There are bunches of different Easter projects that can be crocheted or knitted. For starters, how about making an Easter basket? You can grab a broad variety of different basket patterns that would be suitable for that purpose.
Another idea: Knit or crochet a stuffed Easter bunny toy for your favorite child (or make multiples for your favorite children). You can embroider the eyes on your bunny, or use attachable safety eyes. Some of the available bunny patterns even include instructions for making cute clothing the bunnies can wear — how adorable is that?
This year, our Memorial Day celebration in the United States will take place on Monday, May 25, 2020. This is a day when we honor the men and women who died while they were in the military service of our beloved country.
If you plan to dress in red, white and blue for Memorial Day this year, perhaps you might enjoy making and wearing this simple-but-lovely red and blue beaded bracelet to accessorize your ensemble.
This is an ultra-simple bead crochet project. If you’d like to learn how to crochet with beads, this bracelet is a good way to get started with learning the technique; it’s a fast, low-commitment project that’s not too challenging. You might have heard that bead crochet is hard or complicated, but when you make this project, you’ll quickly see that there isn’t anything mysterious or complex about it.
I hope you’ll enjoy using the skills you learn from this project — and wearing your bracelet — long after Memorial Day has passed.
What do you do when spring weather in your neighborhood isn’t as warm as you’d like? Well, you have to dress warmly — and if you have children, you have to be doubly sure of keeping the kiddos warm when you dress them. But you can certainly choose warm clothing designs that incorporate flowers and other spring friendly design themes.
The hat you see pictured here is one of my favorite options for a warm, cozy, spring-friendly baby hat. It’s perfect for wearing while chilly spring weather persists.
This hat is known as the “Pretty Posies” baby hat. The pattern for crocheting this design is included in a book called Dressing Up Baby by Darla Sims. Leisure Arts is the publisher. If you were to ask me to recommend a baby pattern book to you, this is definitely the one I’d choose; I LOVE the adorable patterns in this book, and all of them are fast and easy to crochet.
The book is focused on giving you matching baby layette sets including patterns for matching baby blankets, booties, hats and sweaters. The book has designs for both baby girls and boys, although there are more patterns for baby girls than there are for boys.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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:
From the Book Dressing Up Baby, 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!
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.
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:
Find 50 Crochet Stitches Ideal for Crocheting Blankets and Afghans
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!