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

By jd wolfe


10 Comments so far

  1. Kae on May 2, 2011 6:56 am

    I would like to learn more about Irish crochet lace. Thanks for the review.

  2. turtle on May 2, 2011 10:24 am

    very cool!

  3. Taryn on May 2, 2011 11:32 am

    Oooohhhh!!!! I can’t wait to give this a try. (Like I don’t have enough projects to keep me busy for the next hundred years. LOL)

  4. Kathryn A White on May 3, 2011 9:05 am

    Thank you for the lovely reveiw of my book. You definitely made me blush. Irish crochet has always been one of my passions and this book was a joy to do for me.

  5. Ann Turner on July 9, 2011 6:26 am

    I originally learned to crochet from my great grandmother, who inly worked in this style and was still doing it into her late 80s, completing her last bedspread in her 90th year, though by then she was long off the 0000 hooks and thinnest lace yarn. I still have a couple of bedspreads, which have “grown” from a generous twin to Queen size.
    She also taught me to knit, and that wool is for knits, cotton for lace and never the reverse. :-)

  6. ????? ?????? on February 13, 2012 2:27 am

    Thank you for the lovely reveiw of my book. You definitely made me blush. Irish crochet has always been one of my passions and this book was a joy to do for me.

  7. Judy on March 3, 2012 9:57 pm

    I was looking at the instructions for the shawl and came across a “padded ring”. What is a mini fine point marker? I’ve searched the web and couldn’t find anything on it. Where can I find it or what could be used as a substitute?
    Love your designs.

  8. jd wolfe on March 3, 2012 11:11 pm

    A mini fine point marker is one like a Sharpie with a fine point. This is a current book, so the products list in it should be readily available.

  9. Linda Wysocki on September 6, 2012 4:47 pm

    I can’t get started after reading the beginning instructions for the April Morn Shawl. I can’t find a mini fine-point marker as stated to make the padding-cord ring. I have showed the directions to many crocheters and no one knows how to get started either. Is there anything on youtube I could watch. Help.

  10. jd wolfe on September 7, 2012 7:32 pm

    Sorry I can’t help you with this one. Hope someone else will have a solution for you.

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