Learn to Knit

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to learn to knit? Or would you just like to? (How effective are New Year’s resolutions in reality? Knitting can be a great way to relax and focus on something you can do when your world seems overwhelming. Also, you can make beautiful things… eventually. Like any new skill, it takes some time to learn and it takes more time to improve. But there are some great patterns and resources to help you get started. So I’ve collected some great absolute beginner knitting patterns to get you started.

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Often, a knitter’s first project is a dishcloth. Dishcloths make a great first project because it’s small and simple, so it doesn’t take very long before you can cast off and have something you can show your mom and use. Try this Easy Knit Dishcloth Pattern to get your start. You can use these lovely cloths in the kitchen or the bathroom as a luxury face cloth!

If you’re an absolute beginner and have no supplies, a kit is a great way to get started. It means you don’t have to decipher all the information on a pattern and find all the supplies you need. Everything is included in this great Learn to Knit Dishcloths Kit. Try one of these out to get the yarn, pattern, and needles that you need to make it all.

Once you’ve got the hang of that, you can whip up this Homespun Kitchen Set, which adds some simple details. The pattern includes instructions for both a dishcloth and a towel, as well as the i-cord detail to use to hang the cloths up.

Another simple first project is a knitted scarf. This classic knit scarf pattern is in pdf format with links to videos for additional tips to make this easy knit scarf, perfect for men, women or children!

If you’d like to try a snood, which is a circular cowl or infinity scarf, you can get a Chunky Snood Knitting Kit, with the option of having needles included if you don’t already have them. This kit includes a How to Knit manual, which will review all the basics of knitting, including how to cast on, cast off, knit, purl and sew. The yarn is chunky and the needles are 9 mm, which means that it’s a project that will work up quickly due to the large yarn and needles. Kits also make great gift ideas for someone who would like to learn to knit!

Another easy garment idea is a knit shawl. This one is definitely more delicate and will absolutely be a great project if you have a lot of time to sit and wait, so it’s perfect for travelling or taking on the go while you wait to pick up kids from school or activities. So, if you’re loving knitting and want a bigger project that is still simple that you can work on, this is definitely for you. It’s designed with fingering or sock yarn in mind, but it’s a pretty flexible pattern, so you could use just about any yarn that you have on hand.

Another fun project for beginners is a knit blanket. And if you think it’s going to take forever, you’re wrong! You just need some super bulky yarn! Learn to knit this super chunky throw with 40 mm needles and you’ll have a luxurious lap blanket in no time! And I keep seeing more and more jumbo yarn options at Michael’s, so it’s getting easier and easier to find the supplies to make these blankets.

Of course, you can also find kits for these chunky blankets as well. I love the look of this natural wool chunky knit blanket. The kit includes 25 mm birch circular knitting needles, which are perfect for blankets! The kit includes 16 balls of wool to make a 46″ x 65″ throw blanket. And don’t you just love those giant tassels on the bottom? LOVE!

Once you’ve got the basics of knitting, you can make this simple knit hat! The Chunky PNW Beanie Kit contains lovely soft merino wool in your choice of 6 colours, the faux fur pompom, as well as the pattern to make this gorgeous, trendy knit hat.

And really, a cute textured knit hat like this one is just a slightly different combination of knits and purls, so this stylish beanie pattern is not too far off for you, even if you’re just starting to knit! The Linden Hat is a super chunky knit hat pattern knits up quickly and is perfect to grab on a cold winter day to keep your ears warm!

And believe it or not, YOU COULD KNIT YOURSELF A SWEATER! That’s right! This Simple Knit Sweater Pattern is an adult-sized knit sweater pattern that can be worked up in a weekend and is so very easy! It’s made using only a few rectangles, some seaming and squishy yarn! It’s a great project for those still new to knitting!

I hope you’ve found a pattern here that can get you started into the great craft of knitting. It’s something I truly enjoy. Pick up one of these patterns today or pin these great ideas for later.

What a great collection of knitting pattern to learn to knit! There are even some beginner knitting kits included in this round up! Perfect gift ideas for new knitters! #knitting #patterns #knitkits #beginnerknits #beginnerknittingpatterns #learntoknit #craftevangelist
Beginner knitting pattern for this easy knit dishcloth. Learn to knit with this easy knit dishcloth pattern. #knitting #beginnerknittingpattern #easyknittingpattern #knitting #pattern #craftevangelist
Learn to Knit Dishcloths with this beginner knitting kit! Perfect easy knitting pattern and everything you need to start knitting dishcloths! Love the selection of colours, too! #knittingkit #easyknittingkit #easyknittingpattern #beginnerknittingpattern #beginnerknittingkit #craftevangelist
Homespun Kitchen Set beginner knitting pattern. Perfect pattern to start learning to knit! Love these gorgeous simple knit dishcloths! #beginnerknittingpattern #beginnerknits #easyknittingpattern #easyknits #knitdishcloths #craftevangelist
Easy scarf knitting pattern for a beginner knitter! Love this simple pattern with video tips. Perfect first project to learn to knit! #knittingpattern #easyknittingpattern #beginnerknittingpattern #craftevangelist
Beginner Knitting Kit for this stylish chunky knit cowl. A snood is just a fancy name for an infinity scarf. This kit comes with everything you need to learn to knit! #easyknittingpattern #beginnerknittingkit #knittingkit #beginnerknits #craftevangelist
Gorgeous simple knitting pattern for this triangle shawl beginner knitting pattern. Easy knitting pattern perfect to learn to knit! #easyknittingpattern #beginnerknittingpattern #beginnerknits #learntoknit #craftevangelist
Giant chunky knit throw beginner knitting pattern, perfect easy blanket to learn to knit for a new knitter! Love the luxurious look of this blanket knit with super chunky yarn. #beginnerknittingpatterns #beginnerknits #knitblanketpattern #easyknittingpattern #easyknits #learntoknit #craftevangelist
Gorgeous chunky knit blanket kit, perfect for beginner knitters! Everything you need to knit this luxurious trendy throw in one kit! Love this easy stylish knit afghan pattern! #knittingpattern #knittingkit #beginnerknits #knitkit #easyblanketpattern #craftevangelist
This Chunky Beanie knitting kit is perfect for beginners with chunky luxuriously soft merino wool and a gorgeous faux fur pompom makes a perfect easy knitting project for new knitters! #knittingkit #beginnerknittingkit #beginnerknits #easyknittingpattern #easyknithat #craftevangelist
Gorgeous textured chunky beginner knitting pattern for this trendy beanie! Love the simple pattern, perfect easy pattern for new knitters! Can't wait to make one of these... they work up so quickly! #quicknits #knittingpattern #knitbeaniepattern #easyknittingpattern #beginnerknits #beginnerknittinpattern #knittoquepattern #craftevangelist
Super easy simple knit sweater pattern, perfect for beginner knitters! Chunky knit sweater knits up quickly. Perfect first sweater pattern for new knitters! #knitsweater #easyknits #easyknittingpattern #beginnerknittingpattern #easyknitsweaterpattern #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

What to Make During Christmas Break

Happy Christmas break! We made it! Kids did all the winter concert things, you did the parties, you got those cards out (or did you?)? You did all the things! (Ok, I’ve done some of the things). But we made it. I recorded my temporary greeting at work and updated my Out of Office autoreply. I work at one of those great places that close over the Christmas break, so I’m looking forward to a lovely break! Next year, I think I’m going to take a week off at the end of November so I can feel a little bit more ready, but here we are now. Now it’s time to rest (and wrap) and make!

If you’ve been madly trying to finish up a few handmade gifts for your loved ones, you might just want to take a break from making for a while. Sometimes people lose their mojo for making during this past season, especially if you’ve been prepping things to sell at craft fairs or making gifts for people. But I find this is a great time to start looking at fun patterns to make for myself or just browse to see what interesting things there are to make. I’ve often spent the winter break making Christmas accessories for my home, like the stockings I knit one year. I never manage to get these things made in time for Christmas for ourselves, but I just think about it getting done in plenty of time for next year!

So what will you make this winter break? Need some ideas? Why don’t you check out this great collection of fantastic patterns to make this winter? Something for you? Something for someone special? Something for the house?

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Something for yourself maybe? Or a monarch loving friend? Would you like to try some crochet colourwork? Or a sweater? Try it all at once with this easy/intermediate level Monarch Sweater Crochet pattern. Working with a few colours is a bit of a challenge, but if you’ve mastered the basic stitches (seriously just chain, single crochet and back loop half double crochet) you can totally make this pattern. Also, HaileyBailey has written this as a fully customizable pattern, including suggestions for customize your sweater to fit any size, and if you’re a bit bigger on top and smaller on the bottom, this is a great pattern to make something that fits YOU just perfectly.

Want to whip up something quick for yourself? Think making a sweater takes weeks and weeks of work? Try this Shit That’s Quick Sweater from Knitatude. This baby whips up really quickly for a sweater. With super bulky size yarn and some simple stitches with some fun cable detail on the arms, there’s enough here to keep you interested, but also easy enough to watch shows with your family for most of it.

As a maker, do you ever give gift certificates for handmade things for Christmas because you just plain ran out of time? I’ve totally done that. There’s no shame. Creative people have grand plans and are often not so great at time management. Did you promise a sweater to a special man in your life? if you didn’t, you should. Especially if you crochet, because look at this fantastic WULF Men’s Pullover Crochet Pattern! So classy. It’s not always easy for crocheters to find good sweater patterns. Because crochet typically makes a thicker fabric, sweaters are often really bulky, but I think this one is just fabulous, don’t you!?

Maybe you’ve been wanting some boot cuffs. Check out this Cabled Boot Cuffs Knitting Pattern. The fun thing about more intricate cable patterns like this is that they’re small and they come together relatively quickly. If you’ve never made a cable-knit project before, boot cuffs are a great project to start with. The beauty of this pattern is that you can wear them under the boot like this or folded over the boot for a cuff like this:

So, whichever you prefer, you can make these Cabled Boot Cuffs 4 ways! The bottom half has a ribbed pattern, so you can have 4 different looks from one set of boot cuffs. What a fun pattern!

I’ve really been enjoying Chantel’s patterns from Knitatude. I love this off-the-shoulder look of this Crossback Sweater. It’s also reversible! So you can wear it with the wrap in front or at the back as seen here. This pattern looks interesting but also has simple stitches, so it’s perfect for the advanced beginner. If you’re starting to venture into slightly more difficult projects, this one is for you! So you can stop making dishcloths and you can start making clothes! For yourself! That are fun and stylish. Knitting isn’t just for grannies; you can make trendy, sexy things too! And you’ll be the only one of your friends who has one just like it. Can’t go out to the store and just buy this!

Sometimes you just need to try something different. Like embroidery! This is a fibre craft that you can eventually bring into your knitting and crochet! So start with this Beginner Floral Embroidery Pattern of Wildflowers on a hoop and then maybe try it on a handmade dishcloth, or cup cozy or sweater! Wouldn’t that be fun? I love the beautiful simplicity of the wildflowers and embroidery adds such a special touch to handknit or crocheted items. It’s a great skill to develop and winter break is a great time to try something new! Also, if you take this inspiration to your knitting and crochet, you can use up scrap yarn in the process! I love to put all those bits and pieces to good use!

Did you attend an ugly Christmas sweater party this year? Did you feel blue because you didn’t have one to wear? I just can’t bring myself to buy one in a store, but somehow I feel like it would be so much more fun to make one myself. I know buying one would be less expensive than all the time it’s going to take me to make one myself, but there’s just something more authentic about a handmade ugly Christmas sweater. And if you think they have to be knit, you’re wrong! Check out this crochet pattern for this Rudolf Christmas Sweater. How fun is this? Get working now and you’ll be all ready for next year’s party.

I still think that if I were truly to make ugly Christmas sweaters for my family, I would probably have to go with Harry Potter-inspired sweaters. This one is also crochet. I would probably prefer to do something knitted, but I couldn’t find a pattern for humans, so I guess I’ll have to make one up!

I did, however, manage to find one for dogs! If you have a special dog in your life, let me tell you, that dog does not know that you missed Christmas and their sweater is late. Most of the time they have no idea what day it is anyway! You can still make them a fun Gryffindor sweater for the cold winter months ahead. Check out this Mischief Managed Dog Sweater pattern. Your dog could totally get away with wearing this more frequently than you could your Harry Potter sweater!

Ok, back to the pretty things. Here is another relatively quick knit sweater pattern. The Moss Stitch Sweater is worked up with super bulky yarn, so there are just fewer stitches. It’s a great starter project, even for the novice knitter and will give you a perfect transitional piece that will take you fashionably through the seasons. This is a fun pattern that will work up quickly and be so cozy to wear! I love this golden yellow colour… so gorgeous!

Have you seen these bobble sleeves sweaters? What are your thoughts about them? They’re pretty fun, definitely a statement piece, but not one I’m sure I could pull off wearing this sweater. Super fun though. Here’s the link to this Bobble Sleeves Cardigan. If you make this, you’re going to have to show me a picture and tell me where you wear it. Maybe you’re just way cooler than me and can wear funky things without feeling weird.

Winter break is also a great time to make a blanket! Bigger projects like this are soothing to sit under while you cozy up and watch a movie while it snows outside. I love cozy times when you don’t have to go anywhere, don’t you? This Crochet Square Sampler Blanket Pattern is also perfect to make while travelling since you can make it in pieces and then seam it up afterwards! Samper patterns are also great because they keep the project interesting. you get to make a bunch of different stitches and textures in coordinating colours to make a beautiful cohesive blanket! It’s so satisfying to finish these projects once they all come together!

Crocheters, have you ever been jealous of the beautiful cable-knit patterns that are out there for knitters? So intricate and lovely looking? Well, did you know that you can cable-crochet? It’s a little different, but you can get very similar looks. If you want to learn, try out this Annandale Cable Braided Blanket Crochet Pattern with a Celtic Aran cable pattern, perfect for Irish-inspired home decor. A complex interwoven Celtic design, this blanket is an heirloom-quality project. The pattern brings together three different cable motifs in a symmetric layout to generate a spectacular visual effect. A lace border frames the cables with a feathery elegance. This is a perfect project to make for your home when you have some extra crochet time on your hands!

For something simpler, but still just as satisfying, try this Canyon Throw crochet blanket pattern from Two Little Birds Patterns. This crochet throw pattern is an easy and versatile crochet pattern to compliment any home decor. Make this crochet blanket for yourself or as a beautiful and unique gift for someone special. The modern chevron-look of this stitch pattern is easy to learn and your finished throw blanket will keep you cozy all season!

Wrap yourself up in this romantic throw blanket from Meghan Makes Do. The Livy throw is the perfect pattern to keep you busy this winter season. Made using simple triangle and hexagon motifs it works up fast. You will need to know basic crochet stitches as well as how to make a puff stitch.

The Bicycle Race Crochet Blanket Pattern is an easy pattern for a blanket with a fun repeating bicycle pattern. This is a filet style crochet blanket with rows of bicycles that change directions each row. This pattern includes written directions in US terms and a crochet chart. You can make this blanket in any size as well as any gauge. How cute is this? It would make such a cute baby blanket pattern that’s not too baby-ish. It’d be perfect for anyone, especially bicycle lovers!

So, have I inspired you to make something while you have a bit of extra time to sit around this winter break? Do you get a little bit of extra time to relax this season? Which of these great patterns will you get started on this Christmas! Merry Christmas, makers! Pick up one of these great patterns for yourself or pin it for later!

A round up of 16 great patterns to get you knitting and crocheting for yourself this Christmas break. Enjoy the winter cozied up under some yarn and make yourself something beautiful this season! #crochet #knitting #patterns #craftevangelist
What a beautiful crocheted sweater pattern! I love this gorgeous monarch butterfly design on this cute little sweater! #crochetpattern #crochetsweater #sweaterpattern #colourwork #crochet #craftevangelist
Super quick sweater knitting pattern with cable-knit sleeves! Knit with super bulky yarn, this comes together so quickly! Love this gorgeous simple design! #knitsweater #cableknit #knittingpattern #sweaterpattern #knitsweaterpattern #knitting #knitatude #craftevangelist
Lovely crocheted men's sweater pattern. I love the texture on this gorgeous classic men's crocheted sweater pattern. Great winter break project! #crochetsweater #crochetformen #mensweater #crochetmenssweater #sweaterpattern #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
4 way knitted boot cuffs knitting pattern. Cable knit when worn one way, ribbed knit when worn another way and fold them over for 2 more styles! Love this versatile cable knit boot cuffs pattern! #knittingpattern #knitting #knitbootcuffs #bootcuffs #legwarmers #cableknit #craftevangelist
Gorgeous reversible knit sweater pattern with crossback. Deep V sweater in front or in back. Lovely sweater pattern to make for yourself over the holiday break. #knittingpattern #sweaterpattern #knitsweater #knitatude #craftevangelist
Beginner embroidery pattern with embroidered wildflowers. Practice this to go on my knitting. How cute would these flowers look on the pocket of a cardigan? Love it! #embroidery #beginnerembroidery #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Fun ugly Christmas sweater to crochet! Love this fun crochet Christmas sweater pattern! Super fun to make during the Christmas break so you're all ready for next year's ugly Christmas sweater party. #christmassweater #uglychristmassweater #crochetsweaterpattern #crochetpattern #sweaterpattern #christmassweaterpattern #crochetchristmassweaterpattern #craftevangelist
Harry Potter Sweater Pattern in Crochet! You can crochet your own Mrs Weasley Gryffindor sweater pattern! How fun is this? #crochetpattern #harrypottercrochetpattern #harrypottersweater #sweaterpattern #gryffindorsweater #mrsweasleysweater
Moss Stitch Sweater pattern. This knitting pattern uses super bulky yarn so it knits up quickly for this soft and cozy knitted jumper pattern. I can't wait to make one of these! So cute! I love moss stitch! #knittingpattern #knitsweater #sweaterpattern #knitsweaterpattern #craftevangelist
Mischief Managed Dog Sweater - Harry Potter inspired knit dog sweater pattern. Such a fun gift for a special dog in your life. #dogsweaterpattern #knitdogsweater #knittingpattern #craftevangelist
Bobble sleeved crochet cardigan pattern. I love the dramatic statement of the oversized bobble sleeves on this gorgeous cardigan! #crochetcardigan #crochetpattern #crochetsweater #bobblesleeves #bobblestitch #bobblesweater #crochetbobbles #crochet #craftevangelist
Square Sampler Crochet Blanket Pattern. I love the multiple textured crochet stitches used in this pretty crochet sampler blanket. Such a lovely pattern to work on during the holiday break #crochetblanket #crochetpattern #crochetafghan #crochetsampler #blanketpattern #crochetblanketpattern #crochetafghanpattern #craftevangelist
The Annandale Cable Afghan in CROCHET! Yes, this cabled blanket pattern is crocheted! I love it! What a fun and interesting pattern to work on during the holiday break! #crochetblanketpattern #crochetcables #crochetpattern #crochetblanket #crochetafghan #afghanpattern #craftevangelist
The Canyon Throw is a beginner level crochet blanket pattern perfect to work up during the winter break. I love this gorgeous mustard colour! Perfect easy crochet afghan pattern! #crochetpattern #crochetblanket #crochetafghan #crochetthrow #throwpattern #afghanpattern #blanketpattern #craftevangelist
Wrap yourself up in this romantic throw blanket. The Livy throw is the perfect pattern to keep you busy this winter season. Made using simple triangle and hexagon motifs it works up fast. #crochetblanketpattern #crochetblanket #crochetpattern #blanketpattern #afghanpattern #crochetthrowpattern #throwpattern #tassels #hexagonpattern #craftevangelist
Bicycle Race Blanket. This is a filet style crochet blanket with rows of bicycles that change directions each row. This pattern includes written directions in US terms and a crochet chart. You can make this blanket in any size as well as any gauge. #crochetpattern #crochetblanketpattern #bikeblanket #blanketpattern #filetcrochet #craftevangelist

Colourwork Beanies

Knit hats, toques, beanies, winter caps: whatever you call them they’re cuter with a fun pattern knit into them. Colourwork is a skill that is a little intermediate, but usually, these kinds of projects only require the basic knit and purl stitches. You just add some colours in there for a fun design. These kinds of projects are great for using up a partial skein of yarn and you can play around with colours to your heart’s content! I’ve found a bunch of great knit hat patterns for you to try out your intarsia or fair isle skills!

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Maybe it’s just because I’m a sucker for mustard, but the Sedona Diamond Fair Isle Beanie Pattern has a cute diamond design that is geometric and fun. Knit with chunky yarn, this hat would work up quickly, and with just two colours, it would make a good first colourwork project!

More diamonds! More mustard! The Fair Isle Diamonds Knitting Hat Pattern is another bulky weight knit hat pattern with just two colours to make another good first colourwork project. Which diamond pattern would you choose? I’m having trouble picking one…

It’s always kind of fun to have a cheeky word on your hat. Maybe you like this Wine Beanie Knitting Pattern from LadyJayCrochet will inspire you to make one of these bulky weight cheeky hats for a friend or loved one this year. That is the beauty of small bulky weight yarn projects like hats; they work up in just a couple of hours!

Maybe you’re more of a coffee lover? Well, there’s a toque for you, too! The Coffee Beanie Knitting Pattern is just the right pattern for your friend who doesn’t go anywhere without their cup of joe.

The Minnehaha Hat Knitting Pattern is a classic “little hearts” knitting pattern. If you’re new to knitting, those little hearts are just one knit stitch made in a different colour. So it’s really fun to see it come together in dotted little hearts. This pattern is also worked up in a super bulky weight yarn, so it will only take you about 1-2 hours to knit up this little beauty! Imagine making one of these for baby in the same colours as a coffee hat for mama? Adorable little matching “set”!

The Big Heart Beanie Knitting Pattern is a beginner level pattern with video tutorials, and the heart isn’t actually knit into the hat, it’s embroidered on afterwards! So you wouldn’t even have to do any colourwork on this one to achieve the same stunning results!

If you have a little more time on your hands and skill under your belt, Grandpas Garden Fair Isle Hat Knitting Pattern is a sweet-looking little hat, knit with much finer wool, but then you can achieve the gorgeous detail of a dainty garden full of flowers! As we’re yearning for spring in late winter, this hat can bring a little joy as we dress for the elements!

How about some handmade first married Christmas gifts for your favourite newlyweds? The Mrs Beanie Knit Hat Pattern and the Mr Beanie Knit Hat Pattern are matching set for a new husband and wife team.

The Big Zig Beanie Knitting Pattern is another colourwork pattern using bulky weight yarn. I love the sideways chevron design on this sweet beanie. Imagine all the colour combinations you could use on this cute hat pattern!

The Riverbend Beanie in 6 sizes is a perfect hat pattern to whip up the whole family fun and warm winter hats with stripes! The multi-coloured yarn matched with the cream adds a lot of fun to this basic striped hat.

There are so many great bulky weight yarn colourwork hats this year! The Aspen Beanie Knitting Pattern has a simple but interesting design, wouldn’t get boring to knit at all! And again with that large yarn, works up quickly as a last-minute handmade gift!

Using only 2 colours and bulky weight yarn, the Skyfall Beanie Knitting Pattern comes with two charts to make two different hats with slightly different designs on them. This is the perfect project for beginners who want to dive into the world of fair isle knitting and a nice quick knit for the fair isle pros. The pattern includes detailed instructions and a tips and tricks page to help you along the way, as well as a very inconspicuous join/jog in the charts!

Finally The Mountaineer Toque Knitting Pattern. I love the trees and the mountains in the background. If you’re venturing out into the great outdoors this winter, this adorable hat would be just perfect! Inspired by the Coastal Mountains of British Columbia, this fair isle knitting pattern is great for adventurous beginners and well as seasoned knitters. Fun for everyone!

So which hat will you choose? With so many options, it is hard! Whatever you choose, it can’t be the wrong decision! So jump in, grab a pattern and a couple of balls of different coloured yarn and get to work! Or pin it for later.

Lucky thirteen great colourwork knitting patterns to make! Most of them with super bulky yarn, so they knit up quickly! Perfect for beginner knitters to colourwork! Love these fun patterns! #knittingpatterns #knittoque #knitbeanie #beaniepatterns #knitting #craftevangelist
I love the trees on this gorgeous colourwork chunky knit hat pattern, the Mountaineer Toque! Super fun! #treehatpattern #knittingpattern #hatpattern #knithat #knithatpattern #knitbeanie #beaniepattern #craftevangelist
Mrs Beanie Knitting pattern. Perfect first married Christmas handmade gift idea for the newlywed bride and groom! Super fun for a winter wedding gift! #knittingpattern #knittoque #knithat #knitbeanie #beaniepattern #toquepattern #mrshatpattern #mrsbeanie #mrandmrs #craftevangelist
Two patterns in one! Check out this fun two-colour fair isle knitting pattern for the Skyfall Beanie. Instant download with super bulky yarn. Knits up quickly with lots of instructions for beginner knitters! Perfect first colourwork project! #knitting #knitpattern #knithatpattern #knitbeaniepattern #knitbeanie #beanipattern #knittoque #toquepattern #winterhat #bulkyyarn #craftevangelist
The Sedonat Diamond beanie knit hat pattern. Fun colourwork pattern in a super bulky yarn, quick knit and perfect project for a beginner to start into colourwork. I love these projects because they work up quickly and use up leftover yarn! #colorwork #knittingpattern #knittoque #knitbeanie #knithatpattern #hatpattern #beaniepattern #knitting #craftevangelist
Fair Isle Diamonds pattern is an instant download colorwork hat pattern for this great beanie. I love the cute diamond design in this bulky weight yarn project. Works up in a couple of hours. Great first colourwork project! #knittingpattern #knithat #knittoque #knitbeanie #beaniepattern #hatpattern #toquepattern #knitting #craftevangelist
Wine lovers knit hat beanie pattern. Perfect for your friends who love wine! Super bulky yarn makes a quick project! #knittingpattern #knithatpattern #winebeanie #winetoque #colorwork #knitbeanie #beaniepattern #knitting #craftevangelist
Coffee lovers knit beanie pattern. Can't wait to make this coffee toque for my friend! She will love this! Super bulky knits up quickly, uses up leftover yarn! #knitting #knitbeaniepattern #beaniepattern #hatpattern #toquepattern #knithat #knittoque #knitbeanie #knitting #craftevangelist
Cute little hearts knitting pattern with two colours. I love the big pom on this! This would make such a great baby hat to go with a mommy hat in the same colours! Quick 1-2 hour knitting project. Great first colourwork project for a beginner knitter. #knittingpattern #knithatpattern #hatpattern #beanitpattern #toquepattern #knittoque #craftevangelist
Big Heart Beanie. This colourwork looks knit, but it is embroidered on afterwards! So if you want to do some colourwork, but are frustrated with fair isle or intarsia techniques, try this pattern! #heartbeanie #knitheartbeanie #bigheart #knittingpattern #knitbeaniepattern #hearts #lovetoque #hearttoque #heartbeanie #craftevangelist
Grandpa's Garden fair isle colourwork beanie pattern. I love the cute little row of flowers on this gorgeous delicate hat! Such a sweet pattern! #knittingpattern #colorworkhat #knithatpattern #knitbeaniepattern #beaniepattern #craftevangelist
Super bulky weight yarn knitting pattern for this big zig beanie! Love the big bold colours that this pattern can handle. Perfect hat for a kid! Love the big colourful pom! #knittingpattern #knittoque #knitbeanie #zigbeanie #bigzigbeanie #beaniepattern #toquepattern #winterhat #winterhatpattern #knithat #craftevangelist
Riverbend Beanie in 6 sizes, perfect to make one for every member of the family. I love the colourful yarns chosen for these hats! So fun to turn a simple pattern into something fabulous! #knittingpattern #knithatpattern #knitbeanie #beaniepattern #knittoque #toquepattern #hatpattern #knithat #knitting #craftevangelist
Aspen Beanie colorowork beanie. Perfect first project for a beginner to colourwork. I love the mesmerizing design on this cute hat! #knittingpattern #aspenbeanie #knithat #knitbeanie #beanipattern #toquepattern #knittoque #knitting #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

Handmade Holiday Gifts

It’s go time! November always takes me by surprise. Before November, if I had started thinking about Christmas gifts or making anything, I was so super early and ahead of the game. Once November hits, I always feel behind. It’s stupid, really. But the maker mom in me wants to handmake something for everyone. Besides making everyone some coasters or ornaments, it just isn’t practical to start in November. But just because you can’t make something elaborate for everyone, doesn’t mean that you can’t make something elaborate for someone special. So, I’ve rounded up a group of patterns to make for some beautiful handmade holiday gifts! Check them out and get to work!

Or… here’s the other trick, if you’re starting in November, you can still get a handmade gift made for you! There are so many makers who make a gorgeous handmade gift for you, wrap it beautifully and ship it to you in time for Christmas. Just take note of any special order-by dates, so you can be sure to get what you want in time for your gift-giving!

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Stuffed toys are always a great gift idea for children! Even adults find them hard to resist! This sweet Friendy Wendy the Lamb crochet pattern would make a lovely handmade gift!

The beauty of holiday time is that you can decorate with stuffed toys! When else can you display stuffed toys if you’re not a kid (or my mother-in-law in her spare bedrooms)? You can make this Kevin the Snowman Amigurumi Pattern and put him on your mantle or give him as a loveable Christmas toy!

These Christmas Minis set of crochet toy patterns are another opportunity to make and display some cute little amigurumi toys for the holidays! If you attached some string to these little guys, they would make great hanging ornaments or gift toppers!

My little Oak hubby crochet toy pattern is a sweet little amigurumi toy pattern to make as a lovey for a child. What an adorable earthy little doll! He looks perfectly suited for the woodsy outdoors.

Maybe the hype of Frozne is over now, but I know there are still some die-hard fans out there and kids still love Olaf. If you have a fan in your life, you could make one of these detachable Olaf Snowman crochet patterns. How much fun is it to have an interactive handmade toy to play with!?

Play food is such a fun handmade gift! This amigurumi cup of hot cocoa is a cute and quick-to-make little pattern that will delight any recipient! How much fun would it be to put out an amigurumi cup of cocoa and cookies for Santa this year?

For an older child or teen, this Crochet Pillow Lips Amigurumi Pattern would make a great throw pillow for their bed. Made with fuzzy blanket yarn, this little pillow would be so cozy to snuggle up to!

For the knitters in the group looking to make a garment, the Lodgepole Cowl knitting pattern is a lovely colour-work knitting pattern, made with just two colours. Cowls make great handmade gifts because you don’t need to have someone’s exact measurements to make a garment that is going to fit and they knit up rather quickly, so you can make lots for all your friends!

If you’ve got a little more time to craft this year, you could make up one of these Winter Star Crochet Blanket Patterns and have a fabulous afghan to enjoy or delight someone with a gorgeous handmade gift!

Or if winter stars are not your thing, check out this Midnight Diamond Blanket Crochet Pattern. I love the pattern on this; it almost looks like a Scandinavian rug! I wonder if I could make it with t-shirt yarn and make a fun rug?

So, if you’re not a maker, or you are and you just don’t have time to make one of these lovely patterns, there are still makers out there who have time to make a great gift for you in time for the holidays. Like this incredible Crocheted fairy house teapot cosy from Pleasant Things Store. Remember last year when I made my teapot cosy for the silent auction? Well, this maker makes them, too! And she is far more prolific than I am! I tell ya, for all the work that goes into a piece of art like this, her prices are a good deal!

Or maybe you would prefer to give a Luxury Sparrow Beanie made by my friend Jasmine at KichekoDesigns with hand-dyed superwash Merino wool. I love the giant faux fur poms; they’re still so trendy and fun. This gorgeous hat would be loved by any recipient! If you want to make your own, you can grab the pattern from HaileyBailey.

Do you have a new baby coming into the family soon? Jasmine would also make you a Little Ombre Blanket made with naturally soft merino. Perfect baby stroller blanket! It’s such a delight to receive a handmade gift, so you can be sure to let your recipient know that this blanket was handmade in Canada by a delightful woman in Revelstoke, BC!

Pre-order your Knit Hat with Faux Fur Pom from a fellow Edmonton maker, GingerfullyCozy. This mustard yellow is such a great colour this fall; I’m so glad it’s still on-trend: it’s one of my favourite colours!

For a chunky option, GingerfullyCozy also has this cute textured knit hat with faux fur pom. The grey is so classic and goes with everything!

So, whether you’re kicking your making into high-gear this month or organizing yourself for the gift-giving season ahead, you’ve got a bunch of great options to have a lovely handmade holiday! I’m always so pleased to push handmade on people; it’s a far superior option in so many ways. If you make it yourself, you can save some money by just buying some yarn that’s within your budget and add so much value with some of your time. It makes such a special gift for the recipient because of your input of time and thought. If you buy from an independent maker, you’re usually getting a super great deal and you’re directly supporting creative handiwork! We shouldn’t lose these skills! We need to value them and we need to value the time that makers spend making and coming up with beautiful patterns for the rest of us! So, what are you waiting for? Go get one of these patterns or put your order in for a handmade item by a talented maker! Pin this for later so you can find it next time you’re looking for it.

Cute handmade gifts to make and gift this Christmas season! From amigurumi toys to fairy house tea cosies and trendy beanies, this is a great collection of patterns and handmade gift ideas for you! #crochetpatterns #handmadegifts #craftevangelist #amigurumi #blanketpatterns #yarn #crafts
Sweet amigurumi crochet pattern for this adorable little lamb doll, Friendy Wendy the Lamb. So cute! Perfect handmade baby gift idea! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochettoy #handmadegift #handmadegiftideas #yarn #crafts #handmadeholidays #craftevangelist
Super adorable crochet pattern for this sweet amigurumi snowman. Lovely crocheted christmas gift idea. He would make a great decoration or toy for children of all ages. Very sweet. I love his little vest! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochettoy #handmadegifts #handmadechristmas #handmadeholidays #handmadegiftideas #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Such a sweet handmade crochet toy pattern! Perfect little amigurumi doll, I love its waldorf-style simplicity with the adorable little details! Super cute handmade gift idea. Time to pick up a pattern and get working for the holidays! #handmadegifts #amigurumipattern #crochetpattern #crochettoy #amigurumitoy #handmadechristmas #handmadeholidays #craftevangelist
Sweet little amigurumi holiday characters. 4 crochet patterns in one: penguin, snowman, christmas tree and santa claus. Such adorable little amigurumi patterns, would make great ornaments! Excellent instructions and highly rated pattern! It's time to start working on your holiday gifts! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochetchristmas #handmadegifts #handmadechristmas #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Fun and functional detachable Olaf toy crochet pattern! What a fun handmade gift idea, Frozen-inspired amigurumi pattern. #amigurumipattern #frozen #toypattern #yarn #crafts #diytoys #handmadegiftideas #crochetpattern
Knitting pattern for worsted weight color work cowl, the Lodgepole Cowl with a modern stranded color work simple pine tree design. Gorgeous! Would work up quickly for a quick handmade gift idea! #knittingpattern #knitcowl #cowlpattern #yarn #crafts #handmadegifts #craftevangelist
Adorable, incredible handmade crocheted fairy house teapot cozy! What a fun and thoughtful gift this would make for a tea fanatic! Such a good price for lovely detailed handiwork! #teacozy #teacosy #handmadegifts #crochetedgifts #handmade #fairyhouse #fairies #fantasygifts #craftevangelist
Such a cute amigurumi crochet pattern! A mug of hot cocoa pattern! I love the cute little face and I need to find that cookie pattern! Adorable! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #playfood #amigurumiplayfood #hotcocoa #hotchocolate #diytoys #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Winter Star Blanket crochet pattern. Lovely little pattern to work on for this fall, making a gorgeous holiday-ready afghan to curl up in or give as a fabulous handmade gift! Love this beautiful crochet pattern! #crochetpattern #crochetblanket #crochetafghan #blanketpattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Chunky Knit Hat with faux fur pompom, special handmade beanie sized for an average adult woman's head. Love this gorgeous hat! 
#knithat #fauxfurpom #handmadegiftideas #handmadegift #shoplocal #handmadeinyeg #yeghandmade #craftevangelist
Gorgeous textured knit hat with giant faux fur pompom! I love everything about this hat. Pre-order, made to order handmade in Canada custom beanie! Perfect gift idea! #knithat #handmadegift #handmadegiftideas #craftevangelist
I love this classic, minimalist ombre baby blanket, with chunky stripes and a lovely textured super soft merino wool, this handmade in Canada blanket would make a lovely baby shower gift! #handmadegifts #babyblanket #merinowool #madeinCanada #crochetedblanket #handmadeblanket #craftevangelist
Handmade crocheted luxury hat made in Canada with hand-dyed superwash merino wool. I love this gorgeous hat and the fantastic faux fur pompom! Perfect winter beanie! There's also a link to the pattern to make your own! #crochethat #crochetbeanie #beaniepattern #handmadegifts #craftevangelist
Midnight Diamond Blanket Crochet Pattern. I love this black and white tile-inspired blanket crochet pattern. It would fit well with Scandinavian-style decor and would make a lovely handmade gift! #crochetpattern #crochetblanket #crochetblanketpattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
What a fun handmade crochet pillow for teens! Perfect cozy little pattern to make up for that hard-to-buy-for woman or teen! Crochet pink lips for your home, car and friends!
#amigurumi #handmadegifts #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #craftevangelist

Cardigan Season

It’s sweater weather! Now that the temperatures are dropping in my part of the world, I’ve got sweaters on my body and on the brain! Fall is a great time to cozy up with some yarn and make yourself or someone you love a beautiful handmade cardigan! I love the longer cardigans that can be thrown over a pair of jeans and a t-shirt and you’ve got an instantly classy look that keeps you warm and cozy. I’ve rounded up some great cardigan patterns for you to consider making this season

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The Uptown Cardigan from All About Ami is probably one of my favourites; this was my late summer/early fall cardigan project. It’s a super simple knit and if there was a pattern rating system, I would put this one in the category of “Easy to knit while watching Netflix.” It’s lovely working with the delicate Coboo yarn from Lion Brand. It’s a worsted weight yarn that is sooooooo soft and has a lovely drape. It’s totally worth ordering the kit from Lion Brand, especially if you can get a good 40% off kits deal that Lion Brand is offering right now with the code 40KITS!

Stephanie also recently created this simple Rosewood Cardigan Crochet Pattern, also made with Coboo yarn. It’s similarly styled to the knit version, but for crocheters! This is also offered as a kit from Lion Brand and with 40% off right now, it’s a great time to pick it up!

This chunky cable-knit Braid Cardigan looks like it would work up really quickly with the chunky yarn and mostly garter stitch. And how cozy does it look? I love the cable braid detail.

Do you love the seed stitch? I love the look of it and as a continental knitter, switching between knitting and purling is pretty quick for me. The Autumn Sweater is another easy-level knitting pattern, worked up with chunky yarn, so it would come together quickly. It looks so warm!

Chantal from Knitatude has released this lovely cable knit chunky sweater as well. The Cable Crush Coat is knit with super bulky We Art Knitters The Wool (use my code: MGMKTKWSM to get $12 off!).

The Nina Cardigan is a crochet pattern for a long oversized cardigan with pockets. Pockets! We all love pockets! So you can make yourself a beautiful long cardigan whether you knit or crochet! This pattern is crocheted top-down, which is an excellent construction to work with for a sweater, so there are no surprises about how long it is because you can try it on as you go!

The Telavi Crocheted Cardigan Pattern has a lovely open lace stitch pattern, making a beautiful addition to your wardrobe, blending light and airy with soft and cozy.

So, are you ready for sweater weather? Which of these gorgeous patterns are you hoping to work up this season? Grab a pattern today or pin it for later!

Pattern round up of knit and crochet long cardigans. I love these gorgeous fall sweaters! #cardiganpatterns #cardigan # crochetcardigan #knitcardigan #knittingpattern #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
Beautiful drape on this knit cardigan with Lion Brand Coboo yarn! I love the Uptown Cardigan. These long slouchy cardigans are so great! #cardiganpatterns #cardigan #knitcardigan #knittingpattern #craftevangelist
I love this crochet cardigan pattern from All About Ami! The drape on this oversized slouchy sweater is so gorgeous! #cardiganpatterns #cardigan # crochetcardigan #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
Chunky cable knit oversized cardigan knitting pattern. This looks so cozy! #cardiganpatterns #cardigan # knitcardigan #knittingpattern #craftevangelist
Cozy chunky knitting pattern for this Autumn Sweater in seed stitch! Oh I need to make one of these for winter! #cardiganpatterns #cardigan # knitcardigan #knittingpattern #craftevangelist
Beautiful cozy knitting pattern for this cable knit cardigan! Knit with super bulky We Are Knitters The Wool; The Cable Crush Coat from knitatude knits up quickly! #cardiganpatterns #cardigan #knitcardigan #knittingpattern #craftevangelist
The Nina Cardigan crochet pattern. Love this simple design and pockets! #cardiganpatterns #cardigan # crochetcardigan #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
I love the broomstick lace on this Telavi Cardigan, cozy and light and airy, this crocheted cardigan pattern is perfect for spring and fall! #cardiganpatterns #cardigan # crochetcardigan #crochetpattern #craftevangelist

Bundle of Baby Booties

It may be due to the birthday of my youngest this month, but I’ve got babies on the brain. Let me be clear, I do not want any more babies on a permanent basis in my house, but I could definitely do with some baby snuggles. And baby booties just might be the most adorable of the handmade items for babies. So, if you have a baby due in your life that you would like to make for, check out this beautiful bundle of baby bootie patterns.

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Check out these modern booties, the Taika Boot crochet pattern. These hiking boot-inspired booties would make a lovely pair of slippers for a little baby boy. They would make a great baby shower gift!

The Forrester Boot Crochet Bootie Pattern is another great hiking boot inspired bootie pattern. These are so great for little boys and even little mountain girls! So sweet! I wonder if I can make a pair large enough for me…

To keep your baby’s toes super toasty this winter, crochet up a pair of theses Summit Snowboots Intrepid Boots! I can’t get over how much these look like winter boots! What a treasure these would be!

Or you could put a pair of these Baby Work Boots on your little construction worker! I love the addition of the grommets for a very realistic look! So adorable!

For a more lady-like slipper, you could make a pair of these Sassy Straps Baby Shoes for the little ballerina baby! Careful with those buttons for the little ones, but super adorable for a little girl!

For a more sporty bootie, check out this Converse-inspired high top baby booties crochet pattern! I think these would be great for the baby boy or baby girl of a guy friend or relative. I think it’s easy for guys to feel a little left out of the whole baby thing. My husband preferred to dress our kids as little people, instead of as dolls, which took a little adjusting for me with our baby girl, but he always had good taste.

Not entirely forgetting the knitters, this adorable Baby booties knitting pattern is embellished with this cute flower design, I love the double-lined look to add extra cosiness and help keep those booties on baby’s feet! The last thing you want someone to do is to lose one of these adorable handmade slippers out of a stroller or car seat!

Here’s another pattern for the knitters, this Baby Moc-a-Soc knitting pattern also has a faux sock attached with a striking collar-like fold-over cuff, they’d be perfect for a Christmas family photoshoot!

I think this Chunky crocheted baby booties pattern with suede soles is a super cute pattern, perfect for a rustic look. They look super warm and appropriate for the entire chilly season but are also very suitable for Christmas. What parent wouldn’t love a pair of these adorable booties for their new baby?

I don’t really have a baby in my life to make one of these adorable pairs of booties for right now, but I’m sure you do, so share with me which pair you’re going to make or pin one of these images for later!

Nine adorable baby booties slipper patterns to knit and crochet. I love these crochet patterns for baby shoes! #babypatterns #crochetpattern #knittingpattern #babyshoes #babyslippers #slipperpatterns #bootiepatterns #crochetbooties #yarn #crafts #crochet #knitting #craftevangelist
Crochet baby hiking boot pattern! How adorable are these baby slippers?! #crochetpattern #babybooties #babyslippers #crochetslippers #crochetbooties #yarn #crafts #crochet #craftevangelist
Sweet little Taika Boot crochet baby hiking boot pattern. I love these sweet little booties! Perfect handmade baby shower gift! #crochetpattern #crochetbabybooties #crochetbooties #crochetslippers #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Super adorable Sorel-style furry crochet Summit Snow boot pattern for baby! These look just like Sorels! What a fun pattern and they look super warm! #crochetpattern #crochetboots #yarn #crafts #babybooties #babyboots #babyshoes #crochetbabyshoes #crochetslippers #craftevangelist
How fun are these Baby Work Boots? I love the heel detail! #crochetpattern #crochetslippers #crochetbooties #crochetbabybooties #crochetbabyshoes #yarn #crafts #pattern #craftevangelist
Sweet little ballet slipper baby crochet pattern with lovely little straps. This delicate crochet baby shoe pattern is so sweet for a little girl! #crochetpattern #crochetshoes #crochetbabyshoes #crochetbaby #babyslippers #babyshoes #babybooties #crochet #pattern #crafts #yarn #craftevangelist
Fun Converse-inspired crochet pattern for baby slippers. How adorable are these crochet baby converse shoes? What a fun pattern for a unique handmade baby gift! #crochetpattern #crochetbabyshoes #crochetconverse #crochetslippers #crochetbooties #crochetbabybooties #bootiepattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Adorable knitted baby slippers pattern. I love the flowers embellishment on this knitting pattern for baby booties, with built in socks, designed not to slip off! #knittingpattern #knittedbooties #knittedbabybooties #babybooties #knitting #knitslipperpattern #knitbootiepattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Knitting pattern for baby slippers. Lovely Nordic inspired folded cuff knitting pattern for baby booties with built in sock. #knittingpattern #knitbabybooties #knitbabyslippers #knitbabyshoes #knitbabysocks #babyslippers #babybooties #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Adorable chunky baby booties crochet pattern with suede soles. This pattern comes with three different crochet baby slipper styles! #crochetpattern #crochetslippers #crochetbooties #crochetbabybooties #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist

Chunky Knit Hats

Cooler temperatures are coming, whether we care to admit it or not. So it’s time to start choosing some patterns, order some yarn and pompoms and get knitting! So here are some fantastic knit hat patterns that will work up quickly and stock your shelves for fall craft fairs (if you do that kind of thing) or start checking people off of that gift list while you make up some of these gorgeous patterns.

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The Submerge Hat Pattern is designed for an advanced beginner knitter and knits up quickly with a super bulky yarn. This textured hat would look great made up in solid colours as well as gorgeous multi-coloured yarns as shown above.

Or try out the Harvest Breeze Beanie Pattern with another lovely textured pattern and gorgeous, quick-to-knit bulky yarn. Don’t forget your faux fur pompoms and custom wooden tags to really finish it off!

Here’s another gorgeous, textured knit hat pattern, the Koa Beanie Knitting Pattern. The great thing about these chunky hats is that they require only one skein of super bulky yarn and they knit up so quickly! They make great gifts and market items!

And of course, there are mommy and me versions! These are so fantastic for new moms! They make adorable accessories for fall and winter family pictures! The Gibbon Beanie Knitting Pattern comes in two sizes, so you only need to buy the one pattern and then you can make for both mom and baby!

If you’re looking for another great pattern deal, this Basic 3 in 1 Hat Pattern is perfect for the beginner knitter, with instructions to knit up these basic hats in the round or flat and includes instructions for making your own poms! It’s the perfect starter pattern for a beginner with loads of options for a super reasonable price!

There are seven sizes available with this Fair Isle Hat knitting pattern, which makes it the perfect pattern for the whole family! The pattern has detailed instructions (and video links for how to work with different colours) and lots of photos to guide the advanced beginner through making this classic hat.

Here’s another gorgeous textured super bulky knit hat pattern, The Madison Beanie. This easy knitting pattern is just knits and purls and can be made in just 1-2 hours! Super great for markets and gifts!

Finally, for a hat with multiple textures throughout, check out the Fifi Knitted Hat Pattern. I just love that there are so many fun textures on this hat!

These chunky knit hats are still so on-trend, cozy and quick to knit up, they make the perfect accessory this winter, the perfect handmade gift for friends and family and the perfect item to stock your market shelves! Pick up a pattern and knit up a few of these beauties today! Or pin it for later!

8 gorgeous knitting patterns made with super bulky yarn. These hats all knit up in an hour or two! Super great market hat ideas, or great gift ideas! Love these chunky knit hat patterns!
Gorgeous chunky knit hat. Quick and easy knit for an advanced beginner. Use a super bulky yarn for a quick one-evening project! #knitting #knithat #knithatpattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Beautiful textured Harvest Breeze Beanie knitting pattern, made with super bulky yarn, this gorgeous winter hat pattern knits up quickly; top it off with a large faux fur pompom for a super trendy hat. #knitting #knittingpattern #knithat #knithatpattern #quickknits #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Beautiful chunky knit hat pattern made with super bulky yarn. I love the texture on this easy beginner knitting pattern. #knitting #knittingpattern #knithat #knithatpattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
The Gibbon Beanie, a beautiful textured chunky knit hat pattern in 2 sizes, perfect for mommy and me knit hats! These knit up quickly with super bulky yarn! Great for markets! #knitting #knittingpattern #knithat #knithatpattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Beginner knitting pattern with three different patterns in one! Great deal on these three classic knitting patterns with options to knit in the round or flat! Love these simple, trendy beginner-friendly knit hat patterns! #knitting #knithat #knithatpattern #knittingpattern #beginnerknittingpatterns #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Beautiful classic knitting pattern with a simple fair isle pattern with the little hearts all over. This pattern has 7 sizes, so it is truly a tried and true pattern for everyone! #knitting #knittingpattern #knitpattern #knithatpattern #knithat #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Gorgeous, simple, richly textured chunky beanie pattern. Beginner knitting pattern made with super bulky yarn. A great 1 hour project! Top it off with a faux fur pompom for a gorgeous topper! #knitting #knittingpattern #knithat #knithatpattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist #beginnerknittingpattern
I love the different textures on this cute and chunky Fifi Hat! Super bulky yarn means this hat pattern knits up in an hour or two! #knittingpattern #knithat #knithatpattern #knitting #yarn #crafts #beginnerknittingpattern #craftevangelist

Back to School

It’s back to school time again. While my kids are excited and definitely not complaining about their days being full again, the trope that kids are dragging their feet back to school while the parents are celebrating persists. If your kids are wishing the summer would go on and on, I have a few patterns for you that might brighten their spirits while they return to school.

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This colourful Colour block drawstring backpack crochet pattern would be sure to brighten anyone’s day with its fun geometric designs and sturdy single crochet construction. This would also make a fantastic purse!

While not exactly big enough for school supplies, this Boho Crochet Backpack Pattern is back-to-school inspired and would make a fantastic gift for a teen girl! (Christmas is coming… get making!)

I’m sure teachers are so over apples, why not make them a fun and quirky gift from this Notebook paper and Pencil Pals crochet pattern? What teacher wouldn’t love to adorn their classroom with one of these adorable little pencils?

On the practical side, this Thermos Cozy crochet pattern would be so nice to protect your bag from potential leaks and help add a layer of insulation for your kid’s lunch!

This Crochet Poncho Pattern is definitely more for the maker… a maker needs a selfish project every once in a while. Fall is the perfect time for ponchos and don’t you LOVE those tassels! Get making one of these today!

Is it too early for winter hats? Certainly not if you’re prepping for fall and winter markets. (And also if you’ve been in Alberta lately… brrrr). Check out this Nala Beanie Knitting Pattern for a cute super cozy toque!

With the end of summer nearing, we know the plants outside will be soon a thing of the past, so it’s a good time to think about bringing some life indoor. This Hanging basket pattern is a quick little crochet project and doesn’t this succulent arrangement look fantastic in there?! Where would you hang one of these beauties? It’d be a great teacher gift too!

Speaking of bringing plants indoors… Don’t you just want to make one of these Mini Mandrake Amigurumi Patterns right now? Hogwarts students return to school at this time of year as well, so the care and repotting of baby mandrakes is likely a September activity in Herbology.

Of course, if you’re not good with real plants, you can also make your own to make in green indoors. These adorable Cactus Friends Amigurumi would make the perfect desk mates for back to work/back to school.

Can you really have a back to school pattern round up if it doesn’t include a cute apple amigurumi crochet pattern? I don’t think you can. Check out this sweet little apple pattern, a lovely little teacher gift or comfort toy for back to school.

I hope you all had an excellent summer and that the school year ahead is wonderful and full of learning. Go grab one of these beautiful patterns and keep your hands busy as you enter the “indoor season.” Or pin it for later:

A great collection of back to school knit and crochet patterns. I love the adorable pencils! #crochet #knit #patterns #maker #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist #backtoschool
Gorgeous color-block backpack crochet pattern. I love this simple drawstring bag! I love the tapestry color-work! #crochet #pattern #crochetbag #crochetpattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Beautiful little crochet backpack pattern. I love this adorable, but not over the top boho style backpack crochet pattern! #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #backpackpattern #crochetbackpack #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Fun little amigurumi pencils & paper. Perfect little crocheted toys for back to school! Can't wait to make this crochet pattern so my kids can play school! #crochet #amigurumi #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #backtoschool #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
What a super fun idea... a thermos cozy with a pocket to keep your stuff together! I love the handle to carry it with! #crochetpattern #crochetcozy #thermoscozy #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Fantastic Fall poncho crochet pattern! Easy beginner crochet pattern. I love the tassels on this fall poncho! #crochetpattern #crochet #pattern #yarn #crafts #poncho #craftevangelist
Love this textured super warm knitted beanie pattern! So great to get a head start on fall! #knitting #knittingpattern #knithat #hatpattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Super cute and quick hanging basket crochet pattern, perfect for succulents or air plants! I love these in this natural thick cotton t-shirt yarn! Easy quick stash-busting project! #crochetpattern #crochet #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist #crochetbasket #crochethomedecor
How cute is this Harry Potter inspired mini mandrake crochet pattern? An adorable little amigurumi toy for a Harry Potter fan! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochet #amigurumi #pattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Love this adorable amigurumi apple crochet pattern! Perfect teacher gift or for kids food! How sweet is she with her pretty eyelashes and cute flower! #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist