Bavarian Crochet-Vest


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Two weeks ago, I catched a cold. The nasty kind, that keeps you in bed for weeks. But it also gave me the opportunity, to learn a crochet-pattern, I wanted to master for long,  but never had the time: Bavarian Crochet.

It´s not easy to learn something new, when your brain feels like a huge marshmallow, but after a few failures, I got it and made a little wrap-vest.

It´s said, the pattern was brought to America by two women, mother and daughter, immigrants  from Bavaria.  But is this true? Or just another fairy-tale?

The funny thing is, no one in Bavaria seems to know the pattern. (Acctually nobody in the whole Germany seems to know it!)

The few people over here, who use the pattern, all got it from the web or American crochet books! (Like me.)

That may be an evidence, that the story isn´t true- But it´s no proof!

Because many vintage patterns for crochet, knitting and needlework were brought to America by European immigrants and survived there, but were forgotten in their origin countrys. And of course, the pattern would have had a different Bavarian Name.

And there ist another possibility: Maybe mother and daughter (if they ever existed!) invented the pattern theirselves. Or it had been used in only a small area in Bavaria, perhaps just one remote village…..?

You see, things are seldeom, what they appear to be…..There is always something behind!  And it´s much more fun, to think about such things, while lying in bed with a chill, than starring at the ceiling or watch flys on the wall!


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Sitting in the evening on a chair at a warm fire and watching the flames, while outside the snow ist falling, is not only relaxing, but also inspiring.

I had the idea, to crochet a shawl in a dynamic pattern and the colors of the fire.

I found the right pattern on Sarah Londons website

It´s called “apache tears” and you can get the pattern on this website for free.

Yes, it looks stunning and very complicated, but in fact it´s a very simple pattern and even good for beginners, who just “took up the hook”.


Scrap-gifts and decorations for Christmas










Last week someone reminded me, I had planed to make some little doodads for Christmas. And guess what? I HAD forgotten! I was so busy with other things, that I don´t even remembered. But time flies and I needed the doodads. So the sewing machine had to run and the crochet hook had to fly! But I made it at least!

I had the idea with the Christmas-trees, when I saw some tree-shaped cookies. I made a simple pattern from cardboard and began to sew.  I made lots of gift-bags for cookies and other small gifts, gift-tags and tree decoration from vintage and new fabrics and crocheted also a few collars and shawls.

The design for the little pineapple-collar isn´t mine. It belongs to Mayumi Kawai. You can find it in the book  “Dentelles elegantes au crochet”. (Elegant crochet lace)  Sadly, there is no english version. Only french and japanese, but the pictures and instructions are very good, so you can get along without foreign language competence.

And some of the projects in this book are so pretty, I will enjoy myself reworking them!

I had the idea to make a long version of the small collar and create a real scarf. You can see on the picture, what appeared…

Now I´m better prepared for Christmas and my rag-box is not overfull anymore.

Some things need time

WP_20151008_12_25_29_Pro WP_20151008_12_25_46_Pro__highresI ran out of yarn in the middle of this sweater. It was impossible to get some new skeins, all out of stock. So I had to wait two years, until I got something matching in a sale. I use only natural fibers, no sythetics,  which made the task not easier.  But now it´s one of my favourite sweaters.

When the leaves fall…

When the leaves change their colors and the shrubbery is full of berrys, comes the time to crochet a jacket in matching autumn colors. I took some new wool, part of it dyed with plants and crochet in simple linen-stitch.




Another Poncho

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Autumn  crochet-poncho. The design for the square in the back isn´t mine. It belongs to Dedri Uys, a gifted crocheter. You can find the free pattern for the “prince protea square” on her website

I combined the square with linen-stitch in various Colors. The yarn is simple Cotton.

Autumn Days

WP_20150929_15_39_25_ProWhen the leaves change their color, it´s time for a nice, warm crochet cardigan.

This one is made of banana fiber and recycled sari silk in tunesian crochet. The fiber is a bit heavy, but surprisingly warm.  WP_20150929_15_39_37_Pro