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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Easy Knitting Patterns for Beginners to Learn to Knit

Last week we talked about learning to crochet. Now it’s time to talk learning to knit! The cold winter months are a great time to learn a new craft and bonus: you get cool stuff out of it! I learned to knit from my mother-in-law before she was my mother-in-law. I learned to knit when I moved in with her for a summer after college. She saw me crocheting and asked if I knew how to knit (which I did not). She took me to the local yarn store and set me up with everything I needed to knit a blanket with the basic stitches and sat down and taught me to knit English style (holding the yarn in the right hand). She also bought me a handy little book for reference. After the summer, I had kind of forgotten how to knit, so I went back to the book to remind myself and found another way to hold the yarn: in my left hand, just like crocheting (this is called continental style). It was so much faster, especially because even when I was trying to knit English style, I found the yarn drifting to my left hand because that was where it felt comfortable from crocheting. Now, when my mother-in-law sees me knit, it looks nothing like the way she taught me. I’ve also had the blessing of the internet at my disposal and so many helpful knitters willing to share their techniques and I’ve learned so much over the last 20 (!!! What!?!!!) years of knitting. I’ve made dishcloths, sweaters, scarves and mittens, hats, stockings and so much more, and I’ve even designed a couple of pieces!

If you’re interested in learning to knit, you should start with something simple, so I’ve collected a selection of beginner knitting patterns that will inspire you with the beautiful things you can make right off the start. Check out these beautiful easy knitting patterns and learn to knit today!

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First off, this super easy pattern makes a great baby gift for that friend or colleague who is expecting a baby! The Chunky Knit Baby Blanket Beginner Knitting Pattern from Tilly and Leo is just one stitch: knitting, both sides (called the Garter stitch) and this stitch does not curl at the edges and it is made with chunky 6-ply yarn, so it knits up quickly with a soft cozy squish that is sure to please. Get the pattern here.

You’ll want a circular needle for this project since it’s super heavy to knit a blanket on straight needles. In fact, I use circular needles for just about everything. I recommend an interchangeable set if you’re serious about learning to knit. I have both the Nickel Options Interchangeable Circular Set and the Caspian Options Short Interchangeable Circular Set from KnitPicks.

If you’re looking for a smaller project, the Quick & Easy Knit Headband Pattern from Wool Affair is a great pattern for getting into garments. This pattern includes instructions to make it in all sizes and will guide you smoothly through the whole process. There are plenty of helpful pictures and links to video tutorials to explain the most important steps. Get the pattern at this link.

The Arrow Lake Headband Pattern from Infix Connection is a great beginner knitting pattern, knit with just knits and purls. It is knit in the round so you don’t have any seams to deal with! This headband pattern works up super quick, so you can make a bunch of them for gifts! Wouldn’t your friends be pleased to get one of these for Christmas?!?! Get the pattern by clicking this link.

The Classic Nora Scarf Knitting Pattern from Darling Jadore is a stunning, timeless scarf design that never goes out of style. Specifically designed with beginners in mind, this scarf is super easy to knit and fast to work up, making it the perfect pattern to learn this new, relaxing skill! Get the pattern at this link.

I love an infinity cowl and this Seed Stitch Infinity Cowl from Craftyssimo is another great beginner pattern for you to practice your knits and purls and make a classic scarf that will keep you warm all through the chilly winter months. Get the pattern by clicking this link.

Many people love to learn to knit with a hat pattern. This Beginner Ribbed Hat Pattern from Miskunn is designed with the beginner in mind. This simple and classic ribbed beanie knits up quickly and isvery easy to follow. Get the pattern here.

You might need a set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) to finish off the top of this hat. They look intimidating at first, with 3-4 needles sticking out of your projects, but once you get going, you only use two at a time actively, just like regular knitting needles and it’s pretty straightforward when and how you switch to the new ones. If you don’t have a set of double-pointed needles, I love my Caspian Double Pointed Needles from KnitPicks. You can, of course, find other DPNs elsewhere, but I highly recommend wooden double-pointed needles because metal ones can sometimes be a bit slippery and the last thing you want is your needles slipping out of your project!

Do you think you might be ready for a fitted garment? This Easy Knit Vest Pattern from Daisy And Peace makes a stunning and classic knit sweater vest. With no sleeves to work up, this pattern knits up quickly and comes together easily. The pattern is very detailed and has pictures of how to make each stitch, so it’s perfect for beginners. Get the pattern here.

If you prefer to work on summer projects, you could make this Beginner Vintage Cropped Tank Top Knitting Pattern from Vintage Pattern Faves. It’s perfect for the beginner, knit with the stockinette stitch (that’s the flat, kinda plain looking stitch making up the majority of the top) and knit-purl ribbing. It’s so simple and classic; you’ll look fabulous in this cute top this summer! Get the pattern here.

I’m not quite ready for summer knits yet. This Beginner-Friendly Chunky Sweater Knitting Pattern from Caidree is more the vibe I’m feeling right now. Discover the joy of a top-down, raglan sweater knit in stockinette with bold and simple construction: so stylish with its short mock turtle-neck and cropped length. Because it is knit up with super bulky yarn, it knits up super quickly. Get this pattern at this link.

If you’re really new to knitting garments, you may not know about the importance of making a gauge swatch. A gauge swatch will ensure that your finished garment actually fits, so it’s super important. Learn more about gauge swatches in this helpful article from Craftsy.

Here’s another stunning and trendy knitting pattern from Caidree: The Harper Wool Jacket Knitting Pattern. It’s a lovely cropped cardigan pattern, also knit with super bulky yarn and also knit top-down. You’ll love working top-down because you can try it on as you go to see how it fits and you’ll end up with a sweater that is just the right length for your body! It’s written as a cropped cardigan, as you see here in the picture, but if you prefer it longer, you can easily knit a few more rows until it’s the desired length! Get the pattern here.

If you’re looking to keep your toes toasty this winter, check out this Easy Knit Slipper Pattern which is made on just two needles from Vintage Pattern Faves. So, if you’re afraid of double-pointed needles, or you just don’t have them, this cute vintage pattern is just the pattern for you. (Bonus: vintage patterns are super affordable; this one is just $2.60 CAD.) Get the pattern at this link.

If you’ve been looking to get into sock-making, The Cottage Socks Beginner Knitting Pattern from Hooked On Tilly are a great place to start. I’ve been meaning to learn to knit socks. Are stockings close? I’ve done that., but not socks. Will 2021 be the year I finally knit a pair of socks? Stay tuned on my Instagram to find out. If you’re keen to get going on knitting some beginner socks, get this pattern at this link.

Winter time is the time when you really appreciate a good pair of warm mittens. This Easy Beginner Mittens Knitting Pattern from Darling Jadore promises to make the coziest warm mitts for fall and winter. The pattern says the mittens are for an intermediate knitter, so if you’re feeling confident with some of these other patterns, you get to call yourself an intermediate knitter once you knit these babies up! Get the pattern here.

I hope this pattern round-up will inspire you to learn to knit! There are so many lovely patterns out there and so much help available on the internet that even if you don’t have your very own mother-in-law to teach you to knit, you can find many resources available online (Check out Craftsy for tons of helpful classes and tutorials to walk you through anything you’re curious about). Grab one of these downloadable patterns today and get knitting or pin it for later.

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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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Quick & Easy Crochet Patterns

Have you been meaning to learn to crochet? There is no better time that this fall and winter to learn! Are you in lockdown? Would you like to show your friends and family you care about them without contributing to the rising plague numbers? Of course you do! Learn to crochet. Keep your hands busy and your lap warm while you make cozy things for yourself and your loved ones! Come out of this pandemic with a new hobby… or maybe even slippers! I’ve collected a few quick and easy, beginner-friendly crochet patterns for you to get started.

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If you have the basics of crocheting down, this easy Dessa Dot Blanket crochet pattern from DeBrosse NYC is a lovely pattern to practice those stitches and maybe pick up a new technique! This blanket is relatively lightweight that flows with an effortless drape and is versatile for both adults and little ones. It would look great draped over a chair in your living room. If you love simple, modern crochet patterns, check out DeBrosse NYC: there are so many stunning patterns!

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The only thing better than a blanket is one that you can wrap around yourself… and of course: pockets! Perfect for chilly offices! And bonus: pockets to stash your cell phone and warm up your hands! There are many versions of the pocket shawl available, and this Sabrina Pocket Wrap crochet pattern from Lulo Stitch Co. has some lovely details, including the delicate, textured border and chunky tassels to finish it off! This would make a lovely co-worker gift!

Once you’re into crochet, you have to try out amigurumi (crocheted stuffed toys) and this Amigurumi Llama Crochet pattern from mohu store is the perfect little pattern to get started! This cute little pattern is unique and quick to work up with just a few scraps of yarn. They make perfect little friends (or pin cushions?!) for you and your yarn-loving friends and family!

If you need a last minute gift idea, why not crochet up one of these cozy textured cup cozy patterns from Solomo Wear? If you check out the shop there are also ready-made options you can purchase if you have some time to wait for shipping, but no time to make it yourself!

This textured crochet headband makes another great beginner crochet pattern from LeeleeKnits. Headbands work up usually in an hour or so and they make great gifts for teenage girls!

How adorable is this sweet Beginner Crochet Bear Hat Pattern from Pretty Darn Adorable? If you are expecting or have a friend or family member expecting a baby, this adorable hat would make a suuuuuuuuuuper sweet baby shower gift or first Christmas gift? I’m dying. So sweet.

Or… make your own slippers! These just look so cozy! They are made with bulky yarn, so they crochet up so quickly. Make your own Simple Crochet Slippers with your bulky yarn scraps from this easy pattern from Teez Topperz. This is a super great value: this pattern is only $3 CAD, so grab one today and get making some toasty warm slippers!

I hope you’re inspired to learn to crochet this pandemic winter. It’s a weird world out there. But we crocheter can be safe and cozy in our homes, making beautiful and cozy crocheted creations! Make this most of this time and stay well! If you found a pattern here that you loved, pin this to Pinterest to save it for later and to share it with your friends!

Quick and easy crochet patterns for the beginner crocheter to learn to crochet! Great variety of patterns to make from amigurumi to hats and headbands and slippers. #crochetpatterns #beginnercrochetpatterns #learntocrochet #patternroundup #craftevangelist

Fall in Love With These Knit & Crochet Pumpkins

Fall is in the air and pumpkins are everywhere! … well at least in my Instagram feed! I follow a lot of makers, and makers LOVE fall… and pumpkins! So I pulled out my own pumpkins that I made last year and adorned the mantel with them, and of course, added a new one to their ranks. I have a cute little pumpkin plant holder crochet pattern in the works, as well, which I’m excited to release here soon. But for now, let’s see some maker love with some gorgeous knit and crochet pumpkins that you can make yourself. These little pumpkins make great fall decor: lovely mantel additions, great shelf fillers and even cute centrepieces for Thanksgiving! They work up quickly and make a rewarding project to give you a break from that complicated sweater or large blanket pattern you’re working on. They’re also a great little project to use up some of your scrap yarn! Check out some of the adorable pumpkin patterns, pick your favourites and get making today!

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Here’s a lovely Crochet Pattern for Three Rustic Pumpkins . It’s so great to find a 3 for 1 kind of deal like this one from Firefly Crochets, where you get a variety of cute patterns all bundled up! The pattern includes 3 different ribbing techniques and 2 different sizes, so with one pattern, you can get a lot of variety to cover all your decor needs! Get this cute and versatile pattern here.

The Annie Pumpkin Crochet Pattern by my friend Candace at HellowWildflowerCo. The pumpkins shown here are made with #7 weight jumbo chenille yarn, so they work up quickly and make a soft and squishy ball of cosiness. Get this cute pattern here. Or if you haven’t learned to crochet yet, Candace also makes these beauties and stocks them in her Etsy shop. Pick up one made for you here.

OlinoHobby also has an adorable play food-appropriate Pumpkin Crochet Pattern which includes a cute little crocheted stem as well. Most of the pumpkin patterns I’ve found are great for decor, but not necessarily good for kids to play with this. This pattern is fully made of yarn and stuffed tightly, so if your little one wants to play along with the pumpkin game, this sweet pattern is perfect to make an amigurumi pumpkin that can also make its way to a play kitchen. Get this cute pattern here.

The texture on this Chunky Pumpkin Crochet Pattern by MerrieMooreDesigns are just divine! And the gathered paper-bag top adds an uncommon element to this rustic pattern. Add some buttons, raffia, or another cute notion to top off the pumpkin to give it your own unique spin. Get this cute pattern here.

How cute is this little pumpkin?! Ok, so don’t put this little pumpkin on your mantel, but I couldn’t resist including The Pumpkin Hat Crochet Pattern from HanJanCrochet in this pattern round up. Anyone with older kids knows you can only get them to wear ridiculous hats for so long before they start getting a mind of their own and refusing to wear anything you want them to. It’s fair. They’re their own people, right? But while they don’t know any better pick up this adorable hat pattern here and turn them into a sweet little pumpkin for a little while.

If you want to make a couple of pumpkins with a little more character, check out this Halloween Crochet Pumpkin Pattern from samiSnosami. This pattern is rated for a beginner, so if you’ve been meaning to get into crochet amigurumi, this is the perfect pattern to give a try! It comes with 8 detailed pages and 27 photos to get great visual help for all the steps of these cute little pumpkins. I love the addition of the wire-frame glasses and top hats on this pumpkin! So many fun ideas when you add some faces! Get this adorable pattern here.

I haven’t forgotten the knitters! Pumpkins can absolutely be knit! This Sweet Pickin’s Pumpkin Knitting Pattern from Lamb and Co Designs includes a simple colour chart to create a pumpkin with little hearts or a solid pumpkin as well. This pattern is knit with super bulky (#6 weight) yarn, so it knits up quickly and makes a squishy addition to your decor. Get this adorable knitting pattern here.

Once you have a decent selection of standard pumpkins, it’s time to start add some fun with this Sweater Pumpkin Knitting Pattern from kneedlesandlove. Don’t you love the gorgeous chunky cables on this one!? Such a fun and interesting cable-knit project. If you want to venture into the world of cables, this is a great first cable-knit project to learn! Find this adorable knitting pattern here.

Here’s a different style of cable-knit pumpkin for you, the Braided Cable Pumpkin Knitting Pattern from TundraKnits is another great textured pumpkin pattern for knitters to experiment with. This one has a knit stem and leaves, so it could be kid-friendly as well. You’ll have to be a little more experienced to make this beauty, comfortable working with double-pointed needles, in addition to the cables. You can pick up this sweet pattern here.

We shan’t let all the crocheters have all the fun with hats. This Cozy Knit Pumpkin Hat Knitting Pattern from NativeStitch is an adorable knit hat pattern to make a whole patch full of pumpkin heads! If your family doesn’t take themselves too seriously, these hats would make an adorable fall family photos shot, as it comes in 5 different sizes. Made with bulky (#6 weight) yarn like LionBrand Wool Ease Thick &Quick. Get this cute pattern here.

Finally, here’s an easy-level knit hat, the Lil Pumpkin Hat Knitting Pattern from Vint Hill Knits. The pattern is rated easy, but does require double-pointed needles. It comes in 9 different child sizes, from 0-3 months up to child large), so you can make this simple and quick knit hat for all the kiddos in your family. How adorable would a cousin photo be with all the cousins wearing these hats?! Find this adorable knitting pattern here.

I hope you’re as excited about pumpkins as all my maker friends and I are! Grab a pattern, your scrap yarn, a bit of fibrefil and your hooks or needles and get making today! Or pin it so you can find it later.

How sweet are these adorable pumpkin patterns!? So many knit and crochet pumpkins to make this fall! I love this collection! #patterns #yarn #crafts #fall #fallpumpkins #pumpkinpatterns #knitpumpkins #patternroundup #crochetpumpkins #craftevangelist
Lovely squishy chenille pumpkin crochet pattern, perfect addition to your fall mantel or shelf decor! I love the squish on this pumpkin! So fun. Time to start crocheting!!! #crochetpattern #crochetpumpkin #pumpkinpattern #falldecor #diyfalldecor #diypumpkin #pumpkindecor #yarn #crafts #hellowildflowerco #craftevangelist
Three patterns in one with this rustic pumpkins crochet pattern! I love these pumpkins made in these neutral colours, a perfect way to incorporate pumpkins into your decor without orange! #crochetpattern #crochetpumpkin #amigurumipumpkin #pumpkindecor #falldecor #diyfalldecor #diypumpkins #yarn #crafts #fireflycrochets #craftevangelist
Sweet little play food amigurumi pumpkin crochet pattern. This sweet little pattern would be perfect for fall decor or the play kitchen! What an adorable little crocheted stem on top of this classic pumpkin! #crochetpattern #crochetpumpkinpattern #amigurumipattern #amigurumipumpkin #yarn #crafts #OlinoHobby #craftevangelist
Adorable texture on this chunky pumpkin crochet pattern! Love this rustic paper bag gather on this pumpkin, adorned with buttons and raffia, makes such lovely fall decor! #crochetpattern #crochetpumpkin #crochetdecor #falldecor #diyfalldecor #crochetfalldecor #amigurumipumpkin #yarn #crafts #MerrieMooreDesigns #craftevangelist
Adorable pumpkin hat crochet pattern in 4 sizes, from baby to adult! I love this fun crochet hat pattern, perfect little pumpkin heads! #crochethat #pumpkinhat #crochetpattern #hatpattern #yarn #crafts #crochetpumpkin #HanJanCrochet #craftevangelist
Adorable knitting pattern for these cute amigurumi pumpkins! They make the perfect fall decor and are easy to make with a simple chart for the heart pattern on the pattern pumpkins. Make them in different sizes and add your own toppers for a unique flair! #knittingpattern #amigurumipattern #knitpumpkinpattern #pumpkinpattern #diypumpkins #diyfalldecor #falldecor #fallpumpkins #knitpumpkinpattern #yarn #crafts #LambandCoDesigns #craftevangelist
Absolutely cozy cable-knit pumpkin knitting pattern, like the pumpkin is wearing a sweater! How fun is this?! Love it!!! #knittingpattern #pumpkinpattern #knitpumpkin #diypumpkin #amigurumipumpkin #amigurumipattern #falldecor #knitfalldecor #yarn #crafts #kneedlesandlove #craftevangelist
Love this adorable chunky knit pumpkin hat, with fair isle details at the crown Such a festive pattern in 4 different flexible sizes so you can make one for the whole family! #knittingpattern #pumpkinhat #knitpumpkinhat #knithatpattern #hatpattern #fallhatpattern #knitting #yarn #crafts #pattern #NativeStitch #craftevangelist
How cute are these sweet little pumpkin faces?! Such a fun amigurumi halloween or fall decor! Not too scary, totally adorable crocheted halloween pumpkins! #pumpkinpattern #crochetpattern #crochetpumpkin #amigurumipumpkin #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #samiSnosami #craftevangelist
I love the fun braided cable texture on these sweet little pumpkins! What a great way to add some sweater like cosiness to your fall mantel decor! #knitpumpkinpattern #knitpumpkin #cableknit #cableknitpattern #knittingpattern #pattern #amigurmipattern #amigurumipumpkin #yarn #crafts #TundraKnits #craftevangelist
Adorable knit pumpkin hat in 9 sizes! Make one for every kid you know! How sweet is this easy fall knitting pattern? #fallhats #knittingpattern #knithatpattern #pumpkinhatpattern #knitpumpkin #knitting #yarn #crafts #hatpattern #pumpkinhat #LilPumpkinHat #VintHill #craftevangelist

Time for Toques? The Best Beanie Patterns to Knit & Crochet!

It’s still summer, at least according to the calendar, but these chilly mornings have me thinking about fall and the cooler weather ahead. So there’s no better time to get prepared by choosing a new warm hat pattern to make so you have plenty of time to make a warm new beanie for fall! I’m still loving the wonderful textures of hand-knit and crocheted toques, topped with fluffy faux fur pompoms! If you don’t have one of these gorgeous hats (or even if you do), it’s time to make yours today!

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First up, the Leaves of Change Beanie Crochet Pattern. Check out the fun textured rows in this cute hat! The pattern includes 4 sizes and works up quickly, so you can make one for everyone in the family. How adorable would these be for outdoor family photos?! Find the pattern in the Hooks Yarns and Loops Etsy shop here.

If you’re loving texture, check out the Mountain Ridge Beanie Crochet Pattern from Sheepish Stitches. This pattern features a standard and a bulky version, so you can use whatever yarn you have on hand and have amazing versatility! Don’t you just love the gentle colour change of the yarn in the stripes pictured here? Gorgeous! Get the pattern here.

Do you crochet, but love the look of knitting? Then the Lark Beanie Crochet Pattern from Alyse Crochet is for you! This cozy and stretchy faux-stockinette stitch works up quickly and easily with less than 110 yards of bulky yarn! How’s that for a quick last-minute handmade gift?! Pick up the pattern here.

And of course, I can’t forget the knitters. This classic cable-knit Heartland Beanie Knitting Pattern is a lovely warm hat with an easy-to-follow pattern. You can’t get any more classic that this gorgeous braided cable. This pattern uses Lion Brand Heartland Yarn which is a #4 weight yarn. Find the pattern here in Knits by Jenny Boutique.

The Be Mine Beanie Crochet Pattern from Hook and Loop Boutique is another lovely crocheted toque pattern made with worsted weight (#4) yarn, so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting your hands on the right yarn to make this subtle beauty. This pattern includes both adult and child sizes so you can make one for most anyone! Get the pattern here.

I’m just loving all the different gorgeous textures on The Celestial Beanie Crochet Pattern. The different stitches come together in a lovely combination of textured stripes and again uses easy-to-source worsted weight yarn and comes in three sizes: toddler, child & adult. Pick up the pattern here in A Lil Loopy’s Etsy shop.

The waffle texture on this Winter Woods Beanie Crochet Pattern has me swooning! What a fun texture to crochet! This pattern will need some of your worsted stash, so it’s a great last-minute gift idea and even includes instructions on how to make your own faux fur pompom! Find the pattern in Kathy’s Crochet Closet’s Etsy shop here.

Another gorgeous worsted-weight yarn pattern, the Chain Ridge Beanie Crochet Pattern from Kathy’s Crochet Closet is a quick project and easy enough for the advanced beginner. The subtle texture on this cute hat is gorgeous and not distracting; it’s a great pattern to highlight a lovely, scrumptious yarn! Get the pattern here.

The bobbles on this Eileen Beanie Crochet Hat Pattern also from Kathy’s Crochet Closet (so many fun crocheted hat patterns from her!) are just adorable! The design features three colors of cluster stitches and spike stitches in stripes with a ribbed brim. You’ll adore this sweet toque! Pick up the pattern here.

The Pathway Beanie Crochet Pattern from Leesas Knotty Corner is a pattern that works up super quick because it is made with bulky weight yarn and is written in sizes from 0-3 months to extra large adult. I love this fun option of including 2 pompoms here. (Get my favourite pompoms from GingerSnap Handmade). This beginner-friendly pattern works up quickly with lots of gorgeous texture! Find the pattern here.

Here’s another classic knitting pattern: the Stargazer Toque Knitting Pattern by Lamb and Co Designs. This pattern is a great way to put your intermediate level knitting skills to work and get a gorgeous fair-isle hat in a bulky, cozy wool! Get the pattern here.

Knitters will also enjoy making this lovely Summit 9 Beanie Knitting Pattern. Also made with bulky (#5) yarn, this advanced beginner/intermediate fair isle knitting pattern has a lovely mountain design to inspire you to hit the great outdoors this winter! This cute hat would make a great holiday gift for the outdoor enthusiast! Get the pattern here from Alpine Knits Co.

If you are new to knitting, you might want to start here before you branch out into more complicated fair isle knitting. This Color Block Beanie Knitting Pattern from Love and Stitch Designs works up quickly with super bulky weight yarn and introduces the beginner knitter to color changes. Color-blocking is still very trendy, so enjoy mixing and matching your leftover stash to make a unique hat this fall! Pick up the pattern here.

I would be remiss to neglect to mention my own Tufted Toque Knitting Pattern. It’s a lovely pattern with plenty of interesting texture to keep you interested as you knit. Worked in the round on circular needles, this pattern knits up quickly with a gorgeous, pillowy result! The drape on the We Are Knitters Meripaca yarn is just divine! I highly recommend picking some up! You can find it in my Etsy shop here or on Ravelry here.

Awesome round up of knit and crochet patterns for beautiful winter hats, toques and beanies! Perfect to make as gifts or for sale markets! #knittingpatterns #crochetpatterns #knithatpatterns #crochethatpatterns #yarn #crafts #patternroundup #craftevangelist
Mountain Ridge Beanie Crochet Pattern with textured puffy cluster stitches, can be made in any colour combination you desire! Pattern works up quickly  and easily! #crochetpattern #mountainridgebeanie #beaniepattern #hatpattern #crochethatpattern #crochettoquepattern #sheepishstitches #craftevangelist
Super cute textured crochet pattern for this Leaves of Change beanie crochet hat pattern. Good pattern for Bernat Super Value or Bernat Premium yarn. Works up quickly! Great hat to make and give or for markets! #crochethatpattern #crochetpattern #crochetbeaniepattern #beaniepattern #crochetbeanie #crochettoque #toqupattern #HookYarnsandLoops #craftevangelist
The Lark Beanie is a super cute CROCHET hat pattern that looks KNIT! I love this knit-look crochet stitch on this hat. This stitch is so nice and warm! And it's CROCHET!!! #crochetpattern #knitlookcrochet #crochetbeaniepattern #beaniepattern #hatpattern #toquepattern #AlyseCrochet #craftevangelist
Beautiful classic cable knit beanie pattern. Such a lovely and warm hat with a thick ribbed brim to fold up and keep your ears extra warm! #knittingpattern #knitbeaniepattern #knithatpattern #knithat #knittoquepattern #toquepattern #cableknit #cableknitpattern #cableknithat #KnitsbyJennyBoutique #craftevangelist
Be Mine Beanie crochet pattern! What a fun textured crochet pattern for a beautiful winter hat! Great unisex toque pattern in adult and child sizes! #crochetpattern #crochethatpattern #hatpattern #toquepattern #beaniepattern #crochetbeaniepattern #HookAndLoopBoutique #craftevangelist
Gorgeous textured crochet beanie pattern! Super cute winter hat crochet pattern that works up quickly in sizes for the whole family! #crochetpattern #crochethatpattern #crochetbeaniepattern #beaniepattern #crochettoquepattern #winterhat #ALilLoopy #craftevangelist
Crochet pattern for this cute waffle stitch winter hat called the Winter Woods Beanie! Such a cute textured crochet toque pattern! I can't wait to make one of these gorgeous hats! #crochepattern #wafflestitch #crochetbeaniepattern #crochettoquepattern #crochethatpattern #hatpattern #beaniepattern #yarn #crafts #KathysCrochetCloset #craftevangelist
Lovely ridged beanie crochet pattern. Super cute slouchy winter hat pattern to make with worsted weight yarn. Gorgeous with a faux fur pompom! #crochetpattern #crochetbeaniepattern #crochethatpattern #crochettoquepattern #beaniepattern #hatpattern #diyhat #diybeanie #yarn #crafts #kathyscrochetcloset #craftevangelist
Adorable textured crochet beanie made with cluster stitch stripes! This crochet pattern uses worsted weight yarn so it is perfect for using up your stash! #crochetpattern #crochetbeaniepattern #crochethatpattern #crochettoquepattern #slouchyhatpattern #hatpattern #beaniepattern #yarn #crafts #kathyscrochetcloset #craftevangelist
Lovely textured crochet beanie pattern! This gorgeous bulky yarn hat comes in sizes 0-3 months all the way to XL adult! Beautiful crocheted toque pattern! #crochetpattern #crochethatpattern #crochetbeaniepattern #crochettoquepattern #beaniepattern #hatpattern #diytoque #crafts #yarn #LeesasKnottyCorner #craftevangelist
This classic knitting pattern for the Stargazer Toque is the perfect hat to knit for this winter and for craft markets! Everyone loves this timeless, fair isle knit beanie pattern! Knits up quickly with a chunky wool! #knittingpattern #knitbeaniepattern #knithatpattern #knittoquepattern #fairisleknitting #fairisleknithat #yarn #crafts #LambandCoDesigns #craftevangelist
Beautiful fair isle knitting pattern for this lovely Summit 9 Beanie! This warm and cozy hat is knit in the round with bulky yarn so it knits up quickly! #knittingpattern #knithatpattern #knitbeaniepattern #knittoquepattern #beaniepattern #toquepattern #hatpattern #crafts #yarn #AlpineKnitsCo #craftevangelist
Easy color block knit hat pattern. Lovely and simple beginner knitting pattern with three colors of super bulky yarn, so it knits up quickly. #knittingpattern #knithatpattern #hatpattern #knittoquepattern #knitbeaniepattern #beaniepattern #toquepattern #yarn #crafts #LoveandStitchDesigns #craftevangelist
The Tufted Toque knit beanie pattern is a lovely textured beanie made with just knits and purls! You're going to love knitting this adorable textured hat! #knittingpattern #knithatpattern #knittoquepattern #knitbeaniepattern #hatpattern #beaniepattern #toquepattern #yarn #crafts #tuftedtoque #CraftEvangelist

Crocheted Creatures

As the weather warms and we venture outside more, the desire to sit under heavy sweaters and blankets passes and at the end of a day of gardening or spending time outside or renovating your bathroom (true story), sitting on the deck with a cold drink and a crochet hook to make some little stuffed creatures is just the sort of craft to keep your fingers busy in the evening. Amigurumi is a Japanese word for small stuffed, crocheted creatures. In its most limited meaning of the word, they are anthropomorphic and crocheted: think little cupcakes with faces. But in the more broad sense, it applies to knit and crocheted creatures, including dolls and stuffed animals. And I’ve had forest creatures on my mind today as I was sharing a story how we dealt with bears at camp with my youngest son this morning. So I’ve collected a bunch of adorable crocheted creature patterns for you to choose from to keep yourself busy this spring.

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So naturally, since it was bears that inspired this pattern round up, the first amigurumi creature I have for you is this 3-in-1 Teddy Bear Crochet Pattern. The 3-in-1 part means that there are also 2 other options included in this pattern: options to change the pattern in order to make a bunny and a cat. So cute! And this fuzzy plush yarn works up quickly and makes a super soft and cuddly toy any child will love! (Also: yellow bear! So cute!)

While bears are an obvious choice for a handmade stuffed toy, why don’t you try something a little unique, like this Amigurumi Shrew Crochet Pattern? Don’t you love its long snout and little ears? And what shrew is complete without a little sweater? Absolutely adorable. It’s so fun to make and give handmade amigurumi gifts and for the recipients to have a toy made just for them that no one else one just like it.

My exploration into crocheted creatures for you was not limited to just land animals. Hue the Manatee Amigurumi Pattern is an adorable crochet pattern. If you check out the pattern, you’ll see that you don’t just have to make this Manatee in a traditional grey, but you can use a striping yarn or other bright colours to make this sweet, easy to follow pattern in whatever custom colour you choose!

We’re still loving alpacas, right? Alicia the Alpaca Amigurumi Pattern is an adorable, fuzzy crocheted stuffed animal that will make anyone smile, with her colourful, little pannier blanket, she would make a great handmade gift for a loved one.

Do hamsters live in the wild? You know I saw this super cute Hamster Crochet Pattern and thought it also looked like a full-cheeked chipmunk! So adorable and cartoonish, don’t you agree? One of these little guys would be a cute project to work on while camping and to keep in your trailer as a cuddly little trailer guest (who won’t eat through your pantry!).

I thought this Little Hamster Crochet Pattern resembled the pet hamsters that so many kids had or elementary school classes passed around for kids to take home. I was never in a class that had a class pet, so maybe that was just on television or by the time I was a kid they realized how traumatic it was for a creature to be passed around to different children. My eldest did bring home the class fish for a week or something. We thankfully didn’t kill it, but I think fish would probably prefer to stay in one place too.

Another under-represented stuffed animal is the badger. But you can make your own unique stuffed toy with this Bradley the Badger Amigurumi Crochet Pattern. Isn’t he adorable? I love his stripey black mask and his fuzzy coat.

Check out this adorable Leia the Turtle Amigurumi Crochet Pattern. Turtles make such adorable stuffed animals and while many kids seem to want a turtle as a pet, they’re not the easiest pet to keep. This little turtle would be super easy to keep and is just my speed as far as pets go. Her little shell is removable and has a cute little ties to fasten it on

If you like desert animals, check out this 4-in-1 Desert Creatures Amigurumi Patterns. It’s a bundle of patterns from Loopy Pattern and all her pattern bundles are 40% cheaper than buying the patterns separately. If you like a designer and their pattern style, buying a bundle of patterns is a great way to save a little money. And check out those adorable little creatures! This awesome bundle gets you an owl, a chameleon, a meerkat and a fennec (which is an African fox). What a fun and adorable bundle of creatures to make!

Here’s another unique toy to make: this Lemur Amigurumi Crochet Pattern also from Loopy Pattern is so adorable with his long slender striped tail. Lemurs gained a great deal of popularity after the Disney movie Madagascar was released. This sweet little stuffed toy would like to “move it, move it” along with a fun kid friend!

I know sheep are not exactly forest animals, but when I found this Bobble Sheep Amigurumi Crochet Pattern, it made me think of the New Zealand sheep, Shrek who escaped shearing for 6 years. When he was finally found and sheared, his fleece weighed in at more than 60 lbs! This little bobbly stuffed sheep will certainly not weigh 60 lbs, but he will certainly sit contentedly on your bed or couch as a fun conversation piece.

If you’ve never tried crocheting an amigurumi stuffed toy, it’s a great time to try it out! It’s such a fun and satisfying area of the craft of crocheting. Many patterns often work up quickly, so they make great last minute handmade gift ideas for young and old alike! Pick up one of these cute patterns today or pin it for later so you don’t forget!

Collection of crocheted creature patterns! I love these pattern round ups! Can't wait to get crocheting some of these cute little stuffed toys this summer! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochetedtoys #diystuffedtoy #craftevangelist
Adorable Bobble Sheep Crochet Amigurumi Pattern. Love this cozy looking sheep! It could almost be a throw pillow on a bed! So cute! #crochetpattern #amigurmipattern #crochetsheeppattern #diytoys #crochettoypattern #craftevangelist
Such a fun amigurumi lemur crochet pattern. I can't wait to make this fun Madagascar inspired diy stuffed toy! What a fun summer crochet project! Perfect unique handmade gift. #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #lemurpattern #craftevangelist
Fun bundle of 4 patterns for a great deal! 40% less than buying the patterns separately! Desert amigurumi crochet patterns make fun little projects to work on during the summer. #crochetpatterns #amigurumipatterns #patternbundle #craftevangelist
Such a fun and sweet little amigurumi turtle crochet pattern. I love Leia's sweet tie-on shell made of fun little hexagons. #amigurumipattern #crochetpattern #crochetturtle #crochettoy #craftevangelist
Bradley the Badger amigurumi pdf crochet pattern. I love this adorable and unique little badger crochet pattern. Can't wait to make this delightfully different stuffed animal. So many great crocheted creature patterns to check out in this post. #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochetedcreatures #patternroundup #craftevangelist
Adorable little palm-sized amigurumi hamster crochet pattern. I love these small crocheted toys! They're so great for making in the warmer months. So cute. Makes a great pet for a kid who can't have a real one. #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochethamster #craftevangelist
Fun and cartoonish little amigurumi hamster crochet pattern. Also bears some resemblance to a squirrel or chipmunk crochet pattern. Love this sweet little crocheted forest creature. #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochetedtoys #craftevangelist
Sweet and fuzzy amigurumi alpaca crochet pattern. Can't wait to make this adorable little stuffed toy. A perfect unique handmade gift! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochetalpaca #craftevangelist
Adorable amigurumi manatee crochet pattern. Great beginner amigurumi crochet pattern. Love this fun and unique stuffed toy. #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochetedtoy #craftevangelist
Amigurumi Shrew Crochet Pattern. What a fun and unique crochet pattern for a little shrew... the most underrated rodent! #crochetpattern #amigurmipattern #shrewpattern #crochetedscrew #craftevangelist
Fun 3-in-1 crochet pattern that will make 3 different plush animals: the teddy bear, the fuzzy bunny and the kitty cat. Such an adorable pattern bundle. #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochetedbunny #crochetedbear #crochetedkitty #craftevangelist

The Good News of Bread

Ok, so I know I’m a little late to the party here and this is not very knit- and crochet-related, but I received a sourdough starter from a friend of mine this week and I’ve been all about that bread. On the first day of baking, I watched a video about making designs in your sourdough (because if you’re not making your bread pretty, what are you even doing with your life?). And I got a great old starter (apparently, it’s 18 years old–as old as my marriage!) and it made beautiful bread right away, even though I used water straight from the tap and didn’t get super fancy with directions and kneading technique or anything like that. … oh, but I have plans. I love to learn and research and I love to get better and better! And of course, with any new craft, there are supplies and resources… and I’m all about that.

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So, let me show you my beautiful bread, first!

This was my first attempt. Not so bad if I do say so myself. And I just used a regular old plain (but sharp) kitchen knife to make my scores.

So, after watching the sourdough design video, I wanted a bread lame (a little tool for scoring the dough). Of course, I checked Etsy because I love their unique items and supporting small independent artisans. And I found this beautiful Bread lame with leather pouch. I like how small it is and I love that it comes with a leather pouch to store it in (that blade is SHARP!) And they offer free shipping!

Here’s another small bread lame, beautifully carved from Wire Monkey Shop. I like the idea of these smaller bread lames because it seems pretty easy to handle and have good control over.

Of course, there’s always a more traditional bread lame with a handle, which also looks quite nice. And this photo gives you a little glimpse into how it is to be used. Decisions, decisions. Which one would you choose?

So far I’m still just using the knife, but I managed to make this beauty on my second try. I’ve been baking my sourdough in my Staub Dutch Oven. It’s soooo gorgeous: I love it! I bought this when I started thinking about what would happen when I was dead and my kids would have to clean up all my stuff and I thought, “I want to have things that they’ll fight over.” Now, my kids don’t really fight so much, so I can’t really see this being a bad fight, but like, what I really didn’t want was my kids sighing and opening my cupboards and saying, “ew… what are we going to do with this? Does anyone want this?” So, you’d better not do that to my Staub, kids, ya hear?

I think the next thing I need is a Bread Proofing basket! This would be a way that my bread could keep its shape while it proofs (proves?). And then maybe I could make my loaves on my pizza stone!

Another handy tool that I’ve been eyeing up is a Pure Flax Linen Baker’s Couche, also known as a proofing cloth. We’ve been watching a lot of the Great British Baking Show and the Great Canadian Baking Show and this kind of proofing cloth has made an appearance to separate baguettes as they’re proofing. I tried to put a loaf in a bowl with a tea towel–and let me just say, I really didn’t know what I was doing– and I ended up with a whole lot of dough sticking to that tea towel! So, I think I might need the proper tool!

I think I’m also gonna need one of these linen bread bags. Apparently they’re the answer to storing sourdough bread (probably most breads). And I mean, it’s not like we really ever have any of this bread left over, but maybe one day we might… you never know. As this post says, “Linen bags are the perfect way to store bread because they are breathable, yet tightly closed.”

Yesterday’s bread got a little dark because I forgot to turn down the heat for the last 2/3 of the bake, but it was still definitely edible and very beautiful! Imagine what I’ll be able to do when I get a proper bread lame? Don’t you just want to get started on this gorgeous looking bread? Don’t have any starter? If you’re in Edmonton, get in touch with me and I’ll hook you up! Otherwise, you can buy one from a seller on Etsy (isn’t that crazy? But awesome!). Of course, you can make your own starter with these instructions!

Visual learner? Need some further instructions on sourdough? I’m definitely not an expert, but you can learn how with this great online sourdough class!

Would this really be a post by me if it didn’t include something you could knit or crochet? I don’t think so! When you’re obsessed with bread, you need a friend who is equally obsessed. And let’s just say that Manolete Mollet is that friend! This would be the perfect gift for your sourdough obsessed friend. He would sit there, encouraging you on to bread and good works! I love his big moustache!

And of course, as we become obsessed with a new passion, our kids start to notice and our kids love to mimic us. So, they can play along with amigurumi bread options! Crochet up a loaf of rye bread and some slices for your little one to play with!

And, if you’re going to have bread, you might as well slather it with avocado by making one of these You’re the Avocado to my Toast crochet patterns! I love little amigurumis like this! They’re so delightful and fun to look at and play with! I bet you could even make one out of cotton and use it as a little scrubby in your kitchen! How much fun would that be?!

But if your little one wants their bread to look a little more like the glorious sourdough breads you’re making, you can make them this bread bowl pattern (Also comes with clam chowder)! So much fun!

I hope you enjoyed this collection of bread-making supplies (and crochet patterns!) and sharing my bread obsession with you all. Go grab yourself some supplies and let’s get baking together! I skipped bread making today so I could grow my starter enough to make some glorious sourdough cinnamon buns for tomorrow! Pin it for later if you’re not ready to start today!

Sourdough Bread! Links to all the sourdough instructions and supplies that you need to make beautiful looking sourdough bread! #breadmaking #sourdoughbread #artisanbread #breadsupplies #craftevangelist
A Linen Bread Bag is the perfect 100% natural flax linen storage solution for your sourdough or artisinal breads! I love the soft natural colours. Keeps the bread crisp without getting stale and drying out! #sourdoughbread #sourdoughstorage #breadstoragebag #breadstorage #linenbreadbag #craftevangelist
THIS is what I need! Thickly woven, flax linen proofing cloth! Perfect for my sourdough obsession! I love the natural colour of this simple but gorgeous baker's couche proofing cloth! #sourdoughbread #sourdoughobsession #bakerscouche #proofingcloth #craftevangelist
Adorable little amigurumi bread chef crochet pattern! This will be the perfect gift for my sourdough obsessed friend! How cute is he!? #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #breadcrochetpattern #craftevangelist
Such fun! Crochet bread amigurumi pattern... so great for the kids to play with in their little play kitchen. Handmade play food is the best! #amigurumipattern #crochetpattern #amigurumifood #amigurumibread #breadcrochetpattern #craftevangelist
Adorable amigurumi bread bowl! How cute is this filled with amigurumi clam chowder!? What a fun crochet pattern for play food, perfect for the kids, as I'm getting sourdough obsessed! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #amigurumifood #amigurumibread #crochetplayfood #craftevangelist
Fun little amigurumi slice of toast with half an avocado crochet pattern! How adorable is this as play food or little kitchen decorations? You could even put a sponge inside for a cute little kitchen scrubby! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #amigurumiplayfood #crochetplayfood #playfoodpattern #avocadotoast #breadobsessed #craftevangelist
Lovely bread proofing basket for proofing sourdough bread! Comes in 3 sizes, each with a linen liner. This is how to get that classic pattern of floury rings in your sourdough! Want one!!! #sourdoughbread #sourdoughproofingbasket #proofingbasket #sourdoughsupplies #howtomakesourdough #linenbreadliner #craftevangelist
A Bread Lame! That's what I need to score beautiful slashes on my sourdough bread instead of a knife! Then I can make those fancy sourdough designs! #sourdoughbread #breadlame #sourdoughobsession #sourdoughscoringtool #sourdoughslash #sourdoughknife #sourdoughblade #craftevangelist
How to make beautiful sourdough bread designs! You need a bread lame! I need to grab one of these bread scoring tools! Gorgeous bread, here I come! #sourdoughobsession #sourdoughdesigns #sourdoughsupplies #sourdoughtools #breadslashingblade #craftevangelist
Bread lame sourdough design maker! Perfect little tool for making gorgeous designs on your bread! #sourdoughslasher #breaddesigns #sourdoughdesigns #breadmaking #sourdoughobsession #craftevangelist

Making for Loved Ones

Makers are always looking ahead because if we’re going to give handmade gifts in a timely fashion, we’ve got to start working on it with enough time to finish! So, makers need to join Costco in being far too ahead of the season. So, if you’re looking to make a handmade gift as a demonstration of love this Valentine’s Day, it’s time to get to work! I’ve got a great collection of knit and crochet patterns for you to start making just in time to give to a special loved one for Valentine’s Day (or Easter… birthdays… just because!)

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If you have a little girl in your life who loves to carry around her little things, you can make her one of these Crochet Heart Purse for Little Girls. I love the adorable details on this lovely little purse! It’s so sweet! It’s a great project to practice some embroidery skills and to play with buttons and beads to add those special little embellishments!

For something just as sweet, but differently whimsical, try making one of these Crochet Bear Heart Purses. This would make a great little change purse for either a little girl or a little boy. The kids in your life would be so lucky to find such a fun and special little gift for them! And practical little purses mean they get used and carried around and treasured! What a special gift!

Who wouldn’t love some pink flamingos for Valentine’s day? This Flamingos amigurumi crochet pattern is an adorable set of patterns. The pattern is a little involved with 33 pages, but it includes 70 pictures so you can be sure to follow along easily, referencing the step by step photos all along. I would love to see your work if you make one of these incredible amigurumi characters, so send me a link or tag me in your work on social media! (@craftevangelist)

I just love this adorably grumpy “Spikey” amigurumi dragon pattern. I think he’d be the perfect gift for a grumpy teen and I’m sure his miserable little face will delight even the surliest of souls!

This Sophia the Chubby Little Unicorn crochet pattern is another delightful amigurumi pattern option for the less cynical recipient! Make one of these adorable chubby little unicorns for the sweetheart in your life and watch her face light up with joy!

Are you far away from a loved one? If you had more arms, would you wrap them all around your beloved? Perhaps you should consider sending them a handmade-by-you octopus! If you’ve ever got a pattern and realized what a job it is just finding all the materials, you’ll be pleased to know that this Large Amigurumi Octopus Crochet Kit contains the pattern and all the materials you need to make this adorable stuffed toy! If you’re looking for just the pattern, you can find it here.

If you’ve been on this planet lately, you might know that Baby Yoda is all the rage (he’s soooo cute!!!). Everyone is making these and they can hardly keep up with demand. I made three before Christmas as gifts for my nephew and my sons. There are a bunch of Baby Yoda Patterns on Etsy, but I’m not sure whether they’re allowed or not. It sounds like there might be some copyright claims against some of them, so if the link doesn’t take you to anything helpful anymore: sorry, they’ve probably been taken down. I used this pattern to make the doll pictured above.

Perhaps you’d like to wrap your loved ones in a sweetheart blanket. Pick up this Heart Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern and work some filet crochet hearts in this simple and subtle pattern. It would make a lovely baby blanket for an expected baby!

Or you can just wrap up the neck of your loved one with this Candy Heart Scarf knitting pattern. How sweet are those little pompoms on the end? And subtle little hearts knitted in there!? This would be a perfect little scarf for a toddler since it’s not huge. What a delightful little gift!

For a little more sophisticated scarf, check out this Love Heart Scarf Crochet Kit. It comes with those sweet heart wooden buttons and your choice of 30 colours of Wool Couture’s soft Merino wool! When you’re short on time, outsource the shopping and order a kit so you can spend your time crocheting instead of shopping!

A handmade hat is a great way to show your love! The Mountain Range Hat crochet pattern is a stylish, yet practical hat inspired by nature. If your loved one is a nature lover, adventurer or outdoor enthusiast, they will love this warm and comfy fitting hat complete with a yarn pompom or a fur pompom!

Who wouldn’t love the gift of a basket? Fill it with flowers and you’re sure to delight anyone! The Fundamentals Basket Knitting Pattern is an intermediate level knitting pattern. If you don’t want to give this beauty away, keep it for yourself! It is a wonderfully large container that will hold all your large projects or whatever you may need it for! It’s knit-in handles make it easy to transport!

Valentines Day is coming up, so it’s time to start making decisions and figuring out what you’re making! I hope I’ve helped you with some ideas! Enjoy making these lovely patterns for your loved ones this winter! Grab a pattern today or pin these ideas for later!

Patterns to knit and crochet for Valentine's Day. I love this adorable collection of patterns! Great ideas for what to make for loved ones for valentine's day! That dragon is ADORABLE!!! #crochetpatterns #knittingpatterns #valentinesday #amigurumipattern #pursepatterns #knit #crochet #craftevangelist
Excellent knitting pattern for this gorgeous Fundamentals Basket knit bag. This would make an excellent project bag! #knittingpattern #knitpattern #handbagpattern #knithandbag #knitbasket #knit #craftevangelist
Mountain Range Hat crochet pattern. I love this beanie pattern! Such a great outdoorsy winter hat pattern. So fun. #crochethat #crochetpattern #hatpattern #mountainrangehat #craftevangelist
Cute little crochet heart purse pattern, perfect to make for Valentine's Day. Great handmade gift idea for a little girl for Valentine's Day! I love little purses! #crochetpattern #crochetbagpattern #crochetpurse #littlegirlpurse #crochet #craftevangelist
Wow! What an incredible looking amigurumi flamingo crochet pattern! What an awesome gift this would make for a flamingo-loving friend! I love these so much! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochetflamingo #flamingoamigurumi #crochetamigurumi #amigurumi #crochet #pattern #craftevangelist
Spikey the dragon is an adorably miserable stuffed toy amigurumi pattern. I can't wait to crochet this sweet surly toy for one of my nephews. Great teen crocheted gift idea! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochetdragon #dragoncrochetpattern #crochet #amigurumi #stuffedtoy #handmadegifts #craftevangelist
Sweet Little Chubby Unicorn amigurumi crochet pattern! I can't wait to make this stuffed toy crochet unicorn! It will make such a fun gift idea for a unicorn loving child! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
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Adorable Giant Octopus! You can get the pattern or the whole kit to make this sweet octopus crochet amigurumi to wrap your loved ones in an eight-armed hug! How fun is that? #crochetpattern #crochetkit #amigurumikit #amigurumipattern #crochetstuffedtoy #craftevangelist
Adorable little candy heart scarf knitting pattern. The little pompoms on the end are such a nice touch! This looks like an easy knitting pattern and would make a great toddler scarf! Super fun valentines day handmade gift idea! #knittingpattern #knitscarf #scarfknittingpattern #knitscarfpattern #knitting #craftevangelist
Gorgeous chunky cowl scarf crochet kit. Comes with those cute wooden heart buttons, the pattern and some of that gloriously thick chunky yarn in your choice of colours! This beautiful scarf is a perfect beginner crochet project and the kit with all the supplies is such a great idea. This would make such a lovely gift! #crochetpattern #crochetkit #crochetscarf #valentinesscarf #craftevangelist
Sweet and simplet filet crochet heart baby blanket. This adorable little blanket will crochet up quickly, making the perfect baby shower gift! Love those adorable and simple little hearts! #crochetpattern #crochetblanket #blanketpattern #yarn #babyblanket #crochetbabyblanket #crochetforbaby #craftevangelist
Baby Yoda Patterns are all the rage! Oh my goodness! Star Wars the Mandalorian the Child baby yoda crochet pattern is soooooo cute! Check this out while they're still available! #crochetpattern #amigurumiyoda #babyyodapattern #crochetbabyyoda #amigurumibabyyoda #thechild #starwars #themandalorian #craftevangelist
Sweet little heart bear purse crochet pattern. What a fun and quick little gift idea for a valentines day gift for a child. I love this sweet littie bear purse! #crochetpattern #crochetpurse #bearpurse #heartpurse #craftevangelist

Warm Winter Weather Wear

Warm Winter Wear

Well, the winter weather has arrived, at least where I live. It’s not too bad just yet, so don’t mistake my announcement for complaining. But it is definitely time to break out the knit and crochet accessories to keep ears, necks, heads and hands warm this season. If you’re looking for a pattern to make for a gift to give this season or to keep yourself warm this winter, I’ve got a great collection of fashionable knit and crochet accessory patterns for you!

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First off, these twisted ear warmers are all the rage this year. Great for keeping your ears warm while not messing up your top knot or ponytail. The River Ear Warmer twisted headband crochet pattern is a great and simple crochet pattern that a beginner could handle. The beauty of these little projects is that they only take a couple of hours and a partial skein of yarn. They make great stash-busting projects!

The Woven Headwarmer crochet pattern has a little more texture and has that lovely bowtie twist to finish it off! Super cute and what a fun pattern to highlight a soft and luscious yarn. If you only have one skein of beautiful and expensive yarn, this is your project. You can make up a few of these with that one gorgeous skein and have gifts for your closest friends!

Buffalo plaid is still super cute and trendy and it’s so super fun to see three colours of yarn come together to form this fun pattern. Don’t you love the large wooden button on this Buffalo Plaid Crochet Cowl Pattern? I love fun finishing touches like that. It makes a piece look so much more professional!

Here’s another gorgeous cowl to try out: the Triangle Scarf Crochet Pattern is a textured granny-stitch style cowl that would be a great welcome back to crochet project for those whose grannies taught them the simple granny square and that’s all they really remember. This would also be a great pattern to highlight some special yarn you’ve been saving.

Check out the fringe on this June Berry Cowl crochet pattern… with buttons as well! I love the gorgeous texture on this cowl pattern and fringe is so on-trend right now. It’s a great time to get working on this beautiful scarf, for you or for a friend!

If you’ve always wanted to try cables, the Cascades Big Knit Scarf Pattern is a great first cable project. With bulky yarn and just one big braid cable through the scarf, it’s a great project to practice and learn. Just a tip: if you’re just learning, using a light coloured yarn will help you to more easily see your work and make it easier to fix any mistakes.

If you have a little more experience knitting, you might like to try knitting yourself this Chunky Mittens Knitting Pattern to keep your fingers warm this winter. These chunky mittens look so warm and cozy! My fingerless mittens just aren’t cutting it anymore; I’m going to need to get me some tips!

Ooooh! Or here’s another cute mittens pattern! The Bit of Honey Mittens Knitting Pattern has a sweet honeycomb textured stitch pattern that is subtle and gorgeous! This is a great project to spend a little more time and care with, but has a great finished result!

Don’t worry: I haven’t left the crocheters’ hands out in the cold. The Cadence Mittens crochet mitten pattern is a lovely textured crochet mitten pattern with a cable-like textured stitch to practice something new for crocheters looking for a little more of a challenge.

Now, THIS is a fun hat pattern! I love seeing the animal print that is making its way into knitwear! Check out this super fun Animal Attraction Leopard Print Pompom Hat knitting pattern! What a fun winter accessory!

And back to plaid. This one is a knitting pattern, though, and only made with 2 colours of yarn. The Super Bulky Buffalo Plaid Hat knitting pattern is a quick knit made with super bulky yarn; don’t you just love it with a big faux fur pom on top?

And while not exactly a wearable accessory, this Textured Christmas Crochet Stocking Pattern is a great project to get working on this time of year. It would make a lovely gift for a friend or loved one! Don’t you just love the beautiful bobble stripes? I love the natural coloured yarn used here, but I think any solid colour would look delightful in this pattern!

So there’s this week’s collection of fabulous patterns to knit and crochet. Making them and wearing them will keep you warm all season! Pick up a pattern today and find some yummy yarns to make one of these patterns. Or pin it for later!

Knit or crochet one of these 12 warm winter wear accessories this winter. Gorgeous textures and fun patterns to make beautiful cowls, hats, ear warmers and mittens for your friends and family this winter! #knitpattern #crochetpattern #accessories #knitwear #crochetwear #cozy #craftevangelist
Fun buffalo plaid cowl crochet pattern! I love this crochet plaid look; it's so cute! #crochetpattern #crochetscarf #buffaloplaid #crochetbuffaloplaid #craftevangelist
Simple granny stitch triangle scarf crochet pattern. I love the simple texture that results. Perfect crochet project for beginners! #crochetpattern #crochetcowl #crochetscarf #crochetaccessories #crochetwear #craftevangelist
The June Berry Cowl is a fringed chunky textured scarf that is finished with wooden buttons. This crochet pattern is a perfect quick project to make for a loved one... or yourself! #crochetcowl #crochetscarf #fringe #crochetaccessories #craftevangelist
The Cascades Scarf pattern is a great knitting pattern for your first cable knitting project. One big braided cable down the middle and chunky yarn makes this scarf come together quickly. #knitpattern #scarfpattern #knitscarf #pdfpattern #craftevangelist
Manitoba Moss Mittens knitting pattern... a chunky textured knitted mitten, perfect for winter! Love this rich teal colour, too! #knitmittens #mittenpattern #knittingpattern #chunkyyarn #craftevangelist
Bit of Honey Mittens, a cute honeycomb textured knitted mitten pattern. Such a gorgeous and simple mitten pattern! #knitmittens #mittenpattern #knittingpattern #mittenknitting #craftevangelist
The Cadence Mittens crocheted cable mittens pattern. I love the chunky yarn and texture of this crochet pattern. So cute and cozy! #crochetpattern #crochetmittens #mittenpattern #mittenscrochet #craftevangelist
Beautiful textured crochet stocking pattern. I love the bobble textured stripes! Perfect for a farmhouse rustic style Christmas decor! #stockingpattern #crochetstocking #farmhouseChristmas #Christmasstocking #craftevangelist
I love this cute knitted hat pattern! What a lovely colour work knitting pattern for buffalo plaid! So cute! and I'm still loving these big faux fur pompoms! #knittingpattern #knitbeanie #beaniepattern #knittoque #toqupattern #hatpattern #knithat #buffaloplaid #knitplaid #colorwork #craftevangelist
Animal Attraction Hat! Awesome intarsia knitting pattern for a leopard print beanie! How fun is this? #knittingpattern #knithat #knitbeanie #knittoque #hatpattern #beaniepattern #animalprint #craftevangelist
The River Ear Warmer crochet pattern. Love this twisted headband for winter. Room for ponytails and top knots! #earwarmer #crochetpattern #crochetheadband #headband #headbandpattern #earwarmerpattern #crochetearwarmer #craftevangelist
Love this twisted bow-tie woven headwarmer crochet pattern. Super cute texture on this headband. Perfectly on-trend this year! #crochetpattern #crochetheadwarmer #crochetheadband #crochetearwarmer #headbandpattern #craftevangelist