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WeCrochet Podcast Episode 29 – Crochet Joy

In the chill and grey of winter, we’re looking at things that warm us up and make us happy. Today’s episode is all about the joy of crochet! First, Sara and Heather talk about the parts of crochet that bring them the most joy. From choosing colors and yarn to finishing a WIP to sharing the final photo on social media, there’s a lot of joy to be found in our hobby.

Next, Producer Sarah chats with Sara about the concept of “sparking joy” from author Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Producer Sarah suggests the concept of going through your yarn stash and holding each ball of yarn and WIP to see whether those items spark a physical feeling of joy when you touch them. Then they talk about ways to increase the joy in your crocheting.

Finally, Heather sits down with Lisa Chayka of HELLOHappy, a crochet designer whose specialty is fun and happy crochet designs such as the Hanging Sloth Planter, Crossbody Fish Bag, and many others. Where does Lisa find inspiration? How did she start designing? What’s her most popular pattern of all time? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this interview.

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Mentioned in This Episode:
HelloHappy Designs
Red Panda Planter
Crossbody Fish Bag
Flowering Cactus Scarf
Sloth Hat
Rabbit Mohair Cowl
Brava Yarn
Sloth Wall Hanging
Sloth Hat
Sloth Phone Pouch
Sloth Planter
Snuggle Puff Yarn
Wonderfluff Yarn
Fable Fur
HelloHappy on Ravelry
HelloHappy Website
HelloHappy on Etsy
HelloHappy on Instagram

0:00 The Opening with Heather and Sara
5:22 Producer Sarah and Sara chat about getting organized
15:15 Heather Interviews Lisa from HelloHappy
33:05 Credits

Featured Image – ID: a light brown sloth amigurumi-planter hangs from a stick with a succulent plant on its belly.

11 Joyful Crochet Patterns to Make Today!

The days may be getting longer as we head toward spring, but today is a great day to bring extra light into your life with some joyful crochet patterns to start right away!

Happy Crochet Patterns: Wall Hangings

Crocheted rainbow wall hanging in orange, gray, chartreuse, and turquoise, with long white fringe. Check crochet.com for the best crochet patterns!
Rainbow Wall Hanging by Haley Herman

Create a stylish boho wall hanging with this Rainbow Wall Hanging featuring an eye-catching 70s-inspired color palette and perfect fringe.

Crocheted wall hanging featuring a butterfly on a cream-colored background with long fringe
Butterfly Banner by Haley Herman

Or maybe a cross-stitched butterfly banner is more your style? This pattern combines simple crochet techniques with cross stitching to create a unique piece of home décor.

A crocheted rainbow wall hanging on a blue background with clouds made out of stuffing. One of the free crochet patterns from crochet.com!
Tuff Puff Rainbow Wall Hanging by Heather Mann

And now I’m tooting my own horn, but I do love the first crochet pattern I’ve ever written: The Tuff Puff Rainbow Wall Hanging. Although this version features a classic rainbow, you can customize and choose your own favorite color palette. Check the various versions on Ravelry to get some color inspiration!

You might also enjoy: Free Crochet Patterns from WeCrochet

Joyful Crochet Animal Accessories

I can’t think of anything more joyful than crocheted accessories with an animal theme! Here are some animal-themed crochet patterns that also happen to be useful and wearable accessories.

A mom and daughter wear furry bear ears headbands crocheted from Fable Fur
Animal Ears Headband by Ashley Parker

These crochet animal ear headbands are quick, easy and incredibly adorable. A pair can be made in less than 30 minutes and when made with Fable Fur, they are irresistibly soft and realistic looking.

A crocheted beret with bunny ears, made in Fable Fur
Fuzzy Bunny Beret by HELLOHappy

What could be more fun than a super cute, super warm, bunny ears hat crocheted in Fable Fur? And it will keep your head warm.

You might also enjoy: What to Crochet with Faux Fur Yarn?

A crocheted whale beanie
Whale Beret by HELLOHappy

Why wear a regular hat when you could wear a whale beret instead? The hat even includes a cute little tail on the back.

A crocheted sloth phone holder
Sloth Phone Pouch by HELLOHappy

Make an adorable sloth phone pouch with this crochet pattern! Perfect for wearing out and about OR at home, when wearing pants with lousy pockets, or no pockets at all. This pouch will fit cell phones up to 3.5 inches wide and 6 inches tall, which is almost all phones on the market!

Check out: all our other sloth crochet patterns too!

Or perhaps what you really need to bring joy to your wardrobe is an octopus scarf! This is a very simple scarf using only dc and hdc stitches, but wow, what an impact!

Joyful Toys to Crochet

And finally, toys to crochet that will add joy to your life. Toys are inherently joyful, but a handmade toy just has that extra love in it that makes it super special. Check out these amigurumi crochet patterns:

A crocheted flamingo toy in furry pink yarn
Flikka Flamingo by Ashley Parker

Flikka Flamingo is an adorable baby flamingo that just begs to be cuddled. Simple stitches and shaping, paired with super bulky Fable Fur yarn make this a quick project! (This is probably the most fantastic use of pink Fable Fur we’ve ever seen!)

You might also enjoy: WeCrochet Podcast #23: Advice and Amigurumi

A crocheted spider toy made in black and gray Fable Fur yarn
Taran the Tarantula by Ashley Parker

Taran Tarantula is a sweet and cuddly tarantula that is a big hit with children, being the perfect size to sit on their head, shoulder or even to startle an unsuspecting friend. 

Catfish Purr-maid crochet amigurumi pattern. One of the great free crochet patterns from WeCrochet!
Catfish Purrmaid Amigurumi by Brenda K.B. Anderson

It’s just so hard to choose between mermaids and kittens, but now you don’t have to! This super-cuddly catfish purr-maid is practically begging you to hug her, but be careful—once you start, you won’t be able to stop.

These are just a few of the fun crochet patterns we offer on Crochet.com, and we hope you’ve been inspired to start your next joyful crochet project! Let us know what you think (or if you’ve found some other especially joyful patterns you’d like to share) in the comments!