So you think doilies are for little old ladies? Well doilies have been around since before that little old lady you know, and there are good reasons that they are still with us today. Doilies add joy to our surroundings. In our stark modern homes a surface with a modern doily adds a bit of beauty. Looking at a doily and how all its exquisite little stitches form a pleasing pattern gives us joy (especially if we enjoy crocheting). Staring at a doily is like staring at a mandala: it is mesmerizing. And when we are looking to protect our wood furniture from stains and scratches, our doilies most certainly serve a very useful purpose.
Wall hangings are an easy DIY project! They’re quick to do, and craft versions don’t require any knitting or crochet knowledge. Below are some of our favorite free patterns to decorate your walls.
It’s almost summer in the Northern Hemisphere, which means that families are about to start taking vacations! Whether you’re going for a week away to a remote area, or just a day trip to the nearest city, we’ve got you covered with a variety of crochet and knit projects.
We chose projects that are easier to pick up and put down as you travel, with few color changes and with pieces that are easy to carry with you. Also, we’ve put down some estimates for times these projects take. These are just estimates and the actual time will vary based on your experience, how distracted you are, and so on.
No matter how expert the knitter/crocheter, mistakes happen. The dilemma then becomes a question of what to do: Leave the mistake and keep working or go back and fix it? The problem is compounded when the mistake is several rows back.
Here is a collection of colorful crafty ideas from the Red Heart website. Hope you find an idea that your kids, grandkids or neighborhood kiddos will enjoy! It’s always fun to see kids become absorbed in the creative process. Just be sure not to frustrate them with projects that are beyond their dexterity level.
We love rainbows! Crochet these colorful projects to bring colors inside your home and celebrate your individuality.
All crochet and knit patterns shown are free to download. Click on the image to go to the pattern page for more information and the PDF. Continue reading “The Rainbow Collection”
I’d like to tell you a little about how we came to do our look book, Create with Color. We know that everyone has their own sense of style and would like their home to reflect that style. Since you are knitters and crocheters, we wanted to illustrate how the same throw or home décor items can work in different room surroundings. Of course, you have the added opportunity to change the colors to whatever you like. We used Super Saver and With Love so that there would be plenty of color choices.
It’s almost summer, which means it’s time for the beach! Whether you go to the ocean, a lake, a river, or a pool, we have free crochet and knit patterns for you to make.
Continue reading “Summer Seaside Pattern Round-Up”
I come from a long generation of fiber artists: my great-grandmother crocheted, my grandmother knit, and both my mom and my aunt crochet as well. I remember being 5 years old and seeing these gorgeous, brightly colored afghans all around my great-grandmother’s house. She kept them on the sofa, on chairs, and at least one in each bedroom. Everyone in my family has used Susan Bates hooks, so it just seemed natural that I would gravitate towards them too.