As a druid who spends a lot of time digging in the dirt and tending plants of various types, my typical mode of dress involves bluejeans and a t-shirt, with a fleece in chilly weather, and gortex when it rains. I have never had formal, “druid robes” of any kind. I had never had any intention of making any. But then, I stumbled upon a delightful pattern for crochet oak leaves:
And when I crocheted the first couple of leaves using this pattern, a spool of Aunt Lydia’s Fashion 3 cotton crochet thread, and a #4 steel hook, I got the following results:
A few weeks later, I stumbled upon a source of equally delightful, solid-brass acorn buttons:
And suddenly, I felt the Awen flowing!
I have been working on a crochet-lace druid robe of my own design, since discovering these bits and bobs in February 2017. The robe design is a top-down crochet pattern I am creating as I work. As I completed the 100th row of lace, this is what it looked like:
I refuse to acknowledge how many rows of lace I had to frog, and rework, to adjust the fit. The pattern is only written down after I have gotten it right.
The plan is to make many more oak leaves to adorn the yoke area, and also to adorn a similar panel at the bottom of the robe. One day, there will be sleeves. And the peplum, which has just been started, will be extended down to knee-ish length, so as to keep the white lace out of the dust and mud.
Watch this space for the ongoing saga!