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

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