The holiday season is the perfect time to show off your crocheted lovelies! If you don’t have any lovelies to show off, or if you do but you want some new ones, now is a great time to make some for yourself. Some of these projects are versatile enough to be worn for any holiday from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. Others are specifically meant to be Christmas designs. Hopefully you’ll find some new wardrobe pieces to make and add to your closet now that the holiday season is upon us.
Festive Jeweled Neck Warmer
When I first imagined this easy crochet neck warmer, I was hoping to create a design that would be ideal for the the winter holiday season — something that would be warm, yet impressive enough to wear out to Christmas parties, family gatherings, holiday festivities and such.
I think this neck warmer turned out to be exactly the type of wardrobe piece I had in mind. This design is almost a hybrid between a necklace and a scarf; it’s warmer than a necklace would be, and it’s dressier than your typical winter scarf is. It’s also a quick, easy project that’s suitable for total beginners to crochet. For a crocheter with some experience, it won’t take long to whip this up. For beginners, I don’t think there’s any such thing as a truly quick project — but even for a beginner, this is a much quicker project than usual. So if you want to spend a little time kicking back and relaxing with your crochet amid the holiday hubbub, this pattern is a really good one to reach for.
Shawls and Wraps
Shawls are so beautiful, and the extra bit of warmth is always welcome during the winter season. Check out these shawl and wrap patterns for some fabulous choices.
There are some fantastic crochet pattern books available that are exclusively dedicated to giving you shawl patterns. My favorite so far is Sara Kay Hartmann’s book called Poetic Crochet — but there are many other fantastic choices available in addition to that book.
This stylish cuff bracelet is crocheted in two colors of wire, and it’s accented with contrasting yet complementary beads. I crocheted my sample bracelet in Christmas colors — red and green wire, with bronze-colored seed bead accents.
As is, it’s a great look for those of you who would like to wear it during the Christmas season. But, if you’d like it to be wearable all year long, all it would take is a color change to make the bracelet in more of an everyday color palette. Why not try making it in silver, gold and bronze? Or perhaps in vibrant, bohemian hues of colored wire. If you have a favorite floral dress, try using a green-colored wire that matches the green leaves on the flowers; instead of the red wire, use whichever color is the main flower color; and instead of the bronze, substitute whichever color is used in the background of the floral fabric on the dress. Voila! Now you have the perfect accessory to wear with your dress.
This is another quick project that doesn’t involve a big time commitment.
I’ve crocheted this flower what seems like zillions of different times now, and each time I’ve enjoyed finding different ways to embellish it. One of my favorite ideas so far is this simple and pretty ribbon bow, which I attached to the front of the flower with sewing thread and a few discreet stitches.
I crocheted this flower in red wool yarn; I’m thinking a red wool flower makes a nice embellishment for a lot of different projects, and would have multiple uses during the upcoming holidays. When December rolls around, it could be used for Christmas items, and then when February comes it could also double as a Valentine accent too.
Hanukkah is coming up soon; this year’s Hanukkah celebration begins on the evening of Sunday, December 2, 2018.
If you celebrate Hanukkah, and you plan to have wine as part of your celebration, it might be nice to have a wine bottle cozy handy — especially if you will need to transport the wine to the home of a friend or loved one.
Pictured here: the wine bottle cozy embellished with an embroidered menorah patch. If you’d rather embellish it in a different way, I’ve provided several other ideas for you to check out on the pattern page:
This bottle cozy fits a bottle of Manischewitz kosher wine, as pictured; but that isn’t your only option for filling it. It also fits some of the square hard liquor bottles, like Jim Beam whiskey bottles and Jose Cuervo tequila bottles. There may be others; those are just a couple I happened to test when I was at the store. It also fits a fancy vintage crystal decanter I got at a flea market.
I think this is a fun and interesting project to work on, and, if appropriately filled, it makes a great hostess gift. I hope you’ll enjoy the free pattern.
To all our Jewish friends and subscribers, we wish you a blessed Hanukkah! Hope you’ll have a wonderful holiday.
Have you begun your countdown to December 25, 2018? Perhaps you’ve already started your Christmas crafting, and perhaps you haven’t — but either way, you still have plenty of time to whip up some Christmastime projects. Especially potholders, which are quick projects that don’t take much commitment.
If you’re in the mood to work on some Christmas crafts, we have plenty of ideas, not to mention free patterns, for you to try.
Pictured here: peppermint-candy inspired potholders that are reminiscent of the minty sweet treats you see in stores during the holiday season. They’re festive, attractive and tasty — just the thing to have in your kitchen while you’re doing your holiday baking, or planning your holiday parties and meals. Those fun little mints are ideal for everything from decorating your Christmas cookies to covering up the scent of eggnog on your breath.
They’re also fantastic inspiration for bunches of different craft projects.
Potholders like these make excellent Christmas gifts, but they’re also nice to keep for yourself — especially if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen during the holiday season.
Happily, these little pretties work up quickly enough that you can make a pair for yourself, plus more pairs to giftwrap and present to the chefs and bakers on your Christmas gift list.
You can crochet these fun potholders in red and white, as pictured, to resemble candy cane stripes. If you change the colors, the look could be completely different, and maybe not even Christmas-y, depending on the colors you choose.
You could take any design on the potholder pattern list and crochet it in Christmas colors, but some of the designs on the list are already “Christmas-y” as is. For example, this striped potholder resembles a candy cane if you crochet it in red and white yarn. (If not, it’s just an ordinary striped potholder, as you can see here.)
I haven’t got around to crocheting this Christmas tree design in wool yarn to use as a potholder yet, but it’s on my to-do list to try. Please feel free to use that idea if you’d like.
If you do, keep in mind that the design as originally written was meant to be used as an afghan square, and was crocheted in acrylic. You don’t want to use acrylic or other synthetics for making potholders, because acrylic yarn can melt and emit toxic vapors when it gets hot (as it most certainly will when coming into contact with hot dishes). Wool is a better choice for using to make potholders, because it is self-extinguishing (which means that, if you accidentally catch it on fire, the wool will not burn — the fire will most likely just go out on its own). Wool can safely be heated and is also biodegradable; acrylic yarn does not readily biodegrade. Cascade 220 yarn is my new go-to favorite yarn for crocheting potholders — I highly recommend it.
Would you like to learn how to knit socks? If so, perhaps you’ll be excited to learn about a free broadcast of Vickie Howell’s class called Knit Maker 201: Knit Socks at Creativelive. The free broadcast of this sock knitting class will take place on November 15-16, 2018. My understanding of the situation is that, if you want access to the free broadcast, you’ll have to RSVP for the class before it starts to air on November 9th. Tip: After you click through to the course description page, look up at the top right-hand side of your monitor for the black button that says “RSVP”. (There’s also a blue button that says “Buy” if you prefer to just buy the class and watch it immediately.)
I RSVP’ed for the class and am looking forward to it. 🙂 I hope you’ll have a chance to check it out, too.
This isn’t usually a free class; the regular class price is $29. So getting in on the free broadcast is actually a really good deal. If for some reason you miss the free broadcast, or any part of it, you’ll be able to access the class at its regular price any time afterwards.
To knit socks, you’ll need sock yarn and appropriate knitting needles. Most people knit socks using sets of double-pointed sock knitting needles. I’m pretty sure it’s also possible to knit socks using a circular knitting needle that has an ultra-short cord length — if you can find a needle that’s the right size.
So far, this is the best sock knitting reference I’ve come across. You probably noticed the phrase “big book” in the title, and they aren’t kidding; it’s a huge book that’s totally dedicated to the topic of sock knitting. The book includes basic patterns, plus a whole bunch of really fun and unique patterns for knitting animal-themed socks, Scandinavian style socks and just about every other type of socks you could imagine.
Where to Buy Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Knitted Socks:
This affordable booklet features unique and wonderful sock patterns that are more interesting than simple basic socks — yet they are normal, wearable, everyday designs that you’re likely to get a lot of use from.
Denise Samson included 4 excellent sock patterns in her book called The Cable Knitter’s Guide published by Trafalgar Square Books. The sock patterns are as follows:
Cozy Slippers — These are gorgeous cabled slipper socks that look like they’d be worth the effort — they are that pretty. If you knit gifts for loved ones, the slippers would be an extra-special gift.
Socks With Reversible Cables — These slouchy socks have cabled cuffs that you can pull up or fold down. The cables look the same on either side, so there’s no need to worry about hiding a “wrong” side.
Maj’s Ankle Socks — These elegant lace ankle socks feature a lovely cabled design.
Tormrod’s Stockings — These intricate cabled knee socks are guy-friendly; the author designed them for her significant other to wear on his camping trips and ski trips.
The socks aren’t the only fantastic patterns in the book; this book is actually sort of like a cable stitch dictionary that also offers you finished patterns for trying out the cables. There are also excellent patterns for blankets, sweaters and bunches more accessories.
I’ve always wanted to learn how to knit socks. When I was a teenager, I invested the money in buying a lovely set of bamboo double-pointed needles; but I couldn’t figure out how to use them despite having looked at several books and magazine articles on the topic of sock knitting. I made an honest effort to learn how to knit socks, but without someone to show me the finer points, it wasn’t long before I lost interest. There were too many other amazing projects to work on. I decided to invest my efforts in knitting sweaters and hats, and I never actually returned to sock knitting.
When I was traveling in Europe a few years ago, I bought a circular knitting needle that I think (hope) will work for knitting socks. I’m thinking it will be preferable to dealing with bunches of individual double-pointed needles. Having never successfully knit socks with any type of knitting needles, the jury is out on whether I will be able to do this. We’ll see!
I’ll be pulling my circular and double-pointed knitting needles out of the closet and tuning in to Vickie Howell’s sock knitting class on November 9th to see if I can finally learn how to knit socks. Here’s hoping I’ll have more success this time around than I have in the past — and here’s hoping you’ll join me and learn how to knit socks, too!
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?
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.)
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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.
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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:
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
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:
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 Sesiaby 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
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 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
Crochet Shawl, Wrap and Poncho Patterns Featured in Delicate Crochet
Berrywine Crochet Wrap Pattern
Designed by Sharon Silverman
Blox Crochet Shawl Pattern
Designed by Sharon Silverman
Damask Rose Crochet Wrap Pattern
Designed by Katya Novikova
Gentle Whisper Shawl
Designed by Judith Butterworth
Lotus Wrap Crochet Pattern
Designed by Katya Novikova
Peacock Lace Shawl
Designed by Sharon Silverman
Sea and Shells Crochet Poncho Pattern
Designed by Karen McKenna
Yveline Crochet Wrap Pattern
Designed by Vashti Braha
Crochet Scarf and Cowl Patterns Featured in Delicate Crochet
New Wave Crochet Cowl Pattern
Designed by Rhonda Davis
Diamond Dreams Crochet Scarf Pattern
Designed by Judith Butterworth
Optical Illusion Crochet Scarf Pattern
Designed by Sharon Silverman
Hourglass Crochet Scarf Pattern
Designed by Sharon Silverman
The Crochet Skirt Pattern Featured in Delicate Crochet
Cyndi Floral Lace Crochet Skirt Pattern
Designed by Vicky Chan
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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Bracelets are reasonably quick projects to crochet, and I love them because they allow for so much easy experimentation — with materials, colors, textures and forms.
I find that wire crochet bracelets are particularly interesting to experiment with. There are so many different ways you can make them. The wire, being stiff, can be sculpted in different ways if you like; and when you crochet with it, a sort of magic happens. It’s almost like creating a delightful fusion of lace and metalwork; the two disparate crafts intertwine and become one. Add beads to the mix, and the results are even more spectacular.
Pictured here are a couple of wire crochet bracelets that I’ve posted online, along with free patterns in case you’d like to crochet some similar pieces. The bracelet shown above is a wire cuff bracelet crocheted in Christmas colors. I adore its lacy look.
The bracelet shown at lower right is one of my latest beaded wire crochet projects. This design is crafted using wire, red coral beads, jasper stone beads, and glass beads. If you don’t already know how to make one of these, no worries, you can learn how to do it — for free! The free bracelet pattern is available right here on our website for you to use.
I’m showing you these particular bracelets because I think they are both nice designs for Christmas, which is coming up soon; it’ll be here before you know it. If you’d like to make yourself some pretty holiday baubles, these would be lovely to whip up for wearing to any upcoming holiday parties or gatherings. If these designs aren’t quite what you have in mind, our list of free jewelry patterns offers even more options. I hope you’ll enjoy browsing through them.
Here’s a fun needlework project idea for those of you who celebrate Christmas. It’s a cute Christmas tree decoration to crochet.
You could use this little Christmas tree as an ornament or a door hanger. (If you want to make it a door hanger, just be sure to make the hanging loop long enough to fit over the doorknob where you want to hang it.)
This project is made by crocheting and joining two easy Christmas tree shapes that you can make using our free symbol crochet chart and pattern.
This is a quick crochet project with a lot of creative potential. You’re invited to grab the free chart and ornament pattern from our website, and give this project a try.
We’re curious: Which pattern format(s) do you usually work from? Do you have a strong preference for one particular format over another? Do you grudgingly use a pattern format because the pattern is ONLY available in that format instead of another format you’d like better?
I’ve started a new poll that covers the basics of which pattern formats you usually work from. Please feel free to comment and add any insights you care to provide regarding the answers to the other questions I’ve asked above on the topic of pattern formats. Your comments are welcome!
If you have the time and inclination to comment further, we’d also love to know WHY you prefer the pattern format(s) you use most.
As for me, I work from both digital and physical patterns — but I really prefer physical patterns.
I enjoy physical patterns because I suspect that working on anything at all on my laptop could be the cause of eyestrain (my eyesight isn’t that great) and because I don’t enjoy trying to figure out how to rotate charts on my laptop (when that is necessary — it isn’t always — usually just when the charts are printed sideways in the book due to space constraints).
I also really enjoy physical books — holding them, looking at them and turning their pages.
AND I also prefer physical patterns because I suffer from “out of sight, out of mind” syndrome. If a pattern is right there on my bookshelf, hanging around, I remember that I wanted to knit or crochet a project from it. If it is saved somewhere on my hard drive, I am prone to forgetting it is there.
Now it’s your turn. Which pattern formats do you prefer? WHY? I’m looking forward to seeing your answers and your comments!
Which Pattern Format Do You Usually Work From? (Choose All That Apply)
You're invited to leave a comment elaborating on your answer. Thanks so much for voting, and thanks in advance for any additional comments and insights you share with us. We sincerely appreciate your interest in our poll!
Update 10-25-2018 — I’m updating this post to answer a reader question I received by email regarding the differences between physical and digital patterns. If you have the same question, read on for clarification.
This may sound like an extremely stupid question, BUT…
What do you mean by digital or physical patterns?
I love all things crochet, even tho I have a really hard time reading patterns, I love to do simple things, i.e., granny square, simple single, double, or triple crochet blankets, etc.). Even tho I can’t physically do ALL the patterns you share, I really love looking at them!
It’s not a stupid question at all! In fact, please forgive me for not explaining this more clearly before I introduced the poll! Now that I think about it, I’m going to guess that a LOT of people probably have the same question.
Physical patterns = tangible patterns that exist in physical space. You can hold them in your hands and touch them. You can highlight on them with a highlighter or make notes on them with a pen. These include pattern books, craft magazines, the patterns you get on yarn labels, etc.
Digital patterns = intangible patterns that exist somewhere in the digital world — frequently they’re saved as digital files on computers, laptops, tablets, cell phones, or digital readers like Kindle or Nook. You use one of these patterns by opening the file in a digital reader or a piece of software like Adobe’s Acrobat Reader. In some cases, you might be able to print out the pattern to make it a physical pattern you can touch, fold, make notes on or highlight. In other cases, like with patterns available for the Amazon Kindle, there isn’t any obvious way of making a physical printout. You’d probably use the pattern by turning on the reader and working from that.