Patterns for Black History Month

I know I missed it by a week, but February is Black History Month, but my life getting in the way is not going to stop me from posting this late. I am not black, but I think it’s important to learn about the history of other people, especially marginalized peoples. Also, there’s been some tension in the “fiber community” (is that a thing? yes, apparently it is) around race lately and I’ve been convicted that if I don’t stand up against racism, my silence and my privilege allows the status quo to continue and the bullies to win. I want to thank Tyne Swedish for giving so much of her time to raise awareness about these issues and stand with the oppressed and stand against racism and oppression. Follow her Instagram account and buy her a coffee if you can!

I’m super sad that people of colour have been made to feel unwelcome in spaces for knitters and crocheters, so today I would like to highlight some patterns by black designers. It’s a small gesture, I know; but it’s what I do, so taking some time to highlight some POC designers seemed like something I could do. Go support some of these great designers by buying a pattern today and sharing it on social media (tag the designer) when you’re done!

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First up is Toni Lipsey of TLYarnCrafts. This woman is so adorable in her Instagram stories: so cheery and upbeat. She also has some gorgeous designs. It’s a little out of season right now, but eventually, winter will be over (right?). I love this Rebel Cami Pattern; it looks so casual, perfect to pair with jeans or cutoffs. I really love this halter-style top, how it really shows off the shoulders. (And isn’t her model just gorgeous?)

Another lovely (but not exactly perfect for a Canadian winter) pattern from TLYarnCrafts is this Lemonade Top Pattern. I love the open lacy back and it looks like it would make a great beach cover-up.

More appropriate for winter, Toni also has several gorgeous shawls including this recent one in Tunisian crochet, the Ada Shawl. I’ve never crocheted anything in Tunisian crochet, though my mother in law did show me how to do it and I crocheted a row for her, so I kinda know how. I like the way it looks. I should really give it a go… maybe with this pattern. I don’t usually wear shawls, but I do wear a lot of scarves, so I think this looks like I could wear it the same way I would a scarf.

Third Vault Yarns is a lovely designer based in the UK and I quite like these Burn the Capitol Fingerless Gloves. They were designed as a tribute to the Hunger Games for the Third Vault Hunger Games Yarn Club (which sounds awesome, by the way). Super cool and I love these fall colours!

A Raging Purlwind has designed this beautiful Knit Mermaid Top/Crop Top Patter Bundle, which I think is adorable. I love how she’s got curves, so the rest of us can see ourselves in a design.

I’m so completely over winter, so I’m just going to pretend that I could wear these fun summery designs now instead of in MONTHS. (ugh–ok sorry enough weather complaining). Check out this adorable Knit Love Note Tank pattern, also from A Raging Purlwind. So cute. Get making one today and you’ll be all set for summer!

Ok, so I’m already behind on publishing this post (I started last week when it was still February, but I’m not going to let perfection to be the enemy of good.) So choose a pattern from one of these fantastic designers or the many others who are also on Ravelry. Tyne Swedish has a saved Instagram Story featuring BIPOC Designers (if you’re new to that term, I had to look it up myself: Black Indigenous People of Colour) that you can check out, as well as one featuring BIPOC Makers.

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Gorgeous Tunisian crochet shawl pattern by TLYarnCrafts. I love her designs! So pretty. I need to make this shawl! #crochet #yarn #crafts #shawl #scarf
Rebel Cami tank top crochet pattern. I love this casual summer crochet top, perfect to pair with cut offs or jeans! #crochet #pattern #women #summer #tanktop #crochetpattern #yarn #crafts #BIPOCdesigners #craftevangelist
Lemonade top crochet tunic pattern, makes a great long top or beach cover up. So sweet. I love the lacy back and the tie front! #crochet #pattern #BIPOCdesigners #yarn #crafts #crochetpattern
Burn the Capitol fingerless mittens knitting pattern. I love how fancy this pattern looks! Inspired by the Hunger Games, this fingerless gloves are so pretty, perfect fall colours!
Super pretty mermaid knit top pattern bundle, with instructions for both a crop top or a full length top. Adorable for all sizes! #knitting #pattern #yarn #crafts #knittop #BIPOCdesigners #craftevangelist
Beautiful lacy summery tank top knitting pattern: the Love Note tank. Such a cute pattern to work on while you dream of summer! #knitting #knit #pattern #summer #tanktop #knittop #knittingforwomen #BIPOCdesigners

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

Free Knitting Pattern: Chrysalis Cardigan

One of my goals for 2019 was to write more patterns. I want to write/publish one per month. Even though January was the Longest.Month.Ever, I still managed to miss my first marker. Partly because I’m new to this and partly because I’m a bit of a perfectionist, it’s probably not as great as I want it to be. But probably, they’re going to get better.

I wanted to wait until I had better photos. I wanted to wait until I got all my feedback from my test knitters. But I’m new to test knitters and my test knitters are new to test knitting. But I’m going to do it anyway. And I’m going to learn and maybe I’ll re-release it when it’s better. But here it is. If you make it and give me feedback, I will love you forever and I will send you an ad-free pdf of the pattern, and all updates when they come out.

Chrysalis Cardigan FREE Knitting Pattern at www.craftevangelist.ca

This is a one-size pattern. If you want a smaller or bigger fit, try casting on fewer/more stitches in multiples of 3 and adjusting the total stitches accordingly. Ensure that you have an odd number of stitches for the edging stage. This will make the cardigan wider. To make it longer, knit more rows (try 24 inches of body).

Supplies needed

  • Size 11 (8.00 mm) 32” circular needles (I love my KnitPicks!)
  • Size 10.5 (6.5 mm) 45” circular needles
  • 4 – 7 oz (198 g) balls Bernat Premium Tweeds yarn (or comparable yarn to achieve gauge. You will hold 2 strands together for this pattern)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Skills used

  • Knit, purl, increase, decrease
  • Provisional cast on
  • Knitting in the round

Need to sharpen your knitting skills to take on this project? Check out some online knitting classes from Blueprint!

Abbreviations

  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • yo – yarn over
  • sl1pw – slip 1 purl-wise
  • k2tog – knit 2 stitches together
  • ssk – slip, slip, knit
Chrysalis Cardigan FREE Knitting Pattern at www.craftevangelist.ca

Gauge

4” x 4” = 12 stitches x 16 rows in the main body pattern. If your gauge is different, adjust by using larger or smaller needles.

Special stitches

Knit 2 together (k2tog): insert your right needle under the next 2 stitches and knit them together. This is a right-leaning decrease stitch.

Slip, slip, knit (ssk): slip 1 stitch from left needle to right needle knit-wise (as if you were to knit it). Slip another stitch knit-wise. Insert your left needle back into the 2 slipped stitches from the back and knit the 2 stitches together through the back loop. This is a left-leaning decrease stitch.

Chrysalis Cardigan FREE Knitting Pattern at www.craftevangelist.ca

Pattern

Provisional cast on

With 2 strands of yarn held together, using 32” size 11 (8.00 mm) circular needles, loosely cast on 105 stitches with a provisional cast-on using the 45” circular needle cable for the base of your provisional cast on. Find provisional cast on using circular needle cable instructions here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XIr2GiqjQg&t=182s

Alternate cast on

If you prefer to use a regular cast on, you may do so, but it will result in a seam along the edge where you join the cast on edge with the working edge.

Foundation Row

(WS) *k1, p1* repeat to last stitch, k1

Lace Pattern on the Chrysalis Cardigan FREE Knitting Pattern at www.craftevangelist.ca
This is what the lace pattern of the body will look like.

Body

Row 1 (RS): sl1pw, p1, *k2tog, yo, p1* repeat from * to last stitch, k1
Row 2 (WS): sl1pw, k1 *p2, k1* to last stitch, k1
Row 3 (RS): sl1pw, p1, *yo, ssk, p1* repeat to last stitch, k1
Row 4 (WS): work as row 2

Continue in this pattern until work measures 22 inches from cast on edge, ending with a wrong side row.

Note: As the pattern takes shape, if you can’t remember if the last right side row was a row 1 or a row 3, pay attention to where the YO space is from the previous RS row.  On each right side row, you will be closing up the space you created with the YO of the last right side row. And creating a new YO space in an alternating space.

On the WS, you should be knitting the knits and purling the purls & YOs. If you missed a YO in the previous row, it is easy to pick up a YO in the WS row.

You will notice that we are knitting the last stitch and slipping purl-wise the first stitch of every row. This creates a clean edge which will make up the arm holes.

Armhole edge on the Chrysalis Cardigan FREE Knitting Pattern at www.craftevangelist.ca

Join cast on edge using the provisional cast on

Use the right needle of the size 10.5 circular needle that you used for the provisional cast with the left needle of the size 11 needle to work the first half of edging round 1.

Round 1 (RS): Turn. Sl1pw. K1, p1 to end of the row. Remove size 11 needle. Place a marker.

Fold the cast on edge up to meet the working edge, right side facing you and begin using the smaller needle from the cast on edge.

Joining cast on edge with working edge on the Chrysalis Cardigan FREE Knitting Pattern at www.craftevangelist.ca

Join cast on edge using a regular cast on

If you used a regular cast on, pick up and knit 105 stitches along the cast on edge with the size 10.5 circular needle.

Seed stitch edging

You should now be using only the size 10.5 circular needles. K1, p1 to last stitch in round. Join to the beginning of the previous round by k2tog the last stitch & the first stitch of the previous row. This will decrease the total stitches in the round to 209.

All Remaining Rounds (RS): *p1, k1 around. The odd number of stitches means you will be knitting the purls & purling the knits, resulting in the seed stitch pattern.

Continue in this pattern until seed stitch edge measures 5 inches, using the stitch marker as your round beginning/end. Bind off with your preferred stretchy bind off. (I like this method).

Cut yarn and weave in ends.

You can add an optional button closure with a small i cord button hole loop just above chest level to help keep the cardigan closed.

Chrysalis Cardigan FREE Knitting Pattern at www.craftevangelist.ca

It would mean so much to me if you would share my pattern on your social media platforms. Pinterest is my personal favourite!

FREE knitting pattern for the Chrysalis Cardigan! It is designed with a provisional cast on, so it's completely seamless! No sewing! No weaving in a million ends! Love this style of cardigan! Perfect to keep warm in a chilly office. #knittingpattern #knitting #free #freepattern #freeknittingpattern #ChrysalisCardigan #onesize #seamlessknitting #knittingforwomen #craftevangelist
Free knitting pattern from craft evangelist for this Chrysalis Cardigan (cocoon-style cardigan) knit in one piece with NO SEAMING! Awesome! So perfect for the chilly office.
Free knitting pattern from craft evangelist for this Chrysalis Cardigan (cocoon-style cardigan) knit in one piece with NO SEAMING! Awesome! So perfect for the chilly office.

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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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

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

Winter Break Projects

Even though I’m not quite finished up the knitting & crochet projects that I have planned for Christmas gifts (I still have 10 DAYS, people. Don’t judge me), I have already begun to think about a more involved project for the Christmas break. I am fortunate enough to work for an organization where I get the days between Christmas and New Years off, and it is quite lovely. So during that time, I often embark on a more involved project, which involves sitting on the couch for days at a time, getting up only to replenish my coffee (& Baileys). Which one should I make this year?

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I hadn’t seen this lovely cocoon-style cardigan, the Inmost Cardigan crochet pattern when I was looking at cocoon cardigans a little while ago. I love the colour this is made in and the zigzag rows in this pattern. This looks really interesting to crochet!

I’m a huge fan of All About Ami! She has the most gorgeous photos of her knit and crochet work! The Midtown Cardigan Knitting Pattern is a lovely casual cardigan; it looks so cosy to stay warm in the office. (Also, I love that colour!)

Or maybe I should work on a classic sweater for myself. I have an idea for a sweater that I can’t seem to find anywhere else but I think this 
Rainbow Trail pullover knitting pattern might give me a good base for where to start. I’ve knit myself cardigans and shrugs, but never a pullover. Also, I love stripes.

If I were to make this Crochet Poncho Pattern, I would have to make it in a different colour, because it is nearly identical to a store-bought knit poncho that I already own. It is pretty and simple and crochet!

Blankets also make lovely more involved projectst. The Makawee Blanket crochet pattern looks like it would be great to snuggle under by the fire while you work on it. So cosy.

I’m not sure I’m going to get to these before Christmas, but I know my husband would love a pair of these Adidas Inspired Sneakers for Men

Or maybe I should finally conquer the sock? I’ve knit stockings. That’s like turning a heel, right? Is that the hard part? Anyway, this Bywater Striped Sock Knitting Pattern looks like a straight-forward and simple knit sock pattern, which seems like exactly where I’d like to start.

Or I could work on a more involved amigurumi like this Garik the Pug crochet pattern. Isn’t he cute? 

I know I’m not going to get to these Hamilton Amigurumi Patterns before Christmas time, but I know one thirteen year old who would be super impressed by these! I would probably have time to get them all made by her birthday.

Or possibly, I’ll take on a whole new craft. I have done a little bit of embroidery before, but mostly in junior high home ec class. This Blossoming Garden Embroidery Kit is gorgeous and would make a lovely little piece of decor for spring. It’s just around the corner, right?

So, what are your plans over the Christmas break? Do you get some extra time off to hang out with your family or to make some crafts? What would you make for a winter break project?

Pattern round up of larger projects for a cosy time of winter break knitting or crocheting. Which project would you choose? #crochet #knitting #knit #pattern #patterns #amigurumi #cardigans #yarn #crafts #diy #craftevangelist
Lovely crocheted cocoon cardigan pattern with an interesting puffy stitch. Great winter break project! #crochet #pattern #cardigan #crochetforwomen #crochetpattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
The Midtown Cardigan knitting pattern! Super good deal on this pattern! Love this mustard yellow colour! #knitting #pattern #knit #sweater #cardigan #midtown #allaboutami #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Rainbow Trail pullover simple striped knitting pattern for women. I love this colour-way! It looks so good with the stripe! I should make this over Christmas break! #knitting #knit #pattern #sweater #pullover #yarn #crafts #knittingforwomen #craftevangelist
The Makawee Blanket crochet pattern. Perfect textured crochet stitch pattern for this dreamy baby blanket! Gorgeous! #crochet #blanket #pattern #yarn #crafts #baby #babyblanket #afghan #craftevangelist
Adidas inspired sneakers/slippers pattern. You can wear them just as slippers or you can add a sole and wear them outside! How cool is that? My husband would love these! #slippers #crochet #pattern #adidas #sneakers #giftsforhusbands #giftsformen #handmadegiftsformen #yarn #crafts #winterprojects #craftevangelist
Adorable amigurumi pug dog crochet pattern. I love this adorable and quirky looking crocheted pug! Perfect gift for a child! Good project to make over holidays! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #stuffies #handmadestuffies #crochettoys #crochetedtoys #giftsforkids #handmadegiftsforkids #crocheteddogs #pugs #pug #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Hamilton the Musical amigurumi patterns! HOW COOL ARE THESE?! Time to make some for my daughter! So awesome! #crochet #amigurumi #pattern #hamilton #angelica #eliza #yarn #crafts #craftyiscool #yarncrafts #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
Gorgeous complete embroidery kit to make this lovely Blossiming Garden hand embroidery project. Maybe this is what I should do over winter break! #embroidery #pattern #kit #embroideryhoop #embroideryproject #sewing #fabric #crafts #craftevangelist
Lovely modern poncho crochet pattern for this simple smock poncho. I love the buttons up the side. Nice project to work on over christmas break! #crochet #pattern #poncho #women #crafts #yarn #crochetforwomen #turtleneck #craftevangelist
Simple knitting pattern for striped socks! I love these socks! I'm going to learn to knit socks this Christmas break! #knitting #pattern #socks #stripes #yarn #wool #crafts #craftevangelist