Friday, September 21, 2012

In-tricky-ate crochet for Brain Health

This is my first attempt at an open work lace pattern crochet from this old well read book I inherited from my Mum.

I’m crocheting in fine yellow cashmere.Can you believe it has taken almost THIS many rows before I could FINALLY do it without referring to the book? I find the complexity of the pattern very therapeutic. It takes concentration and that in itself is meditative.It's good for the gaskets.

Dementia Awareness Week  starts today, with World Alzheimer's Day. The theme is Brain health - Making the connections. So I'm going to challenge my brain and try a new complex crochet pattern  (complex for me anyway!) each day.

Join in! What do you do to keep your brain active?

Here's today's pattern for Day 1:

Openwork stitch:

uses a multiple of 7+2

row 1: 2 ch *, 3 ch, miss 2 sts, 1 dc, 3 ch, miss 2 sts* Finish row with 2

row 2: 2 ch, * 2, 3 ch, 1 dc in dc, 3 ch, 1 dc in same dc, 3 ch* Finish row with 2

row 3: 1 ch, 1 dc in each of previous row, *1 dc in 3 ch space, 5 ch, 1 dc in next ch space, 1 dc in each 2*

row 4: 1ch, * 2 dc, miss 1 st, 7dc in 5 ch space, miss 1 st* Finish row with 2 dc

row 5: 2 ch *2, 3 ch, miss 3 sts, 1 dc, 3 ch, miss 3 sts, * Finish row with 2



  1. Whoa, I can't sew a stitch, let alone crochet a stitch. But I LOVE cashmere and this is fun to watch! The instructions look like the "lyrics" to a rap song to me. My kids could probably perform it. I read to keep my brain healthy! I also garden. Look out for the Keep Your Brain Healthy pothole garden I'm creating with my daughters... we'll keep you posted.

  2. my husband saw me typing a crochet pattern and asked me if I were a spy - he thought it was code. It COULD be a brilliant way of coding messages...if I were a spy that is...which I'm not. It a pothole garden a way to prevent your brain getting potholes? mine is full of potholes...

  3. This is such a pretty pattern. I want to try it as soon as I get home to my yarn. I wonder how it would look in a scarf or afghan... Thanks for sharing.