I know, it's hardly the usual thing I post, but I'm so proud to have crocheted my first beaded milk jug and sugar bowl covers, not to mention followed my first crochet patterns (considering all those abbreviations, that's no mean feat!).
After days of fruitless Googling, I got so frustrated with finding only two patterns — which were too difficult for a beginner anyway — that I took my friend Deb's advice and adapted and added glass pony beads to two simple doily patterns.
I do love hand-worked items from my grand mother's era, but patterns for "old-fashioned" items are so hard to come by. It seems they reside mostly now in little old ladies' heads, which makes their longevity fragile. For this reason, I've started scouring op-shops for tea cosy, slipper and bed jacket patterns. As a bonus, the hand-coloured photography in these is simply delightful.
Let me say a special "thank you" to Deb, who has been my wonderful crochet teacher for the last six-months. I should probably add that Rose Pirrone designed the original patterns I used, which featured in issue 62 of Hooked on Crochet magazine, published in 1997.