Get to Know Me! Claire Golden, Crochet Spot Blogger

By Claire Golden – February 18th, 2019 6 Comments

Hi Crochet Spot readers! I’m so excited to be joining the team as a writer. I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself and get to know all of you, too.

My name is Claire and I’ve always loved crafting. I learned to crochet in the spring of 2011 from a combination of books, websites, and YouTube tutorials, but I learned the most from messing around with a hook and yarn and seeing what happened. Crochet Spot was actually one of the websites that helped me learn to crochet, so it’s extra special for me to be a contributor and be able to pay it forward.

The main reason I learned to crochet was to make dolls and stuffed animals (also known as amigurumi) and doll clothes, which are still my main focus. I love creating things that make people smile. One of the biggest compliments is when people see something I’ve made and giggle because they think it’s cute. I enjoy making handmade gifts for friends and family.

I started my crochet blog, Once Upon a Yarn, in 2012 and have posted over 80 free crochet patterns. It brings me joy to share the love of crochet with others. I’ve taught over a dozen people to crochet, from kids to adults, and my philosophy is that anyone can learn to crochet with a little time and patience. Crochet is for everyone!

When I’m not crocheting, I’m probably reading or writing – I’m studying English and French in college, which means I spend most of my time surrounded by books. I enjoy writing novels in my spare time, and I also enjoy crocheting things inspired by fictional characters. The picture in this post shows a sweater I made a few years ago based on the comic Bee and Puppycat.

I absolutely love designing pattern requests, so let me know what you’d like to see and I’ll do my best to design it. You can find me online as @onceuponayarnblog on Facebook and @crochetbyclaire on Ravelry.

30% OFF Subtle Chevron Keyhole Scarf Crochet Pattern

By Rachel Choi – February 11th, 2019 Be the first to comment

Now 30% OFF in the Crochet Spot Store, this keyhole scarf uses less yarn compared to traditional scarves and is easier to wear. Simply wrap the scarf around your neck and pull it through the keyhole on the other side. This keyhole scarf uses a subtle, faint chevron pattern that is visible when crocheted with one color. Of course you can change colors while crocheting to create bold, not so subtle, chevron stripes too.

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Free Crochet Pattern: 2-Round Snowflake

By Claire Golden – February 6th, 2019 6 Comments

Snow is one of my favorite things about winter. There’s something so cozy about watching the snow fall outside while you curl up with a blanket and a crochet project. It doesn’t snow much where I live, though, so this little snowflake is my solution. They’re perfect for a gift topper, hair clip, or strung together in a garland. With only 2 rounds, you can make a pile of them in a few hours…and these snowflakes won’t give you frostbite.

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Free Crochet Pattern: Valentine’s Bunting

By Amy Yarbrough – February 4th, 2019 Be the first to comment

Have you ever made your own bunting? This Valentine’s Bunting is super festive and super easy to crochet. Choose any of your favorite yarns, and make four triangles. I went with candy colors but why not try soft pinks and purples or bold reds with black writing?

Don’t forget to check out Rachel’s Pennant Bunting and other garland patterns here at Crochet Spot!

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Free Crochet Pattern: Classic Beret

By Amy Yarbrough – January 28th, 2019 2 Comments

Beret’s are very simple and versatile hats to crochet. They are created with simple intervals of increases, decreases and working even. Use a smaller hook for a stiffer hat or a larger hook for a slouchy hat. Or you can always crochet less in the beginning circle to create a smaller hat, or more to create a wider hat. Leave it as is for a casual addition to your wardrobe, or attach a pom-pom for a more traditional look.

If you haven’t tried making one yet, give it a try and see what I mean!

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30% OFF Striped Asymmetrical Poncho Crochet Pattern

By Rachel Choi – January 24th, 2019 Be the first to comment

Now 30% OFF in the Crochet Spot Store, crochet this poncho to wear during winter or cool summer nights. The pattern is a simple and easy, repetitive pattern to crochet and includes instructions for customizing the poncho’s size so that it fits you exactly the way you want it.

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Crochet Flowers for Valentine’s Day

By Rachel Choi – January 21st, 2019 1 Comment

There’s nothing more popular on Valentine’s day than flowers. While the fresh cut variety are beautiful, try your hand at crocheting flowers this year. They will definitely last longer and add a special handmade touch to your gift. Whether you want to crochet a single stem, a bouquet, or a pot, this post has pattern ideas for all.

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Crochet Booties, Slippers and Socks

By Rachel Choi – January 10th, 2019 1 Comment

Winter is in full swing which means it’s time to bring out the warm booties, slippers and socks! In this post I round up some of my favorite patterns for you to crochet. All of the patterns come in multiple sizes or are written like tutorials so that you can adjust the size as you need. Big feet, little feet, baby feet, crochet something for them all!

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30% OFF Penguin Pillow Crochet Pattern

By Rachel Choi – January 7th, 2019 Be the first to comment

Now 30% OFF in the Crochet Spot Store, this pillow is a full size round pillow that’s designed to be a cute, chubby penguin. The pillow is crocheted in large, thick stitches making it fairly quick to work up for its size. The face, wings, and feet are then sewn on. The wings and feet are moveable, making the pillow fun to play with. The pillow can be filled with polyester fiberfill to make it as soft or as firm as desired. A pillow insert can be used instead of fiberfill if desired.

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Free Crochet Pattern: Walley Slouch Beanie

By Amy Yarbrough – January 2nd, 2019 4 Comments

This is the season for hats, don’t you think? I rarely go out of the house without one. I enjoy wearing many styles of hats, and designed quite a few over the years. This one is a great style for anyone, guy or girl. With bands of ribbing in a casual slouch.

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