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.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Free Crochet Patterns: Bride & Groom Dolls

Who doesn't love weddings? Because I babysat for many years and because I love to crochet and because I would want to keep my hands busy and my butt rested during their nap time, I crocheted. Anyone who has been in my care for more than a few weeks has gotten special toys, usually a doll or stuffed animal. So through the years, as my "children" grew up and married, I got in the habit of crocheting "one last doll" (that is, until the first baby came along...).
The bride and groom crochet gifts always are "emotional" favorites. Whether it's the forever popular bunnies, the always loveable Hello Kitty, or the quirky little "two peas in a pod" or "love birds", the bride or groom ends up in tears because they remember their first "Grandma Dot" crochet baby.

Happily Ever After Crochet Pattern - Electronic Download Happily Ever After Crochet Pattern - Electronic Download
Crochet a dream of a fairy tale wedding, with a blushing bride and her handsome groom repeating their vows beneath a rose-covered arbor. Made using size 10 crochet thread. Size: 12" x 9".

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