Pretty Patterns

Pretty Patterns to make for the warmer weather

Now that it’s getting warmer, we can start making pretty things! We don’t have to just make warm things (not that warm things can’t be pretty), but there are so many lovely pretty things to make that are perfect for warmer weather! Let’s get making some pretty things!

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Pretty things for the home, like this lovely Super Chunky Doily Throw Blanket/Rug! Gorgeous! I love this blue colour, but I’m also a sucker for white doilies, even though they show dirt quickly.

Also, pretty things like this gorgeous little Kitty Crochet Pattern! What a lovely handmade baby shower gift this would make!

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

Speaking of pretty things for babies, this Crochet Dress Pattern for Babies is available in 4 sizes! So sweet! Makes me wish I had crocheted some dresses for my girl when she was little!

But there are not just pretty clothes that you can make for babies! You can also make pretty things for you (or your teen-aged girl!), like this crochet pattern for the Hanna Tee! Gorgeous!

I know I mostly feature knit and crochet patterns here, but I stumbled upon this pretty sewing pattern for the Duchess Dress and I just couldn’t resist. I don’t do a lot of sewing, but I think this would make just the loveliest dress for a young girl! Perfect for a flower girl!

More pretties for babies! This knitting pattern for the Maelynn Newborn Bonnet would make the perfect newborn photography prop!

And there are so many pretty doll patterns to make, I had to include at least one. Carmen Rent has so many pretty doll patterns: April and her Rabbit amigurumi crochet pattern is just one of many!

Get making, makers! It’s pretty time! Go grab yourself a pattern today or pin it for later!

Pretty Patterns to knit, crochet and sew for the warmer weather! I love to make all year! It's so nice to make pretty things! check out these gorgeous patterns! #knit #crochet #sew #make #yarn #crafts #fabric #patterns #craftevangelist
Love this super fun super chunky doily rug crochet pattern! It looks great in this blue, but it would also be adorable and classic in white! #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #yarn #crafts #doily #doilyrug #diy #craftevangelist
Super sweet and pretty kitty amigurumi crochet pattern! Perfect baby shower gift! I love this little stuffed kitty with her little cowl! So adorable! #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #amigurumi #yarn #crafts #stuffies #handmadegifts #craftevangelist
Sweet little shell stitch crochet pattern for this baby dress. Pattern comes in 4 sizes, perfect for baby shower gifts, baby christening outfit! Love this gorgeous little dress! #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #baby #crochetforbaby #yarn #crafts #dress #babygifts #handmadebabygifts #craftevangelist
Super pretty crocheted t-shirt pattern! Love the lacy open back on this Hanna tee! Perfect summer crochet project! #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #crochetclothes #tshirt #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Super pretty pdf sewing pattern for this lovely girl's dress! This would make a fantastic Easter dress or flower girl dress! I love the ribbon ties on the side! #sewing #dresses #girls #sewingforgirls #sewingpattern #pdf #craftevangelist
Super sweet pretty knitting pattern for this baby bonnet! Would make a great knit newborn hat photography prop! #yarn #crafts #knitting #pattern #knittingpattern #knitpattern #knit #hat #baby #newborn #photoprop #photographyprop #craftevangelist
Super pretty and sweet amigurumi doll crochet pattern, April and her rabbit! Such an adorable little stuffed toy pattern to make! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #diy #craftevangelist

Spring Patterns

Is it spring yet? It has felt like a very long winter here. We had the coldest February in 40 years here in my city, and judging from the posts on social media, it sounds like it’s been pretty similar all over North America. I’m looking forward to spring… anyone else? Let’s take a look at some lovely spring-inspired patterns to help melt away the snow and get us excited for the upcoming (warmer!?) season.

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Spring is the perfect time to wear t-shirts! And make them, too! Try this Easy Knit Tee Knitting Pattern for a simple, but gorgeous knitted t-shirt pattern!

Spring is also a great time to make and wear a poncho! You know you want a poncho! Check out this fantastic Crochet Ava Fringed Poncho Pattern by Sewrella for an easy level crochet pattern. It would make a perfect first garment project because you wouldn’t have to be as concerned about getting a perfect fit as the look is more relaxed!

For the sunny Spring days ahead, this Crochet June Sun Hat Pattern is another easy and adorable crochet pattern by Sewrella.

To make that hat even more spring-y you could add some spring to it or any decor or garment; check out this Floral Fantasy Collection of sweet flower appliques by The Hat and I. I love the idea of turning a bunch of these flower appliques into a piece of feature art! Gorgeous!

Not just for decor, flower appliques can make adorable headbands! Get this pattern bundle including 6 headband patterns and 3 flower patterns from Two Girls Patterns.

I think handbags are for all seasons, but something about boho style just screams warmer weather. Start working on one of these Boho Flower Slouch Bags and you’ll be all ready for the beach or festivals this summer!

If spring is just taking far too long to bring forth the flowers from the ground, you can make your own that never die! Check out this adorable amigurumi pattern for these Moles with daffodils! How cute are they?!

Lastly, I couldn’t help but bring you this super adorable spring skunk pattern! Why are you not making one yet?! So sweet! I love the detail of her sparkling eyes and cute flower appliques! This would make a treasured gift!

So, after you catch up on your sleep from time-warping an hour into the future, go grab yourself one of these fantastic patterns and start making for spring today! Or pin it for later so you don’t forget.

Eight great knit and crochet patterns to encourage spring to hurry up and get here! I love the adorable daffodils and moles amigurumi pattern!
Super cute knit tee shirt knitting pattern for this short sleeved women's sweater! Perfect for spring! #knitting #pattern #tshirt #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Super cute easy crochet poncho pattern. Love the drape on this garment! #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Time to crochet this easy sun hat crochet pattern by Sewrella! Love this cute sun hat, perfect for summer! #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #hat #sunhat #june #sewrella #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
What a fun idea for flower appliques! Make a DIY 3-D wall art out of crocheted flowers! This pattern has 5 different flowers to make in different colours to make this great wall hanging! #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #appliques #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Fun boho flower slouch handbag crochet pattern, perfect for summer festivals and beach trips! Super casual and fun. Gorgeous pattern! #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #yarn #crafts #handbags #handmade #craftevangelist
Super cute flower appliques with different band options to make headbands of all kinds! So many fun choices! #crochet #pattern #flowers #applique #headbands #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Adorable crochet pattern for spring moles with daffodils! Finally flowers I can't kill! So much fun! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #yarn #crafts #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #craftevangelist
Adorable amigurumi pattern for this Skunk stuffed animal! Looks just like Flower the skunk from Disney's Bambi! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #crochetedtoys #yarn #crafts #crochetpattern #craftevangelist

True Love Knits (and Crochets)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vest Patterns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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