Holiday Projects to Knit for Christmas 2020

Feeling festive? Want to find some spectacular holiday projects to knit for Christmas 2020? Check out the following ideas:

Bird Ornaments for the Christmas Tree

Field Guide to Knitted Birds by Arne & Carlos, Published by Trafalgar Square Books.
Field Guide to Knitted Birds by Arne & Carlos, Published by Trafalgar Square Books.

If your gift recipients usually put up a Christmas tree for the holiday season, it’s a no-brainer to give them cute ornaments as Christmas gifts. Ornaments are relatively quick projects; they’re the ideal thing to make for neighbors, co-workers and distant relatives that you don’t know very well.


I know of two different books where you could find fantastic bird knitting patterns. The first is called The Field Guide to Knitted Birds by Arne and Carlos. The other is Arne & Carlos Favorite Designs by the same authors.

A Christmas Advent Calendar, Stuffed Snowman, Knitted Bows and More

If you’d be interested in knitting bunches of different Christmas gifts and decorations, perhaps you’d find it useful to own an entire book of Christmas knitting patterns. Pictured here, you can see one fantastic suggestion for that: It’s called Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Christmas Knits. This book includes patterns for making “giftable” items such as toys, hats and socks, plus bunches of fun Christmas-themed decorations and other festive goodies.

If holiday projects aren’t what you’re interested in working on right now, no worries; we have bunches of other knitting and crochet resources available. You’re invited to check out the following pages to find more timely patterns, tutorials and ideas:

Thanks so much for dropping by! We really appreciate your presence here.

About the Author: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer who holds a degree in textile design and previously enjoyed a career in the textile industry. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, ArtsWithCrafts.com and Crochet-Books.com.

How Do You Change Colors in the Middle of a Row or Round of Crochet?

Wondering how to change colors in the middle of a row or round of crochet? The secret: Learn the tapestry crochet technique. Then you'll be able to make colorful crochet projects like the pattern sampler afghan pictured here.
Wondering how to change colors in the middle of a row or round of crochet? The secret: Learn the tapestry crochet technique. Then you’ll be able to make colorful crochet projects like the pattern sampler afghan pictured here.

When I first learned how to crochet, I made zillions of granny squares. They were colorful, but they only ever had one color per round.


I wanted to make projects that were even more colorful — projects that had two or more colors in each row or round. But it took me awhile to figure out how to do that.

If you’re similarly perplexed, and wondering how to change colors in the middle of a row or round of crochet, I will share the secret with you. You use a crochet technique known as “tapestry crochet” to do it. It’s a little more complicated than the simple color changes you do at the end of a granny square round, or at the end of a striped crochet project. But, it isn’t really that difficult once you understand how to approach it.


There’s an entire page on our website dedicated to showing you this technique and hooking you up (pun intended!) with patterns you can use. We’ve posted many free tapestry crochet patterns on our website, and we’ve also recommended some excellent books that include patterns focusing on this satisfying technique. We invite you to check out our free tapestry crochet tutorial, patterns and ideas page HERE.

If that isn’t what you’re interested in working on right now, no worries; we have bunches of other knitting and crochet resources available. You’re invited to check out the following pages to find more timely patterns, tutorials and ideas:

Thanks so much for dropping by! We really appreciate your presence here.

About the Author: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer who holds a degree in textile design and previously enjoyed a career in the textile industry. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, ArtsWithCrafts.com and Crochet-Books.com.

6 Reasons to Try Overlay Crochet This Fall

Have you tried overlay crochet yet? If you haven’t, now is the ideal time to give it a try.


Why?


6 reasons:

1. Add an Ultra-Cool Colorwork Technique to Your Repertoire

Overlay crochet is an intriguing technique that allows you to create colorful textured pieces without having to use multiple colors per row. Take a look at a couple of examples:


Overlay crochet crossbody bag -- The pattern for making this pretty purse is included in a new book called Overlay Crochet, published by Leisure Arts
Overlay crochet crossbody bag — The pattern for making this pretty purse is included in a new book called Overlay Crochet, published by Leisure Arts

Overlay crochet hand towel -- The pattern for making these towels is included in a new book called Overlay Crochet, published by Leisure Arts
Overlay crochet hand towel — The pattern for making these towels is included in a new book called Overlay Crochet, published by Leisure Arts

Aren’t these projects cool? They give you a lovely, more three-dimensional alternative to some of the other colorwork techniques like corner-to-corner crochet and tapestry crochet that you might have tried.

2. Overlay Crochet Produces Dense, Warm Fabric That’s Ideal for Making Snuggly Cold-Weather Projects

Overlay crochet empowers you to pile up layers of color and texture. This has the effect of creating a multi-layered fabric that can be exceptionally dense and warm — perfect for making snuggly blankets, throws and afghans to keep you cozy this fall and winter.


Check out this pretty granny square blanket you can make using the overlay crochet technique:


Overlay crochet blanket designed by Kristi Simpson -- The pattern for this blanket is included in a brand new book called Overlay Crochet, published by Leisure Arts.
Overlay crochet blanket designed by Kristi Simpson — The pattern for this blanket is included in a brand new book called Overlay Crochet, published by Leisure Arts.

3. Overlay Crochet Is Gorgeous

As you can see, it’s possible to work some uniquely beautiful projects using the overlay crochet technique.

4.Overlay Crochet Is Intriguing

If you have friends who crochet, the chances are good they will stare at your projects in awe, wondering exactly how you achieved such a stunning effect.

5. It Will Give Your Mandalas Extra Pizzazz

The mandala wall hanging from Overlay Crochet by Kristi Simpson, published by Leisure Arts
The mandala wall hanging from Overlay Crochet by Kristi Simpson, published by Leisure Arts

Overlay crochet is the ideal technique to use for creating spectacular crocheted mandalas and doilies. It can add bunches of color, texture and visual interest to a mandala that you’d have a hard time incorporating using any other crochet technique.

6. Lovely Overlay Crochet Patterns Are Available Now!

Fall is the perfect time to check out Kristi Simpson’s charming overlay crochet pattern collection. If you want to get your hands on crochet patterns for making any of the beautiful projects included in this blog post, you’ll definitely want to own a copy of this book.


Want to learn more about the book — and find some hints and tips for getting started with overlay crochet? Kristi Simpson has shared bunches of helpful insights in this new interview.

Where to Buy Overlay Crochet by Kristi Simpson

So there you have it: 6 reasons you’ll want to try overlay crochet this fall. I’m hoping you’ll give the technique a try — and that you’ll absolutely adore it.

References

About the Author: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer who holds a degree in textile design and previously enjoyed a career in the textile industry. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, ArtsWithCrafts.com and Crochet-Books.com.

Crocheted and Knitted Mittens Make Fantastic Christmas Gifts

Do you enjoy making Christmas gifts for your loved ones? If so, you have plenty of 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 2020 — or any time.


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

See Also: Christmas Crochet and Knitting; Christmas Crafts

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 2020, 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.


Learn More About This Bundle:

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.


Learn More About This Book:

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.

A Symbol Crochet Chart for Making Christmas Tree Appliques

Get the Free Symbol Crochet Chart for Making This Christmas Tree Applique.
Get the Free Symbol Crochet Chart for Making This Christmas Tree Applique.

I know it’s not even November yet, but the holiday season is just around the corner. It’s only a couple of 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:

Knitting and Crocheting Lovely Gifts

Do you enjoy creating gifts to give to your family, friends, and colleagues? Have you started your holiday crafting yet? If you’re in need of some inspiration, or project ideas, for what to make for your inner circle this year, read on for a few pattern suggestions and book suggestions you might want to consider.


Knitting and Crocheting Lovely Gifts is Easy if You Have the Right Patterns! Check out Jorid Linvik's Big Book of Christmas Knits, published by Trafalgar Square Books, North Pomfret, Vermont
Knitting and Crocheting Lovely Gifts is Easy if You Have the Right Patterns! Check out Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Christmas Knits, published by Trafalgar Square Books, North Pomfret, Vermont

For knitters who need a broad variety of quick, creative, unique, gift-friendly patterns, I highly recommend Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Christmas Knits. This book has patterns for knitting some Christmas-themed items and also some plainer items that could be used all year around — so it’s useful for making birthday and other types of gifts beyond just Christmas gifts. Some of the patterns included in the book are truly fabulous ones!

If you want to crochet or knit gifts that are specifically Christmas themed, I invite you to check out our page of Christmas patterns.

If you enjoy making projects using multiple craft techniques, you might like Mags Kandis’ lovely book called Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and Crochet. Interweave Press was the original publisher of this book, which features an interesting variety of craft patterns. Most of the included items are reasonably quick to make, and there are items that will suit many different recipients. The majority of patterns featured are knitting patterns, but there are a few crochet patterns included; there are also ideas for felting, needle felting, sewing, and even a few recipes. More details are available in my book review.


Related Resources:

9 Things to Do With Crocheted and Knitted Skull Designs

Crochet Skull Applique Free Pattern

I’ll be the first to admit that skulls aren’t really my thing. Even so, I thought of bunches of different reasons a person might want to crochet or knit some skull motifs.

  1. Know any punk rockers, skateboarders and / or goth fans? If so, skull appliques could be useful for accenting projects you make for them; you could add ’em to plain hats, fingerless gloves, etc, to give the project an “edgier” look.
  2. Wear them to horror movies and / or rock concerts.
  3. For those of you who celebrate Halloween, skulls make great Halloween decorations.
  4. They’re also useful additions to handmade Halloween costumes.
  5. Use ’em on any occasion that involves pirates, or dressing up as pirates.
  6. You can use skull appliques to mark any dangerous item in your home. This may sound a little silly, but it would be a good visual reminder to be cautious in the presence of that dangerous item.
  7.  I used some of my skull appliques as embellishments in a scrapbook.
  8. They would make creepy additions to hair pins, headbands and hair clips.
  9. Additionally, we’ve found patterns where skulls are featured in just about every kind of configuration you could think of, and they are used for embellishing everything from blankets to garlands.

If these ideas sound appealing to you, I invite you to visit our list of 28 skull patterns to crochet and knit.  Most of these patterns are free and easily accessible on the Internet. Drop by anytime and check ’em out.


See Also: Wild Mittens, Unruly Socks 2 is a brand new, fabulous book by Lumi Karmitsa that has some incredibly cool skull-themed knitting patterns for mittens and socks. The skull-themed mitten pattern is called “Always a Bridesmaid”, and it is super creative. Check it out:

Skull-themed mittens  to knit -- This pattern is included in Lumi Karmitsa's brand new book called Wild Mittens Unruly Socks 2, published by Trafalgar Square Books.
Skull-themed mittens to knit — This pattern is included in Lumi Karmitsa’s brand new book called Wild Mittens Unruly Socks 2, published by Trafalgar Square Books.

The other skull pattern in the book features laughing skull motifs. The other patterns in the book are different motifs and designs, all of which are gift worthy.



Best wishes,

Amy Solovay

http://knittingandcrochet.net

 

Who’s Knitting or Crocheting Christmas Gifts This Year?

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

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


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


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


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

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


Christmas Crochet Potholder Patterns



Wonderful Knitting Patterns for Christmas and Other Occasions


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

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

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

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

Warm Projects to Knit and Crochet in October Find Blanket Patterns, Sock Patterns, Mitten Patterns and More!

Looking for Warm Projects to Knit and Crochet in October? If so, check out Crochet Afghan Revival, a lovely pattern book featuring bunches of different warm, cozy blankets that would be perfect for fall. This book is published by Leisure Arts.
Looking for Warm Projects to Knit and Crochet in October? If so, check out Crochet Afghan Revival, a lovely pattern book featuring bunches of different warm, cozy blankets that would be perfect for fall. This book is published by Leisure Arts.

It’s Octoburrrrrr! In many areas, including the one where I live, the weather is starting to get chillier. Perhaps you’re looking for warm projects to knit and crochet. I have some fantastic suggestions for projects that will warm you as you make them, and then they’ll warm the recipient for many years to come.


If crocheting is your craft of choice, blankets are at the top of the list of fantastic projects to warm up with. If you enjoy working from pattern books, I have a recommendation to share. It’s Crochet Afghan Revival, pictured here; aside from free blanket patterns (find some of those HERE), this book is the best value I’m currently aware of for printed pattern books. It includes some truly outstanding patterns, and the book is an incredible bargain overall.


Of course, this isn’t the only fantastic crochet blanket pattern book available. If you’d like to see some other choices, I invite you to check out our page of crochet blanket patterns, which includes bunches more recommendations for excellent pattern books you’re likely to enjoy.


Wild Mittens Unruly Socks Knitting Pattern Book 2 by Lumi Karmitsa, published by Trafalgar Square Books
Wild Mittens Unruly Socks Knitting Pattern Book 2 by Lumi Karmitsa, published by Trafalgar Square Books

If you’re looking for a smaller project to work on, perhaps you might be interested in Lumi Karmitsa’s lovely new book of mitten and sock knitting patterns. It’s called Wild Mittens, Unruly Socks 2. It’s filled with truly unique patterns for making gorgeous accessories featuring interesting design motifs including animals, geometric patterns and more.

If these projects aren’t what you feel like working on right now, no worries. We’ve posted heaps of other project ideas you might enjoy. You’re invited to check out this list of fall patterns to find ideas for crocheting or knitting just about any type of project you might want to create this fall. Happy crafting!

About the Author: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer with a background in textile design. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, ArtsWithCrafts.com and Crochet-Books.com. Amy sends out a free knitting and crochet newsletter so interested crafters can easily keep up with her new patterns and tutorials.

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