Who’s Hitting the After Christmas Sales?

So, it’s December 26, 2018. You survived another Christmas. WOOHOOOOoooo! Now it’s time for those happysad mixed feelings that come in the wake of the holiday season: “Whew, that’s over and done with!” followed by “phooey, the credit card bills are here already? How’d they get here so fast?” Followed by wave after wave of emotion as you take down the tree, look at your holiday photos and maybe even make a few pages for your scrapbook.

Another Christmas is now behind us — but if you celebrate Christmas, it’s never too early to get going on next year’s Christmas projects. Maybe you could hit the after-Christmas sales, load up on some cheap supplies, and get started!

Or not…

Either way, you’re invited to grab any of our Christmas patterns so you’ll have ’em in your pattern stash when you do get around to working on Christmas designs again — whether it’s this week with deeply discounted Christmas yarns, or next year when the festivities start all over again.

I hope you had a lovely Christmas, and that your new year will be prosperous and blessed. For those of you who are shopping today, here’s hoping you’ll score bunches of amazing bargains.



XOXOXOXOXOXO,

Amy Solovay

Who’s Knitting or Crocheting Christmas Gifts This Year?

Kitchen Gift Set to Crochet for Christmas or Any Time
Kitchen Gift Set to Crochet for Christmas or Any Time

Are you in need of patterns for knitting or crocheting Christmas gifts for your loved ones, friends and colleagues? If so, our website is a great place to find project ideas, free patterns and recommendations for pay-for patterns that are truly worth the money.


Pictured above is a set that includes 2 crocheted potholders and one dishcloth. This set makes use of both Tunisian crochet and traditional crochet techniques for an interesting project that is as much fun to make as it is to give. I made my project samples in red, yellow and blue — but wouldn’t this set be adorable if you were to crochet it in red, white and green for Christmas? Or, you could re-color it into just about any 3 colors to match bakeware, dinnerware, kitchen decor, etc. If you have friends or relatives who like to bake Christmas cookies every year, this set would be a charming gift to give each of them.


If you aren’t yet familiar with Tunisian crochet, don’t worry; we’ve posted a free afghan stitch tutorial that will teach you the easy, basic stitch you need to know for crocheting these projects.


The patterns for making this set are free here on our website:

If you like this idea, but the set you see pictured above isn’t quite what you had in mind, I invite you to browse through our potholder patterns and dishcloth patterns to find more ideas. I’ve posted patterns for numerous other potholders and dishcloths that you might enjoy making — some of which are more “Christmas-y” than this set is. Here are a few highlights:


Christmas Crochet Potholder Patterns



Wonderful Knitting Patterns for Christmas and Other Occasions


Arne & Carlos Favorites includes Holiday patterns for Christmas, Halloween and Easter, plus everyday patterns too.
Arne & Carlos Favorites includes Holiday patterns for Christmas, Halloween and Easter, plus everyday patterns too.

Arne & Carlos Favorite Designs: This is an AMAZING book filled with gift-worthy patterns for Christmas ornaments, knitted birds, toys, dolls, crochet blankets, knitted slippers, Scandinavian-style sweaters and bunches of other super cool projects. If you’re a proficient knitter, and you want to buy one craft pattern book that could give you patterns to use for making gifts for basically everyone on your gift list, this would be my suggestion for the book to buy. Most of the patterns are for knitters, with a few crochet and embroidery projects included as well.

If you need more Christmas gift ideas, I invite you to check out the following pages on our website:

I hope you and yours will have a blessed holiday season this year!

Crochet a Ladies’ Scarf for Christmas

Crochet a Ladies' Scarf for Christmas
Crochet a Ladies’ Scarf for Christmas

Want to crochet a ladies’ scarf for Christmas? If so, you have zillions of possible choices — but the one pictured here is a particularly lovely choice. It’s totally gift worthy. And if you celebrate Christmas, this cheerful scarf could be a fantastic addition to your own wardrobe, too.


For those of you who don’t celebrate Christmas — and even for those of you who do — a quick color change would transform this scarf into an everyday design you could wear any time. You might prefer to crochet it in colors that match a favorite outfit, or a favorite sports team’s colors. There are many possibilities. I crocheted a couple of other versions in different holiday-themed colors.

The free crochet pattern is available here on our website, along with many other similar and not-so-similar patterns that might also be of interest. I invite you to browse through our pattern library to find a variety of different options for future crochet projects you’ll enjoy.


Thanks so much for your visit to KnittingandCrochet.net today!

Peppermint Candy-Inspired Crochet Potholders for Christmas 2018

Christmas Potholders Inspired by Striped Peppermint Candies. A Free Crochet Pattern Is Available for This Design.
Christmas Potholders Inspired by Striped Peppermint Candies. A Free Crochet Pattern Is Available for This Design.

Have you begun your countdown to December 25, 2018? Perhaps you’ve already started your Christmas crafting, and perhaps you haven’t — but either way, you still have plenty of time to whip up some Christmastime projects. Especially potholders, which are quick projects that don’t take much commitment.

If you’re in the mood to work on some Christmas crafts, we have plenty of ideas, not to mention free patterns, for you to try.

Pictured here: peppermint-candy inspired potholders that are reminiscent of the minty sweet treats you see in stores during the holiday season. They’re festive, attractive and tasty — just the thing to have in your kitchen while you’re doing your holiday baking, or planning your holiday parties and meals. Those fun little mints are ideal for everything from decorating your Christmas cookies to covering up the scent of eggnog on your breath.

They’re also fantastic inspiration for bunches of different craft projects.

Potholders like these make excellent Christmas gifts, but they’re also nice to keep for yourself — especially if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen during the holiday season.

Happily, these little pretties work up quickly enough that you can make a pair for yourself, plus more pairs to giftwrap and present to the chefs and bakers on your Christmas gift list.

You can crochet these fun potholders in red and white, as pictured, to resemble candy cane stripes. If you change the colors, the look could be completely different, and maybe not even Christmas-y, depending on the colors you choose.

Give This Pattern a Try:

More Christmas Craft Ideas

Kitchen Stitchin’ With a Christmas Theme Crochet Lovely Christmas Potholders and Other Christmas-Themed Kitchen Projects

Kitchen Stitching' With a Christmas Theme: Get Free Patterns for Crocheting Potholders and Other Kitchen Designs
Kitchen Stitching’ With a Christmas Theme: Get Free Patterns for Crocheting Potholders and Other Kitchen Designs

Holidays, cooking and baking seem to go hand-in-hand, don’t they? So I think it’s a great idea to turn our attention to some of the pretty holiday-themed kitchen accents we can crochet.


Pictured here is a cupcake potholder crocheted in Christmas colors. It’s one of the many designs included in our list of knit and crochet potholder patterns.

You could take any design on the potholder pattern list and crochet it in Christmas colors, but some of the designs on the list are already “Christmas-y” as is. For example, this striped potholder resembles a candy cane if you crochet it in red and white yarn. (If not, it’s just an ordinary striped potholder, as you can see here.)


This red, white and green striped potholder is also festive and Christmas-y.


I haven’t got around to crocheting this Christmas tree design in wool yarn to use as a potholder yet, but it’s on my to-do list to try. Please feel free to use that idea if you’d like.

If you do, keep in mind that the design as originally written was meant to be used as an afghan square, and was crocheted in acrylic. You don’t want to use acrylic or other synthetics for making potholders, because acrylic yarn can melt and emit toxic vapors when it gets hot (as it most certainly will when coming into contact with hot dishes). Wool is a better choice for using to make potholders, because it is self-extinguishing (which means that, if you accidentally catch it on fire, the wool will not burn — the fire will most likely just go out on its own). Wool can safely be heated and is also biodegradable; acrylic yarn does not readily biodegrade. Cascade 220 yarn is my new go-to favorite yarn for crocheting potholders — I highly recommend it.


Be sure to visit our directory of Christmas patterns if you’d like to find even more Christmas projects to make — like the cute little Christmas tree ornament that’s also pictured here.


Happy stitching, and happy holidays!

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Project Ideas for Using Layered Crochet Stitches

I’m getting ready to move, so I am going back through all my projects and deciding which of my finished objects to donate, what to gift to friends, what to keep and what to unravel. This is a bit like traveling back in time. It’s refreshing my memory on so many different ideas I had in the past, and so many different directions my knitting and crochet could take next.


This swatch is comprised of single crochet and chain stitches that are layered over each other in interesting ways. This idea is further developed into some crochet necklaces which you can make using free patterns available on the Internet.
This swatch is comprised of single crochet and chain stitches that are layered over each other in interesting ways. This idea is further developed into some crochet necklaces which you can make using free patterns available on the Internet.



Here’s a peek at a swatch of layered crochet stitches I worked back in 2009, when I first began designing crochet patterns for public consumption.

I’ve learned a lot between now and then; there are good things and bad things about the direction of the growth I’ve experienced in that time. I think in many ways, I’ve become more adept at pattern writing, and my patterns are clearer than they were in the earlier days. The downside is that, in the early days, I was more willing to try complex things that were difficult to explain via crochet patterns. Since many of my readers are beginning crocheters, somewhere along the line I began making choices that are safer, simpler and more beginner friendly. So some of the resulting clarity has come at the expense of work that is a little more interesting, different and unusual.


Looking at this swatch is a good reminder of the kind of work that I used to do in the past but haven’t done much of lately. I used to take more risks with my crocheting, and I was more willing to spend time on pieces that failed, or at least failed to achieve “commercial success.” At the time, since I was just getting started with designing for the public, I didn’t even understand what “commercial success” was. I have a clearer understanding of that now, although I am still learning more every day.


In the swatch pictured above, the lower layer of the fabric is single crochet. The upper layer consists of arches of chain stitches and single crochet.

After I initially created this swatch, I developed the concept into several finished projects:

Looking at this swatch reminds me that there are so many other different directions this idea could go in:

  • Different ways to work out the stitch repeat
  • Different color combinations to try
  • Different yarns to use
  • Different finished projects that could result

I crocheted both this swatch and my necklaces with embroidery floss. I think that using a thicker yarn would make an awfully thick fabric, but I’d still be interested to try it and see what happens. When worked with bulkier yarns, it could perhaps make an interesting purse or tote bag…a coffee cup cozy…the cuffs of a garment or the lower edge of a sweater…the lower edge of a hat…so many ideas!


For now, though, I have to resume with my decluttering and destashing, so instead of working on new ideas and new patterns I will have to content myself with linking you up to pages I’ve already posted:

Quick Crochet Projects for Christmas 2015 This Page Was Updated on 10-26-2015.

Hello Crocheters and Knitters!

Anybody need some quick, fun holiday themed crochet projects to work on? Here are a few ideas that I hope you can use if you have any "down time" in the next couple of months. (And if not..I hope you'll at least take a moment to grab the patterns anyway, 'cause you can always use 'em next year…)

Christmas Tree Applique

Quick, Easy Christmas Tree Applique -- With Free Symbol Crochet Chart and Pattern Available
Quick, Easy Christmas Tree Applique — With Free Symbol Crochet Chart and Pattern Available

It doesn't take long to whip up this quick little Christmas tree applique. You could use the applique to transform just about any type of crochet or craft project into a Christmas project. You could even use the applique on store-bought items if you're in a hurry.

Related Crochet Pattern: Christmas Tree Ornament

Ornaments come in handy for both decorating and gift-giving. They’re pretty quick to make, too. The ornament linked above is really similar to the Christmas tree applique pictured above — and no wonder, because the ornament is constructed using two of those appliques.

Christmas Crochet Cupcake Potholders

Awhile back, I posted a new variation of my cupcake pattern. It’s a cute potholder with a cupcake design.

Crochet Cupcake Potholder -- The Free Crochet Pattern and Cupcake Chart Are Available Online
Crochet Cupcake Potholder — The Free Crochet Pattern and Cupcake Chart Are Available Online

The original cupcake design was a square with a light pink background, darker pink frosting, red cherry, and tan “cake”. My new colorway: I changed the background to off-white, the frosting to green, and the cake to a slightly darker brown. I kept the red cherry the same.

To transform this design into a potholder, I added a red border around the outside edge, along with a hanging loop in one corner, and a bit of green surface crochet detailing.

I don’t do much Christmas baking any more, but if you do, perhaps you’ll enjoy having these potholders on hand while making Christmas cookies and cakes (and cupcakes! Don’t forget the cupcakes…)

Either way, I hope those of you who celebrate Christmas will enjoy your holiday season this year.

More Quick Crochet Projects for Christmas 2015:

More Holiday Crafting:

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Make-Ahead Christmas Gifts to Give Unexpected Guests

Do you have a big family? How about a bunch of friends, co-workers, and nearby neighbors?

On one hand, it’s lovely to have a large network of people you know — and can turn to for insights, gossip, entertainment, fun or help as needed.

On the other hand, the more people you know, and the more people you have in your life, the more likely you are to forget about somebody important when gift-giving occasions occur.

This is something that’s easily avoided with a little pre-planning.

The secret: create a space, perhaps a shelf in your closet, unused cupboard in the kitchen, or area in the garage, that’s devoted specifically to gifts for upcoming holidays and occasions. Devote most of the space to gifts you want to give to the main players in your life — but also set aside at least part of the space for stashing some make-ahead gifts that would be appropriate for many different people. These would be gifts you can give to unexpected guests.

Throughout the year, stock this space with likely-looking items that you either buy on sale, or make ahead of time.

This need not be just a stash of Christmas gifts. You may wish to keep a few baby items on hand so you always have something ready if you get a last-minute baby shower invitation. It’s also a good idea to have some birthday-friendly items, and an assortment of greeting cards, ready to put in your stash.

A Few Ideas for Stocking Your Make-Ahead Gift Stash:

If there are bunches of kids on your gift list, amigurumi toys are fantastic items to stash.


Christmas ornaments are failsafe gifts for people who celebrate Christmas. (Do avoid giving them to anyone who’s Jewish or Messianic…or for that matter, anyone at all who doesn’t celebrate Christmas.)


If your crowd is of-age and enjoys alcoholic beverages, bottles of liqueur or wine, tucked inside pretty handmade bottle cozies, are a possibility for making ahead of time.


Pouches full of small items like office supplies, little toys, wrapped candies, hair accessories or lottery tickets are creative gifts that work well for emergency gift-giving.

The office supplies might be appreciated by co-workers you don’t know all that well.

The toys would be fun gifts for kids.

The wrapped candies would be great for just about anybody who isn’t diabetic or on a restricted diet.

The hair accessories would be nice for little girls, tweens or teens.

The lottery tickets, well, I normally think they’re a waste of money — but in the past I have had fun giving tickets to coworkers.

One year I bought 50 tickets and gave them out, one each, to 50 different co-workers.

I wish I could tell you that somebody hit the jackpot, but the results were not that exciting. One guy won $20; several other co-workers won additional tickets. Overall, the state of California was the biggest winner…but at least that idea neatly solved the problem of how I could get gifts for 50 co-workers on a tiny budget of only $50.

In the past I’ve experimented with maintaining a gift stash like the one I’m describing. In my experience, the stashed items that came in handiest were the baby projects. For whatever reason, I never seem to get much notice when a new baby is about to make an appearance. For that reason, I always try to keep a few baby projects on hand, or at least in progress, so I’m never caught empty handed. Preferably, it’s nice to have a mix that includes some baby boy projects, some baby girl projects, and some gender-neutral projects — just to cover your bases.

A Tip: It’s a good idea to wrap each gift that you stash ahead of time, but if you do, discreetly stick a post-it note to the package with a note reminding you about what’s inside. Be sure to remove the note before you give the gift to its final recipient!

I hope these ideas will help you avoid possible embarrassment, not to mention some of the biggest stress-creators that come along with holiday entertaining and gift-giving. Won’t it be nice to never again have to worry when long-lost relatives turn up on Christmas morning — because you will be able to gracefully grab appropriate gifts out of your stash to present to them?


Wishing you and yours all the best for a happy fall, followed by a happy holiday season this year.

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