Tuesday, February 21, 2012

interview, spider stitch projects

I was pleased to be interviewed by Marie Segares of Underground Crafter recently. It was so much fun to relive the beginnings of Crochet Cabana and share with you all. Thanks for the interview, Marie.

You can all read it at http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2012/02/21/interview-with-sandie-petit-founder-of-crochet-cabana/  . If you are interested in taking a class to increase your skills, you might like to visit her blog post which lists various class opportunities. I did!

What's on my hook? Yo-yos! I've made over 400 of them so far with the leftover  yarn balls hanging around here - we need a name for those leftovers. Skeinettes? Think that will catch on? LOL These are for a project my daughter wants to tackle. (She's sewing in the tails!) I have hundreds more to make, but this is mindless work. Nice break.

I also plan to work on some of the squares in the Chain Reaction afghan. I have the DVD and the print copy as well as the three extra squares.

Remember the spider scarves I did for Special Olympics? I didn't think anyone else called this stitch by the name spider, but come to find out there are several projects using this stitch. I didn't find another scarf though! heh [edit: Okay, I did a search on Ravelry and there were scarves there with the name spider or similar. Not just like this one though that I saw.]

So here are some items I found that also uses spider stitch or spider lace. The projects are different, but the premise is the same, with "legs" (generally not 8) and a "body" in the center.

First, this spider bag pattern. Pretty neat! It is worked with thin cotton yarn and a steel hook 2.5mm. She has a chart up. For the life of me, I couldn't get the pdf file of the chart to load, but it worked fine on my daughter's computer. I am perplexed by that. I will hopefully figure it out. I probably need to update my pdf reader. I have a tendency to ignore those "you need to update now" messages. LOL

Here is Mario Melino's Crochet Beach Skirt.

Here is a beautiful Spider Stitch Wrap (or Shawl).Thank you to Ravelry as I was able to find the pattern at Caron International. Surprisingly, Caron doesn't have a search on their site that I could find.

About.com has what they call Spider Lace. It is created differently than the Spiders I use but still very pretty and useful technique.

They also have this Spiderweb cowl. Some people don't like cowls, but I find them interesting. I don't generally like anything close around my neck, but if you make the cowl loose fitting, I think it can work and this is certainly a pretty pattern. I am thinking if you use a sport or light weight, soft yarn it would feel nice around the throat.

If you enjoy making clothing, here is a Spider stitch cardigan. The pattern is not online but in an older Interweave magazine from April 2007. You can see the details at Interweave here.  Maybe you can find an archive copy somewhere.

That's all I found. If you find another spider stitch project, preferably that includes a pattern or link, holler out and I'll add it.

Happy crocheting!


  1. Thanks, Sandie! And I can see that, as always, you have many projects going!

  2. how do I get the pattern for the spider scarf?

  3. DeltaDawn I haven't actually written up that pattern. Since I now know that the spider stitch is a stitch rather than a pattern, I guess I could write that up. I'll work on that.

  4. Rounding today from Bridge and Beyond to say, and make sure all the good folks who've donated know about the contest. For some reason I had changed your link on Sandy's Space, but still had The Coral on The Bridge, will hop back over there and make the correction. Really thought I had done that long ago...argh