Scrumptious beads!

A promotion from The Making Spot

Ooh, look what we got in the mail - a treasure trove of super-sparkly beads from the peeps at Maruti Beads! These mega handcrafted beads come in loads of colours and designs, and many of them are embellished with glitter and rhinestones for maximum bling. Perfect if you're planning to craft gifts and decorations for Christmas.

Freebie Friday: Crochet flower gifts

Here's a fantastic free download for crochet fans - the fantastic Flower Power Crochet project from Simply Crochet!

In this downloadable pdf article, you'll find the pattern for a beautiful bloom by Jennifer May - once you've got the hang of it, move to the next page and learn how to make a purse corsage, posh paperclip and flower gift ribbon.

Click here now to find your free Flower Power Crochet project. You have to sign up to The Making Spot to download the pattern, but it's quick and totally free.

Love this? Check out more of our Freebie Friday projects now!

Knit welly warmers with Mollie Makes!

Did you catch Knitting Week over on the Mollie Makes website last week? You can click over and catch up over at www.molliemakes.com now. We loved the knitting book round-up and wonderful woolly moodboard, plus there's still time to enter this fantastic comp from The Purl Bee.

Here's our favourite Knitting Week treat - how to make your own welly warmers!

Sale! 50% off Halloween Gifts pattern set

Get crafting for Halloween with our mega sale! You can save 50% on all of our Halloween craft projects until 31st October 2012 - check them out now! 

We wanted to show you one of our favourite Halloween knitting projects; 6 Halloween Gifts by Jane Burns. This set of easy knitting patterns is perfect if you're crafting for a kids' party or making some fun trick-or-treat costumes. It usually costs £2.99 for the set of six patterns, but you can download for just £1.49 until 31st October 2012 - bargain!

5 crochet flower patterns

Crochet flowers are sprouting up left, right and centre in the craftiverse summer - it's easy to see why as they're quick to stitch-up and oh-so-cute! We couldn't resist adding a few new flower crochet patterns of our own with petal power to our crochet patterns collection this week. Read on to make these 5 new floral crochet projects...

5 quick flower crochet patterns

Crochet biscuits... crumb-free!

 Jammy Dodger biscuit

I'm not sure about you, but I personally am a huge fan of the humble jammy dodger (it's one of my favourite nostalgic biscuits as it reminds me of my mum's biscuit tin when I was growing up). Here on The Making Spot we're often found nibbling on them as an energy boost to fuel our latest craft projects. Now you can cook up a batch of your own that are entirely calorie free with this free crochet pattern for DIY jammy dodgers from blogger According to Matt. Crumbs! What a nifty idea... 

 

3 ways to knit collars

Ooooh - we've been spying a wealth of DIY collar projects in the craftiverse this summer! Top of our must make list is Peter Pan Collars set of knitting patterns by Miriam McDonald - 3 ways to knit-up a collar but with different detailing. They're a nifty way to dress up plain tops & T-shirts, and they don't take up much yarn or time to whip up. You can get the patterns over in Simply Knitting magazine (issue 96), or download the pattern from The Making Spot.

Collars knitting pattern

Free crochet necklace pattern

Big thanks to Carol Meldrum for creating this exclusive free crochet necklace pattern for us to share with crochet fans everywhere!  lacy necklace

Free crochet pattern from Ruth Maddock!

As well as a fab interview with top crochet designer Ruth Maddock, we've got her Summer Cuffs crochet pattern for you, written especially for crochet week!

We adore the lacy look of these little wristwarmers - is it just us, or do they have a hint of vintage Madonna or Lady Gaga about them? So chic! Read on to find out how they're made...

Interview: Say hello to Twinkie Chan!

It's Crochet Month on the The Making Spot, and we're celebrating with a week of crochet fun here on our blog. Come back each day for our top tips, hot links, patterns and interviews - we're so excited!

To get our crochet-fest off to a sweet start, we chatted to San Francisco-based designer Twinkie Chan about her scrumptious food-themed accessories and her lifelong love of crochet.

If you're as crazy for Twinkie Chan's designs as we are, be sure to check out her fab website and Etsy shop, plus her book, Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies. Read on and delve into Twinkie Chan's world!