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.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Free Crochet Patterns: St. Patrick's Day

Crochet Gift Bags PatternCrochet Gift Bags Pattern
These little gift bags are crocheted using Handy Hands Lizbeth size 3 thread and are the perfect size for gift cards and jewelry.Once the present is given, they make great bags for storing your jewelry.

Crochet Garden

Crochet Garden
Creating a blooming garden of pretty, crocheted flowers! Blossoming flowers, lush leaves, fluttering butterflies?they are all in this delightful collection of garden-inspired designs. Book includes sections on Inspired Garden, International Garden, Fun and Fantastic Garden and Botanical Garden.

Hooked on Crochet! Hats II Hooked on Crochet! Hats II
Complete your outfits with 8 crochet hat patterns perfect for the modern woman. Step out in style -- from head to toe -- with the 8 easy-to-follow crochet hat patterns in Hooked on Crochet! Hats II by Sara Dudek. Find crochet designs for: ; A floppy crochet hat; A flapper hat; A banded beanie; A baseball hat and more! These crochet hat patterns are in skill levels from easy crochet to intermediate. And you can customize the yarn color to perfectly match your favorite outfit. Each crochet hat pattern is made with worsted-weight yarn and includes full-color photographs and instructions. If you're a stylish gal, these crochet hat patterns are calling your name!32 pages.

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