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    10 Winter Themed Crochet Projects For Beginners

    While I enjoy crocheting year round, to me there is just something about crocheting during the winter months that feels so…right. Maybe it’s because I find myself staying indoors more and this hobby is the perfect way to pass the time. Perhaps it’s because I love curling up under an afghan as I create it. And let’s face it, who really has the desire to do that in 90 degree heat in the middle of summer? Whatever the reason, if you’re like me and have a desire to create warm, cozy wares for yourself and home this winter season, check out this 10 pattern round up I have created. I believe all of these patterns to be suitable for beginners, yet  enjoyable for those of all skill types. Each item in the list has a clickable link that will take you directly to the website that contains the pattern. 

     

    1. One Hour Beanie – I love that this adorable ribbed beanie from Make & Do Crew has patterns available in pre-school, child and adult sizes! Add a faux fur pom or make your own with matching or contrasting yarn.

    2. Cozy Blanket Cardigan – From the lovely Mama In A Stitch blog, this is the perfect piece to cozy up in with a cup of coffee or tea and a good book. The best part? This piece just requires making a basic rectangle and a couple seams!

    3. The Perfect Fit Mitten – Constructed with basic stitches, these mittens from Left in Knots can be made as is for a minimalist look or mix it up by adding stripes or sewing on a cute appliqué!

    4. Simple Scarf – This scarf has some great textural interest to it, but you only need to know how to chain and double crochet to create it! You could make with or without the fringe, depending on your preference. And I think it would look equally as nice done in a bright color as shown in the photo or made in a neutral to go with everything. Thanks to Stitch & Unwind for sharing this Yarnspirations pattern with us.

    5. The Every Girl Slouch – This beanie from Croyden Crochet is a fun one to try if you’re a beginner looking for a bit more of a challenge. While most basic beanies are worked from the top down, this one is made with the band first and worked up from there. Also a good project to try to practice single crochet decreases. 

    6. Sweet Cream Infinity Scarf – This infinity scarf from Cute & Cozy Crochet looks just that, cute and very cozy! You can make this scarf with just three basic stitches – chain, slip stitch and half double crochet. The textured “ribbed” look is created simply by crocheting into the back bar of the half-double crochet stitches instead of the top of the stitch. 

    7. Crochet Beginner Throw – This pattern comes right from the Red Heart website and is available in a downloadable PDF format. It is made with their super saver chunky yarn so should work up relatively quickly. 

    8. Cozy Crocheted Slipper Boots – During the colder months, I always like to have a pair of socks or slippers on my feet. This pair from SMP Craft is a great project for those who want to practice single crochet increases and decreases as well as designing for your size. 

    9. Crochet Ear Warmer – This cute little headband from Rescued Paw Designs will keep your ears toasty and warm during those frigid winter months. Lion Brand Woolspun is the recommended yarn to use and I’ve found it to be a great yarn to work with. 

    10. Chunky Crocheted Basket – Okay, maybe this isn’t necessarily winter-themed, but I usually tend to think of cooler weather when crocheting with chunky/bulky yarn so I threw this one in there. Elizabeth over at Crochet in Color designed the cutest little handled basket and I think it could be used for a number of things. This would even be a super cute basket to use for making up your own gift baskets! 

    Thanks for checking out my pattern round up and if you try any of these patterns, I hope you enjoy making them. Please stay tuned for more pattern round ups, tutorials, original patterns, yarn reviews and more. Let me know in the comments below if you are looking for anything crochet-related in particular and I will try to incorporate it into a future post. Thanks! 

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    We’re live!

    Hello! So here we are. The very first post. I can’t tell you how many times over the years I tried to create a new blog. I always had good intentions. One was going to be almost like an online diary. I made a few posts and then fizzled out. One was going to be all about cooking. I would get to the end of the recipe and realize I hadn’t taken photos of any of the in-between steps (face palm). I believe the most recent was going to be a lifestyle type blog. To be honest, my little family doesn’t always have a whole lot going on, haha. My husband and I both work from home and my kiddos are in school all day. When we do have some free time to spend together, it’s hard to remember to document our adventures. And I’m sure everyone knows about Instant Pots by now so I don’t feel I would have been able to provide much valuable content.

    Then, it hit me. I can talk forever and a day about crafting, crochet in particular. I have years of experience doing it, so I think I can teach it. I was actually an instructor at my last job with Apple, Inc. I got to teach people how to use their computers, iPods and iPhones. My job title was actually “Creative.” How very fitting. I love to come up with my own little patterns to share with others, and I can scour the web to bring you collections of some of my favorites, so the hard work is done for you. I could spend hours in a craft store, poring over the vast yarn selections (can anyone relate?) and can provide you with reviews of new yarn releases. So I’m taking a leap. And this time I plan to stick with it. I feel invested in this project. And I hope you’ll stick around to see what we can cook up (craft up?)! Stay tuned for more posts, video tutorials, collections, DIY ideas, and much more and thank you so much for being here.