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.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Free Crochet Patterns: More Granny Square Motifs

Granny Square Flower Garden Crochet Pattern Granny Square Flower Garden Crochet Pattern
You can never have too many granny square patterns!Each of the 12 squares featured in this book have a different flower and can be made using any weight yarn or thread. Also includes a Crochet Basics section.


  1. Thanks so much for your wonderful website, and most especially your loving and inspiring story. I have been crocheting since 8 years old, and I too learned from my sweet Mema, and I too have a left-handed daughter that I tried to teach crochet but couldn't. That didn't stop her, though! I showed her how I did it, an she just figured it out on her own. She is now a Mommy herself, and a talented needleworker, seamstress, quilt maker, amongst many other things. I can't wait to check out all the wonderful patterns here. Thanks again!!

    1. Lynn, thank you for your kind words of encouragement. It is exciting to hear from someone who has so much in common with me. Don't you just love to see your Memas "hands" at work through your daughter. I love to hear about the next generation of crafters. My own granddaughter is 8, and I am hoping that she too will show an interest in handicrafts. No sign of it so far. In the near future I am hoping to include free knitting patterns, sewing patterns, and quilting patterns in this blog. enjoy! dotty

  2. I just love all these grannies!! Thank you so much for the free patterns. I will use them real soon. Betty Radcliffe