Video Snapshot: Zpagetti and Why it’s a Customer Favorite May 24th, 2013 by Ashley Pin It As you’ve probably heard, our hugely popular Zpagetti yarn is back on the shelves after being temporarily sold-out earlier this spring. Many of our customers have been thrilled by the news, but we sat down with one woman who was simply counting down the days until she could start knitting with Zpagetti again! Fern Penn, a regular visitor to our New York City Studio location, is a lifelong knitter, but only knits–no purling–and only makes squares or rectangles–no shaping. A graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology and SoHo boutique owner, she saw huge potential for simple-to-create yet fashionable garments with Zpagetti.If you’re not already familiar with the yarn and its constitution, it’s made from leftovers of jersey fabric used to make garments. These bolt-ends and fabric scraps would otherwise be discarded, but we’ve found a way to turn them into a funky and unique bulky yarn.
Tranquil Tank Top Knit-Along – Additional Sizes (Or How to Resize a Pattern) May 6th, 2013 by Zontee Pin It We’ve heard from several of you (thanks for asking, Karen, Kate, and Chelli!) who are looking to make the Tranquil Tank Top larger or smaller than the bust sizes in the pattern. Because of this, I wanted to write up a quick blog post about how you can resize a pattern WITHOUT rewriting the directions.How? Most of you know that getting the correct gauge is how we make sure that the item we make ends up the size we expect based on the pattern. It’s the reference point that makes sure that you’re on the “same page” as the designer.We’ve all had that experience at least once in our knitting/crochet lives, where we’ve skipped the gauge swatch and ended up with a project that’s just too small or big. Well, by harnessing our gauge, we can purposely make a project larger or smaller.Calculating Our New GaugeFirst, I read through the pattern for the Tranquil Tank Top, and I see that the cast-on amount is the same as the bust stitch count (this makes things easier, as you’ll want to base all the calculations on the bust size, which is the main sizing reference point for sweater patterns).The sweater is made as a front and a back piece, so we know each piece is half of our bust measurement (which is the measurement around our bust/chest).If you’re looking for a bust size of 34 inches, using the Small directions (with a 66 stitch cast-on), let’s do the math:34 inches ÷ 2 pieces = 17 inches per piece (that’s the front and back pieces of our sweater)66 stitches ÷ 17 inches = 3.88 stitches per inch (or approx 15.5 stitches per 4 inches)That would be the gauge we’re looking for.What Gauge Will YOU Need?I’ve gone ahead and done the math so that you can simply get the gauge below for your project.
Crochet Pattern: S-Curve Barrette By Candace – Be the first to commentThe pattern for this abstract barrette is simple yet complicated. The pattern takes basic stitches and uses them to create an interesting shape. Experienced crocheters may enjoy playing around with this neat, little accessory.
40% OFF Crochet Patterns – Extended! By Rachel Choi – Be the first to commentLots of folks have already taken advantage of the 40% off crochet pattern sale, but if you haven’t gotten your patterns yet, you still have time! The sale is being extended until April 30th at 11:59pm EST. Currently, all the flower patterns are on sale plus a bunch of bonus patterns. Feel free to roam all the categories in the store to see what you like.
Customer Appreciation Sale – 40% OFF Patterns! By Rachel Choi – 1 CommentIt’s that time of the year again! As a THANK YOU to all the loyal Crochet Spot readers, we’re hosting the annual 40% off flower sale. We’ve discounted a bunch of other patterns as well!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle with Recycled Cotton! April 18th, 2013 by Ashley Pin It Earth Day is less than a week away, and that means sustainability, eco-friendliness, and recycling is at the forefront of many people’s minds. While crafting is by definition the creation of something new, there’s no reason not to be sustainable while doing so! Lion Brand has an array of different fibers that are eco-friendly, whether that means all-natural, organic fibers or recycled materials
Hi! My name is Amy Lynn Yarbrough. I’m so thrilled to be a part of Crochet Spot’s Professional team since it is something right up my alley. Creativity runs in my family, and growing up each of my siblings, as well as myself, were encouraged to follow our interests and accept them as God-given talents.In my family you’ll find interests in just about anything: painting, drawing, carpentry, jewelry-making, leather-working, photography, sculpting, 3D artistry, etc. It can get quite involved when you’re trying to remember who does what
Crochet Pattern: Granny Ripple Blanket By Rachel Choi – Be the first to commentThere’s a new pattern in the Crochet Spot Store! If you love granny squares and ripple blankets, you’ll love this combination granny ripple blanket! Ripple patterns are so much fun because they create a neat zigzag chevron pattern with very little effort. This stitch pattern is inspired by the open work of a granny square, which makes it quick to crochet.
On Trend: 6 Fun Knit & Crochet Animal Accessories for Kids March 29th, 2013 by Brandyce Pin It There are a few fashion trends happening in knitwear apparel and accessories as of late, and “animal-like” knitwear is one of them. It seems that everywhere I look, whether it be online, in stores, or at street vendor stations – there are accessories with animal faces or ears on them. The animal scoodies (scarf and hoody combined) and animal hats appear to be the most popular; it’s hard to resist getting these items because they’re so cute.Lucky for you, since you know how to knit or crochet, you can make your own! Below, I’ve rounded up a few of our patterns for children that incorporate animal elements for “aww” worthy projects. If you’re ambitious, maybe you could knit the Bunny Hat and Booties set just in time for Easter!Crochet Fox ScoodieVanna’s Choice: Brick, BlackVanna’s Choice Baby: Lamb Knit Bunny Hat and BootiesVanna’s Choice: White, PinkVanna’s Choice Baby: Pink Poodle Knit Toddler Monkey HatVanna’s Choice: Chocolate, Beige Crochet Toddler Owl HatVanna’s Choice: Barley, Chocolate, White, Terracotta Knit Baby Animal ‘Froggy’ Hat*Substitute “Lion Suede” yarn for Chenille in: Emerald, Terracotta, Porcelain Knit Baby Bear Hooded Jacket*Substitute “Sasha” yarn for Homespun Thick & Quickin Pearls or Dove (1 skein for 3-6 mos size) What do you think about this trend? Have you been incorporating more owl faces or ears into your projects?