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!

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!

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?

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!

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 MYI Home Decor 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!

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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.

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!

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!

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Easy Adorable Amigurumi Crochet Patterns

Want to get started in amigurumi? Amigurumi is a Japanese word that describes anthropomorphic crocheted (or knit) stuffed toys. Amigurumi stuffies are so cute and satisfying to make. Small amigurumis can be made in just a few hours! There are so many great techniques for adding cuteness. They make delightful gifts for children and fun bits of decor to add interest to your bookshelves! If you’d like to get started with some amigurumi, I’ve collected some easy beginner amigurumi patterns and kits here for you!

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If you want a quick, first-time amigurumi to make, you can choose from either the pattern only (if you already have all the supplies you need) or a kit including the yarn and the pattern to make this adorable Beginner Charmander Amigurumi from Animal Crochet Store. This super easy little pattern would work up in under an hour and make a delightful little keychain or pocket toy. Kids love little toys and they’re perfect for travelling, popping in a backpack for some creative play!

Animal Crochet Store has a great collection of other small, beginner amigurumi patterns and kits that you should check out. This cute Piglet Amigurumi Crochet Kit/Pattern is such a sweet little toy that would be sure to delight a Winnie the Pooh fan!

Or how about these adorable Baby Dinosaur Stuffies? This easy little crocheted dinosaur stuffie pattern from Toy Joys Pattern includes helpful video links to aid you in the construction of this cute little toy for the dinosaur lover. The fun thing about amigurumi is that you can change your yarn and hook size and make a bigger or smaller toy than the pattern indicates!

Another quick little starter amigurumi project is this little Crochet Elephant Pattern from mohustore. This downloadable pdf pattern includes a written crochet pattern and charts, as well as a printable template for the felt ear shapes. You’ll also get a beginner’s crochet guide, which teaches some basic techniques used to make amigurumi, with both left-handed and right-handed versions!

Once you’ve started making amigurumi, it won’t be long before you can tackle a project that is a little more involved, like this Chinese New Year Ox Crochet Pattern from All About Ami. Stephanie has excellent instructions on her blog where you can find the pattern for free and plenty of helpful photos. She loves to share photos of your work, too, so if you make this adorable little guy, be sure to tag her on Instagram!

Here’s another fun little project that is shown using velour or chenille yarn to make a larger stuffed Crocheted Bull. This pattern from I am Sulu requires some basic crochet knowledge, but it’s easy to search YouTube to find helpful tutorials to walk you through unfamiliar techniques.

Returning to some quick and simple amigurumi patterns, Pops de Milk has this super easy Cute Cactus Crochet Amigurumi Pattern, which makes a perfect, last-minute gift idea for a colleague or as a housewarming gift! It’s the perfect office decor: a little splash of colour and completely black thumb-proof. You can’t kill this plant! Low light? No problem! No water? Not necessary! Shake off the dust every few months and it’s good as new!

Once you get the hang of making your first crocheted plant, you won’t be able to resist adding more to your collection! This incredible PDF E-book of 12 Crochet Potted Plant Patterns from Knot Monster will help you create adorable and unique crocheted plant friends that will always be there for you, but are completely low maintenance! This is the kind of friend we all need: always there to make you smile and completely understanding of your busy life!

How sweet is theis Crocheted Spring Pig Amigurumi Pattern from Planet Piu? There are so many adorable amigurumis to make! How can we pick just one?!

Of course, who is not still in love with Baby Yoda (actually his name is Grogu). This easy little pattern from Medaami Creations will have you make up a sweet little Baby Yoda Amigurumi in no time! These make perfect last-minute gifts for kids of all ages! Attach a keychain or zipper pull clasp and it makes a great backpack clip or keychain accessory!

I hope you’ve been inspired to try making amigurumi! I’d love it if you’d share your creations with me by tagging me on Instagram (don’t forget to tag the designer too!) or adding a photo on Pinterest! You can all become little craft evangelists: sharing the good news of crafts with your friends and family! Happy crafting! Can’t get to this today? Pin it for later!

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Modern Gifts to Make for Mom

If you haven’t already started thinking about Mother’s Day, it’s time! It might be past time if you wanted to make something elaborate, but you still have time to create something beautiful for your mom for Mother’s Day! If you’ve been knitting or crocheting or embroidering for a while, there’s no need to present your mom with a mug from Winners; you can make beautiful and modern gifts that she will treasure and you will be pleased to see displayed in her home. Check out this collection of fantastic patterns and ideas for Mother’s Day!

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How stunning would this Study in Circles Table Runner look on your mom’s coffee table (or your own: gorgeous!)? This crochet pattern from Whitty Creation Studio is a modern twist on old-fashioned doilies connected together as table cloths and wall hangings. I love the natural colour chosen here; it would look so pretty on any table.

This Boho Sun Cross Stitch Pattern from Terra Stitch is so fun and sunshiney! I love this 70s vibe. Maybe your mom is over the 70s, but I’m a mom and I would be delighted to receive this little piece of art!

This pretty Winter Rose Embroidery Pattern from Florals and Floss might be more your mom’s style. Florals and Floss also has great embroidery kits if you’re just getting started or you don’t want to shop around for all the different colours of floss you don’t have. I have purchased two of her kits and her instructions are great and the kits are so beautifully packaged. If you live in Edmonton, you can pick it up for free (and usually the next day!)

These gorgeous Wildflowers on Transparent Background embroidery kits from 55 Tree are just incredible, aren’t they? I am seriously considering making some of these for decorating our family room when we’re finally done renovating? (Did I mention we’re renovating again, soon? Well, that is the plan, anyway.)

Or you could make your mom a squishy, Chunky Bobble Crochet Pillow with this pattern by my friend Candace at Hello Wildflower Co. This pattern crochets up quickly with super fluffy chenille yarn. While it is an intermediate pattern, if you have the basics of crochet and can follow a pattern, the new stitches are pretty easy to learn and there are great tutorials online to learn: just Google it!

It might be a bit late for you to get this stunning Gaudi Sidewalk Crochet Blanket Pattern from Briana K Designs made by Mother’s Day, but I just had to share it here. Isn’t it incredible? I love the intricate tile-inspired pieces. You could easily match this to your mom’s decor by choosing a matching colour for the border and joining yarn.

A project like this Sunrise Jute Half Circle Rug Pattern from Vanilla Tuesday might be more reasonably completed by Mother’s Day. This is a beginner-friendly crochet pattern using simple stitches and makes for a chic minimalist design. Using jute makes it an environmentally-friendly piece that can be used indoors or outdoors. The fringed border adds just the right amount of personality!

Perhaps your mom would love a new handbag for the summer season ahead? Make her this Crocheted Boho Purse pattern from Nattochka’s Etsy Shop. I love this look; perfect for markets and festivals. This pattern comes with 55 pages of detailed instructions to make this lovely bag. The pattern is suitable for a more experienced crocheter and I am so intrigued. This is definitely on my Favourites list (but selfishly so: I’m not sure this is quite my mom’s style).

Flower are always a nice idea on Mother’s Day, but what about making an adorable little plant that needs no care and never dies? Some moms just don’t have that green thumb, so perhaps this happy little Crocheted Sunflower in Pot Amigurumi Pattern from Juliia Pyha is just the thing your mom would love! This is a great gift idea if your mom has pets that love to dig in the plants or if she likes to travel for long periods of time!

This adorable little Realistic Shihtzu Amigurumi Dog Pattern from Aleksandra Olga Style is a super sweet little stuffed toy crochet pattern that would be perfect to make to pay homage to a dog that has passed away or maybe if your mom is in a place where pets are not allowed. Handmade by you makes it just so special and a constant reminder of how much you love her.

Perhaps your mom would love a handknit summer tank top? This lovely Savannah Cool Knit Tank Top Pattern from Disturbing the Fleece is such a pretty and practical wardrobe addition. I love it when I can knit pieces that I (or someone else) will actually wear and this piece looks so versatile. Throw a denim jacket over it for a casual spring outing or a blazer for the office. This pattern calls for 100% silk yarn, which has such a gorgeous drape and feels light and luxurious!

I hope you found some inspiration of a handmade gift you can make for your mom this year. If you don’t get it made in time for Mother’s Day, just keep working and give it to her for Christmas! Pick up a pattern today and get making… or pin it for later!

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Modern Makes for Baby

It’s spring! Which means it’s time for all things fresh and new! Including fresh and new people! I know a number of young women having babies and that has inspired me to take a look at all the lovely and modern patterns out there for babies! If you’re looking for a lovely handmade gift for a new baby coming into the world, check out this great collection of patterns and get making!

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If you’ve got an Easter baby coming your way, setting aside this weekend to devote to making this Big Easter Bunny Crochet Pattern from Mascheneule and the new parents will have a 20-inch measuring comparison companion that can hang out beside the baby in all the monthly growth update photos!

This adorable little Baby Bear Hoodie Crochet Pattern from Adele Uyan Crochet will make a great wearable photo outfit for a little one. This pattern comes with 3 size options: newborn, 0-6 months, and 6-12 months. If you’re looking for toddler size, the 1-4 years sizes pattern is available here. Little garments crochet up quickly, but babies also grow out of them quickly, so as cute as the really tiny sizes are, I prefer to make the larger sizes so that the child will be able to wear them longer.

If you prefer to knit your baby some clothes, this Classic Baby Overalls Knitting Pattern from Rainer and Bear is so sweet and will make a cosy addition to any baby/toddler wardrobe. This pattern includes instructions to make four sizes: 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-2 years, and 2-3 years and is suitable for the confident beginner knitter.

Crocheters can crochet up this Crochet Baby Romper pattern from Babies in the Wool Design, which includes 4 sizes: 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months, and 18-24 months. This easy to follow pattern includes many photos and includes pattern support from the designer (meaning: you can contact the designer for help if you have problems or questions). I just love the subtle horizontal texture on this lovely little baby garment! What a treasured gift this would be!

For a quick, last-minute, handmade gift, you could whip up one or two of these Baby Dribble Bibs from Sarling Crochet. These practical but trendy little bibs will look so darling on a little one. And during that especially drooly time of life, babies need a bunch of these just to make it through the day!

Slippers are always popular baby gifts, but what parent could resist these super adorable Crochet Converse Sneakers Baby Booties from Alice Knit And Crochet? This trendy pattern includes 4 sizes: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months and 9-12 months. I can assure you, these crocheted sneakers will be the talk of the baby shower! How adorable! If you don’t have the time or skill to crochet these on your own, this designer also sells finished items, so check out her shop if you want to order a custom pair (give yourself time: custom-made crocheted items usually have a 2-4 week lead time plus shipping!).

For a smaller project (or not! You could make this as big as you like!), this Tassel Bunting Knitting Pattern from button and blue store is an easy to follow pattern to make your own beautiful knitting bunting. This quick to make bunting will make a great wall hanging to decorate the baby’s room and cheer up any corner of the house! This would be a great beginner knitting project for a new knitter!

How adorable are these little Crocheted Birkenstock sandals from Showroom Crochet? If you have a Birkenstock-loving friend having a baby, I’m sure they would be delighted with these adorable handmade baby shoes! This pattern includes a step-by-step tutorial with nearly 50 photos and clear instructions to guide you through the process. It includes 3 sizes: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, and 6-9 months.

This Crocheted Rattle Pattern from Vinera Eyer Patterns is so sweet and is sure to make any new mom swoon over this classic, yet modern handmade toy. It includes three tutorials: fox, deer and wolf versions of this sweet little rattle. The finished toy is approximately 5″ high, so it’s the perfect size for a new baby.

I hope one of these adorable patterns inspired you to knit or crochet something for the new baby in your life. Handmade items make such a treasured gift; it is well worth the time it takes to make something beautiful and there are many trendy and modern patterns to make. Be sure to follow me on Pinterest for more ideas! And pin this one so you can find it later!

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Easter Amigurumi & Crafts- Inspiring Spring Knit & Crochet Patterns

The days have begun to get longer and Easter is approaching! It’s such a great time of hope as the snow melts and the sun shines for longer each day! It’s a great time to make so many cute and adorable things, as well! I just love all the fun Easter- and spring-themed patterns that independent designers come up with. I’ve collected a great little group of knit and crochet patterns, and even a little craft kit if you’re looking for a break from stitching. Check them out below!

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The Easter Carrot Gnome Amigurumi Crochet Pattern from Pam Pinostore is such a fun idea!!! How adorable is that carrot hat on than gnome! I’m dying!!! I love the brushed out beard and little carrot accompaniment. This would make such cute Easter decor that you can keep around all spring!

If you don’t crochet, but prefer to knit, you can get in on the gnome game as well by making this Bunny Gnome and Easter Egg Knitting Pattern from Little Totz Designs. Little knit toys make great Easter basket stuffers and they’re sure to delight everyone!

If you’d prefer to crochet your Easter eggs, check out this Easter Egg Crochet pattern from ATERG Crochet. I love all the bright colours; it’s a great way to use up all those little bits of scrap yarn!

Check out this cute Colourful Easter Bunnies Crochet Pattern from Jen Pattern. With fun colourful shirts and adorable structured bunny faces, you could make one of these sweet bunnies for a family of kids, each with their own special colour as fabulous Easter gifts!

How amazing is this Holland Lop Rabbit Knitting Pattern from Dotpebbles Knits? This bunny looks practically real! So sweet and KNIT! It’s not always easy to find knitting patterns that do amigurumi so well: this bunny is quite the feat!

While definitel less realistic, I just love this Crochet Easter Bunny with Cross Stitch Embroidery Pattern from sam Snosami PDF. I love the sweet flowers all over these gorgeous heirloom quality dolls. These will make such a special keepsake, made with love!

Dotpebbles Knits impresses again with this realistic Wild Rabbit Knitting Pattern. How sweet is this little bunny?! Such an amazing pattern! I’ve never actually made a knit stuffed toy before because I usually find crochet amigurumi to be cuter, but this pattern is just so impressive!

See? Crochet amigurumi is soooooo cute?! This adorable little Bonnie the Bunny Crochet Pattern from When Crafting Is Life with those fabric-lined ears just makes me melt with sweetness!

This Toy Bunny Knitting Pattern from Knitted Zoo Gifts demonstrates that there are some adorable cartoonish knitting patterns for amigurumi as well. You can make this detailed little bunny with his hat and scarf with the help of 60 detailed photos and 12 PDF pages guiding you through the whole process. It’s knit in the round on 4 double-pointed needles and requires basic knitting skills.

How would you kids feel about finding some of these Crochet Easter Eggs with Bunny & Chick Amigurumi Pattern from Crochet Feelings Toys in their Easter Egg Hunt? Such sweet little Easter decor items to brighten up your spring mantel!

Or you could knit yourself some flowers! How adorable is this Daffodils Knitting Pattern from Love Fibres? Sweet little spring daffodils that never die and provide bright and cheery decor for this hopeful season!

Ok, I know my kids are kinda done with the stuffy stage (officially, but I think my younger two are still fans of cuddly toys), but this Amigurumi Bunny in Carrot Crochet Pattern from Fiona Dolls is just the sweetest and I think they’d all think this little guy was pretty cute!

Something about this Cuddly Chick Toy Knitting Pattern from Fluff and Fuzz just made me think of the Wonder Pets Show and the little chick that was in that animated series. This sweet little knit chick would be another great Easter basket item!

Maybe this Easter Bunny String Art Craft Kit from String Art From Heart seems a little out of place after a whole bunch of knit and crochet items, but it’s definitely Easter-themed and it’s so cute! Many knitters and crochers, including myself, need a little break from the yarn stitching crafts and a quick and easy kit like this one makes the perfect little break and a satisfying project. Don’t be afraid to put down your needles or hooks for a bit to enjoy making something different!

I hope you found some inspiring patterns to get making for Easter and spring this year. Hope is in the air, friends! It’s a great time to make some cute crafts! Pick up one of these patterns today or pin it for later.

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Crochet a Bouquet for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming up, so it’s time to bring on the rhymes and puns and bring on the flowers! While I love fresh flowers, they only last so long, so why not make some flowers that will last as long as your love? And I’m not just talking about a simple little 5 petal applique here: I have collected a stunning bunch (ah? see what I did there?) of crocheted flower patterns that will challenge your skill and make the recipient dive in for a smell because they’re so realistic looking! Check ou these patterns and grab some of your stash and get crocheting today (you still have time if you focus!).

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Yellow is my favourite and sunflowers are so cheery, so here’s a beauitful Sunflowers bouquet crochet pattern from ViTasja that will bring sunshine to the love of your life. We all need a little more sunshine in these dark days, so crochet some gorgeous flowers that will last!

If you’re looking for a more simple pattern, try making this Crochet Flower Brooch Pattern also from ViTasja. Even just three of these little flowers bunched up and pinned on a card will make a quick, unique and delightful gift for a teacher, coworker or friend.

Of course, roses are the flowers of love. Happy Patty Crochet has so many gorgeous, realistic flower patterns, like this Crochet Rose Pattern, you have to try out at least one! This impeccably designed pattern is perfect for the intermediate crocheter and makes a realistic looking rose that is sure to impress!

Can you even believe that this Crochet Hyacinth Pattern which is also from Happy Patty Crochet is crocheted? Incredible! Such detail and fine work! Learn how to make it from a master!

Isn’t this Zinnia Flower Crochet Pattern from Happy Patty Crochet just stunning? These beauitful flowers will be well-worth the time you invest in making such a gorgeous bouquet!

I am a big fan of tulips. Perhaps it’s because they’re one of the first flowers up in the spring, after a long winter, they’re an early sign of the hope of warmer weather to come. This Crochet Tulip Pattern from Happy Patty Crochet means you can enjoy the beauty and hope of spring anytime you like!

Nothing quite so classic as a spray of roses in a bud vase. This Spray Rose Crochet Pattern also from Happy Patty Crochet are perfect for thick and lush bouquets and centrepieces as well as small-scale arrangements or appliques for a corsage or a headpiece. This pattern includes instructions for a spray rose in the 3 stages pictured here: closed, half-open and open, as well as patterns for the sepals and a leaf.

The Calla Lily is one of the most elegant flowers there is! And this Calla Lily Crochet Pattern from Happy Patty Crochet is a stunning re-creation! This pattern is for the more experienced crocheter, so if you’re new to crochet and you love the look of this, get some more practice under your belt, learn some skills, improve your stitches and make this a goal project!

Carnations are the flower that last for weeks! Well, a carnation made from this Crochet Carnation Pattern will last even longer! Isn’t it incredible how realistic it looks! Check out Happy Patty Crochet’s Etsy Shop to choose your favourite flower if you haven’t found one from this stunning group that I’ve selected here.

I love orchids. I am curringly waiting for my own real orchid to send up another flower stem, but winter is typically a dormant season, so I just need to be patient. This Moth Orchid Crochet Pattern from Pippa Patterns Crochet will never experience a dormant season, though, and it’s gorgeous blooms will stay open and fresh for years without any watering or fertilizer!

I hope you found a flower pattern to make for the love of your life (or even just for yourself to enjoy!). Pick up a pattern and some yarn/crochet thread today and get making! Or pin it for later!

Crochet Pattern Round up of beautiful realistic crocheted flower patterns. Lovely calla lily, zinnias, roses, carnations, tulips, hyacinth, sunflowers, orchids and more! Crochet your very own bouquet of flowers with one of these lovely patterns! #crochetpattern #crochetedflowers #craftevangelist #patternroundup

Learn to Crochet This Year!

Happy New Year! This year, diets are out and learning is IN! It’s a great year to learn a new craft, like crochet. Since we are all still staying home for a while and it’s a little chilly here in Edmonton, there’s no better time to learn to crochet. I learned to crochet just before Christmas break one year in college. She taught me one stitch: single crochet. That Christmas break, I crocheted a rather large blanket in single crochet and gave it as a gift to my friend. It was probably not very good. I crocheted VERY loosely with the wrong sized hook. My mom tried to teach me double crochet because she noticed how loosely I was crocheting and double crochet would have sped up the process, but I was a stubborn cow, so I said no and tediously finished my project. Now it’s come back around because my kids don’t really like to learn from me either, so I guess it runs in the family. Anyway, all that to say, learning to crochet can happen at any age and if you have a mom/grandma/friend who will teach you, you should accept some help and then you will be able to make some of these cute crochet patterns even sooner. I’ve gathered up a bunch of patterns that are perfect for the beginner crocheter, so check them out and learn to crochet this year!

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Dishcloths are a great first project because they’re small, so the payoff of making something yourself is quick. Check out this Moos Stitch Dishcloth Crochet Pattern from Shady Creek Farm NC. The texture on this dishcloth is lovely and the moss stitch creates a nice tight fabric, perfect for washing up. They make lovely gifts, either for the kitchen or the bath. Get the pattern by clicking this link.

The Waffle Dishcloth Crochet Pattern from Little Conkers is another great first project: small and approachable and every so useful! The waffle stitch also creates another tight fabric that is perfect for pot holders or trivets. Get the pattern by clicking this link.

If you feel like launching yourself into a larger project, the Moon Shadow Blanket Crochet Pattern from Only As Brave is modern and sleek, making it the perfect addition to any room. This simple, woven-look blanket with classy fringe is the perfect thing to warm up under while you stay home and watch some Netflix! Get the pattern at this link.

The Fireside Throw Crochet Blanket Pattern from Darling Jadore is made from a simple textured stitch and is perfect for the beginner, with links to helpful video tutorials included if you’re just getting started. Get the pattern by clicking this link.

Once you get the hang of projects that are worked flat, you should try your hand at this Easy Modern Crochet Storage Container Pattern from Sigoni Macaroni. Perfect for containing odds and ends in the house and organizing bathroom paraphernalia, these handy baskets are quick and simple to make and ever so useful. Get the pattern at this link.

Also, when you learn to crochet, you will be able to make amigurumi!!! Amigurumi is just little crocheted stuffed toys. They are so fun to make! This year, I made some Grogu dolls and Among Us Crewmates for my nephews. They’re so fun to come togeher. This Learn to Crochet Penguin Kit by The Woobles contains everything you need to lear to make this adorable little penguin. I know Christmas is over, but this penguin is the perfect size for a Christmas ornament. Don’t think of it as being late, learn to make this little guy now and you’ll be ahead of the game for making handmade ornaments for everyone by next Christmas! Get the pattern at this link.

Once you’ve got the hang of crocheting in the round and the basic stitches, then you can move on to garments! Garments require some consistency and even gauge in order for them to fit properly. This Easy Ribbed Beanie Crochet Pattern from Miskunn is a great first hat project. Get the pattern by clicking this link.

This Easy Slouchy Leg Warmers Crochet Pattern from Sigoni Macaroni is another relatively small project to practice your new crochet skills with. The lovely textured stitch pattern keeps it interesting and makes a great finished result: the perfect accompaniment to your new yoga practice! Get the pattern at this link.

Or you can keep working flat and make this Easy Crochet Poncho Pattern from Crochet Baby Boutique. Ponchos are basically blankets that you wear, so this is a great start into garments, but without the worry of fit, as the size ranges are broad and they fit loosely, so they don’t need to be perfect. Get the pattern by clicking this link.

Once you’ve got the hang of the basics, try this Simple Sweater Crochet Pattern from Hooked Homemade Happy to venture into more fitted garments. It’s all about following the pattern, using the available tutorials and YouTube (so handy!) to learn the new skills you need if you mom isn’t near by. Honestly, I’ve learned most of my knit and crochet skills from books, patterns, tutorials and YouTube videos; you can do it, too and learn to make this great sweater. Get the pattern here.

If you’re just getting started and you need some supplies, check out this cute Dandelion Crochet Kit from Sparkling Pumpkin. A great wrap and organizer to store all your crochet tools and it comes complete with all the basic hooks and tools that you need to get started with crochet. Get the kit here.

If you’re looking for some yarn for your project, can I recommend We Crochet? They have a wide selection of yarn in a variety of price points. Sometimes it’s hard to find jus what you need for a project at Michaels or your local yarn store, so ordering online is a great way to get all the supplies you need for a project. Ordering online also eliminates the worry of dye lots… here’s the deal if you’re new to yarn: most yarn is dyed in lots, meaning that even though they use the same formulation for the same colour names, the dye lots can be ever so slightly different from each other, which you may not be able to tell at the store, but you might be able to tell when you work up a larger project. So, always get an extra skein/hank/ball of yarn if you can afford to. There are few things more frustrating than running out of yarn and not being able to find more.

I hope you’ve found this pattern round-up of easy beginner crochet patterns helpful and that you make 2021 the year to learn a new craft! I’d love to see what you make. Tag me on Instagram @craftevangelist! Grab one of these great patterns and some supplies today and get crocheting! Or pin it for later.

Learn to crochet with one of these great beginner crochet patterns! This is the perfect time to learn a new craft! #crochet #crochetpatterns #learntocrochet #beginnercrochetpatterns #craftevangelist

Easy Care Pets – Amigurumi style!!!

This year has been a year for getting pets. And that’s great, I think. I mean, if you like a pet and you’re going to take care of a pet and you can tolerate that pet smell and don’t mind cleaning up after and caring for another living being, absolutely, get a pet. That is just not my jam. I’m not saying I don’t think petting a dog or cat for a while isn’t nice and that it wouldn’t be nice to have a dog to lick up the spills, I just can’t get with the other stuff. There’s a lot of things I don’t like about them and they outweigh the things I do like. I also know the great responsibility that comes with pet ownership and it’s not a priority I want to make right now. So, it’s not that I’m not an animal lover, I just love them enough to know they shouldn’t live with me. So if you’re like me and you think that puppies are adorable and they’d be fun to cuddle every now and again, but you’re not ready for the commitment of a living pet, have I got the thing for you! Amigurumi Pets!!! Crochet your own pet with one of these great patterns and enjoy the cuddly softness without the vet bills and poop bags. Here’s a bunch of cute patterns for you to check out.

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This Red Poodle Crochet Dog Pattern from Amber Craft Store is so realistic looking! It comes written in four languages (English, Dutch, German and Russian) and its genuine fur look comes from a thick fur yarn like Lionbrand Go For Faux Yarn. The pattern also includes instructions for how to make the nose from oven-baked clay! Incredible! It makes an 18″ tall dog when made as written, so it’s a perfect huggable size! If you’re looking for a gift for a kid who really wants a dog, but you’re not ready to commit yet, this would be a great handmade option!

While hedgehogs may be quite a bit less work as a pet, they’re still a living being, but if you’re not ready for that, Honey the Hedgehog is a great amigurumi hedgehog you can make and hold in the palm of your hand! Mocha Stitch has this adorable little pattern with textured popcorn stitch fur to make this sweet little hedgehog. The pattern is 7 pages long and has step-by-step, detailed photos to guide you along the way.

Maybe a Jack Russell puppy is more your style? Amber Craft Store also has this sweet little Jack Russell pup pattern for you! Again, such a lovely realistic-looking crocheted puppy. Such lovely detail on this adorable stuffed toy. The pattern is an easy-to-follow 12-page pattern with plenty of pictures and instructions for how to make a life-like dog face, how to paint the dog and how to make custom nose and eyes. This would be a great gift for someone who is missing a special dog in their life!

A Labrador puppy is super adorable, but they’re also a lot of work. This little Labrador Retriever Puppy Amigurumi Pattern from AmiAmor6 is a great alternative that is way less work! Ok, so maybe you have to make it, but once you’re done, there’s almost no work after that! This sweet pattern has 17 pages of detailed, step-by-step instructions and more than 30 colourful close-up photos and 6 videos to guide you in your making journey! Plenty of help to make this sweet little toy dog!

While a little less realistic looking, this Beagle Dog Amigurumi Crochet Pattern from Patch Cat Crafts makes a 13 cm (5.1″) tall puppy that will work up quickly… you probably even have time to whip one up before Christmas if you need a last-minute Christmas gift for a special someone. You can quickly download this 11-page pdf document from Etsy and get crocheting today! If you have intermediate skills, some worsted weight yarn, some polyfill stuffing, and some safety eyes, you can get working on this today. Just click this link for the pattern.

If you’re interested in amigurumi and you haven’t come across ChiquiPork patterns yet, you need to stop right now and check out their shop. This absolutely adorable Lolo the Dog Amigurumi Crochet Pattern has a Disney-like quality about it. It reminds me of the Dalmation puppies from 101 Dalmations. I love the spot detail around the eyes and big floppy ears. So sweet.

If you’re not a crocheter, but you want a custom-made amigurumi dog, check out Ema Plushies who will take a photo of your beloved dog and turn it into an adorable stuffed crocheted toy. Such a sweet gift idea for a friend or family member with a beloved dog, or for someone who is missing a beloved dog.

While there is no shortage of cat amigurumi patterns available on Etsy, there are surprisingly few realistic-looking patterns. This Crochet Cat Pattern from Crochet by Natalia has a brushed yarn fur that adds a realistic feel to this super sweet little kitty. Something about babies is incredibly adorable: baby humans, baby dogs, baby cats. Super cute. Getting a live kitten means you’ll eventually have a cat, but making a kitty stuffy means you’ll always have a super-cute kitten. And no litter to clean (or allergies to deal with in our case)!

While less realistic, this sleepy cat crochet pattern from Firefly Crochets is an easy striped tabby amigurumi cat pattern that is sure to delight any cat-lover. Plus, he is sleeping, which makes it remarkably realistic (haha!). This easy pattern works up quickly and uses worsted weight yarn, which means you probably already have materials on hand, so you can download this pattern, sit down, and get crocheting!

Just getting started and don’t have a stash of worsted weight yarn? Check out KnitPicks selection of affordable worsted weight yarns.

Ok, while not exactly a pet (even here in Canada), I couldn’t ignore this adorable Paddy the Irish Elk Amigurumi Crochet pattern from The Little Hook Crochet! Just so so sweet and cuddly, this amigurumi would make such a lovely gift! He might get mistaken for a moose, but you can always make the correction or choose not to. You’d have to get right to work today to get him finished in time for Christmas, but wouldn’t he make just the most adorable Christmas gift for a special someone?

I hope you enjoyed this collection of easy-care pet ideas to make. Crocheted pets are the perfect pets, in my opinion! Easy care, super sweet and loveable and truly a labour of love! Grab one of these adorable patterns, support an independent designer and get making today! Or pin it for later and share it with your friends.

Pattern round up of adorable crocheted amigurumi pet patterns! Such a sweet handmade gift idea for a pet lover! So cute! And some of these are so realistic-looking! Can hardly wait to make that poodle! #amigurumipets #crochetpets #crocheteddog #crochetcat #amigurumicat #amigurumidog #patternroundup #amigurumipatterns #CraftEvangelist