Amigurumi for Christmas

I just love amigurumi! According to Wikipedia: Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures. The word is a portmanteau of the Japanese words ami, meaning “crocheted or knitted”, and nuigurumi, meaning “stuffed doll”. And this time of year is the perfect time to make some. Amigurumi is perfect for Christmas, as gifts for children, as decorations for your home or tree, as gifts for co-workers. They work up pretty quickly and are really fun to make; you can also use up some of your odds and ends of yarn since they’re usually pretty small and you can customise their colours to whatever you have on hand! So many people are delighted by amigurumi, it makes the perfect whimsical addition to this festive season! Check out these adorable stuffed crocheted creatures and pick out a pattern to start working on today!

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How about this festive Little Christmas Deer Crochet Pattern? One pattern gives you all the instructions you need to make these little amigurumi deer dolls, with plenty of high-quality photos to walk you through it. Depending on the size of yarn you use, these little guys could be toys for kids or decorations for your tree!

How adorable are these gingerbread people? Again, here’s another pattern with instructions to make both tops: a Gingerbread Man and Girl Couple Amigurumi Pattern. How much fun would a set of these be for a newlywed couple for their first Christmas? They’re so sweet with all their decoration details!

I’m a sucker for gnomes! I love their big furry beards and festive hats on their squat, rotund bodies. Herbert the Christmas Gnome Amigurumi Pattern would make a great addition to my mantle (which is frankly looking a little sad this year… see my Instagram post about it). But I think this guy would spruce it right up!

Who can resist an adorable cartoon-ish Mr Santa Crochet Pattern? His cloud-like beard and little button eyes just draw you in. My kids were never really enamoured with Santa, and we never really forced them to sit on Santa’s knee because they always looked terrified of him. Besides, who wants to stand in line with kids for 20 minutes to traumatize your kids for an awful over-priced picture? My kids were slightly intrigued by the idea of the right jolly old elf, so I slightly regret not snapping a photo of them looking onto the spectacle of Santa visiting from a distance. I’m sure they would have been much more interested in a stuffed version of Santa like this cute little amigurumi doll.

Mr Pinny Crochet Amigurumi Pattern is a super cute, sweater-clad penguin doll ready to grace your Christmas tree with his chipper little face! It’s time for all the cold-weather creatures to come out and adorn our homes with their cuteness! I don’t know, though; do you think this little guy could use a hat? Or a scarf? He looks a little chilly. I think I’d make him a hat, too.

Of course, you don’t need to make Christmas themed Amigurumi to give out as a gift! You can make a stuffed toy that can be enjoyed year-round, like this Milo the Hipster Cat Amigurumi Pattern. What kid doesn’t want a stuffed cat in a hoodie? My kids love this kind of stuff and I’m sure yours would too!

Or if you have a princess-lover on your hands, this Princess Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Bundle would give you all the instructions you need to make a whole collection of princesses! These dolls are so adorable; how much more special will one of these dolls be to the recipient when they know it was made by your loving hands? That’s the beauty of handmade; so much pride involved in making and so much love felt in giving and receiving!

If you’re new to amigurumi, you could try something a little simpler, like this Crochet Star Amigurumi Pattern. Festive for the holiday season, but suitable to be displayed year-round. Make one with a thick, bulky yarn and you’d have a super fun pillow for a teen. It gets harder and harder to come up with good fun handmade gift ideas for teens as they get older. This would be a suitable option for an older kid and would make a fun addition to their bed.

Do you want a hippopotamus for Christmas? You can make one with this Crochet Hippo Amigurumi Pattern! This cuddly hippo would double as a super fun and functional pillow. Made with a big enough yarn, this friendly character would crochet up quickly and make a really snuggly stuffed friend for any kid. All this hippo needs is a cute little bow and to be displayed under the tree!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little introduction to various amigurumi characters you could make this Christmas. You’ve still got some time, so go pick up a pattern and get to work! What better things do you have to do as the weather turns colder than sit cosied up at home with your crocheting? Grab a pattern or pin it for later!

Adorable amigurumi patterns to make for Christmas decorations or just lovely handmade toys as gifts! So cute! I love these little characters! #amigurumipattern #crochetpattern #amigurumi #handmadetoys #craftevangelist
Little Christmas Deer amigurumi crochet pattern to make this adorable handmade toy for a holiday decoration or sweet little gift! #amigurumipattern #crochetpattern #crochettoy #handmadetoy #craftevangelist
Milo the Hipster Cat amigurumi crochet pattern. How much fun is this adorable crocheted doll? He would make a great handmade gift idea for any kid! So cute! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #amigurumitoy #crochettoy #craftevangelist
Sweet little Gingerbread Couple pdf crochet pattern to make these adorable handmade Christmas ornaments or little stuffed toys for kids! So cute with their little plum pudding tops! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #Christmascrochet #crochettoy #craftevangelist
I LOVE GNOMES! Check out this adorable crocheted Christmas gnome amigurumi pattern! I love the little knit-look v details on his shirt and snowflake embroidered on his hat! Such a fun handmade Christmas gift idea! #amigurumipattern #Christmasamigurumi #crochetpattern #crochettoy #crochetgnome #Christmasgnome #craftevangelist
Mr Santa Amigurumi crochet pattern. Super cute little classic cartoonish Santa doll crochet pattern Perfect Christmas decoration or whimsical handmade gift idea. #crochetSanta #Christmascrochet #amigurumipattern #crochettoy #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
Super gorgeous collection of crocheted amigurumi princess doll patterns! Love these gorgeous Disney-inspired dolls! So fun! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #amigurumidolls #princesspatterns #crochetprincess #crochetpatternbundle #patternbundle #craftevangelist
Cute little penguin amigurumi crochet pattern makes a perfect Christmas ornament or little toy gift! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochetpenguin #crochetChristmas #crochetamigurumi #craftevangelist
Simple, no sew star amigurumi crochet pattern. Perfect for Christmas or made with a bulky yarn would make a super fun throw pillow for a teen bedroom! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #Christmascrochet #crochetstar #starpillow #craftevangelist
Hippo Amigurumi crochet pattern. What a fun toy pattern to make! I want a hippopotamus for Christmas! How fun would she be with a big bow under the Christmas tree?! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochettoy #amigurumitoy #craftevangelist

Farmhouse Crochet Patterns

One of the things I love about the farmhouse style is its rustic simplicity. It allows for imperfections and handmade touches. The style is warm and inviting because it embraces natural and comforting textures and fibres. There are so many trendy and modern ways to incorporate this homey DIY style into your home, especially at Christmas! If you’ve been wondering how you could bring some of this homey farmhouse vibe into your house, I’ve gathered a few crochet patterns here for you to try and bring some farmhouse inspiration into your decor!

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This simple and minimalist Bunting Banner Crochet Pattern is a great introduction to some handmade touches in your decor. With sweet tassels on the ends, this little banner can be made as long as you please. You can bring it out for special occasions or decorate a bedroom with it. You could make it in different colours to celebrate birthdays or just bring a spark of whimsy to a playroom. It’s a super simple pattern, great for beginners to learn to crochet!

If you just can’t see how that farmhouse style fitting in with your current decor, Christmas is definitely the time you can experiment with this homey style. You could try out this Snow Flurry Tree Skirt Crochet Pattern. It’s made with a super bulky (size 6) yarn and it’s actually a really easy pattern because it’s not a traditional circular shape, it’s a rectangle, like a scarf for your tree! Warm up your home with this cosy Christmas tree skirt this year.

Another great way to incorporate farmhouse style into your Christmas is with some little decorations. This Rustic Christmas Tree Crochet Pattern can be made in all different sizes and using different yarns to create a rustic Christmas display. Perfect for the mantle or the office, or a little vignette on an end table. These would make super cute gifts for coworkers, too!

And what’s more nostalgic than this classic red truck with a Christmas tree? Add a throw pillow to your Christmas decor by making up one of these Farmhouse Christmas Truck Pillow Crochet Patterns. Such a simple and fun idea to add a bit of old-timey charm to your Christmas decor.

Or, if you prefer the view from the backside, this Farmhouse Christmas Tree Truck Pillow Cover Crochet Pattern is another sweet option for crochet throw pillows with that classic vintage truck. So adorable. Such fun Christmas decor.

I love wreaths. (Check out my Pinterest board full of wreaths!) and I love a wreath that can be used for more than just Christmas. This Farmhouse Jute Wreath Crochet Pattern would be perfect for spring or summer, but you could also pull it out for Christmas just as easily. Or make a different one decorated with more Christmas-y or wintery greenery. This is such a classic look and so so pretty. I think I need to make a couple of these this year.

Christmas or not, you can add some simple farmhouse charm to your front door by making this Buffalo Plaid Rug Crochet Pattern to welcome guests into your home. I love how the three colours come together to form the plaid pattern. Definitely fun to watch these kinds of projects come together!

Yet another Farmhouse Welcome Mat Crochet Pattern for you from Cozy Nook Designs. With a big hand-lettering style Welcome for your guests! This appears to be made with jute, which would make such a rustic and durable front entry mat. Very fun.

This Farmhouse Style Waffle Pillow Cover Crochet Pattern is timeless and not overly “farmhouse”y so it would fit in easily with any decor style. With an interesting texture to crochet and an interesting texture to look at and touch, this pillow cover would add cosy handmade charm to any room.

To finish off your farmhouse room, or just offer a handmade touch to a housewarming gift or office-mate, this Plant Sweater Planter Pot Cover Crochet Pattern is a simple and quick pattern to make for a handmade gift.

So, have I convinced you to add some rustic farmhouse details into your home? For Christmas or for keeps? It’s such a cosy and timeless style and really adds a sense of homeyness while falling neatly in with neutral colour schemes. Pick up one of these patterns today to add some handmade rustic charm to your decor! Or Pin it for later!

Farmhouse Crochet Patterns. What a great selection of classic and rustic crochet patterns for Christmas farmhouse decor and some for all seasons! Love this homey rustic look! #crochetpatterns #christmascrochet #farmhousestylecrochet #farmhousestyle #crochetChristmas #craftevangelist
Crochet Bunting Pattern. This simple and easy triangle shaped bunting banner crochet pattern is perfect for the beginner and creates a modern and minimalist rustic homey vibe.  Make your own with this beginner pattern. #crochetpatterns #crochetbunting #crochetbanner #farmhousestylecrochet #farmhousestyle #craftevangelist
Snow Flurry Tree Skirt. This rustic tree skirt is unique in that it is a rectangle, so it's more like a tree scarf. Gathered up around your Christmas tree, this crochet  pattern makes up a homey and cozy spot for your tree. #crochetpatterns #christmascrochet #farmhousestylecrochet #farmhousestyle #crochetChristmas #craftevangelist #crochettreeskirt
Cute and simple rustic Christmas tree crochet pattern. I love this crafty look. This would make a perfect quick handmade gift for a friend or coworker. Wouldn't a cluster of these look great as Christmas mantle decor? #crochetpatterns #christmascrochet #farmhousestylecrochet #farmhousestyle #crochetChristmas #craftevangelist #crochetdecor #Christmastree #DIYChristmas
Farmhouse style truck with Christmas tree pillow cover crochet pattern. How much fun would this throw pillow pattern be for Christmas decor? Love this classic vintage look! #crochetpatterns #christmascrochet #farmhousestylecrochet #farmhousestyle #crochetChristmas #craftevangelist #rusticChristmas #classicChristmas #christmastree #christmastreetruck
Classic Vintage Truck with Christmas tree throw pillow cover crochet pattern. How adorable is this? I love the furry sparkly yarn used for the tree! Such a fun crochet pattern for rustic farmhouse style Christmas decor! #crochetpatterns #christmascrochet #farmhousestylecrochet #farmhousestyle #crochetChristmas #craftevangelist #christmastree #throwpillow #crochetpillow #pillowcover
Beautiful rustic and timeless farmhouse style jute wreath crochet pattern! I love wreaths! This one would be perfect for Christmas or all seasons! #crochetpatterns #christmascrochet #farmhousestylecrochet #farmhousestyle #crochetChristmas #craftevangelist #farmhousewreath #wreathpattern #crochetwreath
Simple and rustic buffalo plaid rug crochet pattern. I love the way these three colours of yarn come together to create the buffalo pattern. Perfect for a farmhouse touch at Christmas or all year round! #crochetpatterns #christmascrochet #farmhousestylecrochet #farmhousestyle #crochetChristmas #craftevangelist #crochetrug #buffaloplaid
Farmhouse style welcome mat crochet pattern. I love the rustic and timeless beauty of the jute and it's so durable What a pretty pattern for your front door! #crochetpatterns #christmascrochet #farmhousestylecrochet #farmhousestyle #crochetChristmas #craftevangelist #crochetrug #welcomemat #crochetwelcomemat
Beautiful crochet pillow cover with this gorgeous waffle stitch pattern makes for a rustic and timeless textured pillow. This would make great year-round coziness in your living room. Or a perfect handmade housewarming gift! #crochetpatterns #christmascrochet #farmhousestylecrochet #farmhousestyle #crochetChristmas #craftevangelist #crochetpillow #crochetthrowpillow #crochettexture
Crochet Plant Sweater Pattern. How sweet are these plant covers  with chunky yarn, they come together quickly and make perfect co-worker or handmade housewarming gifts! #crochetpatterns #farmhousestylecrochet #farmhousestyle #craftevangelist #rusticcrochetdecor #diyplantpots #crochetplants #plantdecor

Warm Winter Weather Wear

Warm Winter Wear

Well, the winter weather has arrived, at least where I live. It’s not too bad just yet, so don’t mistake my announcement for complaining. But it is definitely time to break out the knit and crochet accessories to keep ears, necks, heads and hands warm this season. If you’re looking for a pattern to make for a gift to give this season or to keep yourself warm this winter, I’ve got a great collection of fashionable knit and crochet accessory patterns for you!

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First off, these twisted ear warmers are all the rage this year. Great for keeping your ears warm while not messing up your top knot or ponytail. The River Ear Warmer twisted headband crochet pattern is a great and simple crochet pattern that a beginner could handle. The beauty of these little projects is that they only take a couple of hours and a partial skein of yarn. They make great stash-busting projects!

The Woven Headwarmer crochet pattern has a little more texture and has that lovely bowtie twist to finish it off! Super cute and what a fun pattern to highlight a soft and luscious yarn. If you only have one skein of beautiful and expensive yarn, this is your project. You can make up a few of these with that one gorgeous skein and have gifts for your closest friends!

Buffalo plaid is still super cute and trendy and it’s so super fun to see three colours of yarn come together to form this fun pattern. Don’t you love the large wooden button on this Buffalo Plaid Crochet Cowl Pattern? I love fun finishing touches like that. It makes a piece look so much more professional!

Here’s another gorgeous cowl to try out: the Triangle Scarf Crochet Pattern is a textured granny-stitch style cowl that would be a great welcome back to crochet project for those whose grannies taught them the simple granny square and that’s all they really remember. This would also be a great pattern to highlight some special yarn you’ve been saving.

Check out the fringe on this June Berry Cowl crochet pattern… with buttons as well! I love the gorgeous texture on this cowl pattern and fringe is so on-trend right now. It’s a great time to get working on this beautiful scarf, for you or for a friend!

If you’ve always wanted to try cables, the Cascades Big Knit Scarf Pattern is a great first cable project. With bulky yarn and just one big braid cable through the scarf, it’s a great project to practice and learn. Just a tip: if you’re just learning, using a light coloured yarn will help you to more easily see your work and make it easier to fix any mistakes.

If you have a little more experience knitting, you might like to try knitting yourself this Chunky Mittens Knitting Pattern to keep your fingers warm this winter. These chunky mittens look so warm and cozy! My fingerless mittens just aren’t cutting it anymore; I’m going to need to get me some tips!

Ooooh! Or here’s another cute mittens pattern! The Bit of Honey Mittens Knitting Pattern has a sweet honeycomb textured stitch pattern that is subtle and gorgeous! This is a great project to spend a little more time and care with, but has a great finished result!

Don’t worry: I haven’t left the crocheters’ hands out in the cold. The Cadence Mittens crochet mitten pattern is a lovely textured crochet mitten pattern with a cable-like textured stitch to practice something new for crocheters looking for a little more of a challenge.

Now, THIS is a fun hat pattern! I love seeing the animal print that is making its way into knitwear! Check out this super fun Animal Attraction Leopard Print Pompom Hat knitting pattern! What a fun winter accessory!

And back to plaid. This one is a knitting pattern, though, and only made with 2 colours of yarn. The Super Bulky Buffalo Plaid Hat knitting pattern is a quick knit made with super bulky yarn; don’t you just love it with a big faux fur pom on top?

And while not exactly a wearable accessory, this Textured Christmas Crochet Stocking Pattern is a great project to get working on this time of year. It would make a lovely gift for a friend or loved one! Don’t you just love the beautiful bobble stripes? I love the natural coloured yarn used here, but I think any solid colour would look delightful in this pattern!

So there’s this week’s collection of fabulous patterns to knit and crochet. Making them and wearing them will keep you warm all season! Pick up a pattern today and find some yummy yarns to make one of these patterns. Or pin it for later!

Knit or crochet one of these 12 warm winter wear accessories this winter. Gorgeous textures and fun patterns to make beautiful cowls, hats, ear warmers and mittens for your friends and family this winter! #knitpattern #crochetpattern #accessories #knitwear #crochetwear #cozy #craftevangelist
Fun buffalo plaid cowl crochet pattern! I love this crochet plaid look; it's so cute! #crochetpattern #crochetscarf #buffaloplaid #crochetbuffaloplaid #craftevangelist
Simple granny stitch triangle scarf crochet pattern. I love the simple texture that results. Perfect crochet project for beginners! #crochetpattern #crochetcowl #crochetscarf #crochetaccessories #crochetwear #craftevangelist
The June Berry Cowl is a fringed chunky textured scarf that is finished with wooden buttons. This crochet pattern is a perfect quick project to make for a loved one... or yourself! #crochetcowl #crochetscarf #fringe #crochetaccessories #craftevangelist
The Cascades Scarf pattern is a great knitting pattern for your first cable knitting project. One big braided cable down the middle and chunky yarn makes this scarf come together quickly. #knitpattern #scarfpattern #knitscarf #pdfpattern #craftevangelist
Manitoba Moss Mittens knitting pattern... a chunky textured knitted mitten, perfect for winter! Love this rich teal colour, too! #knitmittens #mittenpattern #knittingpattern #chunkyyarn #craftevangelist
Bit of Honey Mittens, a cute honeycomb textured knitted mitten pattern. Such a gorgeous and simple mitten pattern! #knitmittens #mittenpattern #knittingpattern #mittenknitting #craftevangelist
The Cadence Mittens crocheted cable mittens pattern. I love the chunky yarn and texture of this crochet pattern. So cute and cozy! #crochetpattern #crochetmittens #mittenpattern #mittenscrochet #craftevangelist
Beautiful textured crochet stocking pattern. I love the bobble textured stripes! Perfect for a farmhouse rustic style Christmas decor! #stockingpattern #crochetstocking #farmhouseChristmas #Christmasstocking #craftevangelist
I love this cute knitted hat pattern! What a lovely colour work knitting pattern for buffalo plaid! So cute! and I'm still loving these big faux fur pompoms! #knittingpattern #knitbeanie #beaniepattern #knittoque #toqupattern #hatpattern #knithat #buffaloplaid #knitplaid #colorwork #craftevangelist
Animal Attraction Hat! Awesome intarsia knitting pattern for a leopard print beanie! How fun is this? #knittingpattern #knithat #knitbeanie #knittoque #hatpattern #beaniepattern #animalprint #craftevangelist
The River Ear Warmer crochet pattern. Love this twisted headband for winter. Room for ponytails and top knots! #earwarmer #crochetpattern #crochetheadband #headband #headbandpattern #earwarmerpattern #crochetearwarmer #craftevangelist
Love this twisted bow-tie woven headwarmer crochet pattern. Super cute texture on this headband. Perfectly on-trend this year! #crochetpattern #crochetheadwarmer #crochetheadband #crochetearwarmer #headbandpattern #craftevangelist

Crochet for Christmas

Are you looking for some ideas for some handmade gifts you can make for Christmas this year? If you can crochet, there are a myriad of ideas out there, absolutely worth your time to make! It’s so touching to receive a handmade gift, one that you know a lot of thought and time has gone into. It’s such a neat experience for me to be able to make handmade gifts for my family and friends… I think about them as I make their gift, so there’s the extra special gift of having spent hours and hours (and hours and hours) thinking about the recipient that is built into this gift of love!

So, if you want to give that kind of love this gift-giving season, you’ve still got plenty of time to crochet something amazing. And I have got some great crochet patterns for you!

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A crocheted hat is a practical and lovely gift. This Brisk Beanie Crochet Pattern is trendy with its multiple textures and crochets up quickly with a 5 mm crochet hook. This is the kind of gift you can whip up in a couple of hours!

Isn’t this sweet vertical-striped Borealis Hat Crochet Pattern adorable? I love the rainbow yarn used in this example to make a super fun and brightly coloured hat for a child, or anyone who loves a pop of colour!

If you’re looking for something a little more Christmassy to make as a gift this season, check out this Vintage Crochet Granny Square Tree Skirt Pattern. Because it’s a vintage pattern, you can get the .pdf for just a couple bucks! And you can choose the colours that suit your recipients (or your own… ;)) to make a perfectly customized tree skirt!

If granny squares aren’t your thing, this Crocheted Nativity Tree Skirt Pattern might be more your speed. I love the simplicity of the two colours and the multiple panels with different scenes.

I also love this Rustic Wonderland Christmas Tree Skirt Crochet Pattern with a chunky yarn and fantastic wooden buttons, this would be perfect for a farmhouse Christmas style.

Who doesn’t love snowmen? These Little Snowman Crocheted Christmas Ornaments would make perfect co-worker gifts! I love the embroidered snowflakes on the hat and scarf and the little stick arms on the other snowman are classic!

Perhaps you’d rather make a Snowman Christmas Ball Ornament; this little crochet pattern would also make a great gift for co-workers. I think they would also go well at craft sales if you’re the kind of person who makes for craft sales. Simple and quick, these would probably come together in a couple of hours, too.

For a more traditional Christmas Ball Ornament Crochet Pattern, there’s this super colourful option, which I love and also think would come together quickly! How fun would a bunch of these be on a colourful tree? oOooOhh or they’d be even more perfect at a daycare or pre-school!? When I was a kid, we had glass ball ornaments, which could (and did!) break. Since I’ve had kids, I’ve only bought plastic ornaments so I wouldn’t have to worry about breakage; I could let my kids decorate and touch the tree without being a ball of worry. These would totally work to let kids decorate with!

While we’re in this colourful mood, you should also check out these cute Colourful Little Christmas Trees. I love the fun stripes and the beads that add so much character to these sweet little decorations. They would go along perfectly with those snowmen ball ornaments at your craft sale!

I’m also a big fan of these stockings! You can make this Mini Stocking Crochet Pattern into a bunting like these, with multiple colours, stripes, and follow the rainbow! What a fun decoration! OoooOooh… you could make 25 of them for an advent calendar bunting!

Here’s another great pattern to turn into a great garland: this Christmas Lights Crochet Pattern can be made into individual little ornaments or strung together for an adorable bunting! How fun are these?!

So, you see? With all these quick projects you could make in time for the holidays, you can really give a handmade gift to just about anyone you care about! Time to pull out that yarn and the hook, pick up a pattern and get to work! Or Pin it for later!

So many cute Christmas crochet patterns to make! Perfect handmade gift ideas! I can't wait to get started on these! Look at the little stockings! So adorable! #christmascrochet #handmadechristmas #crochetpatterns #crochetchristmas #craftevangelist
Adorable chunky textured beanie crochet pattern, the Brisk Beanie pdf crochet pattern to download and work immediately. Super trendy and I love the faux fur pompom! Perfect quick crochet Christmas gift! #crochetchristmas #crochetpattern #crochetornament #crochethat #hatpattern#christmascrochet #craftevangelist
Such a sweet and cute crochet beanie pattern with colourful vertical stripes! This would make a great quick Christmas gift for kids! #crochetchristmas #crochetpattern #crochetornament #crochethat#hatpattern#craftevangelist
Vintage crochet pattern for a granny square or granny ripple tree skirt! So fun and retro. Love this for Christmas! It would make a great handmade gift! Perfect for beginners! #crochetchristmas #crochetpattern #crochetornament #crochetdecorations #christmascrochet #craftevangelist
Beautiful two-color Nativity Tree skirt with a silhouette of the Nativity, worked in panels. This would make a stunning Christmas gift! #crochetchristmas #crochetpattern #crochetornament #crochetdecorations #christmascrochet #craftevangelist
Rustic Wonderland Tree Skirt crochet pattern. Perfect to make for a farmhouse decor Christmas gift. Chunky yarn works up quickly for a beautiful, rustic handmade Christmas tree skirt! #crochetchristmas #crochetpattern #crochetornament #crochetdecorations #christmascrochet #craftevangelist
Sweet little snowman crochet pattern. I love this little amigurumi snowman, perfect little Christmas ornament for a handmade gift! #crochetchristmas #crochetpattern #crochetornament #crochetdecorations #christmascrochet #craftevangelist
Colourful Christmas Ball Ornament Crochet pattern is a perfect quick handmade gift to make for coworkers or friends. These would sell well at craft fairs too. #crochetchristmas #crochetpattern #crochetornament #crochetdecorations #christmascrochet #craftevangelist
Adorable and simple little Snowman ornament crochet pattern. These would be awesome to make for craft fairs or co-worker gifts! I love to make handmade gifts for friends! #crochetchristmas #crochetpattern #crochetornament #crochetdecorations #christmascrochet #craftevangelist
Sweet little colorful tree Christmas ornaments. A quick crochet pattern for Christmas decorations. These would be great for craft sales. I love the beads! #crochetchristmas #crochetpattern #crochetornament #crochetdecorations #christmascrochet #craftevangelist
Adorable mini stocking crochet pattern would make a perfect advent calendar or just make a couple and they'd be cute tree ornaments! Christmas stockings are such great decorations! So fun for kids! #crochetchristmas #crochetpattern #crochetornament #crochetdecorations #christmascrochet #craftevangelist
Cute and quick crochet pattern for Christmas lights. A string of Christmas lights would make a great Christmas garland! Or one of these bulbs would be a quick ornament! #crochetchristmas #crochetpattern #crochetornament #crochetdecorations #christmascrochet #craftevangelist

Handmade Holiday Gifts

It’s go time! November always takes me by surprise. Before November, if I had started thinking about Christmas gifts or making anything, I was so super early and ahead of the game. Once November hits, I always feel behind. It’s stupid, really. But the maker mom in me wants to handmake something for everyone. Besides making everyone some coasters or ornaments, it just isn’t practical to start in November. But just because you can’t make something elaborate for everyone, doesn’t mean that you can’t make something elaborate for someone special. So, I’ve rounded up a group of patterns to make for some beautiful handmade holiday gifts! Check them out and get to work!

Or… here’s the other trick, if you’re starting in November, you can still get a handmade gift made for you! There are so many makers who make a gorgeous handmade gift for you, wrap it beautifully and ship it to you in time for Christmas. Just take note of any special order-by dates, so you can be sure to get what you want in time for your gift-giving!

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Stuffed toys are always a great gift idea for children! Even adults find them hard to resist! This sweet Friendy Wendy the Lamb crochet pattern would make a lovely handmade gift!

The beauty of holiday time is that you can decorate with stuffed toys! When else can you display stuffed toys if you’re not a kid (or my mother-in-law in her spare bedrooms)? You can make this Kevin the Snowman Amigurumi Pattern and put him on your mantle or give him as a loveable Christmas toy!

These Christmas Minis set of crochet toy patterns are another opportunity to make and display some cute little amigurumi toys for the holidays! If you attached some string to these little guys, they would make great hanging ornaments or gift toppers!

My little Oak hubby crochet toy pattern is a sweet little amigurumi toy pattern to make as a lovey for a child. What an adorable earthy little doll! He looks perfectly suited for the woodsy outdoors.

Maybe the hype of Frozne is over now, but I know there are still some die-hard fans out there and kids still love Olaf. If you have a fan in your life, you could make one of these detachable Olaf Snowman crochet patterns. How much fun is it to have an interactive handmade toy to play with!?

Play food is such a fun handmade gift! This amigurumi cup of hot cocoa is a cute and quick-to-make little pattern that will delight any recipient! How much fun would it be to put out an amigurumi cup of cocoa and cookies for Santa this year?

For an older child or teen, this Crochet Pillow Lips Amigurumi Pattern would make a great throw pillow for their bed. Made with fuzzy blanket yarn, this little pillow would be so cozy to snuggle up to!

For the knitters in the group looking to make a garment, the Lodgepole Cowl knitting pattern is a lovely colour-work knitting pattern, made with just two colours. Cowls make great handmade gifts because you don’t need to have someone’s exact measurements to make a garment that is going to fit and they knit up rather quickly, so you can make lots for all your friends!

If you’ve got a little more time to craft this year, you could make up one of these Winter Star Crochet Blanket Patterns and have a fabulous afghan to enjoy or delight someone with a gorgeous handmade gift!

Or if winter stars are not your thing, check out this Midnight Diamond Blanket Crochet Pattern. I love the pattern on this; it almost looks like a Scandinavian rug! I wonder if I could make it with t-shirt yarn and make a fun rug?

So, if you’re not a maker, or you are and you just don’t have time to make one of these lovely patterns, there are still makers out there who have time to make a great gift for you in time for the holidays. Like this incredible Crocheted fairy house teapot cosy from Pleasant Things Store. Remember last year when I made my teapot cosy for the silent auction? Well, this maker makes them, too! And she is far more prolific than I am! I tell ya, for all the work that goes into a piece of art like this, her prices are a good deal!

Or maybe you would prefer to give a Luxury Sparrow Beanie made by my friend Jasmine at KichekoDesigns with hand-dyed superwash Merino wool. I love the giant faux fur poms; they’re still so trendy and fun. This gorgeous hat would be loved by any recipient! If you want to make your own, you can grab the pattern from HaileyBailey.

Do you have a new baby coming into the family soon? Jasmine would also make you a Little Ombre Blanket made with naturally soft merino. Perfect baby stroller blanket! It’s such a delight to receive a handmade gift, so you can be sure to let your recipient know that this blanket was handmade in Canada by a delightful woman in Revelstoke, BC!

Pre-order your Knit Hat with Faux Fur Pom from a fellow Edmonton maker, GingerfullyCozy. This mustard yellow is such a great colour this fall; I’m so glad it’s still on-trend: it’s one of my favourite colours!

For a chunky option, GingerfullyCozy also has this cute textured knit hat with faux fur pom. The grey is so classic and goes with everything!

So, whether you’re kicking your making into high-gear this month or organizing yourself for the gift-giving season ahead, you’ve got a bunch of great options to have a lovely handmade holiday! I’m always so pleased to push handmade on people; it’s a far superior option in so many ways. If you make it yourself, you can save some money by just buying some yarn that’s within your budget and add so much value with some of your time. It makes such a special gift for the recipient because of your input of time and thought. If you buy from an independent maker, you’re usually getting a super great deal and you’re directly supporting creative handiwork! We shouldn’t lose these skills! We need to value them and we need to value the time that makers spend making and coming up with beautiful patterns for the rest of us! So, what are you waiting for? Go get one of these patterns or put your order in for a handmade item by a talented maker! Pin this for later so you can find it next time you’re looking for it.

Cute handmade gifts to make and gift this Christmas season! From amigurumi toys to fairy house tea cosies and trendy beanies, this is a great collection of patterns and handmade gift ideas for you! #crochetpatterns #handmadegifts #craftevangelist #amigurumi #blanketpatterns #yarn #crafts
Sweet amigurumi crochet pattern for this adorable little lamb doll, Friendy Wendy the Lamb. So cute! Perfect handmade baby gift idea! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochettoy #handmadegift #handmadegiftideas #yarn #crafts #handmadeholidays #craftevangelist
Super adorable crochet pattern for this sweet amigurumi snowman. Lovely crocheted christmas gift idea. He would make a great decoration or toy for children of all ages. Very sweet. I love his little vest! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochettoy #handmadegifts #handmadechristmas #handmadeholidays #handmadegiftideas #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Such a sweet handmade crochet toy pattern! Perfect little amigurumi doll, I love its waldorf-style simplicity with the adorable little details! Super cute handmade gift idea. Time to pick up a pattern and get working for the holidays! #handmadegifts #amigurumipattern #crochetpattern #crochettoy #amigurumitoy #handmadechristmas #handmadeholidays #craftevangelist
Sweet little amigurumi holiday characters. 4 crochet patterns in one: penguin, snowman, christmas tree and santa claus. Such adorable little amigurumi patterns, would make great ornaments! Excellent instructions and highly rated pattern! It's time to start working on your holiday gifts! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochetchristmas #handmadegifts #handmadechristmas #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Fun and functional detachable Olaf toy crochet pattern! What a fun handmade gift idea, Frozen-inspired amigurumi pattern. #amigurumipattern #frozen #toypattern #yarn #crafts #diytoys #handmadegiftideas #crochetpattern
Knitting pattern for worsted weight color work cowl, the Lodgepole Cowl with a modern stranded color work simple pine tree design. Gorgeous! Would work up quickly for a quick handmade gift idea! #knittingpattern #knitcowl #cowlpattern #yarn #crafts #handmadegifts #craftevangelist
Adorable, incredible handmade crocheted fairy house teapot cozy! What a fun and thoughtful gift this would make for a tea fanatic! Such a good price for lovely detailed handiwork! #teacozy #teacosy #handmadegifts #crochetedgifts #handmade #fairyhouse #fairies #fantasygifts #craftevangelist
Such a cute amigurumi crochet pattern! A mug of hot cocoa pattern! I love the cute little face and I need to find that cookie pattern! Adorable! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #playfood #amigurumiplayfood #hotcocoa #hotchocolate #diytoys #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Winter Star Blanket crochet pattern. Lovely little pattern to work on for this fall, making a gorgeous holiday-ready afghan to curl up in or give as a fabulous handmade gift! Love this beautiful crochet pattern! #crochetpattern #crochetblanket #crochetafghan #blanketpattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Chunky Knit Hat with faux fur pompom, special handmade beanie sized for an average adult woman's head. Love this gorgeous hat! 
#knithat #fauxfurpom #handmadegiftideas #handmadegift #shoplocal #handmadeinyeg #yeghandmade #craftevangelist
Gorgeous textured knit hat with giant faux fur pompom! I love everything about this hat. Pre-order, made to order handmade in Canada custom beanie! Perfect gift idea! #knithat #handmadegift #handmadegiftideas #craftevangelist
I love this classic, minimalist ombre baby blanket, with chunky stripes and a lovely textured super soft merino wool, this handmade in Canada blanket would make a lovely baby shower gift! #handmadegifts #babyblanket #merinowool #madeinCanada #crochetedblanket #handmadeblanket #craftevangelist
Handmade crocheted luxury hat made in Canada with hand-dyed superwash merino wool. I love this gorgeous hat and the fantastic faux fur pompom! Perfect winter beanie! There's also a link to the pattern to make your own! #crochethat #crochetbeanie #beaniepattern #handmadegifts #craftevangelist
Midnight Diamond Blanket Crochet Pattern. I love this black and white tile-inspired blanket crochet pattern. It would fit well with Scandinavian-style decor and would make a lovely handmade gift! #crochetpattern #crochetblanket #crochetblanketpattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
What a fun handmade crochet pillow for teens! Perfect cozy little pattern to make up for that hard-to-buy-for woman or teen! Crochet pink lips for your home, car and friends!
#amigurumi #handmadegifts #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #craftevangelist

Namaste Maker’s Hybrid Belt Bag Review

This summer when I was at Our Maker Life in Calgary, I had the privilege of meeting Laura from Jimmy Beans Wool. She spoke for a little bit at OML and I was super inspired by her story. As we were chatting with a smaller group of people afterwards, we were talking up Jimmy Beans’ Namaste bags. I had brought my Maker’s Tote Bag with me because it’s my everyday purse/knitting/computer bag and I love it and it’s perfect in so many ways. As we were chatting, I told her that I thought a fanny pack (I know, I’m cringing at the word, too, but stick with me here)-type bag that you could just store a skein of yarn to work on a project while in line or moving around the house. To my great delight, Laura showed us some pictures of an upcoming product, the Namaste Maker’s Hybrid Belt Bag, which was way cooler looking than what I had imagined. When the product was released, I got up the nerve to send an email to Laura (she gave us all her email address; how cool is that?!) to ask if they would send me a bag to review.

And they did!

So, here I am with my first review! So, for full disclosure. Jimmy Beans sent me the Belt Bag for free to try out and give my opinion about. All my opinions and words are my own and I received no other compensation other than the bag. It arrived about 6 weeks ago, but I wanted to give myself some time to put it to use before I wrote my review.

I had requested the Petal colour, which matches my tote bag and my Maker’s Portfolio. When it arrived (happy mail!), I took a little break from work to open it–I couldn’t wait! I loved the cute, sturdy, little box it came in (so handy for re-using! drawer organizers!!!).

I think one of my favourite things about both of my Namaste Maker’s bags is that they have just the right amount of pockets and compartments. Using other bags that have a gazillion pockets for “a place for everything,” I have found that they’re too restrictive, they don’t fit exactly the things that I have and want to keep there. And then I also don’t consistently put them back in their “perfect” spot. So, maybe they work for some people, but I’m just too lazy to be that organized. Also, I love a super easy pocket, like this one on the back of the belt bag.

It’s very handy to pop in your cell phone, keeps it close to your body and closes with a magnet!!! I love magnet closures… so handy.

Under the flap of the main compartment, there’s a zippered pocket that can act as a wallet with card slots, a cash compartment and room for whatever. The flap of the main compartment closes with snaps (and there are more magnets to hold the flap down).

The main compartment is where you would keep a skein of yarn and your project. I really wanted to love this and I think I definitely did when I was working on a small project and had to get up to check on dinner.

There was a super long line at camp registration this summer when I had just started a shawl and it would have been perfect for that. Once you get into larger projects or larger balls of yarn, this bag probably isn’t going to cut it for you. I agree with the choice made: sacrificing the space for a project for a slimmer bag so that it’s not so bulky makes it more versatile overall.

I am not the most fashion-forward person so I had some hesitation about wearing the belt bag as a belt bag in public, so I have mostly used it as a crossbody bag, to which it easily and smoothly converts. I saw a woman wearing a dress and a belt bag at a soccer game this fall, which gave me the courage to wear this bag as a belt bag this fall at The King’s University’s 40th Anniversary Banquet, where I worked helping with the silent auction and selling tickets for the bar. It was very handy to have a small bag with me to keep my keys, wallet, phone and a pen to have my hands free. I did not have time to knit, so I left my project at home.

Honestly, I mostly love it as a small purse. It is very easily convertible: the belt strap lengthens and shortens quickly and easily, and the claw clasps are both easy to handle and secure. So many details carefully considered!

For a true knitting bag, I love and use all the time my Maker’s Tote Bag and plenty of people have been raving about the Maker’s Backpack, but this little hybrid belt bag is a super cute option if you’re working on smaller projects with fine wool, which also makes a stylish, versatile little purse.

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Cute & Creepy Crocheted Creatures

As Halloween approaches, I’m finding more and more adorable and creepy crochet patterns for disturbing little toys. I’m especially enjoying various zombie dolls with creative appliques and embroidery all over their bodies. If you have a Halloween-lover in your life or an older kid that just isn’t in to cute things anymore, I have got some handmade toys for you to make! Check out these great patterns!

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Frankie the Zombie Teddy Bear is an adorably terrifying little stuffed toy to make any kid react with both affection and disgust. I love the patchwork and stitches all through the doll. So creative!

This Zombie Unicorn is a great Halloween-themed stuffed toy crochet pattern with crazy, bugged-out eyes and mesmerizing lollipop accessories. I love the yellow that dsMouseBears chose for this sample; it’s so creepy!

Amigurumi Zombirina is a fun choice for a little ballerina who loves creepy and cute things! I love her crazy hair! The pattern is available in both Spanish and English and is pretty small, designed with a 2.00 mm hook, but you could make her with any size yarn you’d like! That’s the great thing about dolls… as long as your gauge is consistent, it doesn’t really matter if you’re making it in the size written.

This Zombie Boy pattern is also a super fun pattern with large buck teeth and buggy eyes, he’s the perfect pattern to make when one of your favourite kids has requested a zombie stuffie!

This cute little Flap the Bat Amigurumi Crochet Pattern is a little less on the creepy side and a little more on the adorable side, especially with his rosy little cheeks!

This happy little Voodoo Doll crochet pattern would make a super fun pincushion, don’t you think?! We don’t all need little tomatoes to hold our pins, right? Why not a voodoo doll?!

This adorable Skeleton Teddy Bear is another loveable, but creepy looking stuffed animal by Krawka which is perfect for Halloween. How fun would it be to adorn your house with some creepy little stuffed animals as decorations?

Here’s a crocheted version of the Zombie from Plants vs Zombies, so if you have a gamer in your life who loves Plants vs Zombies, this little character would make a perfect creepy gift!

If you’re new to amigurumi but are interested in trying your hand at one of these crocheted stuffed toy patterns, you could start with this Zombie Pattern which has an easy step-by-step tutorial how to crochet Zombie doll. It includes 34 pictures and 12 pages of detailed instructions to walk you through it.

You can’t talk about creepy and cute characters without Jack Skellington! My eldest loves the Nightmare Before Christmas. This little doll here is a finished product and I couldn’t find a pattern for it, though he’s pretty similarly shaped to the Zombie above, that you could probably get a reasonable facsimile if you made a few changes.

I did find this Jack Skellington as Santa crochet pattern, which I think my kid would really love. It might make a super fun Christmas gift (secrets, please! Don’t spill the beans to my kid!).

What do you think? Do you have someone in your life who would appreciate one of these creepy and cute amigurumi characters? They’re perfect for Halloween or for anyone who has an appreciation for slightly more sinister stuffed toys! Pick up your favourite pattern today or pin it for later!

Cute and creepy crochet amigurumi patterns, perfect handmade toys for Halloween! Zombies, bats and Jack Skellington! So many great patterns! #crochetpattern #zombies #halloweencrochet #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
How adorable is this creepy and cute zombie teddy bear crochet pattern?! I love this kind of amigurumi, perfect handmade gift for older kids or teenagers! #crochetpattern #zombies #halloweencrochet #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Adorable zombie unicorn crochet amigurumi pattern! So much fun. I love her mesmerizing lollipops and buggy eyes! #crochetpattern #zombies #halloweencrochet #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Super cute little amigurumi zombie ballerina crochet pattern "Zombirina" --- so much fun! #crochetpattern #zombies #halloweencrochet #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Zombie Boy crochet amigurumi pattern. This guy is so creepy and fun... perfect gift for my nephew! #crochetpattern #zombies #halloweencrochet #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Cute little flap the bat amigurumi crochet pattern. Adorable little creepy bat to make for halloween! #crochetpattern #halloweencrochet #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Cute little voodoo doll amigurumi crochet pattern. Would make a fun pincushion! #crochetpattern #zombies #halloweencrochet #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Adorable skeleton teddy bear crochet amigurumi pattern! How sweet is this scary little bear? #crochetpattern  #halloweencrochet #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Zombie from Plants vs Zombies amigurumi crochet pattern! This looks so good; you need to make one of these for the Plants vs Zombies fan in your life! #crochetpattern #zombies #halloweencrochet #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist #plantsvszombies
Fun and cute little zombie amigurumi crochet pattern! Perfect little toy to make for Halloween! #crochetpattern #zombies #halloweencrochet #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Check out this sweet little Jack Skellington doll! Perfect little baby Jack Skellington. My kid would love this! #crochetpattern #thenightmarebeforechristmas #halloweencrochet #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Jack Skellington amigurumi crochet pattern. Love this Jack Skellington in the Santa suit, looks so much like Jack from The Nightmare Before Christmas! #crochetpattern #theNightmareBeforeChristmas #halloweencrochet #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist

Cardigan Season

It’s sweater weather! Now that the temperatures are dropping in my part of the world, I’ve got sweaters on my body and on the brain! Fall is a great time to cozy up with some yarn and make yourself or someone you love a beautiful handmade cardigan! I love the longer cardigans that can be thrown over a pair of jeans and a t-shirt and you’ve got an instantly classy look that keeps you warm and cozy. I’ve rounded up some great cardigan patterns for you to consider making this season

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The Uptown Cardigan from All About Ami is probably one of my favourites; this was my late summer/early fall cardigan project. It’s a super simple knit and if there was a pattern rating system, I would put this one in the category of “Easy to knit while watching Netflix.” It’s lovely working with the delicate Coboo yarn from Lion Brand. It’s a worsted weight yarn that is sooooooo soft and has a lovely drape. It’s totally worth ordering the kit from Lion Brand, especially if you can get a good 40% off kits deal that Lion Brand is offering right now with the code 40KITS!

Stephanie also recently created this simple Rosewood Cardigan Crochet Pattern, also made with Coboo yarn. It’s similarly styled to the knit version, but for crocheters! This is also offered as a kit from Lion Brand and with 40% off right now, it’s a great time to pick it up!

This chunky cable-knit Braid Cardigan looks like it would work up really quickly with the chunky yarn and mostly garter stitch. And how cozy does it look? I love the cable braid detail.

Do you love the seed stitch? I love the look of it and as a continental knitter, switching between knitting and purling is pretty quick for me. The Autumn Sweater is another easy-level knitting pattern, worked up with chunky yarn, so it would come together quickly. It looks so warm!

Chantal from Knitatude has released this lovely cable knit chunky sweater as well. The Cable Crush Coat is knit with super bulky We Art Knitters The Wool (use my code: MGMKTKWSM to get $12 off!).

The Nina Cardigan is a crochet pattern for a long oversized cardigan with pockets. Pockets! We all love pockets! So you can make yourself a beautiful long cardigan whether you knit or crochet! This pattern is crocheted top-down, which is an excellent construction to work with for a sweater, so there are no surprises about how long it is because you can try it on as you go!

The Telavi Crocheted Cardigan Pattern has a lovely open lace stitch pattern, making a beautiful addition to your wardrobe, blending light and airy with soft and cozy.

So, are you ready for sweater weather? Which of these gorgeous patterns are you hoping to work up this season? Grab a pattern today or pin it for later!

Pattern round up of knit and crochet long cardigans. I love these gorgeous fall sweaters! #cardiganpatterns #cardigan # crochetcardigan #knitcardigan #knittingpattern #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
Beautiful drape on this knit cardigan with Lion Brand Coboo yarn! I love the Uptown Cardigan. These long slouchy cardigans are so great! #cardiganpatterns #cardigan #knitcardigan #knittingpattern #craftevangelist
I love this crochet cardigan pattern from All About Ami! The drape on this oversized slouchy sweater is so gorgeous! #cardiganpatterns #cardigan # crochetcardigan #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
Chunky cable knit oversized cardigan knitting pattern. This looks so cozy! #cardiganpatterns #cardigan # knitcardigan #knittingpattern #craftevangelist
Cozy chunky knitting pattern for this Autumn Sweater in seed stitch! Oh I need to make one of these for winter! #cardiganpatterns #cardigan # knitcardigan #knittingpattern #craftevangelist
Beautiful cozy knitting pattern for this cable knit cardigan! Knit with super bulky We Are Knitters The Wool; The Cable Crush Coat from knitatude knits up quickly! #cardiganpatterns #cardigan #knitcardigan #knittingpattern #craftevangelist
The Nina Cardigan crochet pattern. Love this simple design and pockets! #cardiganpatterns #cardigan # crochetcardigan #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
I love the broomstick lace on this Telavi Cardigan, cozy and light and airy, this crocheted cardigan pattern is perfect for spring and fall! #cardiganpatterns #cardigan # crochetcardigan #crochetpattern #craftevangelist

DIY Wall Hangings

We redecorated our sitting room this year. It started with fixing the ceiling, which had a hole in it from someone sticking their foot through it when we were renovating the bathroom upstairs. Isn’t it fascinating how one project can lead to the next one? Haha. Well, after living with a hole in our ceiling for an embarrassingly long time, we finally got to fixing it. Nothing is easy in this old house because there’s a layer of drywall over the original lath and plaster, so it’s always a really big mess. Additionally, nothing is straight, so that’s another adventure.

However, our ceiling went from this

to this

in a day and a half with three of us working on it (and two of us are not very experienced and one of us is over 70). Seriously, if you need to re-do your ceiling, this is definitely something to consider. (Here’s a link to a DIY blog that has more information.) So much time and back-breaking work saved on mudding and taping and sanding, not to mention how much easier cleanup was!

Since all the furniture was already out of the room and it’d been nearly 9 years since we’d painted that room, I decided I may as well paint the room, too. I went with a light neutral grey, but it took us a couple tries to get just the right colour. I put down 2 coats of primer because we had it and a wee little bit of the red was peeking through after the first coat. Primer is like 1/2 the price of paint, so you may as well use that to get full coverage. The first colour we chose ended up looking too cool in the room, so we went back to the store and had the second can of paint we had bought (that thankfully we didn’t need to open) and had them re-tint it to a warmer grey. It’s amazing how our eyes can trick us. As I was painting the second colour, I asked Mr Evangelist’s opinion and he said, “It looks brown” (he did not want brown). And to be fair, it looked much warmer than the first colour. But after the first wall was painted, I knew it was going to be ok. He was out at the time and I texted him, “You are going to be shocked at how not-brown this looks.”

So, now the room is grey. Here’s a photo of the wall and the finished mantle (another project I finished for this room this summer). It’s really hard to get a good picture of the colour of the room; as you can see in this photo, the light really affects how it looks. Anyway, I like it, it’s very neutral, it’s lighter in there, and we’ve added some pops of colour. While I’m still thinking about the love seat, I’ve also started thinking about the walls. And right now, wall hangings are pretty fun and trendy and I think it might just be the right thing for this room. Check out some of these patterns and let me know what you think I should put in the room.

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I could go simple and trendy with this diagonal fringe The Les Cayes Bobble Wall Hanging. It’s an easy/intermediate crochet pattern, so if you’re new to crochet, it would be a great project to try out your new skills!

I’m not sure this round crocheted wall hanging pattern with flowers is going to fit with the rest of the decor in the room, but I still think this one is really fun and it might be nice in a bedroom or hallway… Definitely something to keep in mind.

The Eleanor Wall Hanging crochet pattern can make 4 different styles of wall hangings, which makes this pattern super versatile. I love how it has a narrow and mini version so you could basically make a wall hanging for any little space in your house!

This one caught my eye because it has that beautiful mustard yellow in it. It really just got me thinking that maybe I could come up with my own simple design in the bobble stitch similar to this That’s Amore Wall Hanging pattern, which would look super sweet hanging in a nursery.

Now, macrame seems to have made a bit of a comeback. For me, this is definitely a throwback to my 1980’s Girl Guide days and I don’t think I’ve done macrame ever since. I did, however, have a solid year or two of complex friendship bracelet making, so I think it wouldn’t be so hard to pick up some macrame to make this macrame wall hanging pattern.

So far, I think this Adirondack Wall Hanging is leading the pack for me. The mustard colour is just perfect to go with the pops of colour we’ve put in the room and the natural colours and scene would fit in just perfectly with the rustic accents that we have in there. Time to go pick up some Thick & Quick!

Here’s another easy crochet pattern for a lovely boho wall hanging. I love the way this one is styled with the hats on the wall. It’s definitely a style I appreciate, but I think I would feel like a big phoney with a styling like this. Also, why is there a garlic braid hanging on this wall with the hats and tambourine? Who stores their things this way? Anyway, that pattern is pretty cool. Make that.

My friend Orsi is a beautiful crochet pattern designer and she has recently started designing tapestry crochet. This might be pushing my sensibilities a little bit, but I also enjoy a bit of whimsy in my house, something interesting that sparks some conversation. I think this Crochet Alpaca Wall Hanging definitely has the potential to be that point of interest in the room.

Are you considering a DIY wall hanging for one of your rooms? Which direction do you think I should head with my wall hanging? If you want to make one of these or think about it later, pick up one of these great patterns or pin it for later!

Crocheted and macrame wall hangings patterns. Great collection of tapestry crochet and boho macrame wall hangings! Can't wait to make one of these!
the Les Cayes Bobble Wall Hanging easy crochet pattern for boho decor. I love the long tassels. This would work so well in so many spaces! #crochetwallhanging #bohowallhanging #macrame #macramewallhanging #crochetwalldecor #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
Crafty crochet boho round wall hanging pattern. Round like a dream catcher. DIY your own wall decor!  #crochetwallhanging #bohowallhanging #macrame #macramewallhanging #crochetwalldecor #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
Eleanor wall hanging crochet pattern with full tutorial and lots of photos. Comes with four different styles and sizes! #crochetwallhanging #bohowallhanging #macrame #macramewallhanging #crochetwalldecor #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
Adorable crochet bobble stitch crochet pattern for this heart wall hanging, perfect for the nursery. I need one in this mustard colour! #crochetwallhanging #bohowallhanging #macrame #macramewallhanging #crochetwalldecor #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
Macrame wall hanging, perfect boho wall decor! I haven't done macrame since I was a kid! This looks so fun. #crochetwallhanging #bohowallhanging #macrame #macramewallhanging #crochetwalldecor #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
Gorgeous simple mountain scene crochet pattern in the this Adirondack Wall hanging crochet pattern! I'm going to make this for my living room! #crochetwallhanging #bohowallhanging #macrame #macramewallhanging #crochetwalldecor #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
Super simple and easy crochet wall hanging pattern. Perfect DIY boho wall decor! #crochetwallhanging #bohowallhanging #macrame #macramewallhanging #crochetwalldecor #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
How fun is this Alpaca Wall Hanging crochet pattern? This would be such a fun conversation piece for our family room! #crochetwallhanging #bohowallhanging #macrame #macramewallhanging #crochetwalldecor #crochetpattern #craftevangelist

Bundle of Baby Booties

It may be due to the birthday of my youngest this month, but I’ve got babies on the brain. Let me be clear, I do not want any more babies on a permanent basis in my house, but I could definitely do with some baby snuggles. And baby booties just might be the most adorable of the handmade items for babies. So, if you have a baby due in your life that you would like to make for, check out this beautiful bundle of baby bootie patterns.

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Check out these modern booties, the Taika Boot crochet pattern. These hiking boot-inspired booties would make a lovely pair of slippers for a little baby boy. They would make a great baby shower gift!

The Forrester Boot Crochet Bootie Pattern is another great hiking boot inspired bootie pattern. These are so great for little boys and even little mountain girls! So sweet! I wonder if I can make a pair large enough for me…

To keep your baby’s toes super toasty this winter, crochet up a pair of theses Summit Snowboots Intrepid Boots! I can’t get over how much these look like winter boots! What a treasure these would be!

Or you could put a pair of these Baby Work Boots on your little construction worker! I love the addition of the grommets for a very realistic look! So adorable!

For a more lady-like slipper, you could make a pair of these Sassy Straps Baby Shoes for the little ballerina baby! Careful with those buttons for the little ones, but super adorable for a little girl!

For a more sporty bootie, check out this Converse-inspired high top baby booties crochet pattern! I think these would be great for the baby boy or baby girl of a guy friend or relative. I think it’s easy for guys to feel a little left out of the whole baby thing. My husband preferred to dress our kids as little people, instead of as dolls, which took a little adjusting for me with our baby girl, but he always had good taste.

Not entirely forgetting the knitters, this adorable Baby booties knitting pattern is embellished with this cute flower design, I love the double-lined look to add extra cosiness and help keep those booties on baby’s feet! The last thing you want someone to do is to lose one of these adorable handmade slippers out of a stroller or car seat!

Here’s another pattern for the knitters, this Baby Moc-a-Soc knitting pattern also has a faux sock attached with a striking collar-like fold-over cuff, they’d be perfect for a Christmas family photoshoot!

I think this Chunky crocheted baby booties pattern with suede soles is a super cute pattern, perfect for a rustic look. They look super warm and appropriate for the entire chilly season but are also very suitable for Christmas. What parent wouldn’t love a pair of these adorable booties for their new baby?

I don’t really have a baby in my life to make one of these adorable pairs of booties for right now, but I’m sure you do, so share with me which pair you’re going to make or pin one of these images for later!

Nine adorable baby booties slipper patterns to knit and crochet. I love these crochet patterns for baby shoes! #babypatterns #crochetpattern #knittingpattern #babyshoes #babyslippers #slipperpatterns #bootiepatterns #crochetbooties #yarn #crafts #crochet #knitting #craftevangelist
Crochet baby hiking boot pattern! How adorable are these baby slippers?! #crochetpattern #babybooties #babyslippers #crochetslippers #crochetbooties #yarn #crafts #crochet #craftevangelist
Sweet little Taika Boot crochet baby hiking boot pattern. I love these sweet little booties! Perfect handmade baby shower gift! #crochetpattern #crochetbabybooties #crochetbooties #crochetslippers #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Super adorable Sorel-style furry crochet Summit Snow boot pattern for baby! These look just like Sorels! What a fun pattern and they look super warm! #crochetpattern #crochetboots #yarn #crafts #babybooties #babyboots #babyshoes #crochetbabyshoes #crochetslippers #craftevangelist
How fun are these Baby Work Boots? I love the heel detail! #crochetpattern #crochetslippers #crochetbooties #crochetbabybooties #crochetbabyshoes #yarn #crafts #pattern #craftevangelist
Sweet little ballet slipper baby crochet pattern with lovely little straps. This delicate crochet baby shoe pattern is so sweet for a little girl! #crochetpattern #crochetshoes #crochetbabyshoes #crochetbaby #babyslippers #babyshoes #babybooties #crochet #pattern #crafts #yarn #craftevangelist
Fun Converse-inspired crochet pattern for baby slippers. How adorable are these crochet baby converse shoes? What a fun pattern for a unique handmade baby gift! #crochetpattern #crochetbabyshoes #crochetconverse #crochetslippers #crochetbooties #crochetbabybooties #bootiepattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Adorable knitted baby slippers pattern. I love the flowers embellishment on this knitting pattern for baby booties, with built in socks, designed not to slip off! #knittingpattern #knittedbooties #knittedbabybooties #babybooties #knitting #knitslipperpattern #knitbootiepattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Knitting pattern for baby slippers. Lovely Nordic inspired folded cuff knitting pattern for baby booties with built in sock. #knittingpattern #knitbabybooties #knitbabyslippers #knitbabyshoes #knitbabysocks #babyslippers #babybooties #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Adorable chunky baby booties crochet pattern with suede soles. This pattern comes with three different crochet baby slipper styles! #crochetpattern #crochetslippers #crochetbooties #crochetbabybooties #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist