Warm Weather Knit and Crochet Patterns

Lots of makers love to knit and crochet year-round, but often come up at a loss with what to make when the weather turns warm and they don’t want to be sweating under a heavy blanket or wait for months to wear their new toque (winter hat for you non-Canadians). I’m here to tell you that you can knit or crochet all spring and summer long and that there are plenty of wonderful options of things to make. Check out some of my favourites here!

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This Summer Days Crop Top Crochet Pattern from Desamour Designs is a great intermediate or adventurous beginner-friendly pattern and is size inclusive with instructions to adjust the length and size of bra cup. Make a flirty crop top for yourself for this summer to stay cool and look great!

If you’re a knitter, there are great crop top options for you, too! The Summer Knitted Halter Crop Top Pattern from DPM Knits is an easy to follow knitting pattern that is written for sizes XS-XL and the length can be adjusted with the lace so that it can fit all body shapes! One of the lovely things about spring and summer patterns is that they are usually smaller projects, so they work up quickly and they require much less yarn than a blanket or a sweater. This cute crop top calls for only 1-2 balls of Paintbox Simply DK yarn and it’s super affordable!

Crocheted bags are one of my favourite go-to’s for warm weather making. I love the texture on this Maple Mini Bag Crochet Pattern from Slowmoments Crafts. The pattern includes a full video tutorial so you can follow along, making it perfect for an adventurous beginner crocheter to learn the star stitch pattern. It calls for Linen100 yarn (which I’m not familiar with, but I bet Lionbrand 24/7 Cotton Yarn would work great, too!

This Boho-Style Jute Eco-Bag Crochet Pattern from LapaLand is relaxed and textured and makes a perfect summer crossbody handbag for keeping your things near while taking a stroll in the park or at a festival (Do we get festivals again? Soon? Please?) I just love the natural colours of the jute and the wooden button. There’s just something so calming about these neutral colours and natural fibres. Sometimes it’s hard to find jute yarn, but you can get some here on Amazon, but I’ve also found it at the dollar store.

Bags are for knitters, too! This Easy Chunky Knit Crochery Bat Pattern from Striks And Mix Pattern is extra beginner-friendly with NO PURL stitches! So if you hate to purl or you’re just looking for a mindless pattern to use up a ball of your stash, this is the pattern for you! You can make multiple sizes by using different size yarns and the corresponding needles.

I just love the beautiful texture and drape on The Sweetpea Top Crochet Pattern from Evelyn And Peter. This is a size-inclusive pattern written in 8 sizes (S-5X) and calls for Lionbrand Truboo Yarn, which is a 100% bamboo yarn with a gorgeous sheen and a delicious drape! It is so soft so it makes the perfect yarn to make lightweight garments! This pattern is also available as part of a Lionbrand Kit, so if you want to get the yarn and pattern altogether, pick up the kit and save yourself the trouble of sourcing the yarn and pattern separately.

Isn’t this gauzy Summer Knit Top Pattern from ileaiye just dreamy? It is made with chunky yarn and some extra large knitting needles, which makes for a quick and easy project with this stunning, easy-breezy, boho style. If you’re not afraid to show some skin, it would make a gorgeous top to wear out and about or as a beach cover-up. So pretty! This is a super easy pattern and would work up quickly with the large needles!

I love the simplicity of the Silver Spring Knit Tank Pattern from wise knits designs. This easy knitting pattern is quick and easy and uses 550-1500 yards of worsted weight cotton yarn. I would recommend Lionbrand’s Cotton Ease Yarn for this project.

Did you know you can knit your own shorts? I never would have thought of it before, but these look so light and comfy! This Light Summer Shorts Knitting Pattern from Holly C Watson makes a pair of high-waisted shorts with a drawstring waistband and flowy, wide legs with a rolled cuff. I think these would feel lovely in this Bambu 7 Yarn from Lionbrand.

I hope this has inspired you to keep creating through the warmer months. There are plenty of fun and interesting patterns that make great projects for taking on the road or to the deck without sweating under a pile of wool! Pick up one of these great patterns today and get making! Or pin it for later so you don’t forget!

8 Great Warm Weather Knit and Crochet Patterns including crop tops, breezy tanks, textured handbags and even a pair of casual knit shorts. Check out these great patterns to make in the warmer months! #PatternRoundUp #KnittingPatterns #CrochetPatterns #CraftEvangelist

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!

Stunning pattern round up of 9 beautiful, modern knit and crochet patterns to make for a new baby. Spring time is the perfect time to start making for baby! So many cute little things to make! #knitting #crochet #patterns #PatternRoundUp

March Monstera Making Madness

Happy Spring! It’s such a great time of hope and excitement as we enjoy more sunshine throughout the day and it definitely makes me excited for plants! The Monstera Deliciosa trend has been popular for some time now and there are many makers who have created beautiful patterns and DIY kits for you to enjoy this plant even if you don’t have a green thumb. Enjoy making up some of these gorgeous monstera inspired patterns and kits!

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Start off easy with this Monstera Diliciosa Leaf Coasters Crochet Pattern from Camexia Designs. Coaster projects like this can be completed in one sitting and make such stylish additions to your decor! Protect your coffee table in style by making some of these trendy monstera coasters!

I just love the modern take on this Monstera Leaf Trivet Crochet Pattern from LapaLand! If you use a nice thick cotton or 100% wool (did you know that wool is heatproof?!), you’ll end up with a sturdy trivet to bring to the dining table!

Ok, while this one is not in our monstera theme, it is a great looking trivet pattern! Pick up this Crocheted Leaf Trivet Pattern also from Lapaland and make a quick potholder or table protector for your kitchen!

You can’t put a plant on your couch, but you can put a cushion on your couch if you make this Monstera Leaf Cushion Crochet Pattern from Crochet Luxe Home. Cushion covers are such a great way to add some beautiful foliage to your living room, while not in danger of getting dug up by pets or knocked over by kids (or their soccer balls… don’t ask me how I know).

Not to leave out the knitters, this Monstera Dishcloth Knitting Pattern from Oh La Lana Designs is a subtle way of celebrating the beautiful monstera leaf in your ktichen. This is a super easy knitting pattern using just knits and purls, so it’s great for a beginner!

You can also embroider this modern Monstera Cross Stitch Pattern from Easy Stitch Studio and put it on a throw cushion or hang it on a wall for a bright and life-giving handmade piece of art!

Compliment your cross stitch wall hanging or cushion with Easy Stitch Studio‘s Set of 2 Monstera Cross Stitch Patterns.

If you want to get into punch needle, try out this Monstera Punch Needle Digital Pattern & Tutorial from Olive Green St. She also has a kit available, but it looks like it’s only in Spanish right now. So, if you read Spanish, go check it out.

If you’ve been loving the embroidery you’ve been seeing lately, but don’t know where to start, I can’t recommend embroidery kits enough! It’s so great to have everything you need all in a kit ready for you to get crafting. To make this Monstera Deliciosa Complete Embroidery Kit from Hoop Embroidery Co, you’ll get a complete 8-page instruction booklet with full colour pages of highly detailed instructions and all the supplies!

For a more modern take on monstera’s this DIY Geometric Monstera Cross Stitch Kit from Robyn Kayla Kits is a great way to practice your cross stitch and get a super trendy little decor piece for your home! Or a fantastic handmade gift! Also, kits make great gift ideas for creative folks!

Monstera string art! How fun is this? This Modern Monstera Deliciosa String Art Kit from Good Strings makes a great relaxing craft and a beautiful piece of handmade art to hang in your home. The beautiful neutrals will look great in any room!

If you’d like to try out painting, you can even get painting kits like this DIY Monstera Deliciosa Oil Painting – Paint by Number Kit from Distinct Interior. Learn to paint your own gorgeous oil painting complete with all the supplies you need: canvas, brushes, paints, and instructions!

I hope you’ve found some great ideas to make gorgeous monstera crafts for your home or for gifts! These are such gorgeous plants and crafts that celebrate them are definitely worth exploring. Pick up one of these great patterns or kits today and get making or pin it for later! Happy making, friends!

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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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Unwinding with Cable Knit & Crochet Patterns

There’s just something so special about cables in knitting and crochet: the twists and texture of braids and intricate designs. Cables can appear intimidating to the new crafter, but they’re really pretty simple. They require some careful attention, but they’re nothing mystical: they’re formed exactly how you might imagine, by twisting the work as you go. Whether you’re new to cable knitting or cable crochet (yes, you read that right–you can cable in crochet, too!), I’ve got a lovely selection of cable-knit and cable-crochet patterns for you to try out today.

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The winter hat is my go-to project for new ideas and stitches. It’s a great way to learn a new stitch because beanies are small projects that work up quickly, so the reward of accomplishment is more immediate than when working on a larger project. The Dunes Beanie Knitting Pattern from Stitch Hiker Designs is an easy cable knit beanie pattern that calls for super bulky (size 6) yarn, so it works up extra fast! And big yarn is so trendy these days. Top it with a large faux fur pompom (I love the selection from Gingersnap Handmade!)

Once you’ve got the hang of cable knitting, the Blacksod Hat Knitting Pattern from While They Dream is a great next project. With smaller yarn and a little more intricate pattern, you’ll find yourself immersed in a relaxing cable stitch pattern that is unisex. This intermediate knit beanie pattern is a great way to improve your knitting skills!

If you didn’t know before, you can get a cable look with crochet! It’s true! The Camdyn Cable Crochet Hat Pattern from Lakeside Loops is a great first cable crochet project to try out this new technique! This hat comes in 6 sizes: Newborn to Adult Men’s hat. This pattern includes detailed photos and a helpful video along with a graph/chart, which accompany the easy to follow written instructions. You’re sure to have a ball of medium weight (size 4, worsted) yarn on hand to have everything you need to make this lovely crocheted winter hat today!

When you’re feeling more adventurous, you might like to explore a cable knit garment. Start with this Easy Cable Knit Sweater Knitting Pattern from Northern Loop Knitwear. It has a gorgeous cabled sleeve and is made with a large, chunky yarn, which means it will work up quickly with fewer stitches and have a casual cozy vibe!

And you can even crochet a cabled sweater! The V-Neck Cable Sweater Crochet Pattern from Beauty Crochet Pattern also has a lovely cable textured sleeve on this classic pullover sweater pattern! This pattern includes many pictures and a step by step photo tutorial with measurements, stitch counts and extra notes to guide you along your way to making this lovely sweater.

The River Braid Sweater Knitting Pattern from Katrines Designs is knit in one piece–sideways!–in soft merino wool to make up this relaxed, but elegant modern sweater with a loose fit. I just love this style and the lovely gorgeous cabled sleeves!

Moving the cables to the front of the sweater, this Irish Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern from Carraig Designs Crafts is such a lovely modern cable knit top pattern, as well. With a breezy open look and loose relaxed cables, this short sleeved sweater is the perfect layering piece for the office with a classic style.

For some crocheted cables down the front, check out the Crochet Cable Stitch V Neck Sweater from TCDDIY. The textures on this sweater are so lovely and intricate, definitely a project that won’t have you bored with plenty of textures and stitches to enjoy! There are a number of other lovely cable-crocheted patterns in the TCDDIY shop, as well. Definitely worth checking out!

Can you believe that this lovely sweater is crocheted???! The Valencia Infinity Cable Crochet Sweater Pattern from Briana K Designs has a chunky, horizontal twist cable that uses an innovative technique for cables that do not have gaps or holes behind them. These cables pop and have a beautiful start and finish. I think I’m going to get this pattern just to learn this beautiful crochet cable technique! Learning new techniques to level-up my making is one of my favourite things!

I just love this Cozy Celtic Raglan Cable Knit Sweater from Knitatude with its cozy jumbo cowl and lovely celtic cable pattern in the front. Knit with size 6 super bulky yarn, this oversized cropped sweater works up quickly and is so warm for fall and winter!

Similar to the sweater, Knitatude has designed this Cozy Celtic Kerchief Knitting Pattern, which is perfect for layering under a denim jacket (as pictured) without the hassle of trying to fit the bulk of the sleeves in a tighter fitting garment! The look of a chunky cable-knit sweater without the extra bulk! Brilliant! I had to share this because it’s such a unique item that most people wouldn’t even think to search for such a thing!

If garments are not your jam, or you just want to bring that cable texture home, check out this Chunky Oversized Cable Knit Blanket Pattern from Knit Purl Curl. Knit with 2 strands of super bulky yarn held together, this 48″ x 80″ blanket knits up quickly and will add a touch of cozyness to any room! This is the perfect winter throw blanket!

For a more intricate cable knit pattern, try your more experience and patient knitting hands at this November Aran Afghan Knitting Pattern from Tiger Needles. With several beautiful and unique cabled knitting motifs and textures, this pattern is sure to keep you interested and creates a stunning piece. The project is worked in 5 pieces and seamed together for a beautiful bedspread or large throw blanket.

We mustn’t leave the crocheters out of the afghan game: the Calming Cables Crochet Blanket Pattern from Crochet Patterns N More is a lovely crocheted throw pattern that is full of amazing texture and makes a solid yarn look glorious! Such a classic look to this blanket, you will be so proud to display this comfy and gorgeous afghan in your home!

I hope you feel inspired to try out cable knitting or cable crocheting if you haven’t ventured into it before. It’s such a classic and beautiful look and the technique is definitely worth learning! It’s a great way to expand or practice your skills as you become a more advanced maker! Pick up a pattern today or pin it for later!

14 Cable Knit and Cable Crochet patterns to try out! Level up your knitting skills and your crocheting skills with these classic textured cabled projets! #knittingpatterns #crochepatterns #cables #cableknit #cablecrochet #patternroundup #CraftEvangelist

Mittens to Make

What is it they say? “Cold hands, warm heart”? I think that might have been made up just be to make the cold- handed among us feel better for having ice-cold hands! It is unpleasant and my heart does not feel very warm with my cold hands! But there is a solution! Mittens!!! So, if you or someone you love has notoriously cold hands, you can knit or crochet them up a pair of one of these incredible pairs of mittens to make their hands match the temperature of their heart* (*no guarantees on exact temperature increases!). Check out some of these lovely mitten patterns to make!

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I’ve started out with a bunch of crochet patterns here for you. But I’ve carefully selected patterns that aren’t hole-y! Crocheted items are often holey and therefore not as warm as one would like them, but that should not be a problem with these crochet patterns! This One Night Mittens Crochet Pattern from Cool Knitters is a great beginner/intermediate pattern made with bulky-weight yarn and a 5.00 mm hook, so it works up in one night! You can have warm hands for your walk tomorrow!

If you have not made anything with LionBrand’s Go For Faux, you need to try out this fuzzy and cozy yarn! While it is a bit of a challenge to crochet with as you have to crochet by feeling more than by seeing, the result is so luxurious and warm that it is worth the patience needed! These Crochet Faux Fur Mittens & Headband Patterns from All About Ami include some great instructions for this in the pattern and also the pattern is available for free on her blog! You can also purchase a kit from LionBrand Yarn which includes all the yarn and the pattern to make this cute set!

The Remy Mittens Crochet Pattern is an easy crochet pattern from Ruby Webbs that comes in 4 sizes, so you can make matching mittens for the whole family! I love the stitch pattern on these lovely mittens which use worsted weight yarn, which means that you should be able to find a suitable yarn in your local big box store or your local yarn store with ease.

The 3 Hour Chunky Crochet Mittens Pattern from Make And Do Crew is crocheted with what is called the knit stitch or the waistcoat stitch. It basically just puts a single crochet stitch in a different spot. Check out this YouTube tutorial from Mama in a Stitch for a video on how to make this stitch. It’s a lovely stitch that is excellent for closing up the holes that we regularly find in single crochet, so well-worth learning!

The Noelle Knitted Look Mittens Crochet Pattern from Hooked On Tilly uses a different stitch (Half-double crochet in the third loop) which creates a horizontal knit-look stitch and also creates a tight fabric. Doesn’t it look so lovely in that faded yarn?

Ok, time for the knitting patterns! The Easy Knit Mittens Knitting Pattern from Darling Jadore is made with the classic garter stitch which makes a nice thick warm fabric for your mittens. It does involve double-pointed needles (which aren’t that hard to use, really!), so while this is a pretty easy pattern, it is classified as an intermediate pattern, but you can do this! Learn a new skill! There are so many people on YouTube or the internet in general who want to teach you how to do things! Or get yourself a Craftsy subscription! Anytime I want to improve a technique or if I don’t know how to do something, I search Craftsy and there’s always a great tutorial for how to do it!

The Grove Mittens Cable Knit Mittens Knitting Pattern also from Darling Jadore is another great classic knitting pattern for gorgeous cable knit mittens! I love the large woven-like cable which flows down the centre and is delicately flanked by two smaller rope-like cables against a backdrop of delicate stockinette stitches! This is a classic must-have staple that would make an excellent handmade gift or the perfect addition to your winter outerwear wardrobe!

I know I’ve shared The Helix Mittens Knitting Pattern from Lee And Evelyn before, but it’s just such a fun and simple knitting pattern that I can’t help but share it again! The delicate purl stitches spiral around the length of the mitten, which are quick to work up in a bulky (size 5) yarn. This mitten pattern is perfect for adventurous beginners looking for the perfect first pair of handknit mittens!

The Piper Mittens from Yankee Knitter Designs are an easy chunky cable knit mittens pattern made with a single cable down the front. The instruction sare easy to follow and the pattern includes insturction for both double pointed needles and the Magic Loop method (another method worth learning!).

The Mittens My Love Fair Isle Mittens Knitting Pattern from Design by Evvash is a delicate, fair-isle knitting pattern which comes in an impressive 13 sizes! So these are sure to be a pair of mittens that will be a perfect fit for everyone in the family! I love the little hearts that the alternate colours of stranded colourwork produce; so cute!

Speaking of little heats, a pair of thrummed mittens are the perfect combo of cute and warm! The Thrummed Mittens Knitting Pattern from Blue Bird Pine Shop works up quickly with bulky yarn and the pattern is worked in the round for a seamless finish. The thrums create a fuzzy and warm lining, which feels like wearing a stuffy as a mitten and sure to keep your hands toasty all winter long!

If you crochet and are interested in making a pair of thrummed mittens, keep your eyes on All About Ami’s blog or Instagram for her upcoming crocheted thrummed mittens pattern! She has used the waistcoat stitch and these will definitely make a pair of super toasty warm mittens! I can hardly wait for her pattern to be released!

This is the pair of mittens I made this winter. The Sagostad Mittens by Sofiz Kammeborn was a bit of a challenge for me, as I ventured into learning how to improve my fair isle skills (Thanks Craftsy!). I had purchased the Yarn kit for Sadostad Fairy Tale Town Mittens (this kit does not include the pattern; you need to buy that separately on Ravelry) last year and started to make them, but I got a little distracted and discouraged, so I set them aside until this Christmas break when I determined to finish these lovely mittens. I finished them and then I actually added a knit lining, which there is no pattern for, but it was such an interesting challenge that I had to figure out how to do it. The result is just lovely. I shared a few more pictures in this Instagram post with a peek inside the mittens to look at the lining. I’m so impressed that I don’t have to contend with the strands of yarn held behind the colourwork and can just feel the smoothness of the lining. It was pretty much like knitting another pair of mittens, but it was so worth it!

I hope you enjoyed this collection of mittens to make and that you are inspired to grab and pattern and get making today! Your hands will thank you!

Make an adorable pair of mittens with the great collection of knit and crochet mitten patterns. Ranging from beginner to advanced mitten patterns, these mittens are sure to delight and keep your hands warm this winter!

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.

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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

12 Classic Festive Knit and Crochet Stocking Patterns

It’s a great year to make your own stockings! Even if it’s late and you don’t think you’ll get them all done before Christmas, don’t fret! Do what you were going to do anyways and then consider yourself ahead for next year, not behind for this year! That’s what I did a few years ago: after Christmas, I sat down and knitted for 5 days straight to make our family stockings and then they hung around empty for another week before I put all the decorations… but then I was all ready for next year! Handmade stockings are a beautiful way to add homey-ness to your Christmas decor, so I’ve collected a beautiful bundle of knit and crochet stockings that can stretch to fit whatever loot Santa has for your loved ones!

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First up: the knits! I often start with crochet, so I thought I would shake things up a big. And one of the things I prefer about knit stockings here is the closeness of the stitches, so things don’t get caught on the holes when Santa is stuffing them full of goodies. This fun cable-knit chunky Magnolia Stocking Knitting Pattern by White Oak Knits is a pattern that is sure to hold your interest and work up quickly since it is knit with super bulky yarn. You just might have enough time before Christmas Eve to make a couple of these for special folks in your life!

I love the vintage vibe of this Holly Stocking Knitting Pattern from Annies Woolens. Such a classic Christmas look for homey ski-lodge-inspired winter decor. If you’ve been wanting to explore colour work, you’ll love this pattern because of the ease working in the round. This pattern also includes an alphabet chart so you can personalize your stockings!

Vintage patterns are often a super good deal and this Vintage Knit Stocking Patterns from CooloRoonie is no exception. At under $2, you can make your own vintage vibe stockings from a genuine vintage pattern!

The Jumbo Knitted Stocking Pattern from Prinku is sure to excite your favourite little one with the dreams of no limits for what can fit in their stocking. This simply stockinette knit jumbo stocking will work up quickly with a super bulky yarn; it’s the perfect mindless pattern for the intermediate knitter, but an eager beginner can handle the easy to follow step by step photos and instructions.

Another fun vintage knit stocking pattern for you! How fun are these Folk Patterned Vintage Christmas Stocking Knitting Patterns from BC Funk Factory? These stockings work up to be about 28 inches long and includes instructions for making both the Scandinavian Motifs, trees, and snowflakes. This is an advanced knitting pattern, so you might want to save this project for the lazy days following Christmas, but you will be so proud of yourself when you’ve finished these stunning vintage stockings!

I love Christmas gnomes! They’re so adorable and still so trendy! Check out this fun Gnome Christmas Stocking Knitting Pattern from Kathleens Keepsakes! If knitting in the round isn’t your thing, you can make this pattern, as it’s knit flat and sewn up afterwards.

One final knitting pattern. This Old Fashioned Christmas Stocking Knitting Pattern from Aunt Janets Designs is a cable-knit, timeless stocking that will suit any Christmas decor. This pattern is a great one to use up your worsted weight stash and it is knit in the round for a quick knit project! I love knitting in the round on circular needles. If you’re looking for your own set of circular needles, I highly recommend a set of interchangeable needles from KnitPicks. These are what I use and I love the versatility of circular needles. I use them for almost every knitting project, even if it is knit flat. It’s just so easy to keep track of one circular needle instead of worrying about losing one needle! (They also have a wide variety of affordable yarn!)

Ok, now on to the crochet patterns! There are plenty of great crochet stocking patterns, like this Crafty Boho Stocking Crochet Pattern from A Crafty Concept. I love the bobbles and the faux fur topper and pompom! So much fuzzy and festive texture!

I’m sure you knew you could make cables with crochet, but if you didn’t have an idea of where you could us it, this Big Bold Cabled Stocking Crochet Pattern from A Crocheted Simplicity is a great pattern to put it into practice. Also I love those pompoms! Maybe I need to make new stockings with pompoms! (I don’t know: I think my kids are getting to be a little attached to the stockings they have, though!)

Or how about this fun Buffalo Plaid Christmas Stocking Crochet Pattern also from A Crocheted Simplicity?! Don’t you just love the texture of the lemon peel stitch and the fun buffalo plaid? Such a classic and if you’ve incorporated some plaid into your decor, or if you’re trying to, this is a great way to do it. I love this black and white and grey option because it would be so easy to work into our decor…. Hmmmm… maybe plaid stockings. (So many ideas!)

This darling Winter Braid Stocking Crochet Pattern from Sheepish Stitches has a great horizontal braid pattern worked through it for a lovely subtle texture that is warm and inviting. Another fantastic option!

I love the way this O Christmas Tree Crocheted Stocking Pattern from A Crocheted Simplicity works the textured puffy stitches into a Christmas tree design element for this stocking. This pattern uses easy-to-find worsted weight yarn, so you might be able to pull something great out of your stash!

I hope you found some inspiration for the stockings you’re going to make for your family or another family you care about. It’s so worth it to learn to knit or crochet to make your own stockings because they tend to be quite time-consuming. I think of it as the opportunity to think and pray for my recipient, which is one of the invaluable things about handmade. So, go grab yourself one of these patterns and some yarn and get making. Or pin it for later so you can find it when you’re ready!

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