Lacy Crochet

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I am occasionally dumbfounded – and thrilled – to find a truly creative crocheter who designs and shares her (or his) patterns with the rest of us mere mortal crocheters.  Olga Poltava is one such designer.  Her designs consistently delight me.  Her blog is named ‘Lacy Crochet’ and it’s well named!  Her designs are always ones that leave me drooling for more and running to find just the right yarn from my stash to start on her latest project.

Since I crochet a lot of baby afghans (babyghans), I am constantly looking for fresh designs.  I have my favorite go-to designs, but sometimes they bore me and I want something new and different.  Olga never fails me.

You can get the free pattern for the afghan pictured above right here.  I believe this is one design she credits to her mom.  There is clearly a bloodline of fine crochet in these women!

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This crochet lace ripple is an one of her newest designs.  This would make a wonderful babyghan too.  Or sweater.  Or scarf.

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Here’s another example of a very sweet afghan which would work nicely for a baby girl.  Please check out Olga’s site to see her many other designs.  She has plenty of free patterns and offers others for sale.  Her patterns are well written and error free as far as I’ve seen.  If you like lovely stitch motifs worked in readily available yarns like Pound of Love, you’ll appreciate Olga’s designs and website as much as I do.

Spring Crochet – Some Ideas

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This fresh, pretty Spring wreath would really brighten your front door or an interior wall.  Easy to pull together, use up a bunch of scraps, and enjoy the delicious colors of Spring.  Get the free pattern here.

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Make this sweet garland in colors to match your wreath.  Use it to adorn the valance of your drapes, above a doorway, or along any wall.  This is a great project for beginners too.  It’s highly adaptable.  You can use this idea to add any flowers to a garland.  Freeform them, use other free patterns online, embellish with buttons or beads, make in any length you want, and add more flowers as you go if you like.  The free pattern is here.

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This cute little owl is actually a baby rattle.  Free pattern here.  This got me to thinking about a wreath for baby’s room that would be adorned with some simple playthings for baby.  This is one of the very rare times when I would use velcro with crochet.  Sew on a couple small circles of velcro (or similar) to the back of the owl and to the front of the wreath where the bumble bee is.  Then you have a detachable baby rattle that has a nifty storage area all its own.  Baby and mom both would enjoy this!  Just remember to keep the wreath with all those buttons on it away from baby so the buttons don’t get ‘tasted’ by baby.

How many other cute little toys could we use for this application?  Small rattles, small teething rings, cute little soft ‘blocks’ – what else?  How sweet would that be?