Tea Time Is Always Nicer With Crocheted Potholders

I enjoy savoring a cup of organic herbal tea and a sweet treat with my family — perhaps some fruit, a bowl of yogurt or a freshly baked treat. What I don’t love: burning my fingers on a hot teapot or teacup. Between all the cooking and baking we do and our newly instituted afternoon tea time tradition, the potholders I crochet get bunches of use around our place.

Tea time is always nicer with crocheted potholders. A potholder will help you avoid burning your fingers on a hot teapot or tea cup during afternoon tea. Not only that, the potholder can add a pretty touch to your tea table setting. Want to crochet your own potholders for tea time or any time? Read on for fantastic crochet potholder pattern suggestions.
Tea time is always nicer with crocheted potholders. A potholder will help you avoid burning your fingers on a hot teapot or tea cup during afternoon tea. Not only that, the potholder can add a pretty touch to your tea table setting. Want to crochet your own potholders for tea time or any time? Read on for fantastic crochet potholder pattern suggestions.

We recently moved several times, and we couldn’t take everything (truthfully, we couldn’t take much of anything) with us. Our old potholders were left behind when we made the transition — so I’ve been crocheting new ones. I’m super proud of how they’re turning out. If you’d enjoy crocheting some of your own lovely new potholders for tea time, dinnertime or any time, I think you’ll be excited to get your hands on the patterns I’ve been using. Want to take a peek at a couple of my new favorites?

The Sunny Daisy Crochet Potholder

Sunny Daisy  Crochet Potholder: This potholder is made using two octagon motif patterns from Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng, published by Interweave. The potholder is finished with a simple shell stitch edging and a hanging loop. Crocheted and photographed by Amy Solovay.
Sunny Daisy Crochet Potholder: This potholder is made using two octagon motif patterns from Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng, published by Interweave. The potholder is finished with a simple shell stitch edging and a hanging loop. Crocheted and photographed by Amy Solovay.

To create the golden daisy-themed crochet potholder you see pictured here, I used two different octagon motifs from Sandra Eng’s amazing new book called Crochet Kaleidoscope, published by Interweave:


Motif #98 — motif #98 is an 8-pointed star motif with a crochet flower in the center. If you choose a golden-yellow yarn for the center of the flower and a white yarn for the flower petals, the way I did here, the flower resembles a daisy. Of course, you could customize your potholders by choosing any yarn colors that match your tea set, your dinnerware, your bakeware, your kitchen or your dining room décor. I used Cascade 220 wool yarns to crochet this potholder.


As far as crochet flower patterns go, this daisy is a really easy one; it isn’t complicated at all. There are lots of other ways you could use it besides just making potholders. You could incorporate the same design into a crochet daisy blanket, a doily or lots of other sorts of projects.

Motif #97 From Crochet Kaleidoscope Is an Octagon Shape Featuring a Sun Shape or Star Shape. This motif was designed by Sandra Eng. Crocheted and photographed by Amy Solovay.
Motif #97 From Crochet Kaleidoscope Is an Octagon Crochet Shape Featuring a Sun Shape or Star Shape. This motif was designed by Sandra Eng. Crocheted and photographed by Amy Solovay.

Motif #97 — motif #97 is an octagon shape with another polygonal shape in the center. This polygon could be interpreted as a sun or a star. I’m choosing to think of it as a sun for this particular design.


After crocheting these two motifs, I whip stitched them together to create a double-thick potholder that’s extra protective (no more burnt fingers!). Then I added a simple shell stitch edging around the outside, placing 2 shells comprised of 5 double crochet stitches on each of the potholder’s 8 sides (these are alternated with slip stitches). In the same round, I also added a hanging loop comprised of 15 chain stitches.


The finishing touch is a round of surface crochet slip stitches worked in white yarn in the spot where the white ground of the potholder touches the golden yellow edging. It’s interesting to me that this looks quite a bit like a round potholder or crochet mandala after adding the edging — although you can tell it’s an octagon shape if you look carefully (especially at the back).


If you do all your stitching carefully, the potholder turns out totally reversible — with a daisy or other flower on the front and a sun or star on the back.


I’m working on trying bunches of other variations on this design using other colors and perhaps (we’ll see) other edgings and other details. I’ll be excited to share information about how they turn out.

Vintage Potholder From Crochet Loom Blooms by Haafner Linssen

Crochet Loom Blooms is one of my new favorite craft books. The patterns in the book are simply beautiful! One of the patterns is called “Vintage Potholder”. I crocheted a modification of this design, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out. Take a look!


Vintage Potholder from the Book Crochet Loom Blooms by Haafner Linssen, published by Interweave. This Colorway of the Potholder Was Crocheted and Photographed by Amy Solovay. Yarn: Cascade 220 (Note That It Is Much Thicker Than the Yarn Suggested in the Pattern, Resulting in a LARGER Potholder That Is More Like a Hot Pad!)
Vintage Potholder from the Book Crochet Loom Blooms by Haafner Linssen, published by Interweave. This Colorway of the Potholder Was Crocheted and Photographed by Amy Solovay. Yarn: Cascade 220 (Note That It Is Much Thicker Than the Yarn Suggested in the Pattern, Resulting in a LARGER Potholder That Is More Like a Hot Pad!)

Isn’t it gorgeous? I LOVE IT!


The Crochet Loom Blooms book is simply amazing. It’s filled with patterns and instructions for making lovely flowers using a flower loom and then finishing them with crochet work. The technique works well for making potholders, blankets, throws, shawls, wraps, doilies and bunches of other projects. This flower loom technique is a fun and interesting way to mix things up a little and keep your crochet from getting repetitive or boring. If you want to learn a new craft without introducing a huge learning curve, this is definitely the way to go; I found the flower loom technique to be intuitive and easy to understand — especially since the author of the book, Haafner Linssen, has provided such clear and helpful instructions for the technique.

See Also: An interview with Haafner Linsssen, where she answers your frequently asked questions about the flower loom crochet technique and more.

Find More Knit and Crochet Potholder Patterns

Don’t worry if fancy floral potholders aren’t your thing; there are zillions of other crochet potholder patterns available in a dazzling variety of different design styles. If you want basic potholders, textured potholders, striped potholders, snowflake potholders, Christmas potholders or just about any other type of potholders imaginable, you’ll find excellent pattern suggestions on our page of knit and crochet potholder patterns. Many, but not all, of the patterns we’ve suggested on that page are free patterns.

Find More Flower Loom Crochet Resources

If the flower loom crochet technique interests you, we invite you to check out our page on the topic. You’ll find information about some of the flower looms and pattern books that are currently available.

Find More Crochet Flower Patterns

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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.

The Summer 2018 Issue of Crochet! Magazine: Bohemian Chic Edition Defining Crochet

The latest issue of Crochet! magazine (Defining Crochet) is now available, and the theme of this issue is “26 Modern-Day Bohemian Chic Projects!” The issue includes a diverse grouping of projects that includes women’s clothing, a sporty hat, a unique and unusual purse, a baby dress and headband set, a matching unicorn lovey and rattle for babies, jewelry, 3 blankets and a couple of pillows. Here are some of the highlights:

Women’s Clothing Patterns Included in the Summer 2018 Issue of Crochet! Magazine:

Crochet Magazine Summer 2018 Issue -- 26 Bohemian Crochet Projects and Patterns. Photo courtesy of Annie's and Used With Permission.
Crochet Magazine Summer 2018 Issue — 26 Bohemian Crochet Projects and Patterns. Photo courtesy of Annie’s and Used With Permission.

The cover photo shows you a carefree, on-trend peekaboo top crocheted using a lacy stitch pattern. Some of the other clothing patterns in this issue are as follows:

  • Circle All That Apply Crochet Jacket Pattern
  • Easy Top-Down Crochet Macchiato Sweater Pattern
  • Lahaina Crochet Top Pattern
  • Golden Crochet Mesh Cardigan Pattern
  • Summer Swag Tee-Shirt Pattern
  • One-Piece Crochet Wrap Vest Pattern
  • Maya Vest Crochet Pattern
  • Keep It Simple Shawl Pattern
  • Jade Isles Shawl Pattern

Crochet Blanket Patterns Included in the Summer 2018 Issue of Crochet! Magazine:

Blanket Surprise — A Crochet Blanket Pattern That’s Easy Enough for Total Beginners


Blanket Surprise Pattern by Bendy Carter, an Easy Crochet Blanket for Beginners. Photo Courtesy of Annie's, Used With Permission.
Blanket Surprise Pattern by Bendy Carter, an Easy Crochet Blanket for Beginners. Photo Courtesy of Annie’s, Used With Permission.

On a scale of 1 to 6, with 1 being the easiest, the team of Annie’s assigned this blanket a skill level rating of 1. To look at it, you’d never guess it’s such an easy pattern, would you? The design looks fresh, sophisticated, complex and lovely.


Part of the appeal comes from the eye-catching colorway in the suggested yarn for the project. The interesting puckered stitch pattern adds even more interest to the three-dimensional appearance of the blanket. This pattern looks much harder than it really is; the stitch is actually super-duper simple to crochet.


Mandala Granny Afghan


This insanely colorful blanket is comprised of blocks that could be either granny squares or mandalas, depending how you look at it.


Bold Boho Mini Throw


This round throw is embellished with colorful pompoms.

Jewelry Crochet Patterns Included in the Summer 2018 Issue of Crochet! Magazine:

If you enjoy crocheting jewelry, I bet you’ll LOVE the Summer 2018 issue of Crochet! magazine. There are several GORGEOUS jewelry projects that all look like they’d be both interesting to work on and lovely to wear:


Beachy Tassel Crochet Necklace Pattern


Beachy Tassel Crochet Necklace Pattern -- This Project Is Featured in the Summer 2018 Issue of Crochet! Magazine. Photo Courtesy of Annies; Used With Permission.
Beachy Tassel Crochet Necklace Pattern — This Project Is Featured in the Summer 2018 Issue of Crochet! Magazine. Photo Courtesy of Annies; Used With Permission.

If you make this casual tassel necklace, you’re likely to get a lot of use out of it during the summer months. It pairs well with everything from sundresses to t-shirts and jeans.


Dreamer’s Geometry Crochet Mandala Earrings


Dreamer's Geometry Mandala Earrings by Cherie Bernatt, featured in the Summer 2018 issue of Crochet! magazine. Photo courtesy of Annie's; used with permission.
Dreamer’s Geometry Mandala Earrings by Cherie Bernatt, featured in the Summer 2018 issue of Crochet! magazine. Use size 10 crochet thread and a few other craft supplies to make these spectacular, on-trend mandala earrings. Photo courtesy of Annie’s; used with permission.

Turkish Crochet Bracelets and Watch Band


Turkish Crochet Bracelets With Beads; This Project Is Featured in the Summer 2018 Issue of Crochet! Magazine. You Can Learn the Turkish Flat Stitch Technique and Use It to Make the Beautiful Bracelets Pictured, or Other Projects of Your choice.  Pattern Design and Technique Article Are by Debra Arch. Photo Courtesy of Annie's and Used With Perrmission.
Turkish Crochet Bracelets With Beads; This Project Is Featured in the Summer 2018 Issue of Crochet! Magazine. You Can Learn the Turkish Flat Stitch Technique and Use It to Make the Beautiful Bracelets Pictured, or Other Projects of Your choice. Pattern Design and Technique Article Are by Debra Arch. Photo Courtesy of Annie’s and Used With Perrmission.

There are several different ways you can get your hands on Crochet! magazine:

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What to Make for Mom This Mother’s Day

This year, Mother’s Day will fall on Sunday, May 13, 2018. 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.

Free Bracelet Patterns to Crochet With Beads and Wire

Red Coral Chip Bead Crochet Bracelet
Red Coral Chip Bead Crochet Bracelet

Would you believe this bracelet is crocheted? To my eyes, a piece like this doesn’t look much like crochet — but it definitely is, since the project was made using a crochet hook and crochet stitches. The difference is basically in the materials I used; instead of thread or yarn, I used wire to work the stitches. The entire bracelet is comprised of the ultra-simple beaded chain stitch.

Crochet stitches look different when worked in wire than they do when worked in yarn or thread. If you add chunky beads to the mix, like I did here, they can obscure the crochet work even more.

I’ve posted a couple other similar bracelets here and here — and you can see even more ideas on our list of free crochet bracelet patterns.

Want to see how to do projects like this in more detail? If so, there are a couple of pages that you might like to take a look at.

The first page I suggest is this bead and wire crochet tutorial, which will show you the basics of the technique.

I also recommend checking out our wire crochet patterns. Some of them include beads and some don’t. I think there’s a nice mix of patterns for you to choose from.

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2018 New Year’s Resolutions and Goals for Knitters and Crocheters Set Some Goals for Your Knitting or Crocheting in the New Year!

Happy 2018, everyone! Who’s making New Year’s resolutions this year? Anyone want to share theirs?


If you need some goal-setting inspiration for a new year or any time, here’s a quick list of possible knitting, crochet and craft related resolutions you could make.

  • I will learn how to crochet or how to knit – for those who don’t already know how
  • I will teach someone how to crochet or knit- or even better, teach __* people how to crochet or knit
  • I will knit or crochet __* item(s) for charity
  • I will complete __* projects (or more)
  • I will finish or frog (unravel) all my unfinished projects
  • I will learn __* new knitting or crochet stitches
  • I will learn a new knitting or crochet skill — perhaps corner-to-corner to crochet or sock knitting
  • I will create an exquisite family heirloom to be passed down to a child or grandchild- perhaps a beaded bag worked from a vintage pattern, or an elegant lace tablecloth
  • I will organize my yarn / thread stash, and donate or give away any yarns / threads I don’t plan to use

*__= fill in this blank with whatever number you think would be a good goal. Pick a number that is small enough to be manageable, yet large enough that you’ll feel like you really accomplished something when you’ve reached the goal.

Resources for Achieving Your New Year’s Resolutions:

Learn How to Crochet or Knit; Learn New Crochet and Knitting Skills: You can take a variety of different crochet, knitting and crafting classes either online or in person. If you’d be interested in the the online version, there are several resources I can recommend:

Learn New Knitting or Crochet Stitches: Here are a few you can try:


Afghan Stitch
Afghan Stitch

  • If you haven’t already learned Tunisian crochet stitches such as afghan stitch and Tunisian crochet mesh stitch, these stitches will greatly expand your capabilities in crochet.
  • Shell stitch
  • Edge stitches to knit and crochet
  • See more choices: free knitting and crochet stitch instructions
  • Get Inspiration for Organizing Your Yarn and Craft Supplies:


    Planning to get organized in 2018? Need some new organizers to keep your yarn looking its best for your crochet or knitting projects? The ArtBin Super Satchel 1-Compartment is the ideal organizer to use for this purpose.
    Planning to get organized in 2018? Need some new organizers to keep your yarn looking its best for your crochet or knitting projects? The ArtBin Super Satchel 1-Compartment is the ideal organizer to use for this purpose.

    • Take a look at my favorite yarn organizers and yarn organization strategies on this page. One higlight: A former colleague of mine, Beth Peterson, shared some truly inspiring photos of her organized crochet supplies. She’s been keeping everything in a basket, which is lined with a custom-made holder for her crochet hooks. Check it out!
    • How are your knitting, crochet and supplies organized? We’d love to have information about how you approach it; please share tips in the comments section.

    Learn New Knitting and Crochet Skills

    We’ve posted a wide variety of resources to help you with learning new skills and techniques in crochet.


    Share Your New Year’s Resolutions

    Are you making any knitting or crochet-related new year’s resolutions this year? If so, please share them in the comments section!

    Free Online Sock Knitting Class With Vickie Howell on November 9, 2017 Learn How to Knit Socks

    Sock Knitting Class With Vickie Howell: Knit Maker 201: Knit Socks
    Sock Knitting Class With Vickie Howell: Knit Maker 201: Knit Socks

    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 9-10, 2017. 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.

    Creativelive offers bunches of excellent classes on a variety of topics — knitting, crochet, sewing, photography, business and more. You can click here to see what other classes are airing soon at CreativeLive.

    Learn More About Sock Knitting:

    Supplies You’ll Need for Sock Knitting

    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.

    Where to Find Spectacular Sock Knitting Patterns

    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.
    • Knit Socks With Reversible Cables from the Book The Cable Knitter's Guide by Denise Samson, Published by Trafalgar Square Books
      Knit Socks With Reversible Cables from the Book The Cable Knitter’s Guide by Denise Samson, Published by Trafalgar Square Books
    • Maj’s Ankle Socks — These elegant lace ankle socks feature a lovely cabled design.
    • Lace and Cable Knit Ankle Socks from the Book The Cable Knitter’s Guide by Denise Samson, Published by Trafalgar Square Books
    • 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.

    My Sock Knitting Saga

    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.


    Until now…


    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!

    A Cute Christmas Tree Decoration to Crochet

    A Cute Christmas Tree Decoration to Crochet
    A Cute Christmas Tree Decoration to Crochet

    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.

    Celebrate “I Love Yarn” Day 2017 With Easy Crochet Projects for Beginners

    I Love Yarn Day --Celebrate With  Crochet, Knitting and Yarn Crafts
    I Love Yarn Day — Crochet, Knitting and Yarn Crafts
    Guess what! Today is “I Love Yarn Day”, an extra-special day the Craft Yarn Council has designated for fun activities, yarncraft project ideas and free patterns just for the occasion. If you’d like to win some new knitting and crochet supplies, check out the I Love Yarn Day scavenger hunt featuring a spectacular prize package:

    List of FUN, AMAZING Prizes for YARN LOVERS:

    Send your scavenger hunt entries to the Craft Yarn Council before the deadline, which is October 21st 11:59 pm CT, and you will be entered to win 1 of 20 prizes totaling more than $1,200:

  • Interchangeable “Takumi” Circular Knitting Needle Combo Set
  • Interchangeable “Takumi” Tunisian Crochet Hook Combo Set
  • Prize package of Red Heart yarns
  • 3 Clover PomPom Makers
  • 2, 1- year subscriptions to Creativebug online classes
  • 3 sets of booklets from Leisure Arts: Emoji Crochet, New Twist on Macramé and Yarn Crafts
  • Prize package of yarn from Lion Brand Yarn Co.
  • Amazon gift card from Prime Publishing
  • 1-year subscription to I Like Crochet digital magazine from Prime Publishing
  • 3 Boye Pom Pom Tassel Makers
  • 2 Prize packages of newest yarns from Yarnspirations
  • 2 Vogue Knitting Ultimate Knitting Books
  • Just imagine all the gorgeous projects you could make if you were to win any of these goodies! If you’re new to knitting or crochet and you don’t already have a yarn and pattern stash accumulated, winning one of these prizes would definitely be a great start! And if you’re an experienced crafter, as you already know, you can never have too many yarncrafting supplies…

    Stitching It Forward: Teach Others How to Craft With Yarn:

    Knitting, Crocheting, Weaving, Spinning and Yarn Bombing

    As part of this special celebration, the Craft Yarn Council has requested that ALL fiber fans will share our love for yarn and “stitch it forward” by teaching at least one other person to knit, crochet, weave, spin or yarnbomb. Since crochet is the yarncraft I’m most proficient at, I would be honored to teach YOU how to crochet if you do not already know how. To get you started, I’ve put together the following list of free tutorials and easy crochet patterns for beginners:

    Learn How to Crochet With Free Instructions and Tutorials:

    A slip knot is the first thing you need to know when you’re learning how to crochet. Click here to see a free crochet slip knot tutorial.


    A slip knot is NOT the only way to start crochet projects — but it is one of the most popular ways. See how to start crochet for some other insights about how to get a crochet project started.


    Learn How to Crochet a Granny Square for Beginners
    Learn How to Crochet a Granny Square. Cascade 220 Is the Yarn I Used to Crochet This Square.

    When I teach beginners how to crochet, I recommend the granny square as an ideal first crochet project. To crochet the most basic, beginner-friendly granny square, you’ll need to know how to work the chain stitch, the slip stitch and the double crochet stitch:

    This easy crochet neck warmer is another beginner-friendly crochet project:


    Easy Crochet Neck Warmer Pattern for Beginners
    Easy Crochet Neck Warmer Pattern for Beginners

    There are many other amazing crochet stitches to learn, but there are bunches of projects you can make with only the chain, double crochet and slip stitch. The pretty neck warmer pictured above is a crochet project that only requires the chain stitch and the double crochet stitch.


    If you want to learn even more, I invite you tocontact me and ask to be added to my list of knitting and crochet newsletter subscribers. I often make new patterns, stitch tutorials, book reviews and other resources available that I think you will enjoy.

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    This page was last updated on October 15, 2017.

    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.

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