*To those of you who are outside the USA, please feel free to re-color any of our Fourth of July projects into other colors — maybe your own country’s colors if you like, or whichever color combinations you prefer.
Also, I invite everyone else to join in the limerick-writing fun, if you like. I’m writing these from my own limited experience, and since I have lived in the USA for most of my life, those are the experiences I have to draw on. I really don’t mean to exclude anyone, and would be happy to see family-friendly limericks from crocheters around the world expressing other viewpoints. Bonus points if they’re silly, tongue-in-cheek, and knitting or crochet-related, but they do have to stay family-friendly!
Pictured here: A guy-friendly crochet pattern book called Crochetterie by Molla Mills. If you’d like to try working some new patterns from an ultra-cool, up-to-date book, this is definitely a book you’ll want to consider owning. This book would also make a great gift for a dad who enjoys crocheting (or wants to learn how to crochet; the book includes helpful crochet instructions that are suitable for total beginners.)
Whatever you decide to make for dad or give him as a gift, here’s hoping he’ll love it.
This project calls for upcycling some pull tabs and transforming them into these beautiful napkin rings, which are pictured above. The instructions for these napkin rings are available online for free.
Fabric Crochet Coasters
You can upcycle old textiles such as sheets, sarongs or clothing and transform them into rag balls to use for knitting or crocheting. There are countless environmentally friendly projects you can make using these rag balls; I have a whole list of them (plus links to free patterns) on my page about fabric crochet. Some of my favorite fabric crochet projects are coasters you can use for proudly setting the table on Earth Day. Check out these fabric crochet flower coasters and these heart-shaped coasters for a couple of fantastic project ideas.
Earth Day is coming up soon. This year, we’ll be celebrating Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 — mark your calendars!
If you’d like to celebrate Earth day with an eco-friendly crochet project, there are many possibilities to consider. For example, the gorgeous tote bag pictured above is a sustainable DIY project if you choose to upcycle old fabrics or clothes for your materials.
Another similar option is an earth-friendly market bag made using organic cotton. You can get the market bag crochet pattern on the Internet for free.
You could begin working on either of these projects today, and if you start using the bag every time you shop, it’ll result in fewer paper and plastic shopping bags that need recycling.
If you do still happen to have plastic shopping bags, or produce bags, hanging around your place, don’t throw them away; upcycle them! Our free scrubbie patterns give you the instructions you need for transforming the bags into useful dish scrubbers and pot scrubbers you can use for hand-washing your dishes (which in many cases is more eco-friendly than using the dishwasher, because the dishwasher uses more water.)
Learn About Plarn
If you’re still carrying groceries home in plastic shopping bags, here’s an idea you can use to recycle them: “Plarn.”
Sooner or later, everyone ends up with worn-out textiles — worn out clothing, worn out linens, etc. Once a piece of clothing is stained or torn, you probably don’t want to wear it any more, but you need not throw it away. You can turn old clothes into interesting rag crochet projects including rugs, hot pads, potholders, cat and dog beds and even jewelry. Here are a few ideas and free patterns to get you started:
Upcycle the pull tabs from cat food cans, soup cans, tuna fish cans or soda cans to make cool napkin rings you can use for dressing up your table.
Cloth napkins are environmentally responsible, because you can keep re-using them over and over again. Another nice thing about them: the napkins pay for themselves before long, because you don’t have to keep spending money on disposable paper napkins after you’ve made the initial investment. That saves you quite a bit of cash in the long run.
Once you start using cloth napkins, you’ll probably want to have some nice napkin rings on hand to go with them. The napkin rings linked above are a fun, eco-friendly DIY project that you can make (in part) from recycled materials.
Wow, can you believe spring is here already? And we’re now less than a month away from Easter. This year, Easter Sunday falls on April 12, 2020 — mark your calendar!
If your family celebrates Easter, you might enjoy knitting or crocheting a variety of Easter patterns for your kids, grandkids, siblings — or perhaps even for yourself. I’ve rounded up a whole bunch of fantastic bunny patterns and Easter patterns that are available for free and for sale. Most of the patterns on the lists are free patterns — but I did include some pay-for patterns that look as if they’d be worth buying. I haven’t actually worked any of them myself to confirm, so, please don’t interpret their presence on the list as a positive review; I’m just passing along the information about these patterns’ existence in case it would be of interest to you.
The following is an example of one of the free bunny patterns you’ll find on the list. Isn’t this sweet bunny ADORABLE?
If you’re interested in knitting a variety of Easter patterns and other patterns, you’ll definitely want to take a look at the latest knitting and crochet (mostly knitting) pattern book by Arne and Carlos. It includes a whole bunch of lovely Easter patterns. There’s an Easter bunny knitting pattern, plus a pattern for a cute knitted sweater for the bunny. There’s a knitted Easter egg ornament pattern with 8 different colorwork variations. There’s an adult-sized pair of rabbit slippers to knit. There are also bunches of different floral-themed patterns that are perfect for springtime including a GORGEOUS knitted floral pillow, an intricate floral crochet blanket pattern and others.
The book also includes patterns suitable for Christmas, Halloween and everyday. Overall, it includes bunches more patterns than your average knitting pattern book. I think it’s an excellent value for the money.
According to my calendar, today — Thursday, March 20, 2020 — is the first day of spring. You know what that means: Time for spring cleaning. Uggh.
I don’t much enjoy cleaning, although I sure love it when everything is clean. It’s hard to get motivated to start — but since I never need much prompting to get motivated to crochet, I thought I’d try making some projects that’ll help with the cleaning as well. Sometimes, it’s little things like soft, pretty dishcloths or innovative recycled scrubbies that can make all the difference in whether I ever actually motivate to clean anything.
Hey, whatever works, right?
Are you planning on doing any spring cleaning this year? If you’re going to get to work on it, you might as well have some cute crocheted dishcloths and fun crocheted scrubbies to make your tasks more pleasantenjoyable bearable. If you must clean, (and of course you eventually must, right?) please do help yourself to any of our patterns for knitting and crocheting these types of projects.
This year, Mother’s Day will fall on Sunday, May 10, 2020. That gives you some time to delight a special Mom (or perhaps a grandmother, mother-in-law, or stepmom) by making a handmade gift to give her this Mother’s Day.<
If this is an idea that sounds interesting to you, we invite you to browse through our Mother’s Day gift ideas to find ideas for the perfect gift. Here we’ve presented a roundup of a few fantastic ideas for Mother’s Day craft projects; we hope you’ll be inspired by these suggestions.
Design a Sweater That Your Mom Would Love!
Melissa Leapman is an authority on sweater knitting design. She’s enjoyed a successful career as a knitwear designer and has designed sweaters and sweater patterns for bunches of books, magazines and clothing companies. Melissa shares a simple, beginner-friendly, step-by-step sweater design process in a brand new book called 6,000+ Pullover Possibilities. So if you’ve always wanted to design custom-made sweaters to give as gifts to your loved ones, this book will guide you through the process. If your mom knits, the book itself would also be a spectacular gift for her. Click here to shop for the book at Amazon, or click here for more info in my detailed book review of this title.
Crochet a basket for mom. Fill it with fancy, extra-special crocheted washcloths plus scented lotions, beautiful sculpted soaps and a bath puff — or whichever toiletries your mom would find most enjoyable.
There are so many things that moms might love that it's hard to fit them all in one blog post. I invite you to browse our website to find even more knitting and crochet patterns, some that mom might love, some to make for Dad for Father’s Day, and hopefully even some to use for making something nice for yourself too.
This year, the first day of spring falls on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Looking for a new spring knitting or crochet project to get started on? If so, there are several ways you can browse through patterns and ideas on our website.
I recently collected a bunch of our best spring knitting and crochet patterns and posted them together in one spot; so if you’re not sure what exactly you want to make, and you just want to see a whole bunch of spring-friendly ideas, that’s one possible starting place for you.
Some other pages you might want to take a look at: