I love love love to crochet. My Grandma (the first Grandma Dot) was my hero. I was not only named after her... I wanted to BE her. Her hands were always busy. I thought she was sooo ambitious, but later realized that it was probably nervous energy. She loved to sew, and she loved to crochet. So patiently she guided my fingers and proudly displayed my masterpieces. I now own many of them and they were anything but masterpieces. How Grandma would have loved the internet with its endless images and free crochet patterns.

When my own daughter came along I wanted to pass on this tradition, with its cherished memories, to my own "baby girl". The problem was... Tracy is a lefty. I tried and tried to teach her stitches, with much frustration and little success. Then Grandma tipped me off to teach her in front of a mirror. DUH. What turned out is that my Grandma taught my little girl, and another generation keeps Grandma alive through cherished memories.

Tracy has been bit by Grandma's "crochet bug". From the time she hit the double digits, through high school, college, grad school, working and anywhere went, her fingers were always intertwined with yarn. All her friends owned homemade afghans, from traditional granny squares to unusual and unique stitches. Her cousins all have dolls and toys made with her hands, and her nieces and nephews came into the world with a yarn and thread crochet wardrobe waiting for them; shoes and booties, dresses, and of course baby blankets galore. Her roommates and co-workers were blessed with bookmarks, hats, hair bows and purses, and my favorite... Her brother's collection of the ugliest Christmas sweaters you could imagine.

Last year, Tracy's life was altered forever by a young man who drove his truck into her drivers door. Having lost the use of her left hand she can no longer crochet and thus lives vicariously through the work of others. Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration. But she does take pleasure in seeing the beautiful craftsmanship in the colorful and creative yarns and threads available. Thus this blog was birthed, to combine her passion for crocheting and her desire to help others get "bit by the bug" by providing a place where they can find fabulous free crochet patterns. Enjoy. Get bit. Let us know what you're up to. We want to hear your crochet story.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Free Crochet Beanies and Hats Patterns

This is a simple hat pattern that would be easy for anybody of any age to make. It has a small, but pretty bow that would look nice on an adult and child alike. Would be a nice pattern for matching mother/daughter hats.

This hat pattern is sized for a toddler or child. It's design, looking amazing like the black angry bird, will win the heart of any Angry Birds fan. This just might be the perfect hat for the stubborn child who hates hats, yet needs one for the winter.

This hat pretty much speaks for itself. I just love the elf ears sticking out. Would be great for someone who wants to stand out at an office party, or for someone who get stuck playing an elf for a children's party.

This is a nice pattern for an adult beanie. The picture shows a feminine color scheme, but change the colors a bit and it would be a good beanie for man and woman alike,

This lion beanie pattern comes with sizes from newborn to adult. It would be perfect for a Halloween lion costume on a cold October night, or just for someone who really likes lions.

This fox beanie pattern comes with sizes from newborn to adult. It would be perfect for a Halloween fox costume on a cold October night, or just for someone who really likes to loo like a fox.

This is a beanie for someone who really likes standing out in a crowd. There will be no missing someone who is wearing a chicken on their head. This would be the perfect girt for a brave friend, or a child you just want to embarrass.

This pattern is a cute hat for a woman who is going to a football game to sit in the cold just to watch some strange men fight over a ball. This can be made in team colors or to match whatever you decide to wear that night.

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