My grandmother made beautiful ripple stitch blankets. She had an eye for the perfect yarn and enough patience to work on a piece until it was as large as a bedspread.
I asked her to teach me to crochet when I was little. Finally, when I was eight, we sat on her couch, and she tried to teach me. We started with a potholder. It ended up looking like a trapezoid. For the longest time, I didn't touch a crochet needle. Yarn was for other projects. A few years ago, I sat down with a friend who gave me a refresher on how to crochet, and it clicked. I've made dozens of projects since then, mostly scarves and hats for my loved ones. But, I'm attached to the idea of finishing a bedspread. So far it's been pretty piecemeal. Five or ten hexagons here, two or three there, time spent piecing them together. Right now, my blanket is the size of a lap blanket, but I have grand illusions that one day it will be large enough to cover a queen size bed.
In the meantime, I'm starting to work on small Christmas gifts for my friends and family: a scarf for each of my sisters and aunt, amigurumi for my nieces, and various ornaments and odds and ends for other loved ones.
If you're interested in learing to crochet, you're in luck. Drop into one of our Sew Divine groups or check out one of the many great books Richland Library has about crochet.
Inspired by runway fashion, this is a guide to creating unique garments.
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These runway-ready projects will have crocheters hooked! Contemporary, trendy, and totally chic, Fashion Crochet features 30 patterns for clothing and accessories, each accomp more...
These runway-ready projects will have crocheters hooked! Contemporary, trendy, and totally chic, Fashion Crochet features 30 patterns for clothing and accessories, each accompanied by a photo of the piece that inspired it. Incorporating a wide cross-section of techniques from granny squares and knotwork to lace, the beautiful creations include everything from skirts, tops, and beachwear to shawls, scarves, and bags. less...
My nieces are not old enough to appreciate an adorable mini Cthulhu, but I think a few of my friends would get a kick out of it!
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Attack of the Cute! Creepy Cute Crochet features more than 20 unique patterns for totally loveable zombies, ninjas, Vikings, vampires, aliens, robots, and even Death hims more...
Attack of the Cute! Creepy Cute Crochet features more than 20 unique patterns for totally loveable zombies, ninjas, Vikings, vampires, aliens, robots, and even Death himself. Each easy-to-follow pattern is presented with step-by-step diagrams, hilarious commentary, and full-color photographs of the bloodcurdlingly sweet creatures in their natural environments. Creepy Cute Crochet comes complete with helpful crochet tips and a down-and-dirty course in doll making, with each pattern ranked by difficulty level, so even beginners can share in the fun. The scary-cute photographs, accessible instructions, and illustrated patterns are sure to be a hit with indie crafters, angsty teens, and hip moms everywhere. less...
The title of this book doesn't lie: these patterns are ADORABLE!
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Crochet is not just about ponchos and scarves anymore: it’s about amigurumi, a hip new craft trend! These Japanese-inspired dolls have motivated crocheters everywhere to gra more...
Crochet is not just about ponchos and scarves anymore: it’s about amigurumi, a hip new craft trend! These Japanese-inspired dolls have motivated crocheters everywhere to grab their hooks and create collections of irresistibly funky-cute creatures. Elisabeth Doherty, one of today’s hottest amigurumi designers, is here to show readers how they, too, can get in on the fun. She explains basic and advanced stitches; shows how to make the critters’ forms by crocheting in the round; gives advice on yarns and stuffing; and offers tips on embroidering facial features and embellishments. Start with an easy cupcake, move on to a palm-sized mouse, and work up to the more challenging and spectacular projects, like a punk rock bunny or a beatnik kittycomplete with black turtleneck, beret, and goatee. less...
I love Attic24. Her designs are so colorful and cheerful. I'd love to have tea with her one day -- she seems like such a delight!
Ravelry is a great, free community with tons of patterns. Some are free, many are not, but even if you're not keen on paying for patterns, it's great for inspiration.