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

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

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

Beautiful Beanies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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