Crochet Pattern: Owl Pillow

By Rachel Choi – January 20th, 2013 5 Comments
There’s a new pattern in the Crochet Spot Store! Decorate your room by crocheting this cute owl pillow! Feel free to crochet it your favorite colors for boys or girls. The pillow is crocheted in large, thick stitches making it fairly quick to work up for its size (12″ square). The eyes, nose, and wings are then sewn on. The pattern is fairly easy to crochet, except for the wings that have a unique textured ruffle pattern. The pillow can be filled with polyester fiberfill to make it as soft or as firm as desired.

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Crochet Pattern: Mason, The Jar

By Corinne Munger – January 19th, 2013 3 Comments
Mason jars are everywhere on craft websites – how to decorate them , what to fill them with, use as pre-made emergency candles. They’re cute, functional and nostalgic. We can all remember them as children. Filled with great jams and jellies, used to serve lemonade or a quick storage for leftovers – we love them. This free pattern is a tribute to the most versatile kitchen item ever! Use it as an applique, add a loop for a potholder or use as a small trivet. I’m sure you’ll come up with all kinds of ideas for this. Make it in different colors for a fun, whimsical look. Instructions are written so you can make a basic jar, with ideas on how to decorate it. mason jar comp

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Crocheted Edges with a Sharp Crochet Hook & Surprise!

By Corinne Munger – January 18th, 2013 16 Comments
If you follow our posts, you’ll remember a recent blog about a new item I came across called the “Sharp Crochet Hook”. I received my hook about a week after I ordered it and I couldn’t wait to try it out. Though I have close to a million ideas for usage in my head for this, I’m going to share two with you here. sharp crochet placemat 023

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Crochet Pattern: Crayon Case

By Candace – January 16th, 2013 5 Comments
What a cute way to keep track of crayons! This case can hold 20 standard-sized crayons with room for a few more if you need it. The top part is made to be the same size as the bottom for a snug fit. If you would like to make it more portable, you can chain a strap and attach it to the base. crochet_crayon_case

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Keeping in Touch with Crochet

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – January 15th, 2013 2 Comments

Do you like to keep in touch with old friends and colleagues? I do! Even though there are always more and more ways to stay connected, my favorite way to receive correspondence is through old fashioned, handwritten mail. There is nothing quite like opening up a personalized letter or card. Aside from crochet, another favorite hobby of mine is making greeting cards. I thought it would be fun to combine that craft with crochet.

Because greeting cards are relatively small compared to many crochet projects, it would be best to use thin yarn or thread and small hooks. In general, I think it’s fun to explore the ways a crochet pattern transforms by changing the hook and yarn size, so this could be a fascinating project! You could take a larger, flat project and scale it down, making an applique for the front of your card. Of course, there are lots of quick patterns that would fit onto either a folded or flat card just as they are.

For instance, I think the Cherry Applique would be adorable on a card! Since it’s only 2 x 1.5 inches, it’s the perfect size for an invitation. A simple granny square done in sock yarn would look beautiful covering the front of a square card. In that case, if your yarn is variegated, then you wouldn’t even have to switch colors. These appliques could be attached using simple white glue or tacky glue. It might be a good idea to apply it with a toothpick, so your card doesn’t weaken with the liquid glue. It will take a little bit of trial and error before you get the perfect adhesion to the front of your card. If you don’t want to use glue, you could always just forget the appliques altogether and crochet a simple edging onto a plain greeting card.

As you can see, there are lots of possibilities! Have you ever used crochet to keep in touch? Which Crochet Spot patterns do you think would be cute on greeting cards? Please also let me know if you’re going to try this. I love hearing from you!

Crochet Pattern: Ruched Ruffle Scarf

By Rachel Choi – January 13th, 2013 1 Comment
There’s a new pattern in the Crochet Spot Store! This is a nice scarf to crochet in a variety of colors. Crochet the scarf in bright bold colors for a fun look or warm colors for a sophisticated look. Feel free to crochet more than one scarf to add to your collection! The scarf is crocheted all in one piece and the ruffles and ruchings are crocheted as you go. The ruffles appear only on one side of the scarf so the other side fits comfortable flat around your neck. The ruffles and ruchings give a lovely texture and body to an outfit.

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Crochet Pattern: Braided Bangle/Cuff Bracelet

By Corinne Munger – January 12th, 2013 9 Comments
This bracelet is simply made using a half double crochet stitch. You can easily make it shorter or longer to your preference. This can have different looks using different colors or fibers. I even found that stitched to the wrist of a pair of pre-made gloves gives you a great decorative cuff! Give it a try – it only takes a few minutes! cuff bracelet 013

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New Year – New Ideas

By Corinne Munger – January 11th, 2013 18 Comments
Spending the last several weeks making presents for everyone has led me to want to spend some time making some things for me. This always leads me to research new things. I don’t even know how I came upon this item, but I’m so excited that I did. It’s called the Sharp Crochet Hook.

I love crocheting around the edges of things. The ends of pillow cases, the bottom of a shirt or even tablecloths are made to look elegant and classy by adding this special touch – but the work to get started keeps me from doing this as often as I’d like. Rachel posted a great tutorial about this here: How to Crochet Edging onto Clothing.

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Crochet Pattern: Half-Round Mini Bag

By Candace – January 9th, 2013 5 Comments
This mini bag is worked both in the round and flat with no sewing necessary for the body. It’s great for stashing a few bills and a tube of lip gloss or, if you install a zipper, loose change. Feel free to line the mini bag if desired, but you really don’t need to unless you plan to store really small objects in it. crochet_half_round_mini_bag

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Crocheting with Intention

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – January 8th, 2013 26 Comments

Crochet is a craft that can help you through. I’ve heard many stories from people who have crafted through illnesses, depression, and other tough times. The simple act of creating something and watching it grow can be a revelation. Being productive with crochet when other activities are too hard is a gift that inspires people to go on.

I’ve also heard of people crocheting prayer shawls, where the crafter stitches not only with yarn, but with intention that is focused in the crochet. It sounds like a beautiful act of love. Imagine receiving a prayer shawl from a loved one or community member.

Of course there are many organizations that coordinate charitable donations of crochet. Popular items are chemo caps, blankets, and warm scarves. I recently donated 13 items to families affected by Hurricane Sandy to Project Linus New Jersey, Inc.

When have you crocheted with intention? Have you used crochet to help you through or to create a prayer shawl? Have you ever donated crochet to a charity?