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  • Crochet Gifts For Girls

    Top Gifts To Crochet Girls

    We've compiled crochet gifts girls will love! Use your crochet skills to create perfect, memorable gifts this year. The little girl on your list will love these fun crochet gifts. Our list has something that will make every girl smile from ear to ear!

    1. A Colorful Hat & Scarf Set: Keep her ears warm all winter long with this adorable, colorful crochet set. It's perfectly girly and fun with ruffles that little girls will love! Crochet this great gift for girls now with Hats & Scarves For Kids.

    Crochet Ruffle Set For Girls

    2. Fun Jewelry Pieces: Use your crochet skills, beads, and nylon cord to make great jewelry!  For young girls, use colorful beads to create something fun and youthful! She will love wearing this rainbow bracelet. Learn how to create jewelry for fabulous gifts with Beaded Beauties To Crochet.

    Crochet Bracelet For Girls

    3. A Cuddly Animal Pillow: Crochet an adorable animal pillow for the little girl on your list. This cuddly owl has 3-D feet to make it even more fun!  It makes a great decorative accessory for her bedroom and offers comfort and companionship while riding in a car.  She will love this pillow from Kid's Animal Pillows.

    Crochet Owl Pillow For Girls

    4. A Cute Little Coin Purse: The girly-girl on your list will love this little crochet coin purse! Perfect for playing dress up with her friends, storing change, or holding other fun things like chapstick and small toys.  It will make her feel so grown up to get this gift! Create this fun little crochet bag now with Totes & Bags.

    Crochet Coin Purse For Girls

    5. An Amigurumi Toy Panda: Crochet a toy for the girl on your list this season. They're fun, soft, and huggable! Girls will love LuLu The Panda's little bow and ruffled skirt. Crochet LuLu now and learn the art of amigurumi with Learn To Crochet Toys.

    Crochet Panda Toy For Girls

    6. An Cozy Set... With Ears: The girl on your list will love this warm crochet set! She's sure to stand out and get lots of compliments with the cute ears on the hat. Perfect for kids who love animals! Crochet this great gift now with Beginner-Friendly Crochet.

    Hat With Ears For Girls

    7. A Colorful Floral Throw: This unique crochet throw will be the perfect touch for her room! Girls will love the fun colors and flowers, plus the cozy warmth it offers. Great for sleepovers, summer camp, or weekend trips! Start on this gift now with Quilt-Inspired Throws.
    Floral Crochet Throw For Girls

    8. Fun Scrubbies For Bath-Time: Make bath-time fun with these crochet scrubbies. Young girls will love the ice cream or cupcake shaped scrubby. Just add bubble bath! Start crocheting these great gifts now with So-Cute Scrubbies.
    Crochet Scrubbies For Girls

    9. A Game Of Tic-Tac-Toe: The girl on your list will have tons of fun playing with this quick-to-stitch, large, and cushy soft crocheted Tic-Tac-Toe game board and pieces. Kids will love the tactile feel of the soft X's and O's, and it will quickly become a holiday tradition to play each year! You can start on this great gift now with the ePattern.

    Crochet Game For Girls

    10. An Adorable Headband: In one skein of yarn or less, you can crochet the little girl on your list a fun-to-wear hair accessory! She will love wearing it to school to show all her friends. The perfect quick and easy gift to crochet. Get the pattern now in One-Skein (or less!) Projects.
    Crochet Headband For Girls
    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Crochet.

  • Knit Gifts For Teenage Guys

    Top Gifts To Knit Teenage Guys

    This season, use your knitting skills to create the perfect, cozy gifts - even for teenage guys! We know how hard it can be to shop for guys, but we have great gift ideas for any young man. Whether he loves sports or is addicted to technology, you will find the perfect gift to knit him!

    1. A Sporty Knit Blanket: This sports-themed knit blanket is perfect for hard-to-please teen guys. Whether he loves playing sports or just watching them, this blanket will become a favorite of his. Start on this unique knit now with School Colors.

    Sporty Knit Blanket For Teen Guys

    2. An Edgy Headband & Armband: This knit set will be perfect for him to wear to class or to jog on those chilly mornings. Choose which design fits his personality best - a skull, peace sign, or flames. Then knit a matching armband to hold his phone or music player! He will love these knit gifts from Awesome Knits For Guys & Chicks.

    Knit Headband For Teen Guys

    3. A Knit Blanket With Sleeves: Inspired by those popular fleece cover-ups sold on TV, this cozy blanket will be perfect for teen guys who prefer to spend the night on the couch. The sleeves will allow his hands to be free for texting or gaming while he stays warm. Surprise him with this unique gift with the Big Book Of Loom Knitting.

    Knit Sleeved Blanket For Teen Guys

    4. A Cozy Knit Set: This stylish knit beanie and scarf are the perfect gift for a teen guy. The neutral colors keep it simple, while the knit cables are sure to keep him warm on cold days! Knit this great gift now with Hats & More.

    Knit Hat & Scarf For Teen Guys

    5. A Knit Sleeve For His Tech: This tablet cozy is perfect for teen guy who always seems to have the latest tech gear. It is great for protecting his tablet, eReader, or small laptop. He will love how the soft yarn protects the screen from damage. Knit it in his favorite color now for a great gift with Beginner-Friendly Knitting.

    Knit Tablet Cover For Teen Guys

    6. A Stadium Blanket With Handles: This blanket is great for the teen guy who is always on the go with sporting events. Whether he is tailgating or watching a game, this portable blanket is great for any occasion! Knit it in his school colors or his favorite teams colors for a gift he will cherish. Get started on this great gift with University Knits.

    Knit Stadium Blanket For Teen Guys

    7. A Warm Pair Of Socks: Knit a great pair of socks for the teen guy on your list. Use cozy yarn to keep his feet warm and fun colors to show off his unique personality. Great for lounging around or wearing to class. Start knitting this gift now with Campus Knits.
    Knit Socks For Teen Guys

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Knit.

  • Plastic Canvas Gifts For Cat Lovers

    Top Plastic Canvas Gifts For Cat Lovers

    This season, don't buy your gifts - craft them! Use your skills with plastic canvas to create special, unexpected gifts for everyone on your list. If someone on your list loves cats, then you will find the perfect gift to make for them here!

    1. An Eye-Catching Glasses Case: This handy plastic canvas sunglasses case is the cat's meow! Featuring a cute, eye-catching design, it's perfect for protecting glasses from dirt and scratches.  Your cat lover friend will fall in love! Plus, you can start this fun project now with the Cat Eye-Catching Case ePattern.

    Plastic Canvas Glasses Case For Cat Lovers

    2. A Naptime Door Hanging: This "purr-fect" gift for any cat lover is adorned with an adorable bow and bell.  Your cat loving friend will love to decorate their home with it, knowing that this sleepy kitty is sure to get the message across at naptime. Start creating his fun door hanging now with the Cat Nap Notice ePattern.

    Plastic Canvas Cat Nap Hanging For Cat Lovers

    3. A Set Of Kitty Coasters: Create this adorable coaster and holder set as handmade gifts for friends and family who can't get enough of cats! They will love using it to decorate their home and protect their tables. Find the pattern for these great kitties in Coasters.Plastic Canvas Coasters For Cat Lovers

    4. A Fun Set of Magnets:  These cute message magnets by Maryanne Moreck make purr-fect gifts for cat lovers! Your friend will love to use them all over the house. Create these fun plastic canvas magnets now with Cat Chat Magnets.

    Cross Stitch Magnets For Cat Lovers

    5. An In & Out Sign: This handy door sign that's sure to "cat-ch" your friend's attention! Fashioned in bold colors, the reversible hanger will help them remember whether kitty is indoors or out, or tell guests whether your friend is out or not. Start this great plastic canvas gift now with the Cat In Cat Out ePattern.

    Plastic Canvas Sign For Cat Lovers

    6. A Cute Tissue Box Cover: This adorable kitty tissue box cover is sure to brighten any room - and any cat lover's face! The unique cover features a three-dimensional head and tail - make this plastic canvas cat now with Tissue Box Covers.

    Plastic Canvas Tissue Box Cover Cat

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Plastic Canvas Gift Giving Guide.

  • Cross Stitch Gifts For Kids

    Top Gifts To Cross Stitch Kids

    Cross stitch a special gift for each kid on your list with these unique patterns. Whether they like sports or fairies, drawing or reading, kids will love these fun cross stitch gifts! Get started on making these great gifts in time for the holidays.

    1. A Place To Hang Their Art: Stitch the kid on your list a customized sign. They will love proudly displaying their handiwork using the clips below this fun stitched design. A charming bear artist presents the grand masterpiece with colorful flair. Create this fun cross stitch for kids now with the Look What I Did! ePattern.

    Art Frame for Kids

    2. A Personalized Sporty Stitch: If the kid on your list is into sports, celebrate their recent achievements with a certificate or create a fun nameplate they can proudly hang on the wall. Create fun designs for kids playing any sport - soccer, volleyball, bowling, golf, baseball, bouncy ball, tennis, basketball, hockey, football! Get inspired to make the perfect gift with the fun alphabets and accents found in Sports Alphabets.

    Sports Signs For Kids

    3. A Fun Bookmark: These playful bookmarks make great gifts to cross stitch for kids! There is something for every kid whether they would enjoy cute rainbows and swirly hearts, flowers and butterflies, or spaceships and planets. Get started on these fun bookmarks and great gifts now with X Marks The Spot.
    Cross Stitch Bookmarks For Kids

    4. A Sock Monkey Room Sign: On a personalized pillow for hanging on a chair or doorknob, playful monkeys magically transform a child's room into a land full of laughter and glee -- reminding us of the innocent joys of our youth. A great gift for kids! Create this great gift now with the ePattern.

    Cross Stitch Room Sign For Kids

    5. A Flower Fairy Ensemble: Set a fun mood with the whimsical, vibrant floral stitches that kids will love. Create this matching tote bag, phone case, journal, and key ring set for a great gift. With a toy phone and fake keys, kids will love to play pretend using this set! Stitch this fun fairy set now with Bright Blooms.

    Cross Stitch Fairy Set For Girls

     

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Cross Stitch.

  • Cross Stitch Gifts For Cat Lovers

    Top Gifts To Cross Stitch Cat Lovers

    Do you need a gift for someone who loves cats? Give them cat-themed cross stitch gifts that they will cherish! Find the perfect gift to stitch any cat lover on your list, regardless of age!

    1.  A Humorous Reward Notice: Sometimes pet-lovers let their priorities get a bit topsy-turvy - your cat lover friend will relate. They will love this playful design that lets others know that furry friends come first in the house! Get started now with the Topsy-Turvy Reward ePattern.

    Funny Cross Stitch For Cat Lovers

    2.  The Purrfect Bookmarks: Cat lovers will love to curl up with a good book with these fantastic feline bookmarks. They're quick and easy to stitch, so they make a great gift! Create great cross stitch gifts for your cat lover friend now with Bookmark Medley.

    Cross Stitch Bookmarks For Cat Lovers

    3.  A Cross Stitch Cat Towel: Cat lovers can never get enough of cats, so they will love to accent their kitchen with this gift. They will be great for offering a warm welcome to visitors with towels featuring cuddly kittens. Create this great gift now with the Dog & Cat Welcome ePattern.

    Cross Stitch Cat Towel For Cat Lovers

    4.  A Cute Pillow: Give your friend a cuddly basket of kittens - in pillow form! This cute cross stitch features felines peeking from pansies and violets nestled in a basket. Your friend will love it! Great news -  Start stitching now with the Basket Of Kittens ePattern.

    Pillow For Cat Lovers

    5.  A Fun Wall Hanging: From atop a mountain of country quilts, two playful cats get a bird's-eye view of the mouse-chase below. Your cat lover friend will be delighted! Finish as a wall hanging quilted with a paw-print pattern to make a piece your friend will love to hang in their home! Get started on this unique cross stitch project now with the Cat's Meow Quilt ePattern.

    Cat Hanging For Women

    6. A Realistic Cat Portrait: Life is hard, and this adorable kitty cat cross stitch shares a special message encouraging us to keep hanging in there! What a thoughtful gift for a cat-fancying friend. Challenge yourself with this realistic pattern today with the Hanging Around ePattern.

    Hanging Around Cross Stitch For Cat Lovers

    6. A Whimsy Cat Stretching Its Legs: Combine the homey appeal of primitive samplers with a touch of modern flair, with these small stitched designs. A charming white cat stretching her legs is sure to delight your friend. Stitch your friend's favorite creature now with All Creatures Stitched & Small.

    Cat Cross Stitch For Cat Lovers

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Cross Stitch.

  • Crochet Gifts For Men

    Top Gifts To Crochet For Men

    Men are always hard to shop for - this season, crochet something special for the men on your list. When making gifts for men, we recommend keeping it functional and fun. These cozy crochet gifts are sure to be a hit!

    1. A Cozy Afghan - With Pockets!: Crochet this warm throw for the man on your list. The pockets are perfect for holding remotes, glasses, newspapers, snacks, or anything else he might need while he relaxes on the couch! Crochet this perfect gift for men today with Charity Guide For Crocheters.

    Pocketed Crochet Afghan For Men

    2. A Warm Pair Of Slippers: It's easy to crochet cozy house shoes for everyone, and the man on your list will appreciate these comfy, casual slippers on cold winter nights! Crochet them now with Slippers For The Family.
    Crochet Slippers For Men

    3. A Crochet Checkerboard: Give this gift and the man on your list will have a new source of entertainment at the gathering. He will love passing the time with this classic game, and showing the kids how to play. It could be the start of a holiday tradition! Start on this unique gift idea for men today with the Checkers Crochet ePattern.

    Crochet Checkers For Men

    4. A Sporty Afghan: Get your game on with afghans for good sports! This crochet afghan featuring a poker table with cards and playing chips will be a perfect gift for the man in your life. Generously sized and surprisingly easy to crochet, this is great addition to any man cave. Get this unique pattern in Sportacular Afghans.

    Poker Table Crochet Afghan

    5. A Slouchy Beanie: This casual, cozy beanie is the perfect gift for any guy, and it's quick to make! The easy-to-wear and trendy style is perfect for men who need some extra warmth in their wardrobe. Crochet this great beanie for men with the fun patterns in Slouchy Beanies & Headwraps.
    Crochet Beanie For Men

    6. A Set Of Golf Club Covers: Know a guy who loves golf? Crochet these functional and fun golf club covers for him. Perfect for vacation and country club visits. Start on this unique gift idea for men with the Big Book Of Crochet.
    Crochet Golf Club Covers For Men

    7. A Thick, Comfy Pair Of Socks: Instead of just buying him another bag of boring socks this season, crochet him a unique pair! These socks are perfect for any occasion, and are sure to keep his feet warm all winter!  Crochet warm socks for the man on your list with I Can't Believe I'm Crocheting Socks.

    Crochet Socks For Men

    8. A Crochet Sleeve For His Coffee Cup: Is the man on your list an avid coffee drinker? Then he is sure to find use from this great crochet coffee cup sleeve. It will help protect his hands - perfect for coffee on the go! Crochet this great gift for men now with Use Up That Yarn!

    Crochet Coffee Sleeve for Men

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Crochet.

  • Crochet Gifts For Women

    Top Gifts To Crochet Women

    Use your crochet skills to make unforgettable gifts this season. The women on list will love getting a unique, handmade gift and appreciate all the time and effort you put into making it. Find the perfect gift idea today.

    1. This Beautiful Starlight Afghan: Crochet the woman on your list our most popular afghan! She will love the whimsical peppermint pattern, and anticipate putting it on display every year during the holiday season! Get everything you need to start on this gift for the woman on your list with the Starlight Afghan Kit.

    Starlight Afghan For Women

    2. A Colorful Crochet Tote: Crochet a fun, fashionable bag for the woman on your list. She will love the bright colors and unique yarn look and the fact that it's big enough to fit all the essentials! Perfect for any occasion. Crochet this bag with Terrific Totes.

    Crochet Purse For Women

    3. A Unique Handcrafted Necklace: Combine your crochet skills with beads and nylon cord to make unique jewelry pieces. The woman on your list will love this necklace! The neutral colors make it perfect to wear with almost anything! Learn how to make this great gift with Beaded Beauties To Crochet.

    Crochet Necklace For Women

    4. A Cute Tablet Cover: Whether the woman on your list loves to browse the internet on her tablet or curl up with an eReader, she will love this crochet tablet cover! The braided design is unlike anything she will have seen in stores. Cute, and it will keep her device safe! Start this great gift now with Bags & Backpacks.

    Tablet Cover For Women

    5. A Warm, Colorful Scarf: Create the perfect gift for her while mastering the art of crocheting symmetrical scarves. The result will be a unique, cozy scarf that she will love to wear season after season! Get started on this crochet gift for women today with Mirror Image Scarves.

    Crochet Scarf For Women

    6. A Crochet Bath Set: Treat her to relaxation with this unique gift idea! First, crochet these cute baskets - she will love to use them as storage and decor in her bathroom! Next, fill them with fun soaps, bubble baths, or lotions to help her relax. She will love this thoughtful gift! Create these baskets now with the Big Book of Crochet.
    Bath Baskets For Women

    7. A Fashionable, Cozy Cardigan: Flattering on any body type, this cardigan makes the perfect gift! Use crocodile stitches to make this unique piece that the fashionable woman on your list is sure to love. Start on this great gift idea for women now with the Crocodile Stitch Cardigan ePattern.

    Crochet Cardigan For Women

    8. A Set Of Floral Scrubbies: These scrubbies are quick to crochet, and make great stocking stuffers or small gifts! Create this fun floral set for the woman on your list - great for a relaxing bath or for use in the kitchen. Crochet these scrubbies now with So-Cute Scrubbies.
    Crochet Floral Scrubbies For Women
    9. A Fun Cup Cozy: This cute cozy makes a great gift to warm hearts and safeguard fingers from hot cups. The woman on your list will love accenting her cup with this cute piece each day. Crochet cute cup sleeves for the women in your life now with Cup Cozies.

    Cup Cozy For Women

    10. A Floral Coin Purse: Help the woman on your list organize her purse with this cute change holder. It's the perfect small gift or stocking stuffer - Quick, easy, and practical. Crochet this cute coin purse now with Totes & Bags.

    Crochet Coin Purse For Women
    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Crochet.

  • Cross Stitch Gifts For Men

    Top Gifts To Cross Stitch Men

    Men can be hard to cross stitch for, but found some unique gift ideas for you! Stitch these designs and he is sure to love them, whether he loves hunting or sports, and whether he farms, works in an office, or served in the military. Get started on these unique cross stitch gifts for men today!

    1. A Set Of Stitched Sports Towels: These sport themed towels will be great for him to take to the gym or decorate the bathroom with. There's a design for him here whether he loves soccer, tennis, basketball, baseball, or even bodybuilding. Stitch one, or give the whole set. Give the man on your list these unique cross stitch towels from The Best of Terrie Lee Steinmeyer.

    Cross Stitch Sports Towels For Men

    2. A Picturesque Scene: Capture the beauty of nature with incredibly realistic detail that the outdoorsman or hunter will be sure to appreciate. This Beautiful cross stitch pieces will make handsome home decor for his den, study, living room, or cabin. Start on this beautiful cross stitch piece today with Wildlife Portraits.

    Cross Stitch Wildlife Portrait For Men

    3. A Witty Quote: Give the gift of wisdom this year with this quick-to-stitch piece. Any man will be sure to get a laugh out of it. Start cross stitching the perfect gifts for the men  on your list now with this easy ePattern.

    Witty Cross Stitch For Men

    4. A Christmas Coffee Set: The Chocolate-Peppermint Coffee Mix recipe stored in a jar with a cross stitch-embellished jar lid will surely perk up a friend during the hectic Christmas season. To add sweetness to your gift, include a few peppermint sticks for stirring the holiday blend. The perfect, easy gift for a man who loves coffee. Try out this unique gift idea now with the Christmas Coffee ePattern.

    Christmas Coffee Cross Stitch For Men

    5. A Patriotic Stitch: Remember those who fought to keep our flag flying with this patriotic cross stitch piece featuring American military men from 1776, 1812, 1848, 1861, and 1900. Patriotic men, or men who have served their country, will love this design. He will hang it up to show how proud he is to be an American! Start this historical cross stitch now with the Lest We Forget ePattern.

    Patriotic Cross Stitch For Men

    6. A Handy List Of Office Excuses: If there is a man on your list in the office, he will totally understand this witty gift. He will love to hang up this list of excuses in the break room or in his cubicle. Some excuses include "I'm waiting for an okay" and "That's the way we've always done it." Perfect for professional slacker - stitch this gift today with the Office Excuses ePattern.
    Office Excuses Cross Stitch For Men

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Cross Stitch.

  • Cross Stitch Gifts For Women

    Top Gifts To Cross Stitch Women

    Looking for something to stitch for a special woman in your life? These fun ideas are sure to please women of all ages, whether they want something pretty, functional, or funny.  Cross stitch a gift for everyone on your list to make this season extra special.

    1. A Funny Warning Sign: Any woman will get a chuckle out of the whimsical warning on this "hoppy" housekeeping sign. She will proudly put this cross stitch up in her house so these endearing bunnies let it be known that her house is in safe hands. Start stitching this fun pattern today with Killer Dust Bunnies ePattern.

    Dust Bunny Cross Stitch For Women

    2. A Kitchen Set For The Coffee Lover: If the woman on your list loves coffee, then she will love this stitched banner and napkin set!  It will be the perfect accent to her kitchen. Start on this great gift idea for women now with Kitchen Essentials.

    Cross Stitch Kitchen Set For Women

    3. A Sentimental Wall Hanging: Stitch sentiments of love, family, and friendship with this charming cross stitch design. A classic wall hanging for any home, made special because it's handmade for you! Celebrate your friends and family with this gift from Loving Hearts.

    Sentimental Cross Stitch For Women

    4. A Cross Stitched Pillow: Give great home decor to the woman on your list this season - bring a little pop of color to her home with the beautiful blooms in this stitch. Great for women who love flowers, gardening, or just nature! Start stitching this gift now with Fabulous Florals.

    Cross Stitch Pillow For Women

    5. A Humorous Stitch For The Cook: Give a humorous gift to get laughs from everyone at the gathering. Any woman will relate to the words of this stitch. She will love to hang it this bit of cross stitch wisdom over your kitchen sink to remind herself to laugh about kitchen duty. Stitch this clever design now with the Kitchen Law ePattern. 

    Funny Kitchen Sign For Women
    6. A Delicate Bookmark For The Bookworm: If the woman on your list loves to read, then a cross stitch bookmark will be a great gift! Fun designs read: "Once upon a time," "A good book is the best of friends," and more - choose the perfect bookmark to give the woman on your list with The Best of Terrie Lee Steinmeyer.
    Cross Stitch Bookmarks For Women

    7. A Cute Set Of Coasters: Cross stitch this set of coasters as a gift and she will love how the designs add pizzazz to her tabletop while also protecting her furniture. Perfect for hot beverages when she has company over! Start stitching this gift set for the woman in your life today with Coasters.

    Cross Stitch Coasters For Women

    8. A Relatable Wall Hanging: Any woman with kids in the house is sure to recognize and appreciate this law. It will get a chuckle from everyone at the party, and from anyone who visits her home after she hangs it on the wall. Stitch the perfect saying today with the Household Geometry ePattern.
    Funny Stitch For Women
    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Cross Stitch.

  • Baby Crochet Inspired by Nature

    Crochet patterns for baby may be plentiful, but few baby crochet designs are as adorable as those in Nature's Gifts for Baby.  Today's Guest Blogger is Sara Leighton.  Sara designed the whimsical patterns you'll find inside of Nature's Gifts for Baby and she's here today to talk about her inspiration for them.  Welcome Sara!

    Hello, there!  I’m Sara Leighton, designer of the patterns in Leisure Arts' recent publication Nature's Gifts for Baby.  I’ve been a part of the wonderful crochet design community for several years now.  This is my first book and it gives me such joy to see it in print.  Many thanks go out to Leisure Arts for working with me and bringing this project to life.

    Nature's Gifts for Baby Front Cover Nature's Gifts for Baby Front Cover

    I’d love to tell you a little bit about the inspiration for each baby set.  There are seven sets in the book, each inspired by the incredible beauty of the natural world.  I love the thought of sweet little babies being all wrapped up in my designs!  What a compliment to have my designs invited into others’ lives as they celebrate their own little gifts of nature.  I’d also like to share some tips for customization for those crocheters who are particularly adventurous.

     

    Coniferous Set

    Coniferous Set Coniferous Set

    Forests are full of life and magic, just like babies!  I wanted to celebrate those precious moments with a hat and blanket influenced by the grandeur of the Pacific Northwest.  I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my life and thus have been fortunate enough to have its gorgeous forests surround me and inspire me.

    Custom Tip: Make the blanket in any size by starting with any multiple of 6 stitches plus 3.  A larger blanket might mean a big forest of tree appliqués lining the bottom!  Remember that you’ll need more yarn if you’re making a larger blanket.

     

    Starry Set 

    Starry Set Starry Set

    The night sky has captured our imaginations and inspired many stories across different cultures.  The simple stitches and crisp details of this space-inspired set make it shine.  Truth be told, I was inspired to design this set because I am a space fanatic in my daily life.  It’s a good thing that I work as Campus Manager of a small private school, because working with young people helps me to get away with wearing my space dress, space leggings, space skirt, space scarf, and space earrings (though not all at once)!

    Custom Tip: Change one of the constellations to the baby’s star sign to make the set more personal. You could even write the little one’s name or initials in the stars!

     

    Fox Set 

    Fox Set Fox Set

    With a flash of bright orange, this sweet little fox set steals your heart.  I wanted to conjure thoughts of playful forest friends in soft snowfall with this whimsical project.  Foxes are fairly trendy these days — and for good reason!  They are totally adorable and irresistibly mischievous.

    Custom Tip: If springtime strikes your fancy, replace the off-white in the blanket with green.  You could also add a bow to the fox for a more feminine look.

     

    Seedling Set

    Seedling Set Seedling Set

    It’s so fulfilling watching the next generation be born, grow up, and reach their potential. This is a crisp, sweet baby set that seeks to recognize the joy babies bring to our lives as they blossom and change.  This set was inspired by a class activity that I enjoyed when I was in first grade.  We got to explore sunflowers at various stages of their development.  I never forgot the excitement I felt learning all about how living things grow and change.

    Custom Tip: Frame the panels instead of joining them to create unique nursery decor.  You could also make pillows out of them to add some fun to a favorite chair.

     

    Sunrise Set

    Sunrise Set Sunrise Set

    Mr. Golden Sun shines down on baby in the form of these bright, sunny hexagon motifs.  I like that you can work them up in your spare moments and soon you’ll have a beautiful set for your wee one.  When I was a very young one, under 5, I lived in sunny California.  This set is a tribute to that early and warm part of my life, my own sunrise.

    Custom Tip: The size of this blanket is easy to customize; simply craft more or fewer motifs.  You may even want to experiment with different hexagon arrangements.  If you’d like a larger blanket, be sure to factor in more yarn.

     

    Water Lilies

    Water Lilies Set Water Lilies Set

    This set was inspired by Monet’s paintings which reflect the simple beauty of a quiet pond.  I have a huge amount of respect for art, especially impressionism, and Monet’s paintings have always been among my favorites.  I finally saw a few in person a few years ago; I cried with happiness.

    Custom Tip: Monet created over 200 paintings in the Water Lilies series, with no two being completely alike. Place your lily pads and flowers however you desire to create your own unique version. Since variegated yarn is used for this set, no two sets will look quite the same.

     

    Raindrops Set

    Raindrops Set Raindrops Set

    Rain refreshes the earth, bringing water to thirsty plants and animals.  This cool set is a great way to play in puddles - without getting wet!  It rains a lot of the time where I live.  I love it!  The rain brings everything to life.

    Custom Tip: The cloud appliqués are very versatile. You can add as many or as few as you like to your set. Stitch letters onto them, stuff them to turn them into a matching mobile.  The sky is the limit when it comes to creativity. 

    Thanks Sara for your keen insights into the incredibly cute baby crochet designs in Nature's Gifts for Baby. You can find Sara everyday at her blog: Illuminate Crochet.  

    Have a great day!

    -Veronica

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