Been on an international kick lately. First Japanese amigurumi, now Russian crochet. The russian sites are interesting, very often they will post the instructions with the finished work. While I can't read russian (even with the help of babelfish, it's a bit on the weird side).. I CAN read crochet diagrams. So this has opened up a whole new world of freebies.
Here's some of the places I've been visiting.
www.melissa.ru (put this into babelfish to figure out where to go..they have patterns on the mainsite without having to go into the forums)
http://forum.knitting-info.ru/index.php?showforum=60 yes, i know it says knitting, but it has lots of binding by the hook also. :)
http://www.ntl.narod.ru/rukodelie/shali/ (GORGEOUS shawls here> the download files won't work.. at least for me they wouldn't, but the pictures load nicely.
some of them I've found have links that only work when they are NOT in babelfish. So the thing to do is to open the page twice, once in Russian and the second time in babelfish.. and then flip back and forth so you can see what you're doing. This works best in a tabbed browser like Firefox.
A couple of clues or things I've learned: Charles is the Russian term for a Shawl. Napkin is a doily.