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« on: April 10, 2006 09:17:20 AM »

Hey. I learned how to crochet a few weeks ago from the Happy Hooker book (awesome book, btw), and I'm almost finished by first real project (FrouFrou). There are more patterns in this book I'm going to try, but I can't seem to find many good patterns elsewhere. By "good", I mean something I would actually wear. I've found lots of boxy sweaters, freaky-looking shirts, and a whole mass of those creepy "We Heart America" afghans, but not much outside the SNB book that a 23 year old punkette-turned-grad student teacher would be seen dead in. I knit as well, and I seem to find more patterns that don't suck in knitting, but I really like working crochet and want to give some good patterns a try. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Cheers.

PS: Will be posting FrouFrou soon, as soon as I finish my final papers and the collar.
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2006 09:29:32 AM »

There's a book called Cool Crochet by Melissa Leapman that's pretty decent.


« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2006 04:48:17 PM »

Not sure if this fits your style, but all the Rowan mags have some crochet patterns... 
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2006 06:16:53 PM »

Hooked on Crochet by Candi Jensen has some good ones, as does Hip to Crochet ( I can't remember the author right now). Also, the online magazine Crochet Me has some great patterns and articles about crochet.

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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2006 06:33:39 PM »

I think it's a lot more difficult to find great crochet patterns, you really have to sift through a lot. The website www.crochetpatterncentral.com is a good place to start the search, it has links to a ton of free patterns (that you definitely need to sort through). Sometimes you need to be inventive and picture something in a different colour, or on a different body type, too.
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2006 09:01:13 PM »

I just bought a book called Fabulous & Flirty Crochet by Katherine Lee (her website is sweaterbabe.com).  It's got several cool patterns....

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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2006 04:48:21 AM »

Here's another new one out:


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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2006 06:14:26 AM »

I have a couple of suggestions:  One is So Simple Crochet by Melody Griffiths.  I like several...not all...of the patterns.  Plus, they seem to be going cheap on ebay right now.

The other suggestion is a magazine:  Interweave Crochet.  The current issue is on the newstands, but I would look at the back issues as well.  Here is the link:


« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2006 08:24:50 AM »

I was going to mention So Simple Crochet too.  Some of the patterns are phenom, though others are a bit, well, wonky.

When hunting it up on Amazon I saw several others that looked good.  But you're right, ravenfire, everything I've seen in stores is "boxy sweaters, freaky-looking shirts, and a whole mass of those creepy "We Heart America" afghans."  I hate that.
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« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2006 09:17:43 AM »

Thanks, everyone. Some of these books and mags look interesting. I'll probably have to modify a few of the patterns to fit over my ginormous boobs and linebacker-esque shoulders (too much martial arts training ^_^), but I do that anyway.

I'm sorry if my pattern angst was coming through a bit too much, but I just don't see why crafty ladies should be forced to wear hideous clothes if we want to showcase our skills. I just want patterns that show what I;'ve got. And, if possible, co-ordinate with my tattoos. ^_^

Washu: I saw a picture on the net while searching of a ladie's house that was *covered* in Americana crocheted items. Even a star-spangled litterbox cozy. Even if I was American, I don't think I'd be able to make this stuff.

Thanks again, everyone.
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