The Making Spot’s Christmas countdown

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

Win a year’s subscription to Simply Crochet!

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

Beginners class: how to make a slip knot

Here's a brief guide to a crochet essential you will need.

About 6in (15cm) from the end of the yarn, make a loop with the ball end on the top. Insert the hook through the loop and catch the yarn, pulling it through the loop. Pull both ends of the yarn to tighten the knot and slide it up the hook.

Beginners class: how to crochet

Step 1 Make a slipknot by folding working yarn in front of the tail end to form a circle then pass working yarn through circle from back to front to form a loop. Loop should slide freely. Hold hook like a pencil in RH and use middle finger to support hook underneath. Place slipknot on… Continue reading