My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

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. I love irish crochet!

  2. I would love to add crochet edgings to my knitted items! Thanks for the opportunity. Scratches and love to Loki!

  3. Oh my, I haven’t read your blog in awhile. I just finished a bunch of crochet thread motifs! What a lovely book. I quickly read through some other posts and everything is so pretty. Have a great Christmas!

  4. Patti Dmytras says:

    Your cowl looks lovely.
    Please enter my name in the crochet book giveaway. I love working up lace crochet patterns and am pleased to see some Irish crochet patterns being printed now. I love the Dowager Countess Grantham’s Irish crochet coat that she wears in Downton Abbey.

  5. I would LOVE to join Loki! That looks like a perfect way to spend a weekend (although knitting is a close second!) Your cowl is gorgeous!
    Once again, you are so generous! I don’t crochet, but I would love to win that for my daughter-in-law. My son was deployed a few months ago, and she lives 2 hours away. She’s pregnant with her second child, and she is a ball of stress. We try to get up there as often as we can to help out and keep her company, but winter weather sometimes makes that difficult. She loves to crochet and I know she would put that to good use!

  6. I would love to win the book. It’s absolutely beautiful!
    Kalkette´s last blog post ..Don’t Get Cocky

  7. Loki is such a pretty shade of white gray. Almost a pearl shade. I love your updates on him.
    I am still new to crochet, but the book looks divine. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. LaVelle Nott says:

    Loki looks so beautiful. I love looking at him. I hope he is as good a kitty at he looks in his pictures. Stay warm and cozy with him.

  9. Thanks for another chance to win a lovely item! Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  10. Floofy Loki!

  11. I would love to add this book to my library. Thank you for offering it. Merry Christmas!

  12. I have a black version of Loki named Luna who says “meeeooow” to Loki. Love the crochet book! It might inspire me to crochet again and put aside my knitting for a bit. Thanks for offering it to someone lucky! –Diane

  13. I don’t crochet very much but that book inspires me! Thanks for the chance!

  14. Cathy Briggs says:

    I’d love to expand my crochet skills. This looks like it would do it.

  15. This looks like a beautiful book!

  16. Want a beautiful book, I wold love to win it. Thanks so much!

  17. This book would make a great addition to my knitting info to make projects for the one and only little grand daughter. Certainly would add a princes touch for her Irish roots from Nana!!.

  18. Looks like a fantastic book!

  19. should I ever aquire the required intermediate/advanced crocheting skills… smooches to Loki!

  20. Linda G Howell says:

    I started out as a crocheter, but now primarily knit. This book could have me crocheting more!

  21. Beautiful book!! I’ve crocheted longer than I’ve knit. It’s fun to switch up for variety.

  22. I agree with the comments above – the cowl is coming along beautifully, Loki looks as though the cold is not bothering him at all, and the book looks inspiring!

  23. I’m “bi-craftal” and would enjoy adding a book on crochet to my book shelf. .

  24. This looks like a lovely book. Please enter me.

  25. Susan Forman says:

    A new hobby. I would love that!! Thank you

  26. If I’m going to crochet, the lovely delicate stuff is what I choose. This book looks like it would have me lining up crochet projects like mad!

  27. I would love to own this book. Thanks for offering.

  28. Please enter me in the drawing. I crochet a lot but have never tried Irish crochet. It looks lovely! Loki looks very comfy.

  29. Lynne in Florida says:

    Just barely made the deadline! I looooooves me some Irish crochet, have for years, and have been deciphering the auld books on the Antique needlework library, looking for goodies. I wants this book! I really, reeeeeely, wants this book! Please, random generator, pick me!

  30. Seems like a wonderful book with some very detailed patterns. Very nice work.