Archive for April, 2009

Crochet Pattern: Super Fluffy Bath Puff

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on April 30th, 2009 by Rachel Choi – 67 Comments
There isn’t a store bought bath puff that can compare to my super fluffy version. It is made with 100% cotton yarn and oh so soft against my skin, but for extra scrubbing power, add some nylon netting. I dislike how my bath puffs always wear out so hopefully this one will last a long time as it is ten times more durable then the ones I used! I think I will make a few as gifts. Here is the pattern if you would to like to make one, even a beginner can do it. Also, check out the cotton yarn experiment post, since this bath puff is a part of it.

Skill Level: beginner crochet skill level
crochet bath puff

Finished Size: approximately 5” (13 cm) in diameter

Materials:
Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 190 yards / 4 oz)
Crochet Hook K (6.5 mm)
Scissors
crochet yarn size 4

Crochet Pattern: Bath Puff
Round 1: ch 3, 30 dc in third ch from hook, place marker
Round 2 – 3: 6 dc in each dc around
Finish off weaving end into bath puff.

Strap
Row 1: ch 30, sl st in first ch made forming loop, attach to center of bath puff.

If you need help crocheting this bath puff, let me know and I would be glad to help!

Rachel’s First Crochet Dishcloth

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns, Fun Ramblings on April 29th, 2009 by Rachel Choi – 20 Comments
I always wondered what the big hype about crocheted dishcloths was and now I know! I’ve read many testimonials of people that love their cotton crocheted dishcloths and how they are just addicted to making and using them. Finally, I got around to buying 100% cotton yarn to give dishcloth making a shot. I used the classic single crochets as I love simplicity and of course yellow yarn as it’s my favorite color. crochet dishcloth

Once I started crocheting I didn’t understand why the infamous dishcloth was so great, but half way through it finally clicked. Not to sound crazy, but I kept sniffing and rubbing the cloth on my face, lol! There’s just something so cute and soft about a crocheted dishcloth that makes it so irresistible. Now I plan to make many more. Here is the simple pattern that I made, which is great for beginners.

Skill Level: beginner crochet skill level

Finished Size: 8” (20 cm) square

Materials:
Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 50 yards / 1 oz)
Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

Crochet Pattern: Dishcloth
Row 1: ch 30, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across: 29 sc
Row 2 – 34: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 29 sc

Free Crochet Pattern: Box

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on April 28th, 2009 by Rachel Choi – 44 Comments
Here is a simple box that can be used as a gift box or as a safe place to store small treasures. The lid is detachable and you can even adjust the size of the box if you desire. Make this a special box by adding appliqués! Just follow the crochet instructions below to create your very own box!

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy
crochet box

Finished Size: 3” (7.5 cm) x 3” (7.5 cm) x 2 ½” (6.5 cm)
Note: to alter the size of the box, follow the directions within the pattern
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Crochet Spot Not Working?!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on April 25th, 2009 by Rachel Choi – 4 Comments

I woke up Friday morning, rolled out of bed as I normally do, brushed my teeth, then sat at my computer to check my email and of course the wonderful comments that you all leave for me to read. I refreshed the browser to look at Crochet Spot and there was this big ugly server error!

I immediately started freaking out, I mean Crochet Spot is like my baby and it wasn’t breathing. So I called up a friend who assured me that the web hosting techs were already on it. But of course I couldn’t sit still, too much stress for one person to handle. So I spun around in my chair, grabbed a crochet hook and started crochet. Crochet is proven to help reduce stress after all. If a woman can use crochet to survive an earthquake, I was sure that I could use it to survive the down time of Crochet Spot.

I started crocheting a purse using Tunisian simple stitches so that I can sell the pattern in my soon to come store (and hopefully afford a better hosting plan). It’s almost done, but I haven’t decided how I’m going to make a closure for it. I’ll post picks soon!

Hopefully this Crochet Spot down time isn’t as nerve racking for you as it is for me. But I am glad that it motivates me to crochet even more!

Free Crochet Pattern: Amigurumi S’more

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on April 24th, 2009 by Rachel Choi – 23 Comments
Crochet this s’more with the simple crochet instructions below. Start off by making two graham crackers, and then add a piece of chocolate. Finish off with the cutest marshmallow ever. This s’more can make a great addition to any kid’s play food set. Just remember not to eat it or this s’more might not smile any more. crochet smore
Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: 2” (5 cm) tall, 2 ½” (6 cm) wide

Materials:
Medium Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook F (3.75 mm)
Polyester Fiberfill
2 Beads
Yarn Needle
Scissors
crochet yarn size 4

Need help understanding the abbreviations? Check out the crochet abbreviation chart.

Crochet Pattern: S’more
Graham Cracker (make 2)
Row 1: ch 14, dc in third ch from hook and in each ch across: 12 dc
Row 2 – 6: ch 2, turn, dc in each dc across: 12 dc

Chocolate
Row 1: ch 12, dc in third ch from hook and in each ch across: 10 dc
Row 2 – 5: ch 2, turn, dc in each dc across: 10 dc

Marshmallow
Note: stitches are crocheted in the back loop only unless otherwise indicated.
Round 1: with white, ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook, place marker: 6 sc
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around: 12 sc
Round 3: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) around: 18 sc
Round 4: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) around: 24 sc
Round 5: sc in both loops of each sc around: 24 sc
Round 6 – 10: sc in each sc around: 24 sc
Round 11: sc in both loops of each sc around: 24 sc
Round 12: (decrease, sc in next 2 sc) around: 18 sc
Stuff marshmallow with fiberfill
Round 13: (decrease, sc in next sc) around: 12 sc
Finish off and sew marshmallow shut.

Using photo as a guide, sew graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallow together with a yarn needle. Sew on face as desired.

If you need help with crocheting a s’more, just leave a comment and I would be glad to help!

How to Change Colors in Crochet

Posted in Tutorials and Help on April 23rd, 2009 by Rachel Choi – 155 Comments

If you are new to crochet, here are some tips on how to change colors in your crochet work. The basic idea is to simply let go of the yarn you are currently using and pick up the new yarn that you want to use. Sounds easy enough, right? Let’s explore some examples!

This tutorial is for both right and left handed people. For left handed pictures, roll your mouse over the image and it will change for you.

Changing Colors In a Chain
Suppose you want to change the color in the middle of a chain. Just let go of the color your are using and pick up the new yarn and hold it against your work and start chaining with it.




Changing Colors in Crochet Stitches
Sometimes you may want to change colors after a certain crochet stitch. You change colors the same way, but you do it during the last step of a stitch. Here is an example using single crochet.
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Free Crochet Pattern: Envelope

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on April 22nd, 2009 by Rachel Choi – 30 Comments
Here is a great beginner crochet pattern of a cute little envelope. You can use this envelope to package gifts or even use it as a change purse. This pattern is very simple to alter if you desire to make bigger or small envelopes. The basic idea is to crochet a perfect square. Then fold the square into the shape of an envelope and embellish it as you desire. Just follow the instructions below to get started!

Skill Level: beginner crochet skill level

Finished Size: 4 ¼” (11 cm) wide, 4 ¼” (11 cm) tall when closed
Note: To change the finished size of your envelope, follow the instructions within the pattern.

crochet envelope
Materials:
Medium Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook I (5.5 mm)
Yarn Needle
Scissors
crochet yarn size 4

Need help understanding the abbreviations? Check out the crochet abbreviation chart.

Crochet Pattern: Envelope
Start by chaining 20 or a chain that is the length of the diagonal (measuring from upper right to lower left hand corner) of the envelope desired
Row 1: ch 1, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across: 20 sc
Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 20 sc

Repeat row 2 twenty-three times or repeat until your work is the shape of a square, then finish off.

Fold three corners to the center of the square and sew envelope with a yarn needle. The heart used in the photo is a previous Crochet Spot pattern: Crochet Heart Fridgie

If you need help with crocheting an envelope, just leave a comment and I would be glad to help!

Studies Show Knitting and Crocheting is Good For Your Health

Posted in News on April 21st, 2009 by Rachel Choi – 13 Comments

I was surfing the crochet forums and found this video that I thought you all would like to watch. They focus more on knitting but the results correspond to crocheting as well. In fact all needlework related to knitting and crocheting is found to be good for your health. This probably isn’t a huge surprise for any of us, but at least now there is scientific evidence to support what we all knew. The repetitive action of crocheting helps manage stress, pain, and depression. It can also strengthen the body’s immune system and decrease the chances of memory loss by 50%. For more details, here is the video from CBS news!



Crochet Video Tutorials?

Posted in Fun Ramblings on April 20th, 2009 by Rachel Choi – 7 Comments
I’ve gotten quite a few request to make crochet video tutorials. I think that crochet videos will be a great addition to Crochet Spot! Even though there are some on the net already there is always room for more.

My one problem is that I don’t have a video camera or any money to purchase one at this time. So I decided to raise some funds by selling a few crochet patterns on Etsy or even make a “Store” page right here on Crochet Spot. Don’t worry, I still plan to have great patterns for free too. Right now I’m trying to come up with some ideas for sell-able patterns. I’ll let you all know how it comes along and if you have any suggestions that would be awesome!

video camera

I can’t wait to get that video camera (and maybe some yarn) and make something with it! This is going to be very exciting!!! Time to start saving some money.

Crochet Pattern: Barbie Doll Ruffle Dress

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on April 19th, 2009 by Rachel Choi – 42 Comments

I pulled my Barbie doll out from my basement yesterday and remembered how much I loved dressing her up. Here is a very simple dress that just crocheted up for her. To make this dress, start out with a rubber band that fits snugly above the doll’s bust. This will help hold the dress up. Then single crochet inside the ring of the rubber band to start the dress. The crochet pattern below will walk you through each round of the dress as you make pretty ruffles for the bottom.

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: 4 ½” (11.5 cm) long, approximately 4” (10 cm) wide at bottom

Materials:
Medium Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook F (3.75 mm)
Rubber Band that fits snugly above doll’s bust
crochet yarn size 4

Crochet Pattern: Dress
Round 1: 30 sc in rubber band, place marker: 30 sc
Note: Rubber band should now be completely covered
Round 2 – 5: sc in each sc around: 30 sc
Round 6: (decrease, sc in next 4 sc) around: 25 sc
Round 7: (decrease, sc in next 3 sc) around: 20 sc
Round 8 – 10: sc in each sc around: 20 sc
Round 11: 2 sc in each sc around: 40 sc
Round 12: 2 sc in each sc around: 80 sc
Round 13 – 19: sc in each sc around: 80 sc
Round 20: 2 sc in each sc around, sl st in next sc, finish off: 160 sc

If you need help with this pattern, let me know and I would be glad to help!

crochet barbie doll ruffle dress