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!

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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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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Mittens to Make

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crochet a Bouquet for Valentine’s Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn to Crochet This Year!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Easy Care Pets – Amigurumi style!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Delightful Knit & Crocheted Christmas Amigurumi Patterns

As we become further and further buried under snow here in Edmonton, there is an extreme pull to sit under blankets and cuddle up with a blanket and a project. And there are few things more satisfying to make than Amigurumi stuffed toys! They are relatively quick to make, they often allow you to use up yarn you already have in your stash and it’s just so fun to see the character of them come alive as you work! These darling crocheted little creatures make impressive Christmas gifts for loved ones, delighting little ones and adults alike. Check out this collection of adorable Christmas amigurumi crochet (and a couple of knit!) patterns for you to make this season.

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How cute is this Penguin Crochet Pattern from Cute Toys By Tatiana in his winter cap and scarf? The accessories on this adorable little penguin are actually knit, so this is a great opportunity for those of us who can do both of these crafts to show off our skills! There’s no shame in not knitting a scarf, though. I’m sure if you can follow this pattern, you can figure out how to make a crocheted hat that would be suitable for your little penguin!

This Snowman and Red Nosed Fawn Crochet Pattern from BVoe668 reminds me of the 1964 stop motion film Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, which I loved as a kid. The snowman isn’t quite right for the Burle Ives character, but that reindeer is pretty close. Such an adorable little crochet pattern to make for your holiday display. I love having Christmas decorations that the kids can touch and play with instead of everything being fussy and hands-off. This is a great way to invite littles into the cheer of the Christmas season!

What a delightful Cuddle-Sized Christmas Tree Amigurumi Pattern from Storyland Amis! This is the perfect little tree to decorate a child’s bedroom, or to satisfy a particularly tree-loving kid’s desire for a Christmas tree!

How much fun is this sweet Gingerbread Man Amigurumi Pattern from Planet June? These little guys would make the perfect wrapping accessory on a gift or add a hanger and they make a great tree ornament! You could make a whole bunch of them and string them up as an adorable gingerbread man garland! They would also make a super fun holiday addition to a child’s play kitchen! So many fun options for this quick and easy pattern.

Of course, we can’t forget Santa. This Crocheted Santa Amigurumi Pattern from R Nata is cuddle-sized when made with the yarn called for, at 20-22 cm tall. Such a sweet little toy for a little one to enjoy!

I just had to share this super cuddly Santa Crochet Pattern from Crochet Wonders Design! This Santa reminds me of the Santa in the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer holiday special as well, with his modern, stylized moustache and beard. He’s made with velour blanket yarn, so it makes the cuddliest stuffed toy! So soft!

Christmas calls for all kinds of elves and gnomes, so if you want to make yourself an adorable bearded gnome for your Christmas decor, try this Amigurumi Christmas Gnome Crochet Pattern from Happy Dolls Hand Made. The pattern includes both the large and the small gnome and they make the perfect whimsical holiday decor! And bonus: if you have kids or grandkids: unbreakable!

This Crochet Christmas Elves Pattern from R Nata is just the thing to bring some Christmas cheer and whimsy! I love patterns like this that come with delightful details that bring such joy as you work them up. Cute little accessories and details such as stripes and ruffles really add to an amigurumi pattern!

I just love the cartoonish character in this Rudolf the Reindeer XL Amigurumi Pattern from Il Dikko. If you have not checked out Il Dikko’s Etsy Shop before, you really should! So many whimsical amigurumi patterns filled with character and personality. I can’t wait to make one of these fun patterns one day!

If you like the gnomes with their eyes buried beneath their hats and beards, check out this Crocheted Snowman Amigurumi Pattern from Pink Pumpkin Studio. Such an adorable little snowman to sit on your mantel or nestle in your Christmas tree. I love everything about this sweet little snowman!

My dear knitter friends, there just aren’t as many cute knitting patterns out there when it comes to amigurumi. Crochet just works better for these little characters! It’s not too late to learn, you can always pick up a class from Craftsy. But I do have a couple of cute Christmas amigurumi patterns for you, including this fun Amigurumi Knit Penguin Pattern from Amy Gaines. Again with the penguin in the hat and scarf. Just something sweet about that.

Amy Gaines also has this Amigurumi Knit Winter Animals Ornament Pattern Set Pattern available which makes a fun Christmas gift or wrapping toppers. An adorable kniting pattern complete with a bunny, a fox, a reindeer, a mouse and a bear! And don’t forget the scarves!

I hope you find a delightful holiday amigurumi pattern to make while we’re all staying home and cozy this winter. Practice some crocheting and come out of lockdown with a newly honed skill and gifts for all your loved ones! Pick up one of these great patterns today or pin it for later!

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Quick & Easy Crochet Patterns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crochet Patterns are Among Us

If you have kids that are the same age as my kids (10-15), you have heard of Among Us. A few weeks ago, we got Mr Evangelist a new phone and our youngest got a hand-me-down phone that was new enough to be able to download Among Us and he was pretty happy about that. Conversations overheard with the three of them talking about it is a little weird since they’re talking about being the imposter and killing people. … uh yeah, this is fine, right? Anyway, they’re all the rage right now and I think every kid is going to want their own Among Us character for Christmas. So I collected some Among Us inspired crochet patterns for you here to make your own fun gifts for some kids that you love.

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So, this is the basic character, a crewmate… and a dead crewmate. Let’s not dwell too much on their anatomy, shall we? You can use this Among Us Crewmate and Corpse Crochet pattern from Frannito Crafting to make these two characters and any Among Us loving kid is sure to recognize them and enjoy them. The fun is that the crewmates are all kinds of colours, so you can use whatever your kid likes and any yarn you have on hand!

So apparently hat-wearing is big in among this crew, so this Among Us Crewmate + 6 Hats crochet pattern from Toys by Ludmila is a fun way to add some additional flair to your Among Us character. Personally, I like the plant hat. Very fun.

Again, we have a Crewmate Corpse crochet pattern from Fibita, but with a more interactive/dynamic element. The Crewmate can be “alive” and then they can take the top off to reveal the corpse. I love handmade toys that have a dynamic element like this.

If you like the interactive corpse crewmate pattern, you can bundle it with a regular crewmate and a ghost in this Among Us Crochet Pattern Set, also from Fibita. I’m not really sure what the ghost does, but every time I talk to my kids about this, their answers are always really basic, so like, I bed the ghost just like haunts things or moves things around… and it’s the ghost of a murdered crewmate…

Here’s another fun set of patterns: An Among Us Crewmate and 6 Hats Crochet Pattern from Studio Wow Toys UA. Again, there’s so much creativity here with the hats: a plunger, a banana peel, a fried egg, a roll of bathroom tissue, a crown and a flamingo floatation device. So much fun. I love the fried egg and the flamingo floatie.

Here’s a Halloween themed Among Us Inspired Crochet Pattern from Props Toys for you to try out. Don’t you love his flip-top head, his felt teeth and untamed tongue? Such a fun character to make! The best thing about these simple little characters is how quickly they work up. You can have a fun handmade gift in just a few hours!

Can you ever have too many hats, though? So much fun and a great way to play another character. This collection of 5 fun Among Us Hats/Accessories crochet pattern from Fibita is a great way to add a lot of character to the plushies you’re going to make for your Among Us fan.

Or for a fun gift that’s not a toy, you can turn your little Among Us fans into Among Us Crewmates with this fun hat pattern from Tippery & Co. These fun little characters are simple and make such delightful handmade gifts.

I hope you find an Among Us inspired crochet pattern to make for your Among Us fan. Grab one of these fun patterns and get making today! Or pin it for later!

Check out this fun round up of Among Us inspired crochet patterns. Kids are loving this video game right now; these will make awesome quick handmade crocheted gifts this Christmas! #crochetpattern #crochettoys #AmongUs #amigurumi #amigurumipatterns