Making for Loved Ones

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!)

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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!

Patterns to knit and crochet for Valentine's Day. I love this adorable collection of patterns! Great ideas for what to make for loved ones for valentine's day! That dragon is ADORABLE!!! #crochetpatterns #knittingpatterns #valentinesday #amigurumipattern #pursepatterns #knit #crochet #craftevangelist
Excellent knitting pattern for this gorgeous Fundamentals Basket knit bag. This would make an excellent project bag! #knittingpattern #knitpattern #handbagpattern #knithandbag #knitbasket #knit #craftevangelist
Mountain Range Hat crochet pattern. I love this beanie pattern! Such a great outdoorsy winter hat pattern. So fun. #crochethat #crochetpattern #hatpattern #mountainrangehat #craftevangelist
Cute little crochet heart purse pattern, perfect to make for Valentine's Day. Great handmade gift idea for a little girl for Valentine's Day! I love little purses! #crochetpattern #crochetbagpattern #crochetpurse #littlegirlpurse #crochet #craftevangelist
Wow! What an incredible looking amigurumi flamingo crochet pattern! What an awesome gift this would make for a flamingo-loving friend! I love these so much! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochetflamingo #flamingoamigurumi #crochetamigurumi #amigurumi #crochet #pattern #craftevangelist
Spikey the dragon is an adorably miserable stuffed toy amigurumi pattern. I can't wait to crochet this sweet surly toy for one of my nephews. Great teen crocheted gift idea! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochetdragon #dragoncrochetpattern #crochet #amigurumi #stuffedtoy #handmadegifts #craftevangelist
Sweet Little Chubby Unicorn amigurumi crochet pattern! I can't wait to make this stuffed toy crochet unicorn! It will make such a fun gift idea for a unicorn loving child! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
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Adorable Giant Octopus! You can get the pattern or the whole kit to make this sweet octopus crochet amigurumi to wrap your loved ones in an eight-armed hug! How fun is that? #crochetpattern #crochetkit #amigurumikit #amigurumipattern #crochetstuffedtoy #craftevangelist
Adorable little candy heart scarf knitting pattern. The little pompoms on the end are such a nice touch! This looks like an easy knitting pattern and would make a great toddler scarf! Super fun valentines day handmade gift idea! #knittingpattern #knitscarf #scarfknittingpattern #knitscarfpattern #knitting #craftevangelist
Gorgeous chunky cowl scarf crochet kit. Comes with those cute wooden heart buttons, the pattern and some of that gloriously thick chunky yarn in your choice of colours! This beautiful scarf is a perfect beginner crochet project and the kit with all the supplies is such a great idea. This would make such a lovely gift! #crochetpattern #crochetkit #crochetscarf #valentinesscarf #craftevangelist
Sweet and simplet filet crochet heart baby blanket. This adorable little blanket will crochet up quickly, making the perfect baby shower gift! Love those adorable and simple little hearts! #crochetpattern #crochetblanket #blanketpattern #yarn #babyblanket #crochetbabyblanket #crochetforbaby #craftevangelist
Baby Yoda Patterns are all the rage! Oh my goodness! Star Wars the Mandalorian the Child baby yoda crochet pattern is soooooo cute! Check this out while they're still available! #crochetpattern #amigurumiyoda #babyyodapattern #crochetbabyyoda #amigurumibabyyoda #thechild #starwars #themandalorian #craftevangelist
Sweet little heart bear purse crochet pattern. What a fun and quick little gift idea for a valentines day gift for a child. I love this sweet littie bear purse! #crochetpattern #crochetpurse #bearpurse #heartpurse #craftevangelist

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

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

Mesmerizing Mandalas

I love the look of a mandala! They are such a fun way to use up scrap yarn; they can be bright and sunshiny and they’re often a great way to learn new stitches! So many of my favourite things. Check out some of these gorgeous mandala patterns and mandala inspired patterns to make!

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Coasters are an obvious start for mandalas. It’s a small project that can be made in under an hour. Make a few and you’ve got a lovely little gift set! I love the subtle colours used in this example of One Skein of Love CraftsCrochet Coaster Pattern!

There are so many lovely mandala patterns out there for doilies and for coasters, it’s really hard to pick just one! It kind of depends on how you’re feeling! This Dorothy Mandala Pattern is just one of many!

Need to improve your crochet skills for one of these projects? Check out Blueprint’s online crochet classes and learn at your own pace!

You can also make a whole bunch of mandalas and crochet them together! Check out the lovely floral mandalas in this Persian tiles blanket by Jane Crowfoot. I love the way the mandalas come together to make a gorgeous tile-inspired blanket! How lovely would this be on your couch?

Mandalas also make gorgeous wall hangings! Check out this fantastic pattern to make a fabulous wall hanging for your home. Or it would make a great gift!

And here’s another gorgeous one! The Ripple Effect mandala crochet pattern is gorgeous and super affordable! Mounted on a circular frame makes it perfect for hanging on the wall.

Need some yarn or supplies? Lion Brand Yarn has soooo many options!

Once you get good at making your mandalas, you can start making them bigger and make a mandala rug! How lovely is this Andromeda t-shirt yarn mandala rug?

Or you can make a lovely mandala throw blanket, like this Ring Around the Rosie Mandala Blanket by The Lavender Chair.

You can even wear your mandalas! Check out this super fun Lotus Mandala Circular vest! What a fun boho-inspired garment, perfect for festival season!

Or this Sunset Mandala Circular Vest is another great way to wear a mandala!

I know I usually stick to knitting and crochet patterns here, but if that’s not your thing, there are still mandalas for you to make! In fact, this Beaded Mandala craft kit has everything you need to make this lovely beaded mandala work of art!

Cross stitch is another great craft to get inspired by mandalas! Check out these four mandala patterns that can be used for cross stitch, rug hooking, plastic canvas and more!

Need some yarn or supplies? Lion Brand Yarn has soooo many options!

Go get yourself one of these fabulous patterns now! And getting making a mandala! Perfect project for the warmer months ahead! Or pin it for later!

Gorgeous Mandala Patterns! Mostly crochet patterns to make these stunning mandalas! Loving mandalas right now! #crochetpattern #yarn #crafts #mandala #crochet #craftevangelist
Gorgeous Persian Tiles Blanket full colour printed brochure pattern! Love this gorgeous crochet blanket pattern! And it's so nice to have a printed full color pattern! #mandala #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #blanket #yarn #crafts #craftevanelist
I love this sweet starburst crochet coaster pattern! Perfect little projects for summer and they make great gifts! #crochetpattern #mandala #crochetmandala #mandalapattern #crochetcoaster #crochet #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Crochet Mandala Doily pattern. I love these bright and fun crocheted doilies inspired by mandalas! What a perfect pattern to use up small bits of yarn! Nice small projects for summer travelling! #crochetpattern #crochetmandala #crochetdoily #yarn #crafts #crochet #mandala #craftevangelist
What a fun bead project! Gorgeous beaded mandala craft kit! Perfect little gift idea for an older artistic kid or adult! Love this! #mandala #crafts #giftidea #beading #beads #craftkit #kit #beadedmandala #craftevangelist #etsy
Lovely Ring around the Rosie circular mandala blanket crochet pattern! What a fun throw idea! I love this simple, but stunning pattern! #mandala #crochetpattern #crochet #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist #crochetblanket #crochetmandala #mandala
Lovely Andromeda Crocheted Rug pattern with crochet cables! I love the stunning detail on this tshirt rug crochet pattern! #crochetpattern #mandalapattern #crochetmandala #crochetrug #yarn #crafts #etsy #craftevangelist
Supernova Mandala Patterns. PDF downloadable patterns for crafting, cross stitch, needlepoint, rug hook, plastic canvas, loom and fuse beads. Mandalas are so hot right now! Love these stunning patterns #mandala #mandalapattern #crafts #crossstitch #needlepoint, #rughook, #plasticcanvas #loom #fusebeads #craftevangelist
What a fun and colorful mandala circular shawl crochet pattern! I love the bright colours and carefree spirit in this boho shrug pattern! Perfect for festivals! #crochet #crochetpattern #mandala #mandalapattern #crochetmandala #yarn #crafts #etsy #craftevangelist
Pretty sunset crochet mandala vest pattern! What a fun vest pattern! I'm loving mandalas lately! Gorgeous! #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #crochetvest #yarn #crafts #mandala #mandalapattern #etsy #craftevangelist
The Ripple Effect mandala crochet pattern! I love this one mounted on a circular frame to hang on the wall! Makes great decorative art to display your craft! Fantastic gift! #crochet #crochetpattern #crochetmandala #mandalapattern #yarn #crafts #mandala #wallhanging #etsy #craftevangelist
Lovely wall hanging crochet mandala pattern! Love this gorgeous boho inspired mandala! Would make a great wall hanging or a gift! #crochet #pattern #yarn #crafts #crochetpattern #mandala #wallhanging #mandalapattern #etsy #craftevangelist

Double Brim Knit Hats

Have you seen this technique for a knit hat brim? These colour-block beanies are very popular right now and this seamless brim is such a great technique for creating a simple hat edge without using ribbing (but you can) or ending up with a rolled edge. So all you need to do is knit (no purling)! It also gives you the opportunity to learn a new technique: provisional cast on, though I’ll include a link to a video that doesn’t require a provisional cast on as well as the provisional cast on. It’s worth learning because the provisional cast on results in a seamless and stretchier brim. Check out these patterns for double brim knit hats that are so popular now and learn a new technique while you’re at it!

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First, there’s this super simple pattern in just one colour and straight-forward stockinette stitch, The Doubly. This pattern includes video tutorials and the double brim beanie pattern from Heart Hooked by Tilly.

For a two colour option, you can pick up this Bremner Beanie knitting pattern, which comes in 5 sizes from Amy Wood and Wool.

Or try this option from DeBross NYC, which promises to be a little more slouchy. The slouchy beanies are still super popular this year.  The Savante Two Tone beanie looks great topped with a faux fur pom pom!

By adding just one more colour, you can create this trendy Double Brim Hiker Beanie. This pattern from True North Knits Co comes in sizes for the whole family. Wouldn’t winter family photos be so fun with everyone in one of these adorable hats?

Or you can add a bit of a pattern with this Fisherman Toque by Lamb and Co Designs. I love the super bulky yarn used for this beanie; it makes for a super quick project!

If you’re looking for a more involved pattern and love colourwork, check out this Lake Louise Toque knitting pattern from Woollie and Weft. Isn’t that deep teal colour beautiful?! Love it!

Take some time this winter to learn this new technique of the double brimmed hat. This video is a great tutorial if you already have a good idea of how to make a provisional cast on and you’re working in stockinette. This video has instructions for a provisional cast on, but it is worked in rib stitch, so it’s a little different, but not difficult to adapt to stockinette. And this video includes a whole pattern for free and does not require a provisional cast on. She does show you that you will get a seam, which I do not prefer, so I would use one of the other options for a cast on.

Let me know if you make one of these! Or pin it for later and to share with the world!

Learn to knit a double brim beanie! Seamless options with provisional cast on instructions and simpler options provided. Links to video tutorials and a free YouTube pattern! #knitting #pattern #knit #yarn #crafts #beanie #hat #toque #winterhat #diy #tutorial #craftevangelist
Love this simple all stockinette stitch beanie pattern! Those gorgeous faux fur pompoms are awesome! #knit #knitting #pattern #beanie #toque #hat #doublebrim #craftevangelist
Bremner Beanie, a two-toned double brimmed stockinette stitch winter hat pattern knits up quickly in a chunky yarn! Love this colour blocking! #knit #knitting #pattern #beanie #toque #hat #doublebrim #craftevangelist
Slouchy Double Brim Knit Hat pattern to make in either a solid colour or two tones. Love the big fluffy faux fur pompom! #knit #knitting #pattern #beanie #toque #hat #doublebrim #craftevangelist
Lovely little design on this Fisherman Toque knitting pattern with double brim knit brim. Looks so nice in a chunky/bulky yarn! #knit #knitting #pattern #beanie #toque #hat #doublebrim #craftevangelist
The Lake Louise Toque has a lovely colourwork pattern with a fold over double brim stockinette stitch brim. Knits up quickly. Good project to learn provisional cast on and double brim. #knit #knitting #pattern #beanie #toque #hat #doublebrim #craftevangelist
Love this knitting pattern for a Double Brim Hiker Beanie! Would be perfect for outdoor winter family pictures! #knit #knitting #pattern #beanie #toque #hat #doublebrim #craftevangelist

Amazing Fairy House Tea Cosy

I made this Fairy House Tea Cosy! Isn’t it ridiculously adorable?! I can’t make awesome things at the same speed that I can find awesome things to make, so that’s why I mostly share other people’s patterns and projects here. But I’ve been working on this tea cosy for a while now and she’s finally done!

It was a very partial WIP (work in progress) for a long time until I finally picked up a normally shaped teapot so I could make it fit just right. That’s when the real work began!

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I used this tutorial to make the tea cosy. It’s in Russian. And before you go thinking it’s super impressive that I can read Russian, I can’t. I can, however, limp my way through Google’s Russian to English translation, which is its own feat. (Computer translations don’t necessarily do the greatest job with technical language.) Although about half-way through I found a better English translation here.

Amazing Crocheted Fairy House Tea Cosy made by #craftevangelist #crochet #crafts #yarn #diy #fairyhouse #teacosyFortunately, I have a fair bit of experience reading crochet patterns, charts,  and making stuff up without a pattern, as well as a fascination with language and translation that keeps me going. Also, I love projects that look ridiculously involved and impressive. What can I say? I like to impress.

Amazing Crocheted Fairy House Tea Cosy made by #craftevangelist #crochet #crafts #yarn #diy #fairyhouse #teacosyThere are so many interesting details on this little fairy house tea cosy. And there’s so much room for creativity with all the embellishments!

I found this little teapot charm from Bohemian Findings, a little Etsy shop from PEI.

Amazing Crocheted Fairy House Tea Cosy made by #craftevangelist #crochet #crafts #yarn #diy #fairyhouse #teacosy

I found the little keyhole charm for the door from Michael’s.

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I don’t remember where I got those cute little wooden buttons, but I found some similar wooden flower buttons here if you’re looking for some.

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I got to practice my embroidery and I got to work with so many different yarns, mostly just yarns from my stash, though I did find an eight-pack of cotton mini yarns at Dollarama, which I used for the snail and for the blue flowers.

This tea cosy will be auctioned off at The King’s University‘s Harvest Banquet and Silent Auction this Saturday, so lucky you if you’ve got some tickets… and I’ll see you there!

Amazing Crocheted Fairy House Tea Cosy made by #craftevangelist #crochet #crafts #yarn #diy #fairyhouse #teacosy

You could ask me to make you one, but unless you’re willing to part with eleventy million dollars, I probably won’t do it (but Pleasant Things Shop has some beautiful similar tea cosies and she seems to be a lot faster than me at making these little beauties!) None of us have any idea how much time I’ve spent on this, but suffice it to say, you’re probably better off picking one off Etsy if you’d like to use it this decade (though, maybe I’d make one for my mom or my grandma if they asked 😉).

I’d love it if you’d share my project on Pinterest. I’m pretty proud of how it turned out and sharing helps my little blog!

Wow! What an adorable crocheted tea cosy! There's a link to a tutorial for how to make it and where to get all the little trinkets. Super cute project from #craftevangelist #teacosy #fairyhouse #crochet #pattern #diy #crafts #toadstools #yarn
Check out this super adorable crocheted Fairy House Tea Cozy! Wow! Look at the detail! It's so crazy! #crafts #crochet #pattern #tutorial #diy #yarn #teacosy #fairyhouse

Farmhouse Style

We bought an old house almost 8 years ago, right before we had our third child, so it’s been pretty overwhelming. It needed some work. We did some work. It needed more work. We did some more work. It needed more work. We did some more work. We’re kind of tired of doing work, but it still needs more.

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We’ve taken a little break over the past little while, but now I’m planning and dreaming again. We’re not really sure this house is going to work for us over the next 10 years, but we need to get some stuff finished up before we try to sell it. One of the important projects is getting our family room renovated properly. There are some ceiling issues from a leaky roof and window that we got fixed up and the flooring needs to be replaced as well. There’s a wall we might take out, but we’re still on the fence about it.

I think our family room would look great decorated in a farmhouse style. I already have some great plans for a DIY project for our table. It’s a double-pedestal oak table, with 2 large leaves. It can seat 10 people when fully expanded. I’m hoping to do this to it:

I’m not a big fan of really obvious fake-weathered things, but I like the rustic vibe of some farmhouse style. Check out these awesome Etsy finds for some pretty awesome farmhouse decor. I’m totally going to try to DIY some of these, or maybe even splurge on a few of them!

I love this rustic chalkboard calendar. I’m a big fan of the chalkboard look, as you may know.

There’s also this beautiful giant clock! I think I might be able to make one of these myself with this tutorial by Gather & Flourish.

I made a similar doily rug to this one for my bathroom, but I improvised a lot with on the pattern, so this way you actually have a pattern if you want to make one yourself. Here’s mine:

Beautiful doily rug made from recycled t-shirt yarn created by craft evangelist

I made this bathmat out of recycled t-shirts!

The same person who designed the doily rug pattern also created a pattern for these lovely crocheted baskets, which I think are absolutely adorable and fit in so well with farmhouse style decor or any decor, really! So sweet!

I’m sure I’ll have some other great farmhouse decor finds for you, since it’s really trendy right now and I’m just getting started with my ideas. You can check out my Farmhouse Style Pinterest Board for more Farmhouse Style inspiration!

This farmhouse style chalkboard calendar would look so great in our family organization hub! I love the chalkboard idea... start fresh each month! Gorgeous clock! This handcrafted farmhouse style clock will add a country feel to whatever room you hang it in. It's made of re-purposed pallet wood with hand painted numbers. The wood is a dark Brazilian rosewood (has a slight tint of red) stain with white numbers & hands.Beautiful crocheted rug pattern. These doily rugs look so cute! Love them! Make it yourself!Gorgeous chevron crochet basket pattern! Love it in this subtle white! Lovely handmade decor storage option! Sweet fruit basket idea!

Ying Yang Dish

There are always so many great crochet patterns you can find on Etsy. This one is stunning. I can’t wait to try it out sometime! I think it would make such a lovely gift for a friend; it would look great on a dressing table to hold jewelry!

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Look at this stunning crochet pattern for this little Ying Yang Jewelry dish! So pretty and delicate! I think it would make a lovely handmade gift idea for Mother’s Day!

Gorgeous crochet pattern for this unique ying yang jewelry dish, found by craft evangelist

Click here to get the PDF pattern download. It’s always nice having a downloadable pattern to print and read while you crochet. Nice to take with you anywhere and make notes on some real paper. As handy as the internet is, sometimes it’s nice to have some old-fashioned paper to reference and write on!

I love these gorgeous yin yang jewelry dishes and now I can crochet one myself! Here's a great, detailed pattern for these intricately designed decorative crochet bowls! Great find by craft evangelist!

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Heffalump Cake

For my son’s first birthday, I made him this cake. S has a stuffed Ty elephant that Z affectionately named “Lumpy” (after the Heffalump from Winnie the Pooh), so while I thought at first that I would model the cake after S’s stuffed toy, it was infinitely easier to use the Heffalump from Winnie the Pooh. Here was my inspiration:

I printed this picture off the Internet and took a picture of it.

Then I traced the cake pan, and sketched the picture onto the paper. I had some help because I copied and pasted the picture from the Internet into my Paint program and drew a rectangle around the main part of the body, so I knew about how much to sketch onto the main part and how to make the leftovers work for the rest of the pieces.

The taped-on pieces are “leftovers” from the rest of the shape being cut out. I placed this image on the cake and cut the cake around it.

I decided to use the rounded top of the cake (that I had cut off to level the cake) to shape a 3D nose for Lumpy because the cake just didn’t seem challenging enough (ha ha ha). Here is a picture with all the pieces pasted together before icing. Just about every edge was raw (a cake decorator’s nightmare).

Then, I iced the cake. I used a buttercream icing flavoured with peppermint extract instead of vanilla (mint chocolate cake…mmmmm…) and coloured it light blue (like S’s stuffie instead of light purple like the Heffalump).

Not too bad. It’s hard to get a smooth finish on a “Lumpy” surface (pun intended).

After putting the main coat of icing on, it was time for finishing.

So, here he is all drawn on and outlined.

And here we are posing with the cake, before or after singing to S at the park.
That’s my sister holding S.