Cozy Winter Crochet Patterns To Keep You Warm

Tis the season to be cold. The temperatures are steadily dropping and that cold winter chill is settling in. In addition to heavy coats, it’s time to grab gloves, mittens and hats before you head out the door. Instead of spending money on poorly made winter wearables, stay home and crochet yourself something fabulous. Most of these patterns are quick to make and easy enough for beginners. Even the more complicated patterns won’t take all season, so you can create your piece and then wear it before the season comes to an end.

You know what else you can do with winter wearables? Give them as holiday gifts! The Christmas season is just around the corner, so you want to make sure you have some quality gifts to give your loved ones. These winter crochet patterns are both cute and practical, so you don’t have to wonder if the recipient will actually use what you give them.

Don’t wait! Every minute you waste NOT crocheting is a minute you’ll spend feeling cold and quite possibly numb out in the cold.

 

Ear Warmer Crochet Pattern

Cozy Winter Headband – How cute is this chunky winter headband? Don’t neglect your ears (or mess up your hair) when you head outside. This quick pattern is perfect for a car or train ride.

Fuzzy Pouf Ear Muffs – If you like a more traditional look, consider a pair of ear muffs. The vintage look and textured feel is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Simple Crochet Ear Warmer – The name says it all – this winter crochet pattern takes almost no time to make. If you’re new to the world of crochet, this is the perfect project. Test your skills and practice what you’ve learned so you can proceed to more complicated patterns later on.

Twist of Fate Headband – The twisted head wrap look of this pattern is so trendy right now. The focal point is the front rather than the side of your head, giving it a bohemian look and feel. The thick texture makes this extra warm and cozy.

 

Free Mitten Patterns

Colorful Texting Gloves – Texting gloves are one of the most genius inventions of the new millennium (in my opinion at least). Now you can dash off a text or e-mail while keeping your fingers warm and toasty.

Elizabeth Bennet’s Lacy Hand Warmers – Lizzie Bennet would surely approve of these delightful hand warmers. Catch your own Mr. Darcy with this delightful design.

Easy Fingerless Gloves – Fingerless gloves are a great option if you need to turn pages or apply lip gloss. Keep your palms warm while performing every day tasks – it’s the best of both worlds.

Chunky Crochet Mittens and Scarf – This yummy set makes a great gift. The warm mittens and fuzzy scarf can be worn together or separate – it’s up to you. No matter what, you know you won’t be cold.

 

Free Scarf Patterns

Sea Foam Infinity Scarf – Take a trip to the beach without leaving your home (or booking a plane ticket). Evoke the look and feel of the ocean with the bright color and soft wavy texture of the scarf.

Forever 21 Knockoff Scarf – Whether you are 21 or 121, you’ll go gaga for this simple scarf pattern. The single color and easy stitch make this ideal for a new crocheter.

One Skein Asymmetry Scarf – Got one skein? Well we have a fantastic pattern for you to enjoy. This is one of the most popular patterns with our readers, and we can certainly understand why.

Soft and Easy Alpaca Scarf – Alpaca is one of the best fibers for yarn – it’s so soft! You won’t be able to stop touching this scarf, so prepare accordingly!

 

Crochet Cowl Pattern

Crochet Convertible Cowl – Scarf or hoodie? Now you don’t have to pick! This is a quick and easy pattern that beginners will love. Since you don’t have to change colors, you won’t need to purchase a ton of yarn.

Bright Red Shimmer Cowl – Make a bold statement with this little cowl. If you’re heading to a holiday party, be sure to top your outfit with this fun winter crochet pattern.

Crimson Ridge Cowl – Who doesn’t look elegant in red? This is a great gift idea for women who like to make an entrance. This is also a great option for people who don’t like to wear constricting circle scarves.

Crochet Cowl Hood – This beautiful pattern is super trendy. The understated look and color makes this an age-appropriate delight that will last all winter long.

 

 

What’s your favorite way to stay warm?

 

Top 100 Seasonal Crafts of 2013

100 Seasonal Craft Ideas: Spring Crafts, Fall Crafts, and so Much MoreWe know you love holidays as much as us, so why not have all your favorites together on one great list? AllFreeHolidayCraft’s list of the top 100 seasonal craft ideas has everything that your heart desires! From Valentine’s Day to the Fourth of July and every season in between, this collection will have you covered through the entire year. Not only does this list offer you all of our top crafts from the past year, it also features a variety of your most-loved techniques. Whether you’re looking for a way to use up your leftover yarn or fabric, how to recycle old holiday cards, or  how to create the perfect party atmosphere, we’ve got you covered with this collection!



Winter Crafts
Finger Knit WreathStay warm and toasty by the fire while you make our top winter crafts of 2013. These cute and creative crafts for winter touch on all the top holiday ideas from the entire season!

Big Rice Krispie Kisses
3 Dollar Heart Frames
Valentine Snowflake Garland from Coffee Filters
Finger Knit Wreath





Spring Crafts

These pretty pastel ideas come in all shapes and sizes. From Easter crafts for spring to handmade wreaths and much, much, more, this list of our most popular crafts for spring will have you bouncing like a bunny from March through June.

The sizzlin’ seasonal sun has a lot of fun to offer, and these most-loved summer crafts only make it a more enjoyable season. Deck out your garden, hit up the beach with some DIY accessories, and add a nautical touch to your home.







Fall Crafts
Make your own leaf crafts, find our favorite pumpkin patterns and celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving, all with one handy collection. You’ll be sure to fall in love with these fall crafts, and autumn is always near!

Beginner Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial
Fall Fabric Scrap Wreath
Quick and Cool Crochet Leaves
Magical Fall Candles



What is your favorite season to craft for?

Countdown Calendars
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Enter to win a copy of Countdown Calendars from Stash Books! The deadline to enter is January 14, 2014 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Filled with full-color photographs and a wide variety of crafts, Countdown Calendars is the perfect resource to consult for any celebration.




Spend a Snow Day with Snow Crafts

Winter Crafts For Kids of All AgesBe prepared to entertain the kiddos when the next big snow storm hits. These fun and easy crafts for kids will keep them happy as pie, even if the weather is too cold to play outside. There’s nothing better than watching your children hard at work making arts and crafts, especially when they give them to you as a gift! Take a look through this fun list of winter crafts for kids of all ages, and spend some time creating in the warmth of your home this winter. Whether you’re making a snowman made of shaving cream or cotton balls, it’s a wonderful way to spend time as a family!



Snowmen You Can Build Inside

Take a look at these snowmen that the kiddos can build indoors in case the snowfall becomes too tall to navigate. With these great snowmen you can build inside, your little ones will be entertained during the cold winter days that prevent them from playing in the snow.




Decorative Winter Crafts For Kids

While you’re cooped up during the next big snow storm, take advantage of your crafty ideas and make a few snow crafts that double as home decor! These fun decorative crafts are so simple, kids of all ages can make them. The best decorations are made from the heart, and who wouldn’t be proud to display their little one’s art work in their home?

How to Make Paper Snowflakes

Making paper snowflakes has always been one of my favorite winter activities, but I was absolutely obsessed with paper snowflakes as a child. When I first learned how to make a paper snowflake, I just couldn’t stop. My kitchen table has been no stranger to paper scraps and multicolored scissors over the years, and now that winter is finally here, I had to share my love for these snowy paper creations.

This kid-friendly guide will teach you everything you need to know, from learning how to make paper snowflakes to tackling tricky paper snowflake designs. Just because these winter crafts are perfect for kids doesn’t mean adults can’t make them, too. Making paper snowflakes has no age limit!

Start with the Basics

This paper snowflake tutorial from FaveCrafts will teach you the basic paper snowflake pattern, so start here!

  1. Fold a square piece of paper in half diagonally to form a triangle.
  2. Fold in half again.
  3. Fold the triangle into thirds, folding each side towards the center.
  4. Cut a straight line across the bottom.
  5. Cut pieces out of all three sides in random patterns.
  6. Open to see your finished snowflake.

Once you’ve mastered these six steps, you can move on to the paper snowflake patterns below!

Paper Snowflake Patterns

One of a Kind Snowflakes– this paper snowflake pattern will help inspire you to create your own wintery creations.

Pipe Cleaner and Paper Snowflakes -if younger family member struggle with scissors, you can make these paper snowflakes instead! They’re just as cute, and they’re incredibly easy.

Super-Sized Snowflakes -making paper snowflakes is always fun, but making them as big as you is even better! These gargantuan flakes are easy to make, too.

Paper Snowflake Garland -this tutorial from Elevator Musik will teach you how to make paper snowflakes into a festive DIY garland.

More Amazing Paper Snowflake Designs

3D Paper Snowflakes -once you’ve mastered the standard paper snowflake template, go the extra mile and try making them 3D!

Game of Thrones Paper Snowflake Patterns -Krystal Higgins designed these awesome paper snowflake patterns, and you can download the templates for free to make your own!

Precious Snowflake Lions -turn your favorite snowflakes into adorable wintery creatures!

Paper Snowflake Trees– these creative paper crafts from Just Crafty Enough are the perfect way to reinvent your classic paper snowflake designs and make an elegant centerpiece all in one project.

Star Wars Paper Snowflake Patterns– make these paper snowflake designs from Anthony Herrera to prove you are the ultimate Star Wars fan. Browse the site for even more amazing patterns!

 Psssssst! Have a unique paper snowflake tutorial you’d like to share? Contact us!

Do you and your family make paper snowflakes in the winter?

Make the Most of Snow: 11 Winter Crafts and Outdoor Activities for Kids

11 Winter Crafts for Kids + Outdoor ActivitiesDepending on where you live, you might experience an entire season of snowfall when winter comes, or you might consider yourself lucky to get even a few days of snow. No matter how much snow you get, it’s time to celebrate the season with some winter crafts for kids!

Sometimes it’s easy to forget all the reasons why we love winter, especially when we’re faced with holiday traffic or bitter cold temperatures. Luckily, the latest free eBook from AllFreeKidsCrafts is stuffed with new ideas for both indoor and outdoor fun, so on days when it’s just too chilly to go outside, you can still find a way to enjoy the weather without getting cold. And of course, playing outside on the more temperate winter days can actually benefit your kids’ cognitive development. So bundle up; this collection of 11 Winter Crafts and Outdoor Activities is going to blow you away!

Outdoor Activities for Kids

Ice Balloon LanternsWhen you think of outdoor activities for winter weather, you might think you’ve got it all figured out: snow angels, igloos, snowmen, and snowball fights, right? Well, those classic winter activities are tons of fun, but now there’s even more outdoor fun to be had! Winter becomes twice as fun with these outdoor activities for kids. You can decorate your house with ‘cool’ decorations made out of ice, or you can create special stacking blocks that are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. The best part of these winter crafts for kids is that you can still enjoy them even if there’s no snow on the ground—just make sure the air temperature is cold enough!

Preschool Winter Crafts

Teensy Weensy Snowman PalYou’re never too old to play in the snow, and you’re never too young to enjoy a good winter craft project! The winter craft ideas in this eBook are a great way to enjoy the snowy season on days when it’s too cold to go outside, or on school snow days. 11 Winter Crafts + Outdoor Activities for Kids has fantastically frosty projects that are perfect for preschoolers, from adorable snowman crafts to winter arts and crafts. Little ones will love displaying their handiwork all over the house, and you’ll love having handmade decorations for winter!

 

11 Winter Crafts for Kids + Outdoor Activities

 

What’s your favorite way to celebrate winter?

Get Snow Crafty This Winter

There is something about the winter season that sets it apart from the rest of the year, and no, I don’t mean the chilling temperatures. It has to be that special feeling that you get when you see the first snowflake of the year; it must be the fun of snowball fights and ice skating, sledding and snowmen that makes winter so special. I cannot lie, winter is one of my favorite times of year, I love the snow – I even love the cold! But we can’t be happy in freezing temperatures forever. It’s really only natural to miss the sun, which is why my greatest suggestion of the season is to Get Snow Crafty This Winter.

Head inside after a cold day of making snowmen and snow angels, and set yourself up with some crafts to keep you warm! This way, we don’t have to miss the snow when we head indoors. Bring the snow inside with some great snow-themed winter decorations.

Snowflake CraftsIntricate Quilled Snowflake

If you’re like me, you’re a sucker for snowflakes. I think they’re beautiful, so if you love snowflakes too, you’ll agree that they make a beautiful winter motif. Warm up indoors while you make a snowflake wreath to dress your front door in. If you’d rather keep the decor inside your home, and I can’t blame you, try out a snowflake chandelier; they’re so fun to make!

Snowmen for Your Neighbors

Snowman Crafts

I will admit that you don’t want to overpower your home with snowflakes, which is why I am thankful winter is so long that it allows us to add a few different winter crafts into the mix. Snowmen are fun to make outside, but even if you’re too cold, you won’t miss out on the fun with a few snowman crafts to keep you entertained. I like Fluffy and Fun Snowmen; they always put a smile on my face. Crafting at a budget is easy when you work with such a simple design. When you run out of space, don’t forget that these snowman crafts aren’t only great decorating ideas but they would make wonderful seasonal wonderful seasonal gifts as well.

When you’re done with the cold, and your nose starts to turn red, run inside and Get Snow Crafty This Winter! It’s the perfect way to keep yourself in a festive mindset without having to suffer through the cold if you’ve had just about enough of it.

What do you love more, snowflakes or snowmen?

Link Love: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snow

Earlier this week, a strange thing happened – my air conditioning kicked on. The temperature outside was positively balmy and I was able to leave my house wearing tennis shoes rather than my standard fur-lined boots. While this was a nice vacation from the normal frigid winds and sub-zero temperatures, I couldn’t help feeling like something was missing – snow!

The temperatures are decreasing but it seems we’ll have to wait for snow to fall here in the Windy City. Until that time, I’ll settle for a few snow-inspired crafts. Snowmen, snowflakes and white glitter seem to be everywhere right now, so I’m definitely not the only one who’s ready to walk in a crafty winter wonderland. When looking for winter projects, it’s best to start with a long list and pick out a project or two. Our collection of 17 Snowman Christmas Crafts + 3 New Projects has everything you need for a season of crafting. Some of my personal favorites from this collection include Cute Easy Clay Snowman Ornaments and Snowman Candleholder. If you’re not a huge fan of snowmen, make a seasonal Cookie Cutter Snowflake Card and send it to someone special.

Take advantage of this warm and fuzzy Christmas feeling by creating some of these fantastic snow-themed crafts. When you’re done crafting a snowman, head outside with the family and make the real thing!

  1. Beaded Snowflakes from Torie Jayne
  2. Peanut Snowmen Holiday Ornament from Shade Tree Jewelry
  3. Snowflake Gift Ornaments from Just Crafty Enough
  4. Faux Snowy Pinecones from Dream a Little Bigger
  5. Easy Felt Snowflake Coasters from Billie Monster
  6. Bottle Cap Snowman Ornaments from One Artsy Momma
  7. Snowy Watercolours from The Mayberry Sparrow
  8. Crocheted Winter Wreath from Repeat Crafter Me
  9. Snowman Christmas Decoration from Plushka Craft

This Week on Cool2Craft TV – Snowflakes

12-12-11 Snowflakes 3-up FaveCrafts - Cool2Craft
Join host Linda Peterson for a new episode of Livin’ the Creative Life TV on the Cool2Craft TV channel. This week’s show theme is Snowflakes and winter inspired ideas. Linda creates Snowflake Window Clings, shows step-by-step how to make a whimsical Polymer Clay Snowman, and crafts a quick Etched Glass Snowflake Votive.

It’s easy to watch the Cool2Craft TV Channel right from your computer. Monday December 12, 2011 at 9 am Pacific/ 10 am Mountain/ 11 am Central/ noon Eastern. Watch craft demos and join in the live chat at showtime at Cool2Craft.com. See you Monday!

 

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How to Make Paper Snowflakes

The snow is on its way in Illinois. Tomorrow is Turkey day and I am so excited. We’re supposed to get a wintry mix so who knows what that will bring. With Christmas shortly to follow it’s time to bring out all your winter decorations and crafts. One of the easiest crafts to make are those cute paper snowflakes, they’re so easy to make.

The only materials you need are a pair of scissors and multiple pieces of paper. You can also choose to add some glitz and glam like glitter if you wish. If you choose to add glitter you will also need glue.

Fold a few pieces of paper in half and then fold it in half again. You then cut in any shapes you want. You can cut out triangles or cut a full circle then cut some more triangles, whatever you want it to look like.

You then unfold it and they should all look the same for you to hang up. I love shiny and sparkly things so I would then paint some glue on the snowflake and then sprinkle some glitter on top of it. My favorite snowflakes are plain white, but you can use any color paper you wish for a fun winter wonderland.

Also try a Snowflake Cookie Cutter Card! My favorite snowflake patterns are the crocheted ones. Check out these Beautiful Crocheted Snowflakes, you’ll love them.

How To: Holiday Crafts for After Christmas

When the Christmas rush comes to a close, it’ll be prime to time to focus on non-Christmas related crafts. Yes, crafting continues at FaveCrafts even after Christmas! Now is the time to think about wintery holiday crafts and New Year’s themes.

Let’s start with New Year’s crafts. Start thinking about what you’ll wear on New Year’s Eve this year. How will you embellish your outfit? Are you wearing something in a basic black? How can you liven it up. Try a DIY trick like fabric flowers to embellish a shirt, dress or even a purse. Follow this tutorial to create your own fabric flowers in four easy steps.

fabric-flowers-collage

Another fun craft for New Year’s is a simple family photo album. Decorate the album to be relevant to your family, whether you eat pizza and watch movies every New Year’s, or sit down to a nice traditional ethnic dinner of some kind. Create a tradition of taking your family members’ photos on New Year’s Day and documenting them in the photo album. For added fun, ask a general question and have each person write a response. For example, “If you were ruler of the world, what would be your first course of action?” The family will love to look back on years past and see how you’ve changed both physically and intellectually!

My favorite winter crafts are snowflakes. They can be elegant and beautiful, as well as playful. There are snowflake patterns for kids to make, and complicated patterns for the adults. The easiest snowflake craft you can do with your kids is the age-old paper snowflake craft. Do you remember taking sheets of paper when you were little, folding them into eighths and making random cuts into the paper – like circles, hearts and lines. It always amazed me when I unfolded the beautiful lacey snowflake pattern from the paper.

A fresh take on this craft follows a similar guideline, but uses different materials to create an even more elegant paper snowflake. Make this one with your kids, or just do it yourself so you can decorate the house like a winter wonderland.

Materials:

  • Round paper doilies
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • String

Steps:

  1. Fold one round paper doily in half. Then fold it in half again. And again. If you can get another fold out of it, fold it again.
  2. Begin making cuts in the “pie piece” doily – circles, hearts, squares, and slits.
  3. At the top, where the “pie piece” looks like a fan, cut out a design if you wish.
  4. Open the doily and see the snowflake pattern you’ve made.
  5. Pull a string through one of the holes in the snowflake and tape it to the window or hang it from the Christmas tree.

Just because Christmas crafting is coming to an end – you can still have fun creating festive crafts for upcoming holidays and seasons. Enjoy winter crafting this year =) Click here for more Winter Crafts.