How to Support Ukranian Makers

This week the war in Ukraine enters its third month. I can’t imagine what it must be like to experience war like this. My great great grandparents immigrated to Canada from this part of the world in the 1910s when there were rumours of war, and I am grateful for the peace and freedom I’ve known my whole life in this country. With so many people in Ukraine experiencing upheaval and uncertainty (at minimum), it is hard to know how to help. There are many charities and places to donate, and maybe you’ve already heard about this or done this, but I saw a great idea on Instagram in the early days of the war to support Ukrainian makers: we can buy digital files from them on Etsy! The Etsy shop owner doesn’t have to do anything (like make a product and ship it to you) because the process is automatic and there’s no physical item to worry about. You get something beautiful or helpful to use and the designer has some income. I’ve already bought a couple of crochet patterns and an embroidery pattern and I’ve been on the lookout for more. So, I’ve rounded up some great patterns and digital files from Ukrainian designers for you to support some makers who could use it right now.

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There are a number of prolific designers from Ukraine and many of them design the cutest amigurumi toy patterns, like this Big Sloth Crochet Pattern from Your Loved Toy. I always try to include a link to the shop of the patterns I feature because I want my readers to be sure that these aren’t all my designs and if they like them, they can check out more of their patterns, but it is especially important for the purposes of this post. Check out more of Natalia’s patterns at Your Loved Toy if you like this Big Sloth Crochet Pattern.

You can search for more patterns or digital files yourself, by going to Etsy, searching “digital files” or “crochet pattern” or “knitting patterns” and then click “All filters” and enter “Ukraine” in the Shop Location filter. Or just click one of those linked words, depending on what you’re looking for. Make sure to read the description to ensure you are buying a digital product and not a physical product, or you might be disappointed with delays and may cause unnecessary stress to an indie maker who is already struggling right now.

Blue Rabbit Toys has sooooo many lovely amigurumi crochet patterns. I’ve featured many of Irina’s patterns before and didn’t realize she was based in Ukraine. So many fun and unique little crochet patterns. Pick up this Spirit of Apple Tree Amigurumi Pattern to help support her and provide some stable income during this tumultous time.

Make a cute Plush Bumble Bee Amigurumi with this quick and easy pattern from Toyslvanna. This pattern is beginner level and it uses chenille yarn which is thick and bulky so it works up quickly to make this sweet little bee in no time!

This adorable little Easy Crochet Octopus Pattern from Easy Crochet Designs contains 7 pages and 20 photos and is a perfect pattern for beginners! It would make a great lovey for a baby, as all of the accessories are sewn on and there are no buttons or safety eyes.

This sweet Crochet Tank Top Pattern from Beach Wear Room is a great little number to crochet up for summer. It’s almost spring and eventually it will be warm enough to be able to wear one of these cute tops outside! If you get started now, you’ll be all ready to go as soon as the temperatures allow!

Another adorable amigurumi pattern for you to choose! This Monster Sam Amigurumi Crochet Pattern from JuliHMtoys is a super cute little monster toy you can make for a kid that you love. What an adorable way to support an indie designer in Ukraine!

It may not be spooky season right now, you can always get started early by picking up this Poisoned Apple Crochet Pattern from Fayni Toys.

This sweet little Amigurumi Penguin Crochet Pattern from Little Magic House is the perfect tiny gift to make for a friend or a special kid. He’d be a great little desk companion, or put him on a keychain and bring him with you wherever you go!

Make this sweet Crochet Mermaid Pattern for a lovely DIY gift for a mermaid loving child. This tutorial from Lovenika Design is available in English, Spanish, Germain, and Italian!

Making this classic Vintage Wool Dress Knitting Pattern from KnitVintagePatterns is the perfect way to spend Lent, knitting and praying for the people of Ukraine and all others caught in and displaced by war.

Just when I think I can wrap up this post, I find another adorable pattern from another (different!) Ukrainian designer, like this Spring Big Gnome Crochet Pattern by PropsToys

And since there were so few knitting patterns in this week’s round up, I’ve got this Knitted Flat Christmas Elf Doll Knitting Pattern from SimplyToys13. Again, it’s not the Christmas season right now and it comes every year, so if you want to be prepared, why not start early? I know I’m always either knitting or crocheting last minute or coming up with something different because I didn’t give myself enough time to make something special for someone.

Go grab a few patterns or digital art from some Ukrainian designers today and help them get some cash flow during a time when they might not have other reliable ways to meet their needs. Pin it for later and share with your friends!

Support Ukrainian makers by buying digital products! The designer has already done all of the work and the entire process is automatic! Get some beautiful digital patterns for yourself and support a Ukrainian artist! #Etsy #Ukraine #CrochetPatterns #DigitalPatterns #SupportForUkraine #DigitalArt #MakerLife #MakeForGood
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Affordable and Unique Living Room Decor Ideas

We renovated our living room (what we call the family room) last summer, along with our kitchen. I love them both and the changes we made in our living room/dining room area make the space so much more functional than it was before! I don’t consider myself to be the best interior designer, but I’m happy with the bones of what we have put together. I am slowly building out the rest of the “dressing” of this room. And a few weeks ago, I finally got a few things up on the walls. There’s still more to do and I’m always considering new ideas. But let me share what we did and give you some ideas for your rooms!

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This space above this side of the couch now sports this series of Winter Gallery Wall prints from Seven Paper Prints in Ikea Ribba frames. They do have a very lovely wintery vibe to them. I have plans to switch them out twice a year for another seasonal set of prints.

I bought this set of floral digital prints, plus a couple more from BohoRina to have printed and put in the same frames for spring.

I also considered this Set of 6 Watercolor Greenery Prints from Art Space Lia. The fun thing about digital prints is that you can download them immediately, send them off to your favourite printer, pop them in some frames and voila, super affordable, near-instant art!

There are some super fun custom decor pieces you can get as well for a very affordable price, especially if you have access to a good printer, like this Custom Family Portrait from Love Becca Designs.

On our fireplace accent wall, I actually painted a very subtle design with two different sheens of the same colour paint. You can only tell it’s there if you are looking from the right angle where the light hits it just so. It’s for the best since it’s a pretty busy wall with a fireplace, a mantel, and the TV, but if there wasn’t so much going on with it, I absolutely would have considered a fun stencil like this Herringbone Wall Stencil from Stencilit.

My kids are a little old for this, but I love this fun “Look What I Made” Sign from Grow and Company. I’d probably hang it in the dining room, above our sideboard. Kids love having their art on display and it’s always nice to have a place to display it that is easy to swap new works of art out.

However, since my kids aren’t really demanding that I display their artwork as much as they used to, I think these beautiful Rustic Floating Wood Shelves from iirntree are probably a little more appropriate for the space above the sideboard. We’ve become very accustomed to storing our wine glasses in the kitchen, but some floating shelves like this in the dining room would make some more space in the kitchen cabinets for some other things.

This fun Set of 3 Wooden Arrows from Cherry Tree Gallery are another option to consider and would look good in my living room. Is the arrows thing getting a little outdated? I never really jumped on this trend, but it seems like it might be waning a little.

This is not our fireplace wall, but we did go with a mantel very similar to this Wood Beam Mantel from Anjowga Woodworks. We found a local guy on who made ours for us and it was great. It has French Cleat mounting hardware just like this one, which made it super easy to hang and it’s super sturdy.

Would it really be a post by me if it didn’t include a pattern or two? One of the great things about knitting and crochet is that you can make your own decor: beautiful, luxury pieces custom made by you to add your own special touch. Throw pillows are a great place to do this, like this Symphony Crochet Cushion Pattern from Knitted Decor. The diamond/chevron pattern adds an interesting texture and is a classic geometric-inspired piece.

Or maybe you would prefer this Boho Crochet Pillow Pattern from Seacliffe Cottage. The fun bobble pattern make for an interesting project and you will love to display this unique pillow on your couch!

Are you updating your living room decor this season? What kinds of things are inspiring you? What ideas do you have for your space to really come together? It doesn’t necessarily take a lot of money to design a space that you love. With some creative thinking, a little bit of time and attention to detail, you can make a space that is cozy and inviting for your family to enjoy. Pin it for later!

If you're looking for beautiful ways to decorate your home for an affordable price, check out this great post including low-cost wall art, shelves, and throw pillows! #HomeDecor #CraftEvangelist #AffordableHomeDecor #ThriftyDecor #DIY #PrintableArt #CustomArt
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Adorable Dolls to Crochet for Doll Lovers

Even though I don’t have children who play with dolls anymore (did I ever, really? My kids were not really doll kids), I still love the look of an amigurumi doll. They are so sweet and there are so many creative and adorable patterns for darling little dolls and stylish little clothes, it makes me wish my kids were a little more into dolls! So, I’ve collected a bunch of cute amigurumi doll crochet patterns for you to peruse and choose to make one for the doll lover in your life!

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This sweet Molang Girl Crochet Doll Pattern from Bearybearnita Design is a sweet little bunny-loving doll that comes with a sweet little matching bunny and a hat to match! This doll will be about 13-15 cm tall when finished, so a perfect little pocket-sized doll to travel with and to be held sweetly in a little one’s hand!

The Nancy Doll Crochet Pattern from Chikchikhandmade comes with her very own goose! How adorable are her sweet little overalls with the embroidered flower and even the delicate detail on her socks and shoes! What a fun little doll to make, suitable for decoration or toy! This pattern makes a slightly larger doll, about 30 cm (11.8 inches) and the overalls, shirt and shoes are removable. The pattern is instantly downloadable as a 33 page PDF with 77 images to make it easy to follow.

Many of these patterns call for Yarn Art Jeans cotton yarn, which isn’t carried in a lot of my local stores. Yarns Various carries this yarn at an affordable price ($2.40 CAD).

The Little Match Girl Crochet Pattern from Pink Mouse Boutique (one of my favourite shops for amigurumi patterns!) is a creative little amigurumi doll based on the story of the Little Match Girl. The finished little doll will be about 3 inches tall, but if you make it with a larger yarn & hook, it could be bigger.

This Sweet Little Crocheted Doll is called Miss May and she is from the collection of dolls from Fluffy Tummy. This doll pattern also comes with instrustions for crocheting her adorable little dog with its very own dog sweater! How cute is that?! This sweet doll comes with a removable outfit: a cute crop top, casual fit jeans and slides.

Need a set of crochet hooks? This Crochet Hook Set has everything you need to get started with crochet.

The Victoria Crocheted Doll Pattern from Evano Crochet is a stunning doll pattern based on the character of the neice of Sherlock Holmes! Like her uncle, Victoria is a detective and her obsession is to discover the identity of Jack the Ripper! This is an advanced level pattern available in English and French; it includes 75 photos in 21 pages of written pattern and calls for 100% mercerized cotton thread and 2.25 mm hook. She stands about 30 cm (12″) tall when finished.

This slightly creepy Alice and Mad Hatter Crochet Pattern from Pinkbunnyland includes instructions for both dolls. Aren’t the details on these dolls just stunning? Buyers are raving that these patterns are easy to follow with clear instructions and result in beautiful finished projects. Make your own classic dolls with this great pattern!

Does this adorable Happy Adventure Crocheted Dolls Amigurumi Pattern from Ginansily NiMarya remind you of anyone? A cute little old man and his neighborhood boyscout? This sweet little pattern is a great little nod to the characters from Disney’s Up!

Does a mouse count as a doll? I think so! Especially if it has a wardrobe! The Mice Family: Basic Mouse + Clothes Crochet Pattern from La Fabrique Des Songes is a 24 page PDF instand download with written instructions and step-by-step pictures. When finished using the recommended yarn and hooks, the finished mouse measure around 14 cms. I love it when doll patterns have removable clothes and bundles to make a whole playset! Such a fun and unique handmade gift!

Who does this Football Coach Crochet Doll Pattern from emiliemcrochets remind you of? I’m sure if you know the show Ted Lasso, this moustached doll will remind you of our favourite Ted Lasso! We loved the show and his fun little stuffed toy is a great reminder of all the funny and encouraging things Ted has taught us.

Ok, if a mouse is a doll, is a potato a doll? I don’t know, I just couldn’t resist sharing Pete the Potato PDF Crochet Pattern from Tiny Friends Crochet. This quick and easy little pattern is whimsical and would make a delightful little last minute gift idea for a quirky friend or colleague.

I hope you enjoyed this collection of adorable crocheted dolls to make and hopefully you found one that you might like to make for a doll lover in your life. Grab one of these patterns, some yarn and your hook today and get making! Or pin it for later!

Such a sweet collection of adorable amigurumi dolls to crochet! Can wait to make one of these sweet crocheted dolls! #CrochetPattern #CrochetDoll #Amigurumi #AmigurumiDoll #AmigurumiPattern
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Sweet Little Gifts to Make for the Ones You Love

Valentine’s Day is in just a couple of weeks. Even if you don’t do much for Valentine’s Day, a sweet little handmade gift is always welcome. It says you thought about someone (sometimes for a long time!) while you made them something special with your own hands. Handmade is just so special! And I love sharing the patterns that help you make it happen. A lot of work goes into these carefully crafted patterns so you can make one with ease. Check out this little selection of gifts that you still have time to make in time for Valentine’s Day (even if you have a day job!)

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First up is this adorable Amigurumi Pattern for Esther the Crocheted Doll from Manuska. She wears acute little dress with lovely detail and a fully removable cape and hat. I have made patterns from Manuska’s shop before and they are easy to follow with detailed pictures to make your doll stunning.

This cute little Mini Dress Up Doll Amigurumi Pattern from The Wandering Deer includes a doll pattern with 2 hair types and a top, pants, skirt, dress, jacket, beanie, scarf, shoes, backpack, bag stuffed bunny, and a pillow. It is 27 pages of detailed written instructions with lots of photos and a quick assembly guide. There are even other patterns in this series for more outfits for you doll: Animals in Summer Outfits and Halloween Costumes.

If you have a princess fanatic on your list of loved ones, then this little Cinderella Amigurumi Pattern from Gurumi Land Design just might be the perfect pattern for you. The sweet details on this gorgeous little doll make all the difference! I love the little pearl finishes and the details on the dress are just lovely!

You still have time to make this sweet little Amigurumi Fox Pattern from My Amigurumi Farm. With just three colours of yarn and simple construction, this pattern is rated easy. This cuddly fox would make a great baby gift for an expected little one, and wouldn’t the expectant parents just be delighted?!

Need a set of crochet hooks? This Crochet Hook Set has everything you need to get started with crochet.

This littler Ankylosaurus Crochet Dinosaur Amigurumi Pattern from Loopy Pattern is the perfect little amigurumi toy for that dino-loving kid. And, what’s so fun is this little baby dinosaur comes with a pattern for his own big bowl of popcorn! What a fun little addition!

I just love the vintage, homey look of this Crocheted Goose Amigurumi Pattern from Shop Straw Animals! Everything from their sweet little hats and adorable overalls to their cross body sachels and little scarves is just delightful! If you know a farm family, or even just a city kid, this sweet little pattern is sure to please!

There are not as many amigurumi knitting patterns available for the knitters, but this Bear Loves Bunny Knit Tiny Teddy Bear and Tiny Bunny from Simply Sycamore is a simple and sweet little pattern with options for both a bear and a bunny and would make the perfect little photo prop for a newborn baby photo shoot or a lovely little baby shower gift!

Wondering what knitting needles I use? KnitPicks Interchangeables are my go to needles!

There are more things than just amigurumi that you still have time to make for a loved one! Like this Bee Wild Beanie Knitting Pattern from Smeeny Beanie Knits. This is a beginner level colourwork knitting pattern using #5 Bulky yarn, so it knits up quickly for a cozy warm hat. This pattern is for a one size adult hat, fitting a 21″-23″ head comfortably.

You also still have time to make these adorable Sweet Dreams Socks from Zyapa Masha. I finally knit my first pair of socks this year, but I would definitely consider making this easy sock pattern with 10 pages of instructions with pictures and charts. They are worked toe up (which I love) and includes shaping for a better fit.

I missed this Crocheted Women’s Loafter Pattern from Two Girls Patterns in my Slipper Pattern Round Up last week, but these cute loafers are the perfect pattern to whip up in time for Valentine’s Day or for yourself to keep your toes warm during the winter months. I love the little tassels detail and the homey look of this fun crochet pattern.

While I mostly share knit and crochet patterns, I have explored embroidery over the last year or so and I really love patterns and kits from Florals and Floss. This Be Kind Leafy Wreath Embroidery Pattern from her shop is downloadable instantly so you can get stitching today.

I hope you found something to inspire you to make a little special handmade gift for someone you love. Go get one of these patterns today or pin it for later!

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Sweet Slippers from Amazing Knit and Crochet Patterns for Toasty Toes

We’re out of our deep freeze here in Edmonton, though the weather dropped for a couple of days. I still find myself in need of slipper-wearing in the house. My family has never been big into slippers, so it’s hard to motivate myself to make something for them that there’s a high chance they won’t use. I made a lovely pair of slippers for myself a couple of years ago. They’re holding up well, but there’s some wear on the interior sole. (I used Phentex for the exterior sole, so that’s holding up great!) So, it might be time for me to consider a new pair. I did just make myself a pair of socks and they are surprisingly warm. But given how long it takes me to get from deciding to making, it’s probably time to start looking for a new pair now. So, I’ve rounded up a baker’s dozen knit and crochet patterns to consider and I’ll let you take a peek at them, too.

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This Crochet-Knit Slipper-Clogs Crochet Pattern from Pdf Pattern Design is the pattern I made last time. They turned out great! It is a well-written pattern with clear instructions. It uses the Waistcoat stitch, a knit-looking crochet stitch that makes for a nice solid fabric, unlike the holes that you normally deal with in crochet. It takes a little bit of practice if you’re not familiar with it (hint: crochet LOOSELY!). Perhaps I should just go make myself a nice felt lining like this example has and that would solve my problem!

But sometimes it’s fun to make something new. This pattern from Sirins Crochet claims to be the Easiest Slippers Ever Crochet Pattern. These are made by creating two rectangles and then sewing them together. I think it looks great! It comes with instructions to make any size you want! So if you are a beginner crocheter looking to make a pair of slippers, or just your first project, this just might be the pattern for you! They look stunning and are so simple!

Need a set of crochet hooks? This Crochet Hook Set has everything you need to get started with crochet.

Here’s another Simple House Slippers Crochet Pattern, this one from Exclusive 72. This pattern is pretty basic with minimal shaping, another good pattern for beginner crocheters. The pattern includes all sizes and would be great for both men and women. These work up quickly in a tight stitch, making them durable, thick and fluffy.

I just love the look of these Dakota Crochet Casual Slippers from Magic4Kids. Using super bulky yarn and a large hook, this pattern works up quickly and includes sies for kids and adults, so you can make a pair for the whole family. I love the structured look of this slipper! I’ve got some super bulky yarn around that I don’t have a plan for, so this might be just the thing!

I have been eyeing up patterns like these Crochet Converse Slippers from Crochet Milie for years! I’m sure I would have already made them if I didn’t imagine giving them to my husband, him being genuinely delighted with them, wearing them a couple of times and then never touching them again. It sounds cynical, but we’re in our 20th year of marriage; I know how these things go. (But they’re so fun looking!)

These delightful Crocheted Snowman Slippers from Tutti Frutti Patterns are a whimsical, yet easy crochet pattern to make this delightful little pair of winter-themed, novelty slippers. And made with plush, velour yarn, as shown here, they look sooooo cozy! (I think my youngest kid would be a fan of these!)

Speaking of fuzzy slippers, I have been working with faux fur yarn lately (I just released my Furry Mouse Muff Crochet Pattern a couple of weeks ago) and I think it would be very fun to make some slippers with it. This Women’s Cuddly Faux Fur Slippers Crochet Pattern from Knit And Crochet Ever After is topped with a cozy faux fur, which looks so comfy… and maybe that would be enough faux fur? I don’t know, I’m thinking there would be something so divine about slipping your feet into fully faux fur lined slippers, but then… maybe they’d get too hot and sweaty and uncomfortable? Maybe keeping the cold breeze out at the ankles would be sufficient?

This crochet pattern for these Women’s Modern Faux Fur Fuzy Ugg Boot Slippers from The Cozy Knot Crochet also look suuuuper cozy! You can also make these with a non-faux-fur yarn as well, which would be easier to crochet, especially if you’re less experienced. The trick with faux fur yarn is knowing where to put your hook; you have to crochet by feel and if you’re new to crochet, it’s a little harder to do if you can’t see your stitches.

Looking for some faux fur yarn? Lionbrand Go For Faux is a great option!

If you’re looking to make some baby slippers, I thought this was a great idea from The Northern Moose: this Crochet Baby Booties Pattern comes with SOLES. How cool is that? I often seen beautifully handmade slippers and then they have these lovely leather or suede soles and I feel like that’s such a barrier to me making them. I love this idea of being able to get the pattern and the sole together. Very fun. So you get the digital pattern when you first buy it and then they will send you the size of sole that you order. How great is that?

Ok, knitters, you were so patient through all those crochet patterns. And now I have a few knitting patterns for you! Starting wit this super affordable Moccasin Slippers with a Cuff Knitting Pattern from Kween Bee. It is also available for free on her website, which is included in her pattern listing. But if you like to print a version off, or be able to make it without internet access or your phone going into sleep mode, this pdf printable is less than $2. This is an easy-level knitting pattern, so if you’re looking for a beginner slipper pattern, check this one out!

The Shalom Slippers knitting pattern from Dole Valley Girl Knits are worked seamlessly from the cuff down. Knit with bulky weight yarn, these soft and squishy slippers will fly off your needles and warm your toes! They come in sizes from small (women’s 5-6) to xl (men’s 10.5).

Here’s another Easy Knit Slipper Pattern from Knitting Socks Lydmila. I love the shape of these simple, minimalist slippers.

Wondering what knitting needles I use? KnitPicks Interchangeables are my go to needles!

Finally, for an adorable Baby Booties Knitting Pattern, this pattern from Baby Jumbuck Knits makes a sweet, quick and easy to knit baby slipper with a minimum of finishing. They would make a lovely baby shower gift. The pattern comes in 3 sizes, newborn-3 months, 3-6 months and 6-9 months. How adorable are these little booties?!

I hope you found a pair of slippers to crochet or knit. I’m still trying to figure out which ones I’m going to make. If you made a decision, go grab yourself a pattern today. If you’re still deciding like me, pin it for later!

Great pattern round up by Craft Evangelist, full of fantastic slipper patterns to knit and crochet! #KnittingPattern #CrochetPattern #PatternRoundUp #CraftEvangelist
Great pattern round up by Craft Evangelist, full of fantastic slipper patterns to knit and crochet! #KnittingPattern #CrochetPattern #PatternRoundUp #CraftEvangelist
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A Delightful Collection of Valentine Gifts to Make

If you find yourself cooped up in your house again this winter avoiding the plague or extremely cold temperatures, perhaps it would warm your heart to think about making your loved ones a Valentine’s Day gift. We all know it’s a made up holiday that has been commercialized to sell more stuff, but you can also use it as an opportunity to tell the ones you love how you feel about them. What better way than thinking about them while you make them something handmade? Check out these great patterns and kits for some great handmade Valentine’s Day gifts!

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I couldn’t resist this adorable little Hedgehog with a Heart Crochet Pattern from My Crochet Wonders, so I snapped it up shortly after it was released! Little amigurumi patterns like this are delightful because they’re so quick and rewarding to make up! You can sit down a couple of times in a weekend and have an adorable little stuffy. I was still in winter holiday mode when I saw this and I thought since it’s so ball-like, you could hang a little string from it and have a super sweet little tree ornament!

This Fleece Teddy & Bunny Crochet Pattern from All About Ami would be such a thoughtful gift for a little one that you love. It is made with Lionbrand Go for Fleece Yarn, which works up quickly and fills in all the little “holes” of crochet and is super fuzzy and cuddly. I think I have at least one kid who would still enjoy one of these delightful little stuffed animals!

It’s not always easy for knitters to find cute stuffed animal patterns, but this collection of 6 Teddy Bear Variations from Mary Jane’s Tea Room has a variety of options for you to make six different teddy bears. Sweet little skirts and bows for the hair and adorable little shorts and shoes options allow you to customize a cuddly knitted bear stuffy for someone you love. This would make such a beautiful heirloom gift to pass down through generations!

Wondering what knitting needles I use? KnitPicks Interchangeables are my go to needles!

I just love this super cute Crochet Pattern of the Ice Cream Monster Yeti Amigurumi from amiguruku. This sweet little crochet pattern is nearly free (it is listed as free, but the cost is just the cost of listing and selling it on Etsy). I love the big wide closed-mouth smile on this adorable little amigurumi monster. He’s not exactly Valentine’s-themed, but who wants hearts all over everything all year round? This guy is so sweet and fun, you know you want to make one! And it’s such a deal of a pattern!

Stephanie from All About Ami just released her new Chinese New Year Tiger Crochet Pattern. This is another beautiful pattern by Stephanie; her designs are always great and also available for free on her blog. She is definitely a designer worth following!

The Tiger is just the lates in Stephanie’s collection of Chinese New Year Zodiac Amigurumi. You can get the whole adorable pattern bundle here.

This Valentine Gnome Amigurumi Crochet Pattern from Happy Dolls Hand Made is certainly Valentine’s-themed, if that’s what you’re going for. The adorable little heart appliques really read Valentine’s, which makes this little guy the perfect Valentine’s themed gift!

Need a set of crochet hooks? This Crochet Hook Set has everything you need to get started with crochet.

Ok, now switching to an amigurumi that is not Valentine’s themed at all, but is just so unique and full of amazing details, I could not leave out this Crocheted Highland Cow Amigurumi Crochet Pattern from Cottontail and Whisker. This pattern is not for beginners, but what a gorgeous result, don’t you think? So much fun! If you’re looking for a unique gift for a unique person, this pattern definitely fits the bill!

While stuffies definitely delight, I just love a functional gift! This Toastie Bread Bag Crochet Pattern from Lil Crochet Bean is such a sweet example of a functional yet so adorable amigurumi! I feel like I need this little bag to just slip my phone and wallet in and throw across my body. Who says that a grown woman can’t carry slightly silly accessories?

I usually post knit and crochet patterns here, but there are so many more crafts out there for you to explore. This Vintage Heart Garland Felt Craft Kit from Art Kulture Store contains soft wool-mix felt, a needle, DMC embroidery thread, toy filling, ribbon and instructions, templates and a stitch guide to make six vintage felt hearts. Everything you need! You could give this kit as a gift to a crafty person you love or you could make it yourself and give the resulting garland as a gift (or keep it for yourself!).

This DIY Macrame 3-Leaf Wall Hanging Kit from Macrame By Fiber Knots would also make a lovely gift for a crafty loved one or for you to make it for them (or for yourself… swoon… gorgeous boho home decor!). If you’ve ever wanted to get into macrame, this is the perfect little starter kit! It contains everything you need to create this cute wall hanging!

Of course, what better way is there to say I love you than with a warm Super Chunky Knit Hat? The Super Chunky Ribbed Colorblock Knit beanie Pattern from Smeeny Beanie Knits. This colorblock beanie is super trendy and super easy for the new knitter.

Looking for super bulky yarn? Lionbrand has some great options for super bulky yarn!

I hope you found some inspiration for making some delightful handmade Valentine’s gifts! You still have plenty of time to make something special for that someone special! Pick up one of these great patterns/kits and get started today! Or Pin it for later so you don’t forget!

Check out this curated list of 12 delightful Valentine's Gifts to make! Full of sweet amigurumi, craft kits and more! You will be sure to find something lovely to make a handmade Valentine's Gift for the one you love here! #CrochetPatterns #KnittingPatterns #AmigurumiPatterns #PatternRoundUp #CraftEvangelist
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Snuggly Handmade Socks to Knit and Crochet

I finally did it! This was the year I knit myself some socks! They’re so great: I love them! They’re so warm! If you want to see my process and finished knit socks, follow me on Instagram to see all the patterns I make! If you have not experienced the joy and warmth of handmade wool socks, you need to get your hands (…feet?) on some of these! I’ve collected a bunch of great sock patterns for you to try out, whether you knit or crochet!

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First, for the knitters: The Thicksgiving Socks from Summer Lee Design Co. These socks are an easy, basic, worsted weight sock knitting pattern with three different variations. Theh pattern set includes tips and tricks for working worsted socks by marling two strands of fingering weight yarn together.

The Vanilla Socks on DPNs knitting pattern by Crazy Sock Lady Designs is another straightforward sock design. If you prefer double-pointed needles or that’s all you have, this pattern is for you, specifically designed for double-pointed needles (DPNs), it has an accompanying video tutorial that walks you through how to make the entire sock on DPNs, from setting up the Cast-On to the Kitchener-stitch toe and weaving in your ends!

The Heartnut Socks knitting pattern from Knox Mountain Knit Co is actually a physical item, unlike most of the PDF downloads that I feature here on my blog. The full colour, professionally printed knitting pattern is printed on acid-free, heirloom quality papter and includes a digital download code for Ravelry, which is definitely an interesting delivery method! Let me know if you like this and I will consider featuring something like this in my patterns! I love the beautiful and elegant heartnut inspired cable across the top, so if you’ve been wanting to make socks and also learn cables, this is the pattern for you!

If you’re looking for a deal of a pattern, this Top-Down Adult Socks Knitting Pattern from Zyapa Masha is only $0.66 Canadian! It includes 6 pages of text, charts and pictures. The socks are worked top down, using double-pointed needles OR circular needles, if you use the magic loop method (I love magic loop! I use circular needles for everything!).

Wondering what knitting needles I use? KnitPicks Interchangeables are my go to needles!

If you consider yourself an intermediate knitter, then the River Ripple Socks knitting pattern by Lucy Neatby of little barn studios is the pattern for you. Perfect for showing off a skein of hand-painted yarn, the construction is beautiful! From the description: “These socks are begun with a soft faced cuff with a decorative i-cord inspired detail. This leads into the leg pattern with cabled elongated stitches to highlight the colours in the yarn. A 70% garter stitch short row heel is used (with smaller needles for added durability) and then the leg stitch pattern is reversed with a condensed stitch pattern for the sole, adding strength, warmth and maintaining equal row height with the instep pattern. Finished with a cozy garter stitch toe to coordinate with the heel.” Sounds so good, right?

The Cozy Cabin Socks knitting pattern from Darling Jadore is another lovely worsted-weight sock knitting pattern. “A classic construction with cozy knit stitches on worsted-weight yarn, The Beginner Socks pattern is perfect for first-time sock knitters and seasoned knitters alike. Designed with beginners in mind, this pattern thoroughly guides you through each step and with video guidance. You’ll be amazed by how quickly these socks knit up, and how fun they are to make.”

The House Socks knitting pattern from HandKnit Home is a great knitting pattern for a pair of cute and comfortable ankle-length socks. The pattern is written for Adult Medium size and includes instructions for adding length to the foot for a longer sock. The pattern calls for an Estonian cast on (new cast-on for me! I love learning new techniques!), but will work just as well with a regular long-tail cast on.

How about some colour-work socks? The MIEZI Sock knitting pattern from average pony gives you detailed instructions on how to knit a pair of socks with leopard spots! How cool is that?! (Also, don’t you love the bottom of the foot, too?! The pattern contains detailed descriptions on how to knit cuff, leg, shadow wrap heel, foot and toe of your new sock. The pattern is especially designed with frequent color changes so that you rarely have long floats and none is longer than 9 or 10 stitches. So it’s perfect for practicing colorwork.

While the colourwork socks may be a little more advanced than your skills, the Retro Socks knitting pattern from D19 Eco Friendly Life might be more your speed. The diamond texture adds interest, while still allowing this pattern to be classified as a beginner pattern. So, if you’ve wanted to get started with some socks, but are bored by the plain socks of traditional beginner knit sock patterns, check out this pattern

Looking for some sock yarn? KnitPicks has a wide variety of sock yarns at a variety of price points, in a wide range of fibre contents. Local yarn shops are also great place to pick up a skein of lovely sock yarn. Since you usually only need one hank of yarn for a pair of socks, it’s a great time to splurge on some hand-dyed local yarns!

Ok, now for the crocheters. We don’t immediately think crochet for socks because the fabrci that is created is typically bulkier and holier at the same time, than I prefer in a sock. But this quote from the listing for this book is worth considering: “Having been a sock knitter for many many years, when it came to crochet socks I found it difficult to find any patterns that didn’t look bulky, stiff and uncomfortable. Tempted to try my hand at knitting lacy socks but lacking the confidence, I turned to my trusty crochet stitches and a new love was born. You really can make crochet socks that are comfortable, beautiful and practical.” The Crochet Sock Collection is a physical printed booklet from Vicki Brown Designs. If you want to get going right away, though, you can add a note to the seller and you will also be sent a PDF copy. Try out some crochet socks with this great collection os 6 crochet sock patterns!

The Herringbone Socks Crochet Pattern from Heart Hook Home is a toe-up, short row heel sock using the Herringbone Half Double Crochet stitch. Available in 5 sizes from Women’s 5 to Men’s 13, you can whip up a pair of these for all your favourite poeple.

The Pearl Socks Crochet Pattern from mon petit violin was originally published in Inside Crochet magazine, issue 101. With lovely texture on the leg portion of the sock, these socks will be stunning to look at outside of the boots and perfect to wear inside of boots to keep your feet warm this winter!

The Happy Socks are an easy crochet pattern as far a socks go! This socks from this pattern by Rich Textures Crochet are made using simple single crochet stitches and worked from the cuff down. It includes a video tutorial includes the full instructions to make a women’s pair of size 5/6 (US) socks. In fact, if you don’t mind reading a pattern online, this pattern is available for free on the Rich Textures Crochet blog (there’s web address in the listing description)!

Cables are typically reserved for knitting, but the Cable Car Socks Crochet Pattern from A la Sascha incorporates beautifully textured cables into these crocheted socks that are not stiff or uncomfortable at all. These socks look so beautifully constructed, it’s very tempting to consider making many pairs of these adorable socks!

What about you? Have you picked a pair of socks to make? They’re actually a pretty quick project. I worked on mine a fair bit over just a few days. It’s so satisfying to watch them come together and then the warmth on the feet! Wow! So worth it! So, grab yourself a pattern and some supplies and get making! Or pin it for later so you don’t forget.

Snuggle into a lovely pair of hand-knit or crocheted socks with this curated collection of fantastic knitting and crochet sock patterns! If you've never made socks before, make this year your handmade socks year! #KnittingPattern #SockPatterns #KnitSocksPattern #CrochetedSocks #CrochetSocksPattern #SocksCrochetPattern
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Love that Texture: Beautiful Bobble Stitch Patterns!

Full of texture and fun, these bobble stitch patterns will inspire you to make something new this year! Whether you knit or crochet, there are several kinds of bobble stitches in both crafts that will have you swooning over the lovely textures and making the next addictive row!

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This sweet Bubble Stich Pixie Hat Knitting Pattern from Love Fibres has a classic vintage vibe that will sure to delight any parent and keep that babe’s head warm!

The Bubble Jumper Knitting Pattern from Happy Daze Knits is made with super bulky yarn like Lion Brand Collection 50/50 Yarn, which is 50% alpaca (so soft) and 50% soft wool. Doesn’t the texture of this sweater look so luscious!

The Popcorn Hat from OhLaLana Designs is an easy knitting pattern that comes in sizes newborn to adult so you can make matching adorable hats like these for the whole family!

You can also make a Bobbly Raglan Baby Sweater for your little one to match that adorable hat. This pattern from Shop Devin Swick is worked from the top-down, in the round and mostly in stockinette, so it works up quickly. A classic, simple design with fun pops of texture throughout!

Wondering what knitting needles I use? KnitPicks Interchangeables are my go to needles!

And now, for the crocheters! You defintely won’t be left out because there are PLENTY of bobble patterns for you! The Smarties Bobble Blanket Crochet Pattern from Melu Crochet is a bright and colourful textured blanket that would make a lovely baby gift idea for a special baby in your life. You’ll need DK yarn for this project. I would recommend KnitPicks Swish Yarn as an affordable superwash yarn in a wide variety of colours or KnitPicks CotLin (Cotton/Linen blend) which also comes in a wide variety of colours.

For a bobbly hat, check out the Posh Puffs Beanie Crochet Hat Pattern from Kathy’s Crochet Closet. This pattern uses worsted weight yarn (Lion Brand’s Feels Like Butta is so soft and cozy, but any worsted weight yarn will work!) and comes in 6 sizes: 0-3 months to adult so you can make puff beanies for the whole family!

The Bobble Throw Crochet Pattern from Modern Made Shop is a beautifully textured blanket that will surely bring a sense of luxury to any home, especially if you make it in the called-for yarn: Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca… sooooooo soft!

Need a set of crochet hooks? This Crochet Hook Set has everything you need to get started with crochet.

The Dyaman Blanket Crochet Pattern from DeBrosse NYC is a bobbly throw x 10! If you love that puffy texture and stitching up those bobbly stitches, you will love making this gorgeous modern diamond pattern in this lovely textured stitches! It pairs perfectly with the Labadee Pillow Pattern (a pattern I’ve been eyeing up for ages!).

Once you get the hang of those bobbles, you’ll see how fun they are to use with colours and shape them into gorgeous patterns, like this Bobble Galore Crochet Pattern from Little Duck Crochet.

Here’s another great example of using these puff stitches with colour to make a lovely baby blanket: the Heart Motifs Puff Stitch Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern from Peach Unicorn Designs would make a lovely gift for a Valentine’s baby! So adorable!

Crocheters shall not be left out of the sweater game: The Bobblicious Sweater Crochet Pattern from Kay Krochets is loaded with bobble stitches and features long dramatic sleeve ribbing and has a modest crew neckline. There’s also a child’s version of this sweater, so you can make matches for your mini-me!

If you have some Christmas spirit left or you just want to get a jump on next Christmas, check out this Crochet Bobble Stitch Christmas Tree Crochet Pattern from See Love Share. This pattern comes with three sizes, so you can make all three sizes for variety on your mantel or give the set as a lovely gift!

If you liked a pattern here, Pin it to a Pinterest board so you can find it later and share with your friends what you’re making!

Knit and crochet all the lovely texture with this collection of bobble stitch knit and crochet patterns! You're going to love making and enjoying these textures! 
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Gifts You Can Make with Crochet

I fully intended to be much more obnoxious about getting on you all to get your handmade gifts made earlier this year, but I fear I have failed you. But it is only November! It’s the beginning of November! If you are determined and you sets your sights realistically, you can make handmade gifts for everyone you truly love. I shared this funny quote in my Instagram stories the other day, so I think you all should see it.

So, yes, if you want to make sweaters for your loved ones, you’d better only have two loved ones (maybe just one depending on the sweater), but if you are happy giving your colleagues something a little more manageable, you do still have time to make some handmade gifts for your loved ones! I’ve collected some great pattern ideas for you to choose from. So grab your yarn, hooks/needles and get making!

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You can make this gorgeous Rainbow Wall Hanging for a loved one in your life with this pattern from Haley Handcrafted Shop. Wouldn’t it look great in a child’s bedroom?I love the fun bobble texture and the gorgeous long white tassels!

Make your coworkers their very own no-fuss cactus plant with this 31 page pdf file: Gardening with Crochet: Cactus and Succulents Amigurumi from Buddy Rumi! If you thought real cactus plants were low maintenance, the crocheted cactus takes it up a notch. All you would need to do to one of these guys would be to dust in every few months!

You can whip up a crocheted headband like this Crochet Head Wrap Pattern from Sweetly Versatile in just a couple of hours, perfect for all your girlfriends. This pattern is rated beginner-easy and calls for worsted weight yarn, so you can make a couple gifts with just one skein of yarn!

If you are a little more experienced as a crocheter, you might choose the style of The Jenna Headband from Love and Stitch Designs, which calls for bulky weight yarn and comes in sizes teen to adult. This pattern is fairly easy and pretty quick to work up, making it a perfect last-minute, handmade gift idea!

For a practical gift, you can make some crocheted pan protectors with this pattern from Heart Hook Home. The pattern comes with 4 different size options to make: small (10″), medium (12.5″), large (15.5″) and extra large (18.5″). A set of these would make such a lovely handmade gift idea for a colleague or to bring to a gift exchange.

How adorable are these little gnomes? This sweet little Christmas Gnome Crochet Pattern from Knufl would make the perfect addition to your mantel decor, or tie a string on top and he’d make a cute tree ornament! I love the puff-stich beard and star embroidery as beautiful additional details! What a lovely and thoughtful gift for someone special this year.!

This sweet set of 3 Crochet Coaster Patterns from Rhinestone Mumma have a lovely boho, macrame-inspired vibe and would add a touch of craftiness to any home. These are pretty easy patterns, so they would work up quickly so you can make a set for all your coworkers!

How about an adorable Christmas Taco? You know if your friends have an obsession with tacos that a Crocheted Amigurumi Taco Christmas Ornament made from this pattern by Hook Yarn and Sarah is the perfect Christmas gift.

This rustic little ornament pattern, The Snowbound Christmas Ornament Crochet Pattern from Christina Ann Studios has options for both little stitched tree embellishments or lovely little star embroidery, adding versatility to this lovely little pattern. The pattern incorporates a macrame ring to help the ornament keep its shape and increase longevity.

I hope you found some inspiration for some gifts you can make this year, if you’re struggling with how to give gifts to everyone on your list within your budget, making your own gifts is a special way to give something unique and thoughtful without a lot of cash. Pick up one of these patterns and some yarn and get making today! Or pin it for later.

Lovely collection of gifts you can crochet for this holiday season. #yarn #Crafts #CraftEvangelist #PatternRoundUp #Crochet #CrochetGifts #Handmade Gifts
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Make For Your Fall Living Room

It’s been a little while since I’ve shared some crafty patterns with you all and I’ve missed it! We have been renovating our main floor this summer, so the last 3 1/2 months have been spent crafting our home! It’s been busy and hard work. We ended up having the flooring done for nearly the entire main floor all at once, which meant moving nearly all of our belongings into a storage pod for a few weeks. It was a lot of work in the middle of a summer of a lot of work! We’ve been slowly finishing up, enjoying a fully functioning kitchen and moving back in. And now it’s time to think about decorating! What better way to decorate than to make your own decor?

So, whether you’re starting from scratch decorating a new space or just freshening up with some fall decor, I’ve collected some lovely patterns to make your space homey and unique. You’re sure to enjoy making these beautiful patterns and making your space your own with them!

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You probably need a place to rest your feet afert a long day and this Crocheted Bobbles Pouf from isWoolish is a cute, textured floor pouf sure to add interest and comfort to your living room! This downloadable pattern includes links to YouTube instructional videos, so if you prefer to watch step by step videos, all the resources you need are included.

Of course, if you’re a knitter, isWoolish also has athe Knitted Pouf Pattern for you! Same structure, different craft, different texture. Links to the video tutorials are also included with this pattern. If you knit and crochet, which of these poufs would you choose? Knit or crochet? I can’t decide! I love them both!

Wondering what knitting needles I use? KnitPicks Interchangeables are my go to needles!

I did make my own like this one from a free pattern MJ’s Off the Hook Designs (a pdf version is also available from Etsy here). I stuffed it with an old comforter and some old pillow forms, so it’s a little wonky. I think if I were to do it again, I would get a better form for it so it kept its shape better.

If you can get your hands on some giant yarn/wool roving then you can make the stunning The Petiionville Extreme Knit Pouf pattern from DeBrosseNYC. Isn’t it fantastic? Don’t you just want one in white even though you have kids and you know a white floor pouf is a really bad idea? No? Just me? The super fun part about this pattern is that it is an arm knitting pattern! Meaning, you use your arms as knitting needles! How fun is that? If you’re new to knitting, I think you might be surprised at how accessible arm knitting is! And the larger the yarn, the fewer the stitches, meaning it takes WAAAAAY less time to knit up a project like this. So, yes, the yarn is a little pricey; but, what you spend in yarn, you save in time.

Ok, next up: throw blankets. Throw blankets make your space look warm and cozy and they keep the people in them warm and cozy. Amazing. Right now I am leaning towards making a faux fur throw blanket like The Paix Faux Fur Throw Knitting Pattern from DeBrosseNYC. You can get the pattern for free in the kit from Lion Brand Yarn.

For the crocheters, you can also crochet a throw blanket with this yarn with the Softest Blanket Crochet Pattern by KayleeKnots. I’ll give you a little warning though: while I have crocheted with this yarn (and have a crochet pattern that is soon to be released made with this yarn), it is much more difficult to keep track of your stitches with crochet than with knitting. Knitting has the stitches all perched on a needle; with crochet, you’ve got to feel your way through the project. The beautiful part about this yarn for crochet is that it hides all the holes and makes a super soft and warm blanket about 4′ x 5′ in only 6 hours!

Another direction that I am considering is adding some more pops of colour. We’ve gone pretty neutral on our finishings and furniture, so now we can add some colour with accessories! What do you think about this Pom Pom Stripe Crochet Blanket? It is available in a kit from SolidMarl; I didn’t see it listed separately in the patterns section of the shop, but a kit is always a nice way to jump into a project: getting everything you need delivered to you so you’re ready to go. Love it. I love these fun pom poms and matching stripes. Subtle, but still really fun.

Need some yarn or supplies? Lion Brand Yarn has soooo many options!

Or perhaps you prefer to knit some more subtle designs into your throw blankets with this Seton Portage Blanket Knitting Pattern from KnittedWishes. The winter scene is subtle enough that it could easily be part of your decor all winter, but definitely has a classic holiday festive style for a stylish home.

I could also get on board with this Moonstone Plaid Blanket Knitting Pattern from Two of Wands. I love the neutrals in this version, but I think I would want some brighter colours for my space. What colours would you choose? If you want to make one in exactly these colours, you can grab a kit from Lion Brand Yarn (there are also options to customize the colours if you choose).

Also, complete side note, but see those tassels on there? They don’t look like they use this technique, but I think they should absolutely be made with the Twisted Fringe technique, as explained here at Briana K Designs. No fraying! No knotting! I love this technique!

Ok, still loveing the plaid thing and of course, throw pillows are another great way to incorporate handmade items into your living room. I love this Plaid About You Throw Pillow Crochet Pattern from LuleesCrochet. This is a crochet meets weaving pattern: the pillow is crocheted corner-to-corner in the moss stitch and the woven details are worked into the front side after crocheting is complete. How fun is that?

The On the Bias Throw Pillow Knitting Pattern from Two of Wands is also worked diagonally in the garter stitch, so if you are new to knitting, this pillow cover is perfect for you!

I also LOOOOOOVE The Labadee Diamond Bobble Pillow from DeBrosseeNYC! I think I’ve featured this pattern two or three times already. One of these days, I will make it! If you get to it before me, send me your photos! I would love to see how these turn out! You may have noticed that I have featured a number of patterns from DeBrosseNYC: I love her patterns! The neutrals that she always features are sooooo pleasing to me. I love colour, but I am drawn to the classic simplicity of neutrals (also, her photography rocks, so they are always so beautiful to feature!). You can get a free pattern from her when you buy 2 patterns with the code FREEPATTERN, so totally take her up on that offer, because she has so many lovely ones to choose from!

I hope you have found some great patterns to make to decorate your living room for fall (or really for coziness any time of year)! Grab a pattern and get making today or pin it for later!

Beautiful collection of knit and crochet patterns to make to accessorize your living room this fall. Make yourself a gorgeous pouf, faux fur throw blanket or plaid pillow! #KnittingPatterns #CrochetPatterns #FallKnits #PatternRoundUp #Yarn #Crafts #CraftEvangelist

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