Best Yarn for Baby Patterns: 3 Tips for Your Next Project

Has this ever happened to you? Your sister or best friend has announced that she’s expecting, so one of your first thoughts is that you should knit or crochet an adorable baby blanket. If you’re a crafter, it’s only natural that you want to welcome the newest addition to your family by giving a handmade item. From baby blankets to wee little booties, the possibilities for making handmade items are almost endless. Need a little helping finding the best yarn for baby patterns? Then you’re in the right place.

Machine-Washable Yarn? Yes, Please!

Types of Yarn for Knitting or Crochet

What is the best type of yarn to use in your next project?

You’ve selected the perfect baby pattern to knit or crochet, so now it’s time to think yarn! When selecting the best yarn for baby patterns, some types of yarn would be better choices than others for your project than others. Because let’s be honest. While babies are cute and cuddly, they can also be messy. Really messy. And for many bleary-eyed new parents, trying to figure out the best way to launder a beautiful knit blanket or hat is low on the to-do list. With that in mind, consider acrylic yarn for your project. This type of yarn is typically machine-washable and easy to clean. If you’d like, you can also print care instructions on pretty paper, then attach the paper to your handmade item. The new parents will appreciate having instructions on how to clean the beautiful baby blanket you made right at their fingertips.

Select Yarn That Is As Soft As Can Be

For many people, the thought of wearing a wool sweater right against the skin sounds, to put it politely, uncomfortable. Babies will feel the same way. Their skin is sensitive, so putting a baby in an itchy wool blanket or sweater will make them feel annoyed. And an uncomfortable baby is a baby who will probably cry a lot. What’s a knitter or crocheter to do? Use yarn that feels soft to you for use in your pattern. If that yarn feels itchy, then The Spruce suggests putting it back and selecting another type of yarn. If you’re purchasing your yarn online, then consider opting for yarn that is specifically for use in baby patterns. For example, Red Heart Baby Hugs Yarn is warm, soft, and colorful. It is also free from harmful levels of substances (you can check out a review of this time via AllFreeCrochet.com). Other brands, including Lion Brand and Bernat, offer a selection of yarns that are just for babies, too.

Bulky Yarn Is Your Friend For Last-Minute Gifts

Let’s face it: Babies are born on their own schedules, and they’re almost never on time. If you’re looking for a baby item that can be made in a tight time frame due to a little one’s early arrival, then turn your attention to beautiful bulky yarn patterns. These baby patterns are typically quick and easy to make. This type of yarn is best for baby patterns that are no-frills, but are still beautiful and warm and will make a wonderful keepsake. You’ll love how quick and easy it is to crochet or knit a baby blanket with this yarn if time is of the essence.

Best Yarn for Baby Patterns: 3 Tips for Your Next Project

Do you know the best yarn to use for a baby pattern? Let this guide help you! Clockwise from top left: Baby Crochet Monkey Hat, Franny Crochet Baby Blanket, Easy Top-Down Sweater Free Crochet Pattern, Beehive Baby Crocheted Beanie Hat, Yellow Bow Easy Crochet Baby Booties, Little Prince Afghan, Quick and Easy Preemie Hat, and One Piece Baby Sweater.

Super Easy Knit Baby Booties

These Super Easy Knit Baby Booties are easy to make and super cute!

Now it’s time to grab your knitting needles or crochet hooks and get to work on a baby pattern found on FaveCrafts! You’ll feel inspired when you see this list of baby patterns.

  1. The Coziest Crocheted Baby Blanket Ever — The name says it all!
  2. Beehive Baby Crocheted Beanie Hat
  3. Baby Pullover Sweater
  4. Little Prince Afghan
  5. Quick and Easy Preemie Hat — Perfect for a last-minute gift idea!
  6. One Piece Baby Sweater
  7. Easy Top-Down Sweater Free Crochet Pattern
  8. Franny Crochet Baby Blanket
  9. Easy to Knit Sweet Baby Hat —This hat is as adorable as can be!
  10. Baby Crochet Monkey Hat
  11. Yellow Bow Easy Crochet Baby Booties — So unbelievably cute!
  12. Mary Jane Baby Bootie Crochet Pattern
  13. Precious Pink Baby Afghan
  14. Baby Pea Pod Snuggly
  15. Super Easy Knit Baby Booties
  16. Day of the Week Bibs and Booties — Take coordination to the next level with this adorable pattern!
  17. BONUS: Types of Yarn for Knitting or Crochet — Check out this guide before you start your next project!

What is your favorite yarn to use for baby patterns?

DIY Yarn Pom Pom Basket

Sometimes all you need is one small detail to take your decor from drab to fab. For this craft, that small detail is, you guessed it, yarn! The DIY Yarn Pom Pom Basket is a fun way to spruce up a typically boring household item.

DIY Yarn Pom Pom Basket

All you really need for this project is a basket, some wire, and yarn! Feel free to customize each pom pom to be a different color. You can go for an overall spring color scheme, as in the photo above, or you can use more neutral colors to keep the basket stylish year round. This is such a fun and easy little DIY trick, you’ll be disappointed that you didn’t think of it sooner!

Love it yet? Find Instructions at HOMEDIT!

Let us know—what are your favorite ways to craft with yarn?

Needlefelted DIY Wall Art

Needlefelting is one of the easiest crafts to learn because it’s fun, it’s colorful, and it’s a great stress reliever too. With a needle punch tool and a little imagination, you can create whimsical DIY wall art project like this silly sunny daisy. Needlefelting is like painting with wool – try it, you’ll like it! Feel free to use this technique to get creative and design your own DIY art projects for your home.

Needlefelted DIY Wall ArtSupplies:

  • Felt sheets
  • Wool roving
  • Yarn
  • Needle punch tool
  • Foundation brush
  • White pencil
  • Embroidery floss and needle

Needlefelted DIY Wall Art

Start by drawing or tracing a design onto a sheet of felt with a white pencil. Place the felt on top of a foundation brush which is what you punch into. Then, pull off a few strands of wool roving to begin. A needle punch tool has five special barbed needles inside that work to lock fibers together as you punch straight up and down.

Needlefelted DIY Wall Art

Little by little, keep filling in your design with more strands of wool. You can work with a single color or blend colors just like you’re painting. Tap each strand in with just a few punches at first, to make sure you like it. You can easily pull the wool up off the felt sheet if you change your mind. Once you like it, then punch more to lock it in. Don’t over punch though – or too many of the fibers will disappear beneath the surface.

Needlefelted DIY Wall Art

Above is a picture of what the back side looks like – the needle forces the wool fibers through the felt. Lift your felt up off the brush every so often to reposition and to prevent all the fibers from sticking to the brush itself.

Needlefelted DIY Wall Art

Outline your design in desired with a soft yarn and punch it into place. Accent your design with embroidery. I added an outline stitch in the center of each petal.

Needlefelted DIY Wall Art

Now that your wool canvas has been painted, you have several options for how to display it. You can sew it to a larger felt or fabric panel, frame it inside a shallow shadowbox, or mount it on a wood plaque with a dry adhesive like fabric tape. Enjoy!

 

Comment below and let us know, what design would you make with needlefelting?

Easy Yarn Crafts for Kids: Cup Weaving Tutorial

cup-weavingEasy crafts with yarn that are not crochet or knit can be hard to come by. I like to find yarn crafts that are creative and functional but also perfect for kids. This tutorial from Yarnspirations fits the bill and we are so excited to share it with you. Organize your desk with these woven cups and show off your love for yarn! These cupse are a great way to use up yarn and teach kids a new weaving technique.

MATERIALS

  • Version I Caron® Simly Soft® Paints Peacock Feather – 1 ball
  • Version II Caron® Simply Soft®  Ocean – 1 ball, Cool Green – 1 ball, Neon Green – 1 ball, Neon Yellow – 1 ball
  • Plastic cup (cup shown is 20 oz/476 ml size).
  • Marker.
  • Tape.
  • Scissors.
  • Printed template.
  • Glue (hot glue and glue gun is recommended – adult supervision required).

CUP WEAVING INSTRUCTIONS – Both Versions

1. Place cup upside down on printed template, centering the mouth of cup within the circle. (See template on page 3).

2. Mark cup at each dividing line with maker.

3. Repeat Steps 1 & 2 at base of cup.

4. Cut down sides of cup at each mark from mark at mouth of cup to mark at base of cup leaving approximately ¼” [0.5 cm] uncut at base. You will have 1 1 weaving strips.

5. Tape end of yarn to the inside bottom of the cup.

6. Weave yarn in and out of strips, pushing weaving to bottom of cup as you work.

TO CHANGE COLORS – Version 2

1. Cut first yarn and bring tail to inside (see blue yarn in photo). Place end of new second color inside cup, skipping one weaving strip (see green yarn in photo).

2. Begin weaving with new color, trapping yarn tails between weaving and inside of cup as you go.

3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 as necessary for desired stripe pattern.

TO FINISH – Both Versions

Cut yarn and tuck tail into weaving at inside of cup. Dab with glue and let dry to secure.

BRAID: Cut 12 lengths of yarn approximately 36” [91.5 cm] long. Tie strands together close to one end. Divide strands into groups of 4 and braid together, tying a knot to secure end. Glue braid around top edge of cup, cutting to size and securing ends at inside of cup with glue (cut off any knots to avoid bulk). Make a second braid and glue around bottom of cup in the same manner.

What would you use these cups for?


 

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Link Love: The DIY Dreamcatcher

Channel your inner bohemian because dreamcatchers are back. Or they never left. Either way, these whimsical and lovely pieces have taken the spotlight in home decor and now you can learn to make your own.

“What are dream catchers?” you ask? Well, according to Google, the dreamcatcher meaning is:

“a small hoop containing a horsehair mesh, or a similar construction of string or yarn, decorated with feathers and beads, believed to give its owner good dreams. Dreamcatchers were originally made by American Indians.”

When I was a kid, I always thought of dreamcatchers as catching the bad dreams. I suppose the would then be called “nightmare catchers” which doesn’t sound quite as happy. Oh well.  Today we’ve rounded up our fave diy dreamcatchers for your enjoyment. If you’ve ever wondered “How do you make a dreamcatcher?” and wanted to transform your room into a magical and dreamy land, these pictures of dream catchers will inspire you. Making a diy dream catcher doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. We found a variety of traditional and more modern dreamcatchers for you to try. Use yarn, twine, vintage doilies, thread, or anything you see fit to create the dreamcatcher of your dreams. I think I have some vintage doilies lying around that I think could use a new prupose in life. Plus, vintage doilies are always in antique shops just waiting for a new home. I know what I’m doing this summer in Michigan!

Part of what makes each dreamcatcher unique is the different feathers and beads you can use to complete the design. Learn how to make a simple dreamcatcher and keep dreaming my friends!

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  1. DIY Peacock Dreamcatcher from Saving More Than Me
  2. DIY Dreamcatcher: Urban Outfitters Knock Off from Child at Heart
  3. DIY DREAM CATCHER from A Little Birdy
  4. DIY: Doily Dream Catcher from Fawn Over Baby
  5. DIY Mint Dream Catcher from Stardustsoul
  6. HEART OF HOPE DREAMCATCHER from mollymoo
  7. DIY DREAMCATCHER from This Fashion is Mine
  8. DIY Doily Dreamcatcher from Calico Skies
  9. DIY HULA HOOP DREAM CATCHER from Primitive and Proper

Have you ever made a dreamcatcher?

Love Yarn? Prove It! + Brand New Patterns

How much do you love yarn? No, this isn’t a rhetorical question. We really want to know!

Our friends at the Craft Yarn Council have created a quick online survey to gauge just how much crafters love to knit and crochet. This is a great opportunity for you t make your voice heard and speak up about your favorite kind of craft. Your answers could shape the way crochet and knitters are seen in the future. Who knew that in just a few minutes, you could impact the future of knitting and crochet?

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But that’s not all! Once you complete the survey, you’ll be entered to win one of  25 gift cards worth $25! These gift cards can be used at some of your favorite craft store, so start daydreaming about your next yarn purchase!

Don’t wait! Take the survey now and enter to win an awesome prize!

 

BONUS! As a thank you for your participation in the Craft Yarn Council’s 2014 survey, we’ve gifted you some of our latest and greatest crochet and knitting patterns.

 

Awesome Free Crochet Patterns

Pink Daisy Mug Cozy – A girly and fun free crochet pattern that’s perfect for winter.

Cotton Candy Dreams Crocheted Cuff – All the fun and none of the calories! This cute cuff is colorful and eye-catching.

Cape Cod Afghan – No need to book a trip to the cape! This afghan is perfect for cool winter nights.

Stained Glass Dishcloth – Love the look of stained glass? Incorporate the gorgeous look of antique windows into your own crochet patterns.

Blooming Purple Beanie – Purple is so hot right now and this free crochet beanie pattern is so darn trendy.

 

Fabulous Free Knitting Patterns

Chain Stitch Scarf – This homemade scarf pattern is quick, simple and downright perfect for winter.

Knit Ripple Blanket – What’s better than a warm and toasty afghan on a cold winter night? Oh right – nothing.

Soft and Smoky Potato Chip Scarf – No, this scarf is not made from potato chips (sorry to disappoint you), but the ruffle look and elegant colors are sure to make up for it.

Chic Diagonal Stripe Scarf – The name says it all – this showstopping scarf is classy and cool.

Artsy Potato Chip Scarf – Look good no matter where you go with this free scarf knitting pattern.

 

 

 

Which do you prefer: Knitting or Crochet? Why?

 

 

 

Link Love: Coming Up Roses

Flowers are great and all, but there’s something to be said about roses. They signify love, commitment and even matrimony. Unfortunately, now isn’t the time to start planting roses in your garden. That’s why rose crafts are perfect for this chilly time of year – you don’t have to water them or live in fear of a frost. Simply round up supplies like yarn, felt and ribbon and you’re ready to go.

DIY flowers are so easy to make and cost significantly less than the real thing. Crochet an entire bouquet of Pink Roses and give them to someone you love – they don’t require water and will never wilt or droop. If you don’t have yarn or aren’t interested in crochet, there are plenty of other options for rose crafts. Gather up some plastic spoons and use them to make Plastic Spoon Roses. These can serve as a fantastic embellishments on jewelry, clothes or in your hair. Just be careful when molding the plastic spoons – you’ll need a lighter or candle to get the job done. If you’re short on supplies, grab an old t-shirt and use it to create an Upcycled Vintage Fabric Flower. The old-school look will change the feel of any outfit.

Show someone how much you care by creating a bouquet of handmade flowers. You can use yarn, ribbons and even recycled materials to create your own fabulous florals. From jewelry to clothing embellishments, there’s no wrong way to rock a rose. Pick your favorite style and get to work – the creative options are endless!

  1. Coffee Filter Roses from Papery and Cakery
  2. Leather Floral Necklace from Plan B
  3. Rose Ring from Fall for DIY
  4. Folded Ribbon Rose from Moonshine and Sunlight
  5. Rose Beaded Necklace from My Little Secrets
  6. Fleece Rose from While She Naps
  7. Clay Roses from Treasure by Grace
  8. Crochet Rose Earrings from Pearl and Scissors
  9. Knitted Rose from Create With Mom

Upcycled Chair with Yarn Plus Earth Week Giveaway!

One way to cut down on the waste cluttering our planet is to use what you already have in your house or that you can easily get, but you also don’t have to fill your house with old things.  Upcycled crafts are the perfect way to renew and reuse things that you might think are out of style or useless.  Giving a used item a makeover is a fun way to exercise your creativity, save some money, and show respect for our planet.  Today, FaveCraft.com’s celebration of our lovely blue planet continues with another innovative, Earth-friendly craft.

*This contest is now over. Please enjoy the free tutorial below.

Day three of Earth Week brings us to a fantastic tutorial involving a chair.  Nicole from Darn Good Yarn walks us through the surprisingly easy process of giving an old chair a new look.  With a couple of simple materials you can create a fun and funky chair for your household.

 

Refurbish An Old Chair With Yarn

 

Refurbished-Chair

Materials:

  • 4.5 skeins of 4-ply Sari Ribbon Rope
  • 1 Reclaimed Silk Scarf
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Instructions:

1. Cut the yarn into strips and tie them where you want them. For my chair, I wrapped the yarn around the chair legs and tied them, then tacked it down with a dab of glue.

2. I popped off the seat cushion and reupholstered it with one of my Reclaimed Silk Scarves. You can also re-foam the chair if you need to.

Close-Up-Chair

Thanks again to Nicole from Darn Good Yarn for allowing us to share this tutorial!

 Easiest Yarn Wrapped Spring WreathLooking for more ways to use yarn and ways to refurbish other items in your home? You’re in luck!

Earth Week Giveaway

Return daily to comment on the blog for your chance to win one of the two Earth Week prizes. One lucky winner will win a Wool Felt Bug Kit and an Art Journal Kit from Arterro, and another lucky winner will win two hanks of At the Bahamas: Multi Colored Recycled Sari Silk Ribbon Yarn from Darn Good Yarn.

Bonus! As a gift to all Earth Week participants, when shopping with Arterro enter the coupon code FAVE20 for 20% off any order through May 1st.

OFFICIAL RULES

  • There is a maximum of one entry per person per day. The entry will be based upon a comment left on this blog post. Duplicate comments will be deleted and are not tallied. You can comment once a day on each blog post.
  • Winners will be selected at random from the comments on the Earth Week blog posts.
  • Winners will be announced here on the blog on April 29th as well as contacted by the email address provided.
  • You have until April 28th, 2013 at 11:59p EST to leave your comment on any of the Earth Week posts. Comments posted after that will not be counted.
  • Contest open to anyone 18+ in US and/or Canada.

What is your favorite way to upcycle items?

 

Link Love: Pom Poms

Spring is in the air – can you feel it? To celebrate this glorious season, I’ve been searching for pretty, uncomplicated projects to decorate my space. One thing I’ve noticed – pom poms are all the rage right now. They’re used for banners, wall art and even keychains, plus they come in all shapes and sizes. Pom poms help you use up yarn or paper that you might have leftover from another project. Plus, they look like pretty florals and will inevitably put a smile on your face. Does it get any better than that?

Until now, I always assumed they pom poms were could only be created with yarn and were used as an accent on a winter hat. Upon further research, I realized I was completely wrong. There are so many crafty ways to work with pom poms and you can make your own in a snap! If you are looking for a quick and easy stashbuster, start with a Fabric Scrap Pom Pom. Sure, this is a great idea for a Christmas ornament, but you can certainly make one and hang it up at any time of year. I also love the look of Lacy Eyelet Pom Poms because they’re girly and delicate.  Don’t let the name of this project fool you – you need tissue paper, not fabric, to complete this project.

If you want to make your own pom poms but aren’t sure how to get started, you’re in luck. Find out how to make a pom pom, gather up your materials and get to work!

  1. DIY Pom Pom Keychain from Plan B
  2. Pom Pom Necklace from Design Improved
  3. Paint Chip and Pom Pom Bookmarks from Make and Takes
  4. Pom Pom Accent Rug from Pippa Patchwork
  5. Mini Tissue Pom Garland from Make Home Base
  6. Exotic Flower and Pom Pom Straws from Clones n’ Clowns
  7. Crepe Paper Pom Pom Garland from Honestly Yum
  8. Pom Pom Monster Wands from Sew and the City
  9. Fuzzy Heart Art from Writing Chapter Three

Yarn Crafting on Cool2Craft TV

2-4-13 Yarn 4 up Cool2Craft

This week, the Cool2Craft design team is sharing four super fun yarn crafting ideas! Join EcoHeidi Borchers, Tiffany Windsor, Candace Jedrowicz, and Lisa Fulmer for this week’s online episode.

EcoHeidi is crafting a Yarn Votive & Pen Holder, Tiffany is creating a Yarn Bracelet and Wire Coil Earrings, Candace is making Yarn Bomb Pom Poms, and Lisa is crafting a Needlefelted Yarn Flower Greeting Card.

It’s easy to watch the Cool2Craft TV Channel right from your computer. Watch craft demos and join in the live chat at showtime at Cool2Craft.com. Monday February 4, 2013 – 9 am Pacific/10 am Mountain/11 am Central/noon Eastern.

You can also check out all these cool project tutorials and videos at FaveCrafts.com!