Quick Handmade Gifts

Super fast handmade gifts to knit and crochet! Pick up a pattern and get to work today and you can have beautiful handmade gifts to give!

Did you leave making your handmade gifts until December? I may or may not have done this, intending every year to start earlier, but then getting easily distracted and finding the fall having slipped by without my having made a bunch of handmade gifts. My family may be getting used to receiving handmade “gift cards” of promises of handmade goods for the future. I usually have much more time between Christmas and New Years to knit and crochet, so I sit and knit/crochet and drink coffee with Baileys. But, if you have some time in the next couple weeks, these little projects will work up quickly and you can still give your loved ones thoughtful handmade gifts in time for Christmas.

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I love toques and an easy pattern in a chunky yarn like this Gamora Beanie will knit up quickly and make a lovely gift for any woman.

You could pick up a Simple Garter Stitch Scarf Knitting Kit and either give that as a gift itself, with the promise of teaching someone else to knit or make it up yourself for a quick project that you can work on while you binge the Holiday Nailed It episodes on Netflix.

Here’s another chunky toque pattern, the Messy Bun Beanie Pattern will work up quickly and be the perfect thoughtful gift for that woman who is always wearing her hair up in a messy bun.

This Bulky Rope Scarf Hand Crochet Pattern is an extra quick crochet project that you can make with your fingers! How cool is that? This would make another great pattern to give with a skein of yarn to a new crocheter, too!

Headbands work up really quickly. You could have a bunch of these Enora Earwarmer Crochet Pattern worked up in a matter of an evening or two!

I’m also a big fan of this Five Strand Braided Crochet Headband. Headbands are great quick projects for last minute gift giving.

If you have even less time or a handmade garment isn’t quite appropriate, this Christmas Tree Garland Crochet Pattern is a perfect handmade gift idea for just about anyone. Think co-workers! If you have more time, you can make up whole garlands! Less time: individual tree ornaments!

Here’s another adorable ornament pattern: the Mittens Ornament Crochet Pattern. Sweet little amigurumi mittens to adorn the tree of your loved ones!

Or these classic Crochet Christmas Star Ornament Pattern also work up super quickly. I made a bunch of these for my coworkers last Christmas and people loved them! 

You still have time to give handmade gifts this Christmas! Pick up one of these patterns and pick up your crochet hook or knitting needles and get to work! There’s still time and what an enjoyable way to spend an evening by the fire! Share these ideas on Pinterest!

Nine quick knit and crochet projects that you still have time to make before Christmas! Get to work! I love the star pattern! #crochet #knit #pattern #yarn #diy #crafts #handmadegifts #handmade #giftideas
Such a lovely crochet pattern for this simple Christmas tree garland! Make a whole garland or make one as a tree ornament. Makes a quick handmade gift! #crochet #pattern #applique #garland #christmas #handmadegift #handmade #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Quick knit beanie pattern makes a great last minute handmade gift idea! Check out this super adorable knit toque pattern! #knitting #pattern #beanie #toque #hat #yarn #crafts #handmadegifts #craftevangelist
Simple Garter Stitch Scarf knitting kit. Great gift idea to give to a new knitter or someone who wants to learn! Quick knit for a fast gift! #knitting #pattern #scarf #knit #garterstitch #yarn #crafts #diy #handmadegifts #diygifts #craftevangelist
I love this crocheted star pattern! Makes a perfect tree ornament! Great quick handmade gift idea! Excellent gift for co-workers. #handmadegifts #ornaments #star #christmas #crochet #yarn #pattern #handmade #treeornament #crafts #craftevangelist
Messy Bun Beanie knitting pattern knits up quickly for a quick handmade gift idea! These are so popular right now! Perfect for that messy bun style. #knitting #pattern #quickknits #handmadegiftideas #yarn #crafts #hat #beanie #toque #ponytailbeanie #christmas #handmade #craftevangelist
Super quick hand-crochet bulky rope scarf crochet pattern. Crochet you can make with your hands! This would work up super quickly for a perfect last minute handmade gift! #crochet #pattern #scarf #cowl #handmade #gift #ideas #infinityscarf #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Love this celtic weave crochet headband pattern. Perfect ear warmer for a last minute gift idea. Works up quickly, makes a great beginner crochet pattern! #crochet #pattern #headband #earwarmer #celticweave #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Gorgeous 5-strand braided crochet headband pattern! I love this look! Can't wait to make one of these. Works up quickly for a super last minute handmade gift idea! #crochet #pattern #braid #braidcrochet #headband #lastminute #giftidea #handmadegifts #yarn #crafts #diy #christmas #earwarmer #craftevangelist
Super cute mittens ornament crochet pattern! These little tree ornaments make perfect last minute gift ideas that work up quickly. Lovely coworker gifts! #handmadegifts #handmade #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #kawaii #mittens #ornament #christmas #coworkergift #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist

Marvellous Mittens

I posted a round up of fingerless gloves I was choosing between a few weeks ago when I was complaining of my freezing fingers in my office.  I did make a pair, but now we’re onto full-on winter in these parts, so you need mittens whenever you venture out of the house. Which pair should I make next? There are so many lovely knit and crochet patterns to make. Which do you like? (They also make great gifts, especially chunky crocheted mittens: they work up super quickly!

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I’m a big fan of these chunky knit Cabled Hat and Mittens Pattern. Bonus hat pattern! Right? So classic and perfect for showing off a lovely yarn!

The Helix Mittens knitting pattern is another great knit mitten pattern. Look at the fun swirl in these lovely mittens! 

The Jesse Mittens crochet pattern has a nice texture with a contrasting cuff, they set off any winter outfit. This same designer also has a hat pattern that matches!

Cabled Mittens Crochet Pattern by All About Ami (fellow Edmontonian!) are a cute mitten with a cable knit pattern for crocheters. I think the cable-knit look is what a lot of crocheters are kind of envious of knitters for. You can learn both! I learned to knit after I learned to crochet, so I knit continental and it feels so much more natural than the English method to me.

Frosty Forest Mittens crochet pattern are another chunky crochet mitten pattern that look toasty warm and would crochet up quickly for a last minute gift!

One day I want to make some of these ultra warm Alpaca Thrum Mittens! All that roving inside makes them super warm and cozy and the little puffy heart stitch on the outside is adorable!

I’m a huge fan of simple knitting patterns, so I love these Frisco Mittens, which are another pattern that would highlight and show off a beautiful yarn! Sometimes you save that lovely stuff for just the right project. These cozy mittens look just right for that.

Keep your fingers busy and then warm with one of these lovely pair of mittens! Pick up a pattern today! Or pin it for tomorrow!

Seven lovely mitten patterns to knit & crochet! Mittens make such a lovely handmade gift to give and they work up so quickly! #knit #crochet #patterns #roundup #warm #gloves #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Super simple, classic knit mittens pattern. Frisco mittens. Love the classic simplicity of this pattern! Perfect for showing off a lovely yarn! #mittens #knitting #pattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Fuzzy and WARM Alpaca Thrum Mittens knitting pattern! I've always wanted a pair of these! They look soooooo warm! #mittens #knitting #pattern #yarn #wool #roving #crafts #craftevangelist
Thick and chunky cozy crocheted mittens pattern! Love how chunky these are! And I love this split single crochet stitch! It closes up the crochet stitch so it's extra warm! #crochet #pattern #mittens #warm #christmas #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Lovely crocheted cabled mittens! I love that there's a cabled stitch for crocheters! So pretty! #crochet #cable #mittens #pattern #allaboutami #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
The Jesse Mittens crochet pattern. This designer also has a matching hat pattern for these easy crocheted mittens pattern! Perfect for a beginner! #crochet #beginnercrochet #easycrochet #pattern #yarn #mittens #crafts #craftevangelist
Knitting pattern for these spiral embellished mittens! Looks like a fun pattern to knit! Can't wait to make these! #knitting #pattern #mittens #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Classic cable-knit hat and mittens pattern! Perfect combo for a lovely handmade gift idea! I love this simple, classic pattern! #mittens #hat #yarn #knitting #pattern #crafts #craftevangelist

Beautiful Beanies

Hats! Toques! Beanies! Winter Caps! Warmth for your head! Check out this wonderful collection of warm winter hats to knit and crochet! Time to get out the yarn and get working! Christmas is coming and these hats would make an awesome handmade gift that anyone would be delighted to receive!

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I love this cabled Alpine Beanie Pattern. It looks knit, but it’s crochet! 

I’ve posted other plaid crocheted hat patterns before, but if you’re a knitter, this Pumpkin Pie Knitting Pattern is a great chunky knit hat for you to practice your plaid.

Check out this awesome diamond embellished Knit Regan Beanie pattern! Also a chunky knit, it would work up quickly! I love the colour choices in this example, too! Which colours would you choose?

Here’s another crocheted pattern, this Crochet Dandelion Slouch Beanie Pattern is worked up with a self-striping yarn, probably with a Caron Cake or something. So cute. I love this colour choice too!

The Toph Slouchy Beanie Hat Knitting Pattern looks almost surreal! As a relatively experienced knitter, I have no idea how I would begin to make this, so I would totally need to buy the pattern! I have about 5 or 6 patterns that I still need to make right now, so I’ll have to put this one on hold for now! Will you make it and show me?

There are so many creative ways to work colour into crocheted hats, like this Speckled Ridge Hat Crochet Pattern. I love the chunky pops of colour. And those yarn pompoms are super easy to make with a pompom maker. I love mine!

I’ve been meaning to learn this woven crochet stitch in this Crochet Hat Pattern! It looks so lovely in this hat! I want one!

Of course, not all of us have time to make it all, but you can still have a handmade Knitted hat with pompom, if you’re willing to part with a little more money! You get the finished work of a skilled craftsperson and none of the work! Sounds like a win to me! With the gift-giving season drawing ever closer, it’s time to get those orders in!

Here’s another great option for the time-crunched, the Ski Bunny Knit Hat. This one is a lovely chunky, cable-knit toque, perfect for the ski hill. How cute will you look skiing this holiday in this gorgeous beanie? 

Pick up a pattern and some yarn today and you might have a hat by tomorrow (if you’re fast)! Or pin it so you don’t forget (or share it with your sister so she can make you one… that’s what my sisters do).

Such a pretty collection of winter hat patterns to knit and crochet (even a couple you can just order if you don't knit or crochet)! #beanie #winterhat #toque #crochet #knit #patterns #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Gorgeous crochet cabled beanie pattern! Love this chunky toque! #crochet #pattern #hat #toque #beanie #yarn #pompom #crafts #craftevangelist
super bulking plaid hat knitting pattern! Look at the options to make it in different colours! Great idea! #knit #pattern #hat #beanie #toque #winter #christmas #handmadegiftidea #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Dandelion slouch crocheted winter hat pattern. Love this slouchy beanie pattern with this stitch pattern! Looks adorable! #crochet #hat #pattern #toque #beanie #winterhat #christmas #handmadegiftideas #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Wow! Look at the colour work on his knit hat pattern! I love the rich look of this beanie! Gorgeous! #knit #pattern #knitting #hat #beanie #toque #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
I love the pops of colour int he speckled ridge beanie crochet pattern! what a fun hat to make as a gift! Love it! Great for kids. #crochet #pattern #hat #beanie #toque #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
I love the Celtic weave stitch in this crocheted winter hat pattern. This designer has such great hat patterns to check out! #crochet #hat #beanie #winterhat #toque #pattern #crochetpattern #crafts #yarn #craftevangelist

Gifts for Knitters

If you have a knitter on your list and don’t know what to get them, well let me steer you in the right direction! When you know someone does a craft, sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the options of things that you don’t know what to do with. Well, I am here to guide you!

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A yarn bowl is always a great idea for a lovely gift for a knitter. Many knitters don’t own one yet (even me)! I usually wind a center-pull ball, but a yarn bowl is still a lovely knitting accessory and isn’t this wooden one beautiful?

Here’s another super adorable yarn bowl. Don’t you love this ceramic sheep yarn bowl? So cute. 

Unique buttons also make a lovely gift. It’s always great to have an assortment on hand for finishing up a project without having to go shopping for buttons. And sometimes buttons can inspire a project all by themselves. These gorgeous carved wooden bird buttons are adorable and so unique! I love handmade!

These boho painted wooden buttons are another great option, if your recipient are a trendy button option. How fun would it be to give such a simple, but special and thoughtful gift from an independent artisan?

Stitch markers also make a lovely little gift, a perfect little stocking stuffer. Check out these adorable sheep stitch markers… so cute.

Alternatively, if your recipient is more of the minimalist type, these delicate raindrop shaped brass stitch markers are another stitch marker gift.

I have never knit with a knitting ring before, but they look so interesting. If your knitting loved one does a lot of colour-work, then they might like to figure out how to knit or crochet with one of these knitting rings

Almost any knitter would be delighted with some luxurious, wonderfully-coloured yarn. Check out this gorgeous autumn colourway wool yarn from Fashion Touch Supplies.

Or a full kit full of yarn enough for a complete shawl in a teal to browns. So many knitters will have spent the pre-Christmas season making gifts for others. What a delight it would be to be given supplies to make a lovely treat for themselves!

I hope you find these suggestions helpful for shopping for the knitter in your life! Pin it on Pinterest to share with your friends or find it later!

Lots of thoughtful and unique gift ideas for knitters! I love the sheep yarn bowl! So cute! #knitting #gifts #giftideas #christmas #craftevangelist
I love these unique hand-carved wooden bird buttons! They would make such lovely embellishments on a knitting project! #buttons #wooden #knittinggifts #giftideas #giftsforknitters #craftevangelist
Adorable little sheep stitch markers! These are so adorable and practical! great stocking stuffer for a knitter! #stitchmarker #handmade #independentartisan #uniquegifts #giftideas #giftsforknitters #craftevangelist
Love these delicate raindrop stitch markers. So subtle and pretty and minimalist. Lovely stocking stuffer idea for a knitter! #giftideas #giftsforknitters #knitters #stitchmarkers #minimalistknitter #minimalist #brass #craftevangelist #etsy
Such fun Boho Painted Wooden Buttons! Great little thoughtful gift idea for a knitter! It's fantastic to have a great stash of buttons to finish off special knitting projects! #buttons #knitting #giftsforknitters #giftideas #stockingstuffers #craftevangelist #etsy
What a fun yarn bowl! I love this ceramic sheep yarn bowl, a perfect gift for a knitter! So cute! #giftsforknitters #yarnbowl #yarn #crafts #giftideas #christmas #etsy #craftevangelist
Pretty little practical knitting rings. These look handy! I would love to learn to knit with one of these! I heard they're good to relieve hand strain. #knittingring #knitters #knitting #giftsforknitters #giftideas #stockingstuffers #yarncrafts #craftevangelist
Gorgeous colourway in this hand-painted yarn! Love these colours! A fantastic skein of yarn makes a lovely gift for a knitter! Great idea! #crafts #knitting #giftsforknitters #yarn #yarnlove #craftevangelist #handpaintedyarn #teal #rust #orange #brown
Love the colourway in this fantastic yarn kit to make a "find your fade" shawl... pattern available on ravelry. This yarn looks lovely! Great gift idea! #yarn #findyourfade #shawl #yarnkit #knitting #giftsforknitters #crafts #craftevangelist
Beautiful wooden yarn bowl! Such a lovely gift idea for a knitter! Gorgeous! #giftsforknitters #giftideas #knitters #handcarved #wooden #yarnbowl #craftevangelist

Christmas for Baby

Are you crafting for a baby this Christmas? Baby items are great beginner projects because they’re so small. (And adorable!) You can start to get the feel for how a knit sweater is constructed or practice a new crochet stitch with a baby pattern and oh-my-goodness if some of the patterns are THE.CUTEST.EVER. 

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First of all, booties. How much do you love this crochet pattern for Converse-inspired baby booties? So.much.cuteness. It even comes with a printable box template that you can print and give as a gift! I love that.

If you were thinking of more Christmas-themed booties, then you should make these adorable crocheted reindeer booties! How sweet would these be on the baby in front of the Christmas tree? Perfect!

Of course a handmade stuffed animal is another adorable baby gift idea. How sweet is this little reindeer crochet pattern? I love her little pull along sled! So cute! It would make great holiday decor or a lovely baby gift (just make sure you use some safety eyes and not buttons).

Or maybe one of these adorable Christmas-themed amigurumi dolls is more your style? This bundle pack of North Pole patterns is a great deal! I think the elf is my favourite!

If it’s baby’s first Christmas, baby needs a stocking, right? Baby should start life right with a handmade crocheted stocking from you! I’m quite fond of this crocheted stocking pattern with this tree design. Simple and unique! It looks like it’d be easy enough to make one for the whole family!

Or maybe since a baby is small, baby just needs a teensy-weensy, itty-bitty super cute little stocking. Actually, these are for decoration, but wouldn’t they also make a fantastic advent calendar? You could totally make your own and it would be fantastic!

Less Christmas-themed, but still a perfect Christmas gift for a new baby is this Eve Romper All in One Knitting Pattern. Perfect for the beginner, this garter-stitched romper would make an adorable outfit for baby photos. I love the rustic wooden buttons!

If you’re still thinking about good photo props, this sweet elf stocking cap crochet pattern is a great idea. So cute.

I also love these patterns for these crocheted stuffed letters. What a beautiful way to introduce a child to the love of reading! You could make just a couple of their initials, a name, or make the whole set as a fun learning toy.

Of course, we don’t always have time to make handmade gifts, which is another reason that Etsy is so great. I didn’t find a pattern for this super adorable little lamb hat, but that means you can just get BabaMoon to make one for you! Wouldn’t it be so perfect for a Christmas nativity play at church? Oh-my-goodness I could just eat this little lamb up!

I hope you now have some great ideas for Christmas baby gifts to make. Pin it for later or to share with your friends!

Super adorable Christmas-inspired patterns to knit and crochet for baby this Christmas! I love the little sheep hat! So fuzzy & cute! #crochet #patterns #knit #baby #knitforbaby #crochetforbaby #christmas #holidays #handmadegifts #diy #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
How fun are these crocheted Converse baby booties! I need a pair in my size! They're so cute! High top sneakers for baby! Great handmade gift idea! #crochet #pattern #slippers #baby #sneakers #booties #babybooties #crafts #yarn #craftevangelist
Adorable amigurumi crocheted Christmas characters. 4 great patterns including Santa, Mrs Claus, Rudolf the Reindeer and little elf doll! #crochet #patterns #amigurumi #stuffies #handmade #dolls #christmas #crafts #yarn #craftevangelist
I love this cute amigurumi elf crochet pattern! Perfect little toy for Christmas! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #crafts #yarn #craftevangelist
This unique crocheted stocking pattern with nordic inspired Christmas tree looks like an easy crochet pattern for a beginner! Perfect Christmas gift! #crochet #pattern #christmas #stocking #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
These little stockings would make great advent calendar holders! Perfect little stocking decoration crochet pattern for Christmas! #crochet #pattern #baby #christmas #stocking #pdf #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Lovely all in one romper knitting pattern. Great pattern for a beginner or a more experiences knitter. Perfect baby gift! #knit #knitting #pattern #handmadegift #baby #onesie #romper #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Super adorable reindeer baby booties would make a perfect handmade Christmas gift for a new baby! #crochet #pattern #Christmas #crafts #yarn #slippers #booties #baby #handmade #craftevangelist
Adorable crochet pattern for a sweet little baby santa elf hat, perfect photo prop for Christmas baby pictures! #crochet #pattern #christmas #santa #hat #elf #baby #beanie #toque #photoprop #crafts #yarn #craftevangelist
Such a fun idea! Stuffed crocheted amigurumi letters of the alphabet! Perfect baby toy or initials for a bedroom! #crochet #crafts #yarn #alphabet #toys #stuffies #baby #craftevangelist
How adorable is this sweet fuzzy handmade lamb beanie?! What a fun idea for a nativity play at church! Great baby Christmas gift! #crochet #beanie #handmade #hat #toque #costume #photoprop #lamb #nativity #yarn #crafts #craftevangelistfigure>

Complete (Incredible) Yarn Craft Kits

If you are new to knitting or crochet, you may not have all the tools and supplies that you need to get started on a project. And you may not know where to go to find the exact yarn you need for a project. You just want to get going and not have to worry about collecting all the supplies! That can be half the battle. So I’ve collected some projects that are all put together with everything that you need in order to make these fantastic crafts!

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I am in complete awe of this fantastic flying saucer with alien & cow kit from lalylaland. And get this: it’s not just a cute decorative item, it’s a pull-toy with the theme song from X-Files! How much fun would it be to make this for your nerdy friend (or their baby!)? So great. I can’t get over how much I love this. This kit comes with all the special stuff you need that would be extra hard to find, so you can really make something different! It’s available for pre-order right now, but they’re due to ship by Nov 23, so get your order in for this awesome kit!

Big knits are all the rage right now. Those giant arm-knit blankets look so cozy and this floor pouf ottoman knitting kit would make a fantastic accessory with your giant knit blanket! 

There are also similar giant crochet project kits to get you started with your extreme crocheting.  Check out this Extreme Crochet Starter Kit if you’ve always wanted to try big crochet but didn’t know where to start.

Going back to smaller projects, amigurumi is a fantastic way to introduce a new crocheter to the craft, with a cute result that is very motivating. This Robin Crochet Kit is a small project kit that would make a perfect gift for a beginner crocheter.

Or once you get established as a crocheter, this slightly bigger Crochet Sheep kit is another adorable craft kit that includes the yarn, fiberfill, safety eyes and embroidery floss that you need to make this adorable stuffed lamb toy. You will still need basic crochet supplies (hook, stitch marker, yarn needle & scissors). If you’re new to crochet, you might find this hook set with accessories helpful.

This Mommy & Me Crochet Hat Set Kit would be fantastic for starting a new mom into the world of crochet. Everything she needs to make matching hats for herself and her little one! Adorable.

If you’re looking for more of a Christmassy feel for your crochet kit projects for this time of year, check out this adorable little Christmas Snowman Amigurumi Crochet Kit. He would crochet up quickly and be a great decoration for the winter season!

Go pick up a kit today and then as soon as it arrives, you’ll be ready to start creating! Pin your favorite idea for later!

Check out these awesome yarn crafts kits! I love this flying saucer kit! Amazing! #crochet #knit #crafts #yarn #kits #patternkits #amigurumi
Sweet little snowman amigurumi crochet kit complete with pattern and yarn to make this adorable little snowman! Great gift idea for a new crocheter! #beginner #crochet #easy #amigurumi #crochet #pattern #kit #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Whoa! This is so cool! I need one of these flying saucer amigurumi crochet kits! It has a pull cord that plays the theme song from X-Files! How cool is that?! #amigurumi #crochet #pattern #kit #crafts #yarn #aliens #cowabduction #craftevangelist
Adorable crochet kit for this sweet little sheep amigurumi stuffed toy. Perfect little project to work on over Christmas break! #amigurumi #crochet #pattern #kit #stuffedtoy #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Sweet little amigurumi crochet kit for an adorable robin bird. Perfect first crochet project, easy for a beginner crocheter! Love this adorable little bird stuffed toy, would make an adorable decoration! #crochet #amigurumi #beginner #pattern #kit #crafts #yarn #easy #putabirdonit #craftevangelist
Sweet mommy and me crochet hat pattern kit for The Hayden Herringbone Hat! Lovely gift for a new mom who wants to learn to crochet! #crochet #hat #mommyandme #pattern #kit #toque #beanie #giftidea #crafts #yarn #craftevangelist
Want to get started with extreme crochet with big yarn? This is the perfect starter project for you. Kit complete with yarn and large crochet hook! Everything you need to get started #crochet #bigyarn #starterkit #beginner #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Make your own extreme hand knit pouf ottoman with this kit including big yarn and giant knitting needles. Make your own trendy decor! #knitting #pattern #kit #crafts #yarn #craftevangelist

Cosy Cocoon Cardigans

Cozy or cosy? Whichever way you spell it, it spells warm! I’m having a tough time adjusting to the change in temperature this year (especially in my office where someone is randomly turning on the AC!), so I’ve been looking for a cardigan I can keep at my desk to deal with the fluctuating temperatures and stay toasty while I work! I’ve collected a few patterns that I like here. These cocoon cardigans have been very popular and they look super warm. What do you think? Which one will you put on your needles/hook?

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I really like the woven stitch detail on the cuffs and edging of this Celtic Cocoon Sweater Crochet Pattern from byaccessorize. This looks super cozy for warming up at work.

Then there this Oversized Scoop Sweater knitting pattern from bromefields. It looks like a super easy knitting pattern that I could make while I watch tv. That’s the beauty of knitting… if it’s an easy enough pattern, you don’t even have to look at it for a good chunk of the time. I once knit a scarf for my brother in law while I read a book! 

If you are relatively new to crochet and all you remember is a granny square that your granny taught you, you could try this Granny Cocoon Shrug crochet pattern by Rove Handmade. This might be too “airy” for my needs though. But it’s super stylish and straight-forward if you’re looking for a nice accessory.

This easy knitting pattern for a cocoon cardigan from Knitty Sunny looks like it would also be an easy knit. One of my favourite things about easy knitting patterns is that when you are an intermediate or advanced knitter, these projects look SOOO good. Sometimes I stretch myself by knitting something complicated. Sometimes I knock it out of the park and knit something easy that looks incredible.

This beautiful cable-knit Silver Cocoon knitting pattern from Bummbul looks cozy and lovely as well. Tell me, which one would you choose? Or maybe I’ll come up with my own pattern…

5 cocoon cardigans to knit and crochet! Check out these cozy sweater patterns, perfect for staying warm in a chilly office! #knit #crochet #pattern #yarn #crafts #sweaters #cardigan #shrug #craftevangelist
Love this crochet pattern for this celtic cable cocoon sweater! I love the woven celtic cable stitch on the edging! Looks pretty easy and quick to crochet as well! #crochet #pattern #yarn #crafts #cardigan #sweater #Celtic #cable #stitches #craftevangelist
This simple knitting pattern for an oversized scoop sweater looks so easy and warm for the fall/winter season ahead! Love this cozy look! #knit #pattern #knitting #yarn #crafts #sweater #cardigan #cocoon #scoop #cozy #craftevangelist
Love this light-looking granny cocoon shrug crochet pattern, perfect for keeping warm in a cool office! Looks easy to crochet! #crochet #pattern #yarn #crafts #grannysquare #sweater #cardigan #craftevangelist
Easy knitting pattern for this lovely textured stitch cocoon sweater. So cozy for the fall & winter! Can't wait to make this for the office! #knitting #pattern #knit #yarn #crafts #sweater #cardigan #cocoon #craftevangelist
I love this gorgeous cable-knit chunky knitting pattern for this Silver Cocoon cardigan. Looks so cozy for the office! #knit #pattern #knitting #sweater #cardigan #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist

So Many Fingerless Mittens!

Does anyone else have frozen mousing hand syndrome? I mean, maybe I need an ergonomics assessment so I can figure out ways to get some warm blood flowing to my hands, but for now I’m trying to decide on a pair of fingerless mittens to make so that I can keep up my computer-related work while keeping my hands warm! (And even crochet with them on!!! Bonus!) I’ve found a bunch, so I hope you’re prepared for a big list. There are so many! How do I decide?!

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Whistle and Ivy has this lovely pattern for a lacy pair of crocheted fingerless mittens. They look like they’d be quick and easy to crochet up and I could have my hands warm by this evening! (You can also get the pattern for free on her website here.)

I also like this simple crochet pattern for a stylish pair of fingerless mittens with an adorable button accent. I like the finishing detail on the top and bottom of these mittens, so I’d be really interested to get the pattern to see what method yarngodess used to get that finish! It’s really subtle, but very lovely!

If you prefer a crocheted wrist warmer pattern with a little more flair, you should check out these Long Dragon Scale gloves from Happy Seal Design. The dragon scale stitch is a lovely way to embellish any garment. And I also like the look of using a self-striping yarn, as shown in the picture to add another layer of interest.

Speaking of wrist warmers with flair, how about a pattern with some humour, too? These fun fingerless hedgehog mitts are super fun and would make anyone smile.

As much as I love to crochet, finished items tend to be a little bulkier, so knit wrist warmers can be much more pleasant to wear while you work. If you’re not a knitter, or you just plain don’t have time to knit a pair before you need your hands warmed, you can purchase a pair of these handmade Knitting Gloves from Suzann61. I love the beautifully embroidered flowers on this delicate, but simple pair of fingerless mittens! Gorgeous!

Here is another slim fitting and delicate looking pattern for these Wishbone Mitts. I love the cable knit detail along the back of them to add an extra layer of interest to an otherwise simple knit gloves pattern. The designer of this pattern has an Etsy shop full of lovely and classi knitting patterns you should definitely check out if you love knitting!

If you’re looking for a more whimsical knitting pattern AND maybe you’re a football fan AND maybe you’re a loom-knitter, you could make this pair of Loom-Knit Football Themed Fingerless Mittens.

Of course, if you’re looking to knit a pair of fingerless mittens as a gift, this adorable Christmas Heart Fingerless Mittens Knitting Pattern by Little Pickle Knits would be a lovely quick knit handmade gift for the little girl (or boy: hearts are for everyone!) in your life!

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There are also some great-looking free patterns out there. I have my eye on this pair of Wannabe Vintage Mitts on Ravelry!

There’s also this lovely pattern for cabled Fingerless Gloves by Crazy Hands. They look quite warm and lovely!

Well, that’s about all I have time to show you right now, but if you want some more ideas, follow my Pinterest Knit and Crochet: Mittens board because I’m always posting there! So many great ideas!!! Choose one today or Pin it for later!

Lovely collection of gorgeous wrist warmer knitting and crochet patterns for fingerless gloves. Fingerless mitts are perfect for keeping your hands warm while you work! #knit #crochet #yarn #crafts #fingerlessgloves #mittens #wristwarmers #patterns #etsy #craftevangelist
What a fun pair of loom knit fingerless mitts, perfect for the football fan... or the knitter forced to go to football games! Lovely loom-knitting pattern for these adorable wrist warmers! #loom-knitting #wristwarmers #fingerlessgloves #pattern #knit #craftevangelist #etsy
What a fun pair of hedgehog fingerless gloves! I love these whimsical wrist warmers, like having little friendly hedgehogs on your hands! Adorable! #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #hedgehog #mittens #fingerlessmittens #fingerlessgloves #wristwarmers #craftevangelist #yarn #diy #crafts
Lovely Wishbone Mitts knitting pattern. Slim-fitting, cable knit embellished fingerless mittens knitting pattern, perfect for keeping your hands warm in the office or while knitting! #knitting #knit #pattern #wristwarmers #knittingpattern #yarn #crafts #fingerlessgloves #finglerlessmitts #craftevangelist
Christmas Heart Fingerless Mitts Knitting Pattern for kids ages 1-9. What a sweet little pair of fingerless gloves to make up as a gift for a little one! How adorable would these on a little girl for a Christmas photoshoot! #knittingpattern #knit #knitting #yarn #crafts #pattern #Christmas #kids
Long Dragon Scale gloves from Happy Seal Design. The dragon scale stitch is a lovely way to embellish any garment. These fingerless mitts look great made with self-striping yarn #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #crafts #yarn #fingerlessgloves #fingerlessmitts #wristwarmers #dragonscale
simple crochet pattern for a stylish pair of fingerless mittens with an adorable button accent. Gorgeous crochet stitch in these lovely wrist warmers! Perfect for keeping your hands warm in the office! #crochet #pattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Check out the pattern for these lacy Vintage-Inspired Wrist Warmers by Whistle & Ivy! These would be perfect for keeping my hands warm while I crochet or work on my computer! #crochet #pattern #wristwarmers #fingerlessgloves #fingerlessmittens #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Beautiful handmade knitting gloves! Perfect for computer work or knitting with! I love the embroidered embellishments! #wristwarmers #handmade #embroidered #embellished #fingerlessgloves #fingerlessmitts #craftvangelist
Gorgeous cable knit wrist warmers. Nice and thick and cosy to keep your hands warm while you knit or work on the computer! #freepattern #knitting #knit #pattern #fingerlessgloves #fingerlessmitts #wristwarmers #craftevangelist

Knit Scamander Scarf

It’s my first pattern! I finally did it! I created my own pattern! Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve made many things without a pattern and have modified others’ patterns to suit my yarn or my tastes, but this is the first time that I’ve written it all down and have prepared something that someone else might actually be able to make. So, here it is! It’s free for you! If you would like a printable PDF version of this pattern, it is available in my Etsy shop for a small fee. 

Free knitting pattern for this Newt Scamander Scarf from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! Perfect handmade gift idea for the Harry Potter fan! #craftevangelist #freepattern #knitting #knitpattern #pattern #scarf #potterhead #harrypotter #newtscamander #fantasticbeasts #yarn #crafts

This scarf is based on the scarf worn by Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I created this pattern for my son who is going as Newt Scamander for Halloween this year. Halloween is such a great time to get crafty!

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The Knit Scamander Scarf is knit in a rib pattern with a bulky yarn so it knits up quickly and lays flat. I used Loops & Threads Charisma. This is a bulky yarn (5) if you need to find a suitable replacement.

Materials

  • Main Colour: 2 (100 g) balls Loops & Threads Charisma in Charcoal (you will only need about 40 g of the second ball). 
  • Contrasting Colour: 1 (100 g) ball Loops & Threads Charisma Heather in Gold (Bulky)

Tools

Abbreviations

  • MC: Main Colour
  • CC: Contrasting Colour
  • K: Knit
  • P: Purl
  • K2togR: Knit 2 stitches on right needle together
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Pattern

  1. Cast on 22 stitches in Charcoal (MC)
  2. Row 1: K1 P1 across (22 stitches). Turn.
  3. Row 2: Slip first stitch purlwise, P1, *K1 P1 across (22 stitches). Turn.
  4. Row 3-14: Repeat Row 2. Turn.
  5. Row 15: Switch to Gold (CC), leaving the tail of both colours to be woven in later. Repeat Row 2. Cut MC from ball of yarn, leaving a tail to weave in later. Tie joining ends together with a half knot.
  6. NOTE: When changing colours, continue to slip the first stitch of the row, which will be in the colour of the previous stripe. Once you the ends are tightened up at the colour-changes, the stripes will look more even and not carry over into the next stripe.
  7. Row 16-22: Repeat Row 2
  8. Row 23-34: Switch to Charcoal, continue in the rib pattern (Repeating Row 2) for 12 rows.
  9. Gold stripes should be 8 rows. Charcoal stripes should be 12 rows. The first and last Charcoal stripes are 14 rows instead of 12.
  10. Continue in this pattern until you have 12 Gold stripes.
  11. Final Charcoal stripe: continue in pattern for 13 rows.
  12. To bind off: Slip first stitch purlwise, P1, K2togR, *K1, K2togR, P1, K2togR. Repeat from * to end. This creates a stretchy bind off very similar to a long tail cast on. Cut end and weave in all tails.

Fringe

Cut 20 strands of CC 12 inches long and 24 strands of MC. Using 2 strands of CC and your crochet hook, fold yarn in half and pull through the centre of the scarf. Distribute 4 other CC tassels evenly along the same edge, two on each side, with space for MC tassels between them. There should be a tassel in the MC on each end, with 5 CC tassels alternating across.

Pro tip: Trim the tassels of a scarf with a rotary cutter for a quick job with a consistent length! #craftevangelist
Pro Tip: Trim the ends of the tassels with a rotary cutter.

Blocking

Blocking is not necessary for this scarf, but I’ve found that the stitches distribute nicely and the rib comes together so it looks more like stockinette (which is how the original scarf appears to be constructed), if you gently pull on the scarf as you go.

I hope you enjoy this pattern! If you would like a PDF printable pattern (it fits all on one page, too!), you can pick that up in my Etsy shop here. If you would share it on Pinterest or your other social channels for me, I would really appreciate it!

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Super Slipper Patterns Shortlist

Remember how I said my feet are cold because it’s all cold here super early this year? Well, I don’t know why, as a knitter & crocheter that I never seem to have a good pair of slippers, but I really need to make myself a pair. Now I’m trying to decide which pattern to make. Can you help? Here’s my shortlist.

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While I like the ease of slip-on clogs, Mr Evangelist does not like the look of the crocs I bought when I was pregnant and my feet were swelling and I still wanted to take my toddler to the park. This pattern isn’t intended for outdoors (but there are a couple options to make them that way!), but I like the simplicity and the slip-on ease of this crochet knit-look clog slipper pattern. Personally, I think I like the cord-soled option, though with some Phentex, the crocheted sole would also be a good option for making your slippers last a little longer.

This sweater slipper clog pattern is another contender, also by the same designer, Sophie & Me Pdf Pattern Design. Another clog pattern. Cute and has a fun sweater stripe pattern to it. I love the idea of lining them like this, but I’m not sure I would ever get around to it. My feet just get all cold and I’d want to wear them right away.

Magic for Kids has this lovely design for a pair of women’s clog slippers with jute rope soles. I’m partial to the yellow that they are shown in and that the pattern is designed with jute rope soles. 

I also love these Oma House Slippers available in all the sizes from Mamachee. It looks like a super cute and simple pattern, similar to a pair I made a few years ago, but I didn’t put a good sole on it, so they wore out quickly on the bottom. 

Now into more of the knit booties family of slippers, I’ve found this cute pattern for 3-in-1 button boots. They button up into full booties or fold down for the sweet look above.

I’ve also made this crocodile stitch booties pattern from Bonita Patterns a few years ago. I didn’t test my gauge and they ended up being huge, which was unfortunate, but then I had a revelation from above and I pulled them over the hideous crocs that Mr Evangelist hates the look of so much. They ended up looking like giant baby booties, which is kind of funny, but also functional for hiding crocs. The crocs aren’t very cosy inside, so they’re really just for looking ok. The soles were holding up surprisingly well until I washed them and then they fell apart. I still have them, but don’t wear them much because they look bad.

So, what do you think I should make to warm my toes this upcoming season? Let me know here or comment on this pin:

Check out these great knit and crochet slippers patterns to make for women! Help #craftevangelist pick which one to make this year! #knit #crochet #pattern #slippers #booties #yarn #crafts #diy
Super comfy and cute knit-look slipper clogs crochet pattern! I love the options available for this pattern, to make nice durable soles.
What fun crocodile stitch slipper booties! Great crochet pattern for these dragon slippers! #crochet #pattern #yarn #crafts #diy #slippers #booties
Love these gorgeous simple 3-in-1 button boots slippers knitting pattern! I like all the options! Great looking pattern! #crafts #knitting #knit #pattern #pdf #yarn #craftevangelist
Love these rustic women's clogs with just rope soles crochet pattern! Can't wait to make myself some warm house slippers! #crochet #pattern #yarn #crafts #diy #craftevangelist
What a great crochet pattern for clog slippers! I love the sweater look of these gorgeous cosy slippers! Great for keeping toes warm this winter! #crochet #pattern #yarn #crafts #diy #crochetpattern #slippers #craftevangelist
I love these super cute and simple house slippers! Oma House Slippers, just like grandma made and had at her house! #slippers #crochet #pattern #pdf #download #craftevangelist #mamachee