Spring into Spring Projects

By Erin Burger – March 4th, 2011 2 Comments

It’s a common misconception that crochet is mainly for winter accessories and afghans. With the varying yarn weights, types and a vast array of colors, your Spring projects might very well turn out better than your winter ones!

  • Experimenting with different types of yarn: DK and Worsted weights acrylic yarns are great, but branching out into using more unique fibers brings a totally different ‘flavor’ to your everyday crocheting. Find a cotton/satin or cotton/silk mix (these types are often found in fingering weight) and use it to make The Timeless Scarf.
  • Try your hand at crocheting garments: Shawls, shrugs and boleros are great Spring projects! A lot of these garments are designed for a chilly, but not wintery, Spring evening or morning. Check out The Yuet Shawl or The Convertible Lace Shrug and get started on a fun spring garment.
  • Make some Easter Crafts: Fill your childrens easter baskets with these fun projects: Easter Crochet Patterns.
  • Change up your usual colors:No more golds, teals and burgundies! Fill your yarn containers with duckling yellow, baby blue and bubble gum pink. Make a baby blankey with fun colors, lightweight yarn and this fun stitch: Pop-Out Flower Stitch and enjoy!

I’m looking forward to not just the weather of Spring, but the projects too. Share your own Spring projects with us in the comments below!

Crochet Pattern: Shamrock Shawlette

By Claire Ortega-Reyes – March 3rd, 2011 35 Comments
Want to get lucky (and keep warm, too)? This eye-catching shawl is deceptively simple to make. Made with worsted yarn and size L (8.00 mm) hook, the main body is really just a granny triangle. The key to the unique look lies in the shamrock edging: 3-leaf clovers all around, with a lucky 4-leaf clover in the center.

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Crochet Pattern: Felted Circles

By Robin Beers – March 2nd, 2011 9 Comments
Felting combines 2 of my favorite past times: crocheting and doing laundry! If you like to felt like I do, this pattern will be a fun way to use up your scrap wool. Remember when you are felting, always use 100% wool. This way, when washed in hot water, the wool will shrink up and give you a great felted result! These felted circles can be used as doilies hot pads, or coasters and can be created in any size that you wish. I made mine with contrasting wool in a stripe pattern. Just crochet in the round and you will be good to go!

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You Crochet – Therefore You Are….

By Veronica Smith – March 1st, 2011 15 Comments

Crochet – still thought of by some as a “granny’s thing”. I mean, who would want that old crochet stuff now? How very wrong. I know for my grandmother that crochet and knitting were a necessity. She would get old clothing that had been discarded by others, and pull them apart to remake a garment. It happens when you have 7 children and live in a 2 bedroom house with no running water – no money. The old multi-coloured afghans could be make up using the little bits that happen when you unravel things. For some, these things were a reminder of poorer days.

Not so now – the good old ‘granny square’ has made a comeback big time. Crochet is now the ‘in’ thing. It has had a face lift, funnily enough a lot is being made with grandma’s generation patterns.
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Crochet Pattern: Irish Tam Hat – 5 Sizes

By Rachel Choi – February 27th, 2011 3 Comments
New to the Crochet Spot Store, the Irish Tam Hat (also know as a Tam o’ Shanter) is a fun accessory for St. Patrick’s Day or any other day of the year. The hat is crocheted seamlessly in the round and works up fairly quickly due to its short, slouchy style. This pattern includes a step-by-step photo tutorial for creating the pom pom with scissor and yarn.
Interested in other fun St. Patrick’s day hats? Check out the Crochet Pattern Leprechaun Hat.

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Sizes: baby, toddler, child, woman, man (measurements and instructions for measuring are included within pattern)

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Crochet Pattern: Simple Shamrock

By Erin Burger – February 26th, 2011 4 Comments
Fun and easy, this shamrock pattern has endless uses. Make a bunch of them and make a festive St. Patrick’s Day banner or table runner. Add one to a Irish afghan or a scarf for a chilly St. Patty’s Day parade! Looking for more patterns? Check out the Crochet Patterns for St. Patrick’s Day post.

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: Approx. 5″ (12.7 cm) long and wide

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Crochet Pattern: Textured Wrist Cuff

By Robin Beers – February 25th, 2011 12 Comments
This textured wrist cuff is a quick and easy pattern to crochet. You can mix and match different colors of yarn and finish it off with a little eyelash yarn for a fringe effect. You will have to know the Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc) and Back Post Double Crochet (bpdc). It is a good pattern to use up your scrap yarn. You can make matching cuffs or just one for a bracelet accent. They are very comfortable to wear!

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How to Crochet: Spike Stitches

By Claire Ortega-Reyes – February 24th, 2011 7 Comments
Sometimes we don’t really need to learn a new technique to add fire power to the crochet arsenal. Would you believe that the visually stunning spike stitch is done just by inserting your hook in different places in your work? Yes, we use the same old stitches we’re so familiar with — single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, and so forth. The only difference is that we insert the hook in a lower place in the work before making the stitches.

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How to Crochet: Two Simple V-Stitch Variations

By Erin Burger – February 23rd, 2011 9 Comments

The V-Stitch is one of the most popular and also versatile stitches in crochet. You can easily use multi-colors and can also replace the stitches used with other stitches for a whole different look. For example the ‘Little Wings’ V-Stitch calls for single crochets, but if you replaced all the single crochets with half double crochets or double crochets you would get a whole different look.
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How to Crochet: V-Stitch

By Robin Beers – February 22nd, 2011 7 Comments
The V-stitch is a very simple stitch that can be used to add a decorative look to your crocheting. You can use it with double crochet to add variety to your crocheting patterns. If you know how to double crochet and single crochet, it will be very easy to do. Follow the instructions below.

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