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I stumbled upon a site yesterday that caught my attention, a database of antique crochet patterns published between the 1920’s to 1950’s (some prior).  If you love to create vintage items, this place is a candy store!

The site is managed by two people, Tim and Charlene, who collected all these patterns from vintage books and magazines, and have made them available for free on their site, antiquecrochetpatterns.com.

On this site you will find projects to crochet baby items, children and adult clothes, home decor, trims and borders, and all kind of accessories.

antiquecrochetpatterns

I cannot wait to try some of these patterns, I am particularly interested in the hats and bags since I love vintage accessories.

Happy crocheting!

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It’s almost summer and I guess it’s the season for baby showers because everybody I know is either having one, or invited to one. I had to put aside some of my dolls projects to work on  baby crochet items, I am surrounded by soft yarn!

I just finished four pair of baby shoes using patterns I had tried last year, see Olivia’s little shoe box. This time, it’s for a little boy, so I had to make them a little different but the base is exactly the same.

First pair are little booties, pattern by Sarah – Repeat Crafter Me. The ones I had made for Olivia last year had another row of fuzzy yarn at the edge to make it look cuter, See picture. Since this is for a boy, I decided to leave it bland. They are very simple but so cute!

baby boy booties

baby boy booties

Second pair  come from a pattern for bunnies shoes, by Knot Your Nana’s Crochet. Last year, I had just used the base and put a little rose on top of the shoe, see picture. This time, I turned the pair into little mice.

bunny slippers turned into mice.

the shape of these shoes allow you to make any kind of animal you want

Third pair are Mary Janes, by Hayley’s creations. For Olivia, I had made them in pink with a little sparky gem on the side of the shoes and a cute ribbon, see picture. Since this is for a boy, I made them in blue, and put a red pompon on the side instead.

baby boy version of the Mary Janes.

baby boy version of the Mary Janes.

Last pattern… Okay, I lied, I have never used this pattern before. I found the pattern on Ravelry recently and fell in love with the shoes. They are so easy to make and so cute! They are ankle strap booties, by Tina Rodriguez.  The pattern is a downloadable PDF file, with step by step photos to help you along the way. I made mine in dark and light brown, and I was able to finish them under two hours.

I love the shape of these ankle strap booties

I love the shape of these ankle strap booties

Voila! I could use the same patterns over and over, and still end up with different shoes, and that’s what I like about them.

I am far from done with my baby crochet projects, I am in the process of making a blanket, my first one! I am using a pattern of course, and I will post about it when I am finished…  in 2028 at the rate I am going.

I hope you enjoyed this post, happy crocheting!

Today I am featuring Jenny, from JRPcrochet.  She is an artisan crafter that makes really cute crochet animals that look like figurines sculpted in yarn. Here I will showcase some of my favorites,  with a few questions I asked Jenny about her craft.

Snow Leopard, by JRPcrochet

This snow leopard was made with white acrylic yarn, and colored with fabric markers. She used a pet brush to give the leopard a furry look.

Reindeers, by JRPcrochet

The antlers of these cute reindeers are made with pipe cleaners. They look like they are talking to each other, I wonder what they are saying…

Unicorn, by JRPcrochet

Her creations are made with a wire skeleton that allows  them to be poseable. This fairy unicorn is available as a pattern on her ETSY shop.

Mama bear and its cub, by JRPcrochet

Dogs playing (Anabelle and Tatiana), by JRPcrochet

How long have you been doing crochet?
I’ve been crocheting for about three years this summer. I had a little experience with it when I was a kid, but it was only making chains and no real stitches.

What inspired you to start crochet?
I had seen cute little amigurumis for a while before I started. I wanted to buy a few from the artists I had seen, but without the extra money, I decided to give it a go myself. I found some great free patterns on Ravelry.com. I read what stitches were needed for the patterns, then looked up how to do those stitches on youtube. Once you learn a handful of stitches, you can make a ton of things.

What do you like best about your craft?
I suppose the best thing about crochet is its flexibility. You can make a large variety of things. Clothing, accessories, dolls, it just depends on what you want to make.

You can see more of her crochet amigurumis on Deviantart-Pickleweasel360, from dragons  to lamas, birds, horses etc..  Check out her gallery!

Jenny also has a shop on ETSY called JRPcrochet where she sells her creations, as well as patterns if you want to make some of these lovely creatures yourself.

Tulle Momsemor is a blog run by Marianne, a lady from Danemark. She translates free crochet patterns from English to Danish because there are not a lot of them available in her language, and most Danish people do not understand English patterns. All the patterns are turned into a pdf file and downloadable from her site.

I got acquainted with Marianne after she sent me an email asking me permission to translate my Valentine’s Day Heart Pattern for her blog. I was delighted at the idea that someone would  translate my pattern into another language so that more people would have access to it. If you are from Danemark, or know someone who is looking for patterns written in Danish, I really recommend her site.

When I decided to make amigurumi dolls a few years ago, I had a basic knowledge of crochet. I knew how to make a chain or basic stitches, but I had never tried to read a pattern. I felt flat on my face when I took  on my first project, a basic little bear that looked so easy to make, I thought I would be done in no time until I realized that I was dealing with hieroglyphs. I ended up giving up on the pattern after several attempts at deciphering the “code”, tried to guess what it was supposed to mean and ended up with an hybrid that barely looked like an animal.

After that failure, I took a hiatus to give me time to swallow my frustration, and I was ready to give up when I came across a site that turned things around, the Craft Yarn Council. This place is the mecca of knitting and crochet, there I found the translation of all the abbreviations and terminology used in patterns, and learned how to read a project.

You can browse through their menu, or download their Standards & Guidelines PDF for a printable version which also contain information on patterns,  a guide to yarn weight, sizing, crochet needles, yarn label information. Regardless what kind of project you want to work on, blankets, dolls, clothes, this will help you understand all the basics if you are new to the technical world of crochet and knitting.

The site is also a great source of information if you are a designer and want to create patterns. There you can learn how to use the industry standards, write a pattern properly, and download symbols to include in your pattern.

I hope you find this link helpful, happy crocheting!


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