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 was to make many more oak leaves to adorn the yoke area, and to edge the shortish sleeves (keeping them above the elbows, and out of flames and dirt). The peplum would be extended down to just below knee-length (to keep the white lace out of dust and mud).
By February 2018, the skirt of the robe had been extended to about knee-length, and it was time to think about how to adorn the lower lace panel of the robe. I decided to attempt to crochet in an illustration that represented my personal theology — personifications of the Powers of Nature represented by land, sea, and sky – or the Druid triad of Calas, Gwyar, and Nwyfre (which roughly speaking correspond to the principles of manifestation, transformation, and inspiration) – whom I call Matria, Simurgh, and Dyéus.
The following two images form a continuous band of lace, with the tree at the middle:
And the stitching continues. Watch this space for the ongoing saga!