Babypalooza! 13 Pastel Baby Blankets

Spring is fast approaching, which means one big thing in the world of crochet: it’s time to start making your baby gifts! Spring is a really popular time of year for baby showers, baby birthday parties, and other celebrations (such as Easter) where giving a gift could be appropriate. There’s no better gift for this time of year than pastel baby blankets – new parents could always use a high-quality baby blanket, and this time of year there’s usually still a bit of a chill in the air that makes it a little too cold for a new baby unless they’re bundled up in a soft baby blanket!

To get inspired, I’ve rounded up 13 of our cutest pastel afghan patterns just for you! Pastels are always a big trend for spring (just think of the colors that come to mind when you think about Easter!) and whether it’s a gift for a boy or a girl, you can’t go wrong with working up one of these adorable crochet afghan patterns in a baby-friendly pastel hue. We’re ga-ga for some of these incredible color combinations, and whether you prefer a granny square afghan pattern or something a little larger, these unique designs are sure to please! (And remember that the Pantone colors of the year are Rose Quartz and Serenity, a pastel pink and blue respectively, so you don’t have to feel guilty about working up a pretty pastel afghan for yourself, as well – it’s totally on trend for 2016!)

Babypalooza! 13 Pastel Baby Blankets

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Sweet Pastel Waves Baby Blanket

Popcorn Pastel Crochet Baby Blanket

Pastel Wind Chime Lace Afghan

Rockabye Baby Granny Square

Pastel Ripple Baby Afghan

Pastel Shell Blanket

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Pastel Granny Afghan

Crocheted Pastel Baby Blanket

Pastel Rainbow Baby Blanket

Pastel Roses Baby Blanket

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Heavenly Pastel Baby Blanket

Rainbow of Pastels Baby Blanket

Lacy Shells Afghan

Find more fantastic crochet afghan patterns and craft ideas in the FaveCrafts Quick and Crafty newsletter.

What is your favorite spring color?

Our Favorite Crochet Bag Patterns

Bags are an ever-popular crochet accessory and a way to elevate your look to the next level. With so many different style options, there’s a bag or purse style for every outfit and occasion: a sturdy messenger bag or backpack for work or school, a large and roomy tote bag for shopping trips or the beach, even simple little handbags big enough for your phone, keys and some money. Sure, you can buy a bag or purse that’s perfectly suited to your tastes and needs, but there’s something about working up that crochet bag yourself. And with so many different types of crochet bag patterns to choose from, you’re bound to find just the perfect bag for you.

Crochet purses or crochet tote bags – you’ll find all sorts of great bag options here. My favorite, listed below, is the Autumn Day Tote – it’s a simple and roomy tote bag that’s worked up with solid-colored crochet granny squares and features sturdy pre-purchased straps and a chic lining for long-lasting durability. It’s so simple, but it looks so classic and timeless. If that just isn’t your style, there are many other crochet bags, big and small, worked in rounds or in granny squares, to choose from in this collection of 22 crochet handbags from our friends at AllFreeCrochet.

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22 Crochet Handbags to Make

  1. Quirky Crochet Handbag
  2. Pretty Purple Purse
  3. Pretty Crochet Butterfly Bag
  4. Indigo Bag
  5. Handmade Crochet Bag
  6. Autumn Day ToteEditor’s Pick
  7. Floral Granny Square Crochet Purse
  8. Festival Crochet Purse Pattern
  9. Eco Cotton Blend Crochet Ruffled Bag
  10. Easy Bobble Stitch Purse
  11. Deep Blue Sea Purse
  12. Crochet Hexagon Handbag
  13. Busy Girl’s Crochet Handbag
  14. Boho Tassel Crochet Bag
  15. Boardwalk Bag
  16. “Suzette” Tote Bag for Beginners
  17. Seed Stitch Summer Purse
  18. Smell the Roses Crochet Tote
  19. Summer Hobo Bag
  20. Sweet Summer Crochet Handbag
  21. Twilight Woods Tote
  22. Wildflower Shoulder Crochet Bag

For even more crochet handbags, check out this little pattern collection!

 

What’s your favorite style of bag?

Our Favorite 15 Cozy Crochet Afghan Patterns

I don’t know about all of you, but now that we’re deep in the middle of winter and it’s so cold outside, I simply never want to leave my apartment. If I could just be lazy all day and stay in my bed or on the couch and stay covered with a cozy blanket, I’d be so happy. If you’re like me, and the thought of cozy blankets is all that’s on your mind this winter, I’ve got such a treat for you! I’ve dug around on AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns to find some of the best and most cozy crochet blankets, just for you.

These cozy crochet blanket patterns are plush and snuggly and will keep you warm once you work them up. They’ll even keep you warm as you work them up since the cozy yarn will be draped over your lap the whole time. Grab your hooks and favorites colors of yarn and start crocheting! Bulky or super bulky yarn will make the coziest blankets, if you ask us, but you can still get comfy with some worsted weight yarn. If you’re confident enough, try crocheting two skeins of yarn at the same time for an extra plush design.

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Our Favorite 15 Cozy Crochet Afghan Patterns

  1. Crochet Cable Throw
  2. Thick Twist Basketweave – The basketweave stitch is so easy to make and produces a squishy fabric
  3. Unbelievably Easy Crochet Blanket
  4. Redwood Waffle-ghan
  5. Cozy Clusters Baby Blanket
  6. Cozy Feather and Fan Afghan – This one’s a little more lacy and light than the others, but the bulky weight yarn adds layers of comfort.
  7. Snowy Faux Knit Baby Blanket
  8. Super Cozy Crochet Puff Stitch Blanket
  9. Faux Shearling Throw – Faux shearing – the ultimate in comfort and warmth
  10. Irresistibly Cozy Double Woven Throw – Use two skeins of yarn at once for a plushy design
  11. Cuddly Sleeved Afghan
  12. Ridiculously Cozy Crochet Blanket Pattern
  13. Cozy “Man Ghan”
  14. Cozy Yuletide Squares Afghan – Switch up the colors for a cozy design you can use all year!
  15. Cozy Cabin Afghan

Plus – check out even MORE cozy crochet afghans!

What’s your favorite winter activity?

For the Love of the Granny Stitch: Easy Crochet Hat Pattern

I left my hat on the train the other day. The family and I were coming back from an event downtown. It was late, we were tired, and I took my hat off right before I closed my eyes for a train ride snooze session. When I woke up at our stop, I had completely forgotten that I had removed my hat. I didn’t realize that I wasn’t wearing it until we were already on our way home from the train station. By then, the train had moved on to the next stop, and my beautiful crochet hat was riding the rails all alone. After I was done being mad at myself, I pulled out my phone and took to the Internet in search of an easy crochet hat pattern.

I fell in love with this easy crochet hat pattern when I first laid eyes on it. It’s beautiful, stylish, and uses the granny stitch to create a hat that is comfy, cozy, and eye-catching. The best part is, this easy crochet hat can be whipped up in no time! With work kicking into high gear after the holidays, I don’t have the time I’d like for making a detailed and intricate piece for my head. This easy crochet hat pattern takes my time into consideration and still makes something that I’m absolutely thrilled about wearing out and about on our next trip downtown. I’ll make a note to put my hat in my pocket the next time that I decide to take it off. 

For the Love of the Granny Stitch Easy Crochet Hat Pattern

You’ll Love This Easy Crochet Hat Pattern

By Katy Petersen for redheart.com

 

MATERIALS

  • RED HEART® Grande™: 1 ball each of 3927 Chianti A and 941 Barley B
  • Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 11.5mm [US P-16]
  • Yarn needle

GAUGE: 6 dc = 4½” (11.5 cm); 4 rows = 4″ (10 cm)

Finished Size: Hat measures 20 (22½)” [51 (57) cm] circumference at brim.

 

NOTES

  1. Easy Crochet Hat is worked in joined rounds with right side facing.
  2. To change color, work last stitch of old color to last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook to complete stitch. Proceed with new color. Cut old color.

 

Special Technique

Adjustable-ring method = Wrap yarn into a ring, ensuring that the tail falls behind the working yarn. Grip ring and tail firmly between middle finger and thumb. Insert hook through center of ring, yarn over (with working yarn) and draw up a loop. Work stitches of first round in ring, working over both strands (the tail and the ring). After the first round of stitches is worked, pull gently, but firmly, on tail to tighten ring.

 

DIRECTIONS
Directions for this easy crochet hat pattern make a size small. Changes for size large are in parentheses.

 

 

HAT
With A, make an adjustable ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), 8 (9) dc in ring; join with slip st in top of beginning ch—9 (10) dc. Pull gently on tail to close ring.

Round 2: Ch 3, dc in same st as join, 2 dc in each dc around; join with slip st in top of beginning ch—18 (20) dc.

Round 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc; repeat from * around; join with slip st in top of beginning ch; change to B—27 (30) dc.

 

Size Small Only:
Round 4: Ch 3, dc in same st as join, skip next dc, *2 dc in next dc, skip next dc; repeat from * around to last dc, dc in last dc; join with slip st in top of beginning ch—13 two-dc groups and 1 dc.

Rounds 5 and 6: Slip st in next dc, slip st in space before next 2-dc group, ch 3, dc in same space, *2 dc in next space between 2-dc groups; repeat from * 11 times, 2 dc in space before last dc, dc in space between last dc and beginning ch; join with slip st in top of beginning ch.

Round 7: Slip st in next dc; change to A, slip st in space before next 2-dc group, ch 3, dc in same space, *2 dc in next space between 2-dc groups; repeat from * 11 times, 2 dc in space before last dc, dc in space between last dc and beginning ch; join with slip st in top of beginning ch. Fasten off.

 

Size Large Only:
Round 4: Ch 3, dc in same st as join, skip next dc, *2 dc in next dc, skip next dc; repeat from * around; join with slip st in top of beginning ch—15 two-2 dc groups.

Rounds 5–7: Slip st in next dc, slip st in space before next 2-dc group, ch 3, dc in same space, 2 dc in each space between 2-dc groups around; join with slip st in top of beginning ch.

Round 8: Slip st in next dc; change to A, slip st in space before next 2-dc group, ch 3, dc in same space, 2 dc in each space between 2-dc groups around; join with slip st in top of beginning ch. Fasten off.

 

FINISHING
Weave in all ends.

 

ABBREVIATIONS
A, B = Color A, Color B; ch = chain(s); dc = double crochet; st(s) = stitch(es); * = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated


I’m always on the lookout for more fantastic hats! What are some of your favorite winter hats to crochet?

20 Crochet Beanie Patterns to Get You Through Winter

Winter has finally arrived, and you know what that means! It’s time to dig into the closet and find all of those old hats, gloves, and scarves we tucked away last spring. We need to find our extra warm clothes and bundle up before we head outside. Those gusts of frosty wind can really bite, and it’s no fun to trek in the snow when we’re exposed to Jack Frost’s icy teeth.

If you’re like me, you may have forgotten where you stored last year’s winter hats. It’s a recurring problem I should fix, I know.  My old hats will turn up eventually (they always do), but in the meantime, I’ve put together a list of crochet beanie patterns to get you (and me) through the winter. I like to keep these crochet beanie patterns handy for when that first big winter storm hits. It’s good to be prepared, and with some of these patterns, it’s easier to make a new beanie than rummage through the closet looking for last year’s favorite hat. As the seasons change, so should our attire, right? Plus, some of these crochet beanie patterns make really fantastic hats that I’ve been dying to try out, anyway!

In the collection of crochet beanie patterns below, I’ve collected 20 amazing patterns that make wonderful winter hats for adults. Some of these patterns are unisex, and at least one crochet beanie pattern is designed specifically for men. All of these crochet beanie patterns are for adults, but some patterns offer adjustments if you’re planning on making one of these for a small child.

20 Crochet Beanie Patterns to Get You Through Winter

 

20 Crochet Beanie Patterns to Try This Winter


Beanies are my personal favorite seasonal project. What are some of your favorite crochet projects to make during the winter?

Adorable Granny Square Crochet Scarf Pattern

When it comes to crochet, I simply can’t get enough granny square patterns. I love them. Granny squares are the perfect way to add unique designs to virtually any crochet project. With the right colors, they can make your project decadent and elegant or stylish and kitschy, which makes them incredibly useful and versatile. While most crafters tend to use granny squares for afghans, I like to experiment. It’s fun to see how many different projects you can use them with.

I recently discovered this Adorable Granny Square Crochet Scarf Pattern, and it incorporates a new granny square design in a phenomenal way. With this pattern, the granny square is used to build a crochet scarf that’s beautiful and very eye-catching. The scarf is so ornate that you would think it was made by a leading fashion designer. That’s the beauty of it. Even more beautiful is the fact that this crochet scarf pattern is easy to duplicate. With just a handful of materials, you could use this crochet scarf pattern to make a piece so stunning that you’ll have family and friends asking you where you bought that magnificent scarf.

Adorable Granny Square Crochet Scarf Pattern

You’ll Love This Granny Square Crochet Scarf Pattern

By Heather Lodinsky for redheart.com

 

MATERIALS

  • RED HEART® Super Saver®: 1 skein each of 312 Black A, 313 Aran B, 334 Buff C, 336 Warm Brown D, 360 Café Latte E, and 378 Claret F
  • Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 6mm [US J-10]
  • Yarn needle

 

GAUGE:  One granny square measures about 6½ x 6½” [16.5 x 16.5 cm].

Finished Size: Scarf measures about 6½” [16.5 cm] wide and 74″ [188 cm] long, not including fringe.

 

NOTES

  1. Crochet scarf pattern is made from 11 granny squares, arranged into a strip and sewn together.
  2. Each granny square is worked in joined rounds with right side always facing. The yarn color is changed every round (except the last round) by fastening off the old color and joining the new color.

 

DIRECTIONS

GRANNY SQUARE I (make 2)

With A, ch 5; join with slip st in first ch to form a ring.

Round 1 (right side): Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), work 11 dc in ring; join with slip st in top of beginning ch- 3—12 dc. Fasten off.

Round 2: With right side facing, draw up a loop of E in any space between sts, ch 3, dc in same space, *ch 1, 2 dc in next space between sts; repeat from * around, ch 1; join wth slip st in top of beginning ch-3—24 dc and 12 ch-1 spaces. Fasten off.

Round 3: With right side facing, draw up a loop of F in any ch-1 space, ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-1 space, *ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * around, ch 1; join with slip st in top of beginning ch- 3—36 dc and 12 ch-1 spaces. Fasten off.

Round 4: With right side facing, draw up a loop of C in any ch-1 space, ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-1 space, *ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * around, ch 2; join with slip st in top of beginning ch- 3—36 dc and 12 ch-2 spaces. Fasten off.

Round 5: With right side facing, draw up a loop of B in any ch-2 space, ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-2 space, ch 1, 4 dc in next ch-2 space, *ch 1, (2 dc, 2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr, 2 dc) in next ch-2 space (corner made), [ch 1, 4 dc in next ch-2 space] twice; repeat from * 2 more times, ch 1, (2 dc, 2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr, 2 dc) in next ch-2 space, ch 1; join with slip st in top of beginning ch-3—4 corners with two 4-dc groups along each of 4 sides between corners. Fasten off.

Round 6: With right side facing, join A with slip st in any corner ch-2 space, *[skip next st, sc in next 3 sts, sc in next ch-1 space] 3 times, skip next st, sc in next 3 sts, 3 sc in corner ch-2 space; repeat from * 3 more times; join with slip st in first sc—72 sc (15 sc along each of 4 sides between 3-sc corners). Do not fasten off.

Round 7: Continuing with A, ch 1, *sc in each st to next 3-sc corner, 2 sc in each of next 3 sc; repeat from * 3 more times; join with slip st in first sc—84 sc. Fasten off.

 

GRANNY SQUARE II (make 2)

Make same as Granny Square I using B for Round 1, F for Round 2, A for Round 3, E for Round 4, C for Round 5, and A for Rounds 6 and 7.

 

GRANNY SQUARE III (make 2)

Make same as Granny Square I using C for Round 1, D for Round 2, E for Round 3, F for Round 4, B for Round 5, and A for Rounds 6 and 7.

 

GRANNY SQUARE IV (make 2)

Make same as Granny Square I using D for Round 1, A for Round 2, B for Round 3, C for Round 4, F for Round 5, and A for Rounds 6 and 7.

 

GRANNY SQUARE V (make 2)

Make same as Granny Square I using E for Round 1, B for Round 2, F for Round 3, A for Round 4, D for Round 5, and A for Rounds 6 and 7.

 

GRANNY SQUARE VI (make 1)

Make same as Granny Square I using F for Round 1, C for Round 2, B for Round 3, D for Round 4, E for Round 5, and A for Rounds 6 and 7.

 

FINISHING

Arrange the Granny Squares into a strip, in any order desired. With A, sew the squares together.

 

Fringe

Cut lengths of A, B, C, D, E, and F, each about 24″ [61 cm] long. Holding 1 strand of each color together, fold lengths in half. Using crochet hook, pull fold through any stitch of one short edge of scarf, forming a loop. Thread ends through loop and pull to tighten. Attach a total of 7 fringes evenly spaced along both short ends of scarf. Trim fringe to even. Weave in ends.

 

 

ABBREVIATIONS

A, B, C, etc. = Color A, Color B, Color C etc; ch = chain; dc = double crochet; sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch(es); ( ) = work directions in parentheses into same st; [ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified; * = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated.


Looking for more amazing crochet scarf patterns? Check out 25 Crochet Scarf Patterns.


I’ve shown you one of my favorite granny square projects. What’s your favorite way to use the granny square?

19 Ingenious Uses for DIY Doilies

I love learning how to crochet charming and stunning crochet doily patterns. They easily add texture to surfaces all over your home and can really protect your more expensive wooden surfaces from the bumps and bruises of glass tchotchkes or knick knacks. The problem is too many doilies on too many surfaces starts too look a bit like you’re living in an antique store. Now don’t get me wrong, I love some good doily on doily action, but there are even more exciting ways to use your crochet doily patterns and projects once you have finished them! For some ideas, the editors of FaveCrafts turned to our active Facebook audience for their suggestions. Check out what our friends had to say!

19 Ingenious Uses

19 Ingenious  Uses for Doilies

  1. Use doilies on mixed media projects like these stunning journals. –Johana Laskso

    Mixed Media Doily Idea

    Image courtesy of Nooti

  2. Frame them with a contrasting background and hang as art. –Deborah C. Harding
  3. Rugs in doll’s houses. – Melanie Rayner
  4. Transform your finished crochet and lace doily patterns into delicate and decorative bowls. – Tiffany from Cool2CraftLovely Lace Doily Dowls
  5. Put a doily at the center of a ring and hang it with feathers and beads to make a dream catcher. – Pamela Heath
  6. Use them on purses, towels, hats, and t-shirt! –Marie Rust
  7. I’ll put a doily half in and hanging out of a drawer. It’s a really pretty accent! Especially on dresser drawers. – Gloria Belanger Baker
  8. Attached to a piece of velvet and framed in an embroidery hoop makes a lovely wall hanging. – Waneta Snyder Miles
  9. String smaller crochet doily patterns onto a necklace for a soft and lacy accent for your wardrobe. – Maya Kuzman from thelittletreasures.blogspot.com
    Crocheted Doily DIY Necklace
  10. Add them to lampshades by sewing them onto singlets and tops. – Myshelle Cole
  11. Attach to the bottom of a skirt as trim.– Myshelle Cole
  12. Hang them as wallhangings. – Myshelle Cole
  13. Combine doilies to make curtains. – Myshelle Cole
  14. Molded with fabric stiffener to make a doily bowl or made into a cake plate cover. – Gloria Belanger Baker
  15. Use them to add interest while quilting.-Judy Lunsford
  16. Combine multiple doily patterns to make a table runner. – Bernat YarnsSea Glass Table Runner
  17. Use smaller doily patterns as coasters for your home! – Morgan (our newsletter editor!)
  18. Use crochet doily projects as bunting. – Dawn Gardner
  19. Wrap them around your wrist to make a lovely DIY bracelet! – Debby from Arty CraftyDoily Cuff Bracelet

Crochet Doily Patterns We Love

If you are dying to try out one of the ideas above, check out these free crochet doily patterns over on FaveCrafts and AllFreeCrochet for inspiration.

  1. Lacy Doily T-Shirt Yarn Rug
  2. Pretty Doily Crochet Pattern
  3. Tulip Mandala Crochet Pattern
  4. Elegant Crochet Doily
  5. Pansy Doily
  6. Crown of Pineapples Doily
  7. Pinwheel Doily Pattern

How do you like to display your crochet doily projects ?
(We’all add it to the list!)

Hook Ahead: 12 Crochet Cardigans You’ll Want This Fall

While it might seem like it is too early to start thinking about your fall wardrobe, every crocheter knows that a quality crochet cardigan pattern can take some time to crochet. Since cardigan patterns to crochet can be extra complicated and are much larger than smaller fall accessories like crochet scarves or mittens, you want to start them early. Plus, you can get some pretty awesome deals on thicker yarns right now. It is off-season! If you’re looking to add cardigans to your fall layers this year, consider these free crochet cardigan patterns from some of our favorite designs and companies! Check out Hook Ahead: 12 Crochet Cardigans You’re Going to Want This Fall for all your crochet pattern needs.

Crochet Cardigan Patterns

All of the crochet patterns below are totally free to download on either FaveCrafts.com or our sister site, AllFreeCrochet.com. Even if you do not want to start a project soon (we don’t blame you), you can easily pin or bookmark these pretty patterns for later!

Coldwater Creek Style Cardigan

1941 Crochet Shell Stitch Cardigan

Reading Room Crochet Sweater

Breezy Bamboo Crochet Cardigan Pattern

Do you prefer cuddling into cardigans or hoodies when the weather gets chilly?

6 Knitting and Crochet Techniques for Aging Hands

As you age, your body changes. This is especially true for your vision, hands, and overall coordination, some of the most essential parts of knitting and crocheting. While you may have learned how to crochet years ago, the truth is that sometimes with age you have to relearn how to crochet or how to knit in a more convenient and comfortable way. Aging does not mean you have to give up your favorite hobbies, but making some adjustments to your techniques can make the whole process much more enjoyable. Check out the 6 Knitting and Crochet Techniques for Aging Hands below to learn about some adjustments you can make to your crochet patterns and knitting projects to make them easier and more enjoyable.

One of the biggest gripes we hear from our audience when it comes to aging and crochet and knitting projects is that hand and wrist fatigue increasingly becomes an issue. Sore wrists and cramped hands can turn the cutest crochet project into a painful process. Look out below for our surprisingly simple solutions.

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6 Knitting and Crochet Techniques for Aging Hands

  1. Add light and a magnifier to your space.

    Adjust your crochet space to add more light and invest in a magnifier. While it may not seem like sore eyes are directly connected to wrist paint while crocheting, this extra issue can really affect your whole process. Crocheters and knitters who squint may be inadvertently adding tension to their hands as the struggle to see what they are doing. Plus, pausing in uncomfortable and unnatural positions due to poor lighting can easily cause over-exertion.

  2. Stretch, Stretch, Stretch

    Make sure to stretch your hands before, during, and after you work on your projects. No crochet technique in the world will make the project easier if you do not take care of yourself. Give your muscles a fighting chance by warming them up each time you crochet or knit. Stretching amidst a hooking or purling session can help too. Consider learning some new stretches or trying yoga for your wrists and hands if you are especially sore.

  3. Give Yourself More Time

    The reality is that the more wear and tear your hands receive, the more time they are going to need to recover. This means giving yourself more time to finish projects. Don’t plan on sitting down and crocheting that 2 Hour Pot Holders pattern all the way through in an afternoon. Break up the time you spend crocheting or knitting into smaller segments.

  4. Get (or Make) Hand-Friendly Hooks

    Basic and simple crochet hooks can be too small to grip for an extended period of time. Make sure you spend the money on crochet hooks and knitting needles that add some comfort to your crocheting. We recommend buying or making your own knitting needle or crochet hook polymer clay crafts. Adding a softer, bulkier handle to your tools can work wonders.Funky Polymer Clay Crochet Hook Handles

  5. Skip the super intricate projects.

    We all know that crochet patterns with thinner yarn and tinier needles are much harder to make. You should avoid these more intricate projects or, at least, work on them a lot less frequently. Bulky and chunky knitting patterns and crochet projects can be created a lot more quickly and require much less intricate, hand-hurting work.

  6. Be Kind to Yourself

    Aging can be a tricky process. It can be really hard to admit that sometimes you are just not capable of doing things as quickly or as precisely as you used to. Above all else, remember to be kind to yourself. While it might be a bummer to crochet a little less or work on easy knitting patterns instead of impressive intermediate endeavors, remember why you started creating in the first place. You can find as much joy in an hour of crocheting than you used two in three hours of hooking.


Easy Crochet Patterns and Beginner Knitting Patterns to Try

Check out these easy crochet patterns that make you crochet experience easy peasy and beginner knitting patterns that are gentle on your hands. Use the knitting and crochet techniques above with these free project patterns we love.


Did you learn to crochet when you were younger or later in life?

Seashore Solutions: 23 Crochet Tote Bag Patterns

So, summer is almost officially here, but you have at least a month before it is actually beach season. The weather isn’t quite as warm as you need it to be to truly enjoy a warm and wonderful day in the sun, sand, and surf. At least, that’s the case for us here in Chicago. If you’re a Florida or California crafter, I am crazy jealous. Either way, one of the best ways to learn how to make a beach bag is to create crochet bag patterns. Crochet tote bag patterns make fantastic beach accessories because they are sturdy without being too heavy. Plus, if you make them lacy enough, the sand can fall right through or you can easily line these light crochet patterns to make clean-up simple.

Sometimes it can be hard to find the right crochet patterns to hook up in the summer. Bulky projects like an afghan can’t travel, and you won’t wear a new crochet scarf pattern for months! Make something you can bring along on road trips and actually use the next day when you make the sunshine-approved crochet bag patterns in Seashore Solutions 23 Crochet Tote Bag Patterns.

Crochet Bag Patterns for Summer

Seashore Solutions: 23 Crochet Tote Bag Patterns

Beach Bag Free Crochet Patterns

These free crochet patterns are beach day essentials. Simply stunning and perfect for carting your sunscreen and beach reads, these crochet projects will surely find a home atop your beach towel.

Coastal Beach Bag

Desert Sunset Tote Bag

Summer Tote Bag Patterns

In the summer, you’re exploring all sorts of places. Whether you’re flip flopping your way to the Farmer’s Market or sipping an iced coffee out on the town, these crochet tote bag patterns have your summer purse needs covered!

Jane Austen Book Club Tote

Eco-Friendly Crochet Tote Bag Pattern

 

Describe the best beach bag you’ve ever had.