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!

It's not too early to start thinking about making handmade Christmas gifts! Here's a great collection of easy knit and crochet patterns that make great handmade gifts! #patterns #PatternRoundUp #KnittingPatterns #CrochetPatterns #HandmadeGiftIdeas #KnitGifts #CrochetGifts #MakeForChristmas #HandmadeChristmas #CraftEvangelist

Fantastic Handmade Father’s Day Gifts for Your Favourite Dad

We’re about a month away from Father’s Day, so it’s the perfect time to start that handmade project for your favourite dad! It can be hard to find nice handmade projects to make for men; but I’ve collected a lovely group of patterns and projects for you to try and delight that special man in your life. Check them out, grab the supplies you need and check them out today!

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If you’re feeling ambitious and have some time to knit over the next month, this stunning The Nelson Pullover Knitting Pattern from Irmian Design is a classic and stylish knit men’s sweater pattern with Aran cables down the shoulders and sleeves. Your dad (or your kids’ dad) is sure to love this sweater!

The Dapper Dad Pullover Crochet Pattern from MJs Off the Hook Designs is a cabled sweater that is CROCHETED! This cozy sweater is modern and stylish and would look great dressed up for a special occasion or warm and casual for sitting around the campfire. This is a size-inclusive pattern with sizes for chest measurements from 34 inches to 64 inches.

I know I don’t usually share a lot of sewing patterns here, but I stumbled across this great Basic Hoodie with Mask Sewing Pattern from Barbarikum Gold that I thought was just fantastic. With a built-in mask, this hoodie looks good whether the mask is up or down or the hood is up or down. And masks don’t just come in handy during global pandemics: they also keep your face warm in the wind! I love the longer length, the front pocket, and the straight, unisex profile. I might just make one of these for myself! The pattern includes 7 sizes from Small to 4XL. You can download and print this pdf pattern on standard 8.5 x 11″ paper and get sewing this hooded sweatshirt today!

If you don’t have quite enough time to knit, crochet or sew a sweater for that special dad in your life, you might have enough time to make him a pair of slippers. This easy crochet pattern from Crochet Milie for Comfy Slippers for Men and Women looks like it would work up quickly for a pair of simple and modern home shoes, perfect for dad!

For a similar loafer-style slipper in a knitting pattern, the All Seasons Slippers Knitting Pattern from by Eline for both men and women, with sizes in Small, Medium, and Large. The sides are knit in brioche stitches (which I still have yet to try!) This pattern is also available in German!

If you both knit and crochet, you can make a pair of these stretchy Mule Slippers for Men from Katu Made. The sole is crocheted and the top is knit. As well, there are instructions for sewing onto a rubber sole to make these slippers super durable.

The Canadians are going to love this pattern! The Beer Thirty Mitten Cozy Crochet Pattern from Sweet Potato 3 Patterns is perfect for early summer camping weekends and sitting by the fire with a drink. The cup cozy has a bottom so you can’t easily drop this drink and it both protects your hand from the temperature of your drink as well as the elements. Maybe the men don’t need this as badly as I do, as my hands are often cold, but it’s such a fun idea and it will make a great conversation piece.

The Beer Mug Beer Cozy Crochet Pattern from You Should Craft is a quick and festive pattern full of fun for dad. Help keep his beer cold and hands warm with this fun beer mug cozy! These work up quickly with worsted yarn, so if you’re looking for something quick, this is your pattern!

Did you know that wool is an insulating fibre? It’s great for keeping things warm and cool! So if you had some wool around, it would make a great yarn for these beer cozy patterns! If you don’t know where to start, KnitPicks has a great selection of wool yarns at affordable prices; the Wool of the Andes yarns would work great for these.

Here’s a quick knitted project for you: The Knitted Bow Tie Pattern from Yorokobiness is a quick little pattern available in both English and Italian. The vintage style of this fun loom-knit pattern will delight your stylish dad. The seed stitch adds a lovely texture and keeps the piece nice and flat!

If you don’t have the skills to make your own crochet beer cozy or knit your dad a tie, you can still get your dad something handmade and special like this adorable beer mug Father’s Day Card from DiMon Handmade. You’ll have to get going on ordering this so it arrives in time for dad’s special day. If you can crochet, you can probably figure out how to make something like this! I couldn’t find a pattern, but give a go and see what you come up with!

Here’s a DIY that you could totally do! You can get a Personalized Paint by Number Kit from Shining Gift Design! Paint your own picture with a custom kit including everything you need to DIY your own custom painting from a beloved picture! Dad would be sure to love this!

I hope you found a fabulous handmade gift you can make for your dad this year. Show him how special he is by grabbing one of these great patterns or ordering a custom DIY kit to make an awesome gift for Father’s Day. Get started now or pin it for later:

Make something special for your dad this Father's Day with this collection of amazing knit and crochet patterns. Or paint your own custom DIY painting! #patterns #KnittingPatterns #KnitForMen #CrochetForMen #FathersDay #CrochetPatterns #CrochetForDad #KnitForDad #DIY #DIYForDad

March Monstera Making Madness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monstera Madness pattern and diy kit round up to celebrate this gorgeous and trendy plant with handmade home decor crafts ideas from knit, crochet, string art, embroidery and painting. #diyroundup #patterns #diykits #kits #makerkits #monstera #plantart #plantcrochet #plantknit #plantkits #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

True Love Knits (and Crochets)

I know, I know, Valentine’s Day is just over a week away and you have already finished all your handmade gifts for your sweethearts. Oh, what’s that you say? You haven’t? Well, I have a few ideas for you.

One of my favorite sayings about knitting for other people goes like this: Knitting is like sex. If I love you and you appreciate it, it’s free, otherwise, you can’t pay me enough. Knitting and crocheting is definitely an act of love. The amount of time that goes into handmade items makes them so valuable and cost prohibitive that most people would say they can’t afford them.

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First off this adorable True Love Beanie pattern is so simple and cozy looking, I just want to make one for each of my kids and take ridiculously adorable matching pictures of them to make them hate me because they’re too old for that stuff (but they’re not and they’d be soooo cute!).

Check out these adorable love notes hats! You could make one of these in an evening or two! Perfect little handmade Valentine's Gift!

Check out these adorable love notes hats! You could make one of these in an evening or two! Perfect little handmade Valentine’s Gift!

While we’re on the subject of hats (also because #polarvortex), this beginner knitting pattern for this Pixie Hat with Heart Applique is adorable and knits up quickly with a super bulky yarn.

If your knitting skills are a little more advanced, you can make this absolutely adorable xoxo beanie. Isn’t it great? What a fun pattern! There’s no mistaking that xo pattern!

Need to sharpen your knitting skills to take on one of these projects? Check out some online knitting classes from Blueprint!

Maybe you’re up to your eyeballs in hats, though. You have twice as many feet as you do heads, so you should need twice as many socks, right? If hand-knit socks doesn’t say love, what does, amiright? Check out this creative pattern: Key to My Heart Knit Socks.

Perhaps handmade toys are the love language of your sweetheart. If that’s the case, you could crochet this sweet and understated Amelie doll. Isn’t she adorable? I love her.

And this cute little Double Heart crochet pattern is another excellent choice for a handmade toy. Love their little hugging arms!

For a less obvious handmade Valentine’s Day gift, but still adorable (and who doesn’t love something a little unexpected?) take a look at this sweet amigurumi baby sloth teether toy.

Remember, friends, true love knits. You still have some time to whip up one of these lovely patterns for someone you love. It’s always a good time to tell people you care about how you feel.

Eight Sweet Patterns to knit and crochet for your sweetheart for Valentine's Day! I love that xoxo hat! So adorable! #knitting #crochet #patterns #knittingpattern #crochetpattern #handmadegiftideas #hats #toques #beanies #toys #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Cute amigurumi hearts crochet pattern! Love these adorable cartoon hearts stuffed toy! Perfect handmade Valentine's gift! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #valentine #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
I love this adorable unique knit beanie pattern with xoxo all over it! What a great winter hat pattern for Valentine's Day! #knitting #pattern #knit #hat #beanie #toque #Valentine's #xoxobeanie #crafts #yarn #craftevangelist #trueloveknits
Adorable crochet pattern for this baby teether! Such a sweet little baby sloth! Perfect quick little gift idea! I love that it has snaps to hold the hands together! What a great idea! #crochet #amigurumi #pattern #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #crochettoy #crochetforbaby #handmadetoy #crafts #yarn #craftevangelist
Adorable little amigurumi doll Amelie crochet pattern. She's so sweet and cute; she'd make a lovely Valentine's gift! #crochet #amigurumi #pattern #manuska #yarn #crafts #handmadedoll #dollpattern #crochetdoll #crochettoys #craftevangelist
I love this simple sweet and chunky True Love Beanie knitting pattern! I'm going to make one for all my kids and force them to take ridiculously adorable pictures! #knitting #pattern #trueloveknits #truelovebeanie #knithat #knitbeanie #toque #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Sweet beginner knitting pattern for this heart-appliqued knit pixie beanie! Love the texture of this quick knit using super bulky yarn! So adorable! #knitting #pattern #knithat #valentines #beanie #knitbeanie #beaniepattern #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist #trueloveknits
Love these Valentine's notes beanies! What a great looking knit hat pattern! Can't wait to make some of these for my littles! #knitting #pattern #knithat #knitbeanie #beaniepattern #trueloveknits #lovenotes #valentineshat #valentines #valentinesday #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
What a unique and adorable knit sock pattern! I love the heart designs in these sweet socks! Hand-knit socks DO say I love you! #keytomyheartsocks #trueloveknits #knitting #pattern #knitsocks #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist

Farm Animal Amigurumi

There are so many cute amigurumi patterns out there and I think these handmade crocheted toys make great gifts for little ones. It’s so special to have handmade toys! Check out these adorable farm animal patterns!

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Though not exclusive to farms, this adorable Little Gray Mouse patttern would make a great start to your farm animal collection. I love the pink nose!

This sweet Poncho the Donkey crochet pattern would also make a lovely start to your farm animal toys. I love his legs attached with buttons! So adorable!

Of course, what farm is complete without a pig? This super sweet little Hamlet the Pig amigurumi pattern is adorable and would be a perfect, unexpected little animal friend for any child!

Of course, this adorable little striped pajama-clad pig from All About Ami is also a great option for your little farm! Isn’t it sooooo cute?

Need to improve your crochet skills for one of these projects? Check out Blueprint’s online crochet classes and learn at your own pace!

And naturally, you’ll need a little duck for your farm. And this Dilly the Duck amigurumi pattern fits the bill (ah? see what I did there?)

If I had a farm, I would absolutely need a cow. I love this chubby little Petra Cow amigurumi crochet pattern from Frog and Toad Creations.

We mustn’t forget the goats! Or they’ll bite our heads off! (AmIRight? Goats’ll eat anything!) Check out these sweet little amigurumi goats from PlanetJune!

And a horse, of course! This little beauty (Lucky the Horse) from Little Muggles Amigurumi Design is a lovely stuffed toy pattern, even if you weren’t trying to make a whole farm worth of stuffies!

Who could forget the Rooster? Maybe you’re not fancy with the crochet skills and you just want one of these adorable little crocheted roosters already made for you. Well, you’d be in luck because Brama Crochet will make this little Amigurumi Rooster in your choice of yarn colours. But if you’re more of a DIYer, you can grab the pattern from Storyland Amis and make one yourself!

So many sweet farm animal amigurumi toys to crochet! Which one will you start with?

Check out this cute collection of Amigurumi Farm Animals. Crochet patterns to make these adorable stuffed animals and make a whole farm collection! #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #amigurumi #amigurumipatterns #farmanimals #stuffedtoys #handmadegifts #crochetedtoys #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Adorable sweet little rooster. You can get it made to order or buy the pattern and make it yourself! Cute little amigurumi crochet pattern for this adorable stuffed toy! #crochet #amigurumi #pattern #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #handmadetoys #diytoys #craftevangelist
What a sweet little horse amigurumi crochet pattern! This would be perfect for a pony-loving child! What a perfect horse stuffed animal crochet pattern! #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #amigurumi #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #farmanimals #stuffedtoys #handmadetoys #craftevangelist
Cute little collection of amigurumi farmyard goats crochet pattern! Perfect for a whole farm animal collection! #crochet #amigurumi #pattern #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #handmadetoys #handmadestuffedanimals #stuffedanimals #handmadegiftideas #craftevangelist
What a cute little amigurumi crochet cow pattern! I love the little flowers, too! Adorable! #crochet #yarn #crafts #amigurumi #amigurumipattern #pattern #crochetpattern #amigurumicow #handmadecow #cowstuffie #handmadestuffedanimals #farmanimals #craftevangelist
What a sweet little yellow adorable Dilly the Duck amigurumi crochet pattern! I need some of these in my life! Perfect handmade item for Easter baskets! #amigurumi #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #crochetedduck #crochetstuffie #farmanimals #craftevangelist
What a cute little pig amigurumi crochet pattern! Love this perfect farm animal crochet stuffie! #crochet #yarn #pattern #crafts #amigurumi #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #pig #pigstuffie #handmadegifts #handmade #diygifts #diytoys #handmadetoys #farmanimlas #craftevangelist
Sweet little donkey amigurumi crochet pattern. Love his adorable sad eyes and buttoned on legs! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #donkey #farmanimals #stuffedanimal #handmadetoys #craftevangelist
Love this little grey crochet mouse amigurumi pattern! Perfect for a little farm animal set! #crochet #amigurumi #pattern #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #handmadetoys #handmade #handmadegifts #craftevangelist
I love this adorable little amigurumi pig crochet pattern! Perfect for the Chinese year of the pig! So Cute!!!! #crochet #allaboutami #pattern #crochetpattern #amigurumi #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #farmanimals #craftevangelist

Adorable Amigurumi

Have you ever tried to crochet (or knit) your own (or for a special kid) stuffed toy? Amigurumi projects can be so much fun to work on and often have a pretty quick payoff because they look so cute as they come together. I’m a big fan of amigurumi patterns and I love to see all the creativity of designers come to life in these adorable anthropomorphic creatures! Check out these fantastic adorable amigurumi patterns!

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This adorable Puppy Dog Amigurumi pattern was a definite contender for me to make when my youngest son asked for a super cute puppy stuffy for Christmas. Alas, it was one of the projects that I didn’t get to for Christmas, so my husband picked up a store-bought option for him. He was just as excited for that one.

I love this adorable Baby Sea Turtle with Shell amigurumi pattern. Baby turtles remind me of Mr Evangelist, because he’s always saying that he has ideas like baby turtles (it’s estimated that only 1 in 1,000 sea turtle hatchlings will survive to adulthood). So baby turtles make me think of him. I should probably make him a baby turtle for fun one year!

A classic teddy bear pattern is a great go-to handmade gift idea for a child. What a lovely baby shower gift! This adorable Andy the Bear crochet pattern is a great option!

Of course, a doll pattern is another classic toy idea and this gorgeous Michelle Doll Pattern by Carmen Rent (I love all her designs!) is just lovely! She’s all dolled up in the sweetest dress and her adorable bouncy curls are beautiful!

Another of my favourite designers, Orsi from the shop Manuska has created this lovely doll pattern for Emma. I love the embroidery detail on her eyes, requiring no special notions, like safety eyes or anything, perfect for a young baby, so there are no buttons or choking hazards.

If you’re feeling the St Patrick’s Day celebrations a little early, you have plenty of time to crochet up this adorable Pudgy Leprechaun. He’s as adorable as Saint Nicholas, with his rosy cheeks and jolly beard! He’d be sure to add some whimsy to your spring!

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Six adorable amigurumi crochet patterns to make! I love the super sweet teddy bear pattern! #amigurumi #crochet #pattern #toy #stuffy #handmadegiftidea #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Adorable pudgy leprechaun amigurumi crochet pattern to make this sweet stuffed toy perfect for St Patrick's Day! Fun spring crochet project! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #crochetpattern #stuffedtoypattern #handmadegifts #handmade #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Super adorable puppy dog amigurumi crochet pattern to make this adorable puppy dog eyed puppy! Love his sad little eyes and adorable paws! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #crochetpattern #stuffedtoypattern #handmadegifts #handmade #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
What a fun little crochet project! Baby Sea Turtle with Shell amigurumi crochet pattern makes a perfect little interactive toy for a child! So fun! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #crochetpattern #stuffedtoypattern #handmadegifts #handmade #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Super cute little Andy the Bear crochet amigurumi pattern to make this lovely little toy bear doll with an adorable little sweater! He looks like he's going back to school! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #crochetpattern #stuffedtoypattern #handmadegifts #handmade #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
I love the ringlets on this adorable crocheted doll amigurumi pattern! It's totally time to make some different coloured dolls for my kids! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #crochetpattern #stuffedtoypattern #handmadegifts #handmade #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
What a lovely new doll pattern from Manuska! Emma the crocheted amigurumi doll! I love her embroidered eyes and all the pink! Gorgeous! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #crochetpattern #stuffedtoypattern #handmadegifts #handmade #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist

Teeny Tiny Amigurumi

Stuffed crocheted toys (amigurumi) are perfect little projects for new crocheters and bring a lot of joy and satisfaction. If you’re still looking for a last minute gift to make someone, an amigurumi toy is a great option! Check out these great patterns for some inspiration!

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This adorable little snowman pattern works up quickly and once you add a little string to his head, he’d make the perfect tree ornament! 

Or try out this tiny little mouse in a walnut shell. So cute! And all the components come out! How adorable is this?

I also love this super tiny waldorf elf pattern! Look at how teeny tiny he is! PinkMouseBoutique has a lot of tiny amigurumi patterns! You should totally check it out!

For the knitters in the house, even you can make a tiny amigurumi penguin! Check out this pattern from fuzzytuft! Would make a great ornament to hang on the tree!

Here’s another super sweet tiny amigurumi pattern from PinkMouseBoutique! Perfect for this time of year, make up this teeny tiny nativity pattern for a lovely gift. I have a colleague who collects nativities: she would love this!

Here’s another unique tiny amigurumi crochet pattern to try: Bigli Migli (tiny) is a super sweet doll in red and white and black, perfect for the holiday season!

This little cup of hot cocoa with a cookie is a classic amigurumi toy: personified mug with the classic amigurumi positioning of adorable bulgy eyes and tiny little mouth. 

Is there a lot of baby shark in your life? Perhaps this little Baby Shark Amigurumi pattern would make a lovely little gift for the baby shark obsessed kid in your house!

There are so many more tiny amigurumi patterns you can crochet. Etsy has hundreds of them! Peruse through this list to check out some more and find something that you like. Or pin these ideas for later!

Check out these teeny tiny amigurumi! They would make perfect last minute gift ideas, little ornaments or toys for a kiddo! Love these! #crochet #amigurumi #diy #crafts #yarn #handmadegifts #handmade #knit #pattern #snowman #christmas #hotcocoa #craftevangelist
Super cute teeny tiny baby shark amigurumi crochet pattern. Makes an adorable key chain or zipper pull! Perfect quick little last minute handmade gift! #crafts #yarn #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #tiny #babyshark #craftevangelist
This adorable amigurumi crochet pattern for a mug of hot chocolate and a super tiny crocheted cookie is soooooo cute! Would make a fun quick to make Christmas gift! #crochet #amigurumi #pattern #tiny #yarn #crafts #handmadegifts #craftevangelist
Awwww.. I love these tiny Bigli Migli stuffed amigurumi crocheted toys! There is a link here for the pattern to make your own adorable little characters for your own tree. Makes a great last minute crocheted gift! #crochet #pattern #yarn #crafts #amigurumi #tiny #biglimigli #craftevangelist
Adorable little tiny stuffed penguins! And they're knitted! So cute! What a great little Christmas ornament idea! So unique! #knitting #pattern #amigurumi #stuffedtoy #handmade #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
What a sweet, oh-so-teeny-tiny little waldorf elf crochet pattern! Love this little character! How do they even make it so small?! #crochet #amigurumi #pattern #tiny #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
What a sweet tiny little mouse in a walnut shell amigurumi crochet pattern! Love his colourful blanket here! #crochet #pattern #tiny #amigurumi #yarn #crafts #small #handmadegifts #craftevangelist
Adorable crochet pattern for a Nativity set with Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus that you can hold in one hand! So sweet and tiny! #crochet #pattern #nativity #holyfamily #christmas #yarn #crafts #amigurumi #craftevangelist
Free pattern for this Crocheted Tiny Baby Snowman! Isn't he adorable?! Love this sweet little snowman pattern! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #yarn #crafts #freepattern #christmas #snowman #stuffedtoy #tiny #craftevangelist

Quick Handmade Gifts

Super fast handmade gifts to knit and crochet! Pick up a pattern and get to work today and you can have beautiful handmade gifts to give!

Did you leave making your handmade gifts until December? I may or may not have done this, intending every year to start earlier, but then getting easily distracted and finding the fall having slipped by without my having made a bunch of handmade gifts. My family may be getting used to receiving handmade “gift cards” of promises of handmade goods for the future. I usually have much more time between Christmas and New Years to knit and crochet, so I sit and knit/crochet and drink coffee with Baileys. But, if you have some time in the next couple weeks, these little projects will work up quickly and you can still give your loved ones thoughtful handmade gifts in time for Christmas.

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I love toques and an easy pattern in a chunky yarn like this Gamora Beanie will knit up quickly and make a lovely gift for any woman.

You could pick up a Simple Garter Stitch Scarf Knitting Kit and either give that as a gift itself, with the promise of teaching someone else to knit or make it up yourself for a quick project that you can work on while you binge the Holiday Nailed It episodes on Netflix.

Need to sharpen your knitting skills to take on one of these projects? Check out some online knitting classes from Blueprint!

Here’s another chunky toque pattern, the Messy Bun Beanie Pattern will work up quickly and be the perfect thoughtful gift for that woman who is always wearing her hair up in a messy bun.

This Bulky Rope Scarf Hand Crochet Pattern is an extra quick crochet project that you can make with your fingers! How cool is that? This would make another great pattern to give with a skein of yarn to a new crocheter, too!

Headbands work up really quickly. You could have a bunch of these Enora Earwarmer Crochet Pattern worked up in a matter of an evening or two!

I’m also a big fan of this Five Strand Braided Crochet Headband. Headbands are great quick projects for last minute gift giving.

Need to improve your crochet skills for one of these projects? Check out Blueprint’s online crochet classes and learn at your own pace!

If you have even less time or a handmade garment isn’t quite appropriate, this Christmas Tree Garland Crochet Pattern is a perfect handmade gift idea for just about anyone. Think co-workers! If you have more time, you can make up whole garlands! Less time: individual tree ornaments!

Here’s another adorable ornament pattern: the Mittens Ornament Crochet Pattern. Sweet little amigurumi mittens to adorn the tree of your loved ones!

Or these classic Crochet Christmas Star Ornament Pattern also work up super quickly. I made a bunch of these for my coworkers last Christmas and people loved them! 

You still have time to give handmade gifts this Christmas! Pick up one of these patterns and pick up your crochet hook or knitting needles and get to work! There’s still time and what an enjoyable way to spend an evening by the fire! Share these ideas on Pinterest!

Nine quick knit and crochet projects that you still have time to make before Christmas! Get to work! I love the star pattern! #crochet #knit #pattern #yarn #diy #crafts #handmadegifts #handmade #giftideas
Such a lovely crochet pattern for this simple Christmas tree garland! Make a whole garland or make one as a tree ornament. Makes a quick handmade gift! #crochet #pattern #applique #garland #christmas #handmadegift #handmade #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Quick knit beanie pattern makes a great last minute handmade gift idea! Check out this super adorable knit toque pattern! #knitting #pattern #beanie #toque #hat #yarn #crafts #handmadegifts #craftevangelist
Simple Garter Stitch Scarf knitting kit. Great gift idea to give to a new knitter or someone who wants to learn! Quick knit for a fast gift! #knitting #pattern #scarf #knit #garterstitch #yarn #crafts #diy #handmadegifts #diygifts #craftevangelist
I love this crocheted star pattern! Makes a perfect tree ornament! Great quick handmade gift idea! Excellent gift for co-workers. #handmadegifts #ornaments #star #christmas #crochet #yarn #pattern #handmade #treeornament #crafts #craftevangelist
Messy Bun Beanie knitting pattern knits up quickly for a quick handmade gift idea! These are so popular right now! Perfect for that messy bun style. #knitting #pattern #quickknits #handmadegiftideas #yarn #crafts #hat #beanie #toque #ponytailbeanie #christmas #handmade #craftevangelist
Super quick hand-crochet bulky rope scarf crochet pattern. Crochet you can make with your hands! This would work up super quickly for a perfect last minute handmade gift! #crochet #pattern #scarf #cowl #handmade #gift #ideas #infinityscarf #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Love this celtic weave crochet headband pattern. Perfect ear warmer for a last minute gift idea. Works up quickly, makes a great beginner crochet pattern! #crochet #pattern #headband #earwarmer #celticweave #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Gorgeous 5-strand braided crochet headband pattern! I love this look! Can't wait to make one of these. Works up quickly for a super last minute handmade gift idea! #crochet #pattern #braid #braidcrochet #headband #lastminute #giftidea #handmadegifts #yarn #crafts #diy #christmas #earwarmer #craftevangelist
Super cute mittens ornament crochet pattern! These little tree ornaments make perfect last minute gift ideas that work up quickly. Lovely coworker gifts! #handmadegifts #handmade #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #kawaii #mittens #ornament #christmas #coworkergift #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist

Gifts for Knitters

If you have a knitter on your list and don’t know what to get them, well let me steer you in the right direction! When you know someone does a craft, sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the options of things that you don’t know what to do with. Well, I am here to guide you!

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A yarn bowl is always a great idea for a lovely gift for a knitter. Many knitters don’t own one yet (even me)! I usually wind a center-pull ball, but a yarn bowl is still a lovely knitting accessory and isn’t this wooden one beautiful?

Here’s another super adorable yarn bowl. Don’t you love this ceramic sheep yarn bowl? So cute. 

Unique buttons also make a lovely gift. It’s always great to have an assortment on hand for finishing up a project without having to go shopping for buttons. And sometimes buttons can inspire a project all by themselves. These gorgeous carved wooden bird buttons are adorable and so unique! I love handmade!

These boho painted wooden buttons are another great option, if your recipient are a trendy button option. How fun would it be to give such a simple, but special and thoughtful gift from an independent artisan?

Stitch markers also make a lovely little gift, a perfect little stocking stuffer. Check out these adorable sheep stitch markers… so cute.

Alternatively, if your recipient is more of the minimalist type, these delicate raindrop shaped brass stitch markers are another stitch marker gift.

I have never knit with a knitting ring before, but they look so interesting. If your knitting loved one does a lot of colour-work, then they might like to figure out how to knit or crochet with one of these knitting rings

Almost any knitter would be delighted with some luxurious, wonderfully-coloured yarn. Check out this gorgeous autumn colourway wool yarn from Fashion Touch Supplies.

Or a full kit full of yarn enough for a complete shawl in a teal to browns. So many knitters will have spent the pre-Christmas season making gifts for others. What a delight it would be to be given supplies to make a lovely treat for themselves!

I hope you find these suggestions helpful for shopping for the knitter in your life! Pin it on Pinterest to share with your friends or find it later!

Lots of thoughtful and unique gift ideas for knitters! I love the sheep yarn bowl! So cute! #knitting #gifts #giftideas #christmas #craftevangelist
I love these unique hand-carved wooden bird buttons! They would make such lovely embellishments on a knitting project! #buttons #wooden #knittinggifts #giftideas #giftsforknitters #craftevangelist
Adorable little sheep stitch markers! These are so adorable and practical! great stocking stuffer for a knitter! #stitchmarker #handmade #independentartisan #uniquegifts #giftideas #giftsforknitters #craftevangelist
Love these delicate raindrop stitch markers. So subtle and pretty and minimalist. Lovely stocking stuffer idea for a knitter! #giftideas #giftsforknitters #knitters #stitchmarkers #minimalistknitter #minimalist #brass #craftevangelist #etsy
Such fun Boho Painted Wooden Buttons! Great little thoughtful gift idea for a knitter! It's fantastic to have a great stash of buttons to finish off special knitting projects! #buttons #knitting #giftsforknitters #giftideas #stockingstuffers #craftevangelist #etsy
What a fun yarn bowl! I love this ceramic sheep yarn bowl, a perfect gift for a knitter! So cute! #giftsforknitters #yarnbowl #yarn #crafts #giftideas #christmas #etsy #craftevangelist
Pretty little practical knitting rings. These look handy! I would love to learn to knit with one of these! I heard they're good to relieve hand strain. #knittingring #knitters #knitting #giftsforknitters #giftideas #stockingstuffers #yarncrafts #craftevangelist
Gorgeous colourway in this hand-painted yarn! Love these colours! A fantastic skein of yarn makes a lovely gift for a knitter! Great idea! #crafts #knitting #giftsforknitters #yarn #yarnlove #craftevangelist #handpaintedyarn #teal #rust #orange #brown
Love the colourway in this fantastic yarn kit to make a "find your fade" shawl... pattern available on ravelry. This yarn looks lovely! Great gift idea! #yarn #findyourfade #shawl #yarnkit #knitting #giftsforknitters #crafts #craftevangelist
Beautiful wooden yarn bowl! Such a lovely gift idea for a knitter! Gorgeous! #giftsforknitters #giftideas #knitters #handcarved #wooden #yarnbowl #craftevangelist