My brother is expecting and it’s (we think) a BOY! I was having trouble finding cute patterns for boys. I trolled Ravelry and Pinterest until I discovered these baby moccasins by Mon Petit Violon – Stylish, whimsical, classic! Extremely easy to follow with helpful photos, they were really fun and quick to make. So I made a bunch! Patterns, my completed items, and more about the designer below! OMG Heart!
Caron Simply Soft Yarn, Medium Weight, 100% Acrylic, 315 yards, $4.29, in 3 colors:
Lt Country Blue #9709 WW105887
Off White #9702 WW111316
Taupe #9783 WW1109940
Crochet Hook: Size E [3.50MM]
Skill Level: Beginner
Measurements: 3.5″ Length x 2.25″ Width x 1″ High
Pattern: Baby Moccasin Pattern [pdf]
Baby Moccasin Back Loop –
Leave a 12″ long tail after fasten off.
Ch 6, sk next st, sl st into next st, fasten off. Weave in ends.
Baby Moccasin Crochet Button –
Ch 3, sl st into post of starting ch.
Ch 1, sc 6 into center of ring, sl st into ch 1.
Fasten off leaving a 12″ long tail.
Mine came out slightly different than the original. I did not add a button to the moccasin, I just left the strap in front plain. I also added a loop in the back of the shoe in case they needed to pin these to pants! I wasn’t convinced these would stay on wiggly baby feet. Loops can be handy for hanging somewhere in baby’s room as a cute accent too.
Here are some crochet baby hats in two styles – Earflap and No-Earflap! They are part of a series of baby items I made for my brother who’s expecting! :) I made them in two sizes as well – Small and Big! Quick and Easy Peasy! I chose Lion Brand Baby’s First Yarn, a super soft, bulky-weight yarn in gorgeous colors. It gave it a stiffer feel without much stretch but has a slightly spongey feel. They’re sort of like soft helmets to protect newborn noggins! 1 skein is enough for both hats! 100% Washable and Dryable on high heat.
1 Skein Lion Brand Baby’s First Yarn, Splish Splash #925-106,
Bulky Weight, 55% Acrylic 45% Cotton, 120 Yards, $5.99
Locking Stitch Markers
Hook: US Size J/10 [6.00MM]
Skill Level: Beginner
Simple Hat: 4″ Diameter x 4″ Tall
Hat with Ear Flaps: 6″ Diameter x 5″ Tall
Flap: 3″ Wide x 2″ High; Cord: 7″ Long
Pattern SMALL HAT:
Begin: Chain 2, slip st to join
Round 1: Sc 3 into center of ring
Round 2: Sc into sl st from beginning chain, sc 3 into previous sc
Round 3: Inc in every st, sl st to join (8 sts)
Round 4: [Sc, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 5: [Sc, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 6: [Sc 2, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 7: [Sc 3, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 8: [Sc 4, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 9 – 15: Sc until end of round
Round 16: Hdc until end of round
Sl st, fasten off.
I just discovered CreativeBug.com. It’s basically a website dedicated to online videos for Knitting, Crochet, Sewing, and other crafts. From short how-to videos and projects to full craft classes and workshops. But it’s also kind of an online school for knitting and crochet. I love the idea!
What makes Creative Bug unique is that a project is taught entirely through video. Also, you will recognize many famous knitters and crocheters in these videos. Many of whom you may be a fan of already ! They are taught by expert instructors many of whom are well-known designers and crafters with decades of experience. And all in a very easy to follow and enjoyable way.
Each class, workshop, or project features a series of step-by-step videos. The first one I checked out was Norah Gaughan’s Knit Cabled Hat. Loved the way the project was broken up into different smaller videos for each step. The videos looked wonderful and I really enjoyed hearing about Norah’s love of cables too.
It sure beats you-tubing for random how-to videos!
How It Works
CreativeBug.com is not free. However, the monthly subscription is $4.95 and can be cancelled at any time. This subscription gives you unlimited access to videos each month. That’s not bad! Even if I signed up for a month just to take one class, it is well worth it! Also, a very affordable way to take classes for people who’d like to try out Knitting for the first time or people on a budget! There is a free section too that includes classes like How To Thread A Serger and other basic fun stuff.
Check it out! There is a 2-week trial available for new members too.
Hunting down just the right fabric, sewing machine, knitting needle, and even yarn is part of our wonderful hobby! There are so many places to search for these things from your local yarn shop, nation-wide craft stores, to online shops and websites. One unlikely place hobbyists may not think to look in is AMAZON.COM!
I have purchased many hard to find items that I was surprised Amazon carried, like this Pendant Yarn Cutter by Clover. They happen to carry many Clover items (heart them for sewing and knitting/crochet tools)! Along with OLFA rotary cutters, Gingher fabric sheers and much more! And for decent prices too.
They have an Arts, Crafts, and Sewing section! I especially like to find sewing supplies on here because they tend to have a large selection and for decent prices! But they carry anything from markers, colored pencils, drawing desks, and drawing pads to fabric markers, rotary cutters, and cutting mats! Stitch markers, crochet hooks, and even yarn and fabric. Ott-Lite crafting lamps, Dress Forms… And everything for your home crafting studio! Including Sewing Machines and Sergers!
Doing Your Shopping Online
I’m a big online shopper/browser for my fiber crafting needs. While looking for things like fabric and yarn are best done in person, shopping for machines, tools, notions, etc online can be a very efficient way of finding the perfect tool and for the best price. While there are so many wonderful sites out there, here are a few places to start:
Larger Knitting and Quilting Specialty Stores online like Fabric.com and Yarn.com.
Small Indie Yarn Shops Online like found on Etsy
Nation-Wide Craft Stores like Joann, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby
Big Box Stores like Target, Walmart, and Costco.
Are you a New Yorker? For more on where to buy Sewing, Knitting, or Crochet items in NYC, please check out my posts here in the Where To Buy section.
Stuffed Totoro by Lucy Ravenscar
Check out these awesome knits (and crochet) I found while trolling the interwebs for stuff! If you’re a Harry Potter, Dr. Who, Super Mario, or Lord of the Rings fan type of knitter, then here’s some great ideas for your next project. Many include full patterns and for free! Browse and Enjoy!
by Just Crafty Enough
Space Invader Socks
by Aija Goto
by Man With A Jaw Harp
Here are some free patterns to gear up for the Fall Season from Interweave. For both Knit and Crochet. Some projects even feature both Knit and Crochet in the same pattern. Interweave publishes Knitting Daily and Crochet Me! Above are Crochet patterns. Below are Knit patterns.
All downloads are available in handy e-book format. You must provide an email to download. They also publish free sewing patterns! Interweave also has some lovely free guides like Beginning Knitting or Beginning Crochet; Advanced Knitting Techniques and Advanced Crochet Stitches that can be downloaded as e-books just like the above patterns.
Are these patterns gorgeous or what?! I was looking for scarf patterns and got sidetracked. These were too cute to pass up. Love DROPS Design. They’re Scandinavian so the patterns are sometimes hard (for me) to decipher. But if you’re confident in your Knit or Crochet skills and/or are Intermediate to Advanced it should be fine! DROPS Yarn is also hard to find in the U.S. but NordicMart.com carries them online! Read on for more adorable patterns. Patterns are free and some are for Knit and some are for Crochet.
Are these blankie patterns especially gorgeous or what?! Some are classic modern, some nostalgic, some fancy. All lovely designs whatever your preference. Love DROPS. All are free and in either Knit or Crochet depending on the pattern. All patterns in this post by DROPS Design. Read on for more lovely patterns.
Love, Love, LOVE all these patterns by Garn Studio AS! . They are my favorite Knit or Crochet designers around hands down. Free or paid! Sometimes the patterns are a bit hard to follow (Scandinavian) and their yarns aren’t carried anywhere in the U.S. … However, if you’re an Intermediate/Advanced Knitter or Crocheter you’ll be able to make sense of these patterns. You can also find their yarns online through NordicMart.com. There are no brick and mortar stores in the U.S. that carry Drops (except for one in California!). Read on for more patterns.
Happy June 1st! Kick off your summer with some crochet. Here are some summertime quick crochet projects for home and market featuring Cotton or Hemp yarns. All are free and all are from Ravelry.com. You must be signed up on Ravelry to view and download the patterns.
If you have not discovered Ravelry yet or are still not a member… It’s awesome for knitters and crocheters!! And worth a peak. Manage your stash, needles, hooks and more. Keep track of your WIPs and post your finished projects, get knitting help, find awesome patterns, and even set up a shop! Just sign up and go nuts. You can read more about it on my post all about Ravelry.
Patterns and Designers in this post:
Ami Striped Cotton Rug by Pierrot Yarns
Color Block Cushions by Marinke Slump
Placemats and Coasters by Marilyn Coleman
Starling Bag by Alice Merlino
Kitty Stuff Basket by Chase Clark
Hexagon Runner by Marinke Slump
Windmill Bag by Laurie Laliberte
Easter Egg Bust by Dennis van den Brink