Crocheting

As a kid, my Nana always had these hand crocheted lace snowflakes on her tree. Her mother-in-law (my great-grandmother) had made them. They were delicately made and starched until they were firm. There was definitely something about them that said ‘old lady’ but in a traditional, comforting sort of way.Read More →

Ever since I first happened upon DROPS Design Free Patterns, our collection of Free Knit Boot Slippers and Free Crochet Boot Slippers have been a favorite of our readers. Recently, I’ve gotten several requests for similar children’s slippers. I guess with Christmas and cold weather just around the corner that makes senseRead More →

Last week I shared a post with a bushel of Knit Monster Patterns. Of course, turnabout is fair play and I couldn’t leave all our crocheters in the lurch, so here is an adorable collection of crocheted monster patterns. Some need to be purchased and several of them are FREE.Read More →

A few weeks ago we shared a Showcase of Cat and Mouse Knit patterns. You can see them HERE. They were a big hit but we had lots of people looking for crocheted patterns. I got right on it, almost finished the post, went on vacation, then forgot about it!Read More →

I few weeks ago I stumbled upon this awesome crocheted pattern for Tooterphants Amigurumi Pattern and shared it on Facebook. I instantly fell in love with these whimsical little creatures and decided to make a couple for the Little Lady. Sometime in the next month her baby brother will be born,Read More →

Finished the Kitty Cat. YAY! It was a detour away from all the other things I needed to get done this week, but I am very pleased with it. As a beginner crocheter, I found the pattern easy to follow, and I am every so grateful to Jules at Little Woollie for generously sharing her talents with her readers.  I putRead More →

Saturday, I saw an adorable crocheted Kitty Cat at Little Woollie. (Adorable blog, BTW.) I thought the Little Lady would love it. Now, I’m not saying I’ve never held a crochet hook before, I even made Crocheted Ball Ornaments for Michelle this past Christmas: but I’m certainly a crocheting noob. When I read over the directions, there were many terms I didn’t understand. So, I linked to the pattern onRead More →

A few days ago I was poking around in Etsy, when I came upon this awesome shop, ATERGcrochet, owned by Greta Tulner, from Netherlands. It is one of the most colorful shops in Etsy World, and I immediately fell in love with her crocheted creations. I was especially drawn to her beautiful Crocheted Christmas balls. Aren’t they incredible? Well, she sells the pattern for them, andRead More →

I finally finished Part 4 of the hairpin lace tutorial. If you would like to try this technique, I hope you find this tutorial helpful. Although there are tons of pics and instructions, I tried to break each individual step down. In a perfect world, I would be able to haveRead More →

The basic premise behind hairpin lace is that you make a series of individual strips, the width and length is dependent on the project you make. After the strips are made, they are joined together to make your final project. After you learn the basics, have fun experimenting with differentRead More →

Before you begin any hairpin lace project, you needle the hairpin lace needles, more appropriatiately called the Hairpin Lace Loom. You can either make your own, or purchase one. My mother first learned on a homemade loom my father made for her. I’ve always used the “store bought” version. BothRead More →

When my mother was a young woman sitting around her Uncle Henry’s kitchen table, he taught her how to make hairpin lace. Every time I think of my great uncle, with his short, stubby aging fingers, handling a crochet hook, and patiently teaching his young protege, I smile. I would love to know how he learned, butRead More →