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11 Winter Crochet Patterns: Patterns of Wintertide
Winter crochet patterns: a model wears a 3-piece crocheted set of earwarmers, cowl, and mittens.

WeCrochet Magazine Issue 5 is out, which means: NEW winter crochet patterns! Today we’re talking about the patterns of the Wintertide Collection, our winter crochet patterns collection that features 11 warm & cozy garment and home decor projects to carry you through the coldest time of the year.

You can find all of these patterns in WeCrochet Magazine Issue 5. Each of these holiday crochet patterns is also available as an individual free download in the Patterns section of crochet.com. See the whole collection here: Wintertide Collection.

Now, let’s check out these fun crochet patterns!

Winter Crochet Accessory Patterns

Hands hold a crocheted cowl with a navy background and red geometric pattern. A fun and challenging winter crochet pattern.

Since we already sneak peeked this set above, let’s jump in by talking about the Crossing Earwarmer, Cowl, and Mitts.

A contemporary snowflake motif is used in a variety of ways across this sporty, stylish set of earwarmer, cowl, and mitts. The sport-weight colorwork is worked using tapestry crochet and sewn to the cozy faux-fur lining. Buttons fasten the earwarmer snugly around the head. Quick to whip up, this cozy accessory set will become your neck, hands, and ears’ favorite thing this winter, whether you’re hitting a ski slope or out for some holiday shopping!

We also have this pretty crochet cowl pattern:

Wrap up with this snug woolly cowl designed to add a spot of color to the gray days of winter. The Yuletide Cowl is worked flat in rows, changing yarn color on each row, and seamed along the short sides once the desired size is reached. You can wear it two different ways: doubled up twice for a short and cozy cowl (left), or fully extended (right).

You might also enjoy: 9 Holiday Crochet Patterns

Winter Crochet Garment Patterns

But what the Wintertide Collection is really about is crocheted garment patterns! Our whole team was stunned when we saw this one: the Hygge Poncho.

A model wears an oversized gray tweed crocheted poncho, the perfect winter crochet pattern.

Relax in this contemporary and sophisticated sleeved poncho. The combination of simple stitches, front pockets, and unique overlapping border create an on-trend poncho that will soon become the star of your winter wardrobe. 

A model wears an oversized gray tweed crocheted poncho. Her hands are in its pockets.

The Hygge Poncho really looks like the perfect thing to wear all winter long! And it has pockets!

We have several sweaters in this collection too:

There’s a sweater for everyone in this collection! For cable-lovers, we have the Snow Crystal Sweater. If you like more simple and classic designs, you’ll love the Polaris Pullover. The Hearthstone Top is a perfect everyday wardrobe accent. And if you want a Nordic-style sweater this winter, the Perseid Sweater fits the bill.

Two models each were a different color of a crocheted sweater: The Pulmu Pullover

The Pulmu Pullover has taken off as an early hit from the Wintertide Collection. Use colorwork to create a stunning yoke on this crocheted sweater.

We’re crocheters too! Brand Director Sara has already made at least two versions of the Pulmu Pullover, and we heard a rumor she has another one on the hook!

Winter Home Décor Crochet Patterns

But wait, there’s more! This collection also has some really pretty home décor crochet patterns for winter.

A crocheted blanket with a Nordic snowflake motif

If you admire the beauty of traditional Fair Isle knitting but prefer to crochet, then the Nordic Colorwork Blanket is for you. Crochet your own heirloom-quality blanket using tapestry crochet!

A woman holds up a crocheted blanket with a Nordic snowflake motif

Another special feature of this project? The ends of each row are left long on the ends to serve as fringe, so virtually no ends weaving necessary for this breathtaking crochet blanket.

Two crocheted pillows

Finally, the Pillows of Wintertide! The gray one is the Winter Cabin Pillow: a textured chevron pattern creates a chic geometric look and minimalist feel. The green and white pillow is the Hideaway Pillow. Inspired by Southwestern blanket coats, this unique pillow is packed with texture and interest and can be made in so many color combinations.

Find these patterns and more in WeCrochet Magazine Issue 5

Issue 5 of WeCrochet Magazine channels the feeling of snowflakes on your nose, warm and cozy winter cabins, bright and colorful holiday cheer, and as always, all things crochet!

Don’t miss our other crochet pattern collection: the Warm Wishes collection, our winter holiday crochet patterns collection, featuring 9 brightly-colored projects to carry you through holiday celebrations this year.

Also in this issue: Learn mosaic crochet to bring color to blah winter days with the Prism Mosaic Afghan crochet pattern! Get ready for the new year and join the Temperature Blanket CAL for Toni Lipsey’s temperature blanket. Find holiday gift guides, interviews, book reviews, and more.

Light Touch CAL: Crocheting the Front & Back

Welcome back! I’m blogging through my progress on the Light Touch Pullover Crochet Along (CAL). Today I’ll talk about which yarn I chose for the project, as well as my progress on both the front and back of this lovely sweater. Read on!

A white cat snoozes behind a soft gray crochet swatch with a metal hook in it.

There is nothing I love more than a project that just flies off the hook! Right now, my Light Touch Pullover is that kind of project.

What Yarn Did I Choose?

After testing the 3 different options for yarn, I decided to go with Stroll for my sweater. It’s deliciously soft and is available in so many colors. I ultimately decided that Jack Rabbit Heather was the one for me. It’s a beautiful gray-brown that has just the slightest hint of a pale purple undertone. It’s a color I don’t currently have in my handmade wardrobe and it will pair beautiful with denim. I tend to wear jeans … a lot. So a color working with a denim is a must for wearability for me.

A wooden background with a half of a crocheted sweater in gray, accompanied by a ball of gray Stroll yarn and a metal crochet hook.
It took a few tries, but changing my hook size and blocking technique helped me achieve gauge. Getting started also took a few tries.

How Did I Get Gauge?

You might remember in my last post that I was struggling to reach gauge. My swatches kept growing larger than the recommended gauge in the pattern. I was able to solve this issue doing two things.

  • First, I went down a hook size which got me spot on to row gauge.
  • Then, I changed my style of blocking. Instead of wet blocking, I tried just lightly misting the piece with squirt bottle water, pinning to size, and allowing to dry. This worked like a dream and my finished project should fit just how I hope.

Starting the Back of the Pullover

This project starts by working the Back piece front the center out before moving on to the Front and Sleeves. It’s then finished by working the Neckline and Hem. This all seems straightforward, but I have a crafty confession to make; I had to restart this project three times. I struggled to count my stitches properly and being off by just one stitch will cause the lace repeat not to work out correctly. So, as you start your sweater, take the time to slow down, count your stitches, and don’t feel bad if you have to start again. You aren’t alone.

Apart from the beginning chain, there was only one other area that caused me to misstep. There are instructions at the end of Row 15 that tell you to attach a new yarn at the top of the turning chain of the same row and chain two stitches. I could not wrap my head around why the pattern called for this or what to do with the chains when I had them. I decided to go to the designer, Natasha Robarge, for help.

A wooden background with a blonde basket full of gray yarn on the right. The top half of a crocheted sweater in gray, accompanied by a metal crochet hook.
Strategically placed extra stitches help shape this lovely scooped neckline.

These two extra stitches help shape the neckline. Once you chain them, you work a double crochet in each to extend the row. Yes, it’s as easy as that! Your following row is two stitches longer and the neckline has a lovely gentle scoop.

Working the Front of the Pullover

The Front piece of the Light Touch Pullover is worked the same as the Back, just with a few less stitches which makes a deeper scoop to the neckline. Instead of two chain stitches at the end of Row 15, you work ten more stitches.

Both the Back and Front pieces flew off my hook so quickly that I decided to jump ahead and block them. I didn’t want to wait to finish the sleeve and then block all four pieces. I also love the satisfaction of seeing a beautiful piece all pinned out and ready to seam. It feels so close to done!

Half a gray crocheted sweater blocking on purple blocking mats, set on a wooden deck.
A lovely, sunny day will have your dry your crochet project very quickly! I set my blocking Back piece out on the deck to dry.

And off to Sleeve Island

Sleeve Island is where I’m headed next though. I’ll report back soon with details on how they’re worked, how they are seamed into the body pieces, and any tips I discover along the way.

Until then, have you ordered your yarn to start your Light Touch Pullover? Have you had a chance to start? Tell me in the comments below if you had to start over a couple of times too! It will help me feel better about my false starts.

Join our Crochet Along: Light Touch Pullover (May-June 2020)
A woman wears a lovely dark red crocheted sweater
Download the free pattern for The Light Touch Pullover

You are cordially invited to join us in our new Crochet Along Challenge, featuring the Light Touch Pullover.

About the Light Touch Pullover:

A detail of the Light Touch Pullover: the shoulder of the dark red crocheted sweater

This lightweight pullover exudes softness and feminine charm, featuring a subtle lace pattern composed of petal clusters. Open neck, gentle pattern curves, relaxed fit, and cashmere content of the yarn, all create a luxurious garment.

Light Touch Pullover is worked sideways in pieces. Front and Back are worked from centerlines to sides. Sleeves are worked from bottom up. This construction allows easy size adjustments if needed.

Choose your Yarn:

Made in: Capretta Superwash

You can also choose an assortment of other yarns by using our Light Touch Pullover Kit Builder (located at the bottom of the pattern page):

Just choose your size, yarn, and drag and drop the yarn color you want into the kit builder to instantly place the perfect amount of yarn into your cart.

How to Join the Crochet Along:

To participate in the Light Touch Pullover Crochet Along, join and post here:

CAL Timeline:

May 17: Order your yarn from crochet.com

May 24: Join the WeCrochet Ravelry group or Facebook Group to follow along with the Light Touch Pullover CAL discussion.

May 31: Download and read through the pattern. Make a swatch and connect with others in the groups.

June 7: Begin work on the sweater.

July 5: Finish your sweater, and don’t forget to share your progress on social media with #LightTouchCAL and #WeCrochetCAL