Quick Gift Roundup

Hey!

 

This post and my next couple are going to be focused on rapid-fire gift giving! I know I ran out of time this year, didn’t you? Well, I’m here to help you out really quickly (since there is still so much left to do!) and toss up 5 quick present ideas that you can crochet that AREN’T a hat or scarf! Because while hats and scarves are super rad, they’re not a catch-all gift and it’s nice to have other quick projects in the repertoire, wouldn’t you agree? Also, not all hats and scarves fit, either physically or stylistically. So here are 5 FREE PATTERNS that make super cool presents that don’t take a heck of a lot of time to finish up and require no sizing specifications. Christmas is on Monday and I know you have a ton of stuff to do, so without further ado…

 

  1. Crochet leather coasters from Make and Do Crew

These DIY leather coasters with crochet edging can be made in less than an hour and make a perfect DIY gift for him. Make them for Christmas, Father's Day or just for yourself! #SToKCoffee #cbias #ad

They make a great variety gift for housewarmings, father’s day, Christmas, yourself, you name it!

2. Crochet Planter Hanger from Vickie Howell

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Made from jersey or t-shirt yarn, this crowd pleaser would be perfect for any of your garden/plant aficionado friends and family! Works up super quickly and no muss no fuss!

 

3. Bath Pouf Crochet Pattern from Daisy Cottage Designs

I think that Christmas time is, like, the number one time that anyone receives bath sets. Haven’t looked up statistics, but I’m pretty sure most bath sets are sold in this time frame, so bath poufs would be perfect to include with candles, bath bombs, and bath gels.

 

4. Clothesline Trivet by Make and Do Crew

Add a handmade touch to your purchased gifts with this modern crochet trivet made from rope clothesline! Perfect DIY hostess gift.

 

I have yet to try out crochet in other materials, and this trivet pattern from Make and Do is at the top of my list! A durable material, your recipient will get a lot of use from this gift and it works up quick which is an added bonus.

 

5. Christmas Washcloth Crochet Pattern by Rescued Paw Designs

I really love the rustic look of these washcloths and since washcloths do up so quickly, these will speed by in no time at all, just in the nick of time!

 

And there you have it! Good luck and happy crafting, may the Force be with you, may the odds be ever in your favor, and may all your WIPs get finished in time!

 

Until next time,

Gilliane

 

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Pumpkin Time!

Do you know what time it is??

Let me just start off by saying:

I LOVE FALL

I love it. The weather starts changing—a little later here in Southern California, because it’s usually hot all the way into November—but oh so welcome when it finally comes! The smells, the delicious flavors, the social gatherings, the cooler evenings—everything about it is just so splendid and gets me amped! I don’t care, I’ll chug a Pumpkin Spice Latte in 90 degree heat, it’s fine.

Image result for this is fine comicAs a crafter, I have a hard time getting started on-time with the holiday-themed crafts and you always have to get started earlier than you “feel” the season. If you live in an area where the weather can be uncomfortably warm into November, it makes it tricky to feel like making pumpkins (and even further from feeling the Christmas crafts), but it’s so important! The key to crafts, even when it’s things you love, is that persistence will see you through even if the inspiration ebbs and flows away from the projects you need to get done. I wanted to help some fellow crafters out with these pretty quick and easy projects, just in case you’ve fallen behind on your projects and want to catch up! I know some people have long been underway on making their Christmas presents for people, so more power to ‘em! I for one am about to start that myself! So, here’s a smattering of projects for you!

The following links are to some fantastic blogs and patterns that I think are perfect inspiration for your pumpkin needs, so grab your pumpkin spice latte and scroll through these wonderful patterns for your next project!

 

  1. Little Pumpkin Crochet Pattern—by Kara of Petals to Picots
    I love the way the indentations are created in this pumpkin design!
  2. Cute Pumpkin—a Ravelry download available by Teri Crews Designs
    The chunkiness of these pumpkins are super adorable! I also really appreciate the light twist of the pumpkin’s ridges.
  3. Lily Sugar ‘N Cream Pumpkins—by Yarnspirations
    These are really cute and I like the look of the cotton 🙂 I’m also a huge sucker for curlicues!
  4. Tea Time Pumpkin Coasters—by Ira Rott Designs
    For resting your drinks, how cute! I especially love the curlicue design of the vines! (I told you I was a sucker for curlicues)
  5. DIY Crochet Pumpkin Coffee Cup Sleeve—by Claire of Claireabellemakes
    Need a sleeve for that PSL? Perfect pumpkin applique! (Note: uses UK terms)
  6. Pumpkin Harvest Hat—a Ravelry download available by Cathy Kurtz
    I like the unique ridging on this pumpkin hat pattern (I’m a sucker for curlicues)!
  7. Crochet Puff Stitch Pumpkin Beanie—by Amy of The Stitchin Mommy
    I think puff stitches are such a luxe-looking texture and looks perfect for the pumpkin
  8. Halloween Jar Cozies—by Nancy Anderson, shared on RedHeart.com
    Love mason jars? Me too! Fun pattern idea for decorating some jars for parties
  9. Crocheted Pumpkins!—by Krissy of The Slanted Life
    So many cute ideas for different types of pumpkins! I really loved scrolling through the pictures of pastel pumpkins on this blog! I also really appreciate her usage of mixed media in her projects to create a shabby chic look and giving them a twist! Her usage of ribbon and lace to embellish these pumpkins is so darn cute and they really inspired me, since I always underestimate the effect that mixed media can have, so I appreciated this refreshing take on pumpkins <3
  10. Plaid Pumpkin–by Meg of Megmade With Love
  11. Pick an Apple…Or A Pumpkin!—by Divine Debris
    I really appreciate the adorableness of wearables, but haven’t ventured into making jewelry myself! These dainty earrings are a sure conversation starter and would make for a lovely and quick project for all of those fall and Halloween parties! I also love that there are apple earrings too, which I included in my Back To School post! Made from lace yarn, the work would be small, but the dainty quality is wonderful!

I hope that these patterns have gotten your creative vibes flowing, I know I’m feeling the pumpkin energy! About to throw down some pumpkin spice lattes and get some stuff done! Good luck with all of your crafts, friends.

 

Until next time,

Gilliane

 

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Bow Ties Are Cool Roundup

 

 

Happy Bow Tie Day, everybody!

 

I’ve heard that bow ties are cool, have you?

 

Well, I’m here to share a roundup of some pretty cute and adorable bow ties from various designers around the internet for your viewing pleasure and perusing for inspiration! Get the crojo back with these adorable little projects–they’re quick, they’re easy, and they’re fantastic for getting some more usage from your scrap yarn stash. Every little project counts, you know.

So these are going to be a mix of bow ties and bows which, when you think about it, are pretty much the same thing, the difference being that it goes around your neck or on your head. But don’t get too bogged down with the details, bows are cute and here’s a whole bunch of cute patterns for you. Let me know if there’s other cute bow projects you want to share! I’m including the links to the patterns in both the title as well as click-throughs on the images to make things easier and give you options, happy clicking!

 

1. How to Make Crochet Bow Tie from Simplicity

 

2. Doggie Bow Tie from Humble Carnival

 

 

3. It’s a Crochet Bow Tie – I Crochet Bow Ties Now – Bow Ties Are Cool! from StormFly Crafts

 

4. Crochet Plaid Bow Tie from Whistle and Ivy

 

 

5. Easy Crochet Bow Tutorial from Craftiness Is Not An Option

 

 

6. Bow Ties For The Guys from Red Heart

7. Crocheted Bow Tie from Cut Out and Keep

 

 

8. Infant Bow Tie from Stitch11

 

 

9. Crochet Large Striped Hair Bow-Candy Corn from EyeLoveKnots

 

 

10. Bowtie Pacifier Clip from The Crafter Life

 

 

Hope you found some of these projects as cute as I did! I think I need a bow tie now…

Until next time,

Gilliane

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Back To School Roundup!

Fall’s coming!

I’m sure of it…like in some parts of the United States, somewhere? Not here in California, but I’m sure it is definitely going to be happening somewhere! Send me pictures of what weather looks like because as a Californian I’m terribly confused. But either way, school is going to be starting up pretty soon, if it hasn’t already, whether it feels like summer where you are or has started transitioning into Autumn.

 

I’m jealous, by the way, of the places that experience Autumn, and I’m not afraid of showing it.

 

 

*googles images of Autumn* *wistful sigh*

 

But here’s a list of crochet patterns and designs that I think just scream back to school and that you might enjoy! So if you’re sending the kids back to school, off to college, want to give a gift to a teacher, or just simply enjoy the adorable qualities of these designs for your fall wardrobe, these are all really cool and fun ideas—so get to crafting!

 

 

 

  1. Pick an Apple…Or A Pumpkin!—by Divine DebrisThese dainty earrings are a sure-fire conversation starter! They would make for a lovely and quick project for back to school or for various fall parties! These apple earrings would make for a perfect back-to-school piece or a gift for a new teacher! Or, if you’re planning on doing quintessentially fall things like apple picking and want a fun statement piece, these would be perfect! Made from lace yarn, the work would be small (make sure to do hand stretches so you keep your muscles safe!), but the dainty quality is wonderful!
    http://divinedebris.com/pick-an-apple/
  2. Top of the Class Pencil Scarf—by Gilliane of GillyGnitsThis snazzy scarf is a FREE pattern made by yours truly and is such a dorky and fun way to bring in the back to school and fall season! They work up pretty quickly (you can mindlessly stitch single crochet in the body of the piece while you watch Netflix!) and allow for lots of variation, so start sharpening those pencils and have fun!
    http://www.gillygnits.com/top-of-the-class-pencil-scarf
  3. Hop on the Bus, Gus! Scarf—by Amanda Rader Designs
    Carrying on the scarf theme, this is such a fantastic and ingenious scarf that looks like a long school bus! It has such a fantastic usage of detail, right down to the little blue handicap and red stop sign icons on the sides of the piece! The use of chain spacing to create the scarf’s “windows” is a smart detail element as well. Available as a free Ravelry download!
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hop-on-the-bus-gus
  4. Crochet Pencil Pouch—by Sarah of RepeatCrafterMe
    Pencil pouches are so cute and useful, so it’s the best of both worlds! This pouch has a single button enclosure and I love how she models the piece with a mix of crochet hooks and pencils, it’s usually how my desk looks!
    http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2016/07/crochet-pencil-pouch.html
  5. Pencil Shaped Pencil Pouch—by Ashleigh of Sewrella
    This and the following entry are both by Sewrella as part of her Back To School series and are so adorable, I’d have been amiss in not including them! They are super cute and look even better as a set! This pencil case is a nice quick project and will be such a fantastic accessory for your little one to take with them and all their brand new writing utensils to school! I personally love the double-button enclosure on the piece!
    http://www.sewrella.com/2016/08/pencil-shaped-pencil-pouch-back-to.html
  6. Notebook Paper Crochet Textbook Cover—by Ashleigh of Sewrella
    I love things that are usable and contribute less waste, and I remember book covers in school being pretty wasteful because they were paper and tore and were quickly thrown away by the end of the first week of school because of their lack of durability. Not the case with this cute pattern courtesy of Sewrella! It looks like a sheet of lined paper, complete with the detailing of punch holes, and looks like a beautiful fit for books! Her thorough photographs of her process make for easier crafting and are incredibly helpful while working the project!
    http://www.sewrella.com/2016/08/notebook-paper-crochet-textbook-cover.html
  7. Back-to-School Teacher’s Treat—by Maria Bittner of Pattern Paradise
    The teacher’s treat: apples! These are some cute apple coasters that would be perfect for a teacher’s desk to start the new year off right, and have a table that’s safe from rings from their coffee. Because teachers need A LOT of coffee! But this would also be a perfect addition to a country-themed kitchen, and is just a very cute pattern. The post also includes an option to make the coaster pieces into a tiny treat bag! Perfect!
    https://pattern-paradise.com/2014/08/22/free-crochet-pattern-back-school-treat
  8. Building Blocks Crochet Backpack—by Tamara Kelly of Moogly
    Whoa! This is so cool! Inspired by Legos, this is an adorably intricate drawstring backpack requiring an understanding of a number of techniques, but Moogly is such a great resource you can find all of the tools you need on the site to properly execute the bag! I wouldn’t call this a quick and easy project by any means, but it looks like a labor of love that is well worth the effort!
    http://www.mooglyblog.com/lego-inspired-crochet-backpack/
  9. Gecko Bookmark Pattern—by Lion Brand Yarn
    I think that crochet bookmarks are so much fun! And this one is no exception. A fun, elongated body makes this little gecko look like family-friendly roadkill (sorry if that’s a gross picture that popped into your head), but makes it perfect for laying flat in a closed book! The curlicue tail is a nice touch and the little tongue makes for a nice addition, though could be omitted if desired!
    http://www.lionbrand.com/crochet-pattern-gecko-bookmark-1.html
  10. The Perfect Gift: Yarn Ball Bookmark—by Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom
    I love the perfect simplicity of this bookmark pattern! It really is perfect since it is probably the easiest pattern in this lineup of awesome patterns! It’s a pompom with a long tail that can be inserted into a book as a very effect bookmark! It can be made by hand or with the use of a Clover pompom maker. It’ll spruce up the desk with an assortment of cute pompoms sticking out of a stack of books!
    https://www.designmom.com/the-perfect-gift-yarn-ball-bookmark/

Hope you liked the patterns here, and feel free to share some that you’ve enjoyed! I’m always looking for new friends on Pinterest! I’ll be scouring through Pinterest myself throughout the rest of summer and dreaming of Fall!

Until next time,
Gilliane

 

 

 

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