A Bit of Christmas Crochet: December 5

It’s been a delight to see the Christmas crochet recently shared with us all on the Starting Chain Facebook page. Here are just a few for your morning enjoyment. We hope they inspire you to create your own pieces that will last for generations.

If you’d like to share a photo of crochet you’ve done, or a piece of vintage work, just come to our Facebook page and upload there. If you used a pattern, please give its name and source so that other people can find it and the work of pattern artists is properly honored.

We love, of course, original creativity and really want to encourage people to experiment with crochet. We like to hear about your inspiration and any construction details you can share. Information about the types of yarn used, hook size and difficulty level are all appreciated by our readers. And, best of all, we love seeing projects that are done for charity, for gifts to family and friends, and vintage crochet done long ago.

Our purpose is to encourage the art of crochet in all its many forms, including the work of beginners as well as experienced artists. As part of social media, we all can encourage each other, give tips and hints and, of course, say lots of “Wows”.

from: Cindy Huber: “Made this for a nephew’s son last year and this one is for my niece’s daughters this year. It hasn’t been washed, blocked and starched yet. Pattern is from a publication no longer in print (Crochet patterns by Herrshners, November/December 1988)”

Cindy’s piece is beautiful and a classic example of filet crochet. Starting Chain is, of course, a big fan of the collection and use of vintage and older patterns/charts. While we haven’t been able to find Cindy’s online, there are others and, of course, many crocheters love to keep a sharp eye at thrift shops and antique malls for the old books and magazines. It’s surprizing, too, how many are still in collections at libraries.

Crocheters use differing techniques for blocking filet crochet. One common method, for pieces that need “body” or a firm shape, is to soak it in a starch & water solution, squeeze out the excess with a towel or pillowcase, and then lay it out flat, stretching it to get even lines, pinning it in place with rust-proof pins until it is dry. Generally people have to actually measure to make sure everything is lined up. Blocking boards with grid lines make it easier.

from Fran Schmitt: “Nutcracker stocking, made by me.”

We love it! It is so creative and has been very popular with our readers. Fran further writes that it is her own design and that she made it for a grandchild. Just look at the details. She even has epaulets!

from Lorraine Tamblyn: “Snowflake candle holder; got ideas from a few different patterns.”

Not only is this beautiful in its simplicity, but we really like how Lorraine created it from techniques in differing patterns. Crochet is one of those crafts that allows for so much experimentation. Also, this is the first 7 pointed snowflake we’ve seen.

from Debra Everding: “This apron was made by my Granny Green over 50 years ago.”

It’s amazing to see this beautiful vintage apron and for it to be in such great condition. We love how people treasure the work done by beloved family members decades ago. Debra’s comes from that time when hostesses wore special aprons at holiday times, from when our grandmothers wore dresses. It is a part of our cultural history as well as an art form.

Thanks to everyone who has shared their work and encouraged others. Yarn Over!

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