I think one of the most soothing things to make is a blanket. There’s just something about working on a larger project that isn’t overly complicated that is so very satisfying. Getting in the groove of a pattern that you’ve memorized, working for hours almost mindlessly creating a beautiful cozy item that is going to wrap someone you love in warmth and comfort is such a lovely experience! I’m really drawn to simple stitch patterns in neutral colours, so you’ll probably get a sense for my design sensibility through the patterns that I’ve collected for you here today.
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The Winchester Knit Throw Blanket Pattern is a simple seed stitch knit blanket. Made of just knits and purls, this would be a great project for a new knitter. It’s a great pattern to get plenty of practice switching between knits and purls. It would make a lovely throw for your living room couch or a sweet little baby blanket for an anticipated little one! This blanket will knit up quickly as it’s designed with a super bulky weight yarn!
I love the simple stylish drape of this Reversible Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern. Reversible blanket patterns are great to throw on living room couches because they’re quick and easy to fold up and are never backwards. I love te subtle geometric stitch pattern that forms this gorgeous afghan. So classy!
This Diamond Bobble Knit Blanket Pattern is totally on-trend with thick textured bobbles forming a trendy diamond pattern. Kids and adults alike enjoy playing with the soft bobbles and it would make a stylish addition to any room!
The Seedling Knit Baby Blanket Pattern is really similar to the Winchester throw, but with a garter stitch border and it’s made with worsted weight yarn instead of super bulky weight yarn, so you can use up that worsted weight stash you’ve got kicking around!
The Chunky Oversized Cable Knit Blanket Pattern is a beautiful stylish throw blanket pattern that would be a fun project to cozy up with all winter! Working under the lovely weight and size of this blanket would be so warm and comforting! Just imagine when it’s done! You’ll be able to practice following a cable-knit pattern, so I think this might make the perfect first cable-knit project for a knitter.
Of course, not to leave our the crocheters, there are many fantastic blanket patterns for crocheters, including the Seedling Stitch Crochet Blanket Pattern. It’s a lovely, simple textured crochet blanket and the pattern comes in 12 sizes! So you can make whatever size you like!
This fun blanket is definitely a little more colourful than the others, but I couldn’t help being drawn to this Crochet Lego Blanket Pattern. I know that plenty of crocheters are looking for blanket patterns for kids, and it can be especially difficult to find patterns that crocheters think will appeal to boys. This fun lego inspired pattern is sure to delight any lego-lover!
I love the sweet little hearts on this Heart Blanket Crochet Afghan Pattern. The hexagon shapes stitched together to form a lovely throw blanket that would be gorgeous in different shades of pink like shown here, or more subtly in a solid colour, which would allow the texture of the heart motifs to shine!
With Easter coming up, it’s the perfect time to start working on a fun Bunny Parade Blanket Crochet Pattern. This would make a delightful little baby shower gift for a spring baby or a sweet Easter gift for a young child. I love the little pompoms on the corner of this cute blanket.
For a little boho-chic in your living room, try making one of these Anthropologie-Inspired Blanket Crochet Patterns. All the different textures of yarns and fun stitches in this blanket add subtle interest to this neutral striped blanket. What colours would you choose for a blanket like this?
This little Baby Nubbie Crochet Blanket Pattern looks so cozy! Made with a super-soft chunky chenille blanket yarn, this would be the perfect blanket to snuggle up your little one in! There’s just something about that bobble stitch that adds such a luxurious texture, I can’t get enough of it!
Back to a little more subtlety, the Diagonal Diamonds Basket Weave Crochet Throw Blanket Pattern is a lovely textured crochet pattern that would work as a baby blanket or a throw in any living room or family room. When it gets chilly in our house, we all cozy up under throw blankets and keep warm that way.
And back to the bobbles. They’re just so fun! The Gretchen Afghan Crochet Pattern is a perfected puffed and playful blanket that anyone would be sure to love. Perfect for babies and adults alike, it would work just about anywhere. Made in white, it looks like a pile of clouds!
This Bobble Throw Crochet Pattern has a bobble stripe with a lovely textured stripe throughout it… and maybe it was just this lovely mustard colour that I love, but ooooh, the honeycomb feels! This blanket would look fantastic in our sitting room now with our pops of mustard!
And finally, this lovely textured Wintertide Throw Blanket Crochet Pattern has a multitude of crochet stitches to form some interesting textured stripes for fingers to explore. The tassels give it a modern boho feel, which is so on-trend. It is definitely time for you to pick up this pattern and get making a fabulous throw blanket!
So go pick yourself up a pattern and an armful of yarn and set yourself up to Knitflix for a while to make one of these lovely blankets! Or pin it for later so you don’t forget and you can entice your friends and family with your project list (warning: you may get requests!).
A lot of knitters and crocheters are people who have men in their lives that they love to make things for. But many of us are attracted to fun pompoms, complicated stitch patterns, and slouchy hats that the dudes in our lives would just not be into. And I’m guilty of this, too. So if you’re looking for some simple, manly hat patterns, you’ve come to the right place. And most of these are crochet! I often lean towards knitting patterns when knitting for men because the fabric ends up being thinner, which is what Mr Evangelist prefers, so I know what a challenge it can be for crocheters to find a good men’s hat pattern. But there are plenty included here! Check them out and try one today!
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Who says men’s hats have to be plain? This textured Arrowhead Beanie Hat Crochet Pattern is a great example of a manly hat pattern with a lovely stitch pattern. This pattern comes in 6 sizes, from baby to adult large, so you can make one for the whole family! Add a pompom if you like and it’s a stylish hat for anyone! CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ARROWHEAD BEANIE PATTERN.
And who says men and boys can’t wear a slouchy hat? Check out this lovely Portland Slouchy Hat and Cowl Set Crochet Pattern. It mimics a knit seed stitch and has a lovely slight slouch to it. It comes in 5 sizes from 6 months to adult, so again, you can make this set for anyone in the family! CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE PORTLAND SLOUCHY HAT AND COWL SET CROCHET PATTERN.
If you’re a new crocheter, The Perfect Slouch and Ribbed Scarf Crochet Pattern Set might just be more your speed. This simple hat is perfect for a beginner as it’s an easy to follow pattern with plenty of helpful photos. It requires only basic crochet skills and materials and is worked seamlessly in the round. CLICK HERE FOR THE PERFECT SLOUCH AND RIBBED SCARF CROCHET PATTERN SET.
The Brighton Beanie Crochet Hat Pattern in 6 Sizes is another lovely crochet hat pattern that has a textured stitch pattern and is totally family-friendly! It has some optional add-ons such as flowers if that’s your thing (perfect for little girls) and also looks great with a faux fur pompom! CLICK HERE FOR THE BRIGHTON BEANIE CROCHET HAT PATTERN.
Who says men’s hat patterns have to be solid colours? The Big Bay Beanie Crochet Pattern is a great multi-coloured pattern worked up with chunky weight yarn in 5 colours and it’s simple enough for a beginner/advanced beginner. I believe this pattern is also available for free on the designer’s blog, but for just a few bucks you can grab an easy-to-read, printable pdf pattern: CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE BIG BAY BEANIE CROCHET PATTERN.
Simple hats like the Basic Knit Beanie for Men and Boys Knitting Pattern is the kind of pattern I usually make for Mr Evangelist. He’s already got a pretty big head, so he doesn’t want to add the bulk of a thick and chunky hat to it. Also, while he’s trying to stay warm, sometimes those chunky hats make him too hot. He’s already pretty hot (woot woot!) so we don’t want to overdo it. 😉 The decreases on this knit hat pattern make a lovely swirled crown that sits nice and flat on the head. It’s a great guide to learning decreases. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE BASIC KNIT BEANIE FOR MEN AND BOYS KNITTING PATTERN.
For a slightly textured ribbed crochet hat pattern, check out this Men’s Slouchy Knit-Look Crochet Hat Pattern. I love that it’s not super slouchy. That’s just the right amount of slouch for the men that I know. This is an intermediate crochet pattern in two adult sizes. It uses worsted weight yarn, so it’s a lovely project for some of that worsted weight yarn you have in your stash. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE MEN’S SLOUCHY KNIT-LOOK CROCHET HAT PATTERN.
The Fisherman’s Cap Crochet Beanie Pattern is such a classic pattern that you can’t miss out on it. It’s a perfect beginner pattern made with basic stitches, so if you’re just learning, this pattern is for you! CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FISHERMAN’S CAP CROCHET BEANIE PATTERN.
The Ribbed Wonder Crochet Hat Pattern is another super easy beginner crochet pattern for a classic simple crochet hat using chunky weight yarn. This works up quickly to make a timeless hat that the man in your life will love. I believe this pattern is also available for free on the designer’s blog, but I love to have a pattern I can print out, take with me and mark up as I go. For just a few bucks, it’s absolutely worth it! CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE RIBBED WONDER CROCHET HAT PATTERN.
The Ripple Hat Crochet Pattern is simple to follow and comes in 4 sizes using under 100 grams of worsted weight yarn and a size H (5 mm) crochet hook. The lovely texture on this pattern makes a great unisex pattern that men, boys and women and girls will all love! CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE RIPPLE HAT CROCHET PATTERN.
This Reversible Knit-Look Beanie Crochet Pattern in 6 Sizes is another hat that Mr Evangelist would be a fan of. So if you’re looking for something streamlined and simple for the man in your life, that looks store-bought, this crochet pattern is for you! I love the look of it and it really does look knit, don’t you think!? And it’s completely reversible! How cool is that?! CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE REVERSIBLE KNIT-LOOK BEANIE PATTERN.
Maybe you’re not looking for a beanie pattern, but something with a little more flair? Or perhaps for a costume? The Fedora Crochet Pattern in 9 sizes is a super fun summer hat pattern comes in 9 sizes so you could make one for a newborn (!HOW CUTE WOULD THAT BE?!) and your grandpa. So fun. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FEDORA CROCHET PATTERN.
Or maybe you need a Newsies kind of a hat? The Belmont Scally Cap Newsboys Hat Pattern is a classic 1920’s hat pattern so that you can join in with the Peaky Blinders style. It also includes a bonus size for an 18″ doll! How cute would that be?! CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE BELMONT SCALLY CAP NEWSBOYS HAT PATTERN.
Of course, if you’re really looking for a costume hat or a fun pattern for a little boy, this Knight Helmet Crochet Hat Pattern is a ton of fun. For those of us in cold climates, Halloween can be unpredictable, but it is usually chilly here, so a warm hat to wear out trick-or-treating is a great idea. And many little boys like to play pretend year-round, so a fun hat like this knight helmet can be made for Halloween and worn all winter long! CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE KNIGHT HELMET CROCHET HAT PATTERN.
The Lael Viking Hat Crochet Pattern is another great hat that can be used as a costume or simply a fun hat to keep your little one’s head warm. It comes in three sizes, but it makes a stretchy hat that can be worn by multiple head sizes. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE LAEL VIKING HAT CROCHET PATTERN.
I know I usually focus on knit and crochet patterns in this blog, but I came across this Leather Bowler Hat Pattern and Video Tutorial and thought it was so cool that I had to share it with you all. So, whether you’re into steampunk or just leather crafting or just have a general appreciation for handmade hats, this cool pattern is for you. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE LEATHER BOWLER HAT PATTERN AND VIDEO TUTORIAL.
Which of these awesome men’s hat patterns will you pick up and start making today? They’re pretty awesome, so don’t forget to Pin it for later.
Amigurumi is one of my favourite things to make to give as a gift! It’s so fun to be able to make your own stuffed animals. And the great thing about mini amigurumi is that the projects come together pretty quickly! And my kids love them! While they can be a little bit finicky if you’re working with fine yarn, the stitch count is lower so you can have a small toy made in a few hours or so. If you want a special handmade gift for the love in your life, check out one of these adorable patterns. You still have plenty of time to whip some up for Valentine’s day!
This Shihtzu puppy is absolutely adorable! We don’t have any pets in our house, but my kids love the idea of one. I think they like the stuffed dogs even more, though. Because as much fun as real dogs are to play with, they also do other things that my kids don’t like as much. And frankly, I’m happier with stuffed dogs as well. This little Shihtzu is just our speed.
And of course, you have to have a Kitty amigurumi. This sweet little kitty is so adorable and fits in the palm of your hand. One of the best things about an amigurumi kitty is it stays a kitten forever. It’s always cute and it never poops in your garden.
Speaking of gardens, as much as I know that bees are good for my garden, they kind of terrify me a little bit in real life. But not Barry the Bee! This little toy stands just 8 inches tall and has a cute little flower. With bright yellow and black stripes, this little doll is sure to add a pop of colour to any kids room.
Maybe Easter is on your mind. You can get making this Elendan Bunny amigurumi pattern to have an adorable little bunny rabbit for an Easter gift. I love the brushed yarn for the fur, which makes such a realistic-looking stuffed animal!
Of course, Baby Alien Amigurumi has been taking the internet by storm. Here’s an adorable little pattern to make your own tiny Baby Yoda crochet doll. All this little guy needs is a mug of broth to complete the look!
For a winter-themed gift, this Little Penguin amigurumi makes a cute little keychain or tiny toy to enjoy for little hands because it works up to be about 8 cm tall. So just a little guy!
The Valentine Minis Set is a cute set of Valentine’s-themed patterns that includes a little cupid doll, a little perfume doll, a little teddy bear doll and a little chocolate bar doll. A lovely little set to make for your valentine this year!
If you’re looking for a quick last-minute gift for a bookworm in your life, you can whip up one of these Simple Fox Bookmarks in almost no time! Fun bookmarks like these are eye-catching and hard to miss where you left off in your book!
This Little Tiger toy crochet pattern is a lovely little pattern to make for the jungle-loving kid in your life. He looks a little like Daniel Tiger, so if your loved one is a fan of that show, this is a great little pattern to make for him or her.
Or a super adorable Miniature bear amigurumi crochet pattern! How cute is this little guy?! You could easily personalize him by whipping up a quick scarf or hat! How sweet is he? I just love these amigurumi dolls that fit in the palm of your hand!
If you’re looking for something a little bit different this Amigurumi Seahorse might just be what you’re looking for! Such a sweet little stuffed seahorse makes a unique toy or keychain or zipper pull.
Or maybe your preferred sea creature is a crab! This Crochet crab pattern is adorable, cartoony stuffed animal pattern that is sure to amuse and delight its recipient and anyone who sees it! It’s just 11 cm/4.3 inches long, so you can take this little crab with you anywhere!
If you’re prepping for Easter, you can make an Easter Minis Set, which includes a pattern for Mr Chicken, Mr Bunny, Mr Easter Cake and Mrs Angel. A great set to celebrate the upcoming Easter holiday! And you have plenty of time to get making!
I can’t get over how cute this Roly the Hedgehog amigurumi pattern is! This well-written pattern includes 9 pages of written instructions and more than 60 step-by-step photos to guide you along to make this adorable stuffed toy!
I think this Pug amigurumi pattern is definitely one of my favourites. I made one for my son a couple of years ago and he LOVED it. So cute and quick, this pattern is super fun and a delightful last-minute handmade gift idea!
Check out one of these adorable patterns today, and use up some of your stash on one of these sweet tiny amigurumi toys! Or pin it for later to show your friends!
With all the knitting I’ve been doing lately, I think it’s time to bring back some crochet patterns for this week’s pattern round up. Crocheting hats is so satisfying because they can often be whipped up in a couple of hours and you have a gorgeous, handmade, warm beanie to chase away the winter chill. So, if you’re needing some trendy inspiration for your next crocheted beanie, check out this fabulous collection of beautiful textured crochet patterns.
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I’m loving the texture on this Jackson Beanie Crochet Pattern; it looks a little reminiscent of seed stitch, almost knit and purled, don’t you think? And I’m loving the deep jewelled tone of the yarn Jennifer of Laine and Lotus chose for this hat! A beginner crocheter could make this hat, which is sized to fit the average adult woman’s head. You know you’re going to want to make one of these beauties.
The Winter Rose Beanie Crochet Pattern was designed by my friend Jasmine at OceanPeakDesigns. This month, 100% of the proceeds of the sale of this hat pattern will be donated to NSW Fire Fighters & WIRES Wildlife Rescue in Australia (where Jasmine is from). I love the delicate texture on this pattern and I can’t wait to crochet it up! I have some We Are Knitters Petite Wool leftover from another project that is just asking to be made into a hat like this!
Do you like that ombre thing? The Ombre Magic Crochet Hat Pattern may just be the right hat for you! This cute hat comes in 7 sizes, from baby to adult with long ridge lines and a clever mix of two contrasting yarn colours create a beautiful dynamic hat with a lovely ombre effect. This hat is made with 2 strands of DK weight yarn held together and it’s a great way to use up those partial balls of yarn you’ve got kicking around! Make one for the whole family with a large range of sizes!
I was really excited to find this Megan Beanie Crochet Hat Pattern because now it means I don’t have to come up with a crochet pattern that mimics my Tufted Toque Knitting Pattern that I released yesterday. The diamond-shaped tufts add luxurious texture, so if you liked the Tufted Toque pattern I released yesterday, but you’re a crocheter and not a knitter, you can still make one remarkably similar!
The Cruise Cabled Beanie Crochet Pattern is a classic beanie with a stretchy brim. It’s worked from the bottom up with decreasing within the cables to close beautifully at the crown so it can be worn with or without a pom. This pattern is an intermediate/advanced level pattern and comes in 5 sizes. And don’t you just love that brim? So adorable. Also, I still love buttons on the brim of hats. So fun. But a cute faux-leather tag would look just as good.
Check out the stitch definition on this Remy Crochet Beanie Pattern! This easy level pattern comes with 6 sizes and is crocheted with worsted weight yarn. To get that stitch definition though, you’ll definitely want some roving yarn or another yarn with great stitch definition! Ruby Webbs has an excellent assortment of beautiful crochet patterns and you can even get a pattern for a matching pair of mittens!
The Market Puff Beanie Crochet Pattern comes in 6 sizes and has those gorgeous bobbles which make for a fun and interesting texture, with a definite handmade custom style. This hat is worked top-down with an easy brim and they make up quickly to sell at markets or craft fairs. And if you have a bunch of worsted weight yarn to use up, this is the perfect pattern for you!
The Market Waffle Hat Crochet Pattern is another crochet pattern from KathysCrochetCloset that is perfect for makers who sell at craft fairs. It’s written for three sizes: adult, child and toddler. They make perfect Mommy & Me hat sets, which are super popular at markets and craft fairs. Everyone’s going to want one of these gorgeous textured hats!
The Lark Beanie Crochet Hat Pattern makes a beautiful, cozy knit-look beanie that’s sure to become your new favourite hat! This beanie features a unique stretchy faux-stockinette stitch pattern and a squishy ribbed brim, with easy short-row decreases for the perfect shape! It works up quickly with less than 11 yards of bulky yarn and makes a great last-minute handmade gift! I love how this stitch pattern closes up the holes of crochet and makes a nice tight knit-like fabric! Definitely worth a try!
The Hanover Hat Crochet Pattern is a gorgeous hat that is styled for both men and women! This hat features an amazing finished texture that provides great WOW factor! The perfect hat for all the #4 yarn you have in your yarn stash. Works up very quickly with an amazing result that won’t disappoint. I love the unique brim and the textured body of this hat! And don’t forget a fabulous faux fur pompom! I love the extra-large pompoms by GingerSnapHandmade. They are gorgeous and luxurious!
I hope you’ve found your next crocheted beanie pattern to make. There’s still plenty of winter weather ahead of us here where I live, so an investment of an hour or two of crocheting up a gorgeous hat is well worth it! Grab one of these lovely crochet hat patterns today or pin it for later!
I’m so excited to announce that I have released my Tufted Toque pattern! It’s been quite the learning curve: writing up the pattern, getting it tech-edited, working with test knitters and learning the ropes of adding the pattern information to Ravelry and Etsy.
So, today’s the day! And here it is! The Tufted Toque pattern is a textured, slightly slouchy hat made with a fun stitch pattern that is made up of a few simple rows of knits and purls. Put them together in the right order and you’ve got this beautifully textured seersucker stitch! Worked in the round on circular needles, this pattern knits up quickly with a gorgeous, pillowy result!
After working with testers of various levels of knitting skill and experience, I would say that this pattern is perfect for the advanced beginner, or an adventurous beginner. It doesn’t require a lot of specialized stitches, just knits and purls, increasing and decreasing. It’s a great pattern to practice following a pattern and watching the diamond tufts take shape. Even though it is accessible for beginners, my advanced knitters also enjoyed knitting up this pattern.
The pattern is written in 9 sizes, from Newborn to Adult Extra Large (I couldn’t leave out my big-headed husband, could I?), so you can make one for every member of the family and have matching toques for everyone!
Will you please share this cute hat pattern with your knitting friends and followers? Here’s a pin you can share to Pinterest!
Did you make a New Year’s resolution to learn to knit? Or would you just like to? (How effective are New Year’s resolutions in reality? Knitting can be a great way to relax and focus on something you can do when your world seems overwhelming. Also, you can make beautiful things… eventually. Like any new skill, it takes some time to learn and it takes more time to improve. But there are some great patterns and resources to help you get started. So I’ve collected some great absolute beginner knitting patterns to get you started.
Often, a knitter’s first project is a dishcloth. Dishcloths make a great first project because it’s small and simple, so it doesn’t take very long before you can cast off and have something you can show your mom and use. Try this Easy Knit Dishcloth Pattern to get your start. You can use these lovely cloths in the kitchen or the bathroom as a luxury face cloth!
If you’re an absolute beginner and have no supplies, a kit is a great way to get started. It means you don’t have to decipher all the information on a pattern and find all the supplies you need. Everything is included in this great Learn to Knit Dishcloths Kit. Try one of these out to get the yarn, pattern, and needles that you need to make it all.
Once you’ve got the hang of that, you can whip up this Homespun Kitchen Set, which adds some simple details. The pattern includes instructions for both a dishcloth and a towel, as well as the i-cord detail to use to hang the cloths up.
Another simple first project is a knitted scarf. This classic knit scarf pattern is in pdf format with links to videos for additional tips to make this easy knit scarf, perfect for men, women or children!
If you’d like to try a snood, which is a circular cowl or infinity scarf, you can get a Chunky Snood Knitting Kit, with the option of having needles included if you don’t already have them. This kit includes a How to Knit manual, which will review all the basics of knitting, including how to cast on, cast off, knit, purl and sew. The yarn is chunky and the needles are 9 mm, which means that it’s a project that will work up quickly due to the large yarn and needles. Kits also make great gift ideas for someone who would like to learn to knit!
Another easy garment idea is a knit shawl. This one is definitely more delicate and will absolutely be a great project if you have a lot of time to sit and wait, so it’s perfect for travelling or taking on the go while you wait to pick up kids from school or activities. So, if you’re loving knitting and want a bigger project that is still simple that you can work on, this is definitely for you. It’s designed with fingering or sock yarn in mind, but it’s a pretty flexible pattern, so you could use just about any yarn that you have on hand.
Another fun project for beginners is a knit blanket. And if you think it’s going to take forever, you’re wrong! You just need some super bulky yarn! Learn to knit this super chunky throw with 40 mm needles and you’ll have a luxurious lap blanket in no time! And I keep seeing more and more jumbo yarn options at Michael’s, so it’s getting easier and easier to find the supplies to make these blankets.
Of course, you can also find kits for these chunky blankets as well. I love the look of this natural wool chunky knit blanket. The kit includes 25 mm birch circular knitting needles, which are perfect for blankets! The kit includes 16 balls of wool to make a 46″ x 65″ throw blanket. And don’t you just love those giant tassels on the bottom? LOVE!
Once you’ve got the basics of knitting, you can make this simple knit hat! The Chunky PNW Beanie Kit contains lovely soft merino wool in your choice of 6 colours, the faux fur pompom, as well as the pattern to make this gorgeous, trendy knit hat.
And really, a cute textured knit hat like this one is just a slightly different combination of knits and purls, so this stylish beanie pattern is not too far off for you, even if you’re just starting to knit! The Linden Hat is a super chunky knit hat pattern knits up quickly and is perfect to grab on a cold winter day to keep your ears warm!
And believe it or not, YOU COULD KNIT YOURSELF A SWEATER! That’s right! This Simple Knit Sweater Pattern is an adult-sized knit sweater pattern that can be worked up in a weekend and is so very easy! It’s made using only a few rectangles, some seaming and squishy yarn! It’s a great project for those still new to knitting!
I hope you’ve found a pattern here that can get you started into the great craft of knitting. It’s something I truly enjoy. Pick up one of these patterns today or pin these great ideas for later.
Makers are always looking ahead because if we’re going to give handmade gifts in a timely fashion, we’ve got to start working on it with enough time to finish! So, makers need to join Costco in being far too ahead of the season. So, if you’re looking to make a handmade gift as a demonstration of love this Valentine’s Day, it’s time to get to work! I’ve got a great collection of knit and crochet patterns for you to start making just in time to give to a special loved one for Valentine’s Day (or Easter… birthdays… just because!)
If you have a little girl in your life who loves to carry around her little things, you can make her one of these Crochet Heart Purse for Little Girls. I love the adorable details on this lovely little purse! It’s so sweet! It’s a great project to practice some embroidery skills and to play with buttons and beads to add those special little embellishments!
For something just as sweet, but differently whimsical, try making one of these Crochet Bear Heart Purses. This would make a great little change purse for either a little girl or a little boy. The kids in your life would be so lucky to find such a fun and special little gift for them! And practical little purses mean they get used and carried around and treasured! What a special gift!
Who wouldn’t love some pink flamingos for Valentine’s day? This Flamingos amigurumi crochet pattern is an adorable set of patterns. The pattern is a little involved with 33 pages, but it includes 70 pictures so you can be sure to follow along easily, referencing the step by step photos all along. I would love to see your work if you make one of these incredible amigurumi characters, so send me a link or tag me in your work on social media! (@craftevangelist)
I just love this adorably grumpy “Spikey” amigurumi dragon pattern. I think he’d be the perfect gift for a grumpy teen and I’m sure his miserable little face will delight even the surliest of souls!
This Sophia the Chubby Little Unicorn crochet pattern is another delightful amigurumi pattern option for the less cynical recipient! Make one of these adorable chubby little unicorns for the sweetheart in your life and watch her face light up with joy!
Are you far away from a loved one? If you had more arms, would you wrap them all around your beloved? Perhaps you should consider sending them a handmade-by-you octopus! If you’ve ever got a pattern and realized what a job it is just finding all the materials, you’ll be pleased to know that this Large Amigurumi Octopus Crochet Kit contains the pattern and all the materials you need to make this adorable stuffed toy! If you’re looking for just the pattern, you can find it here.
If you’ve been on this planet lately, you might know that Baby Yoda is all the rage (he’s soooo cute!!!). Everyone is making these and they can hardly keep up with demand. I made three before Christmas as gifts for my nephew and my sons. There are a bunch of Baby Yoda Patterns on Etsy, but I’m not sure whether they’re allowed or not. It sounds like there might be some copyright claims against some of them, so if the link doesn’t take you to anything helpful anymore: sorry, they’ve probably been taken down. I used this pattern to make the doll pictured above.
Perhaps you’d like to wrap your loved ones in a sweetheart blanket. Pick up this Heart Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern and work some filet crochet hearts in this simple and subtle pattern. It would make a lovely baby blanket for an expected baby!
Or you can just wrap up the neck of your loved one with this Candy Heart Scarf knitting pattern. How sweet are those little pompoms on the end? And subtle little hearts knitted in there!? This would be a perfect little scarf for a toddler since it’s not huge. What a delightful little gift!
For a little more sophisticated scarf, check out this Love Heart Scarf Crochet Kit. It comes with those sweet heart wooden buttons and your choice of 30 colours of Wool Couture’s soft Merino wool! When you’re short on time, outsource the shopping and order a kit so you can spend your time crocheting instead of shopping!
A handmade hat is a great way to show your love! The Mountain Range Hat crochet pattern is a stylish, yet practical hat inspired by nature. If your loved one is a nature lover, adventurer or outdoor enthusiast, they will love this warm and comfy fitting hat complete with a yarn pompom or a fur pompom!
Who wouldn’t love the gift of a basket? Fill it with flowers and you’re sure to delight anyone! The Fundamentals Basket Knitting Pattern is an intermediate level knitting pattern. If you don’t want to give this beauty away, keep it for yourself! It is a wonderfully large container that will hold all your large projects or whatever you may need it for! It’s knit-in handles make it easy to transport!
Valentines Day is coming up, so it’s time to start making decisions and figuring out what you’re making! I hope I’ve helped you with some ideas! Enjoy making these lovely patterns for your loved ones this winter! Grab a pattern today or pin these ideas for later!
Happy Christmas break! We made it! Kids did all the winter concert things, you did the parties, you got those cards out (or did you?)? You did all the things! (Ok, I’ve done some of the things). But we made it. I recorded my temporary greeting at work and updated my Out of Office autoreply. I work at one of those great places that close over the Christmas break, so I’m looking forward to a lovely break! Next year, I think I’m going to take a week off at the end of November so I can feel a little bit more ready, but here we are now. Now it’s time to rest (and wrap) and make!
If you’ve been madly trying to finish up a few handmade gifts for your loved ones, you might just want to take a break from making for a while. Sometimes people lose their mojo for making during this past season, especially if you’ve been prepping things to sell at craft fairs or making gifts for people. But I find this is a great time to start looking at fun patterns to make for myself or just browse to see what interesting things there are to make. I’ve often spent the winter break making Christmas accessories for my home, like the stockings I knit one year. I never manage to get these things made in time for Christmas for ourselves, but I just think about it getting done in plenty of time for next year!
So what will you make this winter break? Need some ideas? Why don’t you check out this great collection of fantastic patterns to make this winter? Something for you? Something for someone special? Something for the house?
Something for yourself maybe? Or a monarch loving friend? Would you like to try some crochet colourwork? Or a sweater? Try it all at once with this easy/intermediate level Monarch Sweater Crochet pattern. Working with a few colours is a bit of a challenge, but if you’ve mastered the basic stitches (seriously just chain, single crochet and back loop half double crochet) you can totally make this pattern. Also, HaileyBailey has written this as a fully customizable pattern, including suggestions for customize your sweater to fit any size, and if you’re a bit bigger on top and smaller on the bottom, this is a great pattern to make something that fits YOU just perfectly.
Want to whip up something quick for yourself? Think making a sweater takes weeks and weeks of work? Try this Shit That’s Quick Sweater from Knitatude. This baby whips up really quickly for a sweater. With super bulky size yarn and some simple stitches with some fun cable detail on the arms, there’s enough here to keep you interested, but also easy enough to watch shows with your family for most of it.
As a maker, do you ever give gift certificates for handmade things for Christmas because you just plain ran out of time? I’ve totally done that. There’s no shame. Creative people have grand plans and are often not so great at time management. Did you promise a sweater to a special man in your life? if you didn’t, you should. Especially if you crochet, because look at this fantastic WULF Men’s Pullover Crochet Pattern! So classy. It’s not always easy for crocheters to find good sweater patterns. Because crochet typically makes a thicker fabric, sweaters are often really bulky, but I think this one is just fabulous, don’t you!?
Maybe you’ve been wanting some boot cuffs. Check out this Cabled Boot Cuffs Knitting Pattern. The fun thing about more intricate cable patterns like this is that they’re small and they come together relatively quickly. If you’ve never made a cable-knit project before, boot cuffs are a great project to start with. The beauty of this pattern is that you can wear them under the boot like this or folded over the boot for a cuff like this:
So, whichever you prefer, you can make these Cabled Boot Cuffs 4 ways! The bottom half has a ribbed pattern, so you can have 4 different looks from one set of boot cuffs. What a fun pattern!
I’ve really been enjoying Chantel’s patterns from Knitatude. I love this off-the-shoulder look of this Crossback Sweater. It’s also reversible! So you can wear it with the wrap in front or at the back as seen here. This pattern looks interesting but also has simple stitches, so it’s perfect for the advanced beginner. If you’re starting to venture into slightly more difficult projects, this one is for you! So you can stop making dishcloths and you can start making clothes! For yourself! That are fun and stylish. Knitting isn’t just for grannies; you can make trendy, sexy things too! And you’ll be the only one of your friends who has one just like it. Can’t go out to the store and just buy this!
Sometimes you just need to try something different. Like embroidery! This is a fibre craft that you can eventually bring into your knitting and crochet! So start with this Beginner Floral Embroidery Pattern of Wildflowers on a hoop and then maybe try it on a handmade dishcloth, or cup cozy or sweater! Wouldn’t that be fun? I love the beautiful simplicity of the wildflowers and embroidery adds such a special touch to handknit or crocheted items. It’s a great skill to develop and winter break is a great time to try something new! Also, if you take this inspiration to your knitting and crochet, you can use up scrap yarn in the process! I love to put all those bits and pieces to good use!
Did you attend an ugly Christmas sweater party this year? Did you feel blue because you didn’t have one to wear? I just can’t bring myself to buy one in a store, but somehow I feel like it would be so much more fun to make one myself. I know buying one would be less expensive than all the time it’s going to take me to make one myself, but there’s just something more authentic about a handmade ugly Christmas sweater. And if you think they have to be knit, you’re wrong! Check out this crochet pattern for this Rudolf Christmas Sweater. How fun is this? Get working now and you’ll be all ready for next year’s party.
I still think that if I were truly to make ugly Christmas sweaters for my family, I would probably have to go with Harry Potter-inspired sweaters. This one is also crochet. I would probably prefer to do something knitted, but I couldn’t find a pattern for humans, so I guess I’ll have to make one up!
I did, however, manage to find one for dogs! If you have a special dog in your life, let me tell you, that dog does not know that you missed Christmas and their sweater is late. Most of the time they have no idea what day it is anyway! You can still make them a fun Gryffindor sweater for the cold winter months ahead. Check out this Mischief Managed Dog Sweater pattern. Your dog could totally get away with wearing this more frequently than you could your Harry Potter sweater!
Ok, back to the pretty things. Here is another relatively quick knit sweater pattern. The Moss Stitch Sweater is worked up with super bulky yarn, so there are just fewer stitches. It’s a great starter project, even for the novice knitter and will give you a perfect transitional piece that will take you fashionably through the seasons. This is a fun pattern that will work up quickly and be so cozy to wear! I love this golden yellow colour… so gorgeous!
Have you seen these bobble sleeves sweaters? What are your thoughts about them? They’re pretty fun, definitely a statement piece, but not one I’m sure I could pull off wearing this sweater. Super fun though. Here’s the link to this Bobble Sleeves Cardigan. If you make this, you’re going to have to show me a picture and tell me where you wear it. Maybe you’re just way cooler than me and can wear funky things without feeling weird.
Winter break is also a great time to make a blanket! Bigger projects like this are soothing to sit under while you cozy up and watch a movie while it snows outside. I love cozy times when you don’t have to go anywhere, don’t you? This Crochet Square Sampler Blanket Pattern is also perfect to make while travelling since you can make it in pieces and then seam it up afterwards! Samper patterns are also great because they keep the project interesting. you get to make a bunch of different stitches and textures in coordinating colours to make a beautiful cohesive blanket! It’s so satisfying to finish these projects once they all come together!
Crocheters, have you ever been jealous of the beautiful cable-knit patterns that are out there for knitters? So intricate and lovely looking? Well, did you know that you can cable-crochet? It’s a little different, but you can get very similar looks. If you want to learn, try out this Annandale Cable Braided Blanket Crochet Pattern with a Celtic Aran cable pattern, perfect for Irish-inspired home decor. A complex interwoven Celtic design, this blanket is an heirloom-quality project. The pattern brings together three different cable motifs in a symmetric layout to generate a spectacular visual effect. A lace border frames the cables with a feathery elegance. This is a perfect project to make for your home when you have some extra crochet time on your hands!
For something simpler, but still just as satisfying, try this Canyon Throw crochet blanket pattern from Two Little Birds Patterns. This crochet throw pattern is an easy and versatile crochet pattern to compliment any home decor. Make this crochet blanket for yourself or as a beautiful and unique gift for someone special. The modern chevron-look of this stitch pattern is easy to learn and your finished throw blanket will keep you cozy all season!
Wrap yourself up in this romantic throw blanket from Meghan Makes Do. The Livy throw is the perfect pattern to keep you busy this winter season. Made using simple triangle and hexagon motifs it works up fast. You will need to know basic crochet stitches as well as how to make a puff stitch.
The Bicycle Race Crochet Blanket Pattern is an easy pattern for a blanket with a fun repeating bicycle pattern. This is a filet style crochet blanket with rows of bicycles that change directions each row. This pattern includes written directions in US terms and a crochet chart. You can make this blanket in any size as well as any gauge. How cute is this? It would make such a cute baby blanket pattern that’s not too baby-ish. It’d be perfect for anyone, especially bicycle lovers!
So, have I inspired you to make something while you have a bit of extra time to sit around this winter break? Do you get a little bit of extra time to relax this season? Which of these great patterns will you get started on this Christmas! Merry Christmas, makers! Pick up one of these great patterns for yourself or pin it for later!
Knit hats, toques, beanies, winter caps: whatever you call them they’re cuter with a fun pattern knit into them. Colourwork is a skill that is a little intermediate, but usually, these kinds of projects only require the basic knit and purl stitches. You just add some colours in there for a fun design. These kinds of projects are great for using up a partial skein of yarn and you can play around with colours to your heart’s content! I’ve found a bunch of great knit hat patterns for you to try out your intarsia or fair isle skills!
Maybe it’s just because I’m a sucker for mustard, but the Sedona Diamond Fair Isle Beanie Pattern has a cute diamond design that is geometric and fun. Knit with chunky yarn, this hat would work up quickly, and with just two colours, it would make a good first colourwork project!
More diamonds! More mustard! The Fair Isle Diamonds Knitting Hat Pattern is another bulky weight knit hat pattern with just two colours to make another good first colourwork project. Which diamond pattern would you choose? I’m having trouble picking one…
It’s always kind of fun to have a cheeky word on your hat. Maybe you like this Wine Beanie Knitting Pattern from LadyJayCrochet will inspire you to make one of these bulky weight cheeky hats for a friend or loved one this year. That is the beauty of small bulky weight yarn projects like hats; they work up in just a couple of hours!
Maybe you’re more of a coffee lover? Well, there’s a toque for you, too! The Coffee Beanie Knitting Pattern is just the right pattern for your friend who doesn’t go anywhere without their cup of joe.
The Minnehaha Hat Knitting Pattern is a classic “little hearts” knitting pattern. If you’re new to knitting, those little hearts are just one knit stitch made in a different colour. So it’s really fun to see it come together in dotted little hearts. This pattern is also worked up in a super bulky weight yarn, so it will only take you about 1-2 hours to knit up this little beauty! Imagine making one of these for baby in the same colours as a coffee hat for mama? Adorable little matching “set”!
The Big Heart Beanie Knitting Pattern is a beginner level pattern with video tutorials, and the heart isn’t actually knit into the hat, it’s embroidered on afterwards! So you wouldn’t even have to do any colourwork on this one to achieve the same stunning results!
If you have a little more time on your hands and skill under your belt, Grandpas Garden Fair Isle Hat Knitting Pattern is a sweet-looking little hat, knit with much finer wool, but then you can achieve the gorgeous detail of a dainty garden full of flowers! As we’re yearning for spring in late winter, this hat can bring a little joy as we dress for the elements!
How about some handmade first married Christmas gifts for your favourite newlyweds? The Mrs Beanie Knit Hat Pattern and the Mr Beanie Knit Hat Pattern are matching set for a new husband and wife team.
The Big Zig Beanie Knitting Pattern is another colourwork pattern using bulky weight yarn. I love the sideways chevron design on this sweet beanie. Imagine all the colour combinations you could use on this cute hat pattern!
The Riverbend Beanie in 6 sizes is a perfect hat pattern to whip up the whole family fun and warm winter hats with stripes! The multi-coloured yarn matched with the cream adds a lot of fun to this basic striped hat.
There are so many great bulky weight yarn colourwork hats this year! The Aspen Beanie Knitting Pattern has a simple but interesting design, wouldn’t get boring to knit at all! And again with that large yarn, works up quickly as a last-minute handmade gift!
Using only 2 colours and bulky weight yarn, the Skyfall Beanie Knitting Pattern comes with two charts to make two different hats with slightly different designs on them. This is the perfect project for beginners who want to dive into the world of fair isle knitting and a nice quick knit for the fair isle pros. The pattern includes detailed instructions and a tips and tricks page to help you along the way, as well as a very inconspicuous join/jog in the charts!
Finally The Mountaineer Toque Knitting Pattern. I love the trees and the mountains in the background. If you’re venturing out into the great outdoors this winter, this adorable hat would be just perfect! Inspired by the Coastal Mountains of British Columbia, this fair isle knitting pattern is great for adventurous beginners and well as seasoned knitters. Fun for everyone!
So which hat will you choose? With so many options, it is hard! Whatever you choose, it can’t be the wrong decision! So jump in, grab a pattern and a couple of balls of different coloured yarn and get to work! Or pin it for later.
Plaid has been back in full force for fall and winter for a few years now. Classic buffalo plaid is becoming synonymous with rustic, chalet-style decor and outdoorsy aesthetic. It reminds me of hiking and warming up after chilly outdoor activities. It reminds me of an old-fashioned Christmas tree hunt and hot chocolate. When I discovered you could crochet a buffalo plaid pattern using red, maroon and black yarn together, I was so excited! It’s so fun to watch the plaid come together with simple stitches mixed with colour changes. So, if you’re mad about plaid, check out this collection of fantastic plaid patterns and plan to make something for the holidays.
My first try at plaid in crochet was with a pattern by Bethany from Whistle and Ivy. She’s got some great tutorials for learning to crochet this pattern. She’s also got plenty of free patterns on her website. She’s designed this little moose plaid lovey crochet pattern, which would be a great first start into plaid and you get to make a little bit of amigurumi, too! I shared her plaid hat pattern here on the blog before too.
She’s also got this adorable buffalo plaid ornament pattern! These little ornaments would make great stash busters and last-minute gift ideas for co-workers or friends! I love the festive toppers! They almost look like plaid apples for your tree! Anyone would be delighted to receive one of these as a gift!
The shop Two Little Birds Patterns has loads of cute plaid patterns to crochet, including this adorable plaid tree throw pillow crochet pattern. I love how the plaid pattern is just on the trees and makes a simple throw pillow a conversation piece. Crocheted with just a single crochet stitch, this is a great pattern for a relatively new crocheter to branch into colourwork.
You could also work up one of these crocheted buffalo plaid cowl patterns to add some buffalo plaid to your outdoor wardrobe. Perfect for chilly days when you want to add some warmth and some rustic style. This pattern looks pretty easy to crochet as it’s worked as a flat rectangle with a simple button edge. It’s a great pattern to show off some fun wooden buttons, too.
You can hardly have a collection of plaid patterns without a hat pattern. This Autumn Plaid Beanie Crochet Pattern is an adorable messy bun beanie pattern that makes room for a big top knot. I love the natural coloured brim she’s chosen for this hat and it’s a great idea to finish one of these cute hats off with a custom tag! Here’s where I got mine.
This hat is crocheted with a knit-look stitch called the waistcoat stitch; it makes a nice tightly woven knit-look fabric, perfect for hats and perfect for colourwork designs. The Plaid Pines Crochet Beanie pattern uses a different colourwork technique to form the plaid pattern, using only 2 colours of yarn to form the plaid pattern and alternating the two colours in the mid-tone sections. Such a festive tree pattern to make for the holiday season!
The Thermal Buffalo Plaid Toque Crochet Pattern is worked in a front post double crochet for a thick and cozy hat. I love a thick brim on a handmade hat and don’t forget one of those gorgeous faux fur pompoms! My personal favourites are from GingerSnap Handmade Co.
I love the plaid baubles on this Holiday Plaid Ornament Crochet Pillow Pattern and don’t you just love the detail of the jute bows on top? How adorable would this be decorating your living room during the holiday season? One of these pillows would make a perfect handmade gift idea for that person who has everything!
The Crochet Plaid Baby Blanket Pattern is an easy pattern perfect for beginners, using only a couple of basic stitches. The pattern makes a 53″ by 61″ blanket, but could easily be adjusted for a larger or smaller size, according to your preference. The plaid woven stitch makes this a warm and soft blanket, perfect for that new baby or a trendy throw for a living room.
I think plaid is just the right thing for a stocking. So festive! And can be made to match any colour scheme! This Buffalo Plaid Christmas Stocking Crochet Pattern is a classic crochet stocking pattern with a simple textured stitch and a thick ribbed cuff! I love the added tassel details as well! Fill this up with some goodies for a lovely gift for anyone!
Back to another pattern by Whistle and Ivy. This Buffalo Plaid Crochet Wreath Pattern is such a fantastic take on the buffalo plaid trend; so cute for Christmas. I’m a total wreath fan. I love the rustic and fun look of this simple wreath. How cute would this be to welcome guests at a winter getaway cabin? So festive!
I hope you enjoyed this round-up of crocheted plaid patterns. If you haven’t tried this fun colourwork technique, now is the time to pick up a pattern and learn a new skill! It’s not so hard and the result is very impressive. I love to learn new methods of achieving interesting crocheted patterns! Grab a pattern today or pin it for later.