A conversation with tips and tricks for making a beautiful lace crochet bird Christmas ornament from an orphaned chart found on Pinterest.
Crochet is far from a new process. Some of the earliest patterns date back to the 1800s. Both crochet and knitting have enjoyed a huge renaissance in the past few years bringing new ideas and a wonderful array of yarns to work with.
Gone are goofy, floppy, hole-filled, under-stuffed, toys. Crocheters are utilizing Amigurumi and other modern techniques to create countless new, clever and whimsical creatures. Granny squares and doilies never looked so good and crochet clothing has gone from old-fashioned cardigans to high fashion and even the runways of the finest fashion houses.
I’ve been crocheting since my grandmother taught me some 40 years ago. While I’m a mixed media artist, who enjoys dabbling in all sorts of materials and techniques, crochet is a bit of my first love. Not surprisingly, The Crafty Tipster does have more crochet-related content.
Please take a look around and try some of the great vintage and modern free crochet patterns listed here. And as always we look forward to seeing what you do with these patterns and would love to be able to share your favorite patterns as well.
Free crochet spider web flower motif pattern. This crochet motif has a center like a spider web and a scalloped edge that makes it look like a flower.
A special request for a purple crochet bear led to my latest favorite bear. It's made a special lady very happy too. Learn more about his story and his two little friends too.
Learn how to make a rectangular granny square with this super easy and straightforward method that works for any size rectangle.
The challenge - try using cotton carpet warp yarn for crochet. With a cute pattern by Dana Van Ord, I ended up with my truly Itty Bitty Elephant.
I was honored with the task of repairing a stunning vintage afghan. I'm so excited how well it turned out.
Love to crochet but hate weaving in ends? I've tried every kind of needle I could find. One stunk, several were just OK, but I did find my new fave too.
Hate weaving in crochet ends? Try wool needles and you might actually enjoy the once-dreaded task.
Pros and cons of the Clover Darning Needles with Latch Hook Eye. Where they are clever, where they aren't and do they stay in my crochet tool chest.
My review of Susan Bates Finishing Needles. Others love them but they're not for me. Seems like a good idea but there are far better options out there.