What is….broomstick lace

what-is...broomstick

Conjure up some magic, either with a broomstick or a super-large knitting needle, for a lacy crochet stitch. Also called jiffy lace (because it’s so quick to work) or peacock eye crochet, this form of pretty, open crochet is worked with a large knitting needle (or a broomstick if you’re feeling very daring!) and a… Continue reading

Free afghan pattern from Winkie Flash

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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

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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

Our top 10 crochet tips

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Save time and get great results with our favourite crochet tips and tricks.

Beginners class: joining shapes together

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Master these two methods to add to your repertoire Slip Stitch Seam: place the crochet pieces right sides together. Insert hook through both edge stitches yrh and pull through to complete 1 sl st; rep from working loosely.  Double crochet seam: place the crochet pieces right sides together or wrong sides together for a visible… Continue reading

Save the date! The 2013 Knitting and Stitching show

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This year’s Knitting and Stitching show may still be 10 weeks away, but we can’t wait already… From the 14th to 17th March, London’s Olympia will be turned into a fiber artist’s heaven, with 180 companies and professionals attending you’ll have the perfect opportunity to stock up on the latest yarns and accessories, chat to… Continue reading

13 resolutions for 2013

Happy New Year!

lead image: mini 2013 gift tags, from creativecarmelina Earlier this week I asked you all what your new years resolutions for 2013 would be and I was inundated with wonderful and heartwarming responses. Not only are you guys super talented, you’re also generous too with lots of you spending time creating gifts for your loved… Continue reading

How to crochet: shell and v-stitch

Perfect for a vintage inspired project!

  This pretty crochet pattern gives a fairly firm fabric but still lets the light through Foundation chain in multiple of 8 sts plus 3. (Try 43 ch sts.) Row1 (RS) Miss 2 ch (count as 1 tr), 2 tr into next ch, *miss 3 ch, work a V-st of (1 tr, 1 ch, 1 tr)… Continue reading