The Ideal Christmas Gifts for Kids Share This One Characteristic

Are there any kids on your gift list who are between the ages of 6 and 18? If so, I have a suggestion: Instead of giving them toys or candy, give them gifts that will teach them truly useful skills — skills that will engage them, keep them busy and provide them with a lifetime’s worth of benefits.


Why do I make this suggestion?


Lots of reasons.


As a freelance writer, one of the topics I covered most frequently in 2019 was the opioid crisis in the United States (which is on its way to becoming a global crisis). It’s tragic.


What I discovered in the course of my research about this crisis: The reasons for the crisis are numerous and complex. But, surprisingly, one of the things that most frequently drives people to abuse drugs is boredom.


Boredom!


And how do you prevent children and teenagers from becoming bored? That isn’t easy, is it?


Well, I can’t speak for everyone. But, as a teenager, I was not ever bored. Not ever!


Why not?


I wasn’t ever bored because there were lots of things I liked to spend time on. I enjoyed crochet, knitting, crafts, reading, journaling, writing stories, cheerleading, watching movies, playing with my pets, spending time with my family and friends, going out with my boyfriend and working as a waitress at a local restaurant. There simply wasn’t any reason for me to be bored.


When I felt like maybe boredom could be coming on, the first thing I would do was reach for my crochet hooks and yarn. Using drugs was something that never even occurred to me as a possibility. Sure, I knew people who used drugs. And there were people who offered me drugs. I had no reason to accept the offers. I led a full life without drugs.


Ultimately, the gift of a full life is the gift that we need to give to our children if we hope to see an end to the opioid crisis.


We need to spend quality time with our children. We also need to encourage them to seek deep, meaningful friendships with others. We need to empower them to choose friends who will encourage them to be their best selves.


We need to teach them to read for pleasure.


We need to teach them useful skills that will engage them and give them ways to express their creativity. For me, crochet and knitting were the two that did the trick — and they’re two that I highly recommend teaching your kids (because they’re easy, popular, the barriers to entry are low, and there are easily accessible supplies available in an abundance of places ranging from your local Walmart to the internet to local craft stores if you happen to have them). But there are zillions of other possibilities: gardening, cooking, painting, drawing, computer programming, playing a musical instrument, martial arts, team sports — the list is really endless.


Since this is a knitting and crochet site, and since knitting and crochet were such an integral part of my own engagement in childhood, I’ll finish up this post by making some recommendations for fantastic gifts that can point a child in the right direction of these specific skills. But, really, I think the most important thing is to empower your children to learn at least one useful life skill that is of interest to them. It doesn’t have to be knitting or crocheting.

Finger Knitting for Kids: Super Cute & Easy Things to Make

Finger Knitting for Kids book by Eriko Teranishi, published by Tuttle Publishing
Finger Knitting for Kids Book: Super Cute & Easy Things to Make by Eriko Teranishi, published by Tuttle Publishing

This is a truly adorable book filled with useful, easy-to-understand information aimed at kids. The book includes tutorials for finger knitting plus instructions for making bunches of super cute projects including scarves, hair accessories, home decor items and more. The projects are all appealing ones that I think could be good motivators for kids — particularly girls, but there are a few boy-friendly items too — to want to learn how to do finger knitting.


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Amigurumi Adorable Collection

Amigurumi, an Adorable Collection: Heroes, Animals and Monsters to Crochet, published by Leisure Arts
Amigurumi, an Adorable Collection: Heroes, Animals and Monsters to Crochet, published by Leisure Arts

Amigurumi patterns are good motivators for younger kids to learn how to crochet — because what child wouldn’t want to have such fun toys to play with after they’re finished crocheting? And many of the patterns are easy ones, requiring only chains, single crochet, and slip stitch plus some shaping and finishing skills.


The book you see pictured here, Amigurumi Adorable Collection, gets my vote as being one of 2019’s best value crochet pattern books. There are bunches of fun, playful, adorable patterns packed into this book at a super affordable price. The patterns in this book are suitable for boys and girls, both. I think any child who’s old enough to crochet would be excited to have a copy of this book.


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Crochet for Girls

Crochet for Girls book by Zess, published by Stackpole Books
Crochet for Girls book by Zess, published by Stackpole Books

If you’re shopping for Christmas gifts for one or more girls, I think Crochet for Girls by Zess is an excellent book to consider. This book will empower your girl(s) to crochet some fun, stylish new wardrobe pieces like sweaters, dresses, skirts, hats, leg warmers and purses. They’ll be able to enjoy all the satisfaction that comes from choosing suitable yarns and colors and then making their own garments and accessories.


The majority of the patterns in this book are for girls’ sizes 4,6,8 and 10. I think the ideal age for starting to crochet is usually around age 6; and you couldn’t expect a girl much younger than 6 to be able to read this book anyway. So if you’re going to give this book as a gift to a girl, I’d recommend giving it to a girl between the ages of 6 and 10. It’s also possible that there may be some mature 5-year-olds who could enjoy success with crochet, although they would need major help with actually making a project.


This book would also make a great gift for a mom who wants to crochet clothing or accessories for her daughters between the ages of 4-10.


This book is simply delightful, and I think girls will really enjoy crocheting from this book. They’re also likely to enjoy wearing and using the projects they make from it. I wish someone would make a comparable book on Crochet for Boys…

Crochet Hooks

Any crochet hook or crochet hook set could be a good gift for a new crocheter who doesn’t already have the tools and supplies needed for crochet. If you’re totally, completely dead broke, a single aluminum crochet hook only costs about $3 and would be sufficient to help a new crocheter get started. Boye and Susan Bates are 2 of the most popular brands of aluminum crochet hooks. Either of these brands are great for beginners; both make sturdy enough hooks for beginners to succeed with. In general, a size H hook would be a good choice for a first crochet hook — or a size G, if your crocheter will be focusing mostly on making amigurumi crochet projects.


But, ideally, if you have the resources, it would be ideal to give your aspiring crocheter a set of multiple crochet hooks so s/he has the tools to crochet a broad variety of projects. A no-frills set of aluminum crochet hooks is still a budget-friendly gift. If you have a bigger budget for this particular gift, a set of sturdy ergonomic hooks, like Clover Soft Touch crochet hooks, would be an improvement over the simple aluminum ones. But any crochet hook that gets your gift recipient started is a good choice. S/he can always upgrade later.

Knitting Needles for Beginners

I think the finger knitting book I mentioned above is an excellent choice for beginners to knitting for a number of reasons. One is that it entirely eliminates all the stress around learning how to hold knitting needles and figuring out which knitting needles to buy (never mind the expense of knitting needles. In general, needles are pretty affordable, but the expenses add up if you end up buying new needles frequently.)


But if you want to buy knitting needles as a gift for a new knitter, there are 2 resources I recommend consulting. The first is our beginner’s guide to knitting needles; and the other is whichever pattern your beginning knitter will start with. If there’s a pattern s/he wants to make, the ideal knitting needles are the size and style of needles recommended in the knitting pattern.

The Best Yarn for Beginners to Crochet and Knitting

Cascade 220 Worsted Weight Wool Yarn
Cascade 220 Yarn

In general, the best yarn for new knitters and crocheters is smooth and either light or bright colored. If there’s a pattern s/he wants to work, buy the yarn recommended in the pattern.


Otherwise, if you have absolutely no idea which yarn to buy for a beginning crocheter or knitter, I recommend Cascade 220 as being one of the top choices you’d want to consider. This yarn is sturdy, affordable, virtually flaw-free and easy to work with. It stands up to insane amounts of abuse. It comes in a huge color palette, so you’ll be able to find the colors you need. It’s easy to fix mistakes made with this yarn. In short, it’s everything a beginner could possibly want in a yarn.


So there you have it: Those are my thoughts on the ideal Christmas gifts for kids. I welcome your comments, particularly if you have other actionable suggestions for how to empower kids to lead happy and fulfilled lives — or other suggestions for gifts that will help them do so.

Our Readers’ Top Pick for a Crochet Stitch Dictionary in 2019

Melissa Leapman's Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters
Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters, Published by Quarto US / Creative Publishing International

For the past few months, I’ve been working on updating my Christmas Gift Guide for 2019. One of the mainstays on the list for the past couple of years has been the book you see pictured here: Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters. This has also been the crochet book that sold best through our affiliate links so far in 2019.


I finally made the decision to pull it off our list of best gifts in 2019 — but that’s only because so many of our readers have already bought copies of this book for themselves and all their friends who crochet. It hasn’t actually stopped being a great gift.

I own a copy of this book, and it is one of my most frequently-used crochet references; if you’re looking for a substantial gift to give a crochet enthusiast, one that s/he’s likely to get a LOT of use from, this book is a fantastic choice.

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Christmas Blankets to Crochet

There are bunches of reasons you might want to crochet a Christmas blanket. Perhaps a blanket would make the ideal gift for one of your friends; or perhaps you’d like one for making your own home cozier and more festive during the holiday season. If you’d like to crochet a Christmas blanket for Christmas 2019, perhaps you’ll be interested in the following patterns:

Christmas Tree Blanket With Checkerboards

Crochet Christmas Blanket -- Free Pattern
Crochet Christmas Blanket — Free Pattern

To make this blanket, you crochet squares in 3 different patterns; one is a square with a Christmas tree motif, and the other 2 are checkerboards. Then you sew the squares together and add an edging. You can check out the free crochet blanket pattern HERE. There’s also a free pattern available for a matching Christmas pillow.

Peppermint Pinwheels Crochet Blanket Pattern

The Peppermint Pinwheels Afghan by Carole G. Wilder, published in Crochet Afghan Revival by Leisure Arts.
The Peppermint Pinwheels Afghan by Carole G. Wilder, published in Crochet Afghan Revival by Leisure Arts.

This festive blanket is an intermediate-level crochet pattern. To make this project, you’ll ideally want to use red and white worsted weight yarn plus a size H / 5.0 mm crochet hook. If you crochet to the correct gauge and follow the pattern instructions, the end result will be a blanket measuring approximately 56 inches (142 cm) x 56 inches (142 cm).


Would you like to make an afghan just like this one? Grab the pattern at either of the following links:

Design Your Own Christmas Blanket

Want to customize your own Christmas afghan? If so, there are several other resources you should know about.


Design Your Own Christmas Blanket using this Puff Stitch Christmas tree square
Design Your Own Christmas Blanket using this Puff Stitch Christmas tree square

This oversized Christmas tree square could be used for designing your own Christmas blanket, or for any other similar Christmas projects you might happen to have in mind. This is a free crochet pattern, so please don’t hesitate to use it if you can think of something you’d like to make with it. And check out this page of Christmas patterns, because we’ve made bunches of other free Christmas designs available in addition to this one. It’s our Christmas gift to you — enjoy! (The page also includes links to some of our favorite pay-for Christmas books and patterns, plus links to our favorite free patterns made available by other designers, in addition to the free designs we’ve made available).

Crochet Stitch Dictionaries for Designing Your Own Christmas Blankets:

Most crochet stitch dictionaries aren’t specifically Christmas books, but you can use them for designing whatever Christmas projects you like — including blankets. If you enjoy designing your own blankets and other projects, the following are some wonderful stitch dictionaries you might want to consider adding to your crochet book stash:


500+ Crochet Stitches With CD — Booklet + CD Bundle:


If you have a need for massive quantities of different crochet stitches to work with,this bundle is the all-time, absolute BEST VALUE I know of. The bundle includes a CD-rom with 7 different PDF-formatted crochet stitch dictionaries, PLUS a beginner’s guide to crochet in paperback format. These books are mostly stitch dictionaries, but a couple of them also include stitch sampler blanket patterns. The paperback book also includes 2 lovely, appealing blanket patterns. So you actually get a nice mix of stitches, PLUS you also get a few blanket patterns, too. Plus you also get a beginner’s guide to crochet.


Various authors wrote the PDF e-books, which means that you get access to crochet stitches in a whole bunch of different styles. The books’ authors include some of the crochet’s most noteworthy “celebrities” — like Darla Sims and the late Jean Leinhauser, who has been acknowledged as one of the Great Matriarchs of needlework publishing.


Overall, I think this is a pretty incredible offer. If you need a new stitch dictionary, you should definitely consider grabbing this bundle before the folks at Annie’s come to their senses and raise the price on it.


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50 Stitches for Afghans:


50 Stitches for Afghans, a crochet stitch dictionary by Darla Sims, published by Annie's Crochet
50 Stitches for Afghans, a crochet stitch dictionary by Darla Sims, published by Annie’s Crochet

One of my favorite crochet pattern designers, Darla Sims, wrote this beautiful book giving you 50 different stitches that are all suitable to use for crocheting afghans and blankets. None of them specifically intended to be Christmas patterns (although, to my eyes, the 24th stitch pattern in the book looks a lot like Christmas trees; if you were to crochet rows 3 and 4 in pine green yarn, and the other rows in white yarn, I think it would look like rows of evergreens in the snow.) Anyway…while they aren’t specifically Christmas patterns, they’d be totally usable for designing Christmas blankets. Simply use Christmas-friendly colors for crocheting them, and combine them with Christmas-friendly motifs from other sources if you want to create a more overtly Christmas-friendly design.


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We hope these ideas are inspiring to you, and that you’ll be able to find or design exactly the right pattern for the Christmas blanket of your dreams. Happy crocheting, and Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate this holiday.

Crocheted and Knitted Mittens Make Fantastic Christmas Gifts

Do you enjoy making Christmas gifts for your loved ones? If so, you still have some time between now and Christmas to finish some wonderful handmade gifts for them.


There are zillions of possibilities for nice things you could make for your family and friends. But if you live in an area where December is a cold month, mittens make lovely, practical gifts that the recipient will be able to use right away.

The Following Books Offer You Fantastic, Gift-Worthy Mitten Patterns to Knit and Crochet:

Maja’s Swedish Mittens

Maja's Swedish Mittens, a knitting pattern book by Maja Karlsson, published by Trafalgar Square Books
Maja’s Swedish Mittens, a knitting pattern book by Maja Karlsson, published by Trafalgar Square Books

Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Knitted Mittens

Jorid Linvik's Big Book of Knitted Mittens: 45 Distinctive Scandinavian Knitting Patterns
Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Knitted Mittens: 45 Distinctive Scandinavian Knitting Patterns

Winter Knits From Scandinavia

Winter Knits From Scandinavia by Jenny Alderbrant, published by Trafalgar Square Books.
Winter Knits From Scandinavia by Jenny Alderbrant, published by Trafalgar Square Books.

Hats, Scarves & Mittens for the Family

Crochet Hats, Scarves & Mittens for the Family, published by Annie's Crochet
Crochet Hats, Scarves & Mittens for the Family, published by Annie’s Crochet

These books would all be excellent choices if you want to crochet or knit mittens for your inner circle for Christmas 2019 — or any time.


Here’s wishing you and yours a blessed holiday season this year.

See Also: Christmas Crochet and Knitting; Christmas Crafts

Halloween: The Ideal Holiday for Beastly Crochet Patterns

Brenda K.B. Anderson’s pattern book, Beastly Crochet, wasn’t specifically intended to be a book of Halloween patterns. However, if you celebrate Halloween, October is a great time for crocheting the patterns in the book. That’s because this pattern collection is all Halloween friendly.

Beastly Crochet Book by Brenda K.B. Anderson, Published by Interweave Press
Beastly Crochet Book by Brenda K.B. Anderson, Published by Interweave Press


For example, let’s take the critters on the Beastly Crochet book cover (pictured.) If you look closely at their mouths, you’ll see these little monsters are stuffed with candy. They’re the perfect storage units for all the Halloween candy your little trick-or-treaters or party-goers might collect on Halloween night. Cute, aren’t they? You can crochet and felt them using the pattern and instructions given in this book.

If you want to make Halloween costumes for yourself or a child you know, this book has patterns you could use. There’s a super cute pattern for Sasquatch Slippers and Mittens, which I think might also work as bear claws. So you could dress up as a sasquatch or a bear if you make these. There’s also a vampire hat which could be the basis for an interesting Halloween costume.


The sweet skull hairpins are totally Halloween friendly. If those aren’t quite what you had in mind, you can check out bunches more knit and crochet skull patterns on our website. The link takes you to a list that’s mostly free patterns aside from the ones included in this book. The book also includes a sugar skull bag pattern, which I think is a little creepy — but I guess that’s the idea, right?


One of the fantastic things about this book is that the patterns are great for Halloween, but you can also use them at other times too. That translates to a great value for the time and money you spend on both the book and the projects. A big thumbs up to that!

Overall I really enjoyed this book, which tells you a lot since I am not someone who ordinarily enjoys crocheting skulls or creepy projects.

If you want more details about the book and its contents, I invite you to click here for my detailed book review.

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Knit or Crochet a Shawl for Fall

You can use fall colors to knit or crochet yourself a splendid shawl using any of these gorgeous shawl and wrap patterns. There are some lovely knit and crochet shawl instructions available for you to use. Check ’em out!


Beaded Crescent Shawl Knitting Pattern by Anniken Ellis; This Knitting Pattern Is Included in Vogue Knitting Shawls & Wraps 2, Published by Sixth & Spring Books. The Shawl Is Knitted in an Interesting Cashmere/Possum/Silk Blend Yarn Called Zealana Air.
Beaded Crescent Shawl Knitting Pattern by Anniken Ellis; This Knitting Pattern Is Included in Vogue Knitting Shawls & Wraps 2, Published by Sixth & Spring Books. The Shawl Is Knitted in an Interesting Cashmere/Possum/Silk Blend Yarn Called Zealana Air.

If you’d rather work from a pattern book, you have lots of options for that as well. Check out the following books to find spectacular shawl patterns:

Other Fall Knitting and Crochet Projects:

An Early (Crocheted) Snowfall! Lovely Crochet Snowflake Patterns to Enjoy

It’s September. Is it snowing yet? No? Well who cares if it’s too early for a blizzard; I love crocheting snowflakes.


Hexagon Crochet Snowflake Motifs to Use for Christmas Tree Ornaments: These ornaments are made using a hexagon motif pattern from Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng, published by Interweave. Crocheted and photographed by Amy Solovay.
Hexagon Crochet Snowflake Motifs to Use for Christmas Tree Ornaments: These ornaments are made using a hexagon motif pattern from Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng, published by Interweave. Crocheted and photographed by Amy Solovay.

Here at KnittingandCrochet.net, snowflakes are one of our favorite design themes. There’s something irresistible about them; every time I see one, it seems to me that their symmetry and their intricacy just beg to be captured in crochet. I adore beaded crochet snowflakes, filet crochet snowflakes, and just about every other type of snowflake you could dream of.

Where to Find Snowflake Patterns and Other Fancy Crochet Hexagon Motifs

There are bunches of places you can go to grab gorgeous snowflake patterns. One of my favorite resources for hexagon-shaped crochet motif patterns that you can use for making snowflakes is a book called Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng, published by Interweave. This book includes a spectacular variety of different motif patterns, plus finished projects like blankets, a table runner and others. So if you don’t want to spend all your crafting time making snowflakes, you’ll be able to use this book for crocheting some snowflakes as well as some other sorts of projects, too.


If you’d prefer to have a pattern book that’s completely dedicated to crocheted snowflake patterns, check out Crochet Snowflakes Step-By-Step by Caitlin Sainio. This book is published by St. Martin’s Griffin. If you’re a beginner to crochet, this is exactly the book you want — because it has some beginner-friendly projects, plus each snowflake is demonstrated using step-by-step color photo tutorials. The book also includes international symbol crochet charts, which are easy and intuitive to understand.

More Crochet Snowflake Patterns:

Be sure to check out our list of snowflake crochet patterns, which includes some excellent free snowflake patterns as well as some options for snowflake patterns for sale
(that are worth the money, in my opinion).

More Wonderful Crochet Patterns for Winter:

I hope you’ll take advantage of these and all the other outstanding winter knitting and crochet patterns we’ve made available for you — and that you’ll enjoy them. Many of our winter crochet patterns are available for free.

See Also: Hexagon Patterns to Crochet and Knit

21 Crocheted Tanks + Tunics Book by Sandi Rosner Stylish Tank Tops and Tunics to Crochet

21 Crocheted Tanks + Tunics Book by Sandi Rosner
21 Crocheted Tanks + Tunics Book by Sandi Rosner. Photo Courtesy of Stackpole Books; We’ve Used It With Their Permission.

Sandi Rosner’s lovely book called 21 Crocheted Tanks + Tunics gets my vote as one of the most stylish crochet pattern book releases from the last few years. While there have been bunches of truly outstanding pattern books published in the last decade, this one stands out as having a significant number of flattering, wearable designs that were graded in a wide range of sizes. If you wear a size extra-small, 2XL or any size in between, you’ll find projects worth making in this book.


This book is useful in all seasons of the year. In spring and summer time, these tops make great standalone items to pair with shorts, jeans, skirts and khakis. In fall and winter, these tops make excellent layering pieces to wear underneath cardigans, blazers and jackets. Some of them would be suitable to wear to work, and most work well for casual wear, too. They’re all versatile pieces that you’re likely to get a LOT of use out of.

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No Need to Sew If You Join As You Go

Here’s a fun limerick I wrote awhile back in celebration of joining crochet motifs as you go:


Piles of projects have ends that are loose.

Their numbers, I’d like to reduce.

So I’ve learned to join as I go.

Although it is slow,

There’s no longer any excuse.

Once you learn how to do join-as-you-go crochet motifs, you’ll love how you won’t have to weave in zillions of loose ends when you’ve finished your projects. It’s definitely a technique worth learning.

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Win a Copy of Delicate Crochet in Our Pattern Book Giveaway

Update: Our original giveaway winner did not respond to my email, so we selected a new winner:


Shelly said, “love the necklace pattern
thanks so much
Shelly”


Congrats, Shelly! I will be reaching out to you shortly by email.

I wrote out all the entrants’ names and comment numbers on slips of paper, then I let my 3-year-old draw one name out of the basket. Shelly’s name was the one she drew — so check your email, Shelly, and get ready to receive a brand new copy of Delicate Crochet. I hope you’ll enjoy it!


THANKS so much to everyone who participated in our giveaway!


Hello everyone! Today is November 2, 2018; and I’m among the crowd of people who are counting the days until the release of Sharon Hernes Silverman’s latest crochet pattern book called Delicate Crochet. We’re expecting to have copies of the book in our hands soon — just in time for the Christmas gift-giving season!


In the meanwhile, how about a fun giveaway?


Win a Copy of Delicate Crochet in Our Pattern Book Giveaway! Delicate Crochet is a brand new pattern book by Sharon Hernes Silverman, published by Stackpole Books
Win a Copy of Delicate Crochet in Our Pattern Book Giveaway! Delicate Crochet is a brand new pattern book by Sharon Hernes Silverman, published by Stackpole Books

I invite you to check out some information about this book to see if the crochet patterns included would be ones you’d enjoy. Imagine how the yarns would feel in your hands as you’re crocheting with them…and imagine how these projects would work into your wardrobe — or your gift recipients’ wardrobes, if you crochet for loved ones.


If you decide the book is one that would be useful to you, I hope you’ll participate in the giveaway — and perhaps even consider buying copies of the book for yourself and any of your friends who crochet. Read on for more info about the book, and more giveaway details!

Delicate Crochet includes 23 patterns for wearable women’s projects, all of which can be hand crocheted using delicate, lovely yarns. The book includes helpful step-by-step technique photos and tutorials showing you what to do to achieve success with these projects.


One lucky winner will receive a copy of this title, compliments of Stackpole Books and Sharon Silverman. The winner will be randomly selected from among qualifying comments on this blog post.


Important Disclosure: I contributed 2 patterns to this book, and Stackpole Books is planning to provide me with a couple of contributor copies of the book. So, if you view my preview of Delicate Crochet, please do keep in mind that it is NOT an unbiased review (which is what you normally get when you read my crochet book reviews.) Instead, think of it as a PREVIEW of the book being shared by a proud and excited contributor.

Want to win this book? Here’s how to get an entry in the drawing:

  • Scroll down and take a look at the photos of the projects.
  • Leave a comment telling us which project(s) in the book you’d be most excited to make! (To my regular readers — You can be totally honest in your answers. Please do not feel obligated to choose one of my projects; my feelings will not be hurt in the least if you choose one of the others. In fact, I’m pretty excited about making a bunch of the projects designed by the other contributors — so I will definitely share your enthusiasm for whichever of these projects you choose.)
  • Be sure to include a functioning email address (one that you actually check!) when you comment — so we have a way to contact you if you win the book. If you win, please be sure to respond to the email notification within 48 hours — otherwise a new winner will be chosen. If you enter your email address in the spot where our WordPress blogging software directs you to enter it, it will not be displayed with your comment. For your own privacy, PLEASE do not put your email address in the text of your actual comment.
  • Post your comment any time before Saturday, December 1, 2018, midnight (Eastern Standard Time.)
  • If all goes according to plan, we’ll contact the winner by email shortly thereafter — and the winner will be announced on the blog sometime the week of December 2.

Important Notes: This giveaway is open to anyone in the world who is not prohibited from entering by local, state or national law in their area. Void where prohibited by law.

Delicate Crochet: 23 Light and Pretty Designs for Shawls, Tops and More by Sharon Hernes Silverman, Published by Stackpole Books

What You Need to Know About This Crochet Pattern Book:

Delicate Crochet pattern book by Sharon Hernes Silverman, published by Stackpole Books
Delicate Crochet pattern book by Sharon Hernes Silverman, published by Stackpole Books


Copyright Date: December, 2018


ISBN 13: 978-0811719889


ISBN 10: 081171988X


Book Format: Softcover / Trade Paperback


Number of Pages: 176

This Book’s Main Focus:

The phrase in the title, “Delicate Crochet”, gives you a hint at this book’s contents. The projects in this book are all delicate, wearable wardrobe pieces for ladies: sweaters, tops, shawls, wraps, scarves, accessories and even a skirt. You’ll find that numerous lacy, feminine details are included. Check out the pictures below to get a better understanding of the crochet patterns you’ll find in Delicate Crochet.

Crochet Projects Included in This Book:

I counted a total of…

  • 8 crochet patterns for shawls, wraps and ponchos
  • 8 Crochet patterns for tops, sweaters and cardigans
  • 4 Crochet cowl and scarf patterns
  • 1 Crochet skirt pattern
  • 1 Crochet necklace pattern
  • 1 Crochet pattern for fingerless gloves

That’s a total of 23 GORGEOUS projects featured in Delicate Crochet — enough pretty new clothes and accessories to completely revamp your wardrobe.

Read on to see pictures of all these projects. I’ll start by sharing the two projects I contributed to Delicate Crochet:

Elegant Trios Bead Crochet Necklace Pattern

Elegant Trios Bead Crochet Necklace by Amy Solovay for Delicate Crochet, Published by Stackpole Books
Elegant Trios Bead Crochet Necklace by Amy Solovay for Delicate Crochet, Published by Stackpole Books

My Mama always told me never to buy junk jewelry.


“It’s a waste of money”, she says.


And it’s true that you can waste a lot of money on pieces that will break the first time you wear them, or turn your skin green.


Fine jewelry — jewelry made using precious metals or precious stones — usually costs more; but it also tends to retain its value in the long term.


As I was designing my project contributions for Delicate Crochet, I knew I wanted to submit a necklace as one of my two project contributions. But, I had a hard time choosing the materials I’d use for the necklace. I wanted the project to be so fabulously special, so remarkable and so unique that it would become a go-to piece in the wardrobe of any crocheter who decided to make it. And I wanted the piece I came up with to have lasting value — to be worth the time and effort


At the time I designed this necklace, the only retail store I had within easy visiting distance was a Walmart. So off to Walmart I went to check out the beads. Somehow, as I looked at the selection of beads Walmart offered in their craft section, none of them seemed quite special enough for the necklace I wanted to create.


In fact, they mostly seemed like the junk my mom warned me not to waste money on — lots of plastic beads, and the few glass beads that were available weren’t consistent in size.


I thought to myself, “The buyers of this book deserve better.”


So I left Walmart empty-handed and turned to the internet to find better beads.


I looked at hundreds (or maybe even thousands?) of different bead assortments before it occurred to me that I should search for gold or silver beads. And after I had that inspiration, it didn’t take long at all to find the beads I knew I wanted to use for this necklace:


14-Karat Gold-Plated Beads and Toggle for Jewelry Making
14-Karat Gold-Plated Beads and Toggle for Jewelry Making

They’re delicate, sophisticated, 14-Karat gold-plated beads that add visual interest to the necklace without being gaudy or overwhelming.


Perfect! Just the effect I was hoping for.


The beads, combined with the truly stunning, soft, luxurious yet practical cotton yarn = the ideal combination for a necklace that’s comfortable, beautiful and valuable. It’s a project that I’m proud to offer you — one of the nicest creations I have ever designed.


I hope you’ll consider making one or more of these necklaces so you can experience the dreamy softness of the suggested yarn, Bio Sesia by Plymouth Yarns. It’s a gorgeous organic cotton yarn that I’ve simply fallen in love with. I’ve made more than a dozen variations on this necklace, using up just about every scrap piece of yarn I had in the right general weight range — but so far, my favorite is the project sample I made for the book using the Bio Sesia cotton and the Gold Elegance 14 karat gold plated beads.


I hope you’ll agree that the necklace is worthy of your crafting time. But, if the beads happen to be beyond your crafting budget, or not to your taste, don’t hesitate to try substitutes. I’ve tried crocheting this necklace with bunches of different types of beads, including glass seed beads and others. I’ve found that the pattern lends itself extremely well to being made with beads other than just the gold-plated round ones.

Another selling point: As far as crochet projects go, this is a fast one. If you need to crank out a whole bunch of gifts quickly, this pattern is definitely worth considering. I’m obviously biased, because this is a pattern I designed — but I think this project is definitely worth the small investment you need to make in time, yarn and beads.

Crochet Fingerless Gloves

Ruffled crochet fingerless gloves designed by Amy Solovay. The pattern for these fingerless gloves is included in Delicate Crochet by Sharon Hernes Silverman, published by Stackpole Books.
Ruffled crochet fingerless gloves designed by Amy Solovay. The pattern for these fingerless gloves is included in Delicate Crochet by Sharon Hernes Silverman, published by Stackpole Books.

I’ve designed bunches of different patterns for fingerless gloves, but this pair is one of the prettiest I’ve yet managed to come up with. They look fancy, but you’d be surprised at how easy they are to crochet.


The colorful speckled yarn is part of the reason these fingerless gloves turned out so special. Even if you use a really simple stitch pattern, like the ultra-simple crochet mesh stitch I’ve used to create the hands on the gloves, the yarn makes it look exquisite. Yet this yarn is surprisingly affordable, especially considering it’s handpainted.


The suggested yarn for this pattern is Hawthorne Speckle, a wool blend yarn which is available for sale at Knitpicks.


The easy mesh stitch is paired with a lacy ruffle, which helps to keep the crochet work interesting. It also adds an elegant touch to the finished project. The pattern has a crochet skill level rating of easy.


Don’t you think pairs of these fingerless gloves would make fabulous gifts for your female friends and relatives? If you’re inclined to make your own gifts, I think this pattern is one you’ll definitely want to consider using for that purpose.

Crochet Sweater, Top and Garment Patterns Featured in Delicate Crochet

Iced Silver Fox Crochet Sweater Pattern

Designed by Kristin Omdahl

Iced Silver Fox Crochet Sweater designed by Kristin Omdahl. The crochet pattern for this sweater is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Iced Silver Fox Crochet Sweater designed by Kristin Omdahl. The crochet pattern for this sweater is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Low-Back Crochet Lace Top Pattern

Designed by Kristin Omdahl

Low-Back crochet lace top designed by Kristin Omdahl. The crochet pattern for this gorgeous top is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Low-Back crochet lace top designed by Kristin Omdahl. The crochet pattern for this gorgeous top is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Muriel Lace Cardigan Pattern

Designed by Robyn Chachula

Muriel crochet lace cardigan pattern designed by Robyn Chachula. The crochet pattern for this lovely sweater is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Muriel crochet lace cardigan pattern designed by Robyn Chachula. The crochet pattern for this lovely sweater is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Palmy Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern

Designed by Rhonda Davis


Palmy crochet cardigan sweater pattern by Rhonda Davis for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Palmy crochet cardigan sweater pattern by Rhonda Davis for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Ziggy Vest

Designed by Vashti Braha

Ziggy crochet vest pattern by Vashti Braha for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Ziggy crochet vest pattern by Vashti Braha for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Lacy Sleeveless Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern

Designed by Marty Miller

Lacy Sleeveless Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern Designed by Marty Miller for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Lacy Sleeveless Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern Designed by Marty Miller for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Filet Crochet Pullover Sweater Pattern

Designed by Marty Miller

Filet Crochet Pullover Sweater Pattern Designed by Marty Miller for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Filet Crochet Pullover Sweater Pattern Designed by Marty Miller for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Flirt Short-Sleeved Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern

Designed by Karen McKenna

Flirt Short-Sleeved Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern Designed by Karen McKenna for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Flirt Short-Sleeved Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern Designed by Karen McKenna for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Crochet Shawl, Wrap and Poncho Patterns Featured in Delicate Crochet

Berrywine Crochet Wrap Pattern

Designed by Sharon Silverman


Berrywine Crochet Wrap Pattern  designed by Sharon Silvernman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Berrywine Crochet Wrap Pattern
designed by Sharon Silvernman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Blox Crochet Shawl Pattern

Designed by Sharon Silverman


Blox crochet shawl pattern by Sharon Silverman. If you want to crochet a shawl like this one, you'll find the pattern for it available in  Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Blox crochet shawl pattern by Sharon Silverman. If you want to crochet a shawl like this one, you’ll find the pattern for it available in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Damask Rose Crochet Wrap Pattern

Designed by Katya Novikova

Damask rose crochet lace wrap pattern by Katya Novikova. The crochet pattern for this wrap is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Damask rose crochet lace wrap pattern by Katya Novikova. The crochet pattern for this wrap is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Gentle Whisper Shawl

Designed by Judith Butterworth

Gentle Whisper crochet lace shawl pattern by Judith Butterworth. The crochet pattern for this shawl is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Gentle Whisper crochet lace shawl pattern by Judith Butterworth. The crochet pattern for this shawl is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Lotus Wrap Crochet Pattern

Designed by Katya Novikova

Lotus wrap crochet pattern by Katya Novikova for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Lotus wrap crochet pattern by Katya Novikova for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Peacock Lace Shawl

Designed by Sharon Silverman

Peacock Lace Shawl by Sharon Silverman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Peacock Lace Shawl by Sharon Silverman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Sea and Shells Crochet Poncho Pattern

Designed by Karen McKenna

Sea and shells poncho pattern by Karen Mckenna for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Sea and shells poncho pattern by Karen Mckenna for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Yveline Crochet Wrap Pattern

Designed by Vashti Braha

Yveline Crochet Wrap Pattern by Vashti Braha for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Yveline Crochet Wrap Pattern by Vashti Braha for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Crochet Scarf and Cowl Patterns Featured in Delicate Crochet

New Wave Crochet Cowl Pattern

Designed by Rhonda Davis

New Wave Crochet Cowl Pattern Designed by Rhonda Davis for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
New Wave Crochet Cowl Pattern Designed by Rhonda Davis for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Diamond Dreams Crochet Scarf Pattern

Designed by Judith Butterworth

Diamond Dreams Crochet Scarf Pattern Designed by Judith Butterworth for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Diamond Dreams Crochet Scarf Pattern Designed by Judith Butterworth for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Optical Illusion Crochet Scarf Pattern

Designed by Sharon Silverman

Optical Illusion Crochet Scarf Pattern Designed by Sharon Silverman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Optical Illusion Crochet Scarf Pattern Designed by Sharon Silverman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Hourglass Crochet Scarf Pattern

Designed by Sharon Silverman

Hourglass Crochet Scarf Pattern Designed by Sharon Silverman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Hourglass Crochet Scarf Pattern Designed by Sharon Silverman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

The Crochet Skirt Pattern Featured in Delicate Crochet

Cyndi Floral Lace Crochet Skirt Pattern

Designed by Vicky Chan

Cyndi Floral Lace Crochet Skirt Pattern Designed by Vicky Chan for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Cyndi Floral Lace Crochet Skirt Pattern Designed by Vicky Chan for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

So there you have it: The 23 outstanding crochet patterns you’ll find in Delicate Crochet. Which one(s) do you most want to make? Leave us a comment for a chance to win a copy of Delicate Crochet — then keep an eye on your email in box in case you’re the lucky winner of our giveaway!

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