My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Irish Crochet Motifs

For someone who does not crochet, I do show a lot of books on crochet here!

When I was offered a review copy of this book, I thought it was too pretty to refuse!


This is The Go-To Book for Irish Crochet Motifs by Kathryn White.

I happen to think that Irish crochet is gorgeous.

This book is divided into 10 sections:

  • Stitches & Techniques
  • Flowers
  • Leaves
  • Fill-In Motifs
  • Edgings & Insertions
  • Dangles
  • Overlays
  • Fill-In Lace
  • Assembly
  • Squares or Motifs

Using this book and intermediate/advanced skill in crochet, you can create, among other things, pieces like this edging:


A lovely insertion:


Pretty filler stitches:


Wonderful flowers!


The book contains more than 100 motifs, so there is plenty there to keep a crocheter busy for quite a long time.

Each motif has complete written instructions for creation, and the book has an illustrated stitch guide in the back.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to review my copy of this lovely book, please leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. The Random Number Generator will select a recipient at that time.

Speaking of winners, the winner of a skein of Made in America Yarns’ Wayfarer fingering weight wool is “knittingdancer,” who has been emailed. Many thanks to Made in America Yarns for not only sending me a skein to play with, but for offering a second skein for the giveaway!

Work in Progress

My Britta Cowl is growing:



At this point I am a little over one-third done. This is a time-consuming knit but is so much fun!


What Loki has been doing this weekend:



  1. Please enter me in the book giveaway.
    I wish I could join Loki and sleep all weekend.

  2. I mainly knit too and the crochet books I have are my moms from 40 years ago.

  3. That looks like a wonderful book! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. I am learning crochet, and like to add crochet bits as trim to my knitting. This would be a lovely book to have.

  5. The cowl is coming out beautiful, Wendy. It does look like fun! I learned to knit and crochet at the same time when I was a little kid. I love the look of Irish Crochet, but haven’t done much of it.

  6. I have been eyeing Irish Crochet for ages! This would be just what I need to push me over the edge. Pick me, please!

  7. That purple is lovely, Wendy! What are you going to make with it?

  8. I’m a big admirer of Irish crochet too and would love to give it a try.

  9. Shirley Gallagher says:

    I also love Irish crochet. Thanks for the chance to win. And where did you get that kitty coaster Loki is sleeping next to?

  10. Elaine Larsen says:

    The book looks full of a lot of great projects!

  11. I can crochet, but I don’t due to lack of interesting patterns. These look fun. Don’t work to hard Loki! What a handsome guy!
    Susan´s last blog post ..2011: A Fibery year

  12. That looks like a great book, thank you for the chance to win it. Give Loki a scritch from me 🙂

  13. K Andersen says:

    Loki picked a nice fluffy TABLE to sack out on. Poor unloved kitty has no better place to nap? 🙂

  14. Seeing the samples from that book make me want to crochet. I began crocheting at age 9 (self taught) but haven’t crocheted much since I picked up knitting about 10 years ago. What a lovely giveaway.

  15. Jennifer B says:

    Wow what a gorgeous book! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  16. Julie (O-kami) says:

    I would love to review this book

  17. Loki s the right idea for a cold afternoon. As a life-long crochete I would love a copy of the book – looks like a great reference and idea-generator.

  18. Ooooooooooo!!! That book looks AWESOME. (pickmepickme)

  19. Wonderful book with beautiful crochet motifs. I would like to be dong what Loki is doing this afternoon.

  20. I knit and crochet and would love to have this book! Knitting is my first love, but crochet is so great for edgings and lacy things. Crochet is much faster than knitting, which is good, but it uses more yarn, which isn’t so good.

  21. paula henderson says:

    I would love a copy of this book. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  22. I love to knit, can crochet also, but would love to win this to give to a friend who is a fabulous crocheter. She make some out of this world doll outfits. Thanks for the offer.

  23. Lucky Loki…it was a good weekend for sleeping…or knitting.

  24. Stephanie H. says:

    I would love a try at these patterns. Thank you for the chance at the win.

  25. Margaret Griffin says:

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  26. What a beautiful book! I’m being pulled back to crochet lately!

  27. The Irish crochet book looks beautiful (and so does Loki, as always…)

  28. Susan Picciano says:

    I’m hooked, love the little dainty stuff!

  29. I learned to crochet with fine threads and tiny hooks. I would love a book with such detail!
    I really do miss having kitties around!
    Jeanie´s last blog post ..Musings on Christmas Eve

  30. I’d love to have the Irish Hooker … um I mean Irish Crochet Motifs… 😉 couldn’t help myself!
    As for Loki…. it’s not easy being flooffy but he sure makes it look easy.

  31. I was just given several balls of crochet cotton…could definitely use a new book to go with them. 🙂

  32. So beautiful!

  33. Crochet was my first love..until I got bitten by the sock knitting bug!
    Would love to have this book to reintroduce me to crochet. Thanks

  34. Irish Crochet is so delicate and beautiful–especially in white. It goes well with Loki.
    Thank you

  35. Beautiful flowers! I would love this book. Thank you:-)

  36. I have wanted to do this for a long time. I have also been looking at purchasing this book.

  37. The Irish motifs are beautiful; I’d love a chance to win them. Loki is beautiful, too, but you’ve already won him. Lucky you!

  38. I desperately want to learn Irish Crochet; it’s all so beautiful!
    Rachelle – Warming Crafts´s last blog post ..Elm Street Socks

  39. Wonderful book! Beautiful knitting Wendy! And Loki is a good example to us all!

  40. Wendy, your cowl is getting more beautiful with each post.

    Seems like this will be the winter to wear it.

    Brrrrrr, Cold

    GerryART´s last blog post ..Two Adult Tickets, Please

  41. I would love a copy of the Irish crochet motifs book… I like the flowers… would look great on some knit wear as an accent.

  42. Kathy Green says:

    What a beautiful book!
    kathyg on Rav

  43. celestine Getty says:

    I would love to win this book. I have always wanted to do irish crochet.

  44. Jackie Wilson says:

    Looks great!!!

  45. I don’t crochet but barely bit I live the
    Irish crochet.

  46. Lynda Schwechtje says:

    Would love this book. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks. Loki looks really healthy and content! Happy Holidays!

  47. This book has been on my wish list! I would love a copy!

  48. The book looks lovely! Thanks so much.

  49. What a beautiful book!

  50. Looks like a wonderful book to perfect some skills! Love the flowers!

  51. Ohhhh, Loki is so beautiful.

  52. Wow!
    What lovely motifs!

  53. Your knitting is fantastic. I love the look of fair isle and stranded colorwork,I only wish I found it fun. That book is quite lovely, too.

  54. The book looks beautiful. Thanks for the chance.

  55. I love Irish crochet! What a beautiful book!

  56. Natalie Doyle-Hennin says:

    Gorgeous cowl, Wendy. What patience you have.

    Love Irish crochet and appreciate the chance to win the book. Meanwhile, I know there’s a beautiful book out there I might want to add to the library one of these days…

    Thanks. Loki is fluffier than ever.

  57. Would love this book!

  58. Would love this book for a crocheting friend. Also have been enjoying your pictures of Loki. I adopted a long-hair male cat and his short-hair sister last year. Your Loki reminds me so much of my Miles.

  59. Carol Brookover says:

    I work in Theatre and have done some trial pieces of Irish crochet. I think I’ll have an opportunity to use it one of these days as appliqués on costumes. I’d love to have this book to use in the future!

  60. What a lovely book. I keep threatening to learn crochet; this looks way beyond a beginner! I do have a dear friend that would get a beautiful gift if I were lucky enough to win. Thanks.

  61. I would love to add this to my library. Thanks to you and the author to gift one of your readers a chance to win it.

  62. pick me please!!! I love that book!

  63. Is it just me, or is Loki getting floofier?

  64. Cindy Lynne says:

    I love Irish crochet, it’s very unique and delicate.

  65. My grandmother, Addah, did beautiful Irish crochet. I’d love to be able to pick up the torch…er, hook, that is.
    Barbara Seiver´s last blog post ..A magnificent cat

  66. The cowl is beautiful, but not as much as Loki. Would really enjoy the Irish crochet book, thanks for the chance to win it.

  67. Beautiful Loki, even when he’s sleeping. The Britta Cowl is going to be one gorgeous wrap for your neck when you finish it but 500 stitches? My goodness!

    Thanks for the chance at the crochet book.

  68. Hi, Wendy,
    It is great that you have been able to go back to work – I know that is mind easing; that you are well again and knitting up a storm with your beautiful cowl.

    Being part Irish on my mother’s side, I have loved Irish Crochet for decades. This book looks much more precise than the patterns I have found before so it really interests me. I would love to be entered in your Random Generator Selection process for this lovely book. Thank you.

    May I ask what Loki is stretched out upon – it looks like a really long red straw and next to him is a kitty coaster??? Thank you for showing us pictures of Loki and your projects. They inspire me, touch my heart and make me smile. He is a love.

    Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas coming up. Do you get a few days off or just Christmas and New Year’s Day? Hopefully with a paid vacation, you can finish your cowl and wear it when you go back to work.

    Thank you for your emails, advice, hints, photos and kindness.


    P.S. – I hope the Generator picks me.

  69. Your Britta Cowl certainly is coming along beautifully. Love it! Might just have to make myself one once I finish my daughters sweater. Loki is beautiful!

  70. I can see why this crochet book caught your eye! The motifs are as amazing as your knits and your Loki ! It would be just as amazing to crochet insertion lace to add to any garment!
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  71. I do crochet, love using the border…and love your cowl, very colorful.

  72. Years ago I crocheted with very fine thread and tiny hooks. This book looks like the perfect guide to revive that interest.
    Love, love, love the cowl.

  73. Yout knitted piece is great and would enjoy being entered in the drawing! Cuddles to your kitty!
    Karol´s last blog post ..Ready for Christmas

  74. I would love to win that book. Loki looks so comfy; it looks he rubbed against all your yarn to get that nice full static look.

  75. Sorry – when I first looked at the picture, I saw Loki, what looks like a drink straw and a coaster. I couldn’t help thinking – he looks like he’s been on a bender!

  76. Although I am now primarily a knitter, I did begin my needlework obsession as a child with crochet. I’d love to add this book to my library.

  77. Please include me in the draw… those motifs are just gorgeous!
    S.´s last blog post ..Irish Crochet Motifs

  78. What beautiful motifs! Thanks for the chance to win!

  79. I’ve been wanting to try Irish Crochet for a while. Winning this book would be an awesome Christmas gift.
    I want to do what Loki is doing.

  80. I too knit more than crochet but I see some bookmarks using the Irish motifs. The designs are inspiring.

  81. Beautiful patterns. Just learning to crochet. The book looks inspiring. Thank you for the giveaway.

  82. Ah, Irish crochet is lovely!! As is that giant ball of fluff called Loki!

  83. This book looks absolutely delightful. Irish crochet is indeed beautiful. This book would really be a treasure for me. I do make doilies all the time and this would give me a great deal of variation to add to what I already do. I hope I get this one. Thank you!

  84. Hi, I’m
    Irish and I crochet!

  85. Jessica Berger says:

    Oh, the crochet looks lovely!

  86. Mildred D. Pettyjohn says:

    I would love to win this book. It reminds me of my grandmother’s crocheting of dainty doilies, edging for hankies, cute little things for the home. Or for a dress. She would starch them also using the old fashion starch to make a paste So that they would be stiff.

  87. That book looks very cool. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.

  88. Might be inspired to actually learn to crochet something other than granny squares! RNG, pick me! Loki looks very comfortable…..

  89. This crochet book makes me miss my grandma.

  90. Liz in Missouri says:

    That looks like a wonderful crochet book – something a little different.
    Love the cowl – looks like it’s coming right along!

  91. Deena Crossett says:

    I love your cowl, the color gradients are so pretty. Love Loki too!

  92. I’ve been fortunate that I have a lovely, older neighbor who helps me learn crochet techniques for my knitting projects. This would be a great book for us to share!

  93. Your cowl is very pretty. I learned to crochet before learning how to knit….thanks for the chance to own this book.

  94. Laraine York says:

    All these lovely crochet books make it hard to focus on my knitting – but what the heck!

  95. Barbara in Santa Barbara says:

    I would love to own this book. Just getting back into crocheting, doing some snowflakes for my tree.

  96. I’d like a shot at this book. Thank you, Wendy!

  97. I crochet as well as knit and would love this book!

  98. Elizabeth H. says:

    I love Irish Crochet, please enter me in the contest. Loki is so pretty!

  99. The crochet is pretty, but like you I do not crochet. What I really want to know is that a coaster of all the cats that have owned you?

  100. I would love to win your copy of this lovely book!