Crochet Pattern: Sandman Aromatherapy Pillow

By Emilee Gettle – September 8th, 2011 8 Comments
I love essential oils and learning more about aromatherapy. Occasionally I like to put a little essential oil on my pillowcase before drifting off to dreamland. Since I travel so much, and don’t want to drag my scented pillow along with me, I decided to whip up this pattern. Simply slide the mini “pillow” inside your pillowcase before hitting the hay. The felt inside the crocheted enclosure will keep your essential oil’s fragrance for days. These little pillows, lightly scented with lavender, also work great in the pockets of wool coats in storage to keep moths away!

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Crochet Pattern: Simple Pouch

By Candace – September 7th, 2011 6 Comments
This pattern is great for beginners who want to practice but still make something. You can practice three of the most common stitches, single, double, and half-double crochet. After you complete these short rows, fold it, sew it, and you now have a functional pouch for pens, crafting supplies, or whatever else you need to store.

It is also a good quick project for non-beginners; its frequent stitch variation should keep you interested until the end.

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Second Hand Works of Love

By Veronica Smith – September 6th, 2011 31 Comments

I like second hand stores. I am not sure what they are referred to around the world, however here they are refer to as second hand stores or op shops (opportunity shops). They are stores that people donate items to charity and then the organization sells them through a retail outlet.

Anyhow, I like them.

Sometimes I score yarns and other crafty items. However, sometimes there is something there and I think it quite sad. What is that? Well it’s handmade items. Some items you can see have been well loved and then donated. Fair enough, not all of us wear or use things to death, however I have found not only well worn crochet or knitted clothing but NEW items as well. I have purchased and worn to it’s final days several articles of hand crochet and knitted clothing and some items I’ve purchased there have never been worn.
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Crochet Pattern: Hugs and Kisses Baby Blanket

By Claire Ortega-Reyes – September 4th, 2011 2 Comments

New in the Crochet Spot Store, the Hugs and Kisses Baby Blanket is a highly customizable pattern you can use to make baby blankets, afghans, or even shawls and scarves. This blanket incorporates a sweet yet subtle X’s and O’s pattern, echoing the best way to welcome a new arrival to the world: hugs and kisses. The blanket makes the perfect first big project for beginners, but at the same time works great for intermediate to advanced crocheters because of its highly customizable nature. Panels are crocheted separately and then joined as the edging is made—no sewing involved!

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Crochet Pattern: Fall Flower Pin

By Emilee Gettle – September 3rd, 2011 8 Comments
I love crocheted accessories that add a personal touch to my wardrobe. Check out this sweet flower pin; it’s so easy to make! There is so much you can do with this ultra easy project. You could make one of these flowers to accent a child’s crocheted headband. They are the perfect hat accessory or how about pinning one on your purse. You could also sew a few of these flowers along the hem of a little girl’s dress. Don’t be afraid to mix things up a bit and alternate each flower’s yarn color or add a vintage button in the center. Crochet yourself a flower garden!

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Yoyo Crochet

By A Guest Writer – September 2nd, 2011 7 Comments

A Guest Post by Elsa.

If you’ve ever tried to make an afghan or scarf or other crocheted project with motifs, you’ll know that stitching together all the individual pieces can be quite annoying! This tutorial will show you a new way of doing this, with assemble-as-you-go pieces, so there’s no sewing required! This tutorial will show small circular pieces being joined together, but you can also use these techniques on granny squares and other motif shapes.
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Join-as-you-go Motifs

By Claire Ortega-Reyes – August 31st, 2011 13 Comments

As a crochet beginner, I steered clear of granny squares and other crochet projects made with motifs. Don’t get me wrong–I loved the look of crocheted motifs and how each little part plays a big role in the shape and look of each piece. I didn’t make motif projects simply because I wasn’t confident with my sewing skills–skills I thought were vital in completing motif projects.

When I discovered join-as-you-go motifs, a whole new world of crochet opened up for me. I didn’t have to sew all the motifs together! The last row of each motif is matched up to a corresponding side of the previous motif, and slip stitches are made in place of chain spaces. Here it is at work with my Magical Market Bag Pattern:

Magical Market Bag Photo Guide


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Life Getting in the Way of Crocheting?

By Veronica Smith – August 30th, 2011 17 Comments

I saw a T-Shirt on a random stranger that said “Life is what happens to you while you are making other plans”. It’s true isn’t it?

I just think things would go a lot more smoothly in my life if there was less of the annoying stuff like cleaning, and more of the stuff that involved yarns and threads – just my opinion. I have such grand plans for my crocheting, I would eventually like to start my own online store selling ‘one-off’ hand crafted items. I thought I’d start with an Etsy or Ebay store first and build my empire from there.
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Crochet Pattern: Laptop Sleeve

By Rachel Choi – August 28th, 2011 6 Comments
New in the Crochet Spot Store, this laptop sleeve pattern can be customized to your liking! Pick your 2 favorite colors to get started. Feel free to alternate colors each row to create stripes or sew on cute appliques when you’re done. Use the instructions within the pattern to adjust the size to fit your laptop. Make your sleeve as tight as possible (as yarn will stretch) if you don’t want it slipping and sliding when you pick it up.

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Crochet Pattern: Ridged Hair Bow

By Candace – August 27th, 2011 6 Comments
If there’s a little girl in your life or you just want to express your inner child, this darling bow will add a touch of girlish innocence to any outfit. It’s quick, easy and fun to make, and in no time, you can have one in every color. It also works as a pretty little introduction to post stitches and how they can be used to add texture to your work. This bow can be worn on a clip or an elastic to control your hair with style. Crochet Ridged Hair Bow

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