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.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Free Crochet Patterns: Baby Hats and Beanies


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  1. Let me first say Wow what an amazing story!
    I don't know how I stumbled across this but I'm glad I did.
    When I was in the 6th grade a classmate was crocheting during recess. I was so intrigued on how she was able to manipulate the yarn into a hat, I asked her to teach me...and so she did. I began my first creation with a small skein and a pencil, yes a pencil! While on a weekend visit at grandma's she asked, "Sugar what you doing" I said, crocheting." She then told me, Chile that will be much easier with a crochet hook. She gave me my first hook (size I) She then proceeded to shown me how to double crochet!
    Later on at home i found out my mom could crochet too! I had no idea! She showed me how to make my first afghan. I made & gave away so many of my hand crafted items I lost count. I have to admit everything from 1992 to 2001 was a little irregular (practice makes perfect). In 2012 my hubby and I welcomed our princess into the world. I was online looking for a crochet doll for her to love and cherish. But alas, I never found what I was looking for, perhaps I had too many requirements.
    I wanted it to be dark brown with brown eyes, I wanted the hair to be style in natural African American style (not a afro) and cute. Lastly I didn't want the doll to resemble a voodoo doll or look to grown or sexy. I became so frustrated I decided to create my own doll thus the "Sistah Girlz" & "The Blessed Brothas dolls" were created. I do not sell them. I put them up for adoption. After a conversation with a fellow crocheter I decided in 2016 every donation will go into my childrens college fund. My apologies for the long story but i just thought I'd share since you were so transparent.
    Below is the link to my facebook page please stop by and tell me what you think.