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!
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.
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.
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:
- Free Crochet Rag Rug Pattern
- Free Crochet Pattern for a Fabric Necklace With Pendants
- Free Flower Crochet Trivet Pattern
- Free Heart Crochet Coaster Pattern
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
More Spring Crochet Projects
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.
Arne and Carlos Favorite Designs: Greatest Hits and New Inspirations — Balls, Dolls, Slippers, Sweaters, Scarves, Mittens 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!
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.
Check ‘Em Out:
- Knit and crochet dishcloths and washcloths
- Kitchen patterns to knit and crochet
- More Spring Crochet and Knitting Patterns
- More knitting and crochet patterns (If cleaning is not your thing, and if not who can blame you, this link takes you to our main directory featuring many other types of patterns.)
Here’s wishing you a fun-filled, lovely Valentine’s Day this year. If your plans for today include a little crafting time, you’re invited to browse our website for free project ideas and inspiration.
If you’re interested in Valentine crochet or knitting projects, you can click here (or click the photo posted) to find a bunch of ’em.
Perhaps Valentine’s Day projects aren’t what you’re interested in making right now — and if not, no worries, we have plenty of other free patterns and ideas as well:
- Accessory Patterns: Scarves, fingerless gloves, etc.
- Home Decor Patterns: Blankets, Baskets, etc.
- Components: squares, circles, edgings, etc.
- Not sure what you want to make? Browse our “what’s new” page for more ideas, or check out the sidebar navigation at right for more topics, tutorials and patterns available on our website.
Thanks so much for dropping by today. Happy Valentine’s Day! And, happy crafting!
This year, Mother’s Day will fall on Sunday, May 10, 2020. 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!
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.
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.
- Check out our main directory of knit and crochet shawl patterns
- Take a look at Vogue Knitting’s second collection of SPECTACULAR knit shawl patterns
Cozy Blankets for Mom
You have plenty of time to make a customized blanket especially for your 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.
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.)
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.
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 this Arts and Crafts Website.
This year, the first day of spring falls on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Looking for a new spring knitting or crochet project to get started on? If so, there are several ways you can browse through patterns and ideas on our website.
I recently collected a bunch of our best spring knitting and crochet patterns and posted them together in one spot; so if you’re not sure what exactly you want to make, and you just want to see a whole bunch of spring-friendly ideas, that’s one possible starting place for you.
Some other pages you might want to take a look at:
Want to wear something special and lovely on Valentine’s Day this year? If so, we offer you several suggestions for delightful knitting and crochet projects to consider when your goal is dressing up for Valentine’s Day.
For starters, this beautiful yet practical Valentine Scarf would be a fantastic way to accessorize. You could dress it either up or down for daytime or evening wear. If you’re going for a casual look, this scarf pairs well with jeans or khakis and a long-sleeved t-shirt or sweater. Alternatively, if you’re dressing up, you could pair it with a dress, skirt, or suit. This scarf pattern is available for free here on our website.
If you’re planning a romantic night out with your sweetheart, and you’re in need of a dramatic shawl or wrap to throw on over your cocktail dress, you have countless choices for great patterns to try. If you want to crochet the shawl you’ll wear, I highly recommend choosing one of the elegant, dressy shawl patterns from Delicate Crochet by Sharon Hernes Silverman. If you’d prefer to knit your shawl, check out Vogue Knitting’s second collection of shawl and wrap patterns for suitable knitted shawl patterns that are delightfully creative and stylish.
If you’d like to check out more options, you’re invited to visit our page of shawl and wrap patterns. There are many beautiful styles to chose from.
More Fantastic Knitting and Crochet Patterns for Dressy Occasions
More Fun Stuff for Valentine’s Day
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.
Valentine-Friendly Crochet Motif Patterns From Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng
Crochet Kaleidoscope is one of my favorite crochet pattern books. It features patterns for gorgeous crochet motifs including flowers, squares, circles and many others that you can crochet in any color palette you choose — including Valentine colorways and many others. The book also includes patterns for making inspiring finished projects in addition to the motifs. There is also helpful color theory information, which makes this book a truly unique and useful reference for crochet enthusiasts.
If you’d like to crochet a different style of flower motif, you’re invited to visit our main directory of crochet flower patterns. You’ll find many more flower designs to choose from.