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The Crochet Do Dads blog offers our ramblings from time to time about our experiences crocheting, our project designs, or about our horses.


Sometimes, we even offer crochet know-how hints and tips, but mostly we ramble.

Bottle Cap Crochet - Cool!

Bottle Cap Crochet - Cool!

Posted Apr 11th, 2017 in pattern book archives

Here I am thinking it is some kind of stitch pattern I have never seen before, when in reality it is comprised of standard stitches that cover metal bottle caps.

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Creative Easter decorating ideas inspired by Pinterest

Creative Easter decorating ideas inspired by Pinterest

Posted Apr 9th, 2017

Fill your home with decorative elements that suggest spring cheer and new life. Simple décor and craft ideas are a great way to get into the spirit of the Easter holiday by yourself or with your kids.

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Craft Ontario has new interim CEO

Craft Ontario has new interim CEO

Posted Mar 19th, 2017 in General

The Board of Directors of Craft Ontario will announce plans for a national search for the next permanent CEO, later in 2017. In the interim, her responsibilities will be assumed by Janna Hiemstra, Curator & Director of Programs as Interim Chief Executive Officer.

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There's a reason I design crochet patterns

There's a reason I design crochet patterns

Posted Dec 29th, 2016 in General

Although as designers, we try to get the instructions as simple and easy to follow as we can, but sometimes we just get it wrong.

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Five amazing facts about cotton you probably didn't know

Five amazing facts about cotton you probably didn't know

Posted Nov 1st, 2016 in General

Cool cotton facts.

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I hated Phentex yarn - Slippers from 1971

I hated Phentex yarn - Slippers from 1971

Posted Oct 30th, 2016 in pattern book archives

Phentex yarn has to be the worst yarn I have ever had the not-so-great pleasure of working with -- thankfully, I didn't too much, but my mother did.

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Who Remembers: Golden Needlecraft Creations

Who Remembers: Golden Needlecraft Creations

Posted Oct 22nd, 2016 in pattern book archives

It was fun, flipping through the pages of these two binders -- again. Many ya- many more nay!

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Tear Motif Crochet Pattern

Tear Motif Crochet Pattern

Posted Oct 3rd, 2016 in Free Crochet Patterns

A free tear motif pattern. Let the creativity begin!

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The First Pattern I Sold 25 years ago

The First Pattern I Sold 25 years ago

Posted Sep 28th, 2016 in General

Thinking I would be rich by selling crochet patterns. Oh, to be so young and naive at the time.

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Who is C. Strohmeyer? A Year of Doilies

Who is C. Strohmeyer? A Year of Doilies

Posted Sep 18th, 2016 in pattern book archives

This pattern book, was published in 1991 by Leisure Arts. Leaflet #2120 A Year of Doilies by C. Strohmeyer, offers 12 designs, one for each month of the year.

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#Stitchitforward October 15th for I Love Yarn Day

#Stitchitforward October 15th for I Love Yarn Day

Posted Sep 10th, 2016

The sixth annual I LOVE YARN DAY will take place Saturday, October 15th and to celebrate the yarn industry will come together for another year of “stitching it forward” and spreading the love of yarn world-wide.

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Crochet circa 1994 - Weekend Crochet

Crochet circa 1994 - Weekend Crochet

Posted Sep 5th, 2016 in pattern book archives

Weekend Crochet 1994 features 65 easy projects with an heirloom look. Toys, sweaters, afghans, and lace.

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Beautiful Fall-coloured Afghan Vintage Pattern Leaflet

Beautiful Fall-coloured Afghan Vintage Pattern Leaflet

Posted Sep 3rd, 2016 in pattern book archives

Since it is Labour Day weekend, which to me signifies the start of comfy, sweater weather, big pots of chili and cozy nights in front of the fire -- this fall coloured afghan is just perfect.

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The Importance of a Gauge Swatch for Crochet

The Importance of a Gauge Swatch for Crochet

Posted Aug 20th, 2016 in crochet know how

I recommend, always following the gauge on the pattern itself. The gauge may be different than the yarn manufacturers' recommended gauge and hook requirements.

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Horse Crazy by Jesse Haas includes 2 of Crochet Do Dads Patterns

Horse Crazy by Jesse Haas includes 2 of Crochet Do Dads Patterns

Posted Aug 16th, 2016

Storey Publishing contacted me and asked if they could publish two of my patterns in this book they were putting together along with author Jessie Haas.

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Some things are just plain ugly

Some things are just plain ugly

Posted Aug 13th, 2016 in pattern book archives

What self-respecting golfer would venture out to the golf course with pompoms on their golf clubs?

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Oh the 'Simplicity' of it all

Oh the 'Simplicity' of it all

Posted Aug 9th, 2016 in pattern book archives

Simplicity got it wrong, when it comes to me and sewing -- there's nothing simple about it. Give me a crochet hook any day!! 1958 Simplicity Sewing Book

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Crochet Hook Conversion Chart

Crochet Hook Conversion Chart

Posted Apr 11th, 2015 in crochet know how

Crochet hook conversion chart by CrochetDoDads.com

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Baby Shower Baby Cloth Gift Set in the works

Baby Shower Baby Cloth Gift Set in the works

Posted Apr 3rd, 2015 in General

If you crochet, you love to give your handy work as gifts especially for baby showers. You will love this baby cloth pattern set once I have it done.

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Revisiting - Happy Hooker Crochet with Debbie Stoller

Revisiting - Happy Hooker Crochet with Debbie Stoller

Posted Mar 29th, 2015 in General

I have quite the collection of crochet pattern books, magazines and trinkets. One of them - 'The Happy Hooker - Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet' by Debbie Stoller.

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It's done - Crocheted Hooded Cowl

It's done - Crocheted Hooded Cowl

Posted Mar 1st, 2015

With February having the coldest temperatures since 1937 in Ontario, this project was needed to keep our head warm and wind from our face. Now that March is here, my crochet hooded cowl is finally finished.

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What we're working on

What we're working on

Posted Feb 1st, 2015 in General

Creating new crochet pattern designs for Crochet Do Dads is always fun and relaxing.

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Welcome to Our New Website!

Welcome to Our New Website!

Posted Feb 1st, 2015 in General

The Crochet Do Dads website is now live! The relaunch of the website offers you an easy buying experience for all your equine crochet patterns.

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