7 Steps To Creating a New Crochet Pattern


Family Bugs Crochet DesignsAs a crochet Pattern designer, I do not want to encourage you to create your own crochet patterns. I want you to buy and use MY crochet patterns. As a fellow artist, though, I get so exited with the prospect of a budding crochet designer and I want to help you all succeed! As with any craft, though, Crochet is very personalized. I have never seen two artists who hold their yarn and hook the same way. I think it’s great! Two people can be following the same pattern and still have very different results, especially if they apply their own artistic interpretation. So, while I’m going to give you my outline of designing a new crochet pattern, this method may not work for you at all.

Step 1: the idea

Probably the most important part of designing is knowing what you are going to be designing. It is impossible to sit down with hook and yarn and start crocheting and just *poof*, it’s a perfect Amigurumi puppy! No, that doesn’t happen. Have at least captured the ghost of an idea of what you want to make. It doesn’t have to be concrete, or set in stone, and you might not even be able to picture it in your head yet, and that’s ok.

Crochet toast bread patternI’m going to use my most recent pattern as an example. I’ve decided this year to make a bunch of smaller, Kawaii-styled (or emoji-like) toys and collectibles. Simple patterns that I can whip out in 2-3 days. That is my idea. I don’t even necessarily know exactly what I’m going to be making, but there are guidelines for me to follow for my next step: research.

Step 2: research

Has anyone made something like your idea before? Get on etsy, Pinterest, and google, and search some keywords. Find some inspiration, discover if you are creating something very original, or if there is a foundation pattern that you can build off of. Don’t copy someone else’s crochet pattern…that’s just asking for trouble. But, don’t be afraid to utilize the greats that have come before you, either. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

Crochet pen, pencil, and paper patternSo, I get daily emails from a national day calendar company. And I’ve decided to use these as my idea of what to create. January 23rd is National Handwriting Day. What is better for Handwriting than pencils and paper?! Part of the research is automatically done for me in this instance when I read the email. But then, I get online and I start searching “crochet Pencil pattern” and “crochet notebook paper” and I get quite a few hits. Not enough to deter me from creating my own, but enough for me to establish what I like and don’t like of each pattern presented. Research completed.

Step 3: know the elements

In order to design your own patterns properly, and save yourself a ton of frogs, you must know how the different crochet stitches interact with each other to create different shapes. That taller stitches like dc may work up quicker, but they leave too big of gaps between stitches to be good Amigurumi elements. You need to know that strategically placing increases and decreases can create bubbles or pockets, curves and bumps in a garment. That stuffed animals are usually completed in the round, while blankets are best worked in ROWs.

Crochet pickles emoji patternMy pickles needed bumps. I needed to know how to make bumps and it needed to be simple enough that I could teach or show someone else how to do it. That was an element of that particular pattern that I needed to know how to make myself in order to write the pattern for someone else to follow.

Step 4: record

Write it down. This is the fun part! I like to utilize my iPad or computer because it’s easier to backspace. I’ve also used pen and paper in the past, or as my circumstances dictate. Regardless of how you choose to record it, it is important to write as you go and correct as you need to. Do not rely on your memory.

Very rarely can I just whip out a new pattern without any frogging. More often than not, I will rework ROWs and RNDs several times before I get it just right. Sometimes, I might make the pattern to completion, and there’s just something “off” about it, so I’ll rework the whole pattern. I’m trying to make some ear warmers right now and I just can’t seem to get them right. I think I’ve reworked it four times already. So, be patient with the process, and don’t stress if you need to step away from it and come back later with fresh perspective.

Step 5: test

Rework the pattern at least once for yourself. Check the numbers and counting. Use stitch markers. Make the wording as easy to follow as you possibly can. Remember: you want to create something that is duplicateable. Then, for more complicated patterns, utilize other people as testers. They can catch spelling mistakes, inconsistencies, and confusing wording that you will miss. Don’t fret, you don’t have to pay them. There are plenty of people willing to test patterns for you for free. Just ask around.

From experience, if one tiny part of your pattern is wrong, people are gonna be confused. I’ve had a final row count that was off by 3-4 numbers, and getting an email of a very confused customer. Just because you can “make it work” doesn’t mean that other people are capable of doing that as well. So, get the numbers right, and make sure that the hdc’s and the dc’s are all where they need to be.

Step 6: photograph

Such a vital part of designing crochet Patterns is taking the pictures. Not only do you need the final product picture to entice buyers and followers, but it’s an excellent idea to take as-you-go pictures to help people follow along with you. Natural, indirect lighting, simple backdrop, no distractions. Don’t be afraid to get up close and personal with the yarn and hook. Pictures are always a good idea!

I’ve actually developed a nifty little system for taking as-I-go pictures for my crochet patterns. I’ve got a western-facing window by my workspace, and will open the curtains to let in the natural, indirect light. My iPad can take excellently detailed close-ups, especially with a couple of lenses attachments. And with a bit of neutral-colored fabric, my stage is set! Don’t be afraid to invest in resources that will help you out.

Step 7: publish

Pick your online platform and publish your crochet pattern. I utilize Etsy, Ravelry, and craftsy, but I’m sure that there are others that are excellent! Also: because I work primarily on my iPad and with erstwhile I have to use an app called “compress pdf”, and I export from pages. Once the file has been downloaded, I then have to send it to my iPad’s files (the cloud), where I can then access it from the Etsy browser (through Safari). It’s an involved process, but not a difficult one. Figure out what it takes to get your pattern where you need it to be so that your customer can get to it.

I also publish free crochet patterns on the blog from time-to-time. This requires copying, pasting, downloading most of the images, positioning the images, and reformatting a lot of times. Equally an involved process. But, my favorite thing about making patterns is that once the work is done, apart from answering a few questions (and maybe updating it), you never have to mess with again. It will continue to bring in revenue with very little effort on your part. One and done.

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So, there you have the Family Bugs system for creating new crochet patterns. Have you used this system to success? Do you have your own system for creating new patterns? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments below!

And if you have any additional questions about designing your own crochet pattern, I’m sure we can help you out with those, too.

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Crochet Fox Alice Pattern Review


Crochet Fauxy Fox patternMy mother-in-law is obsessed with foxes. When she first moved into town three years ago, she found a quaint little house to rent that was located on Fox Avenue. Of course, that was all the excuse she needed to go crazy with all the Fox things. Last year, I created this pattern of Fauxy for her as a Christmas gift, and I knew that started a tradition that would need to be continued for as long as I am able to create.

Since I’ve already got a crochet pattern in my library that I’ve designed, and because I really didn’t have the time to create another one, I went on the prowl. About two hours worth of research, I found this adorable fox Alice pattern from Aradyia. She has several wonderfully-made toys, and the details are just incredible. The plants vs. zombies patterns first grabbed my attention several years ago, and I’ve been an avid fan ever since. However, I had no reason to purchase one of her patterns until just recently.

Wowzers! That is really the only word I can use to describe this pattern. Not only is it available in several different languages (which was actually pretty pointless for me. I felt like I paid for five different patterns but can only use one), but the amount of detail and intricate instructions provided is just amazing. It is obvious that a ton of time, energy, and effort has gone into this particular crochet pattern and I’ve no doubt that she is equally as meticulous with all of her patterns.

Fox Alice crochet patternThis is not a simple pattern to follow, though. Definitely geared more towards the intermediately-skilled artist and not the beginner. While not difficult, there are some techniques that I have never come across before (notice the fox’s unique feet), and the terminology is a bit different than I am accustomed to. I was able to figure it out without any additional assistance.

I do have two complaints against this pattern. I started off making it with the “correct” hook and yarn size and when I realized just how large it was going to be, I switched to a larger hook and thicker yarn. I’m not going to torture myself in using tiny hooks for a project that is not going to be tiny. The images taken for the listing do not portray the finished size very well. My second complaint is how many pages and images are included in the pattern. It’s great for digital purposes, but if you want to print it out to have a hard-copy on hand, you are looking at 38 pages FULL of colored pictures. I like to print off my purchased patterns so that I always have them, but the size and nature of this particular pattern wasn’t worth it to me.

Aradyia crochet pattern reviewOverall, I highly recommend Aradyia’s crochet patterns for you to try out. The detailed instructions that she includes, and the very precise directions means a higher likelihood that you will be able to duplicate her pictured results. The finished toy is definitely going to be of high quality, just like the pattern is!

How To Personalize Your Crochet


Personalization is a VERY popular right now. The baby quilts with the names on them are stinking adorable! Vinyl stickers with the monogramed-style initials are showing up EVERYWHERE-computers, lunch boxes, yeti tumblers. Children’s clothes with the cute, unique phrases sewn onto them are making appearances in high end boutique stores across the country. And I am constantly coming back to the thought: how can I make my crochet personalized like that? It certainly is a challenge, and one I have considered a played around with for almost three years now. I’ve had some botched projects that weren’t worth the time and effort that I put into them. I’ve also had some wonderful projects that I probably could sell for $50, $60, even $70!! And who doesn’t dream of earning $70 for a two-hour crochet project? There are actually several different ways that you can personalize your crochet. And good news for you, I’m going to share them with you today!

The Bobble Stitch

Bobble Stitch BlanketProbably the best way to personalize a blanket is with strategically placed bobble stitches. You can do whole quotes, names, infant stats, subway art, and probably anything else that you can think of. I simply adore these blankets that say “you are my sunshine, my only sunshine”. The biggest downfall, I think, would be the amount of yarn needed to make all of those bobbles. Not a difficult stitch, but definitely a yarn-hungry and time-consuming kind of stitch.

Appliqué

Harry Potter Appliqué I’ve only seen these in two ways. Either someone cuts out the desired shape in felt and hand-sews or attaches it to the crochet fabric, or someone crochets a flat shape and adds it to some more crochet, or a different type of fabric. Like these Harry Potter scarf appliqués that I made recently (you can get the free pattern HERE), where I hand-sewed the crocheted neckties onto cotton onesies. So, you can crochet a flat image and attach it to an article of clothing, like what I have done with the neckties. Or, you can cut shapes out of felt and attach them to a crochet project, like these pumpkin hats.

Tapestry Crochet

This method of adding personalization can be very intimidating to beginner and intermediate crocheters alike. Usually done in single crochet stitches with several colors in smaller hook sizes. You are suppose to carry each color along with you, crocheting around them and the stitch you are working in. It sounds complicated, but as someone who has completed several pretty amazing tapestry crochet projects, it isn’t as difficult as it might sound. As long as you know how to change colors, you should be ok to complete something like this. There’s a ton of CUTE tapestry crochet projects, and as long as you can create or read a graph, you can make absolutely anything that you want to…You can check out a bunch of tapestry crochet styled projects on THIS blog post that I wrote earlier last week. This is a great way to do the monogrammed initials. Make dish-cloths, trivets, baby blankets, hats, bags, purses…anything that you can make in single crochet stitches, you can use tapestry crochet with.

Surface Crochet

Surface CrochetA fairly newer method of creating some beautiful details would be through surface crochet. I like how you don’t have to use single crochet stitches for this method to be effective (although it does work best). So, create your garment, and then go back and add slip stitches, or single crochet, or some other stitches will also result in unique patterns.

Cross Stitch

My least favorite method of personalizing crochet has to be cross stitching. So, how this works, is you create a garment from single crochet stitches, and then stitch your embroidery with a series of x’s sewn right into the fabric. While I may not be very fond of the finished look, this is a great way to add very precise edges on your work and can include a bunch of different embroidery techniques. Sewella has an excellent video tutorial about how to accomplish some beautiful projects with this method.

Tunisian Crochet

Personalized CrochetAnother method of personalization is a very unique form of crochet called Tunisian crochet. This is kind of a mix between crocheting and knitting. So, you know how knitting is done with two needles and you go back and forth between the two needles casting on one while casting off the other? Well, Tunisian Crochet is done with one hook, it’s still considered crochet more than knitting, but you do cast on the hook, and then cast off the hook. Once you figure out what you are doing, this is a fun way to add personalization to crochet. I like using this method for hat brims. Like tapestry crochet, each stitch can represent one square in a graph pattern. Here is a picture of some hats that I made several years ago for some dear friends.

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I love how versatile crochet is! With all of these different ways to personalize your crochet, you are bound to be at the top of your industry in no time. How adorable would it be to mix different methods into one product, to? I sure would love to see your finished personalized projects…share your pictures with me below

5 Projects to Make via the Tapestry Crochet Method


Tennessee State throw pillow crochet patternColor changing, while not inherently difficult can drive a crochet artist insane! If you’ve never learned how to do this properly, petals to picots has a simple tutorial that you can learn from. Tapestry crochet usually involves lots of different colors and a carrying of the yarn while you go. Lilla Bjorn Crochet has an excellent guide with very helpful pictures about how to do tapestry crochet. I actually used some simple tapestry crochet to create the Tennessee State throw pillow crochet pattern (although I do plan on creating a version that doesn’t involve any color changing (like the Texas one). This week’s post of “Telling Tuesday” is full of some beautiful Tapestry crochet patterns that you can complete yourself!

Tapestry coffee coziesIf you are wanting to start off small and simple, ladesideloops has some wonderful coffee cozies done in tapestry crochet. It’s great that this particular pattern also seems to include the entire alphabet, too!

Tapestry crochet beanieMy daughter is obsessed with elephants and I might need to make her one of these adorable tapestry crochet hats from Bowtykes. But, seriously, this is a great way to achieve the very popular “fair aisle” look that is so popular right now.

Tapestry coaster crochet patternAtelierSopra has several gorgeous coaster sets done in the tapestry method. I love how the complex combination of few colors make such wonderful patterns. These are great, small projects, to really master this particular skill of color changing and carrying yarn.

Tapestry crochet London city bagThere are so many gorgeous bags and purses that have been created via tapestry crochet that I really couldn’t pick a favorite. The possibilities are so vast and numerous, that you could probably work up any one of these patterns 50 different times and never result in the same pattern twice. While I am a big fan of the geometric and tribal patterns, this London skyline from CrochetShopCarolina is just incredible! I particularly love how Big Ben was designed, here.

There are so many different articles of crochet that have been spruced up via tapestry workings. Rugs, socks, sweaters, gloves, wall hangings, ornaments, toys, jewelry…if it can be created with single crochet stitches, it can be colored with tapestry methods. Do you have any favorite tapestry crochet projects? Please, share them in the comments below!

Ultimate List of Crochet Christmas Gifts


I adore crocheting gifts for my family and friends for the holidays. It requires a lot of thought, and effort, and consideration, which lets them know how much they mean to me. I have a lot of dear ones in my life and it’s fun for me to make something beautiful for them. Plus, ultimately, it saves me a ton of money, and my husband a ton of time (because he gets paid hourly from his second job, which supplies all of our extra spending money, and the more I spend, the more he has to work).

Sometimes, However, I am at a loss as to what to crochet for these dear friends of mine. Well, I did a little bit of research, and as always, you get to reap the benefits of my hard work. Because, I am compiling all of my research together to create a list on this very blog post about what to make for every single person in your life. Are you ready? It’s going to be a big one, so before you get started crochet yourself a hat real quick, put it on your head, and hold on to it, because it might get blown away!

GREETINGS These are so very popular right now. And people are LOVING the universal greetings like “Merry Everything” and “Happy Always”. You can use tapestry crochet, Tunisian crochet, embroidery machines, or remade appliqués.

GREENERY Bright emeralds, deep evergreens, wreaths, table centerpieces, and other decor items. There are TONS of crochet patterns in existence of such things.

MODERN FARMHOUSE Not only is this a very fashionable decor choice right now, but it translates very nicely into holiday-specific decor as well. There are some BEAUTIFUL tablecloths, curtains, and other decor that you can crochet to achieve this very look.

ANIMALS There are a ton of pet accessories available to find inspiration from either in stores or from the internet. People love their fur-babies, and to know that someone else loves their fur-baby too, will warm the heart of any fur-parent. Hats, collars, sweaters, toys.

GINGERBREAD I don’t get it, but it’s a thing, and a big thing right now. Crochet up a bunch to give out as favors, or figure out a way to make it interchangeable for small children to play with.

PERSONALIZATION You can’t ever go wrong by adding a name, or a unique phrase or saying, or the southern belle’s favorite: the monogram. There are lots of ways to add personalization to your crochet projects.

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ELECTRONICS As screens continue to trend on the rise, there is an electronic something suited to every person: ear buds, charging stations, sleeves and cases…I recently whipped out a necklace holder for my mother-in-law for her phone.

COFFEE Very few people do not drink coffee (Me, I don’t). A majority of this country’s population not only drinks coffee, but drinks it regularly, and is a bit obsessed with all things coffee: special grounds, personalized mugs, home decor. How cute would it be to make an amigurumi coffee mug for your good friend?

ROOM-SPECIFICS For the cook, make them kitchen-y things: trivets, potholders, dishtowel toppers. For the video gamer, try a vintage t-shirt applique or crochet a stuffed Nintendo control…you know, the old ones! Don’t forget the hostess with the mostest. If you have a friend who hosts parties or overnight guests often, you can crochet placemats, coasters, decorative pillows for their guest room.

OFFICE PARTNER Have a partner in crime that you only see 9-5? The best kind of gift here would be a tote bag, or even something job-specific.

TRAVELER We all have that one friend, who travels almost constantly! Probably their bags are getting worn out, or they don’t have a clever piece of luggage that would make their life easier? A crocheted overnight bag or make-up bag would be a lovely gift.

THE READER Obviously, bookmarks are a good idea…How many of us are always losing our bookmarks or leaving them inside of books? But also, book covers, book bags, maybe something specific from a favorite book?

GARDENER I know it’s hard to think about plants in the dead of winter, but this can be a great time to find for-sale crochet patterns in this department: Vegetable-shaped pillows would be fun, or clever little identifiers for their plants (made with acrylic yarn, of course, so that the weather doesn’t ruin them).

CHILDREN Having thee children myself, I think it is immensely easy to crochet gifts for such. However, if you don’t spend a lot of time around children, this can be a challenge: Dress-up clothes, puppets, dolls, blankets, slippers, hats, gloves (my kids LOVE wearing gloves and hats, and each have several to pick and choose from).

GENERIC GIFTS if your person doesn’t fit in any of these categories, leave me a comment below, and we can CREATE that category. In the meantime, you can’t go wrong by crocheting fun slippers, personalized drink cozies, or practical gloves.

Princess Leia *FREE* Crochet Pattern (part 1)


I love returning customers! They know how to work with me, and not only do they know what I am capable of creating, but they appreciate the time and effort that I put into something. When a previous customer comes to me, I will put them top of my list and fulfill their requests first, every time. Not to mention the 15% discount that these returning customers get to enjoy time and time again! There are perks to being a loyal Family Bugs fan for sure.

I might adore custom requests even more! So many times I have very many ideas of what to crochet next floating in my head. So many ideas, in fact, that I struggle to narrow it down to just one, or find difficulty in focusing on just one through to completion. I cannot even number how many works in progress I have going on right now, and I just purged my closet, throwing away several of these wips! So, when someone make a specific request, saying “can you please make me something?” I put it at thetop of my “to design” list, and then I have a deadline, and the motivation to get it done! Because I know a very specific person is just waiting for me!

So, when a returning customer asked me earlier this month to make a Princess Leia Crochet Costume for her 3-mo daughter for Halloween, I knew I just had to do it. And I also knew that the pattern had to be available for all of my wonderful fans as well! It fits right in with my disney princess collection, too! Because there are so many parts involved in this costume, however, I’ve broken it down into two parts. This is the first part consisting of the dress pattern, and in a couple of days I will be publishing the second part which will contain the crochet patterns for the light saber and Princess Leia’s iconic braided hair/hat/wig.

You will need a size h crochet hook, and worsted weight yarn in white and grey. That’s it. As far as materials go, this is a pretty simple pattern. I have also tried to stick with basic crochet stitches: ch, ss, sc, dc, dc2tog, and increases. As with all of my crochet patterns, my goal is to keep the directions as simple as possible. So if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email 😊

SKIRT

Designer notes: Dress is worked from the bottom up. Using white Ch 78
RND 1: Sc in second ch from hook and all the way across. (77) Being careful not to twist, Ss to first sc to join into a large circle
RND 2: ch 2, dc all the way around (77), ss to first to join
Designer’s note: If you want to add length to the skirt, for an exceptionally long infant, or just because you want it longer, this is where you should add in. Just repeat RND 2.
RNDs 3-10 Work 3 dc2tog somewhere in each RND. Ss to first to join, ch 2. Final stitch count after RND 10 should be 54

BODICE

RND 11: dc all the way around (54) color change to grey, ss to first to join, ch 1
RND 12: sc all the way around (54), ss to first to join, ch 1
RND 13: sc all the way around (54), color change back to white, ss to first to join, ch 2

RNDs 14-19: dc all the way around (54), ss to first to join, ch 2. Finish off after RND 19

STRAPS

Make two: Ch 17. Dc in third ch from hook, Dc in each stitch across (15). Finish off. Attach both Dc chains into the bodice with 13 stitches in between in front and back; 9 stitches in the underarm.
Insert white anywhere along the neckline and repeat the following all the way around: Ch 3, skip next stitch and ss in the second for a total of 24 ruffles.

SLEEVES

RND 1: Insert hook in the back corner where the strap meets the bodice. Sc all the way around the arm hole (25), ss to first to join and ch 2
RNDs 2-13: dc all the way around (25), ss to first to join, ch 2. Finish off after RND 13.

EMBELLISHMENTS

Princess Leia’s dress has these three grey circles right along the belt of her dress. Make two of the smaller ones, and one of the larger circles.

RND 1: ch 2, work 7 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook (7), ss to first to join and ch 1

RND 2: inc all the way around (14), ss to first to join. Finish off to form the smaller circle, ch 1 and continue to RND 3 for the larger circle

RND 3: *inc, sc 1* all the way around (21), ss to first to join and finish off.

Attach the larger circle in front center of the grey waist band. Attach the two smaller circles on either side.

Why Should I Crochet Something For the Holidays?


I don’t know how many of you are subscribed to the Etsy Seller Tips Newsletter. If you are not, I highly recommend getting yourself on that list. I would consider this newsletter to be a must-have for everyone who has an etsy shop, or online store. They always have some great ideas and suggestions for optimizing, and bettering what’s already going on.

I’ve not really been much of one for holiday-specific crafting. Or on keeping track of international holidays, or the big holidays that other countries might celebrate. I might be the definition of a selfish American here. However, after reading their latest article on key shopping dates, I have decided to make this a priority for the new year.

Obviously, it’s too late now to start working towards monthly holidays. My to-make list is way too big for me to finish this year, and that’s just considering gifts for my family, and current WIP (works in progress). But definitely, a New Year’s resolution for the Family Bugs Crochet Designs business (FBCD, can I do that?)

So, I’m not going to plagiarize and copy off every relevant fact that the article shares, but to find out that “Halloween” was searched on Etsy more than “Mothers” or “Father’s Day” definitely hit a cord with me. Hhmmnn…maybe there is something to this holiday-specific thing than I’ve given it credit for.

Like a good aspiring business-woman, I also follow several “coaches” for lack of a better term. All of them are currently talking about how to gear up for holiday sales. There is definitely something worth considering here. I mean, I knew that there was a spike in people looking for Christmas presents…it’s a big deal. But, for Halloween, Thanksgiving, New Years, and then fall and winter in general? I am definitely going to have to up my crochet pattern designing game!

I used to pride myself in having generic crochet patterns that weren’t holiday-specific, but now I am beginning to understand that these types of items can bring me a boost in sales, and also profits. Everyone likes seeing a little extra profit. And people are willing to spend more money during the holidays.

Plus, the winter months are perfect for crocheters, the weather is cold, the sky is dark, people stay in-doors more, and have more time to hook like they want to. And those that aren’t fanatics about the craft, like I am, will be more in the mood to create sweaters, and scarfs, and cold-weather attire like that.

So, there is something that you can look forward to from the FBCD business in the next year! More holiday-specific crochet patterns. Since I’m doing really well with my state pillows, I may continue on with this trend. Or, you might get to see some Family Bug’s originals as I continue to do research and plan for the future 🙂

Thanksgiving Crochet Pattern Round-upi


From turkeys to cornucopias, pilgrims and Indians, to pumpkins and gourds…Thanksgiving is looming ever nearer! But if you are tired of crocheting the same old generic pumpkins and giant turkeys, why not try these crochet patterns to spruce up your holiday decor!

I really enjoy this Harvest Crow from PamsPatterns. Definitely not your typical Thanksgiving decor, but with scare-crows and sunflowers being very much “fall”, I think he fits right in. Plus, he looks pretty well-done from what I can see.

The idea of newborn cocoons is a fun one. They are so versatile. My kids were all a bit too old by the time I discovered the novelty, so I’m not sure how practical they are…but definitely great for photo shoots. This corn on the cob cocoon from June Bugs Crochet is definitely different and worth considering for all of your baby needs. I think if you were to swaddle the baby, then wriggle them into the cocoon, it might make for easier passing around to the relatives (if you are so inclined).

Is there such a thing as “thanksgiving gift giving”? I’ve never heard of it, but for the more generous of you out there, this gift basket from Yarnovations might be a must!

I love most of Planet June’s patterns. I’m not sure what these mushrooms have to do with thanksgiving, but they are pretty adorable and very well-done to boot. I definitely recommend checking out all of her patterns!

There aren’t a whole lot of crochet wreaths out in the market. There might be a desire for them, if done properly (hint, hint). This fall-themed one by Crochet Shop Carolina would be adorable on someone’s door to welcome feast goers for sure! I’m not sure if the little animal is suppose to be a hedgehog or a possum, but either way it’s pretty cute…oh, if I were to actually read the description, it is a hedgehog 😛

This acorn pattern by Caper Crochet is absolutely precious! How much fun would it be to make up a bunch of these, give them to the children attending your feast, and letting them pelt each other (preferably not within reach of breakables…so, send them outside!)? OR, as favors for all of your visitors. Whatever you want to use them for, I love it!

These cow dolls from Pams Crochet might be one of the best things Ive come across in a long time. They are patriotic, and summery, and Christmas-y, and halloween-y, and a bit of some thanksgiving-Ness thrown in there too. This is how I need to be marketing all of my crochet dolls 😛

I think we need to work together to expand this list! Please, find some “interesting” crochet patterns that are marketed as Thanksgiving, or fall. Comment below with your treasures, and not only will I edit this post to include it, but I will also include a link back to you. So, free publicity on your part, and a really fun, interactive, list on my part.

Harry Potter Newborn Hat and Necktie Onesies


When one of my dearest childhood friends announced recently that he is expecting twins, I knew exactly what I needed to make him for a baby gift. It needed to have something to do with Harry Potter, because him and his wife adore the wizard in world and even had a subtle undertone of such at their wedding a couple years ago. It needs to be gender neutral, or easily transferred to the other gender, since it’s still too early to know for certain, AND dr’s still mess up from time-to-time. It really was a no-brained. I’m going to make them some Harry Potter beanies (with removable flower clips). As I did some quick research, I also decided to make some necktie appliqués that I could sew onto some onesies to make it a more complete “costume”. So, like always, you guys get to enjoy the patterns 😊

Materials Needed

  • Three different hook sizes: K/6.5, J/6.0, E/3.5
  • Worsted weight yarn in the proper colors: Slytherin – Green and Grey, Ravenclaw – Blue and White, Hufflepuff – Yellow and Black, Gryffindor – Maroon and Gold
  • Hair clippers for the flowers
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends and attaching the appliqués to the onesies
  • Onesies in newborn sizes

Basic Hat

With the J/6.0 sized hook, choose which colors you want to use, and starting with the main color (which is listed first in the list above ^), ch 2.

RND 1: Work 8 sc stitches all in the second ch from hook (8), do not ss to join, do not ch 1, do not turn. These hats are worked in one continuous round. Use a stitch marker if you need to keep track of the start of each RND.

RND 2: Work 2 sc stitches in each stitch around (16)

RND 3: Hdc 1, *Work 2 dc in the next, dc 1* (24)

RND 4: *Dc 2, Work 2 dc in the next* (32)

RNDs 5-11: dc all the way around (32, 224 total)

Finish Off: hdc, sc, ss, finish off.

Making the Stripe

With the largest hook (K/6.5 MM) and secondary color, starting at the bottom of the hat and working in 5e middle of the dc stitches, LOOSELY ss all the way up.

The Flower

With the smaller E/3.5 sized hook and starting with the paler color (grey, gold, yellow, or white)

RND 1: ch 2, Work 10 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook. Ss to first to join.

Color change to the darker color (green, maroon, black, or blue, respectively)

For each petal: *ch 2, dc in same stitch, dc, ch 2, ss in same stitch, ss* Repeat four more times to make five petals

Finish off and attach to the hair clippies

The Necktie

With the E/3.5 sized hook, and main color, ch 10

ROW 1: skipping second ch from hook and sc 7, sc2tog (8), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 2: sc 6, sc2tog (7), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 3: sc 5, sc2tog (6), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 4: sc 4, sc2tog (5), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 5: sc 3, sc2tog (4), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 6: sc 2, sc2tog (3), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 7: sc all the way across (3), ch 1 and turn

ROW 8: inc, sc 2 (4), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 9: sc across (4), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 10: sc 3, inc (5), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 11: sc across (5), ch 1 and turn

ROW 12: inc, sc 4 (6), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 13: sc across (6), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 14: sc 5, inc (7)ch 1 and turn.

ROW 15: sc across (7) ch 1 and turn.

ROW 16: inc, sc 6 (8), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 17: sc across (8) ch 1 and turn.

ROW 18: sc 7, inc (9) ch 1 and turn.

ROW 19: sc across (9), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 20: sc2tog, sc 5, sc2tog (7), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 21: sc2tog, sc 3, sc2tog (5), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 22: sc2tog, sc 1, sc2tog (3), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 23: sc3tog (1), ch 1 and finish off

With a yarn needle, take some of the secondary color and stitch the stripes into the Necktie

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You can do whatever you want with it, now. I decided to hand-sew the neckties onto some newborn onesies using the main colors. I’d LOVE to see what sort of crafts you do with these Necktie appliqués, so share your pictures, and you might just get featured in my monthly newsletter!