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".

Free Crochet Pattern: Miniature Crochet Projects

Crochet a Zoo Crochet Pattern
Crochet a Zoo Crochet Pattern
Handmade toys are special.You will find over 18 designs, including a lion, tiger, hippopotamus, primates and more. All made using worsted-weight yarn. Also included is a crochet basics, embroidery stitches and finishing touches section.

Simply Adorable Crochet
Simply Adorable Crochet
Cute little crochet critters, tasty treats, holiday decorations and more! This book includes a wide variety of patterns and features sections on Baby Animals, Into the Woods, Pretty Posies & Plants, The Sweetest Things and Winter Holidays. 176 pgs.

Easy Crochet Headbands Pattern Easy Crochet Headbands Pattern
Unique headbands for the unique person in your life.These 5 headbands are all made using Lizbeth size 3 thread, and can be made any length and width. Each headband is connected with a piece of elastic making it easy to fit your head.

Crochet Garment Labels Crochet Garment Labels
These labels are the perfect finishing touch to your handmade designs. One pack includes three each of three different styles! Personalization not available.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Free Crochet Patterns: More Interesting Crochet Stitches

     At its basic, crochet is made up of many different stitches that are manipulated and repeated to make almost anything. There are the basic single crochet, double crochet, chain, slip stitch.... and so many more.

     What you do with these stitches determines the quality and beauty and value of the made item. Adding variety to these stitches makes crochet so much more appealing and even more enjoyable to make.

     When someone looks at some of these stitches they may think the stitches are too hard for them, but that is the joy of printed patterns. If someone knows the basic stitches and the basics of reading a pattern they can make just about any crochet pattern.

     Here are ten different patterns that can be used for afghans, pillows, scarfs, dishcloths, clothes, curtains, bedspreads and so much more. There is no limit to what you can do.....

English Pattern On Bottom of Page

English Translation Included 

English Translations Included

Bavarian Crochet on-the-GoBavarian Crochet on-the-Go
These crochet patterns are perfect for on-the-go stitching -- and the Bavarian 2 round-stitch technique by Jenny King allows you to bring interesting color and texture to your crochet projects.These crochet projects are small -- so, you won?t need too much yarn or time to complete them. Bavarian Crochet on-the-Go includes instructions for:; A crocheted bag holder; Baby bottle cover; Crochet hot pads; A crochet slouchy beanie, a girl's hat and a baby hat; Fingerless gloves; Crochet slippers and morePacked with fun crochet patterns, Bavarian Crochet on-the-Go will keep you stitching and stylish!

50 Fabulous Crochet Squares 50 Fabulous Crochet Squares
This magnificent collection of 50 innovative designs will make creating your own personalized afghans easy and fun. From simple squares to masculine patterns, holiday themes to intricate flowers -- you'll find it all inside. Squares measure from 5" to 12" across; sizes vary with yarn weight.

English Instructions Included

How to Crochet on the DoubleHow to Crochet on the Double
Create something truly extraordinary!With the double-end crochet hook, you can produce a unique two-sided fabric unlike anything you can get from a regular crochet hook or a knitting needle. The two techniques covered in this book are: working through vertical bars and working through horizontal bars. Includes instructions for making a dishcloth and an afghan. 8 pgs.

150 Favorite Crochet Designs 150 Favorite Crochet Designs
Great for crocheters of all skill levels.A collection of classic heirloom-quality patterns for tablecloths, bedspreads, doilies, edgings, and more.