If you can’t wait for Christmas, and you’ve already started making Christmas projects, you’ll be able to crank out zillions of these between now and December 25, 2019.
If you aren’t in the mood to get started on Christmas crafts yet, no worries — you can grab this pattern now, file it away in your pattern stash, and you’ll have it handy when you are ready to fire up and get going on your Christmas projects.
For those of you who celebrate Christmas, I think this is an ideal pattern to have on hand:
It doesn’t require much yarn.
If you used green yarn for any other projects lately, you may even be able to use up your green yarn scraps using this pattern.
This pattern is great for making ornaments for ornament swaps.
You can personalize the decorations you put on the wreath — try adding charms, beads, sequins, buttons, bows, pompoms or embroidery. Or keep it simple and go with the decorations suggested in the pattern — whichever you prefer.
‘Tis the season for toy shopping, but shopping for toys isn’t your only option. Have you given any thought to the possibility of making the dolls or toys you’ll give to the children on your gift list? It’s totally do-able considering there are many, many patterns available for sewing,knitting and crocheting adorable toys.
You aren’t limited to these craft techniques, by any means. Lately my daughter has been begging me for tiny, cute needle felted toy animals (which I don’t know how to make — so I have no recommendations for needle felting patterns. Yet.) Right now, knitting and crocheting are my top craft techniques, so this post will focus primarily on pattern recommendations for crocheted and knitted toys.
Knitted Dolls and Teddy Bears
If you want to knit truly wonderful holiday gifts for anyone in your inner circle, my top pattern book recommendation of the moment would be Arne & Carlos Favorite Designs. This book isn’t specifically intended to be a toy pattern book, but it does have some fantastic options for fun toys you can make — including a vibrant and colorful teddy bear, bunches of different dolls and doll clothes, plus assorted other toys. The book also includes patterns for slippers, socks, and all kinds of other gift-worthy items.
There are a whole lot of outstanding amigurumi crochet patterns available for making toys and dolls. If you were to ask my opinion about the absolute best choice for a pattern book for Christmas 2019, the book pictured above would be my pick.
Bunches of reasons:
So far, this book offers you the best value out of any of the choices I’m aware of; it has the best per-pattern price out of any of the amigurumi pattern books I’ve reviewed.
These patterns are super fun, super cool and super cute. Well, OK, not all of these designs are cute, but most of them are.
There are designs suitable for both boys and girls, so the boys are not left out of the fun.
The book format is totally logical and user-friendly, with gorgeous full-color photography and readable fonts.
If these ideas aren’t quite what you had in mind, I invite you to check out our page of knitting and crochet patterns for dolls and toys to find even more suggestions. Happy crafting, and happy holidays to you and yours. I hope your family will have a delightful holiday season this year.
If you enjoy creating gifts to give to your family, friends, and colleagues, you might enjoy Mags Kandis’ colorful, creative craft pattern book called Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and Crochet. Interweave publishes this book, which features a wide variety of craft patterns. Most of the included items are reasonably quick to make, and there are items that will suit many different recipients. The majority of patterns featured are knitting patterns, but there are a few crochet patterns included; there are also ideas for felting, needle felting, sewing, and even a few recipes.
My three favorite projects in the book are a pair of knitted socks, a simple but elegant crocheted scarf and a colorful felted granny square tote bag. I think the granny square bag is especially clever. If you crochet a lot of granny squares, I think you’re going to enjoy seeing how this bag is put together. It is soooo simple, yet the finished results are totally fabulous.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn More About 6,000+ Pullover Possibilities by Melissa Leapman:
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Crocheted squares are like building blocks. You can turn them into just about anything. Whether you’d like to make an afghan, or you have a different project in mind, there are bunches of excellent patterns you can use to make your idea a reality.
Find Even More Outstanding Crochet Square Patterns in Pattern Books You Can Buy:
I’m aware of several truly excellent books featuring patterns for blankets and afghans you can create simply by making squares and joining them. If you enjoy working from pattern books, these are some options you’ll definitely want to consider taking a look at:
Crochet Kaleidoscope — This is my favorite book featuring crochet square patterns and other motif patterns. The book features bunches of excellent options for granny squares you can crochet — plus circles, hexagons, triangles and other shapes, too. There are also several patterns for finished projects, including one absolutely stunning blanket pattern.
Crochet Granny Squares is another one of my all-time favorite crochet pattern books. This book has some gorgeous patterns in it, including granny squares, blankets and bunches of other project types.
Unexpected Afghans — This book is a real treasure. It is exclusively dedicated to the topic of crochet afghan patterns. Many, but not all, of the patterns in this book are for granny squares you can join to create your blanket. This book is my top pick for the best crochet blanket pattern books.
I hope these resources will be helpful to you if you want to crochet an afghan using squares. Happy crocheting!