Crochet Pattern: Vortex Tawashi

By Claire Ortega-Reyes – June 24th, 2011 11 Comments
Just can’t get enough of tawashis? I know the feeling all too well. Here’s a tawashi with elements I love: texture, one-piece construction, and spiral work. Another feature I love in tawashis? Practicality. This tawashi makes chores a little easier on your hands, with a pocket-like construction–no need to concentrate on your grip while cleaning!
Texture is made by making stitches in the back loops only (blo) of stitches. The front is worked in a spiral, and the project continues back and forth in rows for the back, to make the pocket. A few chains are made for the loop, and a simple slip stitch border wraps up this handy project. Made with medium weight yarn and size H hook, this project works up fast.

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Crochet Photo Roundup #3

By Rachel Choi – June 22nd, 2011 5 Comments

Yay! Here’s another fun roundup of photos submitted by Crochet Spot readers who’ve used Crochet Spot patterns!! Feel free to browse through the photos and drool over the amazing work you’ve all accomplished. If you’d like to be included in a future roundup feel free to submit your crochet pictures.
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We Speak a Different Language

By Veronica Smith – June 21st, 2011 22 Comments

With the exception of the obvious dialects around the world, the language our forefathers spoke, we all speak another language to each other but can actually understand each other. As far as spoken language I am only versed in English, toddler, and teenager – for those of you without toddlers and teenagers, believe me, they speak a different language.

As I write these stories each week I write in English, or more precisely, Australian. After I have finished my writing I then go over it all and make it American. Rachel prefers me to write in American. You would be surprised how many words are different.
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Crochet Pattern: Barbie Doll Summer Dresses

By Rachel Choi – June 19th, 2011 6 Comments

New in the Crochet Spot Store, these 3 summer style dresses are crocheted without having to sew pieces together! Each dress has a tight fit, since they are to be made using size 10 thread. The dresses are all secured to the dolls using tie straps rather than traditional Velcro or snaps so you don’t have to worry about sewing or gluing them on. Although these dress are shown in the photo on a Barbie doll, they will also fit other fashion dolls of the same size.

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Crocheting a Pattern or Using a Tutorial from Crochet Spot?

By Veronica Smith – June 18th, 2011 8 Comments

Well, Rachel has out witted me again. This article that you are reading, well the one with the above title – she sabotaged me. I thought it was a good idea, I had it ¾ written and then I went to the Crochet Spot home page for something and what was there staring me in the face??? Hmmmmmm??? “Submit Your Crochet Pictures!”.

Well I got all bent out of shape there for a bit, just because this is her site she shouldn’t steal my ideas should she? Even though she had no idea I was writing a post about making stuff from this site. Maybe she could have mentioned she is psychic.
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Crochet Pattern: Crazy Ruffle Ring

By Rachel Choi – June 17th, 2011 37 Comments
This crazy ring is for the bold and super fabulous ladies who dare to wear it! Unlike typical chunky fashion rings, this ring is light, soft and fluffy (never thought I’d say that about a ring) since it’s crocheted entirely with size 10 thread. Feel free to crochet this ring with any 2 of your favorite colors.

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: 1 1/2″ (4 cm) in diameter ruffle, ring size can be adjusted using the instructions within the pattern.

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5 Things I Wish I Had Known as a Crochet Newbie

By Claire Ortega-Reyes – June 15th, 2011 18 Comments

Pliny the Elder had written, “Experience is the most efficient teacher of all things.” I personally discovered that statement true enough—specially when it came to my crocheting. As a newbie I didn’t know much about the “proper” way of doing things. I made a LOT of mistakes that resulted in catastrophically funny FO’s (finished objects). Here are five things I learned, the HARD way:
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Crochet Photo Roundup #2

By Rachel Choi – June 14th, 2011 10 Comments

Here are more crochet photos submitted by Crochet Spot readers just like you! Don’t they all look lovely? It is always fun to see all the projects that everyone completed. Kudos to all the folks who’s photos are in this post. If you’d like to be included in a future roundup be sure to submit your crochet pictures. Enjoy the pictures everyone!!
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Crochet Pattern: 3 Box Set

By Rachel Choi – June 12th, 2011 3 Comments

New in the Crochet Spot Store, this pattern set is for 3 different sized boxes with lids that are great for using as gift boxes or for storing small items. The boxes are designed to be nesting, so that the smaller boxes fit perfectly into a larger box for easy storage when not in use. Each piece is crocheted in the round so that no sewing is required. The pieces are also designed with defined corners, unlike other boxes that are crocheted in the round. The pattern uses tight half double crochet stitches to make each box quick to crochet.

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Crochet Pattern: Square Pineapple Doily

By Erin Burger – June 11th, 2011 7 Comments
This fun doily is a spin on an old classic by turning a traditional pineapple motif into a square doily. This doily features four pineapples, one on each side of the square. The openwork stitches are on this doily make a more solid construction compared to other lacy doilies.

Skill Level:

Finished Size: 10” (25.5 cm) across

Materials:
Fingering Weight Yarn (approximately 135 yards)
Crochet Hook E (3.50 mm)
crochet yarn size 1

Gauge: Not too important for this pattern.

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Crochet Pattern: Square Pineapple Doily
Round 1: ch 4, sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 4, (dc, ch 1) into ring 7 times, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch: 7 dc, 8 ch-1 spaces

Round 2: ch 4, (3 dc, ch 1) in each ch-1 space around, ending with 2 dc in last ch-1 space, join with sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch: 23 dc, 8 ch-1 spaces


Round 3: ch 5, 3 dc in first ch-1 space, [(ch 1, sc, ch 1) in next ch-1 space, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-1 space] around, ending with 2 dc in first ch-1 space, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch: 4 sc, 23 dc, 8 ch-1 spaces, 4 ch-2 spaces
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