Make For Your Fall Living Room

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Time to Make a Fall Sweater

It has been quite a hot summer here in Edmonton this year. We only had our first real rainy day last week! We’ve had more 30+ degree (Celcius… 86 F for our American friends) days than any summer on record. I wish I were at a lake or in a pool floating on an inflatable for some of those days instead of renovating my house, but here we are and the only way out is through! Anyway, the slight dip in temperature and a release from one of my favourite pattern designers got me thinking about sweaters, so here’s small collection of stylish patterns to get you started in working on making a sweater in time for the temperatures to turn a little cooler.

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The “Super Simple” Sweater Knitting Pattern from ahoneyknits is just what it says: a super simple sweater! Perfect for beginners, the chunky cropped sweater works up quickly and is a great stylish sweater for this fall. Looks so warm and cozy.

The Bubblegum Jumper from Aliza Knits is a fun, textured sweater using super chunky yarn to make a warm and cozy, bobbly, cropped sweater in no time. It has wide balloon sleeves and is size-inclusive with sizeds from XS to 5XL.

The Chainette Turtleneck Crochet Pattern from KnitsNKnotsWpg is a lovely crochet turtleneck with a wide fit in the bust, but with fitted sleeves at the wrist for a flattering fit for all body types. With a really comfortable and roomy fit, this pattern is size inclusive with sizes up to 5X (bust sizes from 28-62″).

The Vivian Sweater Crochet Pattern from The Easy Design is another pullover sweater pattern with a lovely bobbly yoke. The pattern comes in 7 sizes from XS up to 3XL and is a simple crochet pattern, so it’s very beginner friendly. Imagine learning to crochet and then making your very own sweater!

The Cable Crush Hoodie is the new release from Knitatude was the pattern that I just had to snap up and got me inspired to create this pattern round up. This is a cropped, hooded, batwing sweater that ist just so much fun. The hood has a rounded tip, instead of a point and the sleeves taper down to a lovely fit at the wrists. I can’t wait to make this fun sweater!

I’ve been following Sewrella on Instagram and she recently came out with her Folklore collection, inspired by Taylor Swifts Folklore album. One of the options was a kit for the Folklore Cardigan, which LionBrand is also offering as a kit. The pattern itself is free (just scroll down on the kit page and there’s a button to download the pattern), but you can get all the yarn you need in a handy kit from LionBrand, which is always helpful. Watch for a sale and you can always get a good deal on sweater-quantity yarn from LionBrand!

The Dem Bones Sweater Knitting Pattern from Eileen Casey Creations is such a cute and fun knitting pattern, perfect for Halloween. I wish this came in my size; I think it would be so fun. But remembering back to the time when I had fussy toddlers who didn’t want to wear costumes, I think I might have been able to get them into this sweater, which would have been their whole costume. As teenagers now, they would probably even wear it day to day (I really have no idea–I’m often wrong about these things).

Well, that’s all the sweater patterns I have time to wrangle up for you today. I hope you found one that inspires you to get making as the weather turns cool again and we seek to warm up indoors. When I’m happily sitting in my new cozy living room, I’ll be picking up that Cable Crush Hoodie pattern to lounge around in this winter. Grab a pattern today or pin it for later!

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Patterns to Make Your Own Plants and Hangers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Making for the Kitchen – Knit, Crochet & Sewing Patterns

We are about to head into a pretty major kitchen renovation in a few days, so I have kitchen on the brain. And while I probably won’t have a lot of extra time for making the finishing touches in the kitchen just yet, thinking about them helps me get motivated to do the dirty work of cleaning up and preparing for the weeks of chaos ahead of us. In the mean time, you all can enjoy some great modern knit and crochet patterns for the kitchen. One of the reasons I love knit and crochet so much is that you can make custom solutions for little problems in your life or just add something extra special, that matches perfectly and functions well. Check out these great patterns.

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A little kitchen rug is a nice touch by the sink to add some cushion beneath your feet and absorb the little splatters from the faucet. The Modbob Rug Crochet Pattern from The Cozy Knot Crochet is a cute and modern, bobble-embellished crochet pattern that would work at a kitchen sink, as a bathmat, or as an entry rug.

If you need to get some yarn for this project, crochet.com has a great variety of cotton yarns, like Dishie… they even have the Dishie Cone, which is 400 grams of 100% cotton worsted yarn.

If you prefer the half-circle variety of rug, you could make this Half Moon Rug Crochet Pattern from Malkishu Art. This pattern crochets up quickly using t-shirt yarn and double-crochet, so you could probably whip up a new rug for your kitchen in a couple of hours!

For a quicker rug, you can make these adorable little mug rugs. The Betty Mug Rug Crochet Pattern from Wool And Wax Dreams is a quick and easy little crochet pattern that will replace your coasters with a cute little rug to protect your coffee table from your hot mugs.

The Easy Kitchen Towel Topper Crochet Pattern from Stitching Together is a quick and easy kitchen towel topper that is innovatively attached to the top corner and then uses the towel itself to wrap around the handle of your stove. It makes a quick little housewarming gift when you don’t have a lot of advanced notice and it’s a great little project to use up some scrap cotton yarn. This pattern is also available for free here. (Also, if you need some yarn, Dishie would work well for this project, too!)

Here’s another quick and useful project for you: the Sunburst Dish Scrubby Crochet Pattern from Bash Yarn Works is a super quick and functional dish scrubby made with nylon yarn or 3″ spooled tulle. So many people I know love having a handy little dish scrubby like this one in their kitchen!

DeBrosse NYC once again has a modern and gorgeous coaster pattern for your contemporary kitchen. The Croix Crochet Coaster Pattern. This stylish and modern take on the coaster provides the perfect pop of chic to your coffee table. The clean lines of the waistcoat stitch paired with the curvature of the wooden ring create a simple but stunning combination. If you haven’t checked out DeBrosse NYC patterns before, it is definitely worth your time-all of her patterns are sleek and clean and NOT your granny’s crochet patterns!

Another handy crocheted item for the kitchen is this Easy Crocheted Hanging Basket from Iknit For Cozy Home. Made with jute (or cotton: Lionbrand 24/7 Cotton is also a great choice and comes in 37 different colours! The colour Hay Bale is almost exactly a jute colour!) These hanging baskets would be great to hold plants, utensils, or other items you want to keep handy, but off your countertop!

I’m sure you were wondering how long it was going to take me to get around to the most obvious handmade kitchen accessory: the dishtowel. The Turtle Trunk has this great Farmhouse Dish Set Crochet Pattern, which includes easy patterns and instructions for three different towels: a dishcloth/washcloth pattern (8.5″ x 8.5″), a dish towel (13″ x 21″), and a hanging towel (8.5″ x 19″). Dishie yarn is a great choice for this set, too!

Don’t worry, knitters, I haven’t forgotten about you! The Ocean View Dishcloth Knitting Pattern from Goose Creek Knits is a nautical-themed dishcloth pattern and features alternating rows of garter stitch and ribbing, which keeps it laying nice and flat. Knit from corner to corner, it uses a simple combination of knit, purl, increase, and decrease stitches. This is a great beginner knitting pattern!

Are you concerned about the amount of water it takes to process cotton? Re-Up Yarn from Lion Brand is a recycled 100% cotton yarn that is great for these dishcloth patterns and other kitchen items. By using one 70 gram ball of Re-Up Yarn, you are saving 1,400 liters of water!

There are so many great options out there for knit dishcloth patterns! The Woven Waves Dish Towel knitting pattern from Nich Knits uses slip-stitch knitting to create a woven fabric using basic stitches. This pattern is beautiful, reversible, and thick enough for a great dish towel.

While not strictly a pattern for the kitchen, this Egg-cellent Apron Crochet Pattern from Heart Hook Home is just what you need if you have backyard chickens and need to collect eggs. Not only does it include individual egg pockets to accommodate 19 eggs, but there’s also a larger pocket for your cell phone, to-do list, pen, or whatever else you might need to carry. Heart Hook Home also offers this pattern for free (with ads) on her blog.

If sewing is more your jam, did you know you can buy digital sewing patterns online? The Jess Apron Sewing Pattern from Bouquet Clothing is an easy sewing pattern for beginners to make their own custom apron. This classic pattern includes options to sew a full or half vintage-inspired apron and the options for your own embellishments are details are endless!

If you prefer the casual and full coverage style of a Japanese pinafore apron, the Crossback Apron Sewing Pattern from TOTO shop UA is a lovely classic and simple apron pattern with two front large pockets. I love this style of apron because it has no ties to get tangled and wrinkled in the wash.

If you wanted to embellish your apron (or something else) with embroidery, you should check out Florals and Floss Stick and Stitch Embroidery Designs. Add your very own customization to your apron or tea towels for your own unique kitchen accessories! Perhaps when we’re all finished with our kitchen project, I’ll spend the upcoming fall and winter evenings peacefully stitching up some custom tea towels to adorn my new fun kitchen. (And maybe my family won’t use THOSE ones to mop up the dirtiest messes in the kitchen as they have with all my other new towels so that every bloody one is stained… uh oh, now I’m starting to rant; time to wrap up!)

I hope you’ve been inspired to make something useful and beautiful for your kitchen! Grab one of these great patterns today and get making! Or pin it for later!

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Play with Your Knit & Crochet!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It’s Time to Start Making Christmas Gifts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Easy Adorable Amigurumi Crochet Patterns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vacation Makes to Get Away With

I just received my first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine yesterday, so I am hopeful that one day soon we might be able to take vacations again! But what better way to spend my time while I wait for my second dose and wait for my fellow humans to get vaccinated than to make some vacation and summer-inspired patterns? I have collected a bunch of patterns that are great to wear on vacation or great projects to make on vacation, as we all look longingly ahead to knitting and crocheting on the beach!

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The Sarafan Dress Crochet Pattern from Mon Petit Violon Designs is a lacy little summer crochet dress pattern for sizes 9 months up to 5 years. You can easily adjust the length of the dress to suit the child or their preference. That’s the lovely thing about making your own clothing: you can customize it according to your preference. I love it when designers include instructions for customization!

This girly little crocheted Sea Breeze Dress pattern also from Mon Petit Violin Designs is a lovely textured lace crochet pattern available for sizes from 0 months up to 10 years! (Wow! Talk about a grading project!). You can easily make matching dresses for siblings with just this one pattern. I love the different stitches incorporated into this cute sundress, making it interesting to make and such a lovely keepsake to treasure and pass down.

For a crocheted dress pattern for yourself, check out this sweet Synthesis Crocheted Dress Pattern from Mermaid Cat Designs. The lacy peekaboo waistband adds a delicate and flirtatious little touch and the scoop back makes this a perfect summery dress to keep cool. Walk on the beach or a night out on a patio, this sweet little sundress is so adorable. It comes with instructions for just small, medium, and large, though, so if you are outside those size ranges, this might not be the pattern for you. But if you’re good with gauge and numbers, you might be able to figure out how to make it in your size.

I just loved the ethereal quality of the photos of the Discovery Crocheted Maxi Off-the-Shoulder Dress, which is also designed by Mermaid Cat Designs. Plenty of pictures are included every step of the way. This dress is also limited in its sizes, again offering only S, M, L. This would look so pretty as a beachy dress or even a wedding dress!

A knit beach cover-up is just the thing you need this summer or for your next beach vacation! This See Through Beach Cover Up Knitting Pattern from Julie Malic Patterns is suitable for the beginner knitter, but only in sizes XS, S & M. That’s just weird. Humans come in more sizes, designers! This is a cute beach cover-up, but you’ll have to make significant adjustments if you’re larger than a Medium.

This Beach Beauty Cover Up Crochet Pattern from Knot Yourself Out makes another cute beach cover-up, it is just one size, but it does contain instructions for adjusting the size to suit, as it is just made up of two rectangles stitched together, leaving room for the neck, arms and side slits.

The Juliette Top Crochet Pattern from Ruby Webbs is a lovely staple summer top pattern. I love the way the vertical lines of the rows (worked sideways!) make a subtle texture. This pattern is very easy and suitable for the beginner crocheter. It is written to includes sizes extra small to extra large, from a 28″ – 46″ bust.

If you are looking for a quick and easy summer crop top pattern, check out this cute Crocheted Crop Top Pattern from Knitcro Addict. This pattern is a little more size-inclusive, including sizes from XS-XXL. I love the little peekaboo butterfly in the middle of the top. This pattern would be easy to adjust to your length preference. It includes 7 pages of written instructions and photo tutorial, as well as a link to a helpful video to guide you along the way.

The knitters can make the Riveria Summer Sweater Knitting Pattern from Jolly Knits, which is a gorgeous and versatile light summer sweater in sizes S, M & L. I love the eyelet yoke and the lacy body for a lovely summer top that can easily go from the beach to the office.

This adorable summer hat crochet pattern is so on-trend! The Devon Hat Crochet Pattern comes written with 9 different sizes from baby to adult size large (15.5″-24.5″ head circumference). It is crocheted with raffia yarn, which I think looks so casual and summery and it really adds a lovely structure to the hat. This easy pattern requires only basic techniques, so it’s the perfect pattern for beginner crocheter to making something stunning and trendy!

For a little different style, this lovely Bow Hat Crochet Pattern from Uy Uy Crochet makes a sweet, wide-brimmed hat with instructions for two different sizes, fitting head circumferences of 20-23 innches. What a fun and pretty hat for summer!

A beach bag is always a good idea and this Beach Front Bag Knitting Pattern from Barley and Flax is a quick-to-knit pattern that will look so great at the beach or the farmers market. This casual bag will hold up to anything you can fit in it and when blocked, has this lovely airy look. It’s definitely got a boho vibe that just screams summer.

I hope you found something to make that helps you dream of summer and vacation and that knitting or crocheting one of these lovely patterns will hurry along the time until we can all get on planes and go to lovely warm vacation spots again! Until then, grab yourself a pattern and get making! Or pin it for later so you don’t forget!

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Modern Gifts to Make for Mom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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!

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