Top 10 Crochet Gifts for Mother's Day

Apr 26, 2010

In my mother's drawer of cherished Mother's Day presents are several tissue-paper-and-pipe-cleaner roses and too many sets of napkin holders cunningly crafted from spent toilet-tissue rolls. Also in there are little crocheted doodads, flower pins and little hearts.

Moms love things their kids make. It's something of a miracle, really, that moms can make people who make things. You know?

Here are our Top 10 Things to Crochet for Mom. Some are designed for moms who crochet, in case you have one of those. (My mother is a crocheter, having churned out miles of ripple afghans. She would crochet a mile or so, find some itty-bitty flaw, and rip out half a mile of crochet to suss out the error. Then she'd crochet it again. She used sturdy yarn.) And if your Mom doesn't crochet, it's never to late to teach her. And she'll probably appreciate the time together as much as the learning.

Filet Crochet Frame Toni Rexroat

Filet Crochet Frame Toni Rexroat

Interweave Crochet Spring 2010

This spiffy filet crochet frame is perfect for framing a picture of you and mom. It works up quickly and you can have it in Mom's hands on Mother's Day.

Buttercup Bag by Heather West  

Buttercup Bag by Heather West

Interweave Crochet Spring 2010

Ever since Mom started hauling around diaper bags full of things to keep kids entertained, she just can't have enough bags. Even if the little ones are now big, she'll find a reason to use this cheery bag.

Five Peaks Shawl by Vashti Braha  

Five Peaks Shawl by Vashti Braha

Interweave Crochet Spring 2010

This shawl is an excellent introduction to Tunisian crochet. If you haven't done Tunisian before, you'll find that the first six rows require some attention. After that, it's easy-peasy. You and your mother could learn Tunisian crochet together as you work on tandem shawls. And the brilliance of this shawl is that it's designed to hug the shoulders; Moms like things that are both lovely and sensible.

Off the Grid Scarf by Marilyn Murphy  

Off the Grid Scarf by Marilyn Murphy

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This is a stylish scarf for a stylish Mom. Make it in a color that makes your Mom smile -- then she'll reach for it again and again to add a dash of elegance to any outfit.

Chloe and Clarity Cardigans by Doris Chan  

Chloe and Clarity Cardigans by Doris Chan

Interweave Crochet Spring 2010

This sweet duo lets mom and daughter dress up without being all matchy-matchy. Doris Chan clever styled the cardigans so they are similar, but the mom cardigan has more shaping and longer sleeves. The Clarity daughter version has less shaping and shorter sleeves with a ruffled edge.

BTW, several of you have rightly pointed out that Clarity would be more sensibly styled on a girl. And, indeed, it is sized for a *** or tween girl. But we had a real, live mother-and-daughter duo on site, so we couldn't resist styling them together. Call us sentimental. (And they did have a lot of fun during the photo shoot!)

Kristy Cardigan Dora Ohrenstein  

Kristy Cardigan by Dora Ohrenstein

Interweave Crochet Spring 2010

OK, fact is this cardigan is for you. Because it makes Mom happy when you dress up and look pretty. Right?

Chain Reaction Afghan Project  

Your Own Design

Chain Reaction Afghan Project

Make Mom proud by designing your own square to enter in the Chain Reaction Afghan Project contest. You can design it in honor of Mom, if you want. Download the free eBook of patterns here.

Flora Baby Headband by Ellen Gormley  

Flora Baby Headband by Ellen Gormley

Interweave Crochet Spring 2010

If, by chance, you are about to transform your mother into a grandmother, you could give her the pattern for this sweet baby headband, along with some yarn, to make for her upcoming grandbaby. Or make it for a new mother you know.

Bella Dress by April Garwood  

Bella Dress by April Garwood

Interweave Crochet Spring 2010

This sweet dress is sized from 3 months to 3 toddler, so it's just right for a mom celebrating her first Mother's Day with a new baby, or maybe with an adopted child who's a bit larger than baby-size. And yes, you can make it in two weeks!

 

A Lovely Lacy Something  

A Lovely Lacy Something

Interweave Crochet Summer 2010

OK, you can't make this for Mom yet—it's from the Summer 2010 issue. But If you get her a subscription to Interweave Crochet, the pattern will arrive on her doorstep and she can get started as soon as it arrives. Or, if for some reason, Interweave Crochet isn't arriving on your own doorstep, sign up now so you can make this for Mom for next year.

Mom loves it when you plan ahead.

Any of these projects is sure to make Mom smile. And, unlike those toilet-tissue napkin holders, she'll want to put these to use right away.

Crochet-Along update: Last week, we introduced our very first Crochet-Along. The contenders are the Ocean Pearls Cardigan by Julia Vaconsin, the Malabrigo Top by Julia Vaconsin and the Beach Sarong by Ellen Gormley. More than 1,250 of you cast your vote, and the winner with 52% of the votes (drumroll, please) is the Ocean Pearls Cardigan!

Check out the Crochet-Along Forum for information about getting started, as well as a schedule for crocheting. I'll also include tips on selecting yarn and figuring out gauge.

Anyone can join in, so come on over and make a sweater.

See you there!

Best,


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clairethere wrote
on Apr 26, 2010 9:28 PM

That lacy shawl looks wonderful! Can't wait to see more of the Summer 2010 issue. :)

Lady_g327 wrote
on Apr 27, 2010 12:55 PM

The Bella Dress is to cute I like it ....

Dobermom wrote
on Apr 28, 2010 6:43 AM

Love the lace shawl from the summer issue!  Is there any info available on how much yarn is needed?

Dobermom wrote
on Apr 28, 2010 6:44 AM

Love the lace shawl from the summer issue!  Is there any info available on how much yarn is needed?

Dobermom wrote
on Apr 28, 2010 6:45 AM

The lacy shawl is beautiful.  Is there any information yet on how much yarn is needed?

DonnaP wrote
on Apr 28, 2010 7:53 AM

I went home last night and looked for the picture frame in my Spring 2010 Interweave Crochet but could not find it. What page is it on?

Marcy Smith wrote
on Apr 28, 2010 1:35 PM

Hi DonnaP,

The picture frame is the "Fast & Fabulous" feature. It's on page 35.

Dobermom: About 1400 yards of laceweight.

Happy crocheting!

Marcy

Dobermom wrote
on Apr 28, 2010 9:20 PM

Thank you, Marcy!  (Sorry for the multiple postings, it didn't look like it updated!)

DonnaP wrote
on Apr 29, 2010 9:20 AM

Thanks for the response about the page for the frame. I finally found it while looking at the previous pattern in the magazine. Two pages were stuck together, and I had missed it every other time.