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, February 11, 2014

Free Crochet Patterns: Flower Power

Jesse James Dress It Up Embellishments Flower Power Jesse James Dress It Up Embellishments Flower Power
Dress It Up Embellishments Flower Power includes shank buttons and flat embellishments in a variety of bright colors, some with glitter and rhinestones. Jesse James Embellishments are great to add to clothing apparel, home decor projects, paper crafts and more. Great to use at home, school, church or camp. Contents of each package are subject to change and may not always be exactly as pictured. Size is approximately 3/4 inch to 1 1/8 inch. 12 pc.

Designer Rayon Challis Flower Power Magenta/Purple Designer Rayon Challis Flower Power Magenta/Purple
This rayon fabric has a beautiful fluid drape and soft hand. It is perfect for creating shirts, blouses, gathered skirts and flowing dresses with a lining.

Flower Power T-Shirt Dress & Purse Pattern Pack - Electronic Download Flower Power T-Shirt Dress & Purse Pattern Pack - Electronic Download
Create a fuss-free playful T-shirt dress and matching purse. Orange, Lime and white shell skirt and trim can be added to any size T-shirt or turtleneck shirt. There is virtually no sewing involved, as the stitches are worked directly into the shirt! The pattern includes easy to follow instructions that work for any size shirt.

Novelty Button 1-3/8'' Flower Power Turquoise/Red Novelty Button 1-3/8'' Flower Power Turquoise/Red
This 1 3/8'' novelty button has a mod flower design. It has a 2-hole sew through attachment. There is one button per card.

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