Crocheting has been passed down by generation on my Mom’s side of the family. My mom taught me, her mom taught her, and her mom taught her.
Mypicot.com has a great selection of unique Japanese-inspired crochet motifs and stitch patterns for your next crochet project.
For most of my life, I had a reduced sense of smell (a condition known ashyposmia).
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Knit and Crochet Dishcloth Patterns
It is hard to fine ones that are truly classic, but if you look at the ones crafty folks have made for sale at Etsy you will see how colour and size along with a simple classic design, can make the difference between kitsch and stylish.
Simple crochet flower broaches
I think these could be worked up in many different yarns and beads and would make great gift attachments and gifts in themselves. I would take the pattern below as a suggestion and use your imagination with colours and yarns. I like the idea of attaching these to bags and hats or even scarfs for extra interest. I have a friend that laughs every time i suggest that a crochet flower could be a really nice borach or accent. I will prove her wrong!
but the bag on the left is significantly larger, and it was a happy mistake. I learned that by simply changing your hook size (namely using an H instead of an F) you can make a much bigger version of the same pattern, assuming your yarn is thick enough. Yes, I did have to add rows to make up for the larger diameter, but I just love the results. It’s hard to tell in these photos, but this size would be nice for holding a crocheted washcloth, patternhere, and a lovely bar of soap!
These crocheted pouches that I posted about as bags for Hanukkah gelt, here, were such a success I just had to make more! A birthday party for my daughter’s friend, no problem, let’s give her a pouch filled with some small gifts! And a few buttons added to the end of the drawstring are cute and functional…the string wont fall out! I think I even made the one on the right in about an hour, and it not only made my daughter happy and set a good example for giving handmade, it also was satisfying for me and fulfilled some of my need to create!
We all have these friends. They love the look of crochet and have complimented every project you have worked on, but you can’t seem to convince them tolearn to crochet. You know they would love their own crocheted accessory, so pick up a copy of Interweave Accessories 2011 and find the perfect stunning and quick project to whip up for them this year. Who knows, you may finally change their mind and convince them to come over and join the wonderful world of crochet.
Do you have a friend who has long admired your crocheted projects and recently expressed an interest in learning to crochet? This is the perfect opportunity to introduce them to the crochet community. Purchase your favorite back issue of Interweave Crochet, create fun coupons for special crochet classes with yourself as the teacher, and wrap the package up with a bit of festive yarn. It will be the gift that keeps on giving.
Giving a thoughtful present to a yarn loving friend doesn’t mean you have to give yarn. (Your friend will never say so, but most crafters would rather choose their materials personally.) Add a yarn shop gift certificate to your present if it feels unnatural to leave out the string! What else is there to choose from? Here are some ideas to get you started.