Annie’s Attic is the latest entry into the field of Irish Crochet. This small, attractive book contains some really lovely patterns, familiar to those who are fans of the very traditional Irish Crochet.
How is Irish Crochet different from other forms of crochet? Well, at least one difference in the earliest forms of what we have come to call Irish Crochet Lace (dating from the Potato Famine of the Nineteenth Century) is the creation of the motifs separate from the backing fabric to which they are then joined. This technique adds a lot of depth and dimension to the motifs which are typically crocheted using very fine thread.
Updated versions of Irish Crochet abound. Translating the motifs and technique into thicker thread and yarn makes the techniques easier for many of us. In this book, the focus is on modern iterations of very old patterns, like the beautiful Irish Rose Doily featured on the cover. Other patterns include the famous Irish Trefoil which is interpreted in several ways – in the shawl and in a Trefoil Doily.
My favorite project in this book is the smallest – the combs and necklace – which would be absolutely stunning on any bride! Overall, there are eight different patterns, including a ringbearer pillow. In addition, there is a stitch guide and a handy Metric Conversion Chart.
Irish Crochet, designs by Kathryn White
Annies’s Attic Book # 871106 (DRG Publishing), 2011
48 pages, slick paper stock, oversized paperback
List Price $9.95 USD