Crocheting for Earth Day and Every Day Earth Day 2019 Is Coming Up Soon!

Crochet an Eco-Friendly Rag Bag for Earth Day or Any Day
Crochet an Eco-Friendly Rag Bag for Earth Day or Any Day

Earth Day is coming up soon. This year, we’ll be celebrating Earth Day on Monday, April 22, 2019 — 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.

Crochet Scrubbies

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.”

More Rag Crochet Projects

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:

Pull Tab Napkin Rings

Upcyled Wire Crochet Napkin Rings Made From Pull Tabs -- Perfect for Earth Day!
Upcyled Wire Crochet Napkin Rings Made From Pull Tabs — Perfect for Earth Day!

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.


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More Spring Crochet Projects

What to Make for Mom This Mother’s Day

This year, Mother’s Day will fall on Sunday, May 12, 2019. 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!

Design a Custom-Knit Sweater Your Mom Will Love With Melissa Leapman's New Book, 6,000+ Pullover Possibilities
Design a Custom-Knit Sweater Your Mom Will Love With Melissa Leapman’s New Book, 6,000+ Pullover Possibilities

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.

Knit or Crochet a Shawl for Mom

Learn How to Knit a Variety of Stunning Shawls and Wraps Using the Patterns in Vogue Knitting Shawls and Wraps 2 by the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine. This Delightful Pattern Book Is Published by Sixth & Spring Books.
Find a Variety of Stunning Patterns for Shawls and Wraps in Vogue Knitting Shawls and Wraps 2 by the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine. This Delightful Pattern Book Is Published by Sixth & Spring Books.

Shawls make delightful gifts for moms and grandmas. Shawls can be warm, substantial and comforting; or light, lacy and frivolous. They can be casual or dressy, chic or unassuming, fancy or simple.

Cozy Blankets for Mom

If you’re a fast and dedicated crafter, you have plenty of time left to make a customized blanket just for mom. You could use granny squares or other crocheted squares if that type of blanket would appeal to her. Be sure to add a pretty border or edging to finish it off.

Fabric Crochet Pendant Necklaces

Easy Fabric Crochet Necklace - Free Tutorial and Pattern

Jewelry makes a great gift for mom, and this pattern allows for a lot of personalization that would make each piece unique and perfect for your mom (or for whoever you want to make it for.)

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A Spa Gift Basket

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.

More Ideas and Patterns for Lovely Gifts to Make Mom

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.

If you enjoy crafts other than just knitting and crocheting, check out a list of the best Mother’s Day craft ideas at The Free Crafts Website.

Delightful Sunny Sunflower Patterns to Crochet

Easy Crochet Sunflowers

I don’t think, technically, that sunflowers are spring flowers. As far as I know, in most places they bloom either in late summer or early fall. But that hardly matters to me, since looking at them puts me in a sunny, spring-y mood anyway. Their sunny yellow petals radiate warmth and beauty, and they’re lovely to look at any time of year.

While I haven’t seen any real sunflowers blooming in my neighborhood lately, I’m glad I can enjoy the crocheted version all year around.

Want to make some sunny sunflowers for “planting” in your own environment, or embellishing your craft projects?

If so, please help yourself to any of our free crochet sunflower patterns.

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Knit or Crochet an Easter Bunny for a Child You Love

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 21, 2019 — 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?


Knit or Crochet an Easter Bunny for a child you love! Grab this free crochet pattern for a classic toy Easter bunny with floppy ears.

Knit or Crochet an Easter Bunny for a child you love! Grab this free crochet pattern for a classic toy Easter bunny with floppy ears. The pattern designer is ChiWei Ranck at 1DogWoof.com.  Photo © ChiWei Ranck.
Knit or Crochet an Easter Bunny for a child you love! Grab this free crochet pattern for a classic toy Easter bunny with floppy ears. The pattern designer is ChiWei Ranck at 1DogWoof.com. Photo © ChiWei Ranck.

Arne and Carlos Favorite Designs: Greatest Hits and New Inspirations — Balls, Dolls, Slippers, Sweaters, Scarves, Mittens and More

Arne & Carlos Favorites, published by Trafalgar Square Books. This book features Scandinavian style knitting and crochet patterns for Christmas ornaments, Easter eggs, dolls, doll clothes, adult clothing and accessories and more.
Arne & Carlos Favorites, published by Trafalgar Square Books. This book features Scandinavian style knitting and crochet patterns for Christmas ornaments, Easter eggs, dolls, doll clothes, adult clothing and accessories and more.

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.


Want more details — or want to see some project photos from this book? Click here to check out my book review of Arne and Carlos Favorite Designs.


I hope you’ll enjoy selecting Easter-themed knitting and crochet patterns to work on in preparation for this holiday. Happy spring to you and yours!



Best wishes,

Amy Solovay

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Get Ready for Spring Cleaning With Crocheted Scrubbers and Dishcloths

Easy Half Double Crochet Dishcloth Pattern for Beginners -- This is an easy crochet dishcloth pattern for beginners.
These pretty cloths could be used as either dishcloths or washcloths.

According to my calendar, today — Wednesday, March 20, 2019 — 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 pleasant enjoyable 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.

Check ‘Em Out:

Colorful Circles Crocheted in Variegated Yarn

Easy Crochet Circles
Easy Crochet Circles

These circles are eye-catching, don’t you think? But because of all the colors, they look more complicated than they really are. I crocheted them using self-striping yarn, so I didn’t have to do anything special to make all those interesting color shifts happen. The yarn is responsible for most of the intricacy.


Get the Free Crochet Pattern: Easy Circles — It’s available for free on our website.

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Challenge Yourself: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone With Knitting and Crochet

Wire Crochet Bracelet Crocheted in Afghan Stitch
If you’ve mastered knitting or crocheting with yarn, it could be interesting and challenging to give some other materials, like wire, a try. Photo and Free Bracelet Pattern © Amy Solovay. Posted online at http://knittingandcrochet.net

What types of projects do you like to knit or crochet? Do you usually make blankets, hats, scarves, baby projects or granny squares? Or something else?

Those are all excellent projects, and they’re satisfying to make. But, if you’ve already made bunches of these sorts of items, why not challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone a little?


If you usually crochet with yarn, perhaps you could try shaking things up a little by attempting to crochet without yarn. This isn’t as preposterous as it sounds; by now, maybe you’ve even noticed that the bracelet pictured is a) crocheted, and b) made without even so much as an inch of yarn. It’s one of the projects featured on our list of wire crochet jewelry patterns.

If you’re a die-hard yarn addict and you have no plans of changing that, no worries, there are plenty of other ways to challenge yourself.

If you haven’t ever knitted or crocheted with beads, that’s another technique you could try to introduce a new material into your work. You can click here to check out our introduction to bead crochet. If you need bead crochet patterns, I highly recommend this list of the best beadwork books at Crochet-Books.com. You’ll find all my favorite bead crochet pattern books featured on that list.

If beadwork isn’t going to be your next big thing, you could try learning a different knitting or crochet technique. Here are a few possibilities:

Another possibility: Try a new knitting stitch or crochet stitch. This vintage bullion stitch is an unusual one that combines the Tunisian crochet technique with the bullion stitch you might already be familiar with.


There are many great resources for testing out new stitches. Some of my favorites include the following:

  • The Alterknit Stitch Dictionary (for stranded colorwork knitting stitch patterns)
  • Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters (for every kind of crochet stitch pattern you could think of, including crochet cables, colorwork stitches, lace stitches, edgings and more)
  • 99 Post Stitches by Darla Sims
  • These are just a few of my favorite resources to work with when I want to find a knitting stitch or crochet stitch I haven’t worked with yet. These are also fantastic references for finding some great classic stitches; Alterknit Stitch Dictionary has some really cool Greek keys, and Melissa Leapman’s stitch dictionary has all the basic crochet stitches you might want to look up.


    Or perhaps you could branch out and get started working a different sort of projects than the ones you usually make. There are infinite possibilities if you want to fire up your imagination and dream up some project ideas that would get you started in a different-than-usual direction.

    So what do you think you’ll try next? I invite your comments, especially if you’re feeling inspired to branch out.

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Special Finishing Touches: Fringes, Trims and Edgings

This colorful crocheted scarf features long lengths of multicolored fringe as one of the major design elements. If you've knitted or crocheted a particularly colorful pattern like this one, leaving fringed ends allows you to save bunches of time on weaving in ends. A Free Crochet Pattern for making this scarf is available on our website.
This colorful crocheted scarf features long lengths of multicolored fringe as one of the major design elements. If you’ve knitted or crocheted a particularly colorful pattern like this one, using fringe allows you to save bunches of time on weaving in ends.

Want to make one of these scarves? If so, click here to grab the free crochet scarf pattern.


Exquisite finishing touches can make a big difference in distinguishing handcrafted items from their machine-made counterparts.

Fringe is a particularly luxurious finishing touch. It utilizes a great deal of material, and it takes time to maintain it well, so it isn’t for everyone — but if you are able to deal with those challenges, the results can be stunning.

There are a variety of ways to make fringe. If you’d like to finish off a knitting project, crochet project or other craft project using fringe, check out these free fringe patterns, instructions and tutorials, posted at ArtsWithCrafts.com. You’ll find bunches of different ideas to inspire you, including knit and crochet fringe plus fringes made in other craft techniques — suede fringe, beaded fringe and more.

Dress Up These Knitting or Crochet Projects With Fringe:

This carefree, bohemian-style poncho features colorful fringe all the way around the lower edge. The knitting pattern for this design is included in the book Knitting for the Fun of It! by Frida Ponten, published by Trafalgar Square Books. You can knit this pattern using a random mix of leftover yarns, or emulate the colors and textures used in Frida's sample poncho.
This carefree, bohemian-style poncho features colorful fringe all the way around the lower edge. The knitting pattern for this design is included in the book Knitting for the Fun of It! by Frida Ponten, published by Trafalgar Square Books. You can knit this pattern using a random mix of leftover yarns, or emulate the colors and textures used in Frida’s sample poncho.
  • Scarves: Instead of weaving in your loose ends, incorporate them into knotted tassels or fringe. It’s a time-saver, plus it’s an eye-catching finishing touch.


  • Throws, Blankets and Afghans: It’s even more of a time-saver when you finish off multicolored blankets and throws using fringe instead of weaving the ends in.

    Want to check out my absolute favorite no-end-weaving crochet blanket patterns featuring fringe? If so, take a look at Fair Isle to Crochet by Karen Ratto-Whooley. It’s an affordable pattern booklet featuring 5 different blankets for the whole family — baby blankets, kids’ blankets and full-sized blankets. They’re all colorful designs, but you don’t have to go bonkers weaving in ends, because you use all those ends to create gorgeous fringe that finishes off the blankets beautifully. I think the designer of these patterns is a genius!


  • Ponchos, Wraps and Shawls: Many knitted and crocheted ponchos just beg to be finished with fringe. Some casual wraps and shawls do, too. The fringe could also go dressy if done carefully; in moderation, beaded fringe is an option for elegant evening shawls. You just have to keep it simple on the beading, since beads are heavy and you don’t want your wrap weighing you down when you’re out on the town.


  • Purses and Bags: Finishing the lower edge of a bag or purse with fringe gives it a whole different look than you’d have without it. This is an especially interesting option for seamed bags, but there are other options as well. You can easily create an area for anchoring fringe to an un-seamed bag by adding a line of slip stitch in the spot you want your fringe to be; then you work the fringe into the ridge created by the slip stitches.

Trims, Edgings and Borders

Fringe isn’t for everyone; if you’re seeking a unique way to finish off a knitted or crocheted item, you might wish to find just the right border, edging or trim that will complement it and make it look extra special.


Edgings for Blankets and Afghans: Borders and edgings are popular finishing touches for blankets and afghans. For projects like these, you usually want to choose an edging or border that includes instructions for turning a corner. Here are a few suggestions for those:


Edgings For Towels, Sheets and Pillowcases: It’s lovely to finish off the lower edges of a towel with a pretty trim or edging. For sheets, I usually only trim one edge. For pillowcases, I usually trim only the outer opening. For these sorts of edgings, I prefer to choose an edging design that does not include a corner. Here are a few suggestions:


These aren’t the only projects that can benefit from edgings. If a project has an edge, you could probably add an edging to it. You could add pretty lace edgings to the lower edges of pants that need lengthening. You could dress up the edges of ankle socks with pretty lace trim. You could even add trim to certain simple open tote bags (ones that don’t close with zippers, so there are upper edges to work with.) I’m sure you know of many other examples where trim would enhance the project significantly.


The pictures above show you just a few of the free trim and edging patterns available online. To see many more possibilities, be sure to visit our page of free knit and crochet edging patterns.


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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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