Who’s counting down to Christmas? I know my family and I are! (Yes, there are only THREE days to go!) With Christmas in mind, I went to town with my crochet hooks, crocheting one timeless piece after another. And so, allow me to introduce you to a few pieces I put together.
Hanging merrily from the ladder in the back is a scarf I created (FREE pattern will be posted soon!) using a yarn called, “Comfort 12” by Jack Frost Yarn Co. Not only was the 50 gram ball priced right at a dollar and change back in the day, but the yarn itself feels wonderful! If you come across this vintage yarn, buy the entire lot and make yourself lots and lots of beautiful crochet items!
On the sofa, there is a pillow splashed with the colors of fall and I’ll argue- Christmas! See the red and green? Yup! The story behind this pillow is such: I had two pillows which were going to pot from being put in the washing machine soo often. I didn’t want to toss them because they’re super comfy! So, I find a stitch pattern from my favorite handy-dandy book entitled, Crochet Stitch Guide by Jean Leinhauser and Mary Ann Frits, and come up with pillow covers for the pair. I tell you, it was a sigh of relief knowing that my two comfy pillows would not be thrown out! (No worries! Click HERE for my FREE Pillow Cover Pattern!)
Last but not least, there is a cream colored lap blanket draped neatly over the head of the sofa. I used “Caron by the Pound” yarn for this pretty piece, and it’s THE softest blanket I’ve ever crocheted! It gets softer and softer with each wash, and makes the perfect Christmas gift for any loved one. (The stitch pattern was acquired from my handy-dandy pocket book mentioned above. See page 27 when you buy it! The stitch pattern can be found there.)
I hope my enthusiasm for crochet has inspired you to create your own masterpieces! I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Many blessings to you all.
You may think that I’m giving you your gift a few weeks too early, but I figured you’d need some time to enjoy what I have to offer. 🙂
At this point, you’ve probably figured out that I LOVE using Red Heart patterns, which is why I’m giving you the gift of thirty (yes, THIRTY) fun-filled crochet and knit patterns for Christmas! I do hope you enjoy your present, and are as thrilled as I am to dive into Red Heart’s FREE eBook titled, “Decorate and Celebrate“! Go ahead. Click it so you can get some much needed R & R this weekend.
I’m going to work on the “Christmas Tree Wall Hanging,” featured on page 59 of “Decorate and Celebrate.” My kiddos are going to be SUPER excited to hang the itty-bitty mittons on the Christmas tree as each day of December comes closer to Christmas Day. Let me know what YOU’LL be working on this weekend in the Comment Section below. 🙂
In case you’re wondering when you should start crocheting for the holidays, follow my advice – start TODAY. I’ve all too often told myself, “Oh, I’ll start that Halloween costume as soon as October comes around.” Well, let me tell ya, it doesn’t happen. Birthdays come and go, plans are made, ideas for the ‘who, what, when, where’ for Christmas are tossed back and forth… life becomes soo exhausting that your coveted crochet time becomes obsolete!
Give yourself at least three months (any less and you’d be committing suicide!) prior to the holidays to create your crochet projects. Start by searching for your favorite (and make sure they’re practical so you don’t throw yourself under the bus) pattern. From there, give yourself a timeline. Guesstimate how long each project will take, and build from there. The key here, especially if you’re creating for gifts or selling, is to not overload yourself. Boy, oh boy do I know that feeling! Not good for you or your projects.
So, start crocheting for the holidays TODAY! Trust me, you’ll be saving yourself much time and frustration. Now, I better start on my Halloween projects! Definitely don’t want to put those off this year. 🙂
By now you’ve seen a few crochet pattern book references in my blogging. I’d like to share with you all the names of the books (and photos of them to help you scout them out at the store). These little books come in handy when you’re looking for a quick and easy crochet project to complete in a day’s time. They provide you with ALL the necessary materials in lovely, big font at the beginning of each pattern. And, they even tell you what yarn is available in the big box store you’re buying them from. Yes, Wal-Mart is my source for these little books. Five are currently in my collection, but there are several more to purchase, ranging from crochet stitches to crochet hats. Each book costs less than $5, which is killer awesome! Scope them out. Tell me which one you think would tickle your fancy. 🙂
Hail! The Glorious Quintuplets!
1.) Hats & Diaper Covers Book Two
Hendrix, Shelle, 2013. Hats & Diaper Covers Book Two. Arkansas: Leisure Arts, Inc.
Six uber cute animal diaper covers and hats are featured in Shelle Hendrix’s book. I’ve created all of them (some more than once!), with the exception of the “Sock Monkey Set” on page 28 (for no reason other than I didn’t have the yarn colors). Every pattern was easy to follow, using either 3 or 4 worsted weight acrylic yarn. Hats & Diaper Covers Book Two is my go-to book if I want to give an expecting Mother a unique, from-the-heart gift.
2.) Yarn Booties for Baby 10 Crochet Designs
2014. Yarn Booties for Baby 10 Crochet Designs. Arkansas: Leisure Arts, Inc.
As stated in its title, there are ten (yes, 10!) beautiful baby booty patterns in this book. As I mentioned before in “I Told Ya I Would,” I did have a little difficulty creating my first set of booties. It wasn’t the pattern, but lack of visualization on my end. Beginners: know that “instep” is the top part of the booty (where baby’s toes are gently tucked under). So, some booties get worked from the instep, sides, sole, and finally cuff. Others are worked from the sole, sides, instep, and then cuff. Hopefully this tid-bit helps you out when you start working on any pair of baby booties. Bottom line is, BABY CROCHET BOOTIES ARE SOO ADORABLE!
Let’s face it – us gals LOVE to start fashion trends and make a fashion statement. Headwraps are the perfect way to do so without breaking the bank! Go out and buy a couple of skeins of acrylic yarn for under $12, and you have an array of gorgeous headwraps ready to go with any outfit. I must confess I’ve only created one headwrap, BUT! It worked up soo quickly that I could have gone through all ten projects in just ONE DAY! Sharlee Dayne includes each pattern for both girls and teens sizes. If you’d like to fit a larger head, I’d recommend going up one hook size from the recommended size given in the pattern. I’ll be posting pictures of the headwraps I create soon!
4.) Dishcloths 11 Crochet Designs
2014. Dishcloths 11 Crochet Designs. Arkansas: Leisure Arts, Inc.
Ohhh, dishcloths! These puppies are such a GREAT gift idea! Work up three designs, fold them to make them look like flowers, and place them in a weaved basket with some fruit, and… viola! An inexpensive, 100% useful gift. There are both circular and square designs available. If you ask me, they’re ALL very pretty and colors can easily be changed to suite the theme of your kitchen. 100% cotton yarn is used, making them ultra absorbent and full of texture. I’ve tried and completed one design – can’t wait to finish the other ten! Go on. Start making your gifts for Christmas! Really. It’s never too early for that!
5.) Baby Afghans to Crochet 7 Crochet Designs
2013. Baby Afghans to Crochet 7 Crochet Designs. Arkansas: Leisure Arts, Inc.
While I have not started on a baby afghan, I did purchase this book for a reason – I promise! Each finished blanket is in the ball park of about 3 ft. x 4 ft. (give or take), meaning it won’t take long to finish each project. Be sure to use a SOFT acrylic yarn (3 worsted weight) to ensure that baby will be comfortable when your blanket touches his or her delicate skin. There are a few Intermediate levels, but most are Easy. I’m really, really excited to start on a baby afghan. Hope to have time in the very near future. Will keep you posted on my progress. 😀