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.

Halloween: The Ideal Holiday for Beastly Crochet Patterns

Brenda K.B. Anderson’s pattern book, Beastly Crochet, wasn’t specifically intended to be a book of Halloween patterns. However, if you celebrate Halloween, October is a great time for crocheting the patterns in the book. That’s because this pattern collection is all Halloween friendly.

Beastly Crochet Book by Brenda K.B. Anderson, Published by Interweave Press
Beastly Crochet Book by Brenda K.B. Anderson, Published by Interweave Press


For example, let’s take the critters on the Beastly Crochet book cover (pictured.) If you look closely at their mouths, you’ll see these little monsters are stuffed with candy. They’re the perfect storage units for all the Halloween candy your little trick-or-treaters or party-goers might collect on Halloween night. Cute, aren’t they? You can crochet and felt them using the pattern and instructions given in this book.

If you want to make Halloween costumes for yourself or a child you know, this book has patterns you could use. There’s a super cute pattern for Sasquatch Slippers and Mittens, which I think might also work as bear claws. So you could dress up as a sasquatch or a bear if you make these. There’s also a vampire hat which could be the basis for an interesting Halloween costume.


The sweet skull hairpins are totally Halloween friendly. If those aren’t quite what you had in mind, you can check out bunches more knit and crochet skull patterns on our website. The link takes you to a list that’s mostly free patterns aside from the ones included in this book. The book also includes a sugar skull bag pattern, which I think is a little creepy — but I guess that’s the idea, right?


One of the fantastic things about this book is that the patterns are great for Halloween, but you can also use them at other times too. That translates to a great value for the time and money you spend on both the book and the projects. A big thumbs up to that!

Overall I really enjoyed this book, which tells you a lot since I am not someone who ordinarily enjoys crocheting skulls or creepy projects.

If you want more details about the book and its contents, I invite you to click here for my detailed book review.

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A July Limerick, for Knitters and 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 knitters and 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 knitting or crochet-related, but they do have to stay family-friendly!

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Knitting and Crocheting Father’s Day Gifts for Dad Find Up-To-Date Father's Day Gift Ideas for 2020

If you're interested in Knitting and Crocheting Father's Day Gifts for Dad, check out Crochetterie by Molla Mills. This pattern book includes patterns and instructions for making a whole bunch of ultra--cool, guy-friendly crochet projects.
If you’re interested in Knitting and Crocheting Father’s Day Gifts for Dad, check out Crochetterie by Molla Mills. This pattern book includes patterns and instructions for making a whole bunch of ultra–cool, guy-friendly crochet projects.

Father’s Day is coming up soon; this year, we’ll be celebrating dad’s special day on Sunday, June 21, 2020. Have you picked out gifts for the dads on your gift list yet?

Perhaps you might like to knit or crochet a handmade gift for your dad (or step-dad, father-in-law or grandfather). If so, you’re invited to check out our list of DIY Father’s Day gift ideas.


Pictured here: A guy-friendly crochet pattern book called Crochetterie by Molla Mills. If you’d like to try working some new patterns from an ultra-cool, up-to-date book, this is definitely a book you’ll want to consider owning. This book would also make a great gift for a dad who enjoys crocheting (or wants to learn how to crochet; the book includes helpful crochet instructions that are suitable for total beginners.)


Whatever you decide to make for dad or give him as a gift, here’s hoping he’ll love it.


See Also: Knitting and Crocheting for Guys

Knitting and Crochet in May: A Limerick

Small Crochet Flowers With Popcorn Stitch Petals
These pretty flower motifs make fantastic little projects for crocheting in the month of May — or any time.

The glorious month of May
Is a wonderful time to crochet.
You can make jewelry and flowers
and granny squares for hours
and lovely presents for Mother’s Day.

May is also a great time to sit
outside in the sunshine and knit.
Grab your needles and yarn,
your wire and your plarn,
and work on your projects a bit.

Setting the Table for Earth Day 2020

Setting the Table for Earth Day 2020 With Upcycled Wire Crochet Napkin Rings Made From Pull Tabs

For those of you who didn’t know, today — Wednesday, April 22, 2020 — is Earth Day. Happy Earth Day, everyone!

I’ve posted some lovely free patterns you can use for dressing up your Earth Day table, or any holiday table for that matter. Check ’em out!

Pull Tab Napkin Rings

This project calls for upcycling some pull tabs and transforming them into these beautiful napkin rings, which are pictured above. The instructions for these napkin rings are available online for free.

Fabric Crochet Coasters

You can upcycle old textiles such as sheets, sarongs or clothing and transform them into rag balls to use for knitting or crocheting. There are countless environmentally friendly projects you can make using these rag balls; I have a whole list of them (plus links to free patterns) on my page about fabric crochet. Some of my favorite fabric crochet projects are coasters you can use for proudly setting the table on Earth Day. Check out these fabric crochet flower coasters and these heart-shaped coasters for a couple of fantastic project ideas.

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Crocheting for Earth Day and Every Day Earth Day 2020 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 Wednesday, April 22, 2020 — mark your calendars!

If you’d like to celebrate Earth day with an eco-friendly crochet project, there are many possibilities to consider. For example, the gorgeous tote bag pictured above is a sustainable DIY project if you choose to upcycle old fabrics or clothes for your materials.

Another similar option is an earth-friendly market bag made using organic cotton. You can get the market bag crochet pattern on the Internet for free.

You could begin working on either of these projects today, and if you start using the bag every time you shop, it’ll result in fewer paper and plastic shopping bags that need recycling.

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.


See Also: Napkins and napkin rings

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More Spring Crochet Projects

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 12, 2020 — mark your calendar!


If your family celebrates Easter, you might enjoy knitting or crocheting a variety of Easter patterns for your kids, grandkids, siblings — or perhaps even for yourself. I’ve rounded up a whole bunch of fantastic bunny patterns and Easter patterns that are available for free and for sale. Most of the patterns on the lists are free patterns — but I did include some pay-for patterns that look as if they’d be worth buying. I haven’t actually worked any of them myself to confirm, so, please don’t interpret their presence on the list as a positive review; I’m just passing along the information about these patterns’ existence in case it would be of interest to you.


The following is an example of one of the free bunny patterns you’ll find on the list. Isn’t this sweet bunny ADORABLE?


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 — Thursday, March 20, 2020 — is the first day of spring. You know what that means: Time for spring cleaning. Uggh.

I don’t much enjoy cleaning, although I sure love it when everything is clean. It’s hard to get motivated to start — but since I never need much prompting to get motivated to crochet, I thought I’d try making some projects that’ll help with the cleaning as well. Sometimes, it’s little things like soft, pretty dishcloths or innovative recycled scrubbies that can make all the difference in whether I ever actually motivate to clean anything.


Hey, whatever works, right?

Are you planning on doing any spring cleaning this year? If you’re going to get to work on it, you might as well have some cute crocheted dishcloths and fun crocheted scrubbies to make your tasks more 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.

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