Free pattern! Crochet a Christmas pud

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This little pud by designer Brigitte Read contains something better than a sixpence – it’s a basket for your crochet notions! You could also use the basket as an alternative to a traditional stocking, filling it with little gifts and hanging it at the foot of a bed, or you could fill it with wrapped… Continue reading

Weekly inspiration: red and gold

The most festive colour combination around!

  column one: red rope scarf by NesrinArt, statement necklace from lissabeecreations column two: simple round crochet necklace from krochetlady, sequin crochet collar from Rare London, love hearts by Crochet Pocket column three: crown by Loopedwithlove4U, red and white striped blanket from Rocket and Bear, bow bracelet (free tutorial) from Sellz Cute Things.    

Christmas countdown: projects you can do in an evening

A gorgeous necklace and cute gift tags

Christmas is officially four days away (yikes!), so we thought we’d put together a list of quick projects which you will still have time to craft before the big day.   This crochet necklace from Creative Yarn would look great in any colour, and would make the perfect last minute gift for a fashionable friend…. Continue reading

Weekly inspiration: gifts for him

Great handmade gifts for boys and men of all ages.

We’ve searched the web for some of the best crochet projects and gifts for men so you don’t have to. column one: crocheted bow tie from EpicThread (Etsy), grey beanie Bernat Yarns column two: moustaches from Craft Foxes, crochet grey and red tie Culdesac column three: easy striped scarf from The Sunroom, waxed cotton bracelets… Continue reading

Folksy shop love: Namolio

Crochet hook organiser

Namolio’s shop is filled with beautifully crocheted gifts made from natural fabrics such as wool and linen. From pin-cushions to purses Namolio stocks all manner of lovely things including handmade items such as this crochet hook organiser and these lavender sachets – it’s hard to know what to choose but we’d certainly be happy with… Continue reading

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree

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Just some of the gorgeous crocheted decorations we’ve been coveting. column one: angels (free pattern) by Roswotha Mueller, knitted mittens by meganEsass (Etsy), Christmas trees by Jules at Little Woolie, granny circles by Lesley Ann Gifford at peaqo (Etsy), chain loop snowflake (free pattern) by Better Homes and Gardens column two: hot chocolate mugs by SheepishKnitCrochet (Etsy), neon Chritmas trees (free pattern) by Anne Marie, snowball baubles by BabanCat… Continue reading

The Making Spot’s Christmas countdown

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The Making Spot launch a Facebook advent calendar that’s filled with crafty treats! The countdown to Christmas has officially begun as our friends at The Making Spot have launched a new interactive Facebook advent calendar with a crafty giveaway everyday until Christmas Eve! To be able to open each door on the calendar, simply visit… Continue reading

Weekly inspiration: frosty mornings

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We’re embracing the drop in temperature and welcoming in frosty mornings with open (and gloved!) arms. column one: handspun yarn in frosty white and icy blue, coffee mug cozy, slippers column two: Aztec socks, hot-water bottle cover column three: floral headband, fingerless gloves

Win a year’s subscription to Simply Crochet!

Join The Making Spot everyday from now until 11th December for giveaways, free patterns, special offers and more.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas over on The Making Spot as our friends are giving you the chance to win a whole year’s subscription to Simply Crochet for free! Simply fill out our competition form and you’ll be entered into the prize draw – we’ll be sure to keep our fingers crossed!… Continue reading

Handmade holidays: sparkly hook DIY

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Loving the sparkle in the shops? The party dresses, the jewellery…oh my! Well, now you can add a bit of sparkle to your crochet life too with these hook ideas from Twinkie Chan and the ladies at A Beautiful Mess. Like all the best DIY, it’s quick, simple, and even better, the hooks make the… Continue reading