Valentine Heart Crafts

Valentine Heart Crafts
Valentine Heart Crafts

Happy Valentine’s Day!

If your Valentine’s Day plans include crafting this year, we invite you to check out these lovely heart patterns:

Some of these designs are components, meaning that you’ll be able to use them for making or embellishing other, larger craft projects. The appliques can be attached to just about any item for a bit of updated, handcrafted chic. The squares can be used to make blankets or other projects. You can apply a bit of imagination and creativity to come up with bunches of different projects you could make. I hope you find these ideas inspiring.

Wishing you a lovely, enjoyable Valentine’s Day!

Making Hearts for Valentine’s Day 2020

Making Hearts for Valentine's Day -- There are a zillion different ways to do it. If crochet is your thing, this picture shows you 4 different possibilities -- and free patterns for all of these designs are available online.
Making Hearts for Valentine’s Day — There are a zillion different ways to do it. If crochet is your thing, this picture shows you 4 different possibilities — and free patterns for all of these designs are available online.

Hearts are some of the most popular motifs for crafting — particularly when making Valentine crafts, wedding crafts and anniversary crafts. They’re also fantastic motifs for use in birthday crafts and everyday crafts. Check out the following heart designs and heart patterns if you’re looking for some up-to-date ideas for heart motifs you can incorporate into your craft projects for Valentine’s Day 2020.

Find Free Heart Patterns:

Free Filet Crochet Heart Edging Pattern

Free Filet Crochet Heart Edging Pattern
Free Filet Crochet Heart Edging Pattern

This free chart has many potential uses, but I used it for making filet crochet trim.

After working the chart in filet crochet, I had another idea. The filet crochet design is pretty, but it’s subtle. What about making another trim where the heart motifs really pop out from the background?

So, I whipped up a new trim pattern, where the hearts are cross-stitched on top of the trim. This gives you the option of easily creating color contrast between the background and heart motifs.

I like both versions, and I hope you’ll enjoy crocheting them too. The free crochet patterns for both versions of the design are available online at KnittingandCrochet.net.

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Learn How to Loom Knit in 2020

Loom Knitting Books by Nicole F. Cox, Published by Stackpole Books
Loom Knitting Books by Nicole F. Cox, Published by Stackpole Books

Happy New Year, fellow crafters!

Are you interested in learning how to loom knit — or improving your loom knitting skills? If so, there are a couple of excellent books you’ll definitely want to know about.

If you’re a total beginner to loom knitting, Round Loom Knitting in 10 Easy Lessons will help you get started. The book includes loom knitting instructions for total beginners, and it also includes some of the nicest beginner-friendly loom knitting projects I have ever seen.

The author of the book, Nicole F. Cox, is amazingly talented. She is a genius at creating beginner-level projects that look really appealing. But she’s also an expert loom knitter who knows how to do all kinds of interesting knitting techniques on the loom — techniques like cables, lace knitting and stranded colorwork knitting.

In the sequel to Round Loom Knitting, called Amazing Loom Knits, Nicole teaches you how to do some of the more involved techniques like cables and colorwork. It’s the most impressive book I’ve yet seen on the topic of loom knitting.

I highly recommend both of these books to other loom knitters (or aspiring loom knitters, as the case may be). I think both of them are excellent books. If you’d like instructions on loom knitting, I think these books are both worth your consideration.

Here’s hoping your 2020 will be a prosperous and creative year. Happy crafting!

Crochet Patterns for Warming Your Noggin and Neck

Noggins and Necks -- crochet hat and scarf patterns by Bonnie Barker, published by Leisure Arts
Noggins and Necks — crochet hat and scarf patterns by Bonnie Barker, published by Leisure Arts

I sure got a giggle out of the title of this book, Noggins and Necks, by Bonnie Barker. It’s a catchy title that sums up what the book is all about; it’s a crochet pattern booklet of scarf and hat patterns.

Want to know more about this book? I give you the lowdown in my detailed book review. I invite you to check it out!

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Lovely Crochet Patterns for Warm Winter Baby Beanies

Worried about a sweet little child’s head getting cold this winter? If so, perhaps you’d like to whip up a cute crocheted baby beanie using any of our recommended crochet patterns. Try these:

Easy Ribbed Crochet Baby Beanie for Beginners — Free Pattern

Easy Ribbed Crochet Baby Beanie Pattern for Beginners -- a FREE crochet pattern
Easy Ribbed Crochet Baby Beanie Pattern for Beginners — a FREE crochet pattern

This unisex beanie is exceptionally easy to crochet, and it’s a super quick project, too. The finished hat is versatile and can be worn with just about anything. The free crochet pattern is available at Knittingandcrochet.net:

Click here to get the free crochet baby beanie pattern.

The Pretty Posies Baby Beanie by Darla Sims

From the Book Dressing Up Baby, published by Leisure Arts

Baby girl's crochet beanie pattern from Dressing Up Baby by Darla Sims, published by Leisure Arts.
Baby girl’s crochet beanie pattern from Dressing Up Baby by Darla Sims, published by Leisure Arts.

When I go out with my best friend and her sweet baby, this is by far the baby beanie that draws the most compliments from total strangers. And, out of all the baby hats I’ve crocheted, this pattern is the one I’ve enjoyed the most. It’s an easy pattern, but there is something so satisfying about crocheting all those tiny flower buds and making the cute little bow to add to the top of the hat.

The “Pretty Posies” baby hat isn’t the only hat pattern included in this book. The book is all about giving you patterns for complete baby layette sets consisting of coordinating hats, baby booties, baby blankets and baby sweaters. There are multiple baby layette patterns included in the book. I highly recommend it!

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12 More Baby Beanie Crochet Patterns, Plus Matching Booties and Boots

Find 12 adorable crochet baby beanie patterns in Infant Boots and Hats: by Kristi Simpson, Published by Leisure Arts
Find 6 adorable crochet baby beanie patterns in Infant Boots and Hats: by Kristi Simpson, Published by Leisure Arts

If you want to crochet quick, easy, warm winter beanies for a sweet newborn, plus matching baby booties for each hat you make, Infant Boots & Hats is a crochet pattern book you’ll definitely want to consider adding to your library. This charming book includes crochet patterns for 6 different sets of matching baby beanies and booties. They are all SUPER CUTE.

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So there you have it: If you need to keep baby warm this winter, those are the best crochet patterns for warm winter baby beanies we’re aware of.

Happy crocheting!

More Baby Items to Crochet and Knit:

More Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns

Warm Winter Afghans to Crochet

Crochet Cozy Afghans, One Square at a Time
Crochet a Warm Winter Blanket Using Our Free Crochet Pattern

Since many of us are experiencing winter’s chill right about now, it seems like a good time for me to share some of our warmest winter crochet patterns, particularly the afghans, with you all.

Afghans can be all different weights, sizes and fibers.

In my experience, the warmest afghans are made of animal fibers such as wool and alpaca. This especially holds true if the afghan will be used in some sort of capacity where it or its wearer could get wet — for example, people riding in a sleigh, sailing in a sailboat, or dealing with a leaky roof in the bedroom. Wool and similar fibers such as alpaca and bison stay warm even if they get wet. Many other fibers, including cotton, do not have this property.

I’ve found that solid afghans tend to be somewhat warmer than afghans with open spaces. So for those of you facing truly arctic conditions in winter time, an afghan comprised of solid stitches is the way to go. Check out any of these free crochet blanket patterns for ideas:

For those of you who are surviving California-style winters rather than Alaska-style winters, my experience has been that granny square afghans and other afghans with open spaces have always been plenty warm enough in the past.

Since you never really know what the weather will do in the future, it’s a great idea to have several warm blankets on hand for each family member — no matter where you live. That way, if there ever comes a time when it’s colder than expected, you can simply layer a couple of blankets on and beat the chill.

Another good idea: if you drive, stash a warm blanket (or several, if you have a big family) in the back seat or car trunk in case you ever break down or get stranded in the cold.

Additional Resources for Making Warm Winter Blankets:

Patterns for Crocheting Blanket Edges

Most, but not all, blankets and afghans are finished off with crocheted borders, trims or edgings. If you need edging patterns that have corners and are suitable to use for finishing blankets, check out this page.

Find 50 Crochet Stitches Ideal for Crocheting Blankets and Afghans

50 Stitches for Afghans book by Darla Sims, published by Annie's Crochet
50 Stitches for Afghans book by Darla Sims, published by Annie’s Crochet

If you want to design your own crocheted blanket or afghan, there are bunches of useful crochet stitch dictionaries you could use to save yourself some time and frustration. One possibility is pictured here; it’s called 50 Stitches for Afghans by Darla Sims. Annie’s is the publisher. This book is a fantastic choice for those of you who crochet blankets because ALL the stitches included in this book are suitable to use for making afghans. These stitch patterns were all designed and curated by Darla Sims, who has extensive experience designing crocheted blanket patterns for the mass market. Her designs are exceptional, and I think you’re likely to really enjoy this book.

I hope y’all are staying warm and dry out there. Happy crocheting!

Free Crochet Patterns! Mini Checkerboard Afghan Squares for Valentine Blankets, Sampler Blankets and More

Mini Checkered Crochet Square Pattern -- Free Crochet Pattern PDF With Chart  ARe Available Online at KnittingandCrochet.net
Mini Checkered Crochet Square Pattern — Free Crochet Pattern PDF With Chart Are Available Online at KnittingandCrochet.net

If there’s one thing I adore, it’s a crochet checkerboard pattern. I’ve designed so many different variations on the checkerboard that it’s getting hard to keep them all straight. This one you see pictured stands out because it’s the smallest one I’ve ever designed. I’ve found that this one has a whole bunch of different possible uses.

I designed this afghan square with the intention of using it along with multiple other afghan squares of the same size. I’ve crocheted multiple blankets using the squares in this series, and I have ideas for making bunches more of them. I invite you to fire up your imagination and think of the possibilities for all the things you could make with these squares, too. Perhaps you’re planning on crocheting projects like placemats, pillows, afghans, and these squares would be ideal for those types of projects or just about anything else that can be made up of squares.

This particular square is a fantastic little filler that can be alternated with larger designs instead of using solid-colored squares. Check out an example in this Valentine’s Day themed afghan featuring a heart square:

The most prominent design element in this blanket is the crocheted heart motif -- but the mini checkerboard design is an important supporting design element. This design is ideal for Valentine's Day, especially if you crochet it in red, pink and white as pictured. But you could change the colors to make the look entirely different.
The most prominent design element in this blanket is the crocheted heart motif — but the mini checkerboard design is an important supporting design element. This design is ideal for Valentine’s Day, especially if you crochet it in red, pink and white as pictured. But you could change the colors to make the look entirely different.

If you want to crochet a blanket like this one, you can use free patterns to do it. Here are some links to the different patterns and design elements you need:

Just to give you even more inspiration, here’s a picture of another way I’ve used this particular design. In this blanket, the mini checkerboard is one of many other afghan squares. I call this the “Pattern Sampler Afghan”.

Pattern Sampler Afghan to Crochet -- Free Crochet Pattern Is Available Online
Pattern Sampler Afghan to Crochet — Free Crochet Pattern Is Available Online

This is my pattern sampler afghan — The free crochet pattern for this blanket is available online.

So there you have a couple of examples of ways this checkerboard square could be used in different crochet projects. What will you do with it? There are zillions more possibilities beyond just these…I hope you’ll have fun coming up with even more ideas.

Happy Crocheting!

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Crochet a Square With Diagonal Stripes to Make Blankets and More

Crochet a Square With Diagonal Stripes -- Get the free crochet pattern online, along with other squares in the same size and design aesthetic. You can use them to crochet a blanket or other project of your choice. Photo  © Amy Solovay
Crochet a Square With Diagonal Stripes — Get the free crochet pattern online, along with other squares in the same size and design aesthetic. You can use them to crochet a blanket or other project of your choice. Photo © Amy Solovay

Here’s a two-color crocheted afghan square featuring diagonal stripes as the primary design element. This afghan square is designed to match several other afghan squares which could be used together in the same project. I’ve crocheted a couple of different blankets using the squares in this series, and I have ideas for making zillions more of them. I invite you to consider the possibilities for all the things you could make with these squares, too. Just imagine all the ways you could use it if you want to crochet pillows, blankets, table runners or just about anything else!

This particular square could be used in so many different ways to create both symmetrical and asymmetrical designs. I would LOVE to try using it in a blanket that explores different ways to rotate and color this design to make chevrons and zigzags, for example.

Just to give you a little inspiration, here’s a picture of one of the blankets I’ve crocheted with this square:

Pattern Sampler Afghan to Crochet -- Free Crochet Pattern Is Available Online
Pattern Sampler Afghan to Crochet — Free Crochet Pattern Is Available Online

This is my pattern sampler afghan — The free crochet pattern for this blanket is available online. Enjoy!

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Check Out the Hottest New Cable Knitting Patterns for Winter 2020

Cable Knits From Nordic Lands Featuring Cable Knitting Patterns for Men, Women and Children by Ivar Asplund, Published by Trafalgar Square Books

Cable Knits from Nordic Lands, Published by Trafalgar Square Books
Cable Knits from Nordic Lands, Published by Trafalgar Square Books

Cables are the most prominent design element in the patterns from this fascinating new knitting book called Cable Knits From Nordic Lands. This book includes stylish cabled designs for men, women and children. There are patterns for knitting sweaters, vests, hats, wraps and other accessories. The book also features instructions for some cable patterns you can incorporate into your own design work, if you are inclined to make your own patterns.

I think this is a truly wonderful collection of cable knitting patterns. I’m looking forward to knitting several of the projects found in this book.

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Sophisticated Women’s Cable Knitting Patterns From Casual Weekend Knits by Andi Javori, Published by Leisure Arts

 Casual Weekend Knits, a stylish new knitting pattern book by Andi Javori, published by Leisure Arts
Casual Weekend Knits, a stylish new knitting pattern book by Andi Javori, published by Leisure Arts

Andi Javori’s lovely new knitting pattern book isn’t exclusively devoted to cable knitting patterns; there are also lace knitting patterns, garter stitch patterns and other types of patterns included in the book. However, my favorite patterns from this book are the drop-dead-gorgeous cable knitting patterns — like the gorgeous cabled hat and mittens pictured on the front cover of the book. There’s also a stylish cabled purse pattern that has broad appeal, and a pair of sophisticated cable-knit boot cuffs.

This stylish purse is one of the hottest cable knitting patterns for winter 2020. Pattern design is by Andi Javori from the book Casual Weeke
This stylish purse is one of the hottest cable knitting patterns for winter 2020. Pattern design is by Andi Javori from the book Casual Weekend Knits.

This book includes 26 projects in all, ranging from scarves to ponchos to jewelry to boot cuffs. It’s a fabulous book. If you want to knit cable designs plus other types of designs for adult women, definitely consider picking up a copy of this book.

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See Also: The Cable Knitter’s Guide — This isn’t a brand new book, but it’s my top pick for a fabulous cable knitting stitch dictionary, instruction manual and pattern book. If you want to knit cables, it’s definitely worth taking a look at.

So there you have it: The hottest new cable knitting patterns for winter 2020. I hope you’ll enjoy knitting some brand new, stylish cable sweaters, vests and accessories for yourself and / or your family members this winter.

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