Crafts for the Thanksgiving Table

Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian friends! Canadian Thanksgiving is tomorrow — October 14th, 2019. And this year, in the USA, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28, 2019. Maybe you celebrate this holiday, and maybe you don’t…Either way, I’d like to point you in the direction of some free, crafty ideas and instructions for setting a lovely table.

  • This page features a whole bunch of different napkin rings you could make for your holiday table settings — Thanksgiving or otherwise. Some of these ideas are so super simple that you’ll barely need the tutorials. Others are so complex that your dinner guests will be dazzled by your creativity. Whether you’re looking for quick, easy ideas or projects that or more in-depth, either way, you can’ go wrong with this list.
  • Crocheted placemats are ideal for Thanksgiving and other holidays. To make a placemat, crochet a rectangle of any stitch — perhaps half double crochet stitch — and then add a fancy crocheted edging. To make them extra special, you could also add gorgeous ribbon embellishments in holiday-friendly colors.
  • This list of Thanksgiving crafts includes even more fantastic patterns, ideas and inspiration.

Happy Thanksgiving go all our readers who celebrate this holiday!

Fall Brings Sweater Weather

Autumn is the time of year that many knitters and crocheters most look forward to. We can’t wait to savor pumpkin spice lattes, and we’re excited to cheer for our favorite college football teams. But, best of all, we love to get out our handmade sweaters and flaunt them — and fall is definitely the best season for that.

When the trees decide it’s time to transform from green to rich hues of orange and gold and red, we’re there with our cameras in hand, ready to snap selfies showing off every intricate cable or colorwork motif in our handiwork.

Fashion trends come and go, but sweaters are eternal. And, if you knit or crochet, you can never have too many sweater patterns.

Are you thinking of knitting or crocheting a new fall sweater any time soon? If so, there are some outstanding sweater pattern books you should be aware of.

Traditional Danish Sweaters for Fall and Winter

Traditional Danish Sweaters by Vivian Høxbro, published by Trafalgar Square Books
Traditional Danish Sweaters by Vivian Høxbro, published by Trafalgar Square Books

If you’re interested in knitting warm wool sweaters featuring classic Scandinavian motifs and styling, you’ll definitely want to take a look at a brand new book called Traditional Danish Sweaters. This book is a unique combination of history book, design workbook, sweater knitting pattern book and knitting stitch dictionary. The designs included in this book are all wearable ones that I think will be of interest to knitters who are interested in working sweater patterns.

The Crochet Closet

The Crochet Closet: A Crochet Sweater Pattern Book by Lisa Gentry, Published by Leisure Arts. Photo Courtesy of Leisure Arts.
The Crochet Closet: A Crochet Sweater Pattern Book by Lisa Gentry, Published by Leisure Arts. Photo Courtesy of Leisure Arts.

The Crochet Closet is not a new book, but it features lovely crocheted sweater designs that look as fresh and new now as they did when they were originally published.

One of the best things about this book is the inclusive size range. The book includes sweaters patterns that have been graded for a broad range of sizes, including extra large sizes.

If you enjoy crocheting sweaters, this book is definitely worth your consideration.

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Enjoy the sweater weather this year, my friends! Happy knitting and crocheting!

Knitting Stylish Ponchos for Fall

In the Northern Hemisphere, today — Monday, September 23, 2019 — is the first day of fall. You know what that means: If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to put away your shorts and t-shirts, and start getting out your ponchos, mittens, hats, scarves and sweaters to prepare for the chillier days ahead.

If you don’t already own any lovely ponchos, perhaps you’d enjoy knitting yourself a new one. There are bunches of gorgeous poncho patterns to consider. Check out this one:

This knitted poncho is perfect for fall! You'll find the pattern for making this poncho in the book Knitting for the Fun of It! by Frida Ponten, published by Trafalgar Square Books.
This knitted poncho is perfect for fall! You’ll find the pattern for making this poncho in the book Knitting for the Fun of It! by Frida Ponten, published by Trafalgar Square Books.

Knitting for the Fun of It! is one of my all-time favorite knitting books. In addition to poncho patterns, the book also includes patterns for making shawls, fingerless gloves, sweaters and bunches of other lovely items that are suitable for wearing in fall. It also has some interesting articles on topics like how to dye your own yarn. I find the book highly inspiring — and if you knit, I bet you’ll love it, too.

If you’d rather knit a shawl or a wrap than a poncho, another fabulous book to consider is Vogue Knitting Shawls & Wraps 2. The entire book is dedicated to giving you knitting patterns for making pretty, feminine shawls and wraps that will ward off the chill on crisp fall days.

If ponchos and shawls aren’t what you feel like working on right now, no worries. We have bunches of other craft ideas you might enjoy. You’re invited to check out this list of fall patterns to discover ideas for crocheting or knitting just about any type of knitwear you might want to get started on making this fall. Happy crafting!

By Amy Solovay

About the Author: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer with a background in textile design. She holds a bachelor’s degree with a studio art minor; and she has also obtained another degree in textile design. Amy has been crocheting and making crafts since childhood, and knitting since her teenage years. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, KnittingandCrochet.net and Crochet-Books.com. Amy sends out a free knitting and crochet newsletter so interested crafters can easily keep up with her new patterns and tutorials. If you’re already an Instagram user, Amy also invites you to follow her on Instagram.

This page was last updated on 8-31-2019.

Knit or Crochet Yourself a Pair of Texting Gloves

Crochet Rainbow Texting Gloves: Free Pattern
Crochet Rainbow Texting Gloves: Free Pattern

Mobile technology is a top trend in 2019. And along with smartphones, tablets and hand-held GPS systems came a need for gloves that could be worn while using these gadgets. Enter the texting gloves trend.

If you own a pair of texting gloves, it’s a lot easier to use your phone and other devices while you’re warming up the car, waiting at a bus stop, boating in the early morning hours or keeping an eye on your kids at the playground. You won’t have to fumble to take your gloves off before you can swipe. Don’t you agree these are an excellent invention?

The best part of all this? You don’t have to buy texting gloves. If you know how to knit, crochet or sew, you can make your own. I’ve compiled a list of knitting and crochet patterns for texting gloves that will most certainly be of interest to you if you want to try this. I hope you’ll enjoy the patterns, and that you’ll make yourself a lovely new pair of texting gloves.

Happy Labor Day! Are You Ready for Fall Crocheting and Knitting?

Today — Monday, September 2, 2019 — is the day we’re celebrating as Labor Day here in the United States. Many people think of the Labor Day weekend as the unofficial end of summer, and the start of fall. You know what that means: No more wearing white shoes (if you’re actually worried about such things) until Memorial Day 2020. Not only that, it’s time to get out your warm sweaters, ponchos, mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and other cold weather gear.

Are you ready for fall crocheting and knitting? Need some new patterns for crocheting or knitting fall projects? We’ve got you covered with fantastic suggestions for fall-friendly knitting and crochet pattern books you’ll love. These books include patterns for crocheting appealing sweaters plus other types of clothing and accessories. If you’d rather work on making fall-friendly blankets and home decor, we have suggestions for that, too.

Delicate Crochet: Find Fabulous Patterns for Crocheting Shawls, Sweaters, Scarves, Fingerless Gloves and More

Delicate Crochet features patterns for making clothing and accessories you'll want to wear in the fall, and in every other season, too.
Delicate Crochet features patterns for making clothing and accessories you’ll want to wear in the fall, and in every other season, too.

You could crochet yourself many of the pieces you’d need for a lovely new fall wardrobe using the patterns you’ll find in Delicate Crochet. The book includes patterns for making tops, sweaters, shawls, wraps, scarves and fingerless gloves — and more.

This book includes two patterns that I designed — a pair of fingerless gloves, and a dressy but comfortable necklace. Of all the dozens of patterns I have designed, these are 2 that I am most proud of. I hope you’ll check ’em out.

The remaining patterns in the book were contributed by other crochet designers including Sharon Silverman, Kristin Omdahl, Vashti Braha and others. I think there is some remarkable design work in this book.

The book is a timely one right now because, in the fall, it’s best to dress in layers. It’s ideal to be able to add or subtract a shawl, sweater or scarf to your ensemble, depending on the weather quirks of the day. Almost all the featured projects in this book make fantastic layering pieces. The book’s main focus is projects crocheted with yarns from the lighter weight of the scale — so they are all delicate and drapey pieces that aren’t too bulky or heavy to layer up and wear with your other fall wardrobe pieces.

Not only that, they’re all pretty gorgeous.

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6,000+ Pullover Possibilities

6,000+ Pullover Possibilities, a Sweater Knitting Design Book by Melissa Leapman, published by Sixth&Spring.
6,000+ Pullover Possibilities, a Sweater Knitting Design Book by Melissa Leapman, published by Sixth&Spring.

If you were to ask me to choose a favorite sweater knitting book, it would be hard. Extremely hard. There are sooooo many amazing choices available. But, for sure, Melissa Leapman’s book called 6,000+ Pullover Possibilities would be at the top of my list.

Why am I so enthusiastic about this book?

I love it because it allows you to easily customize exactly the sweater you want — even if you’ve never designed a knitted sweater before.

If you want to knit a fall sweater, or for that matter, a sweater for any season of the year, definitely take a look at this book.

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Traditional Danish Sweaters for Fall and Winter

Traditional Danish Sweaters by Vivian Høxbro, published by Trafalgar Square Books
Traditional Danish Sweaters by Vivian Høxbro, published by Trafalgar Square Books

If you enjoy knitting, or reading about, historic patterns, there’s a brand new sweater knitting book I think you’ll be interested to know about. It is called Traditional Danish Sweaters.

I’m excited about this book because it can be really challenging to find solid information about knitting history — and this book delivers. The author, Vivian, spent countless hours of her life scouring museums, talking to people at historic societies, and getting in touch with sweater owners all around Denmark to compile the information you’ll find in this book.

But this isn’t just a history book — and that’s the other particularly exciting thing about it. Traditional Danish Sweater also includes a stitch dictionary, plus patterns for creating up-to-date, contemporary versions of historic knitted sweaters. So if you’d enjoy owning, and working from, a book that includes all these varied aspects, I think you’ll share my enthusiasm for Traditional Danish Sweaters.

Lately, Scandinavian design has been popular in both fashion and home decor. If you enjoy this style (I do!), this book will give you a whole bunch of traditional Scandinavian design motifs and stitch patterns to knit. There are 200 variations in all. You can incorporate them into your own knit designs if you like — or you can knit the sweater patterns featured in the book exactly as is. This is a timely book, considering current fashion and design trends.

Autumn Ridge Woven Crochet Afghan Pattern by Sharon Silverman

Here you can see a picture of the Autumn Ridge Crochet Afghan pattern by Sharon Silverman; it's an ideal crochet pattern for fall. You can make this blanket using an easy crochet pattern from a book called  Crochet Afghan Revival, or you can download just this one pattern from the publisher's website.
Here you can see a picture of the Autumn Ridge Crochet Afghan pattern by Sharon Silverman; it’s an ideal crochet pattern for fall. You can make this blanket using an easy crochet pattern from a book called Crochet Afghan Revival, or you can download just this one pattern from the publisher’s website.

You can use the woven crochet technique to make this cozy, warm blanket featuring rich fall colors. This is an easy crochet pattern. If you work to the correct gauge, your finished blanket will measures 47.5 x 60.25. To make this project, you’ll need 5 different colors of worsted weight yarn, plus a size H / 5.0 mm crochet hook.

Crochet Afghan Revival includes 40 blanket patterns plus a few additional pillow patterns. Many — most — of the blankets and pillows are suitable for use in the fall. So even if the blanket pictured here isn’t exactly the project you had in mind, I think you’ll still want to consider taking a look at this book. It includes a whole bunch of truly outstanding patterns.

See Also: Our Main Directory of Fall Patterns to Knit and Crochet

Happy Labor Day, everyone! I hope you’re enjoying your holiday — and that you’ll find time for some relaxing crochet or knitting today.

Christmas Crafts 2019

For those of you who celebrate Christmas, here’s hoping your Christmas 2019 will be the best Christmas ever!

I took a triangle crochet motif and transformed it into a Christmas tree ornament. Modifying the pattern was easy; I simply added a hanging loop made of chain stitches, a tree trunk made of single crochet stitches, and some Swarovski crystal beads. The triangle pattern is from Sandra Eng's book called Crochet Kaleidoscope, pulished by Interweave.
I took a triangle crochet motif and transformed it into a Christmas tree ornament. Modifying the pattern was easy; I simply added a hanging loop made of chain stitches, a tree trunk made of single crochet stitches, and some Swarovski crystal beads. The triangle pattern is from Sandra Eng’s book called Crochet Kaleidoscope, pulished by Interweave.

If you’re ready to kick your Christmas crafting into high-gear, grab your favorite craft pattern books or some free Christmas craft tutorials, patterns, and project instructions from the Internet. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite craft project ideas that are available this holiday season.

Cozy Knit and Crochet Hats for Fall

Find Fall-Friendly Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns for Men, Women, Children and Babies.

In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s almost fall. We’re fast approaching the season when we knitters and crocheters have the best opportunities to get out all our glorious handmade accessories and flaunt them.

Have you knitted or crocheted any new hats lately?

If you don’t have any lovely handmade hats to wear this fall and winter, now is the time to start thinking about whipping up some new ones. Need ideas or pattern suggestions? We’ve got you covered.

Hat Knitting Patterns and Books You Should Know About

I’m delighted to introduce you to some of my favorite hat knitting books and patterns. Check ’em out:

Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods by Diane Serviss

Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods book by Diane Serviss, published by Stackpole Books
Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods book by Diane Serviss, published by Stackpole Books

Hat and hood patterns are the sole focus of this creative new book by Diane Serviss called Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods. The patterns in this book are a fun mix between practical and fanciful ones. There are designs that will make you feel like an elf queen flitting about in the enchanted forest — and others that will keep you looking up-to-the-minute-trendy (as well as keeping your head warm) while you’re on your way to the park, the movies, the shopping center or whever else you like to go.

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Fabulous Crochet Hat Patterns to Consider

Learn to Crochet Mosaic Hats

If you're interested in knitting and crocheting cozy hats for fall, check out Learn to Crochet Mosaic Hats by Melissa Leapman, published by Annie's.
If you’re interested in knitting and crocheting cozy hats for fall, check out Learn to Crochet Mosaic Hats by Melissa Leapman, published by Annie’s.

Melissa Leapman has written an ingenious crochet pattern booklet that will accomplish two goals at the same time:

  1. It will provide you with fantastic patterns for crocheting cozy, warm, fall-friendly hats.
  2. It will teach you the mosaic crochet technique. The book includes a useful step-by-step mosaic crochet tutorial in addition to all the hat patterns.

So, basically, this book is both a technique book and a pattern book. There is a whole lot of value packed in this portable little booklet.

Even better: These patterns are suitable for men, women and teens. So you can use these patterns to make hats that are suitable for yourself, plus lots of the other people you love.

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Crocheted Beanies & Slouchy Hats by Julie King

Crocheted Beanies and Slouchy Hats book by Julie King, published by Stackpole Books
Crocheted Beanies and Slouchy Hats book by Julie King, published by Stackpole Books

If you want to crochet one of the trendiest hat styles favored by young people and celebrities, berets and slouchy beanies are the types of hats you’d most likely want to consider right now. Julie King’s latest book called Crocheted Beanies and Slouchy Hats is a fantastic source of patterns for hats you can make in these styles. There’s also an ultra-cool earflap beanie pattern that’s right on trend for fall 2019.

Not all of the patterns in this book are the trendy sort; some of them are also timeless designs that you’ll still want to wear decades from now. For example, the book also includes some fitted beanie patterns that are totally classic styles.

Most of these hats are casual styles that would be suitable for wearing with athleisure fashions, jeans or khakis.

The book also includes patterns for crocheting some dressier hats. For example, you could really dress up the feminine and lacy beret pictured on the front cover of the book if you’re inclined to wear it with pretty dresses or ruffled blouses.

Whether your personal style is bohemian or casual; athletic or luxurious; classic or trendy; eclectic or predictable — if it includes crocheted hats in any form, you’re sure to find some appealing styles included in this book.

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Infant Hats & Boots

Infant Boots and Hats: 6 Charming Sets by Kristi Simpson, Published by Leisure Arts
Infant Boots and Hats: 6 Charming Sets by Kristi Simpson, Published by Leisure Arts

If anyone in your sphere of influence has a baby on the way, this little booklet called Infant Boots & Hats: 6 Charming Sets could be a worthwhile investment for you. This book is a fantastic choice for making unisex designs — which is great if you aren’t sure whether the new arrival will be a baby boy or a baby girl.

Not only that, these designs are all super cute — and they are easy to crochet. You won’t need any out-of-the-ordinary crochet skills to succeed with making these patterns. They’re all pretty basic.

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Don’t worry if hats aren’t what you feel like working on right now. We’ve posted bunches of other knitting and crochet project ideas you might enjoy. You’re invited to check out this list of fall patterns to find a whole bunch more timely project ideas. Happy knitting and crocheting!

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About the Author: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer with a background in textile design. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, ArtsWithCrafts.com and Crochet-Books.com. Amy sends out a free knitting and crochet newsletter so interested crafters can easily keep up with her new patterns and tutorials. If you’re already an Instagram user, Amy also invites you to follow her on Instagram.

Crafting With Sunflower Motifs

A Sunflower Border Design for Embroidery
A Sunflower Border Design for Embroidery

Sunflowers are blooming at this time of year, providing us with beauty, healthy delicious treats to munch on, and lots of crafting inspiration.

Want to get busy crafting a new project featuring sunflowers? If so, I invite you to check out our lovely page of sunflower crafts: free instructions, free patterns, and free ideas.

Pictured here, I give you a sneak peek at one of the designs included on the page. It’s a vintage embroidery pattern for a sunflower border.

The page also includes links to free crochet sunflower patterns, a sunflower floral arrangement and more. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Happy Scrappy Thrifty Crochet Projects

Crochet Rainbow Texting Gloves: Free Pattern
Crochet Rainbow Texting Gloves: Free Pattern

I’ve been sorting my scrap yarn into piles, and working on new ideas for what to do with it all. I’ve already made bunches of rainbow projects, daisies and crochet flowers. I’m trying to decide whether to start on a scrap afghan, or finish the baby blanket that’s been hanging around on my to-do-list forever.

I’ve already posted lots of scrap yarn patterns, but there’s always room for another project on the list…

See Also: How to save money on crochet and knitting

An Unusual Granny Square to Crochet

Here you can see a thread crochet bedspread made by joining bunches of criss cross granny squares. As you can see, this is an unusual crochet granny square pattern that results in a unique looking finished project.
Here you can see a thread crochet bedspread made by joining bunches of criss cross granny squares. As you can see, this is an unusual crochet granny square pattern that results in a unique looking finished project.

If you want to crochet a granny square, there are bunches of different ways you could do it. This basic granny square tutorial shows you one approach, and you can find bunches more crochet granny square patterns online.

If you’re looking for a square that’s a little different than all the other choices available out there, the one pictured here is a great choice. I call it the “Granny Square With Criss Cross Design”. It’s a fantastic pattern for using to crochet a bedspread, as pictured above. You could probably think of other ways to use it as well.

The free crochet pattern for this design includes a step-by-step photo tutorial, so you’ll be able to clearly see all the details of how to crochet these squares.

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