Crochet is my first love. My grandmother taught me when I was 10, and I made an interesting purple and orange afghan for the boy on whom I had a crush. Hopefully my taste has improved somewhat in the years since! The above picture is a throw I made for my grandson Jared when he was in grade school and all about superheroes and primary colors.
Over the year, I turned out granny afghans, mile-a-minute afghans and doilies by the dozens. I searched libraries and used bookstores for patterns I liked (which were sadly few and far between). In the 70’s when my children were young, it seemed the patterns were all – well, hippy-ish, for lack of a better word, and that is not my style. I hankered back to turn of the century styles, at least for my crocheting. So, lacking creativity and confidence, I simply modified patterns as best I could. Nowadays of course, we have the internet, and thousands of free patterns across it. I still don’t like most of the patterns I see. But I’m older, and while I’m still struggling with creativity, I have the confidence to try and create my own patterns. As I get them written up, I will include them here, as well as links to patterns I have found on the internet and modified.
Some of the best places for free patterns: