1. Crochet around popsicle stick
Infinity scarves and lacy tops are in vogue right now, so being able to make your own to hand out to friends and family will make you everyone's favorite. Grab some yarn, a small crochet hook and either a popsicle stick, dowel rod or knitting needle. To create a finer lace, use thinner yarn, a smaller crochet hook, and a smaller rod.
If you want to go old style, you can use a broomstick handle in place of the knitting needle, but that might be a little awkward. With your supplies in hand, you are ready to embark on the Broomstick Lace stitch.
Full tutorial: Crochet around popsicle stick
2. Crochet over LED lights
A new DIY project has taken Pinterest by storm. Originally created by designer Johanna Hyrkäs for IMU Design, this project is guaranteed to wow anyone who sees it. The beautiful lighted rug has inspired many very talented crafters to make their own and to share their tutorials so you can reproduce it from the comfort of your own home.
Full tutorial: Crochet over LED lights
3. Crochet over wire
Anybody who has crocheted at all knows that the end product is generally soft and pliable. If you are making a sweater, hat, scarf or afghan, that is exactly what you are going for; but if you want an end product that is able to hold a rigid form, yarn just isn't firm enough.
Some very creative people have solved the problem of how to combine the beauty of crochet with the rigidity needed for some practical household items. By using stiff wire and crocheting the yarn around the wire, you can get the form you desire while keeping the beauty you enjoy.
Full tutorial: Crochet over wire
4. How to surface crochet
Surface crochet is a great technique to add a bit of pizzazz to a finished project, either working on top of crochet you've already made or using knitting or needlework as a base.
Full tutorial: How to surface crochet
5. Crochet over earring hoop
When people think about crocheting, the items that automatically come to mind are afghans, hats, scarves and baby booties. Some may consider doilies and dish clothes, but few would ever consider making earrings. Although earrings may not be the first item that comes to mind, with the right kind of thread and creativity, you can create some really nice jewelry.
Full tutorial: Crochet over earring hoop