th, 2012 15 Comments

Rachel has written a compelling piece called 2012 New Year’s Crochet Resolutions and many of you have responded with enthusiasm – I am jealous of you all being able to make New Years resolutions. I wish I could.

I don’t cope well with New Year’s resolutions. Many people I know do really well with them and they get all motivated and have great success during the year. Not me, they never seem to quite work for me and then I get all upset with myself – way to much pressure.
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Crochet Pattern: Wrist Cuffs

By Emilee Gettle – January 5th, 2012 3 Comments
These wrist cuffs coordinate with my Chic and Simple Neckwarmer pattern. They are really fast to crochet and it’s a great project for beginners. I love using boucle yarn because it is not only soft but it also disguises the stitches, making the end result look like faux fur. If you have matching vintage buttons around they can add a lot of punch to this project making it as elegant or downplayed as you like. If you need the wrist cuffs to be slightly larger, simply add to the beginning chain and lay it over your wrist and adjust accordingly. Have fun!

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3 Things to Remember When Creating Your Own Patterns

By Tameko Barnette – January 4th, 2012 13 Comments

One of my favorite things to do as a crocheter is to either tweak a pattern I’m working on or create a whole new pattern. It’s very gratifying to see a finished piece that I know I created all on my own.

Have you found yourself feeling the urge to create your own crochet patterns? If so, here are a few things to remember when creating your own patterns.
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