13 Beautiful Crochet Pattern Books

13 Beautiful Crochet Pattern Books

No doubt after a year of cocooning, you’re ready for something new to make. How about treating yourself to some beautiful crochet pattern books? Crochet lovers, here are 11 crochet books to get inspired, improve your crochet skills, make some interesting project...
Mood-lifting DIY Projects

Mood-lifting DIY Projects

A touch of delight goes a long way. Brighten up your day with these mood-lifting DIY projects. Fun to make, receive and use. Give some away and put a smile on everyone’s face. My best mood-lifting DIY Project is this: Relax Tea Recipe This Relax Tea Recipe...
How Long Should a Scarf be?

How Long Should a Scarf be?

As I am working on my new cabled design, I’m thinking “How long should a scarf be, actually? — It’s a common question for all knitters and crochet-lovers at some stage in their knitting career. :-) Let’s think through what would make a...
How to Make Pompoms

How to Make Pompoms

How to make pompoms is as easy as 1, 2, 3.  Once confined to crafting workshops at summer camps only, these colorful, soft and fluffy bits of whimsy have made a comeback. Or rather, pompoms have taken the centerstage in fashion and home décor. 01 of 3 Preparation...
DIY Zafu with Buckwheat Hulls

DIY Zafu with Buckwheat Hulls

Long time Reader Andrea Cunningham send me her story about her adventures in DIY Zafu making with buckwheat hulls. And I thought to it would be share it with you today, to encourage you to make one too. We all can do with a bit of extra meditation. And knowing how to...
Last-Minute Free Holiday Cards

Last-Minute Free Holiday Cards

Just designed you two new last-minute free holiday cards to send digitally to your friends. Hope you enjoy. Last-Minute Free Holiday Card for kids Last-Minute Free Holiday Card for friends, neighbours, and clients For more design choices, also see: 10 Styles of Free...
DIY Hoop Wreath to Spruce up your Decor

DIY Hoop Wreath to Spruce up your Decor

It’s Canadian Thanksgiving tomorrow, and we do like to celebrate that a little, no matter where we live. And what better way than with a bit of turkey, maple syrup-something and … a DIY Hoop Wreath for our front door — or our living room door —...
How to Make an Embellished Recycled Sweater Blanket

How to Make an Embellished Recycled Sweater Blanket

Do you need a tutorial on how to make an embellished recycled sweater blanket to deal with that growing pile of sweaters and old clothes in the hallway?! Here it is. Many of us have cleaned out our closets in this pandemic. Often, much-loved sweaters have worn elbows,...
House Slippers Knitting Pattern with Pompoms

House Slippers Knitting Pattern with Pompoms

POMPOM ALERT! I decided this morning that my house slippers would benefit from some extra pizazz, so I added some pompoms a la Dolce Gabbana. I went for a color splash with canary yellow. House Slippers Knitting Pattern with Pompoms Like them? OK. I did have some fun...
Top 9 Toy Animal Sewing Patterns

Top 9 Toy Animal Sewing Patterns

Toy Animal Sewing Patterns Page, Updated June 2021 :: This fun article is for critters to make from fabric or felt. With friends who have little babies, I have been looking into ‘sewing for baby’ – ideas. One of the things on my list is to design some quilted toy...
Which Compost is Best for You?

Which Compost is Best for You?

Because today is Earth Day, here’s an eco-friendly gardening tutorial to help green Mother Earth and to enhance your passion for gardening. Because growing fruit & vegetables is so much more so fun, when the plants reward you with an abundance of produce! And to...
American Flag Crochet Pillow Pattern

American Flag Crochet Pillow Pattern

Celebrating 4th of July at home this year does not mean it has to be boring. Make your backyard extra festive. Knock up a few of these happy stars and stripes wonders with this super simple American flag crochet pillow pattern. I love this pattern: it’s bright,...
How to Make Mandala Drawing Step-by-Step

How to Make Mandala Drawing Step-by-Step

Learn how to make a mandala drawing step-by-step. It is easy. A mandala is a circular pattern that goes out and out with further embellishments. Drawing mandalas, crocheting or knitting them, is fun. It’s soulful and meditative. Buddhist monks create mandalas...
How to Find Substitute Yarns

How to Find Substitute Yarns

It drives me crazy. At times. I mean… how dare yarn sellers run out of stock of exactly that yarn that I need to make a pattern? Can you believe it?! Yes, I can. But, in reality, we don’t need to be annoyed at all. It’s an adventure!!! Cauz.. we can...
Can Anyone Guess Where This is Going?

Can Anyone Guess Where This is Going?

Can anyone guess where this is going? It’s one of my first experiments with free-form crochet, but certainly not my first creation with crochet flowers! Love how this is coming out… Just as glamorous as my inspiration for it. Whom? Can you guess?!!...
How to Crochet a Rag Rug

How to Crochet a Rag Rug

Let me show you how to make a rag rug with crochet – easy pattern for a Modern Rag Rug that uses up all your old rags. Now that we are in isolation, there is no bringing old clothes to the thrift shops. Last years’ kids T-shirts that no one fits, work...
Is Insul Bright Safe for a Face Mask?

Is Insul Bright Safe for a Face Mask?

Reader Michelle just asked me today: “Is Insul Bright safe to make a face mask out of, like if I were to put it in the middle as a filter?” Great question!!! But, is Insul Bright Safe for a Face Mask? My short answer is: no. And I have a couple of reasons...
Crochet Braid Puff Stitch Tutorial

Crochet Braid Puff Stitch Tutorial

In today’s Crochet Braid Puff Stitch Tutorial, you will learn something new, i.e. to create this gorgeous braided look with crochet! You could have fooled me: I really thought this was braided with many strands of yarn, into a thick tapestry type of yarn work....
Summer Crochet Hat Design

Summer Crochet Hat Design

I can’t help myself. With this gorgeous weather in the UK and me alternating between playing with the flowers in my garden and creating a new summer crochet hat design, I feel it’s like summer and I’m on vacation! Summer Crochet Hat Design...
The 20 BEST Graduation Party Ideas

The 20 BEST Graduation Party Ideas

Here are 20+ of the Best Graduation Party Ideas. They range from elegant flower table center pieces, to practical popcorn stands, to fabulous party lighting. They are not in order of greatness, but grouped by party aspect. Updated article Graduation Party Ideas for...
Easy Rock Painting Ideas

Easy Rock Painting Ideas

OK. Coronavirus. Home all day. Only so much knitting and crochet you can do in a day before your fingers hurt. Let’s do something else for a change. OK? Here are some easy rock painting ideas to pass time. Rocks as Acts of Kindness And to create uplifting...
Ask A Question Day – Knitting or Crochet

Ask A Question Day – Knitting or Crochet

Hiya all! It’s March 14, international Ask a Question Day – Knitting or Crochet: What do you want to know? Ideas for a new project? Stuck with a current project and need help? Like to discover a new stitch? Leave me a comment below, and I’ll publish...
One Skein Scarf Knitting Pattern with Stripes

One Skein Scarf Knitting Pattern with Stripes

Finally a new scarf on the blog! Overdue post for FineCraftGuild! But beautiful, I think, this one skein scarf knitting pattern with stripes. Lovely stripes, I might add. And the look of the scarf changes dramatically dependent on how you are wearing it. One Skein...
Sleep Socks Knitting Pattern

Sleep Socks Knitting Pattern

I am sharing a family heirloom with you today: an easy peasy knitting pattern to make your own sleep socks or house slippers. These knitted slippers have been in my family for ages, and I think all my nephews and nieces now have a pair or two. Uncles and aunts too....