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Featured Member Crochet: November 2

It’s been a beautiful Saturday where we are and we hope that you’re finding that Fall just seems to enliven the creative spirit.

Here are a few works of crochet that have been recently shared with our community at Starting Chain. We hope they inspire!

We love, of course, the heirloom patterns that have brought beauty for generations. Many of us had grandmothers who crocheted and either knew their pattern by heart or just jotted it down on scrap paper and in pencil. Many of us who try to re-work their designs search for old publications.

We love this one by Carla Parris. It is based on a pattern that was her grandmothers and Carla made it for a charity auction. It is stunning and has been popular with our readers. Carla didn’t have a copy of her grandmother’s pattern but found it in a publication from the 1970’s called Old Time Needlecraft, copyrighted by House of White Birches, Inc. The title of the pattern was “A Handsome Centerpiece or Between-Meal Cloth” by Mrs. M.E. Dodson.

Carla also writes that she used a size 10 thread (the pattern called for size 20) and she did it in antique white/ecru to get the vintage look…which we love.

We’d recommend that anyone who wants the pattern search for the name of the book on the Internet or maybe look for it at your local library.

Thank you, Carla, for sharing this beauty with all of us and doing the research to find the book online.


Tasha Marie is almost done with this stunning Ripple afghan and we’d like to thank her for sharing it with us. She writes that it is very easy and that it is basically just double crochet. The pattern is “Mellon Ripple Afghan” from yarnspirations.com. She writes, I chose a teal color, pinkish, and a Grey. It’s Caron Simply Soft… BEST AFGHAN YARN EVER!

Our readers have really enjoyed seeing the varied and most creative “critters” by Elouise Zaharia! She writes that this bear is 1m tall and she crocheted him with a furry effect thread. He’s so cute! Thanks Elouise for giving us all the joy of seeing your work.

Deborah McMurrough writes that she just finished this last night for a granddaughter who was born in May. It is just very darling and looks so soft. That baby is going to love this kitty-cat blanket for years! One of our readers found the pattern on Ravelry. It is called “Kitty Blanket Buddy”. Thanks Deborah for sharing it with us. Just darling!

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