Converting UK & Australian to US Crochet Terms

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – October 14th, 2015 3 Comments

Did you know that while crochet is found all over the world, the names and abbreviations we use for the crochet patterns are different, even in other English-speaking countries? It can be very confusing to come across a great crochet pattern, look it over, and realize that the stitches in the pattern do not appear to match the picture! Luckily, it’s pretty easy to read a foreign crochet pattern in English, and I’ve even created a downloadable chart for you to keep on hand in case you need it.

I should mention here that our Australian Crochet Spotters must be doing these "translations" all the time!

I should mention here that our Australian Crochet Spotters must be doing these “translations” all the time!





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Crochet Pattern: Loopy Pillow

By Rachel Choi – October 12th, 2015 Be the first to comment
If you love texture and fun pillows, here is a pillow for you! Choose your favorite color or one that matches your home decor and crochet this pillow with its loopy stitches. You don’t need special tools to crochet this loop stitch, all you need is your regular crochet hook. A stitch photo tutorial is provided within the pattern. The pillow is crocheted in the round, from the top down, in one piece so that no sewing is required. If you would like to use it as a removable cover, feel free to add your own closure, such as a zipper or buttons, instead of crocheting the pillow closed. crochet loopy pillow

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Haven for Hands Crochet Hook Set Review + Coupon

By Rachel Choi – October 10th, 2015 3 Comments

Do you LOVE new crochet hooks? I know I do! I recently received a new set in the mail from Sarah at Haven for Hands. She asked me to do a review on their brand new hook set. I had a great time playing around with these hooks and will share with you my honest opinion, the good and the bad. Sarah was kind enough to give us an exclusive coupon code, in case you decide you have to have one of these sets! Code NVCEMUFE will give you a 25% off discount on Amazon.

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Crochet Pattern: Dazzling Genie Cap

By Amy – October 8th, 2015 3 Comments
It’s time to start thinking about costumes! And what a list there is to choose from. Have you ever thought of being a genie? With this cap that looks like something straight out of the TV show I Dream of Jeannie, you won’t have too far to go. Easy to crochet, this cap has surface crochet embellishments, but don’t be surprised if you come up with more ways to decorate it! Add a touch of tulle or chiffon, some beads or sequins, and don’t forget the high pony-tail! Have fun and let me know what you think! Dazzling Genie Cap

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We Have Finish in ’15 Third Quarter Winners!

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – October 6th, 2015 4 Comments

It is hard to believe that the third quarter of 2015 has flown by, but it has! We are happy to announce the winners of this quarter’s Finish in ’15 WIP/UFO contest! Don’t forget there is still the fourth quarter of the contest remaining, so all entries submitted since the first quarter are still valid to win if you haven’t already.

Caissa McClinton @artlikebread Crochet Spot Finish in 15 Contest Giveaway Winners




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Crochet Pattern: Hooded Chevron Poncho (4 Sizes)

By Rachel Choi – October 4th, 2015 Be the first to comment
This hooded chevron poncho is designed with 4 sizes ranging from 6 months to 6 years. The loose, comfy fit allows for each poncho size to fit a range of sizes, which is great for a growing children who is always out growing their clothes! The poncho is nice and warm for the winter weather. Secure the poncho with a couple of cute buttons or a fastener of your choice. The poncho is crocheted in one piece from the top down, so no sewing is require other than the buttons. Feel free to be creative with your yarn color choices or use 4 of your child’s favorite colors. crochet hooded chevron poncho

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How to Crochet: Tunisian Bobble (Tbo)

By Candace – October 3rd, 2015 Be the first to comment

It’s safe to say that a lot of traditional crochet stitches translate over to Tunisian crochet. Bobble stitches can make nice accents with either technique.

If you are not familiar with Tunisian Crochet, see the Tunisian simple stitch tutorial to get started. It also helps, but isn’t necessary, to know the Tunisian double crochet stitch and the traditional crochet bobble.
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Crochet Pattern: Striped Hot Air Balloon Applique

By Amy – October 1st, 2015 8 Comments
A picture I ran across the other day while looking for some color inspiration showed about 10 or more hot air balloons of all different colors and patterns speckling a European horizon. It was lovely against the pale blue sky and tan terrain. Some were striped in multi-colors, like the one I have designed for you, others had fewer colors and varied stripes or different patterns all together. For this applique I used five different colors and swapped them every two rows. Have fun making this simple and easy applique! Striped Hot Air Balloon

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Book Review & New Prize! Margaret Hubert’s Customize Your Crochet

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – September 29th, 2015 Be the first to comment

Hooray! We have another fabulous prize in our Finish in ’15 Contest! Remember, you can enter until September 30!

Have you heard of Margaret Hubert? If not, it would be my pleasure to introduce you to one of crochet’s most prolific designers. Margaret Hubert is the author of more than 20 crochet and knitting books. She has been involved in the needle arts industry for years and has been instrumental in developing new generations of crocheters. In 2012 she was inducted into the Jean Leinhauser Crochet Hall of Fame.

We’re lucky to be able to offer a copy of her latest book, Customize Your Crochet, as a prize in our Finish in ’15 contest.

Caissa McClinton Customize Your Crochet by Margaret Hubert Giveaway on Crochet Spot @artlikebread




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Crochet Pattern: Vintage Glenda Hat (5 Sizes)

By Amy – September 27th, 2015 6 Comments
Torchy Blane is a fictional character from the 30’s that inspired the Lois Lane character for Superman. Both are avid newspaperwomen who will stop at nothing to get a story. Glenda Farrell plays Torchy Blane in a few of the films of that time, and in it she wears a hat that has, for me, become the symbol of a woman of the press. With this pattern I have sought to replicate that style, complete with an upturned brim and hat band in the form of a long ribbon. All you need to know to crochet this hat are the basics. Enjoy, and let me know what you think in the comments below! crochet vintage glenda hat
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