Bracelets are reasonably quick projects to crochet, and I love them because they allow for so much easy experimentation — with materials, colors, textures and forms.
I find that wire crochet bracelets are particularly interesting to experiment with. There are so many different ways you can make them. The wire, being stiff, can be sculpted in different ways if you like; and when you crochet with it, a sort of magic happens. It’s almost like creating a delightful fusion of lace and metalwork; the two disparate crafts intertwine and become one. Add beads to the mix, and the results are even more spectacular.
Pictured here are a couple of wire crochet bracelets that I’ve posted online, along with free patterns in case you’d like to crochet some similar pieces. The bracelet shown above is a wire cuff bracelet crocheted in Christmas colors. I adore its lacy look.
The bracelet shown at lower right is one of my latest beaded wire crochet projects. This design is crafted using wire, red coral beads, jasper stone beads, and glass beads. If you don’t already know how to make one of these, no worries, you can learn how to do it — for free! The free bracelet pattern is available right here on our website for you to use.
I’m showing you these particular bracelets because I think they are both nice designs for Christmas, which is coming up soon; it’ll be here before you know it. If you’d like to make yourself some pretty holiday baubles, these would be lovely to whip up for wearing to any upcoming holiday parties or gatherings. If these designs aren’t quite what you have in mind, our list of free jewelry patterns offers even more options. I hope you’ll enjoy browsing through them.
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.)
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.
Here’s a fun needlework project idea for those of you who celebrate Christmas. It’s a cute Christmas tree decoration to crochet.
You could use this little Christmas tree as an ornament or a door hanger. (If you want to make it a door hanger, just be sure to make the hanging loop long enough to fit over the doorknob where you want to hang it.)
This project is made by crocheting and joining two easy Christmas tree shapes that you can make using our free symbol crochet chart and pattern.
This is a quick crochet project with a lot of creative potential. You’re invited to grab the free chart and ornament pattern from our website, and give this project a try.
Have you begun your countdown to December 25, 2019? 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.
The holiday season is the perfect time to show off your crocheted lovelies! If you don’t have any lovelies to show off, or if you do but you want some new ones, now is a great time to make some for yourself. Some of these projects are versatile enough to be worn for any holiday from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. Others are specifically meant to be Christmas designs. Hopefully you’ll find some new wardrobe pieces to make and add to your closet now that the holiday season is upon us.
Festive Jeweled Neck Warmer
When I first imagined this easy crochet neck warmer, I was hoping to create a design that would be ideal for the the winter holiday season — something that would be warm, yet impressive enough to wear out to Christmas parties, family gatherings, holiday festivities and such.
I think this neck warmer turned out to be exactly the type of wardrobe piece I had in mind. This design is almost a hybrid between a necklace and a scarf; it’s warmer than a necklace would be, and it’s dressier than your typical winter scarf is. It’s also a quick, easy project that’s suitable for total beginners to crochet. For a crocheter with some experience, it won’t take long to whip this up. For beginners, I don’t think there’s any such thing as a truly quick project — but even for a beginner, this is a much quicker project than usual. So if you want to spend a little time kicking back and relaxing with your crochet amid the holiday hubbub, this pattern is a really good one to reach for.
Shawls and Wraps
Shawls are so beautiful, and the extra bit of warmth is always welcome during the winter season. If you think you’d like to crochet a shawl for the holidays, I highly recommend Sharon Silverman’s lovely new book called Delicate Crochet. The book features (among other things) an outstanding selection of 8 spectacular, stylish, feminine shawl and wrap patterns. All together, you get 23 different patterns in the book — and these designs are dressy and beautiful enough to wear out to all the parties, gatherings and events you might have planned during the holiday season.
If you want even more options for dressy crochet shawl patterns, take a look at Sara Kay Hartmann’s book called Poetic Crochet. It’s an intriguing book that is exclusively devoted to featuring crochet patterns for shawls and wraps — no other types of projects are included. Each of the patterns in the book was inspired by a famous classic poem.
If you’d prefer to knit a shawl, I highly recommend taking a look at Vogue Knitting Shawls & Wraps 2. This book includes some of the loveliest and most impressive shawl knitting patterns I’ve yet come across.
This stylish cuff bracelet is crocheted in two colors of wire, and it’s accented with contrasting yet complementary beads. I crocheted my sample bracelet in Christmas colors — red and green wire, with bronze-colored seed bead accents.
As is, it’s a great look for those of you who would like to wear it during the Christmas season. But, if you’d like it to be wearable all year long, all it would take is a color change to make the bracelet in more of an everyday color palette. Why not try making it in silver, gold and bronze? Or perhaps in vibrant, bohemian hues of colored wire. If you have a favorite floral dress, try using a green-colored wire that matches the green leaves on the flowers; instead of the red wire, use whichever color is the main flower color; and instead of the bronze, substitute whichever color is used in the background of the floral fabric on the dress. Voila! Now you have the perfect accessory to wear with your dress.
This is another quick project that doesn’t involve a big time commitment.
I know it’s not even October yet, but the holiday season is just around the corner. It’s only a few short months until December rolls around. With that in mind, I’ve posted a Christmas-friendly symbol crochet chart you can use for crocheting a little Christmas tree motif similar to the one pictured here.
If you crochet this little Christmas tree, you could use it as an applique; it would be nice to stitch it to a hat, sweatshirt, tote bag, Christmas stocking, Christmas tree skirt or other creative craft project for a bit of holiday pizzazz. It would also make a fantastic ornament if you prefer to use it that way.
Please keep in mind that this motif doesn’t specifically need to be a Christmas tree. If you’d rather have a plain pine tree, it’s even easier than the Christmas tree you see pictured — just leave off the buttons, doodads and decorations.
Plain pine trees would be nice for embellishing projects that you want to be able to use throughout the entire winter season; you won’t feel obligated to put a pine tree project away on December 26th, when Christmas is over and done with. Which reminds me that I should also mention this pretty pine tree square, which you can crochet in Christmas colors if you like — or not. Whichever you prefer.
If you want to crochet a large project like a blanket in time for Christmas, it’s definitely time to get moving on that — just to be sure you get it all finished in time. Of course, now is a great time go get started on all your holiday crafting — because at this point, you have time to get things finished before the crazy-busy holiday rush begins.
More Fun Seasonal & Holiday Crochet, Knitting and Craft Projects:
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 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’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.
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:
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…)
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.
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.
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.
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.