Project colour inspiration: patterned paper

Finding colour inspiration for a big project such as an afghan or a rug can bit tricky, especially when there are just so many beautiful colours and yarns to choose from. To help we are going to start a colour resource series on the blog, selecting colour themes and palettes from existing work and crafts… Continue reading

Free afghan pattern from Winkie Flash

Today we have something extra-special for you lovely readers as Wink from A Creative Being has stopped by to share her pattern for a groovy afghan inspired by a psychedelic blanket from Etsy. So over to Wink… This pattern uses US crochet terms – check out The Making Spot’s full list and conversions here You… Continue reading

Learn to stitch cross hatch trebles

Try this textured crochet stitch pattern, ideal for adding interest to your projects. Make a chain in multiples of 3 plus 1, and then add 3 ch for turning. (Try 34 ch.) Row 1 (1 tr, 2 ch,1 dc) into 4th ch from hook, *miss 2 ch (2 tr, 2 ch, 1 dc) into next… Continue reading

Weekly inspiration: neon pink

Column one: Crochet and knit, neutral and neon skirt, Wood & Wool Stool Column two: Tribal necklace LikeFreja (Etsy), hanging planter Peaches + Keen as seen on Daydream Lily Column three: Hot-pink neck-tie MishapIndustrialist (Etsy), chevron tote bag by kptk2011 (pattern by Hanri Shaw), 2 ply cashmere yarn Purl Soho    

Amazing crochet in Mollie Makes issue 23 – out now!

Mollie Makes issue 23 is out now. Get your copy from all good newsagents, supermarkets, independent craft shops, or from their official online store. We’ve fallen in love with this month’s Mollie Makes more-so than  usual due to some of the gorgeous crochet projects featured inside. Including these fab cushions from Jorine Tieleman of Ma-ak which we… Continue reading

Reader makes from Simply Crochet issue one

The first issue of Simply Crochet has only been out for a week, but you talented lot have already been busy making some fabulous things from the patterns in the magazine. Here are just some of the projects you’ve shared with us over the week… We always love to see what you’ve been making, so… Continue reading

Nesting baskets: a tutorial with My Poppet

This week we are giving you the opportunity to win one of two Hoooked Zpagetti fabric spools from DMC on Twitter, so we thought we’d share with you the perfect way to use up this super thick yarn with some help from the very talented Cintia who blogs at My Poppet. You will need: Zpagetti… Continue reading

How to crochet in the round

Find out how to move on from flat pieces! It’s time to crochet in the round, and in three dimensions… Thanks to Debbie Tomkies, for showing us how it’s done – you can see more from Debbie over on her website DT Craft & Design. To get crocheting, all you need is your hook, some yarn, and… Continue reading

Weekly inspiration: grey mornings

column one: Cold steel silk yarn Dye4Yarn (Etsy), ombre nesting bowls LOLLOPDesign (Etsy), grey and turquoise coin purses MakerMama (Etsy) column two: Simplicity triangle shawl Craftsy (free pattern: knitting), hand-spun pearl yarn Snowberrylime, slippers aynikki (Etsy) column three: crochet stool Elsass, heart brooch domatoma, mouse pincushion Artfire

Learn a new stitch: picot trellis

This easy crochet pattern is great for lacy edges or even funky scarves. Make a chain in multiples of 5 plus 1, and then add 1 ch for turning (Try 32 ch.) Row 1 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 5, skip next 4 ch; rep from * to end with 1 dc in last… Continue reading