2 Warm, Trendy Crochet Cowls for Winter 2017

Are you looking for stylish ways to bundle up this winter? If so, a crocheted cowl is a fantastic wardrobe piece to consider making. These two warm, trendy crochet cowls are both perfect additions to any stylish lady’s winter 2017 wardrobe.

1. Quick, Easy Jumbo Crochet Cowl: A Free Crochet Pattern by Amy Solovay

Crochet Stitch Pattern on the Quick, Easy Jumbo Crochet Cowl
Crochet this quick, easy jumbo crochet cowl using Knitpicks Knitpicks Super Tuff Puff jumbo weight yarn, a large crochet hook and our free crochet cowl pattern.

This thick, warm, textured cowl is a super quick crochet project that’s as easy to make as it is to wear. I’ve used a jumbo-sized vivid teal-colored wool yarn to crochet my project sample; this color is really trendy right now, and it pairs well with lots of other colors for maximum versatility. If your winter 2017 wardrobe basics are black, gray, navy blue, khaki or brown, this color will complement them beautifully.

Crocheted Flowers for Valentine’s Day 2017 Find Free Crochet Patterns for a Whole Bunch of Valentine-Friendly Flower Motifs

Crochet Flower With Ribbon

This pretty flower applique is useful at any time of year, but it’s especially appropriate for Valentine’s Day. You could pin it to a hat or lapel, or use it to embellish a Valentine gift you’re giving to a friend or loved one.

I’ve crocheted my sample flower in shades of pink and purple, but it would be even prettier in red and white, or pink and white. Or perhaps you could even use red, pink and white all together in this flower, assuming you can find the right combination of button, ribbon and yarn. Any of these options would be ideal color schemes for crocheting Valentine’s Day themed flowers.

If you’d like to crochet a different style of flower motif, you’re invited to visit our index of free crochet flower patterns. You’ll find many more flower designs to choose from.

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Valentine Gift Ideas for 2017

As a child, I adored Valentine’s Day. It delighted me to make paper Valentines for all the other children I knew.

As an adult, I haven’t outgrown my fondness for making Valentines. Nowadays I enjoy adding crocheted edgings to some of them, and putting other artistic touches on them as well. I find it satisfying to make lovely things to give to others, even small things like Valentine’s Day cards.

I’ve discovered that it’s even more fun to make Valentine gifts for my loved ones — or at least, to add handmade touches to my gifts at times when it isn’t practical to create an entire gift from scratch.

If you celebrate this holiday, and you plan on giving Valentine gifts this year, here are some ideas for things you can make:

Enclose Your Valentine’s Day Gift in a Heart-Shaped Pouch

Valentine Crochet Heart Pouch

Let’s say you want to give candy or some small item as a Valentine gift to a sweetheart, friend, or colleague. A heart-shaped pouch would be a fun way to package it.


If you want to see some more ideas for decorating this pouch, I have posted a photo gallery with several other options. Of course, you don’t need to use my ideas considering you probably have plenty of your own. This is one of those designs where you can really showcase your own creativity. But if you want to use any of these ideas, please feel free — that’s why I made ’em available for you. 🙂


If your intended recipient is a guy and the heart idea isn’t quite right for this occasion, you could always choose another pouch design instead.

Crocheted Hats for Him

Men's Slip Stitch Hat and Scarf Set

If your intended gift recipient is a guy, perhaps a crocheted hat would be a nice gift for him. The one pictured here is part of a hat and scarf set that I think is particularly nice for guys. It’s a bit of a time-consuming project, so I wouldn’t recommend it as a gift for casual acquaintances – but for the right guy, I think it’s worth spending the time on it. I can say that, having made the set for my own husband (although not specifically as a Valentine’s gift…) and he got significant, daily wintertime wear out of the hat for years before it got too shabby to make any more public appearances. Which reminds me that perhaps it’s time for me to begin making him another one…

Crocheted Jewelry for Her

If your intended gift recipient is a gal, jewelry might be a nice gift for her.

Valentine Flowers

There are all kinds of interesting things you can do with pretty crocheted flowers. You can attach them to hair accessories like headbands and hair clips. You can transform them into brooches or magnets. You can use them as embellishments on gift packages. Et-cetera!

More Valentine Ideas

Here’s a link to a list of free Valentine crochet and knitting patterns. The list includes bunches more ideas for interesting Valentine and heart-themed projects you can crochet. Happy crafting!




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Kitchen Stitchin’ With a Christmas Theme Crochet Lovely Christmas Potholders and Other Christmas-Themed Kitchen Projects

Update From 12/16/2016: If you celebrate Christmas, please be sure to check out our brand new 2016 Christmas gift guide featuring our suggestions for the best gifts to give crochet and knitting enthusiasts. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Kitchen Stitching' With a Christmas Theme: Get Free Patterns for Crocheting Potholders and Other Kitchen Designs
Kitchen Stitching’ With a Christmas Theme: Get Free Patterns for Crocheting Potholders and Other Kitchen Designs

Holidays, cooking and baking seem to go hand-in-hand, don’t they? So I think it’s a great idea to turn our attention to some of the pretty holiday-themed kitchen accents we can crochet.


Pictured here is a cupcake potholder crocheted in Christmas colors. It’s one of the many designs included in our list of knit and crochet potholder patterns.

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.)


This red, white and green striped potholder is also festive and Christmas-y.


I haven’t got around to crocheting this Christmas tree design in cotton 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, as I explain in my article about which yarn to use for crocheting potholders.


Be sure to visit our directory of Christmas patterns if you’d like to find even more Christmas projects to make — like the cute little Christmas tree ornament that’s also pictured here.


Happy stitching, and happy holidays!

Sewing Lessons for Knitting and Crochet Enthusiasts

It’s helpful for knitters and crocheters to understand basic sewing techniques. Perhaps you’ve crocheted a bunch of granny squares, and you want to stitch them together to create a blanket. Maybe you’ve knitted a beautiful tote bag, but it isn’t as practical as you’d like because you don’t know how to sew a lining for it. There’ll likely be times you need to know how to ease a knitted sleeve into your latest sweater or stitch the side seams in a baby hat you’re crocheting — and sewing skills are helpful to have when these tasks arise.

Free Video Sewing Classes for Everyone

This month, Creative Live is offering some of their sewing classes for free. You’d ordinarily have to pay a bundle for all these classes — so if you’d be interested in learning some new sewing techniques you’ll want to head over there and sign up ASAP.

Crochetterie: A Beginner-Friendly Craft Book That Teaches You Both Crochet and Sewing Techniques

When it comes to combining sewing and crochet projects, Molla Mills is an expert. Molla stitches up designer-quality crochet bags with leather details, fabric linings and other distinctive details. If you’d like to learn her secrets for how to do this, you’ll want to check out her brand new book called Crochetterie: Cool Contemporary Crochet for the Creatively Minded:

Free Sewing Tutorials for Knitters and Crocheters

You can learn how to sew fabric strips together to make rag balls. The rag balls are excellent substitutes for yarn; use them to crochet rugs, purses and tote bags, placemats, trivets and more.
You can learn how to sew fabric strips together to make rag balls. The rag balls are excellent substitutes for yarn; use them to crochet rugs, purses and tote bags, placemats, trivets and more.

If you want to finish your knitting or crochet projects flawlessly, here are some free sewing instructions you can use for that purpose.

  • Free Lining Tutorial — Learn how to sew a lining for a crocheted or knitted pouch or bag.
  • Free Whip Stitch Sewing Tutorial — Whip stitch is one of my favorite methods for joining granny squares and sewing seams on crocheted pieces. Here’s a step-by-step whip stitch tutorial with photos.
  • Side Seams Sewing Tutorial — This tutorial shows you how to sew the side seams on a pair of simple crocheted fingerless gloves. You can use the same basic method on other projects like hats and sweaters too.
  • How to Make a Rag Ball — Learn how to sew fabric strips together to create rag balls you can use instead of yarn for fabric crochet and fabric knitting.

Crochet, Knitting and Other Creative Classes at My New Favorite Website

I have a new favorite website. I love this site for bunches of reasons:

  • They make a huge variety of interesting video-based creative classes available on topics that interest me — crafts, photography, business and much more.
  • They let you view bunches of different video classes for free with no strings attached. If you enjoy the class enough to want to watch it again, you have the opportunity to pay for access to the class — but they don’t pressure you to do so. I think this business model is win-win for everyone.
  • The videos don’t have annoying ads on them the way Youtube videos often do.
  • Their instructors have a talent for making complex topics interesting and easier to understand.
  • This site has many famous class instructors on board. To give some examples, if you need a beginner’s class for knitting or crochet, you could take a class from Vickie Howell through this website. Anne Geddes has photography classes available through this website.
  • The videos I’ve seen so far have all been high-quality and worth watching.
  • I like hearing from the people at this site. They send interesting emails that I often open and read. Their blog is filled with helpful posts, and I’ve learned quite a bit from reading their posts and watching their classes.
  • They offer frequent sales and discounts on their paid classes. Their class prices vary greatly, but tend to be reasonable to start with — so their sale prices typically represent an outstanding value.

Want to check out this site? Here are some links you might find helpful:

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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Crochet a 4th of July Necklace Using Strips of Fabric

Fourth of July Necklace Worked in the Fabric Crochet Technique
Fourth of July Necklace Worked in the Fabric Crochet Technique

(Plus Pendants or Beads for Embellishments.)


To make this project, I enjoyed playing with some of my favorite things — colorful material, sparkly glass pendants, and the fabric crochet technique. I’m delighted to share the free necklace pattern, instructions and step-by-step tutorial with you.

Have you ever tried crocheting with fabric before? If so, I think a necklace like this one would be a piece o’ cake for you to make.

If you’ve never attempted this technique before, and you’d be interested in giving it a try, this is one of the quickest and easiest projects you could choose for getting started. It’s wonderful if you end up loving the technique, but you never know until you try it. If you’re going to end up hating it, I think it’s a good idea to make that discovery using a zippy-quick project like this one — before you spend one zillion hours cutting fabric strips to make a more time-consuming project like a rag rug or rag bag tote.

If you like this idea, I invite you to give the pattern a try.


Crocheting a Necklace in Red, White and Blue for July 4th, or to Wear Any Time at All.
Crocheting a Necklace in Red, White and Blue for July 4th, or to Wear Any Time at All.

If you choose to use red, white and blue materials for crocheting your project, you could create a necklace that’s perfect for wearing on July 4th, Memorial Day or any similar patriotic holiday or occasion. (Or really, any day — because those colors are classic and look great together any time.) However, there are endless different pleasing color combinations you could try, so you can have bunches of fun experimenting to find ones that express your style best.

Pictured here, we have a necklace that I made using red and white batik fabric plus blue and silver wire-wrapped pendants. All of these materials work well for an Independence-Day-themed jewelry piece.


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A July Limerick, for Crocheters in the USA*

Red, White and Blue Crocheted Necklace With Pendants -- Perfect for the Fourth of July, or Any Time.


Our holiday in July’s on the Fourth.

Freedom — priceless its worth.

Let’s have fireworks and beer,

Parades far and near,

And picnics everywhere, from the south to the north.



We crocheters have other ways

To spend our holidays.

We stitch and create

Even staying up late

To work on our crafts and displays.



In July, we celebrate Independence.

To do so, we could crochet pendants

In red, white and blue

Or other colors too

And we’ll make plenty more projects hence.


*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 crochet-related, but they do have to stay family-friendly!

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Make Crochet Potholders for July 4th, 2016 (Or Any Day)

Red, White and Blue Potholders -- A Crochet Project for Fourth of July, or Any Patriotic Holiday. A Free Crochet Pattern Is Available for This Design.
Red, White and Blue Potholders — A Crochet Project for Fourth of July, or Any Patriotic Holiday. Or for That Matter, Any Day at All. A Free Crochet Pattern Is Available for This Design.

Speaking to my fellow Americans — It’s almost July, and that means our July 4, 2016 celebration is coming up soon. Are you ready to take a day off to picnic, party, play and parade like the free-spirited, freedom-loving people that you are?

Maybe picnics and parties are your idea of fun — and maybe they aren’t. Maybe you find it just as enjoyable to relax with a lovely needlework project in hand…Sometimes I do. However you’ll choose to spend the day, here’s hoping your Fourth of July 2016 will be a spectacular one.

Pictured here: red, white and blue striped potholders that make glorious summertime crochet projects — not too time-consuming, and not too hot and heavy for afternoon craft sessions on the veranda.

If you knock out a few of these between now and the Fourth, you can bring ’em with you to whatever potlucks / parties / picnics you’ll be attending. Or maybe just place ’em on your picnic table so nobody burns their hands on the hot-off-the-barbecue dishes that will get passed around.

Some of y’all find holidays motivating; it’s always fun to tie your projects into whatever special day is coming up next. But the truth is, potholders like these are lovely to have on hand year-around. They make great accents for every patriotic holiday: Veteran’s Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day…and they work for everyday, non-holiday-days as well.

If any of you are outside the USA, you’re invited to make use of this pattern too. If red, white and blue is not the color scheme you have in mind, you are welcome to substitute any other colorway you please.

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