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Crafty Creative Crochet on Etsy & Elsewhere

Updated on July 23, 2015

Crochet is a Fiber Arts Craft

My crafting world revolves around the fiber art of Crochet. This story will tell you about the handicraft known as crochet, plus show you beautifully handmade examples of various techniques and stitches used in creating both practical and playful hand-crocheted items.

Personally, most of my crochet is done using single & double crochet, with the occasional fancy stitch for a border. Therefore, I really admire the crochet artists who create using intricate and beautiful stitches, as you will see in their gorgeous creations sprinkled throughout this page and featured in their Etsy Shops, and Elsewhere..

*Photo credit: Example of the Moss Stitch in Crochet: Photo shared through Creative Commons by Jilted Ballerina on Flickr

CC-SA by 2.0  "Vintage Crochet Doily"
CC-SA by 2.0 "Vintage Crochet Doily" | Source

Crochet in the Past...

The fiber art of crochet became popular as a craft during the 19th Century. Other needlecrafts were known earlier, but there is no real history of crochet much before that time. At least there do not appear to be any surviving samples of crocheted fabric in any collection much before the Victorian Era in England and Europe.

Crochet basically began in Britain, America and France as a less costly substitute for lace. In the mid 1800s, during the Great Irish Famine, nuns taught local women the art of thread crochet. This beautiful Irish Crochet (as we know it today) became a way for individuals to support communities whose traditional livelihoods were lost to wars and crop failures.

Although there were not many samples of crochet from early times, we have many fine examples today. Let's take a look at the variety available.

Crochet-Round Image Credit: CC 3.0
Crochet-Round Image Credit: CC 3.0 | Source

Basic Crochet

Crochet is begun by placing a slip-knot loop on the hook, pulling another loop through the first loop, and repeating this process to create a chain of the length needed for a specific pattern or project. Work the chain in rows, or in rounds. Stitches are made by pulling one or more loops through each loop of the chain, with only one loop left on the hook at any one time.

There are actually just 6 basic stitches --

*chain

*single crochet

*half-double crochet

*double crochet

*triple crochet

*double tripe/treble crochet

Most items use just two stitches, the chain and single crochet. By combining stitches, different patterns can be achieved.

There are many how-to videos for various kinds of crochet stitches available on YouTube and any number of articles with instructions, so individual ones won't be presented here. This is mainly a brief explanation of various crochet stitches ~ with delightful handmade examples showing how a particular stitch looks in a sweater, a scarf, a pair of booties...... etc.


The Various Styles of Crochet

The following are variants of the basic crochet method, with brief explanations and lovely hand-crocheted examples.

Lacy Crochet

Traditional Irish Crochet lace created with fine cotton yarn is renowned throughout the world and has become synonymous with all that is beautiful in handicrafts.

"Irish crochet". Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Irish_crochet.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Irish_crochet.jpg
"Irish crochet". Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Irish_crochet.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Irish_crochet.jpg | Source

What began as a Cottage Industry has grown today to include many styles and forms from clothing created with crocheted fabrics to caps for newborn babies and darling plush animals for children. Every kind of yarn imaginable is used in modern creations, including baby yarn, sport yarn, 3- and 4-ply yarns, specialty, bulky and rug yarns. Cotton is still used in bedspread thread yarn and has become very popular today for washcloths and dishcloths because it is durable and strong. Wool yarn continues to be popular, particularly for home decor and winter wear (and many crafters love to 'felt' with wool yarn), and acrylic yarn is used by most crafters for its versatility and washability.

Victorian Rosebud Gift Bag - by Crochetbymsa on Etsy

Victorian Rosebud Gift Bag
Victorian Rosebud Gift Bag

Irish Lace is a type of lace created by crocheting separate motifs, which are later assembled into a mesh background.

This Victorian Rosebud Gift Bag is a lovely example of the pattern of Irish Lace. The delicate thread pattern is reminiscent of the romantic Victorian era.

This Rosebud Gift Bag was created by Maryann of Marshalls Creek, PA and can be found in her Etsy Shop Crochetbymsa. Come see all Maryann's beautiful 'Thread Art'.

Filet Crochet

Filet Crochet - Image Credit: CC 3.0
Filet Crochet - Image Credit: CC 3.0 | Source

Filet Crochet is a type of crocheted lace that is 'gridlike' because it uses only two crochet stitches, the chain and double crochet. It forms patterns by filling in parts of a chain stitch mesh. Filet crochet is used for decorative items like window curtains, tablecloths, coasters and placemats. Patterns are worked from a graph and created by combining solid and open meshes.

Filet Crochet Pink Lace Doily
Filet Crochet Pink Lace Doily

Wonderful Example on Etsy

of Creating a Lovely Table Runner or Doily in Filet Crochet

This lovely pink lace doily is a perfect example of filet crochet.

This doily was handmade by Edangra from Lithuania and can be seen in her Etsy Shop Edangra where you will find a wonderful variety of items in filet crochet.

Crochet Thread - Size 10 - Color 12 - RED
Crochet Thread - Size 10 - Color 12 - RED

Most delicate crochet of Irish lace and other lacy items from doilies to tablecloths and bedspreads are done in 100% mercerized cotton 'crochet thread'. It comes in a variety of colors, in addition to the traditional white.

 

Hairpin Lace Crochet

"Hairpin lace" by E.Zajdel - Own work. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hairpin_lace.JPG#mediaviewer/File:Hairpin_lace.JPG
"Hairpin lace" by E.Zajdel - Own work. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hairpin_lace.JPG#mediaviewer/File:Hairpin_lace.JPG | Source

Hairpin Crochet

Hairpin Crochet is created by using a tool that looks like a long 'hairpin' or tuning fork. This strip of lace must be removed from the frame before it may be used. Patterns consist of long strips that are joined together to form the finished article.

Hairpin Lace Shawl in purple, lavender and rose
Hairpin Lace Shawl in purple, lavender and rose

A Beautiful Example of Hairpin Lace in this Shawl

by annerstreet on Etsy

Anna, an Etsy Shopkeeper from Europe, designs original hand knitted and crochet fashion accessories, all handmade by her.

Here is a perfect example of the crochet technique known as 'Hairpin Lace' used to create this gorgeous lacy shawl in a mix of white, purple, orchid, and antique rose.

Anna's shop is filled with beautiful items, including more lovely shawls, hats, mittens and scarves. Come see all her lovely items at annerstreet.

Broomstick Lace

Broomstick Lace Stitch
Broomstick Lace Stitch | Source

Broomstick Lace is a Beautiful Crochet Stitch

Broomstick lace is a crochet technique that results in a very lovely pattern when used for clothing and blankets. It dates back to the 19th century and is done using a crochet hook and another long slender item such as a knitting needle. It is sometimes called jiffy lace or peacock eye crochet. The above example shows the lacy scallop design in a baby blanket which can be found below.

Broomstick Lace Baby Blanket
Broomstick Lace Baby Blanket | Source

Broomstick Lace Baby Blanket

by Tessasplace on Etsy

The Broomstick Lace crochet stitch was used to create this lovely Baby Blanket in shades of Blue, Green, Yellow, Grey, Brown, and White. The blanket measures 27 by 33 inches (approx. 2 feet by 3 feet).

It is the creation of Tessa from Louisiana and can be seen in her Etsy Shop Tessas Place.

Tunisian Crochet - or Afghan Crochet

Tunisian Crochet multi-colored baby sweater
Tunisian Crochet multi-colored baby sweater

Tunisian -- or Afghan -- Crochet is a technique that combines both knitting and crochet to form a soft, yet firm fabric. An 'afghan' hook is used for Tunisian Crochet, which is long like a knitting needle, but with a hook on the end. Like knitting, all the 'loops' for the number of stitches required are "cast on", then worked off, for each row. Unlike knitting, the work is never turned.

The Tunisian 'fabric' thus created is less elastic and thicker than normal crochet, making it very suitable for blankets and winter wear, as seen in the close up of this crocheted 'baby sweater' above.

*Image of Pastel Multi-Colored Tunisian Crochet Baby sweater taken by For Baby Creations for her Etsy Shop.

Granny Square - Sometimes called an Afghan Square

"Granny Square" sample. Attribution: By Durova (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
"Granny Square" sample. Attribution: By Durova (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

It tickles me to read the description of a granny square as being a crochet technique that produces square fabric by working in the round. Traditionally, a granny square is made with a series of chains and double-crocheted blocks--a kind of filet crochet in the round, if you will, working from the center outward. Crochet crafters usually create multiple small 'granny squares', called 'motifs', then put them together to form a completed piece.

Granny squares are most popular today for creating purses, shawls, scarves, and afghan-style blankets. In the 1970s there even appeared to be a 'Granny Square Trend' and variations on the theme were seen everywhere! The colors and pattern schemes for granny squares may have changed with time, but this form of crochet is still considered a 'staple' among crocheters. It's an easy technique to learn and these multicolor motifs are a great way to use up small amounts of left over yarn.

*This image of a 'Granny Square is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported and is presented by Durova on Wikipedia

Primary Colors Kindergarten Mat Blanket
Primary Colors Kindergarten Mat Blanket | Source

A 'Granny Square' Kindergarten Mat in Bright Colors

by TuttiFruittiDesigns on Etsy

A perfect example of what you can do with 'Granny Squares' is shown here in this darling kindergarten mat afghan in Bright Colors. It was created by the crafter behind Tutti Fruitti Designs on Etsy, Judie of Florida.

By the picture, you can see how nice the colors blend together to create a lovely afghan.It measures 39 inches by 33 inches.

Check out all the beautiful baby afghans in the Etsy Shop of TuttiFruittiDesigns

A Collection of Crochet Stitches

Shell Stitch or Fan Stitch - Creates a Lovely Decorative Pillow

Shell Stitch Pillow
Shell Stitch Pillow | Source

The Shell Stitch in crochet creates the shape of arcs and semicircles. It's often used as edging for Afghan blankets and sweaters. It can also be used for an entire item, such as seen in this lovely decorative pillow created entirely in shell stitch.

The crochet shell stitch is formed by anchoring several long stitches into the same base, anchoring both ends with short stitches in a manner that spreads out the cluster like a fan.

This crocheted pillow shown here in peach and rainbow yarn was handmade by a creative homeschooling mom to 5 in Colorado. It can be seen, along with a large variety of her other crafts, in her Etsy Shop lovinghandscrochet

Cluster Stitch Crochet - Creates a Lovely Shawl

CROCHET SOFT WHITE AND PEACH TRIPLE CLUSTER STITCH SHAWL
CROCHET SOFT WHITE AND PEACH TRIPLE CLUSTER STITCH SHAWL

A cluster crochet stitch creates a triangle shape resembling an upside-down shell stitch. It's worked across an equal number of stitches and joined together (clustered) at the top.

The example shown here is a lovely peach & white shawl created in a Triple Cluster Stitch pattern by Barbara, a crochet crafter in Reno, Nevada, and is featured in her Etsy Shop barbie777 Crochet Boutique

Crazy Stitch, Brick Stitch, Zig-Zag Stitch... - Variations of the Shell Stitch

Brick Stitch Afghan
Brick Stitch Afghan

The crazy stitch (or Brick Stitch... or Zig-Zag stitch) in crochet makes a unique pattern by using double or triple crochets in an offset shell pattern. It's sometimes called a brick stitch because the interlocking sections at an alternating left or right slant make the finished work look like a brick wall.

Kristen of Illinois created this lovely afghan in crochet using the 'Brick Stitch'. It's available in her Etsy Shop she calls The Happy Star.

Puff Stitch - Creates a Cute Cap!

Crochet Puff Stitch Baby Beanie
Crochet Puff Stitch Baby Beanie

The crochet puff stitch is named such because it gently 'puffs up' into an oval shape. Puff stitching adds great texture to crocheted fabric. To crochet a puff stitch, you half-close several stitches worked in the same stitch and then join them together to finish the stitch.

The 'Puff' stitch creates a beautiful design in this adorable baby beanie created by Isabelle in Greece and can be found in her Etsy Shop Isabelle Knits.

Popcorn Stitch - A very versatile crochet stitch

Popcorn Stitch baby booties
Popcorn Stitch baby booties | Source

The Popcorn Stitch is similar to the Puff Stitch in that it is oval and stands out from the fabric. It is similar to a shell stitch, involving putting multiple stitches in one base stitch, then the stitches are pulled together at the top. This makes the stitches puff out to make a three dimensional bubble in your pattern.

A great example of the Popcorn Stitch can be seen in this adorable pair of baby booties. The pattern for the booties was created by Emily of Minneapolis, and can be seen in her Etsy Shop Puffalump Brand.

Cable Stitch Crochet - Fisherman-Style Sweater

Fisherman Style Cable Stitches in Crochet
Fisherman Style Cable Stitches in Crochet

Most crafters in the field of fiber art relate a 'cable stitch' to Knitting. As seen in this example, cables can also be created in crochet.

To make a crocheted cable you will need 4 stitches. Make a chain in multiples of 4, plus add 3. Four (4) cables would be 16 stitches, plus 3, equals 17. Therefore you'd begin with a chain of 17 stitches.

Pictured above is a a man's fisherman style sweater that will be a treasure for years to come. It has vintage styled designs of cables, baubles, popcorns, diamonds, and ribbing. It has been beautifully handcrocheted in the traditional style with set in sleeves and ribbing around the collar, waistband and cuffs. It is the creation of a crochet crafter from Phoenix and can be found in her Etsy Shop Crochet Gal.

Cable Stitch Tutorial

For an excellent tutorial on the crocheted cable stitch, check out How to Crochet a Cable Stitch from All Free Crochet.

Wave Pattern Stitch - in a lovely afghan

Chevron Zig-Zag Wave Design Afghan
Chevron Zig-Zag Wave Design Afghan | Source

A wave pattern is created by repeating double crochet stitches interspersed with increases and decreases. It looks particularly interesting on crocheted washcloths & blankets like this lovely afghan. The wave pattern is also called a 'Zig Zag Chevron' pattern.

Check out this Zig-Zag Chevron pattern afghan pictured above. It was created by Jackie in New Hampshire and featured in her Etsy Shop JD Crochet Creations.

Crocodile Stitch Crochet - Looks Adorable on the Top of a Pair of Baby Booties!

Crocodile Stitch Crochet Booties
Crocodile Stitch Crochet Booties | Source

The Crocodile Crochet stitch is the perfect 3D technique to imitate feathers or scales. The stitch is worked into a base of several V-stitches on a base of double crochet and separated by single crochet stitches.

Meg, a crochet crafter from Canada, created these adorable Baby Booties using the crocodile stitch. Visit her Etsy Shop The Crazy Cute Shop where she features her handmade Cute and Fun crochet items from dolls to animals to hats and more!

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Amigurumi - The Japanese Art of knitted or crocheted small stuffed animals

Many of the crochet techniques and stitches presented here date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. One style of crochet -- Amigurumi -- is quite recent, having it's beginning around 2003. It has no practical use, but is becoming a well-loved creation because of it's overall 'Cuteness'. Typically, amigurumi animals have an over-sized spherical head on a cylindrical body with undersized extremities. Sometimes inanimate objects are crocheted and given features, once again creating something 'cute' and a fun toy. They are a fun item to create and easy to do as most are made 'in the round' with single crochet.

With Amigurumi.... you can make Dolls!

Handmade Amigurumi Doll
Handmade Amigurumi Doll | Source

... Like 'SweetDolls' on Etsy Did

Come meet Dawn, a Florida crochet crafter who has an Etsy Shop called Sweetdolls. Dawn creates a variety of dolls in crochet in the popular Amigurumi style. This one she created with "Short Black Hair"- Adorable!

Dawn also combines her love for sewing with many of her crocheted creations, where several of her darling dolls are wearing pretty dresses. They all can be found in her Etsy Shop sweetdolls

Amigurumi Makes Fun Playtime Purses for Little Girls

Pinkalicious style cupcake purse
Pinkalicious style cupcake purse | Source

Playtime purses for little girls who love to imitate 'mom'. This mom created this darling cupcake style purse inspired by her daughter's favorite book "Pinkalicious" will charm all children at playtime!

This Etsy Shopkeeper is a stay-at-home mom of 2 who has a passion for cupcakes and crafts. The result is delightful 'Playtime items' for kids to enjoy. Check out her darling shop stayhomecupcake filled not just with crocheted cupcake shaped purses, but all sorts of fun items

Amigurumi Toys are also Popular - Cute for Little Boys...

Amigurumi car and airplane Baby Rattles
Amigurumi car and airplane Baby Rattles

Marika lives in Estonia, a small country in Northern Europe. She stays home with her two little boys and creates the cutest little animals in crochet, many of which she turns into rattles for babies. The items I like best, though, are her darling little cars and airplanes, like this set of toy car and airplane baby rattles!

Come see her whole selection of the cutest Amigurumi crocheted crafts in her Etsy Shop ByMarika

Amigurumi Animals - Roly-Poly Penguins in 'basic Tuxedo' and some 'non-traditional' colors.

Roly Poly Amigurumi Penguin in Red
Roly Poly Amigurumi Penguin in Red

The Amigurumi style of crochet makes the cutest little animals. Roly-poly Amigurumi Penguins created in a variety of colors (like this one in Red), as well as the standard 'Tuxedo' black & white are creations of Coastal Crochet Crafts on Etsy.

Felted Crochet - This Felted Handbag is featured in the Etsy Shop of flowerbasketladybug

Felted Green Apple Handbag
Felted Green Apple Handbag | Source

Felting is the shrinking of the material together using water, heat, and agitation. The fibers will lock together, and what once was a loose crocheted piece of cloth now will look like a solid fabric. Felting is wonderful for knitted or crocheted bags, because it will tighten the fibers into one durable material. The yarn used in a felted project needs to be 100% animal fibers, so wool yarn is usually the felting material of choice.

A creative crafter who crochets, knits and sews all her creations made this lovely and practical felted green apple handbag. It's a lovely example of what can be created by crocheting with wool yarn, then putting the item through the felting process. This New Jersey crafter also creates scarves and pins, along with her handbags, and features them in her Etsy Shop flowerbasketladybug

For Felting your Crochet - Choose 100% Wool Yarn

Premier Yarn 3-Pack Wool Worsted Yarn, Kelly Green
Premier Yarn 3-Pack Wool Worsted Yarn, Kelly Green

For all your felting projects, 100% wool worsted yarn is the yarn of choice.

 

For Cute Stuffed Animals and Toys - Acrylic Yarn is Best

Red Heart  Super Saver Economy Yarn, Shocking Pink
Red Heart Super Saver Economy Yarn, Shocking Pink

Acrylic yarn is extremely versatile and best for crocheting plush animals & toys because it is machine washable and can be dried in the dryer. Perfect for baby toys that need to be washed regularly.

 

How-To's for Crochet Stitches?

I have not included instructions for all these stitches, because many 'How-To's' are available online.

Crochet Crafting

Crafting in crochet, or learning various crochet stitches and techniques, can be a very enjoyable and relaxing activity. Did you know that Crochet is considered a form of meditation? :-)

I'd love to read your comments about the crafty world of crochet.

© 2011 Wednesday-Elf

Do you like to Crochet? - Or would you like to learn?

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I went to Google translate, and astrid said: "The truth is I do not understand anything because everything is in English but I see I love hopefully some patterns came with Spanish translation". Thanks so much for your visit astrid. I'm sure there are crochet patterns available in Spanish for you.

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      astrid 2 years ago

      La verdad es que no entiendo nada por que está todo en inglés pero lo que veo me encanta ojalá algunos patrones vinieran con la traducción en español

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      It's fun trying out new crochet stitches, isn't it, Linda? I'm still trying to master the 'seed' stitch. That 'reverse sc' seems difficult to me. Perhaps it's because I crochet left-handed, which some would say I'm already doing stitches in reverse...LOL. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Linda Pogue 3 years ago from Missouri

      I have crocheted using some of these stitches. I still play to try broomstick lace and hairpin lace someday. I enjoyed the hub and the images.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Your crocheted shopping bags sound wonderful, Pam. I bet they are very strong and sturdy made of twine. Do you have a tutorial about them?

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Delighted you liked these crochet examples, Susan. And thanks for the kind words. I DO love to crochet.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I'm currently working with parcel post twine and crocheting shopping bags. Number six is almost done; it IS addictive. :)

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      So many stitches and things I didn't know you could do with crocheting here. You are the crochet queen! Pinning so I can reference you hub again and again. Very very useful info and beautiful work too!

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Crocheting IS addictive, but it's also very relaxing... and even meditative. One of these days you'll find time for it and then there will be no stopping you. :) Thanks for the visit.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Love the work on this page. I sure wish I could crochet like this! I can do basic crocheting and have made a few things, but on my list of things to master (a little later when my time permits) is to crochet a lot better than I do now. Once I start though, I'll never stop, it's so addictive!

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I also appreciate the needlework talent of crafters on Etsy and everywhere and also the writing & musical talent of others. We each have our own area of 'talent', OhMe. Thanks for your visit.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I can't crochet and in fact I can't do much of anything with a needle and thread for some reason but I do appreciate all you who can. This is a beautiful page filled with lots of talent.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @tazzytamar: Getting good at crochet just takes lots of practice...LOL. I've been doing it for over 35 years. :) Thanks for visiting.

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      I'm just learning, but you are so talented! I adore the shell stitch cushion and the baby bits :) I hope I fan be that good one day

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @rob-hemphill: Thanks for your visit Rob3. Nice to see a 'guy' appreciate the art & craft of crochet. It IS fascinating!

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      Rob Hemphill 3 years ago from Ireland

      Great lens! I remember my grandmother spending a lot of her time crocheting. It was fascinating to watch.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @QuiltFinger: Glad my page inspired you, QuiltFinger. I love to crochet and greatly admire the versatile projects fellow crochet crafters come up with. From afghans to plush animals, crochet offers a wide variety of things to try. Thanks for stopping by.

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      QuiltFinger 3 years ago from Tennessee

      Wow, wow, wow. This lens is SO good. We learned how to crochet is school in 5th grade, but I never really took to it. This page is so inspiring. It's infinitely more versatile than I ever imagined and reminds me of the zigzag and granny square afgans that my grandmother had. I might give it another try, and I will definitely look for a cool handcrafted piece to add to my wardrobe. Thanks so much for sharing your passion and opening my eyes!

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @marsha32: A handmade soap saver and handmade soaps would just naturally go together. Very nice. Thanks for stopping by, my fellow crochet crafter! :)

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      marsha32 3 years ago

      I love to crochet too.

      I have some of those soap savers you highlight in your intro in my shops online.

      A gal who makes and sells homemade soaps ordered them from me and I ended up making a bunch more to list.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @DeborahDian: Something every crocheter can relate to for sure. :)

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      I love to crochet, so this lens was very enjoyable!

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      irminia 3 years ago

      Fantastic presentation, thx!

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @Heidi Vincent: Glad you liked my featured selections. There are such clever crochet artists on Etsy. :)

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Lovely crochet items on this lens, Wednesday_Elf! The baby booties were out of this world!

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @ChocolateLily: I know what you mean. They do say that crochet is really like a form of meditation. :)

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      ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      You've gathered so much information about crochet stitches! Yes, crochet is relaxing. So much so that I sometimes almost fall asleep if I am working on something I don't have to think about!

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @ecogranny: Irish lace is so beautiful, but I don't do well with tiny hooks and thin crochet thread, Graceonline. I work best with a size F or G hook and 4-ply yarns. :) Always delighted to meet a fellow crochet crafter!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I learned to crochet back in the Seventies and have been doing it off and on ever since. It is most relaxing. Lately, I've taken to crocheting dishcloths, as we have no dishwasher. The cotton cloths are absorbent and have good scrubbing power, thanks to the stitching. I had no idea that Irish lace was crocheted. If I were young, my fingers more nimble and my eyesight better, I'd want to learn how to do that. It is so beautiful!

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @DawnRae64: Glad you enjoyed it, dawnraeb. I find that crafters especially really appreciate the artistic accomplishments others can do in crochet.

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      Dawn 3 years ago from Maryland, USA

      What a wonderful, wonderful lens! I can crochet (zigzig and granny squares) but I didn't know about 1/2 of this information. wow, the hairpin shawl is amazing!

      thank you so much for sharing this.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @Ruthi: I've yet to try 'felted crochet' either, Ruthi. I've studied the technique; just haven't attempted it yet. :)

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      What a wealth of history abounds here on the topic of crocheting. I think I have tried each crochet technique described here with the exception of felted crochet.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Have been quite slow getting down to here because I have stopped to enjoy the items on the way great details and great information on how to.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

      I really do need to learn this craft. I can only crochet a chain or a circle.

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      KathyZ1 4 years ago

      Great lens, enjoy it.

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      acreativethinker 4 years ago

      Crochet, got a love it! Just such a lovely lens and wonderful inspiration to keep

      crocheting. Thanks for sharing. Take care :)

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      AndyEnriquez 4 years ago

      awesome. i ike the penguins.

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      Nice idea to showcase etsy crafters. Lots of lovely work being done out there!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Beautiful crochet work, I also love to shop on etsy.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      You are a true artist. I love the pictures of lace. I so admire the woman who are able to do this so well

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wishing you a very Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day!

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      So many lovely things... I will need to start crocheting! Thanks a lot for sharing this beautiful lens!!!

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      Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

      I really should let you know that probably that little penguin you sent me for my daughter introduced me to the wonderful world of Crochet. I just love it, and as I get better I am getting into more and more beautiful stitches I love lace crochet and always been a little tentative to try, but again you have inspired me. Thanks WednesdayElf!

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      Ibidii 4 years ago

      I have been looking for a webpage about the history of lace and crochet and her it is! Thank you so much for an awesome lens!

      :)

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      Sherry Venegas 4 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I appreciate what you have presented here for crocheting and the Etsy crafters you are helping. Good work on this lens.

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      Michael Oksa 4 years ago

      Impressive craftwork. The baby booties are adorable. :)

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      This looks really great!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Everything is so beautiful.

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I found this very interesting! I learned crocheting at a very young age and love it! I have just set up an Etsy shop but just have hand knitted kids wear there so far. After viewing this lens I'm thinking that I'd like to get back at crocheting again. Angel blessings!

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      missmary1960 4 years ago

      My Mom taught my sisters and I to crochet from the time we were little girls. I enjoy it so much. These are beautiful crafts, thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was crocheting a lot when I was still in grammar school. Your lens reminded me that I really need to renew my knowledge:). Great lens - liked.

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      applejacking 4 years ago

      How cute the Roly-Poly Penguins and absolutely hard to make that pattern

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very beautiful and adorable lens. I like learning new things.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My Grand Mother always do that kind of stuff!

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      rooshoo 5 years ago

      Crochet is really fun. These are some great ideas, I really like the penguins.

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      Love crochet. Right now I love doing amigurumi, but I plan to try other things in the near future. Fun article.

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      shelleymax 5 years ago

      Wow i have to say i was totally amazed by the different types of crochet...amazing..great lens

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      yayas 5 years ago

      I am so inspired to try and relearn the art of crochet. You have reminded me of how much I love needlecraft.

      Thank you for stopping by my page an' sprinkling Angel Dust. Now, it's so pretty with all it's new sparkles. I jus' hadda' stop by an' see if you had a picture of the crocheted unicorn you mentioned. I do hope you will post a picture of it soon.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      What a very lovely article. I was just thinking about picking crochet back up and now I know where to go to find more information. Beautifully done and blessed.

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      kopox 5 years ago

      i have never do crochet, bu it's a good hobby...

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      kopox 5 years ago

      i have never do crochet, bu it's a good hobby...

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      TriciaLymeMom 5 years ago

      Thanks for the ideas! Time to haul out my hooks and maybe have a few pieces done in time for Christmas. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @montanatravel52: Look for "how to crochet" on youtube and you can find some really great tutorials, there. Also, start with a simple worsted or chunky yarn and stay away from fuzzy, uneven, dangly, furry, or otherwise novelty yarns at first. They make it hard to see your stitches and make the whole learning process that much harder. Good luck!

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      Very Good lens.

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      JobInterviews 5 years ago

      Great lens. My mom loves to crochet!

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      I crocheted one doily once, and made a baby blanket. I don't have the patience. I admire those who make all kinds of wonderful things regularly.

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      kavalonthatsme 5 years ago

      Love your lens!

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      boutiqueshops 5 years ago

      I could just lose myself in all the wonderful examples you've shown here. I love this page and return periodically to see what you've done with it. Blessed!

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      montanatravel52 5 years ago

      I love this - always said I wanted to learn to crochet when I graduated college and had time, but I got all the items and tried several times and gave up. But you inspired me to pull that old "crochet bag" out again and try again, thanks!

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      Bountiful collection of crocheted pieces, and examples, and links. I'd say you finished the yarn garment right here!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      The first thing I crocheted - for a school craft assignment, required - was a poodle shaped bottle cover. Sigh. She wouldn't let us make the animal of our choice. Since then I have enjoyed some projects - I love the idea of crocheting a hamburger! Now that is a creative project! Congratulations and squidangel blessings to you.

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      congrats on becoming a Giant Squid

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      I love to crochet. Thanks for the fun ideas. I've got to learn more about Etsy.

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      This is a really complete lens on the art of Crotcheting I used to do this as a kid, but have long since lost the skill. However this lens shows clearly how it is done so just maybe, but there again I really do not have the time with keeping horses, dogs, and a cat.

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      PickupTrucksFan1 5 years ago

      Didn't know there were so many ways to crochet.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens lots of crochet made things that are really really nice.

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      ViolaSuSi 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens. A lot of useful information. Thank you.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      I like this Crafty Creative Crochet its looks really fun. Blessings.

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      Elastara 5 years ago

      Great lens on the Crafty Creative Crochet! I have always wanted to learn crochet but hasn't got the time to sit and really learn them yet but it is definitely a skill I wanted to learn. Yes I do agree that Crochet is considered a form of meditation :).

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I love crocheting! I'm working on a bedspread for my bed right now. Love crocheting in the fall and winter. It's such a cozy thing to do in the evenings. :)

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Lovely designs! I crochet too. It is quite calming, especially in cooler months, when the yarns are comforting to hold and work. Welcome to the Giants Club!

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      cassieann 5 years ago

      What a nice read! I am in the process of crocheting an afghan right now. Love to crochet when I can find spare time.

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      NightMagic 5 years ago

      Great lens. I tried learning how to crochet once but never did get the hang of it. I'm going to try again using your examples & see what happens.

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      earthybirthymum 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great Lense, you've inspired me to make a doily! Many Blessings

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      curtmaxwall 5 years ago

      fabulous creativity!

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      fathomblueEG 5 years ago

      What a fantastic lens! I love how you included a lot of photos of the crochet projects as well as the information. That makes the perfect combo for readers to take it all in and be inspired. You are an awesome Squidooer:-)

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      Great lens! I used to crochet when I was younger- my Grandma taught me how. We'd make doll clothes and blankets. I really enjoyed it. I wish I remembered how.

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      Barbara2659 5 years ago

      This is another great lens! I crochet too. I love to knit something and finish it in crochet. That way I can say I "crochknit" it! I have a feeling I will be looking at a lot of your lenses!

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      Max Wong 5 years ago from Singapore

      The best thing to give your loved ones is your TIME. And making those crochets take some considerable amount of time. Thanks. I have learned something today. You are blessed! ^^

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      Beautiful items, very nice lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It seems like this crafty lens has gotten even longer since I was here. Its a beautiful lens. :)

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      This is stunning! Thanks for showcasing so many talented artists.

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      sarasentor lm 5 years ago

      Superb lens!

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      I love your work. No wonder it sells on Etsy. It is hard to resist.

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      robinpedrero 5 years ago

      I used to really enjoy to crochet as a child, I grew out of it as my art career has grown. I am impressed more and more as I see yarn bombing etc and wonderful fiber arts with crochet.

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      GOT LM 5 years ago

      Very interesting to know.

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      blue22d 5 years ago

      Oh so much to learn here. Great lens.