Posts Tagged ‘Caissa McClinton’

Book Review & Giveaway: Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters

Posted in Fun Ramblings on January 3rd, 2017 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 148 Comments

Melissa Leapman is fiber arts royalty as a prolific and celebrated designer. Known for knitting as well as crochet, Leapman has built a robust career with over 1000 published patterns in print. Her wealth of design experience serves as a foundation for her beautiful, new reference book, Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters. Read on to find out a bit about the book, and to see how you can win a copy!





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Crochet Pattern: Tall Ice Cream Cone Applique

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on December 6th, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment
Ever since I attended a craft party for the charity Sole Hope, I have been thinking about crafting with denim in new ways. During the party, we cut up old jeans into pieces to make shoes for children who need them. Thinking of old jeans as a textile, I began imagining painted denim canvases and tote bags. And a denim tote bag would look great with a crochet applique like this one on it!

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Crochet Pattern: Reusable Gift Bow

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on December 1st, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 2 Comments
The holidays are just around the corner. How are you doing with your handmade list? Well, sometimes you’d like to add a handmade touch to your gifts, even if you have to buy the gift itself. Previously, I shared Three Ways to Incorporate Crochet into Your Gift Wrapping, and those ideas still hold up. Today I share a simple pattern to make a crocheted bow that you can use over and over. Switch up the colors to match any gift wrap or theme!

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Crochet Pattern: Chihuahua Ears Headband

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on October 13th, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment
While this may be a controversial position, I believe the chihuahua is both the cutest and mightiest of dogs! I am excited to share the love by designing this cute chihuahua ears headband. The ears are constructed separately and then affixed to a store-bought, plastic headband. This could be the beginning of an easy Halloween costume.

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Finished Size: Each ear measures 3″ (8 cm) wide, 3″ (8 cm) tall

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Crochet Pattern: Panda Headband

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on October 6th, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 3 Comments
Who says that kids should have all the fun? This cute and whimsical panda headband will keep your ears warm and lift your mood. Good for adults aged 18 to 108, this headband also serves as an earwarmer in the colder weather. It could be a great accessory for Halloween, or anytime you feel like rocking panda ears.

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Finished Size: 22 1/2″ (57 cm) circumference, fits most adults. Instructions to adjust size are included in pattern.

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Crochet Pattern: Happy Links Necklace and Bracelet

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on September 15th, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment
I bought a bag of beautiful embroidery floss from the craft store and I have been loving the experimentation process. How can I combine different strands to achieve a different look? Since embroidery floss will always remind me of friendship bracelets, I wanted to make a chunky bangle to keep or give to a friend. I had so much fun with the technique that I kept going! The end result was a jewelry piece that could be used as a necklace or bracelet, featuring links that are perfect for attaching charms. Fun for adults, and kids, too!

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Crochet Pattern: Tiny Heart Charm

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on September 1st, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment
My artistic heart has been strongly drawn towards mixed media and art journaling lately. While I am learning dozens of interesting techniques through watching instructional videos and devouring books, I am always thinking about how I could incorporate crochet into the mix. This tiny heart is perfect to tuck into a journal or attach to a page if crocheted in embroidery floss. If you decide to scale the hook and yarn size up, this cutie can embellish a hat or a bag. Switch up yarn color combinations for lots of mixed and matched fun!

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Crochet Pattern: Pineapple Applique

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on August 4th, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment
Have you noticed how popular pineapples have been lately? Artistic renderings of pineapples are adorning all kinds of things from clothing to accessories to school supplies! This crocheted pineapple applique was inspired by a cartoon image I found online. I like how this one is a little unsymmetrical. For some reason that appeals to me. It would be fun to crochet this in different colors to decorate a tote bag, t-shirt, pencil case, or even a book cover. Just use strong glue to attach them.

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How to Crochet: Standing Single Crochet

Posted in Tutorials and Help on August 2nd, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 6 Comments

Standing single crochet is a method for joining a new yarn and/or color to your work. It is as simple as starting with a slip knot on your hook with your new yarn and making a single crochet stitch. You can use this technique in place of having to tie your new yarn to your work.

How to Crochet a Standing Single Crochet Tutorial by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread for @crochetspot
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Crochet Pattern: Mason Jar Wristlet

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on July 11th, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment
I use mason jars for nearly all of my beverages. I like using glass instead of plastic, and mason jars carry a certain charm. I have been toting cool water everywhere in a crocheted pouch, now my coffee and tea have been getting jealous. Therefore I’ve designed this cozy for the 24-oz wide-mouthed mason jar in which I carry my coffee each morning. If you’ve seen my other patterns, you are already familiar with my mason jar! image

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