Adorable Patterns to Start Your Year

It’s a new year and it’s time to make some new things! Did learn a new craft make your resolution list? I meant to sew today, but I made a major mistake in cutting my fabric which means I no longer have enough fabric to make the pattern. I’m kinda bummed about it, but I’m not going to waste the day. I’m going to tell you about some great new patterns in my preferred crafts that I have found! I’m always on the lookout for new patterns and adorable things to make. So check out this great list of patterns to make! (and if you make a mistake, you can usually rip out your work and start over, instead of having to get more fabric!)

For something unique and different, this adorable Mushroom Man Amigurumi Crochet Pattern from Pink Pumpkin Studio is such a lovely looking pattern with such creative details!

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This sweet Amigurumi Cow Crochet Pattern from Julia Ka Pattern is such a fun little stuffed toy pattern to make to complete a farm set. It’s also available as a crochet kit, but these are subject to stock being available.

If you love mushrooms and you’re a knitter, then this adorable Magic Toadstool Sock knitting pattern from Stone Knits is for you. This looks like such a fun pair to make! I’m making some socks right now and I just can’t get over how quick they are to knit!

The Summer Picnic Socks Knitting Pattern from Handmade Life by Olivia is the sock pattern that I am making right now. I am almost finished the first sock, I just have to do the kitchener stitch section on the toe! Since I have been making bigger projects lately, it’s very satisfying to work these socks up so quickly!

I just love amigurumi! And I love play food. My kids are too old for play food now, and honestly, they didn’t really play with the stuff I had made for them much when they were little, but aren’t these little pastas adorable??? You can get the Pasta Party Crochet Pattern from Copacetic Crocheter and make these perfect little pastas for the budding chef in your life!

So, this pattern by Twinkie Chan is not exactly play food, but it is an homage to play food. It’s actually an Ice Cream Scoop Hair Clip Crochet Pattern! How much fun is that? Plop a scoop of ice cream on your little one’s head! So sweet and fun!

Talk about a fun pair of socks! This Crocodile Socks Knitting Pattern from Emma Bermudez Designs is such a fun and unique knit socks pattern! One of my friends shared an image of this sock with me and I thought it was so fun that I had to find the pattern!

This ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE knit kitten pattern came across my Facebook feed as an ad (and I clicked on it so now I never stop seeing it!), but when I followed the link, I was worried that it wasn’t actually sold by the designer, but was a stolen pattern. For the designer’s sake, I hope it’s not. I did some more searching and found the shop Cute Knit Toy which also has a bunch of other similar patterns, so I was pretty confident it was the original designer. I bought this pattern and I think I might go ahead and make it after I’m done my socks! Another (hopefully?!) quick little project before I head into making my next sweater.

Dot Pebbles Knits is another knit designer with some lovely, realistic-looking knit toy patterns, like this Teeny Tiny Bunny knitting pattern. Wouldn’t this make a lovely addition to an Easter basket? Get knitting now and you can make some for all the important kids in your life!

I just had to share with you this sweet little Guinea Pig Knitting Pattern also from Dot Pebbles Knits! The little scenes created in all the photos of these adorable little stuffed toys are so sweet! I can’t wait to make one of these delightful little patterns!

Can you even with these??? Look at this sweet little mouse in a sweater on a mushroom, smelling lilacs!!!! I can hardly bear the cuteness! Get this Mouse in a Sweater Knitting Pattern from Dot Pebbles Knits and make one of these little mouse and take sweet photos of it doing adorable things!

I hope you have enjoyed this round up of adorable patterns for you to knit and crochet (a lot more for the knitters today than I usually post!). Go grab yourself a pattern and sit down for some making time today or pin it for later!

Make one of these adorable patterns and check out the other sweet patterns to kick off your making journey! Knit toy patterns that are ultra realistic, unique socks, sweet crochet amigurumi patterns that you will love! Get making today! #PatternRoundUp #CraftEvangelist #Yarn #Crafts

Crochet Them All: Pokemon! Stuffies to Make

Ok, so for me, this is panic time. It always seems like there’s plenty of time before Christmas until suddenly there’s not and I have no good ideas and the ideas I have had suddenly seem silly and I planned to make a bunch of things for people that I just haven’t done yet. Here’s where the last minute gifts come in. Some of my favourite last minute gifts for kids and adults alike are amigurumi. (Make it extra small and put it on a keychain!) And kids are still into Pokemon (I guess: my kids seem to go in and out of Pokemon). So here’s a collection of some quick (and a couple not-so-quick) Pokemon amigurumi if you’re looking for a delightful handmade gift idea for someone who loves Pokemon.

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You can crochet your own Bulbasaur with this intermediate crochet pattern from Shea Crochet. 14 pages of step-by-step instructions to make your own Bulbasaur, with numerous photos to help you with sewing and details! If you make this little guy with worsted weight yarn (as the pattern calls for), you will end up with a toy that is 8 inches tall, 5 inches wide and 8.5 inches long.

Here’s a super quick one for you! This Pokeball crochet pattern from lulus little shop can be made up quickly and would make the perfect little decoration to wrapping or accompaniment to a crisp $20 bill! Made with worsted yarn, it will be about 2.25″ in diameter, but make it in a smaller yarn with a smaller hook and it could be perfect keychain size!

My youngest is planning a gift exchange with his buddies and somehow I have roped myself into making a couple of these patterns from Shea Crochet: this Charmander crochet pattern and the Squirtle crochet pattern below. He expressed interest in learning to crochet and even though I knew this was not going to be a beginner project, he got me and now I’ve got this pattern and a skein of orange yarn and almost all of the pieces done: it’s sewing time. Follow my instagram to see an update when I’m done.

Here’s the other adorable pattern I bought to make (for my kid’s buddy! What was I THINKING?!). This little Squirtle Crochet Pattern (also from Shea Crochet) will sit about 7 inches tall, 6 inches wide and 9 inches long when he is finished, when made with a 3.5 mm hook and worsted yarn. Stay tuned to my Instagram to see the finished product!

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

But, if you’re wanting a quicker project (and really, I should have pushed for these guys), this Starter Pokemon Plush Dolls Crochet Pattern Set from 53 Stitches would be much quicker to make up. They are not quite as accurate to the characters, but surely, they’d be recognizable, no? These are definitely more beginner friendly, so if you’re new to crochet, they might be a little more your speed.

Ok, this one definitely will not be a quick one, but how could I not include it? This Mewtwo crochet pattern (again from Shea Crochet… so many good Pokemon amigurumi patterns!) is an advanced level crochet pattern, so if you’re a newbie, this is probably not the pattern for you, but she’s a beauty if you have the skills! With 31 pages and over 70 photos to help you, you will be able to make this toy that stands approximately 20 inches tall, 7.5 inches wide and 18 inches long (includes the tail). Pretty incredible! The Pokemon fan in your life will be impressed by this one!

Ok, my 12 year-old did not pick this one out, so I’m not sure how accurate a represenation it is of the Gyarados Pokemon, but I though it looked pretty cool. This Gyarados Pokemon Amigurumi Crochet Pattern from Sir Purl Grey is very animated looking and will make a doll about 36 cm (14.3 inches) long with worsted weight yarn.

I couldn’t have a Pokemon pattern round up and not include Pikachu! This sweet Pikachu Crochet Pattern from Panda Crochet Store is a deal (only ~$1.44 today!). This one is made with superfine yarn, so it would probably take a bit more time to make up, but he’s so adorable and an iconic Pokemon character, he’d be loved and recognized by anyone!

Speaking of total deals, this Eeveelution Pokemon Pattern set from Nerdy Knitter Designs is only ~$8.53 CAD right now, which is a 70% discount and an absolutely amazing price for 9 patterns that look this detailed! Amazing!

If you have never crocheted with a super bulky chenille yarn, you will be floored at how quickly you can make an adorable, chunky, super squishy and cuddly toy out of it. This Gengar Amigurumi Pattern from Azelia Crochet has 13 pages with lots of pictures and tricks to help you create tyour own amigurumi step-by-step. This would be great for a relatively new crocheter! And it’s so satisfying how quickly toys in this yarn work up!

I hope you found some inspiration for your own Pokemon crochet adventure. It’s always fun to crochet some delightful little toys for your kids (or your kids’ friends, if you’re easily tricked into extra work, like me *face palm*). May your hands be pain-free and your yarn have no yarn barfs as you push during this final stretch of making, maker-friends! Go grab a pattern today or pin it for later!

Crochet these adorable Pokemon characters from well-written amigurumi crochet patterns! Perfect last minute handmade gift ideas! #PatternRoundUp #CraftEvangelist #Pokemon #Amigurumi #CrochetPatterns

Amigurumi Patterns You’ll Love

I have been perusing the internet lately and stumbling across the greatest patterns! While my kids aren’t exactly ideal amigurumi-love ages anymore, they are still amused by the little creations I make, even if they’re not “playing” with them. Will my house one day be full of whimsical little amigurumi dolls? Who knows… I do seem to give them away at a decent pace. But I will share with you some of the delightful little patterns that I have been making and have on my to make list. Enjoy!

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Oh, I still just can’t get over this Hugo the Frog amigurumi pattern from My Cro Wonder! I made this pattern a few weeks ago and now I am working on the free raincoat and rain boots pattern (see image below). I’m so impressed with how well-designed this pattern is! The instructions for incorporating the wire into the frog is excellent and it makes a very bendable, functional toy!

Isn’t he adorable? I love him! I am kicking myself for not buying the yellow yarn right now. I’m making the jacket in a bright orange, which is fine, but it’s not this lovely yellow (I love yellow). I went simple and bought all my yarn from one supplier, The Magic Yarns. Great experience, btw, speedy shipping, beautiful yarn, everything I ordered as expected, but they were out of this shade of yellow. I should have just ordered some yellow from another shop like Fiscraftland. I might do that after I’m done this post, just ’cause that yellow is *chef’s kiss*!

Isn’t this cupcake pattern from Mufficorn stunning?! I can’t get over the attention to detail and how realistic looking this pattern is! Such a fun pattern to make for a friend celebrating their birthday, especially if they have allergies or are trying to avoid sweets! I haven’t bought this pattern yet, but I’m super curious about the construction of the frosting! That’s probably one of my favourite things about buying a well-written pattern: learning a new technique, seeing how they did it. A lot of experienced crocheters (myself included) could probably figure out how to make something resembling a cupcake, but this one is next level… it really takes the cake!

Of course, Christmas isn’t too far away now, so it’s definitely a good time to start making Christmas themed amigurumi, like this sweet Joy the Baby Christmas Tree Amigurumi Crochet Pattern from Storyland Amis.

How sweet is this little “Miss Cherry” Amigurumi Doll from Happy Crochet Etc? These sweet little dolls make such delightful gifts and they’re so much fun to make! They come together pretty quickly: this pattern has almost no sewing (that’s my favourite kind of amigurumi!).

This sweet Penguin Crochet Pattern from Ami Toy Pattern is a lovely, winter-themed stuffed toy that would make a delightful gift for a child to have a handmade, snuggly lovey from someone who loves them. I love the muted colours that the designer has used for this example, but the beauty of patterns is that you can make the toy in whatever colour suits your fancy!

I can’t even with this adorable bear in Christmas clothes. I love everything about this. How sweet is he?! OK, you should know that this Crochet Pattern for Christmas Clothes from Sveta Crochet Patterns is just for the clothes. The bear pattern is separate, but that also means that if you have a doll or toy that is 27-30 cm (about 12 inches) already, you may be able to make this cute outfit to fit that doll! I just can’t get over all the details in this lovely pattern! This is definitely on my to-make list!

Are you a little bit basic? Or is someone you know a little bit basic? Who doesn’t love a PSL? Well, now you can make that someone a Pumpkin Spice Latte Amigurumi with this crochet pattern from Blue Sparrow Patterns.

Another great Christmas gift idea is adorable little ornaments, like you could make with this collection of Santa, Elf, Reindeer, and Christmas cake ornaments crochet patterns from RNata. Just pop an ornament hanger on these little round characters and you have a most delightful tree ornament to give as a gift or decorate your tree with whimsical little Christmas characters!

This crochet cactus hand amigurumi pattern from FayniToys is awesome! I loved making mine. I did make the rude one in front, but it does just feel like it’s been that kind of year, amirite? She included excellent instructions to make a really well-made little cactus. I’m going to start using mine as a pin cushion. If I were to do one thing differently, it would be to follow her (optional) instructions to glue the structural plastic to the soil part of the toy. I think that would have made it better.

Finally, there’s this sweet little kitty cat amigurumi pattern from Little Muggles. This pattern is a FREE PATTERN available on her website. I know I don’t post a lot of free patterns, because it can be hard to know if they are good patterns. That doesn’t mean that every paid pattern is amazing, but there’s a higher standard for a paid pattern. Little Muggles has her own shop where she also sells paid patterns, so I trust that her free patterns are up to snuff. Another big reason I like to promote paid patterns is that it takes a long time to create and write up a good pattern; designers deserve to be paid for their work! Making a free pattern can be good for a designer when you stay on their website for a while, that helps their ad revenue, but I also love having a printable pattern that I can write on and take with me and not drain my phone battery using. Anyway, if you’re looking for a free pattern, check out this cute little cat amigurumi pattern.

I hope you enjoyed today’s round up of amigurumi patterns that I think you will love! Pin it to save it for later and share with your friends!

Make some gorgeous amigurumi this season as gifts or just whimsical little characters to delight you! #AmigurumiPatterns #CrochetPatterns #PatternRoundUp #CraftEvangelist

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

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

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!

If you’re getting into making amigurumi, you’ll probably need some safety eyes. Check out these. You’ll probably also need some polyfill. This is what I use.

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!

UPDATE: Unfortunately, this sweet little gnome pattern is no longer available, but you can check out these other Valentine Gnome Amigurumi Patterns for some cute alternatives.

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!).

UPDATE: Unfortunately this craft kit is no longer available, but check out these other felt heart craft kits you could get instead!

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!

UPDATE: Unfortunately this kit is no longer available. Check out these other macrame leaf kits for some good alternatives.

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!

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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

Patterns to Make Your Own Plants and Hangers

I don’t know if your plant collection has been growing during this global panorama, but mine has! Plants are life! If you’re running out of places to put them, then I’ve got a great collection of knit and crochet planters for you to make so you can hang them on your wall or from your ceiling! If you have not had much luck with your plants, I even have a few patterns to knit or crochet your own plants, which require next to no care or green thumb at all!

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This Air Plant Holder from La Leh Crochet is perfect for silk plants or air plants. I bet you could even get a small succulent in this little planter and hang it from a wall just about anywhere. This simple little pattern will work up quickly and use up a bit of scrap yarn. This kind of project is perfect to bring in the car with you (while someone else drives!) and make on the go!

This set of 5 Hanging Crochet Planter Patterns from Of Mars is a great way to get a variety of planters made for your home. How fun would a collection of these hanging at various heights in a window be? One of the things I like about this kind of planter is that you could totally reuse some jars for your plants and then crochet one of these beautiful planters for a super eco-friendly and wallet-friendly stylish hanging planter!

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

While I myself have not done macrame since my Girl Guide days in the ’80s (unless you count my friendship bracelet making days of the ’90s), the Luna Macrame Wall Plant Hanger Pattern from cotton dreamer is totally inspiring me to pick up some macrame cotton and tie some knots! I love it when you can hang plants on the wall and this wall hanging combines the beautiful macrame wall hanging design with the function of a plant hanger! Beauty! If you’re intimidated by hooks and needles, macrame is a very approachable craft!

But if you’re already prepared with some crochet hooks, this gorgeous Boho Plant Hanger Crochet Pattern from brittany alice crochet is another great option for a simple plant hanger. I can’t wait to be finished these renovations so I can spend some time and focus on choosing and making some of these planter hangers to decorate my new spaces!

This Hanging Sloth Planter Crochet Pattern from Crochet Club Store is so adorable and makes a fun little conversation piece. It’s a fun way to put a little planter in a child’s room or the neutral colours camoflage this functional amigurumi to fit into any grown up space!

Update: unfortunately this exact pattern is no longer available, but check out some other good Sloth Hanging Planter Crochet Patterns here.

These simple and adorable Plant Pocket Crochet Pattern from Sass And Stitch Crochet are perfect for air plants or silk plants or other little bits of greenery that you can just tuck into a little pocket on the wall! The more I look at this functional little crochet pocket, the more I think I might even be able to use one of these in my kitchen for plastic lids! What else would you tuck in a little pocket like that?

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

I love how crochet can mimic other crafts, like this Macrame-Inspired Boho Plant Hanger Crochet Pattern from Simply Made By Erin. The chevron pattern around the planter would make in blend in nicely with modern decor. I love these planters made in neutral colours like this, but anything that would work for your space is acceptable. What would you do? Bright colours or muted neutrals?

There have not been a lot of options for knitters this week. But if you’re a knitter and maybe you don’t have much of a green thumb, the Prickle of Cactus Knitting Pattern from Made bye M knits is just the thing for you. This set of three knitting patterns makes adorable knit amigurumi succulent plants for you to pot up in dollar store terra cotta planters and then completely forget about until it’s time to dust them every few month or so! If you thought cacti were low maintenance, you should try knit cacti!

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

While this Crochet Tiger Lily Flower Pattern from Pippa Patterns Crochet is definitely more involved and is not a one-evening project, the work will be worth it! This realistic looking crocheted tiger lily is stunning! I missed this pattern in my February bouquet round up, but I didn’t want to forget it altogether! The dreaded lily beetle has been ravaging gardens here in Edmonton and it’s a constant battle for gardeners to keep their lilies looking beautiful with this vicious pest around. You won’t have to fight the lily beetle if you just crochet yourself some lilies instead!

Or knit yourself a little succulent. The Succulent Plant Knitting Pattern from Knit the Stars is a quick and easy pattern that will use up some of your scraps and wouldn’t these darling little plants make perfect co-worker gifts or teacher gifts or housewarming gifts?

I have not had a lot of success with growing vines, but I love it when plant hangers have long draping foliage, so I’m definitely eyeing up this 5 Crochet Plant Vines Crochet Pattern from Keeleys Crochet. The beauty of these no-maintenance plants is that you can hang them up high in a place that is difficult to get to and you don’t have to worry about watering them.

I think the plant that has gained the most popularity over the last 16 months is the monstera. This unique plant is just stunning to look at and the beautiful fenestrations just make it such an inspiring plant. If you want some plant-inspired decor, but are not actually looking for plants, The Monstera Wall Hanging Crochet Pattern from Kenes Berem is just the thing. The tapestry crochet monstera leaf is fun and would go with just about any home decor.

Grab one of these great patterns and get making today or pin it for later!

Play with Your Knit & Crochet!

I just love the versatility of yarn crafts! You can make garments and accessories, blankets, pillows, wall hanging, but also TOYS! There are patterns for dolls, animals and stuffed friends of all kinds, but did you know you can also make interactive toys? Check out this great collection of toys and games that you can make with knit and (mostly) crochet!

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I bet you weren’t thinking of chess pieces! First off, finding this pattern was inspired by my middle child who has developed a keen interest in chess. He’s quite good! He and Mr. Evangelist played 3 games last weekend and the almost 14-year old won all three games! I was crocheting while they were playing and he couldn’t find a piece, so I searched and found this incredible Set of Chess Piece Amigurumi Patterns from Vliegende Hollander includes instructions in both English and German for making all six chess pieces. Made with worsted weight yarn, they work up to be 8″-15″ tall, so it would be quite large if you made a whole set of pieces! I would love to try to make these with a smaller sized yarn to see if I really could replace the lost piece!

We also have a big soccer fan in our family. Our youngest child has dreams of playing in the pros! This Soccer Ball Crochet Pattern, also from Vliegende Hollander looks like it would be a far quicker project than a set of chess pieces (and definitely less complex). If you’re new to crochet amigurumi, this would be a great first project for you, learning to make a ball shape and adding some pentagons.

Once you have mastered the ball shape, you can also use your crochet skills to make a hacky sack! You can get a free hacky sack pattern here or if you just want to get playing, you can buy one (or more!) like the one above made for you here from maker Eltambache.

Of course, there are even more interactive patterns out there, like this cute Crochet Cactus Doll with a Removable Pot from Chrisette Designs. This adorable pattern is one in a series of similar interactive patterns from Chrisette Designs, and if you buy 3 of her patterns, you can get 20% off with the code BUY3GET20!

The author of the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar passed away this year, but his popular book lives on in the hearts of children, parents, and educators around the world. This Hungry Caterpillar Storytime Toy Crochet Pattern from JMC Creations is a fun way for kids to interact with the story and conveniently holds all of the pieces inside! This is a great deal of a pattern, as it also includes the patterns for all of the foods that the hungry caterpillar eats!

Interactive Quiet Play Books like this Bundle of Patterns from Joanite Theron Designs are fun to make and fun for keeping little hands and mind occupied during quiet times. This bundle of patterns includes the Dinosaur Playbook, the Out in Space Playbook, and the Pirate Playbook, a great collection of patterns for the adventure-seeking kid in your life!

Play food is such a fun crocheted toy to make! This inventive Crocheted Peelable Watermelon pattern from honeybee69 wraps up into a round watermelon shape and is totally baby-safe with no loose or small parts. Completely wash- and dry-able, this is a lovely toy for a small child to enjoy as they mimic mom and dad cutting up their own watermelon!

Similarly, honeybee69 also has this cute Crocheted Peelable Orange Amigurumi Pattern in a series of interactive food patterns that include apples, corn, pears, bananas, kiwis, and more! Check out all of the great food patterns!

I’ve always wondered why there aren’t more crocheted puppet patterns. It seems like such a good idea! This Crocheted Giraffe Hand Puppet Pattern is an adorable, baby-safe pattern complete with 30 photos and 13 pages of detailed description for how to make this sweet and cartoonish crocheted giraffe puppet!

Alright, knitters, this one’s for you (sorry: knitting just doesn’t lend itself to toys as well as crochet does!), but this Super Sonic Froggie Knitting Pattern from Phoenix Knits just makes me smile! With elastic through his body and down his arms, he can be shot off across the room by putting a finger down each of his front feet and pulling his back legs to stretch the elastic and letting go! How fun is that!? This would make a fun and delightful little gift for a fun-loving kid in your life!

The summer heat really hit in full force for us here in Edmonton (even though it is technically still spring). Having a water balloon fight is a fun way to cool down with the kids, but I don’t like the waste and mess of conventional water balloons. You can crochet reusable water balloons for your kids with this quick and free crochet pattern and Bernat Blanket Yarn. If you don’t want to make your own, there are plenty of makers who will make these for you!

I was just so delighted when I saw this hilarious Crocheted Monster Amigurumi Pattern from aNZeesCraft. This little monster’s fun little suitcase comes right off, but I just can help thinking that that mouth should zipper open to hold your pyjamas or something! Even if you can’t figure out how to modify this pattern to turn make it hold your pyjamas, it’s still so full of character, it would be sure to delight any child!

I hope you found some fun things to inspire your making journey! There are so many fun projects to make. If your current WIP is getting too heavy or a little boring, try whipping up one of these quick cute patterns to reinvigorate your making! Or pin it for later!

Have fun with your knit and crochet by making these adorable toys, games and interactive knit and crochet patterns! Great collection of fun patterns to make. Mostly crochet. #PatternRoundUp #CrochetPatterns #CrochetPattern #Yarn #Crafts #KnittingPattern #AmigurumiPatterns #Amigurumi #SoccerBallCrochet #CrochetedToys #CrochetedGames #CraftEvangelist

It’s Time to Start Making Christmas Gifts

Ok, yes, it seems weird to start thinking about Christmas as we’re just getting started with real Spring and Summer, but if we don’t start thinking about it now, we end up in a mad, hand-cramping, making frenzy in December or giving homemade gift cards for something we need to finish up in January-or worse-buying something! But if we start now, get some ideas, make some plans, and start working consistently, we can use the love we have for our friends and family to guide our making plans over the next 6 months and still enjoy holiday festivities come December. And won’t it be so exciting to present our loved ones with beautiful, thoughtful handmade gifts that we’ve been waiting with anticipation to give them?! So, once a month over the next 6 months, I will gather up a group of ideas and patterns to get us excited and motivated to start making some great gifts for our friends and family!

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You thought I was going to start with complex patterns, didn’t you? But The New London Wool Roving Pillow Cover Knitting Pattern from The Autumn Acorn is a quick and easy pattern made with wool roving, so it works up super quickly and makes a thick, warm, and luxurious accessory. I’ve included it here for a couple of reasons: you might need some time to locate the materials you need, but the project will be quick and you’ll get the payoff of being able to check an item off of your make list, which will help keep you going!

Again, we don’t have to make elaborate gifts for everyone. The Hillcrest Cowl Knitting Pattern from Peony Knits is a relatively quick and easy knitting pattern. This would be a great project if you’re a new knitter and you want to make some stylish gifts for your friends.

Update: this pattern is unfortunately no longer available. Check out these other great cowl knitting patterns for some great options!

This beautiful Blossom Wall Hanging crochet pattern from 1 Dog Woof is a lovely home decor crochet pattern that will look fantastic on your friend’s wall! It would be a great wall decor for a baby’s room. Also, it can be hung upside down for a rainbow look: same pattern, two entirely different looks. Just a different placement of the tassels. How fun is that? You can totally whip up one of these for your friend with the boho chic vibe.

1 Dog Woof also has this great crochet pattern for the Plume Sweater, which is a batwing sweater, consisting of 2 seamed panels. This sweater is so versatile; it can be worn year round and it’s so on-trend, your fashion-loving friend will adore this sweater. It is size-inclusive, with sizes from XS to 5XL

If you’re less confident about your recipient’s size, you can make this Boho Poncho with Fringe Crochet Pattern from A Frayed Knot Boutique. This fun poncho can be a great way to use up some half skeins of yarn and you can make them in just about any combo for a different look each time.

Again, just because we’re starting early doesn’t mean we need to make everyone a sweater. The Abigail Monogram Towel crochet pattern from Two Little Birds Patterns is a great, thoughtful gift to make for your colleagues or the women in your small group. It’s also nice to work on a small project that uses light cotton yarn during the warm summer months.

The Wildrose Shoulder Bag Crochet Pattern is All About Ami‘s latest pattern using her signature wildrose granny square. It’s a great pattern to work on through the summer months and would make a delightful gift for your sister or friend. Who doesn’t need another a lovey, relaxed handbag? Also, you can get this pattern as part of a Lionbrand Kit, which includes the pattern and all the yarn you need to make this project.

Have you been meaning to try out the buffalo plaid trend? This classic pattern is used in the Buffalo Plaid Sheepskin Lined Cowl Crochet Pattern from Whistle and Ivy and just screams winter and Christmas. You will need to track down some sheepskin fabric for the lining, but the crocheted buffalo plaid is quick and fun to work on and it’s amazing how a few colours of yarn come together to make the plaid pattern. This would make a great gift for a friend or family member.

We can’t forget the fun of making handmade toys for kids. Amigurumi are crocheted stuffed toys that are so much fun to make and give. Check out this fun and adorable Crochet Yoga Lemur Pattern from Yarns of My Heart. This little stuffed toy is completely wired so it can be bent in all sorts of shapes for a fun and interactive toy!

Update: unfortunately, this pattern is no longer available. Check out these other lemur amigurumi crochet patterns for some great options!

Do you know a cat-lover? Make them their own snuggly kitty in just a few hours. This little bundle of 4 Amigurumi Kitty Cats Crochet Pattern from Ami Amore allows you to make different kitty cats for all the cat-lovers you know!

It's not too early to start thinking about making handmade Christmas gifts! Here's a great collection of easy knit and crochet patterns that make great handmade gifts! #patterns #PatternRoundUp #KnittingPatterns #CrochetPatterns #HandmadeGiftIdeas #KnitGifts #CrochetGifts #MakeForChristmas #HandmadeChristmas #CraftEvangelist
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