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  • Crochet Gifts For Babies

    Top Gifts To Crochet Babies

    We've compiled our most unique, unexpected, and beautiful crochet patterns in a search for the best gifts for baby.  Use your crochet skills to create perfect, memorable gifts this year. Both baby and parents all be thrilled by these fun gifts!

    1. A Crochet Mobile: This colorful Baby Bugs and Happy Flowers Mobile will make any baby giggle happily when it is hung above their crib. They will love the fun colors and textures along with the smiling flowers and bugs. Crochet this great baby gift now with the Simply Soft Baby Brites eBook.

    Crochet Mobile For Baby

    2. A Baby Blanket Inspired By Nature: New parents will love how this gender-neutral blanket use imaginative stitch patterns, color blocking, and appliquéd shapes to celebrate the beauty of the natural world. Baby will the love the playful fox and cozy matching hat! Crochet this great gift with Nature's Gifts For Baby.

    Crochet Fox Set For Baby

    3. A Dumbbell Shaped Rattle: Parents and baby will laugh at this soft, unique rattle. Shaped like a dumbbell, it's perfect for baby to exercise their minds as they shake the rattle around and begin to explore the world. Crochet this gift that's sure to be a hit with everyone with Baby's Buddy Amigurumi.

    Crochet Rattle For Baby

    4. An Animal Lovie To Snuggle: Give baby a little friend to cuddle and take everywhere they go. Cute, fun, and loved by everyone who sees them, each blanket is a simple granny square with the toy attached at the center. Crochet this great gift for baby now with Animal Lovie Blankets. 

    Crochet Animal Lovie For Baby

    5. A Ferocious Hat: Any baby will look adorable in this fun animal hat, complete with ears. It is sure to keep their own little ears warm too!  Great for cold winter days and wearing for adorable photos. Crochet this quick and easy hat for a gift baby will love with Baby Hats.

    Crochet Bear Hat For Baby

    6. A Sporty Diaper Cover: Great for baby pictures or baby showers, this fast and easy-to-crochet diaper cover makes a great gift. New moms will love seeing their precious babies dressed in this fun, sporty piece. Find the pattern for this great baby gift in Sweet & Sporty Diaper Covers.

    Crochet Sporty Diaper Cover For Baby

    7. A Sweet Striped Afghan: Create nursery pizzazz with simple stripes and interesting stitch patterns that everyone will love. Baby will be entranced by these gentle waves of color. This adorable baby afghan is Easy-Plus skill level, making it a great project to relax with. Get the pattern in Sweet Stripes For Baby. 

    Crochet Afghan For Baby

    8. A Set Of Soft Stacking Rings: This soft crochet toy is perfect for keeping baby entertained and encouraging their little mind to grow. The plush rings are great and safe for little hands to explore. Everyone will love this thoughtful and unique gift for baby! Get started now with Everyday Crochet For All.

    Crochet Toy For Baby

    9. A Fun, Colorful Play Mat: This Crochet comfort for baby with this great pattern! This cozy scrap afghan is great for nap time, but also makes a classic, soft play mat for baby - a perfect addition to any nursery. Baby will love the bright colors, shapes, and textures of this gift! Get started now with Great Grannies!

    Crochet Play Mat For Baby

    10. A Cute Sock Monkey Set: Want a gift idea that will be a big hit at baby showers or any gathering? Crochet this adorable hat and diaper cover set! Transform Baby into a playful sock monkey with these cozy pieces, adorned with adorable ears, a pom-pom, and an oversized button for extra cuteness! Make this great crochet gift for baby now with Hats & Diaper Covers Book 2.
    Crochet Sock Monkey Set For Baby

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

  • Crochet Gifts For Valentine's Day

    Top Gifts To Crochet For Valentine's Day

    Crochet special gifts for all the special people in your life this Valentine's Day. Whether you're looking for gifts for your friends, family, or loved ones, we have gathered Valentine's classics for you to make. There's hearts and flowers, teddy bears, and even jewelry! Celebrate love this year with the perfect gift.

    1. A Bright Afghan: This brightly colored crochet afghan is sure to brighten someone's day! Perfect for young girls or teens, this q-hook afghan is a perfect gift that is also quick and easy to crochet. The cozy warmth it provides will always serve as a reminder of your love! Get ahead on your Valentine's Day gifts with Q-Hook Afghans For The Family.

    Crochet Heart Afghan For Valentine's Day

    2. Gorgeous, Romantic Jewelry: This Everyone is getting jewelry for Valentine's Day - it's a classic! You can use your crochet skills with metallic thread and beads to make stunning, expensive looking jewelry for all your loved ones. They'll be delighted to wear any of these gorgeous necklaces or bracelets, and they won't be able to believe you made it yourself! Learn to crochet beautiful jewelry to make the best Valentine's Day gifts with Formal Jewelry.

    Crochet Valentine's Day Jewelry

    3. A Lovely Baby Blanket: This Every day is a great day to shower babies in love, but this Heart Blanket is especially perfect for Valentine's Day. Show baby your love when you surround it with hearts, soft pink, and cozy warmth. Crochet this precious baby blanket now with Best-Dressed Baby.

    Valentine's Day Baby Blanket To Crochet

    4. A Valentine Box: Bless someone special's heart on Valentine's Day by making them this beautiful box. The delicate thread crochet container will look lovely on her table and serve as a reminder of your special bond. Perfect for holding jewelry and other trinkets! Fill it with candy or other goodies for two gifts in one. Plus, you can start this great Valentine's Day gift instantly with the Bless Your Heart Box ePattern.

    Crochet Valentine's Day Box

    5. Cozy Floral Slippers: Treat your beloved friends and family to relaxation with these perfect, quick-to-crochet slippers. The beautiful florals make them perfect for a Valentine's gift that can be used all year round, plus you can make them in a variety of sizes to suit any loved one who may enjoy cozy slippers! Crochet great Valentine's Day gifts this year with Slippers for the Family.

    Crochet Valentine's Day Slippers

    6. A Beautiful Afghan: This beautiful afghan makes a great gift for Valentine's Day. Let your loved ones know you care when you give them this intricate, cozy afghan. It will look beautiful all year long draped over a couch or bed. Plus, you can this wonderful gift now with A Year of Afghans 3 eBook.

    Crochet Valentine's Day Afghan

    7. A Whimsy Heart Shawl: Crochet this fun heart shawl for someone special this Valentine's Day! The will love the unique design and stylish warmth it offers. A great way to remind your loved ones how much they mean to you this year! Crochet this quirky Valentine's Day shawl now with The Treasury of Holiday Crochet.

    Crochet Valentine's Day Shawl

    8. A Classic Teddy Bear: Few things say "I love you" quite like a teddy bear, especially one that you've made yourself! With movable arms and legs, this cuddly cub can be positioned in all kinds of lovable poses. You're sure to receive lots of bear hugs in return for such a charming gift! Crochet this fun little bear now with the Lovey Bear ePattern.

    Crochet Valentine's Day Bear

    9. A Crochet Bookmark: Show your valentine or just a close friend that you're saving a special place in your heart for him or her with this bookmark! Clusters form the heart motifs, and fringe makes the page saver easy to find in any book. The perfect small gift to brighten anyones Valentine's Day! Crochet it for someone special with Beautiful Bookmarks.

    Crochet Valentine's Day Bookmark

    10. A Cup Cozy: This cute cozy will make a great gift to warm hearts - and safeguard fingers from hot cups! Let all your loved ones know you are thinking of them on Valentine's Day with this quick and easy crochet gift. Their day is sure to be brighter knowing you thought of them and made them this wonderful crochet cozy. Get ahead on your Valentine's Day gifting with Cup Cozies.

    Crochet Valentine's Day Cup Cozy

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

  • Crochet Gifts For Teen Guys

    Top Gifts To Crochet Teenage Guys

    Teenage guys are notoriously hard to shop for. This year, don't buy them a gift - crochet one! Whether he loves sports, hunting, or technology, you can find a great gift to crochet for him.

    1. A Cozy Blanket In His School Colors: This crochet stadium blanket is a great gift for guys who love sports or love showing their school spirit. Perfect to keep in his car or take to sporting events. Crochet this great gift for teenage guys with School Colors.

    Crochet Stadium Blanket For Guys

    2. A Crochet Pouch For His Tech: This crochet sleeve is great for keeping tablets, eReaders, or small laptops safe! The soft yarn keeps the screen free from scratches. A smart, useful gift for teenage guys. Start on this quick, easy project now with Beginner-Friendly Crochet.

    Tablet Sleeve For Teen Guys

    3. Crochet Sports Gear: Crochet his favorite team's mascot, then make a matching scarf, hat, and can cozy in that teams colors. He will love showing his team spirit with these pieces, plus they are sure to keep him warm on cold days! Make gifts teen guys will love with Home Team Gear.

    Team Gear For Teen Guys

    4. A Sporty Afghan: Get your game on with afghans for good sports! This crochet afghan featuring a slot machine with a winning reel of three 7’s 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.

    Crochet Slot Machine Afghan

    5. A Slouchy Camo Beanie: Crochet a trendy, slouchy beanie for the guy on your list. If he loves hunting or being outdoors, then he will love this camouflage hat! Great for looking fashionable and staying warm in winter. Get started on this great gift for guys now with Celebrity Slouchy Beanies For The Family 2.

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    6. A Sporty Stadium Seat: The teen guy on your list will love showing his school spirit with this comfortable stadium cushion. Make it in his favorite team colors and he is sure to take it to every game. You can start on it now with the Sporty Stadium Seat ePattern.

    Stadium Seat For Teen Guys

    7. An Oversized Scarf: Crochet a trendy, chunky scarf for the teen guy on your list. Whether he's a bit edgy or more preppy, any guy will love these giant cozy scarves! Great for braving the coldest of days. Crochet him a trendy scarf with Super Scarves.

    Crochet Scarf For Teen Guys

    8. A Pair Of Sporty Tube Socks: Crochet the teen guy on your list a pair of sporty socks this season. He will appreciate their comfort and warmth. A great stocking stuffer or small gift! Give one pair, or several. Get started now with I Can't Believe I'm Crocheting Socks.

    Crochet Socks For Teen Guys

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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

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    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 

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    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 

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    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

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    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

  • Crochet Gifts For Your Cat

    Crochet Gifts For Cats

    Crochet gifts for every member of the family this year, including your pets!  Show your favorite kitty love with these fun and cozy gifts. They will love them almost as much as they love playing with your yarn while you make them!

    1. A  Crochet Ball to Chase: Whether old or young, your cat will not be able to resist this catnip infused crochet toy! It combines two of cats favorite things: balls and yarn. They'll love to chase it and bat it back and forth! Give your cats what they want this season with Sweet Pet Comforts.

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    2. A Stocking of Their Own: Your cat will love to have its own stocking this year! Hang this cute stocking along with the rest of your family stockings, and fill it with treats and toys for kitty!  Crochet this special stocking now with Treasury Of Holiday Crochet.
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    3. A Cozy Basket For Winter Nights: Kitty will love to sleep all day in this cozy crochet basket. The yarn and fabric will smell just like home as you make it, so your cat will fall in love immediately! Create this soft, sturdy cat bed now with Baskets.

    Crochet Basket For Cats

     

    4. A Fun Fish Toy & Blanket: Don't buy cat toys this season, crochet your own! Your cat will love to bat around these soft handmade fish toys and then curl up for a nap on the whimsy matching blanket. Add catnip for extra fun! Get started on crochet gifts for your cat now with  Cuddles to Crochet For Pets.
    Crochet Fish For Cats

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

  • Crochet Gifts for Teenage Girls

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    Teenage girls can be hard to shop for, but they will love these handmade crochet gifts. Whether you're shopping for Christmas, Hanukkah, or birthdays, you'll find a gift any teenager will love.  Crochet your favorite teenaged girl a gift from this list and you're sure to see a big smile on her face!

     

    1. A Slouchy, Warm Hat: Crochet the teenage girl in your life something both warm and trendy! Whether she likes to kick up her heels or escape into her daydreams, a slouchy beanie will be a great gift. With cute details ranging from button flaps to cables and chevrons, you'll find the perfect crochet gift for her in Urban Slouch Hats.

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    2. An Adorable Tablet or Laptop Cover:  Teenage girls will love the cute cabled look of this crochet tablet cover, and the soft yarn will protect her tech! Create the perfect crochet gift for Christmas with Crochet Bags & Backpacks!

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    3. A Cozy Crochet Cardigan: Fashion-conscious teenagers are always searching for the perfect pieces. She will love to get a nice, thick cardigan to keep her warm on the coldest days this winter. Crochet a Christmas gift she will love this season with Crochet It. Love It. Wear It!

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    4. Fingerless Gloves: Fingerless gloves are the perfect gift for a teenage girl - they allow her to text and use her hands while cozy yarn and stitches keeps her hands warm. Plus, they're cute! Crochet her a pair in her favorite colors with the easy designs in Family Favorites.

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    5. A Bulky Scarf with a Pop of Color: Teenage girls will love to wear this bulky scarf all season long. It's neutral, but the colors are eye-catching and fun! Plus, it's easy to make! The stunning gradient of color is created using self-striping colors in the Landscapes Lion Brand Yarn. Get started now with Stripe Savvy.

     

    6. A Cute Afghan for Cuddling up with Netflix:  Any teenage girl's face will light up when she opens this present. Crochet this afghan in bright, eye catching colors for a fun, modern look. It's perfect size to curl up with on the couch. Get the easy pattern now in Easy Afghans.

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    7. An Oversized Tunic:  This oversized crochet sweater will be perfect to pair with leggings and boots. Any teenage girl would be delighted to wear it out and show it to all her friends. Create this great crochet gift in time for Christmas with Relaxed Fashion.

     

    8. A Crochet Crossbody Bag:  Crossbody bags are a perfect small size for carrying all the essentials a teenage girl needs - a cell phone, keys, wallet, & makeup.  Plus, she will love having her arms free! Choose yarn in her favorite color and embellish with cute buttons, as shown in Easy Essential Bags.

     

    9. A Chevron Cup Cozy:  These cute cozies make great gifts to warm hearts and safeguard fingers from hot cups.  Great as a small gift or stocking stuffer, she will love using these around the house or at school! This holiday season, crochet her Cup Cozies.
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    10. A Hip Mustache Pillow:  Who can resist pillows? They soften our world and add decorative accents to lots of different rooms. This pillow will be the perfect quirky accent to her bed, and will be a hit at sleepovers. Crochet a gift she'll love with Pillow Fun.

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    11. A Long Beaded Necklace:  Who This long beaded necklace has so many outfit possibilities - she will love to wear it, and you will love to make it! Use your crochet techniques with beads and nylon cord to make her a gift she will love. Get started today with Beaded Beauties to Crochet.

    Crochet Necklace For Teen Girls
    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Crochet.

  • Halloween Tote: Reflective® Finish

    My last blog entry told you about my trials and tribulations while learning how to crochet in the round. I shared with you my swatches and what I learned from each example.  I was very anxious to get started using the yarn specific for the project, Halloween Tote.  The project is one from Leisure Arts' item #75526 - Light-Reflecting Fashions.

    All projects in Light-Reflecting Fashions (Leisure Arts' #75526) use Red Heart® Reflective® yarn. All projects in Light-Reflecting Fashions (Leisure Arts' #75526) use Red Heart® Reflective® yarn.

    All the projects in this leaflet use Red Heart® Reflective® yarn.  October 31st is fast approaching so let me make one more review of my project instructions and off I go to get started!

    Having crocheted multiple swatches earlier, familiarized me to the pattern instructions, as well as setting my expectations of working with multiple strands of yarn. Not that some unexpected twists and turns couldn't happen, but I thought I was prepared. Oops; a snag!

    I'm so excited to start the bottom of the tote with Red Heart® Reflective® yarn. Uh-oh; there are two frayed, snagged areas so I'll be careful! I'm so excited to start the bottom of the tote with Red Heart® Reflective® yarn. Uh-oh; there are two frayed, snagged areas so I'll be careful!

    Both of these snagged areas looked worse than they were! I could easily tuck any loose fibers in between all four strands of yarn. I finished the bottom and was pleased that I did not have large holes in the composition of each stitch.

    The range of crochet hook sizes for the Halloween Tote project. I chose the middle hook marked Size P, 11.5 mm. The range of crochet hook sizes for the Halloween Tote project. I chose the middle hook marked Size P [11.5 mm].

    I chose to work with the middle hook as pictured above. The size stamped on it says Size P [11.5 mm]. This is smaller than the millimeter hook range as listed in the book's project instructions (SizeP/Q [15 mm]) but I was pleased with the results and the hook was comfortable to hold.

    As I approached Round 11 I took a closer look at my rounds and was pleased, except...except for the joining stitches! I couldn't understand why each stitch looked so loose on several rounds. Then I counted my most recent round and had one too many stitches! OUCH! I was very frustrated because I thought I marked the proper first single crochet stitch and managed the tension successfully while holding four strands. Quite the contrary!

    I did some research about the joining of rounds and what pitfalls crocheters experience. The reply by Karen of Colour in a Simple Life to one of her reader's problems addressed this issue. Karen showed a marked photograph, as well as a written explanation, which solved my dilemma; read it here in the blog entry, Colour in the Winter Blues from 2013.  Thank you, Karen!

    I do not have a picture of the ugliness of the five rounds before I ripped them out. But I was relieved to know that there was a solution -- and it really worked. I'll show you several pictures of the corrected rounds with their joining stitches looking neat and blending in with the other single crochet stitches quite nicely.

    The end of this round; now I clearly see my first single crochet marked with a stitch marker. The end of this round; now I clearly see my first single crochet marked with a stitch marker.
    The joining stitches for each round now look much tighter and blend more easier with the other stitches than my first try. The joining stitches for each round now look much tighter and blend more easier with the other stitches than my first try.
    Even looking at the joining stitches close up, they look consistent and neat. There could be improvement, but I am happy with each round. Even looking at the joining stitches close up, they look consistent and neat. There could be improvement, but I am happy with each round.
    Marked my first single crochet at the beginning of a new round. Marked my first single crochet at the beginning of a new round.

    I was happy to continue with my orange for the tote's body. Soon, I must change colors to black for the top section which included making handles. Another challenge since I had never done anything other than a flat pattern. It's tricky to work with dark colors because it really is challenging to see the stitches. Thank goodness I wasn't learning a new stitch on top of using a dark color for the first time!

    Almost done; I just joined the black yarn. Dark colors make it harder to see each stitch! Almost done; I just joined the black yarn. Dark colors make it harder to see each stitch!

    I did have to rip out the first handle once, but after that I "saw" the stitches more clearly and could complete the handles successfully. If I was an experienced crocheter, I might have opted to make the handles thicker. I say this because if this tote bag will be used by an avid trick-or-treater who might gather multiple pounds of candy, while swinging the bag to-and-fro, I might try to add another round to the handles.

    It really looks like a tote bag! Now for the finishing touches: the spider web and spider! EEK! It really looks like a tote bag! Now for the finishing touches: the spider web and spider! EEK!

    Okay - let's make this tote bag Halloween-ready...

    Voila; now I can more safely walk the neighborhood for trick-or-treat fun! Voila; now I can more safely walk the neighborhood for trick-or-treat fun!

    The spider web was not difficult to do. Just count the number of stitches/spaces to determine where to stitch your web in a fairly symmetrical placement on your Halloween Tote. Ta-dah, done! I love it, and not in a braggadocios way, but in an accomplished manner. It is a very compact and sturdy tote bag.

    Have fun getting revved up for October 31st by planning your decorations, costumes, and trick-or-treat travel route. Happy Halloween!

    Martha

     

  • Halloween Tote: Swatch Ready

    Aren't these silly questions: Do I really need another tote bag? Do I really need more yarn? I laughed out loud when I saw this Dory comic saved by Knitting Paradise on Pinterest. I have new Light Reflecting Yarn and a pattern for halloween tote, time to get started.

    For the love of yarn; found on Pinterest. For the love of yarn; found on Pinterest.

    I've only been learning to knit and crochet on-and-off for two years now; I've been coloring a lot the past 12 months! In this short amount of time, even I have accumulated five bins of yarn. However the lure of a new project, or a new color or texture of yarn, certainly inspires me to try something new. Plus, if the project is seasonal...BINGO, count me in! 

    Latest goal: I want to make this super-cute seasonal Halloween Tote. It is pictured in Leisure Arts' item #75526 - Light-Reflecting Fashions, using Red Heart's new line of Reflective yarn. What makes this tote unique is the promise of it being reflective; a silver grey reflective thread is spun with the other yarn fibers. This yarn and tote seem perfect for nighttime trick-or-treating while walking under the street lights, visiting neighborhood houses for treats.

    GOAL: To make a Halloween Tote Bag like the one pictured in Leisure Arts' item 75526 - Light-Reflecting Fashions. GOAL: To make a Halloween Tote Bag like the one pictured in Leisure Arts' item #75526 - Light-Reflecting Fashions.

    Crochet and knit projects require one to learn the language of the craft. In addition, the crocheter and knitter must try to learn the stitches. Once the mechanics of making the stitch(es) is mastered, the crocheter and knitter must work towards having consistent gauge. Gauge is why every project has the measurements for a swatch.

    Challenge No. 1 - Gauge: I've only made projects that were more lenient when it comes to gauge, i.e., dishcloths, a bandana, and fingerless mitts.

    Challenge No. 2 - Multi-strands held together.

    Challenge No. 3 - Working in-the-round.

    Understanding and doing are two different things; my comprehension of the instructions was one thing, my performance was another. I ripped out my first swatch after three rounds. I realized I was adding a chain stitch before every single crochet. Lesson learned: don't try to fit a new project into your schedule if you are tired.

    Here is my second swatch using four strands of Bulky weight yarn. This is NOT the yarn that will be used for my Halloween Tote, but it is the correct weight and number of strands held together. I definitely needed to use stitch markers!

    In-the-Round Swatch No. 2 - Using four strands of Bulky weight as called for in the directions. Oh, boy; the swatch is lopsided! In-the-Round Swatch No. 2 - Using four strands of Bulky weight yarn as called for in the directions. Oh, boy; the swatch is lopsided!

    I discovered that I was not recognizing the correct stitch when ending a round or joining; this resulted in too many stitches. I resorted to doing another swatch holding one strand, making my stitches very loose and using a Light weight yarn. I wanted to see each stitch very clearly.

    In-the-Round Swatch No. 3 - Back to one strand in Light weight; trying to see the construction of each stitch. In-the-Round Swatch No. 3 - Back to one strand in Light weight; trying to see the construction of each stitch.

    I learned where my error was occurring: I was not recognizing the first single crochet at the beginning of each round. When I finished each round, I needed to join the last single crochet to the first single crochet with a slip stitch. Instead, I was joining to the chain made at the beginning of the round. Okay; I learned my error. My fix was to use a stitch marker so I would not question the location of the first single crochet when I needed to finish the round by joining with a slip stitch.

    I didn't like the uneven open spaces that Swatch No. 3 had in some portion of the rounds. Granted I was still experimenting, but I decided to make another swatch. I didn't have any more of my practice Bulky weight yarn, so I chose Super Bulky yarn to make my next swatch. I would be more careful with the construction of my rounds with the hope of having tighter stitches.

    In-the-Round Swatch No. 4 - Using one strand but in Super Bulky weight. Okay; better gauge and count is correct. In-the-Round Swatch No. 4 - Using one strand of yarn but in Super Bulky weight. Okay; better gauge and count is correct.

    Alright; I think this is better! The stitch count is correct with their construction and gauge being more consistent. I felt like this was a major accomplishment -- three cheers for me! At least this was recognizable or passable as the bottom of a tote bag.

    I'm as ready as I can be; now it's time to open my new Reflective yarn and begin. I am a bit tentative, but I will get continual inspiration by looking at the finished Halloween Tote as pictured in Leisure Arts' item #75526 - Light-Reflecting Fashions.

    This Halloween Tote is one of the featured projects found in #75526 - Light-Reflecting Fashions. My goal is to make one for this season! This Halloween Tote is one of the featured projects found in Leisure Arts' item #75526 - Light-Reflecting Fashions. My goal is to make one for this season!

    Wish me luck; I'll keep you posted on my progress!

    Martha

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