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.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Free Crochet Patterns: Valentine Crochet

Patchwork Valentine Table Runner Pattern - Electronic Download Patchwork Valentine Table Runner Pattern - Electronic Download
Give your valentine a heartfelt gift!The cute and easy patchwork in this design is highlighted with the doily designs that frame each heart. The result is a delicate and sophisticated look that can be finished in just 1 day! The pattern includes full instructions on piecing and fusing the whole project together. Finished size is 12 1/2" x 53".

Surrounded by Love Charm Pack - 42/pkg. Surrounded by Love Charm Pack - 42/pkg.
Surround yourself with love and beautiful fabric.This lovely new fabric collection is perfect for the next project you make for that special someone in your life. With expressions of love, pretty quotes, dainty flowers, hearts and more, your loved ones will be feeling the love with this collection. Includes 42 (5") die-cut squares of 100% cotton from Moda.

Sweet Heart Cushions Pattern Sweet Heart Cushions Pattern
3 beautifully stitched pillows to match anything!Pair these adorable cushions with your Around the Garden quilt (featured below), or simply fit them in with your existing decor! Finished size of each cushion is 14" x 14".

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