Crochet Pattern: Circles and Squares Blanket

By Rachel Choi – January 3rd, 2016 3 Comments

This blanket is made up of two types of motifs: a circle in a square, and concentric squares in a square. The motifs are sewn together, then a finishing border is crocheted around it. Crocheted with multiple colors, this blanket creates a fun pattern that is great for baby and children’s blankets but can also be used for larger adult blankets. The pattern includes instructions for various sizes ranging from baby size to king bedspread. Choose bright colors for a bold look, or neutral colors for a more subtle blanket. The blanket makes a unisex pattern. For a gender specific blanket simply choose the colors that you like.

crochet cirlces and squares blanket

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Celebrate the Awards Season with Crochet

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – January 2nd, 2016 1 Comment

I adore pop culture and movie buzz. How about you? It can be fun to host an Oscar or Golden Globes party and why shouldn’t crochet be a part of that? I wrote about “Red Carpet Ready” Crochet in 2014 and since the peak of the awards season is upon us, let’s take our inspiration from the stars and crochet some fun!

Crochet Inspired by the Awards Season on Crochet Spot @crochetspot by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread




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15 Most Popular Free Crochet Patterns of 2015

By Rachel Choi – December 31st, 2015 1 Comment

We had amazing crochet patterns published on Crochet Spot in 2015, thanks to all of our wonderful writers and designers! The patterns range from blankets to home decor to wearable items, so there’s bound to be something you will enjoy crocheting. Here is a roundup of the 15 most popular free crochet patterns that were published on Crochet Spot in 2015. I hope you enjoy all of the patterns, and cheers to a new year and more crochet patterns to come!
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Introduction to Spindles Around The World

By Molly Ferriter – December 29th, 2015 15 Comments
One of the hot crochet-related items on many crocheters Christmas list this year was a spindle for hand-spinning yarn. Spindles come in a plethora of types, styles, and models. Many are a mini-art pieces, with beautiful woodwork, designs, and colors. Hand spinning yarn, for me, has become a sister addiction to my out-of-hand crochet addiction! This is the first post in a series that plans to explore hand spindles from around the world. I’m so excited to be writing about a new passion of mine- hand spinning yarn!
Photo by Dan & Jo Stanbrough

Photo by Dan & Jo Stanbrough

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Crochet Pattern: Warm Winter Capelet (9 Sizes)

By Rachel Choi – December 27th, 2015 Be the first to comment

Winter is a wonderful season… as long as you’re warm. This capelet is just what you need to crochet and wear to keep your upper torso warm this season. The capelet looks great whether dressed up or down. The capelet is my favorite accessory when wearing dresses in the winter, especially if the dress has short or no sleeves. You can even crochet it in white and wear it with a winter wedding dress! The capelet is designed with beginner crocheters in mind. Bulky weight yarn and a large crochet hook makes this project relatively quick to crochet and creates a thick, warm fabric. This pattern has 9 sizes, ranging from women’s X-Small to a plus size 5X. Feel free to make the capelet as long or short as you desire.

crochet warm winter capelet

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How to Crochet: Picked-Up Braid

By Candace – December 26th, 2015 3 Comments

Have you seen the trend of knitting projects with dropped stitches that are later picked up into a braid? Of course, crochet stitches don’t drop, so there needs to be a workaround. Using long chains, crocheters can achieve the same look. If you’re familiar with long chains such as those used in the Knot Stitch (Also known as the Lover’s Knot or Solomon’s Knot), You’re already ahead of the game.
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Crocheting Mandalas as Moving Meditation

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – December 24th, 2015 6 Comments

If you have been following crochet online (and something tells me if you’re reading this you probably do), you may have noticed an uptick in the prevalence of crocheting mandalas. I think there are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, Kathryn Vercillo of Crochet Concupiscence began a project called Mandalas for Marinke in memory of crochet designer Marinke “Wink” Slump. If you’re interested in reading about the project, you should check out this link or the article in Interweave Crochet, Fall 2015 about it.

Image from @crochetblogger used with permission of Kathryn Vercillo

Image from @crochetblogger used with permission of Kathryn Vercillo




Today we’ll look at crocheting mandalas as a moving meditation like walking a labyrinth.
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How to Crochet: Half Double Crochet Camel Stitch

By Molly Ferriter – December 22nd, 2015 4 Comments
Do you love the look of knitting but don’t have the desire to pick up the needles? Tunisian Crochet offers many gorgeous stitches that have a similar look to knitting, but what if you don’t want to dip into the Tunisian waters yet? Here comes the Camel Stitch, a crochet stitch that looks remarkably like knitting.
camel stitch

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Crochet Pattern: 3 Solid Blanket Stitches

By Rachel Choi – December 20th, 2015 Be the first to comment

Here are three of my favorite blanket stitches that create a solid fabric without large holes and can be crocheted using just one color. Solid colored blankets are great if you aren’t in the mood to change yarn colors every row, but feel free to crochet the blankets in multiple colors if you prefer. The solid fabric is great for babies and also great if you want a warmer blanket without the holes. This set includes the bubble, shell, and chevron stitch blanket patterns. Each pattern has a unique border to give each blanket a finished look. The patterns include instructions for making the blankets any size you wish, from small baby blankets to large bedspreads to any size in between.

crochet solid blanket stitches

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Finish in ’15 Fourth Quarter Entries (Page 3)

By Rachel Choi – December 19th, 2015 Be the first to comment

Are you participating in the Finish in ’15 Year Long WIP/UFO Challenge? All are welcomed to join at anytime! Wow, there’s been so many entries this quarter. Due to the overwhelming number of photos submitted so far during this final fourth quarter, a third page of photos was created to show off all the awesome crocheting! Feel free to check out the first page and the second page to see all the wonderful crochet photos submitted during this quarter.

Prizes
At the end of this quarter, multiple winners will be randomly selected! Here are some of the awesome prizes:

Join the contest by emailing your recent photos to [email protected]
Your photos can be any WIP (work in progress) you have on your hook at the moment, any item you just finished, any UFO (unfinished object) that’s been sitting around your house, any item that you “frogged” (ripped out to reuse the yarn for something else). Submit as many photos are you like, each crochet item you submit counts as another entry!

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