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How to Crochet a Tube (Version 2 – In Spirals)

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 15th, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

In my last tutorial, I showed you how to crochet a tube in a certain way, by joining rounds. However, you can also crochet a tube in spirals.

For the purpose of practicing this skill, we’ll make a small swatch in this tutorial. Yarn and hook size don’t matter for this practice swatch.

You may mouse over images for left-handed views.

ch – chain
sc – double crochet
sl st – slip stitch

Foundation: ch 15. The photo below shows this completed.

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Oscar Mystery CAL Recap

Posted in Fun Ramblings on March 10th, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

Hooray! I am very glad to say that the first Crochet Spot Oscar Mystery CAL was a success! The Oscar Ceremony took place on Sunday, February 28 and ran for three long hours! With my crochet hook in hand, I enjoyed the ceremony much more (and I wasn’t the only one!)

Oscar Mystery CAL Recap by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread for @crochetspot

Read on to learn more about the Oscar Ceremony and the fun Mystery CAL!
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March is NATCROMO! What That Means & Five Appliques to Crochet

Posted in Fun Ramblings on March 1st, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

Hey, there! Ever seen the hashtag #NATCROMO floating around the internets? Well, it’s all about the mellow month of March and National Crochet Month. Yes, in addition its duty as National Craft Month, March is also National Crochet Month, earning it the hashtaggable nickname NATCROMO.

Each year, Crochetville does a NATCROMO comprehensive blog tour and this year is no exception. Be sure to check it out! In the spirit of Ravelry, some inclusiveness-minded yarn partiers have also claimed the month as International Crochet Month, or ITCROMO, so you’ll probably see that hashtag, too.

So the question is left – what will we do here at Crochet Spot? In the past, Rachel shared a number of ways to celebrate, and in true Crochet Spot style, you shared your great celebrations! I loved reading about Wanty’s shindig. During this particular NATCROMO, I’m suggesting we keep it simple and make up a couple of these cute appliques to wear. Join me?

5 Quick Crochet Appliques for National Crochet Month Round Up by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread for @crochetspot

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Win A $50 Yarn Prize Pack from Red Heart

Posted in Fun Ramblings on February 23rd, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 7 Comments

Yes! You read that correctly. Red Heart, who has been one of the most trusted brands in yarn for over 75 years, is generously offering an exciting yarn prize pack to one lucky Crochet Spotter! This prize pack includes 10 skeins of various Red Heart Yarns, and you get to try them all! It also includes a Red Heart tote bag to crochet on the go.

Win this $50 Prize Pack from Red Heart on @crochetspot by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread

Read on to see how you can win!
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The Oscar Mystery Cowl Crochet Along Patterns!

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on February 17th, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 15 Comments

Woohoo! After weeks of preparation, we’re finally ready to release the Oscar Mystery Cowl Crochet Along patterns. There are four patterns, and you choose your pattern based upon the first letter of your first name. Please check out the patterns below.

Oscar Mystery Cowl Patterns Graphic by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread for @crochetspot

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How to Crochet a Tube, or How to Crochet in Rounds (Version 1)

Posted in Tutorials and Help on February 13th, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 2 Comments

When we talk about crocheting in the round, it can mean many things. For example, you could be crocheting a flat circle in rounds or in spirals. You could also be crocheting an oval in the round. However, there is another way to crochet around and around. Instead of crocheting flat, like a coaster or a placemat, you’re crocheting up, like a basket or hat. This techniques creates a three-dimensional piece and can be used in countless applications.

Crochet A Tube Photo Tutorial with Lefty Images by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread for @crochetspot

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Oscar Mystery Crochet Along Update!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on February 9th, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 12 Comments

The Oscar Ceremony on February 28th is right around the corner and (not without controversy) the nominees have been announced! I am delighted with the amount of interest in the Oscar Mystery Crochet Along. Thank you! You have also asked some great questions, so hopefully after this post, all will be a lot clearer.

I am excited to provide you with a sneak peek of one of the award badges, and a preview of the stitches we will use! All of the stitches we will use have a photo tutorial on Crochet Spot, so you can feel free to practice before the event!

Oscar Mystery Crochet Along on @crochetspot by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread

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10 Ways to Show Your Love of Crochet

Posted in Fun Ramblings on February 2nd, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? I have had mixed feelings about it over the years. Most of the time I didn’t take the holiday seriously other than rejoicing over the return of the conversation hearts. 😉 When I lived in Mexico, Valentine’s Day was celebrated as “Dia de Amor y Amistad,” or, “Day of Love and Friendship.” In the school where I worked, more emphasis was placed upon friendship than romantic love.

Whether it’s for love, or for friendship, you can certainly celebrate Valentine’s Day with crochet! Here are ten patterns your hook will love!

Ten 10 Crochet Patterns for Valentine's Day on @crochetspot @artlikebread

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Book Review: 10 Basic Granny Squares, 30 Bags by Margaret Hubert

Posted in Fun Ramblings on January 30th, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 3 Comments

Today we’re reviewing the latest publication from CGOA Crochet Hall of Fame Member Margaret Hubert. In the past I’ve reviewed & given away Margaret’s books Customize Your Crochet and 10 Granny Squares 30 Blankets. As it turns out, you can do a lot with a granny square! In this newly released book, 10 Basic Granny Squares 30 Bags, Ms. Hubert sparks our creativity and encourages us to flaunt our handiwork all over town by carrying one of the thirty bags she has designed for our enjoyment.

10 Granny Squares 30 Bags Book Review by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread on @crochetspot

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Interested in an Oscar Mystery CAL?

Posted in Fun Ramblings on January 21st, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 29 Comments

Hey, everyone! The Golden Globes have passed, and the Oscar nominees have recently been announced. What do you think of the choices? In order to celebrate the Awards Season, I thought we could do a really fun, quick crochet along.

It will work kind of like a drinking game during the Oscars, except we will be determining the pattern based upon who wins in several of the categories. Drinking is optional. 🙂 Read on for more details!

Join the Crochet Spot Oscars Mystery CAL with Caissa McClinton @artlikebread @crochetspot

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