Patterns to Warm Up With

Are you experiencing a polar vortex where you are? It’s still very cold here. I mean, it’s Canada. It’s the middle of winter, but still. I’m done with this weather. But it, apparently, is not done with us. Fortunately, I have a degree in yarn crafts, with an internet minor. So, we can solve this. Even if I had a degree in meteorology, I wouldn’t be able to change the weather, but with my fictitious degree in yarn crafts, I can change how I (and others) experience it. #takethatscience

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First off, I’d like to introduce you to The Frost Beanie, designed by my friend Alicia from Lee & Evelyn (you’re my friend now, Alicia). I test-knit this little beauty of a beginner toque (Canadian for winter hat/beanie) for Alicia and it’s a lovely pattern, with great instructions for a seamless colour-change and it has been just re-released in sizes newborn to adult male! So, if you already purchased this adorable hat, you’ll get an update sent to you. If not, now you can get sizes for everyone! It knits up very quickly in a super bulky size yarn. I knitted up a couple of the kid sizes in a day!

The Frost Beanie in all sizes! Knit by @craftevangelist

I knit these beauties up in The Wool by We Are Knitters, but I would recommend experimenting with the more fitted versions she suggests. The thickness of the The Wool just doesn’t have the drape that other yarns do, but it’s sooo lovely and soft and the colours are to die for!

As it turns out, there are other results on Etsy when you search “Frost Beanie” including this sweet crochet pattern by Jennifer White Designs. These textured crochet patterns (especially with buttons) are so adorable and trendy. Pick one up and get crocheting: they’re so cute!

Of course, if it’s cold outside, you’re going to need something to keep your fingers warm and these Frost Lined Mittens are just the thing. The outer mitten is worked first, then stitches are picked up around the inside of the cuff and the lining is worked in the opposite direction. Once completed, the lining is tucked into the outer mitten. Looks like the perfect pattern to keep warm this polar vortex season.

Sometimes it’s a bit frosty in my office. They’ve tried to tell me it’s not air conditioning, but it’s cold air blowing out of the same vent that the air conditioning comes out of, so… it doesn’t much matter to me. It’s minus bajillion outside and there’s cold air blowing out of a vent in my office #I’llcallitwhateverIwantthanks. But perhaps, a pair of these Frost Fighters might help?

Back to hat patterns, though. I’m sure we all know that you lose most of your heat from your head, so hats are important. Check out this beautiful textured Winter Frost Chunky Beanie crochet pattern which is a gorgeous way to stay warm this polar vortex.

You probably underestimate how warm a scarf can keep you. But warm up your neck with this Frost infinity cowl and see how toasty you will be! You can drape it over your head to keep your head warm, too and keep the wind from your neck! With this beautiful textured knit pattern, it would make a lovely gift for a loved one, too!

Stay warm friends. Get making and keep yourself and your loved ones warm this polar vortex. If it’s above freezing where you are, just keep it to yourselves. The rest of us don’t need that in our lives. What can we do about it besides knit and never leave the warmth of our electric blankets?

Warm up with these frosty weather knit and crochet patterns. Perfect patterns to make to keep you and your loved ones warm during the polar vortex! #knit #crochet #patterns #knitting #knittingpatterns #crochetpatterns #winterhats #knitbeanie #knittoque #crochettoque #crochetbeanie #crochethat #knithat #knitmitts #crochetmitts #polarvortex #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Adorable beginner knitting pattern using super bulky yarn to quickly knit up this two-toned adorable beanie. Now available in sizes newborn to adult male! So cute! Perfect mommy & me (or daddy & me hats!) #knitting #pattern #knittingpattern #knitbeanie #beaniepattern #toquepattern #knittoque #knithat #allsizes #beanie #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Slouchy textured crochet hat pattern  with buttons! How cute is this chunky beanie?!  #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #crochethat #crochetbeanie #crochettoque #beaniepattern #hatpattern #toquepattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Check out the beautiful colourwork on these gorgeous lined frost mittens with snowflake design!  Lined for extra warmth! #knitting #pattern #knittingpattern #knitmitts #mittenspattern #knitmittspattern #linedmittens #warmth #colourwork #knitcolourwork #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Sweet and simple cable-knit hand warmers and ear warmers knitting pattern. Perfect to keep that chill off in the office or in the fall! Love the gorgeous classic look of this set! #knitting #pattern #knittingpattern #fingerlessgloves #fingerlessmittens #earwarmer #headband #yarn #crafts #warmth #craftevangelist
Adorable textured crochet pattern for this chunky "Winter Frost" Beanie! I love this adorable pattern! It looks so warm and toasty! #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #hatpattern #crochethat #crochethatpattern #crochetbeanie #crochettoque #beaniepattern #toquepattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Lovely classic and simple design on this beautiful knitted infinity cowl knitting pattern! I love the drape of this garment. Looks so cozy! #knitting #pattern #cowl #scarf #knittingpattern #knitcowl #knitscarf #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist

True Love Knits (and Crochets)

I know, I know, Valentine’s Day is just over a week away and you have already finished all your handmade gifts for your sweethearts. Oh, what’s that you say? You haven’t? Well, I have a few ideas for you.

One of my favorite sayings about knitting for other people goes like this: Knitting is like sex. If I love you and you appreciate it, it’s free, otherwise, you can’t pay me enough. Knitting and crocheting is definitely an act of love. The amount of time that goes into handmade items makes them so valuable and cost prohibitive that most people would say they can’t afford them.

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First off this adorable True Love Beanie pattern is so simple and cozy looking, I just want to make one for each of my kids and take ridiculously adorable matching pictures of them to make them hate me because they’re too old for that stuff (but they’re not and they’d be soooo cute!).

Check out these adorable love notes hats! You could make one of these in an evening or two! Perfect little handmade Valentine's Gift!

Check out these adorable love notes hats! You could make one of these in an evening or two! Perfect little handmade Valentine’s Gift!

While we’re on the subject of hats (also because #polarvortex), this beginner knitting pattern for this Pixie Hat with Heart Applique is adorable and knits up quickly with a super bulky yarn.

If your knitting skills are a little more advanced, you can make this absolutely adorable xoxo beanie. Isn’t it great? What a fun pattern! There’s no mistaking that xo pattern!

Need to sharpen your knitting skills to take on one of these projects? Check out some online knitting classes from Blueprint!

Maybe you’re up to your eyeballs in hats, though. You have twice as many feet as you do heads, so you should need twice as many socks, right? If hand-knit socks doesn’t say love, what does, amiright? Check out this creative pattern: Key to My Heart Knit Socks.

Perhaps handmade toys are the love language of your sweetheart. If that’s the case, you could crochet this sweet and understated Amelie doll. Isn’t she adorable? I love her.

And this cute little Double Heart crochet pattern is another excellent choice for a handmade toy. Love their little hugging arms!

For a less obvious handmade Valentine’s Day gift, but still adorable (and who doesn’t love something a little unexpected?) take a look at this sweet amigurumi baby sloth teether toy.

Remember, friends, true love knits. You still have some time to whip up one of these lovely patterns for someone you love. It’s always a good time to tell people you care about how you feel.

Eight Sweet Patterns to knit and crochet for your sweetheart for Valentine's Day! I love that xoxo hat! So adorable! #knitting #crochet #patterns #knittingpattern #crochetpattern #handmadegiftideas #hats #toques #beanies #toys #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Cute amigurumi hearts crochet pattern! Love these adorable cartoon hearts stuffed toy! Perfect handmade Valentine's gift! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #valentine #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
I love this adorable unique knit beanie pattern with xoxo all over it! What a great winter hat pattern for Valentine's Day! #knitting #pattern #knit #hat #beanie #toque #Valentine's #xoxobeanie #crafts #yarn #craftevangelist #trueloveknits
Adorable crochet pattern for this baby teether! Such a sweet little baby sloth! Perfect quick little gift idea! I love that it has snaps to hold the hands together! What a great idea! #crochet #amigurumi #pattern #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochettoy #crochetforbaby #handmadetoy #crafts #yarn #craftevangelist
Adorable little amigurumi doll Amelie crochet pattern. She's so sweet and cute; she'd make a lovely Valentine's gift! #crochet #amigurumi #pattern #manuska #yarn #crafts #handmadedoll #dollpattern #crochetdoll #crochettoys #craftevangelist
I love this simple sweet and chunky True Love Beanie knitting pattern! I'm going to make one for all my kids and force them to take ridiculously adorable pictures! #knitting #pattern #trueloveknits #truelovebeanie #knithat #knitbeanie #toque #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Sweet beginner knitting pattern for this heart-appliqued knit pixie beanie! Love the texture of this quick knit using super bulky yarn! So adorable! #knitting #pattern #knithat #valentines #beanie #knitbeanie #beaniepattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist #trueloveknits
Love these Valentine's notes beanies! What a great looking knit hat pattern! Can't wait to make some of these for my littles! #knitting #pattern #knithat #knitbeanie #beaniepattern #trueloveknits #lovenotes #valentineshat #valentines #valentinesday #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
What a unique and adorable knit sock pattern! I love the heart designs in these sweet socks! Hand-knit socks DO say I love you! #keytomyheartsocks #trueloveknits #knitting #pattern #knitsocks #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist

Vest Patterns

I found some great patterns for you to check out today! Vests. Are they cool? I hope so, because I’m really liking them lately! Which one do you like?

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This lacy Daydreamer Crochet Vest pattern from Megmade with Love looks easy and carefree. Don’t you love that fringe?

In a similar style, but with a little more warmth, The Wanderer Vest from KayKrochets also boasts an adorable fringe… and maybe a little less chain stitch!

I’m LOVING this faux fur crocheted vest pattern from Mama in a Stitch. This is definitely near the top of my list and is a fantastic use of Lion Brand’s new Go For Faux yarn.

I think knitting might be a little easier with this Go For Faux yarn though. I think it’d be easier to keep track of your stitches if they were on your needles all the time. This Go For Faux Vest knitting pattern from Knitatude looks simple and cute.

Another long fringe-y vest pattern… hmmm… I wonder what I should make? I keep looking at really similar patterns, so… ? hahaha. Also, I love the name of this vest from Hopeful Honey Designs: Whispering Birch Bohemian Vest.

My mind doesn’t immediately go to a pattern like this for a vest, but this Chain Link Armored Cowl Crocheted Vest Pattern from Woods and Wool Shop is super cozy looking.

I’m also quite liking this asymmetrical crocheted vest pattern: The Sherwood Vest from Newborn Knots: simple and trendy. Also, I love large buttons like that.

Here’s another knitting pattern for the knitters in the bunch. This Justice Vest Knitting Pattern from Bromefields is a great beginner pattern. Even as a more advanced knitter, sometimes a beginner pattern is just so refreshing because you can make it look amazing without as much effort or concentration as a more advanced pattern.

If you’re looking for a vest pattern, be sure to check some of these out and pin it to share with your friends!

Sweet Vest Patterns to knit and crochet. Love the look of the faux fur vests! #knit #crochet #pattern #patternroundup #crochetpattern #knittingpattern #vests #diy #yarn #crafts #knitclothes #crochetclothes #knityourownclothes #crochetyourownclothes #knitforwomen #crochetforwomen #crochetforchange #knitforchange #craftevangelist
Love this long boho daydreamer vest crochet pattern! Perfect accessory for festival life! Love the fringe! #crochet #vest #pattern #crochetpattern #crochetforwomen #crochetclothes #diy #yarn #crafts
The Wanderer Vest crochet pattern. Long crochet vest pattern with fringe. This is so fun! #crochet #crochetpattern #pattern #crochetvest #crochetforwomen #crochetclothes #diy #yarn #crafts
What a fun faux fur vest crochet pattern! Made with Lion Brand Go For Faux yarn! So cozy! I need to make one of these! #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #yarn #crochetforwomen #crochetclothes #vest #crochetvest #fauxfur #goforfaux #lionbrand #diy #crafts #diyclothes
Sweet boho vest crochet pattern: Whispering Birch Vest. I love the little tie, the long length and the groovy fringe. #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #vest #crochetvest #diyclothes #crochetclothes #crochetforwomen #diy #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Love this Cozy Cowl neck vest knitting pattern: Chain Link Armored Cowl pattern to knit. #knitting #knit #pattern #knittingpattern #knityourownclothes #knitvest #knitcowl #yarn #crafts #diy #craftevangelist
The Sherwood Vest asymmetrical crocheted vest pattern. I love how great this looks with a pair of boots. I love the big wooden button closure on top! #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #crochetvest #yarn #crafts #diy #crochetyourownclothes #crochetforwomen #crochetforchange #craftevangelist
Go For Faux vest knitting pattern for Lion Brand Go For Faux yarn. I need to make one of these cozy vests! #yarn #crafts #knitting #pattern #knittingpattern ##knitvest #knityourownclothes #goforfaux #fauxfur #craftevangelist
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Valentine’s Amigurumi

It’s time to start making love! I mean… making sure your loved ones feel loved! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so get making some adorable Valentine’s amigurumi patterns to show your kids, your spouse, your friends, your fiance, your co-workers how you feel! Check out these adorable Valentine’s amigurumi patterns that are perfect for the occasion!

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This adorable red and pink dragon with a be mine heart amigurumi pattern is a lovely idea, if you have a bit of time for crocheting a special handmade toy for that special person in your life.

Need to sharpen your crochet skills before you tackle one of these lovely amigurumi projects? Check out some great online crochet classes from Blueprint!

I’m also a big fan of these cartoon hearts cuddling on a park bench. Your sweetie would be sure to love this adorable little handmade gift!

This pattern for these adorable love birds is so sweet and would make such a fun gift for a newlywed couple. It’s also available in multiple languages, so it’s great around the world!

These sweet kissing dolls are a special little pattern that you could make for a first Valentine’s Day together or even a lovely thoughtful wedding gift.

I also love this Mouse Tili in Love crochet pattern. The sweet little mouse with a heart on her belly is perfect for Valentine’s Day, but not so strongly-themed that she can’t be enjoyed year-round.

If you’re really a keener, you can make your kids’ friends all one of these adorable little Burt the Baby Honey Bee Amigurumis and print off a free card from Storyland Ami’s blog.

These simple amigurumi hearts are another great option for Valentine’s favours, if you’re up for making a lot of little hearts, this little pattern would be great to make for the holiday.

This anatomical heart is more my style when it comes to amigurumi that my husband might appreciate. Always good for a laugh. If you ever want to give someone your heart, you can make one of these.

Are you making anything special for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day? You’d better get going because it’s less than a month away!

Valentine's Day  Amigurumi! Check out these adorable and sweet crochet patterns for these lovely stuffed toys! Would be great handmade Valentine's Day gifts! #amigurumi #patterns #crochet #toys #handmadetoypatterns #crochetpatterns #amigurumipatterns #valentinesday #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Adorable crochet pattern for this sweet Be Mine amigurumi valentine dragon. Love all these valentines day amigurumi ideas! #crochet #pattern #valentinesday #amigurumi #dragon #stuffedtoy #handmadetoys #handmadegifts #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
These sweet little amigurumi crocheted kissing dolls would make a great wedding cake topper for a vintage handmade look! What a fun first valentines day gift idea for newlyweds! So fun! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #weddingdecor #caketopper #handmade #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #kissingdolls #kiss #valentines #crafts #yarn #craftevangelist
Adorable cartoon heart couple on a crocheted park bench! How sweet are these?! What a fun little gift idea! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #hearts #valentinesday #valentinescrochet #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Cute and simple pattern for amigurumi crocheted hearts pattern. If I get working, I could make enough of these for my kids' class! Fun candy-free valentines day handmade gift idea. #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #hearts #valentinesday #amigurumipattern #crochetpattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Adorable crocheted mouse amigurumi pattern. I love the sweet little heart on her belly. What a lovely little gift to make for your child for valentine's day. So cute! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #amigurumipattern #crochetpattern #mouse #heart #valentinesday #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Adorable little honey bee crochet pattern would make sweet little valentines to give away to special loves in your life! I love this adorable little bee! #crochet #pattern #valentines #amigurumi #amigurumipattern #crochetpattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Cute little love birds amigurumi crochet pattern for valentines day! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochet #amigurumi #yarn #crafts #valentinesday #bemine #lovebirds #craftevangelist
Fun crocheted amigurumi heart pattern for anatomical human heart, perfect for a funny handmade valentine's day gift! My husband would get a good laugh out of this! #crochet #amigurumi #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #heart #anatomicalheart #craftevangelist

Cute Crocheted Cushions

Winter time is a great time to decorate! It’s a great time to do some online shopping (since who feels like leaving the house?) and it’s a great time to order your supplies and make some handmade decor items. I’m somewhat of a throw pillow convert, in that I used to be much more boring and practical and didn’t see why a person would want so many pillows around when they just seem to get in the way of sitting and sleeping and whatnot. But there are so many cute options, so I’ve come around! And now I’ve found so many fun patterns to make your own (and I’ve got a pattern idea in the works for a special custom pillow for my craft room… wait and see!!!). Check out the great patterns that I’ve found to make your own crafty pillows!

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Starting off today’s pattern round-up is this adorable floral-embellished crocheted cushion pattern from Annie Design. I love the lacy texture on this pillow cover and the sweet little floral appliques really add a delicate touch.

Decor embellished with words is still totally on trend, so if you’re into that kind of thing, this crochet pattern for this rustic “blessed” throw cushion is a sweet farmhouse style pattern by Two Little Birds Patterns.

This adorable Love to Cuddle Pillow crochet pattern from The Turtle Trunk utilizes the popular faux fur (get some here) to make this completely cuddle-able cushion, perfect for the upcoming Valentine’s day holiday!

If you’re looking to throw some different shapes of cushions into your decor, you can try this textured round flower pillow cover pattern from Crochet Spot Patterns.

This adorable heart pillow crochet pattern from Peach and Paige Designs would be sweet in a nursery or a little girl’s bedroom. Also, what a fun Valentine’s pattern to work on!

So many of the fibre artists I know are loving llamas lately, so this super adorable Alpaca Llama Pillow from Anne Alster is completely on trend! (Also, she has many other adorable crochet patterns for pillows that will make you smile: check out her shop!)

Monogrammed pillows would make for a lovely wedding gift, don’t ya think? Or super fun for a kid’s bedroom, as well. Check out these Brixton Monogram Pillow Crochet Patterns also from Two Little Birds Patterns.

Of course, for some reason, the poop emoji pillow is a thing. Kids are so weird. But if yours seems to have a fascination with poop emojis, perhaps you would like to make them this bizarre pillow pattern from Soul Moon Rising?

Personally, I’d much rather have one of these Shark Pillows hanging around in my kids’ rooms. Super fun and whimsical crochet pattern from Spina Yarn Studio.

Which of these crocheted cushions tickles your fancy? Go get yourself a pattern today and get making! It’s so rewarding to make your own decor! Pin it to share with your friends!

Cute crocheted pillow patterns to decorate your home with lovely handmade yarn crafts! Learn to crochet these gorgeous throw cushions!
What a beautiful crocheted cushion pattern with flower appliques. This would be super cute in a sunroom or on the deck. Love the flower details! #crochet #pattern #pillow #decor #handmadepillow #crochetdecor #crochetpattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Sweet farmhouse style rustic crochet pattern for this "blessed" pillow in a bouncy script. Such a fun throw cushion for a family room. #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #crochetdecor #decor #handmade #pillow #crafts #yarn #craftevangelist
This sweet faux fur heart crochet pillow pattern looks so cozy and cuddly! Perfect cushion for valentines day or for a nursery! #crochet #pattern #fauxfur #crochetpattern #pillow #cushion #crochetpillow #crochetdecor #crafts #yarn #craftevangelist
Dahlia round flower cushion crochet pattern for this pretty throw pillow! Love this gorgeous rich color! #crochet #pattern #pillow #crochetdecor #crochetpillow #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Sweet little simple crochet pattern for single crochet heart pillow. Perfect throw cushion for nursery, valentines day or heart-loving kid's room. #crochet #pillow #crochetpattern #crochetpillow #pattern #crochetdecor #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Adorable alpaca or llama pillow crochet pattern. These are so cute! #crochet #pattern #llama #alpaca #pillow #crochetpattern #decor #crafts #yarn #craftevangelist
Lovely monogram pillow crochet patterns from Two Little Bird Patterns. Love these sweet patterns! Perfect handmade gift idea for newlyweds, wedding gifts, or baby gifts, baby showers. lovely handmade nursery decor #crochet #pattern #nursery #wedding #gifts #crafts #yarn #craftevangelist #pillow #cushion #monogram #personalized #handmadegiftideas #handmadegift #giftideas
LOL Poop emoji crochet pillow pattern! My kid would love this! But I'm not sure I want one in my house! Hilarious, though! Fun handmade gift idea for a teen. #crochet #pattern #poopemoji #poop #crochetpillow #cushion #handmadepillows #teengift #handmadeteengift #crochetteengiftideas #crochetpattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
I love this crocheted shark pillow pattern! My kids would love this fun cushion for their beds! It's almost like a stuffed animal! So fun! #sharkpillow #shark #crochet #pillow #cushion #crochetpattern #pattern #yarn #crafts #throwpillow #throwcushion #kids #craftevangelist

More Gorgeous Hats!

It’s still hat season, right? Good, ’cause I’m still loving them and I’m still making them! I have a lovely assortment of knit and crochet hat patterns to show you today. The pattern designers are just going nuts! And I’ll tell you about all the goodies that I can’t wait to work with!

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This gorgeous chunky cable-knit hat from SoRoBellaCreations is the first on my list. Isn’t it lovely? This pattern comes in 5 sizes and it’s great for a beginner because it knits up with super bulky yarn, so it’s a super fast project. If you need some super bulky yarn, let me recommend We Are Knitters The Wool. I just got my first order this week and it is lovely to look at, lovely to touch and lovely to work with! If you use my referral code (MGMKTKWSM) you can get $10 off your first order!

If you’re looking for a cable knit hat that is a little less bulky, then you could try The Aisling Hat Knitting Pattern from AuntJanetsDesigns. It includes instructions for both DK and worsted weight yarn options and come in 3 different sizes. Also, if you’re looking for some gorgeous faux fur pompoms like that one, I recommend GingerSnapMandie‘s shop. She has a great assortment of beautiful and large (some 6-inch pompoms are on their way to me now!!!) pompoms that will finish of your hat with style!

If you’re in the mood for an adorable fair isle project, this adorable Moosey Slouchy pattern from KnitsNKnacks4U just might be the project for you. It would make a great hat for skiing around the holidays. It has a very festive feel to it!

The Timber Toque knitting pattern from LambandCoDesigns is another festive fair isle hat, which is also made with a super bulky yarn for another quick knit! You’ll be knitting up hats so fast, you’ll have to make new friends to give them to! (And oh.my.goodness, get yourself some huge white pompoms!)

Need to sharpen your knitting skills to take on one of these projects? Check out some online knitting classes from Blueprint!

If you’re not a knitter and prefer to crochet, this Aspen Basketweave Beanie Pattern from WeavingWonder has a lovely texture and slouch to it that is right on point! I’ve been meaning to try this stitch out, so this pattern is going to make my “to make” list (it keeps getting longer all the time!!!)

Here’s another lovely crochet pattern, striped-with-textures, The Sweeney Beanie from HookYarnsandLoops looks cozy and warm with a lovely interest! It looks great for crocheters who get bored with the same stitch fast!

The Amelia Beanie Crochet Pattern from AshleighRaeCrochet is yet another lovely textured crocheted hat pattern (with a swoon-worthy faux fur pom!) to crochet up that has a slouchy, textured-stripe. So fun. I need to make one of these, too!

There’s still plenty of winter ahead for us Canadians, so there’s still plenty of time to make up a lovely handmade hat from an independent designer. Which one will you make? Pin it to share or save for later!

Pattern round up of seven gorgeous knit and crochet hat patterns! #knit #crochet #patterns #hats #beanies #toques #winterhats #patternroundup #fauxfur #pompoms #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Gorgeous textured crocheted beanie winter hat pattern. I love these textured toques! And yay! Crochet! #crochet #pattern #hat #winterhat #beanie #toque #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
I love the gorgeous mustard yellow in this crocheted winter hat pattern! Those fur pompoms are gorgeous, too! I can't wait to make one of these toques! #crochet #pattern #hat #winterhat #toque #beanie #crafts #yarn #craftevangelist #crochetpattern
Beautiful ans simple chunky cable knit beanie pattern. This slouchy toque knitting pattern comes in 4 sizes for adults and children. Love this! #knittingpattern #knitting #pattern #hat #beanie #toque #winterhat #diy #yarn #crafts #pdf #craftevangelist
I love the beautiful moose intarsia/fair isle knitting pattern on this fun winter hat pattern! Perfect for winter, skiing and Christmas! So many wonderful pompoms, too! #knitting #pattern #knittingpattern #beanie #toque #winterhat #slouchy #pompom #yarn #crafts #diy #craftevangelist
I love the fair isle pattern on this chunky hat knitting pattern with this Christmas tree colour work! So lovely! Perfect slouchy beanie toque, nice and warm for winter. #knittingpattern #knitting #pattern #beanie #knitbeanie #toque #pdf #winterhat #crafts #yarn #diy #craftevangelist
I love the basketweave pattern on this aspen basketweave crocheted beanie pattern. I can't wait to crochet up this lovely textured slouchy toque crochet pattern! #crochetpattern #yarn #crochet #pattern #diy #crafts #slouchy #beanie #toque #hat #winterhat #craftevangelist

Handmade Handbags

While I’ve never really thought of myself as a handbag person, as it turns out, I’m quite drawn to them. I tend to under-purchase in general, so I tend not to buy myself too many. I have made myself a couple of bags before, but they’ve never turned into my regular handbag. I use one to hold WIPs and another I made to carry some supplies to church. It might just be time to make another because I’ve found some great looking patterns! Check out these beautiful handmade handbag patterns!

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This Audrey Hobo Bag by Hooked on Patterns caught my eye most recently. I love the slouchy hobo bag style with the sturdy textured stitch at the top. This looks like it would make a lovely bag to transport projects!

I am also very drawn to this Window Frost Handbag Crochet Pattern by Outstanding Crochet. I love the lacy flower motif. It looks so delicate and could easily be dressed up or down.

Some people don’t have time for all the crafty stuff. For them, there’s this made to order Crochet Lomo Camera Purse from the shop Meemanan. If you’re really keen on making one yourself, you can find a pattern for a similar camera purse here.

The Kiara Bag crochet pattern from the shop Ruby Webbs is a lovely textured handbag that comes in 2 different sizes, one of which looks large enough to hold a laptop! I love how sturdy it looks!

Need some more skills under your belt before you can tackle this awesome bag? Grab a subscription to Blueprint for some super helpful online crochet classes!

I guess all of these patterns have been crochet up until now. If you haven’t quite ventured into hooking, the Horseshoe Cable Handbag pdf knitting pattern from the Etsy shop LOTCP is a lovely looking cable-knit pattern for a handbag. If you’re looking for some wooden bag handles, check out some of these.

Another lovely knitting pattern for a handbag is this Cherry Blossom Felted Bag Knitting Pattern from the shop Splendid Sparrow. If you’ve never felted before, a handbag is a perfect project to experiment with that! Size isn’t quite as important as a garment, so if it ends up a little smaller than anticipated, it isn’t the end of the world. And isn’t that lovely cherry blossom embroidered embellishment lovely?

I hope you’ve found some inspiration for some handmade handbag patterns. Please pin it for later or to share with your friends!

Handmade Handbags to make yourself! Knitting and crochet patterns for some gorgeous handbags! Love the camera purse! #crochet #knit #patterns #handbag #handmade #purse #yarn #crafts #diy #accessories #bag
Super cute horseshoe cable knit handbag pdf knitting pattern. I love this gorgeous handmade handbag! I can make my own purse! How cool is that?! #handbag #knitting #pattern #pdf #download #etsy #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
What a cute crocheted handbag! I could totally crochet my own purse with this pattern! #handbag #purse #crochet #pattern #handmade #pdf #download #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Beautiful and sturdy crochet pattern for this large and functional handbag in 2 sizes! Love the look of this bag! #crochet #pattern #handbag #purse #laptopbag #handmade #yarn #crafts #pdf #craftevangelist
Beautiful crocheted lacy purse pattern! I love the floral motif on this gorgeous handbag crochet pattern! I need to make one of these now! So pretty! #crochet #pattern #handbag #purse #pdf #download #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
This is SOOOO adorable! Made to order handmade crocheted camera purse that looks like an old-school camera! Great gift for a teen! Love this! There's even a link for a pattern if you want to make one yourself! #crochet #handbag #purse #handmade #instapurse #cute #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Gorgeous Cherry Blossom Handbag felted knit pattern. This looks so neat how you can't even see the stitches! What a fun idea! I'd love to learn how to felt! #knitting #pattern #felted #felting #handbag #handmade #yarn #crafts #purse #craftevangelist

Adorable Amigurumi

Have you ever tried to crochet (or knit) your own (or for a special kid) stuffed toy? Amigurumi projects can be so much fun to work on and often have a pretty quick payoff because they look so cute as they come together. I’m a big fan of amigurumi patterns and I love to see all the creativity of designers come to life in these adorable anthropomorphic creatures! Check out these fantastic adorable amigurumi patterns!

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This adorable Puppy Dog Amigurumi pattern was a definite contender for me to make when my youngest son asked for a super cute puppy stuffy for Christmas. Alas, it was one of the projects that I didn’t get to for Christmas, so my husband picked up a store-bought option for him. He was just as excited for that one.

I love this adorable Baby Sea Turtle with Shell amigurumi pattern. Baby turtles remind me of Mr Evangelist, because he’s always saying that he has ideas like baby turtles (it’s estimated that only 1 in 1,000 sea turtle hatchlings will survive to adulthood). So baby turtles make me think of him. I should probably make him a baby turtle for fun one year!

A classic teddy bear pattern is a great go-to handmade gift idea for a child. What a lovely baby shower gift! This adorable Andy the Bear crochet pattern is a great option!

Of course, a doll pattern is another classic toy idea and this gorgeous Michelle Doll Pattern by Carmen Rent (I love all her designs!) is just lovely! She’s all dolled up in the sweetest dress and her adorable bouncy curls are beautiful!

Another of my favourite designers, Orsi from the shop Manuska has created this lovely doll pattern for Emma. I love the embroidery detail on her eyes, requiring no special notions, like safety eyes or anything, perfect for a young baby, so there are no buttons or choking hazards.

If you’re feeling the St Patrick’s Day celebrations a little early, you have plenty of time to crochet up this adorable Pudgy Leprechaun. He’s as adorable as Saint Nicholas, with his rosy cheeks and jolly beard! He’d be sure to add some whimsy to your spring!

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Six adorable amigurumi crochet patterns to make! I love the super sweet teddy bear pattern! #amigurumi #crochet #pattern #toy #stuffy #handmadegiftidea #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Adorable pudgy leprechaun amigurumi crochet pattern to make this sweet stuffed toy perfect for St Patrick's Day! Fun spring crochet project! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #crochetpattern #stuffedtoypattern #handmadegifts #handmade #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Super adorable puppy dog amigurumi crochet pattern to make this adorable puppy dog eyed puppy! Love his sad little eyes and adorable paws! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #crochetpattern #stuffedtoypattern #handmadegifts #handmade #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
What a fun little crochet project! Baby Sea Turtle with Shell amigurumi crochet pattern makes a perfect little interactive toy for a child! So fun! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #crochetpattern #stuffedtoypattern #handmadegifts #handmade #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Super cute little Andy the Bear crochet amigurumi pattern to make this lovely little toy bear doll with an adorable little sweater! He looks like he's going back to school! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #crochetpattern #stuffedtoypattern #handmadegifts #handmade #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
I love the ringlets on this adorable crocheted doll amigurumi pattern! It's totally time to make some different coloured dolls for my kids! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #crochetpattern #stuffedtoypattern #handmadegifts #handmade #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
What a lovely new doll pattern from Manuska! Emma the crocheted amigurumi doll! I love her embroidered eyes and all the pink! Gorgeous! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #crochetpattern #stuffedtoypattern #handmadegifts #handmade #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist

Sweet Sweaters

Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to start dreaming of selfish projects! Winter is such a great time to cozy up with some yarn and a more involved project to make for yourself! I think it’s a great year to make a sweater for myself, don’t you? Check out some of these lovely sweater patterns and choose one to make for yourself (or as ANOTHER gift, I guess, you generous maker, you).

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While this model may be sporting a pair of cutoffs with this sweater, I think this Clarke Pullover pattern would make a great all season sweater. Cute and comfy for summer evenings or winter weekends. I love stripes, so this pullover is just my style! Definitely a contender!

I love the stylish simplicity of this Drift Cable Knit Raglan Sweater Pattern. I love this grey wool and that it is knit seamlessly in the round from top down. If you’ve never knit top-down before, it is the cat’s meow! Why? You can be sure it’s the right length! No more too short or too long pullovers! Hold it up to yourself as you go and ensure the length is to your preference. Also, seamless! No seams means extra comfort, and no sewing afterward!

This Christmas, I found myself looking for a festive sweater to wear to holiday events. We don’t usually attend very fancy Christmas parties, so a nice sweater will almost always suffice. I had a hard time finding just what I wanted, so I might just have to make something that will work for me. This Icelandic snowflake yoke sweater pattern is sweet and winter-y without being overly Christmassy, which is nice because then you can wear it all season instead of just at festive events.

Perhaps a cardigan is more you thing. A couple years ago, I knit myself a similar cardigan to this Greystone Cardigan (but mine doesn’t have POCKETS like this one does!!!) during Lent while I gave up Facebook. It was so lovely to get something so lovely made instead of just staring at a screen. I’m a little embarrassed to say that I didn’t give up Facebook permanently from that time, but recently I’ve pulled back my time spent there and my time spent on my phone overall, which I’m happy with. So, if you are trying to wean yourself off screens a little bit more, perhaps you should pick up your knitting again!

I’m a big fan of very simple and classic patterns, so this Easy Raglan Sweater Pattern with Video Tutorial is a great beginner project, but also a beautiful way to show off a favourite yarn and knock the execution out of the park to make a really professional looking final product.

But back to stripes. Here’s another striped pattern paired with a casual pair of cutoffs. I love this Sea Breeze Sweater Knitting Pattern by All About Ami. Again, I think this sweater would make a lovely all season sweater, perfect for both winter and summer! And STRIPES!

Which sweater do you like? Are you planning a more involved project for this winter? I loved my Lenton knitting project from 2016; knitting is a great time for reflection and meditation, keeping your hands busy and your mind in and out of focus on the pattern and your thoughts. Lovely. Pin this so you don’t forget about these lovely projects later!

Lovely collection of sweaters to knit this season! Classic raglan top-down knitting patterns to make this season. Time to get some yarn! #knit #pattern #knitting #women #sweater #pullover #cardigan #jumper #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Super cute and stripey raglan top-down knit pullover pattern! I love this sweater! Such a classic looking pattern! Nice casual fit. #sweater #knitting #pattern #knit #pullover #jumper #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Gorgeous simple, but classic cable knit pullover pattern! I love the delicate cable down the centre! Great classic top-down seamless sweater knitting pattern! #knit #sweater #pattern #knitting #jumper #yarn #crafts #women #craftevangelist
This sweet long cardigan knitting pattern HAS POCKETS! What a sweet looking pattern! I may need another cardigan... #knitting #pattern #knit sweater #pockets #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Classic raglan pullover knitting pattern for this simple, but gorgeous sweater! What a lovely pattern to show off a gorgeous yarn! #knitting #pattern #knit #sweater #raglan #topdownsweater #yarn #crafts #pullover #jumper #craftevangelist
I love this breezy striped multi-season sweater knitting pattern! I need more stripes in my life! #knitting #pattern #sweater #pullover #jumper #yarn #crafts #knit #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