How to Make a Crochet Spike Stitch

Add texture and color to your crochet with the fun and easy spike stitch. In its most basic form, you make a spike stitch by inserting the hook in a previous row or round before completing a stitch. The new stitch thus drops down over 1 or more rows, creating a spike of texture and/or […]

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Crochet Toys on Tell a Fairy Tale Day

What yarn will you weave on Tell a Fairy Tale Day? (Yes, we’re talking like non-crafty folk, but the puns don’t work any other way!) If you want to crochet some toys to illustrate your tale, consider four stories and their companion crochet toys from Interweave Crochet Accessories 2012. These enchanted tales from the Kingdom […]

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How to Stiffen a Crochet Snowflake

As the winter holidays approach, you’ll see patterns all over the place for crochet snowflakes and stars. In fact, you’ll find 3 such patterns in Love of Crochet Winter 2017, designed by Sue Perez. Stars and snowflakes make great hanging ornaments once they’ve been stiffened. You can make bigger ornaments with bigger yarn: we made […]

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Crochet Snowman Ornament: Meet Frosty the Bobblehead

It’s a little bit crafty, a little bit crochet, and a whole lot of cute! Make Frosty the Bobblehead as a versatile crochet snowman ornament. Deborah Bagley designed it with things she had around the house: a foam ball, buttons, and an old box spring.* Once she formed the snowman’s head and body, she crocheted […]

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How to Crochet a Gauge Swatch

Size matters in crochet. Do you want your crocheted project to turn out like the picture? Do you want your garment to fit? Crochet patterns provide the final measurements of projects, and if you want to make a specific size, you need to know how to crochet a gauge swatch. I didn’t crochet a gauge […]

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Available Now – Love of Crochet Winter 2017

We all have many sides to our personalities. Sometimes we’re sophisticated, other times we’re playful, and still other times we just want to let our hair down and get cozy. The Love of Crochet Winter 2017 issue has patterns for all of our moods. Crochet Patterns You’re Gonna Love In the “Flirty, Festive, and Fun” […]

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Crochet Class: How to Soften Yarn

Some yarn is scratchy. That’s not a judgment, it’s just a statement of fact. Not all yarn can be soft like cashmere, baby alpaca, or vicuña, nor would we want it to be. However, we sometimes use a scratchy yarn for projects that would be better suited for a soft yarn. I’ve been guilty of […]

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Handmade rugs are beautiful and practical, but they have one potential flaw: slippage. It’s not only frustrating to slip and slide on a rug, it’s dangerous—one misstep and you can fall. Handmade rugs, whether they’re crocheted, knitted, or woven, need a non-skid rug backing. Here are some easy ways to make your rug stick to […]

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More Than 5 Ways to Style a Poncho

Inside our upcoming edition of Love of Crochet Winter 2017 we show you 5 ways to style a poncho, but I actually found 7 ways to style it. And some of the styles look different depending on if you fold the poncho with the stripes or solid section facing out. The issue comes out in just […]

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