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Dora Ohrenstein


Dora Ohrenstein is a leading crochet designer, author and teacher. Her books include the upcoming The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workbook (Storey), The New Tunisian Crochet (Interweave, 2013), Custom Crocheted Sweaters (Lark, 2012), the first in-depth book on sweater construction and alteration for crocheters, Creating Crochet Fabric (Lark, 2010), and Crochet Insider's Passion for Fashion (Leisure Arts, 2009). Dora's chic and innovative designs appear regularly in Interweave Crochet, Crochet!, Vogue Knitting Crochet, and Crochet Today magazines. She is Co-Editor of Annies.com widely read Talking Crochet column, and has written for various other publications about crochet history, international traditions, and techniques. Dora is the founder and editor of Crochet Insider, an online magazine that has won the Flamie Award three times. She is also a professional singer and voice teacher.

Projects by Dora Ohrenstein


Vanilla Chai Cowl

This cowl features an unusual and eye-catching two-row stitch: a shell made on an angle dotted with puffs. It’s dimensional, lacy, and it’s one of those stitches that looks harder than it is. Plus, it feels and looks luxurious around the neck!

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Watercolor Tunic

This versatile top is made with basic stitches. Wear it with your favorite maxi skirt or crochet a few more rounds to wear it with leggings in the summer.

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Floral Stardust Wrap

Lacy motifs make a romantic statement in this one-skein wrap. Motifs of different sizes create a wrap that hugs the shoulders and gives ample room for the upper arms. The floral motifs are connected by eight-pointed stars while open joins create lovely fluidity in the fabric.

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Spring Potpourri Cowl

This springtime potpourri cowl uses a pretty cable-like stitch and is a great project for using scrap yarns. This cowl can easily be made longer as needed, whether you want it to hang loosely around the neck or want something to wrap double for more warmth.

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Berry Cobbler Hat and Mitten Set

Accessorize your outerwear with the Berry Cobbler Hat and Mitten set! This pattern set, worked up in bright jewel tones, showcases an interesting checkerboard pattern along both the hat and the mittens, making for a unique and stylish accessory.

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Poinsettia Throw

Vivid red poinsettia motifs are framed in white and green while a pretty little join resembling a snowflake fills in the holes between motifs in this festive holiday throw. This intricate pattern makes a fun holiday decoration for any couch or chair this Christmas season.

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Arched Shells Vest

This bright vest is mostly worked in one piece and features a repeating pattern of shell stitches to form the uniquely textured Arched Shells Vest. Wear this over a solid neutral button-up for a festive and formal look for any holiday gathering.

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Deep Cut Moss Vest

This modern take on an older classic features a deep V-neck and armholes for a relaxed fit that can accommodate a variety of underlying layers. Perfect as a tank top cover-up, this chic vest also works well over long sleeve tops as a seasonal transition piece.

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Demystifying Crossed Cables

Crossed cables appear very frequently in knitting, but luckily there is a way to replicate the stitches and have them appear in your crochet work. All you’ll need for this technique is a very flexible yarn, since you’ll be moving it to get under and around stitches, knowledge of the front post and back post

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Mustard Seed Fingerless Gloves

Spice up your winter look with a pair of crossed cables fingerless mitts. The mustard yarn and classic decorative buttons add style to this classic set of gloves. Small modifications to the pattern are all you need to make these longer for a more demure look.

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