The 8 Best Knitting and Crochet Patterns for Mom

Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away – have you started crafting for mom yet? You still have time to knit or crochet a fabulous gift, and we have just the patterns to help you! These handmade projects will touch mom’s heart and let her know just how much you appreciate everything she does.

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Knitters, are your mom’s feet constantly cold? Keep her warm with the Scandinavian Slippers, knit using easy mitered squares. Worsted weight yarn will have these babies off your needles in no time. Pair this gift with a fancy mother-daughter pedicure to really treat mom’s feet!

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Crocheters, if your mom is a jewelry aficionado, the Creative Crochet Beaded Necklace will be right up her alley. The crochet is worked around the beads, bringing two fun crafts together in one unique project. Give this gorgeous necklace to mom with a pair of sparkly matching earrings for a cute set.

Starter Socks

The Starter Socks are another great way to show mom how much you care. These are the perfect socks for a new sock knitter, and they’re extra comfy to boot. Add a DVD of mom’s favorite movie and some popcorn, and you have a cozy night and fun quality time. For an even better value, you could knit mom several pairs of socks with the convenient Sock Pattern Collection!

Victorian lace

Give mom the gift of organization with the crocheted Victorian Lace Card Holder. She can stash all her punch cards, gift cards, credit cards, or business cards inside to keep her purse tidy and her things handy. Pair it with a gift card to her favorite spa or restaurant for a winning combination she’ll really enjoy!

Victorian ruffles

The Victorian Ruffles Pillow is a warm and comfy gift mom will love. Knit it in her favorite color and she’ll be proud to show it off to anyone who stops by for a visit. Wrap it with a book she’s been excited to read, and you have a thoughtful gift that will bring a smile to her face.

Mountain shadoes

The Mountain Shadows Bracelet is another piece of pretty crocheted jewelry perfect for mom. Sparkling beads accent the edges, and a clever button makes the size easy to adjust. Take mom out for a manicure, and she’ll be showing off her hands (and wrist!) all day.

Vacation

If your mom is always on-the-go, the Vacation Project Bag is a wonderful gift that will help her keep her necessities in place. If she’s also a knitter, she can stash her current work-in-progress inside, but if she’s not, this bag makes the perfect travel purse! Put some wallet-sized photos of the family inside to set this handmade gift apart and make it even more special.

Cute and Classic

Finally, the Cute and Classic Clutch is a clever  gift that will make mom swoon. The sweet hearts in the crocheted motifs are a darling way to show your love. Slip a thoughtful note inside before you give it to her, and you’re sure to bring tears of joy to her eyes.

What are you making for mom this year? We’d love to hear your knit or crocheted gift ideas!

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Fishbowl Beanie Crochet Along – Gone fishin’

My Fishbowl Beanie is finished! I finally stitched all the fins onto my guppies, and they turned out super cute.

Fishbowl hat - guppies no eyes

I decided to leave the back and belly fins off the yellow and pink fish to give them a simpler look. However, the ruffle fin matched perfectly with the scalloped tail fin on my blue fish, so he has his own signature style.

Fishbowl hat - guppies with eyes

I thought my little fishies were adorable without faces, but after I added their eyes they seemed to have so much more personality.

This was my first attempt at adding French knots to a crochet project, and I couldn’t quite get them to work. However, I found that doubling the black yarn and threading it up through the bottom of a single crochet stitch, then down through the top of that same stitch a few times worked really well for the eyes.

Fishbowl hat - done

I crocheted a few quick chains to attach my guppies to the top of the hat, and then started smiling ear to ear. How could I not?! This hat is so much fun!

Fishbowl hat - Jasmine

My daughter was even more excited about it than I was, and she put it on as soon as she saw it. Then, she asked if I could make her another little fish as a toy. Of course I will! Thankfully, a crocheter’s work is never done, and I’m looking forward to mixing and matching a few more guppies for her to play with.

Have you finished your Fishbowl Beanie? If you didn’t get to join us in the crochet along, you can still order your Fishbowl Beanie kit and make this cute hat for a kiddo in your life. Each kit has enough yarn to make at least 2 hats, or maybe even 3 depending on the sizes you make, so you could make a whole set! I just might make another for a lucky niece or nephew…

Earth Day Tutorial – Save energy with dryer balls!

When I first heard about DIY dryer balls from my friend Megan, I jumped at the chance to do a good deed for the environment AND make something fun with yarn. Dryer balls are felted wool balls you put in the dryer with your laundry. They reduce your drying time and help to cut down on static cling, so you can eliminate the irritating chemicals found in dryer sheets while saving energy. That’s a win-win for the Earth and your wallet!

Making dryer balls is fun, fast, and easy. You only need a few materials, and you can probably find them around your house.

You’ll need:

  • Non-superwash (feltable, not machine-washable) wool yarn or roving
  • A pair of old pantyhose
  • Scissors
  • A washer and dryer
  • Laundry detergent

Dryer - pre felt in bowl

First, wind your wool yarn or roving into balls about 4″ in diameter, and tuck the end under a few strands of yarn to secure it. You’ll need about 5 or 6 to effectively cut down on drying time.

Dryer - pre felt with pantyhose

Next, cut one leg off your pantyhose. This will help the balls hold their shape while they’re felting.

Dryer - in pantyhose

Now, insert one ball into the tube of pantyhose, all the way down to the toe. Tie a knot in the pantyhose just above the ball. Insert the next ball into the tube, all the way down to the first knot, and tie another knot just above the second ball.

Continue inserting balls into the tube and tying knots between them. Tie a knot just above the last ball to secure it inside the pantyhose.

Put your tube of wool balls into the washer with a small amount of detergent and a few towels that need to be washed. The towels will provide extra agitation to speed up the felting process. You’ll need to use the hottest setting and longest cycle, but by felting your dryer balls with a load of laundry, you’re not wasting water or energy!

When the wash cycle is finished, throw your wool balls and towels into the dryer and put it on the hottest setting. When they’re finished drying, untie or cut the pantyhose to see your brand new dryer balls! They may felt to the pantyhose a bit, but you can pull them off fairly easily. Look at all this felty goodness!

Dryer - after felting

You may need to repeat this process until they are felted properly and will not unravel, but mine only took one cycle.

I keep my felted balls inside the dryer and simply toss my laundry in with them. My clothes dry faster and come out soft and static-free.

If you have some feltable yarn you’re not going to use, try making dryer balls to save energy and cut back on the chemicals used in your laundry. The Earth, and your bank account, will thank you!

Charity Spotlight – Knit or crochet for baby birds with WildCare

Spring is here, and while that means blooming gardens and warmer weather, it’s also “baby bird season” for wildlife hospitals all over America. These hospitals care for abandoned nestlings by feeding them and providing makeshift nests to keep them warm. If you’re a crafty bird lover, you can help these precious baby birds by knitting or crocheting nests and donating them to WildCare!

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Photo by Melanie Piazza

WildCare is an incredible organization that educates people about wildlife and treats sick or injured animals. Later this month, they’ll put out a call for wool nests that will either be used in their own animal hospital or donated to bird rehab centers across the country. Sign up for their email list so you’ll know when they start accepting nests this spring.

These adorable nests are fantastic stash-busters, and since felted nests are best, they’re a great way to hone your felting skills! Birds’ feet can get caught in loosely knit or crocheted fabric, so tightly stitched nests are preferred if you can’t felt them. The nests work up in a flash, and you’ll feel good knowing that your yarn scraps went to good use!

Have you ever knit or crocheted a nest for charity? Tell us your experiences here or on Facebook! We’d love to hear your story!

A note about baby birds – It can be difficult to tell if a baby bird has been abandoned. If you find a young bird you think may be an orphan, you can contact WildCare’s hotline or your local wildlife center, and they can assist you in determining if it needs help or not.

Fishbowl Beanie Crochet Along – Fish parts

I’m thisclose to finishing my Fishbowl Beanie! My daughter has been asking about it nonstop, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to sew the little guppies together this past week. I made all the pieces, but I always procrastinate when it comes to sewing my crochet projects.

Fishbowl hat - fish bodies
Yellow, pink, and teal guppies

I love how this pattern encourages you to mix and match the different fins and tails to create your own unique guppies!

Right now, my project bag has more fish parts in it than a sushi restaurant. I made one fin in each style, which is more than I need for my three guppies, so I’ll have to decide which ones make the cut.

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Fishbowl Beanie

I hope you’re having as much fun as I am crocheting your Fishbowl Beanie! As always, you can share your progress with us here or on Facebook, and if you haven’t started yet, you still have time to get your Fishbowl Beanie kit and make this adorable hat for a special child in your life. Each kit has enough yarn to make 2 or 3 hats, depending on the sizes, so you could even make several for a special trip to the aquarium!

Fishbowl Beanie Crochet Along – Adjusting the size

I didn’t get as much crochet time as I wanted over the past week, but I did manage to finish everything but the fish on my Fishbowl Beanie!

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Fishbowl Beanie

This cute hat is for my daughter, who’s almost 5, so I made it a little larger. If you’re also making one for a bigger kid, adjusting the size is super simple. I followed the instructions for the Toddler size, but after round 8 I added another increase round as follows:

Rnd 9: *Hdc 7, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * 7 more times. (72 sts)

Then, I worked even in hdc for a couple inches so I could see if it would be big enough. My kiddo tried it on for me, and we were both happy to see that looked like it would fit perfectly (after finishing the body of the hat, of course)! I followed the pattern instructions from here and had her try it on again before I changed to the tan yarn.

Fishbowl Hat - brim

It’s about 20″ around and it fit like a glove (or a well-fitted hat), so I changed colors to start the brim. I liked my color change best when I used color B to work a slip stitch and single crochet into the first stitch before single crocheting around. The brim worked up in a flash, and I love the alternating large and small scallops along the edge!

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In fact, I loved the brim and body of the hat so much that I couldn’t wait to add the seagrass to finish it up. I crocheted three pieces of seagrass, pretty evenly spaced around the hat, and tacked them in place.

This coming week, I’ll crochet the adorable little guppies to put the finishing touch on this fun project. My daughter can’t wait to wear it, and I can’t wait to see it all come together! If you haven’t started this cute hat yet, you still have time to get your Fishbowl Beanie kit and join me in making one for a special kiddo in your life. It will definitely make them smile!

How is your hat coming along? We’d love to see pictures or updates, so let us know how it’s going here or on Facebook. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Fishbowl Beanie Crochet Along – Starting today!

I can’t wait to grab my hook and start my Fishbowl Beanie later today! I’m making this adorable hat for my 4 year old daughter, and she got the biggest smile on her face when I showed her the picture. Who can blame her? This pattern will brighten up any day.

Fishbowl Beanie
Fishbowl Beanie

Although this cutie is sized from Preemie to Toddler, I may need to make it a little larger because my girl is not exactly a toddler anymore (*sniff*). However, that’ll be pretty easy, and I’ll explain the process next week just in case anyone else is making this hat for a bigger kid.

Fishbowl Hat - yarn
Ready to crochet!

I whipped up my gauge swatch earlier today, and I realized that my gauge with an H hook was slightly tighter than the pattern calls for. I got 14 stitches in 4 inches instead of 13 stitches like the pattern requires. I went up to an I hook and got the right gauge, but I liked my fabric with the H hook a little better. Since I’ll be altering the size anyways, I decided to go with the H hook even though it made my gauge a bit tighter.

Fishbowl hat - gauge swatch
Crocheted with my H hook

I hope you’ll join me in making a Fishbowl Beanie for a special child in your life! This adorable project comes in a handy kit, making the yarn selection easy. The best part is that each kit has enough yarn to make 2 (or maybe even 3) hats, depending on the size!

Share your progress with us here, on Facebook, or email us at mail@loveofcrochet.com to let us know how it’s going. We can’t wait to hear from you!