With Thanksgiving over and done, we have moved on to the part of the fall that gets erased and just becomes everyone’s default winter. Our crafting queues are now full of fun projects that will brighten our homes for the holidays and beyond. In this episode of the WeCrochet Podcast, we’re talking about our holiday crafting lists, what to do with pom-poms, and interviewing a yarnpreneur and crocheter about her yarn vending machines.
First, Sara and Heather check in about crocheting for the holidays and what does or does not constitute a good crochet gift for kids or other members of the family. Find our their favorite cold-weather yarn picks and whether they are pro pom-pom.
Next, Katelyn joins Heather to talk all about pom-poms: how to attach a removable pom-pom to a hat, and how to use pom-poms in your holiday decor and beyond. Pom-poms are fun and easy way to use up yarn and add some whimsy to a project. They can also be used to engage your kiddos in a craft project.
Heather and Sara briefly discuss Crochet Foundry, a group of crochet designers dedicated to creating beautiful crochet garment patterns for women of all sizes. WeCrochet now offers kits for making the most popular Crochet Foundry designs.
Finally, Heather interviews Emani Outterbridge, an entrepreneur who has launched her own yarn line as well as the world’s first yarn vending machines. Emani’s yarn line, Needles, offers unique colors in 8 Ply Worsted Weight 100% Acrylic yarn as well as cotton t-shirt yarn. You won’t be able to find these color combinations anywhere else. If you’re in Philadelphia, you can get this unique yarn at one of her bright pink yarn vending machines. Outside of Philly, you can connect with her on Instagram where she says she “always on”.
The winds have shifted and fall is here which means it’s time to get serious thinking about the end of year gifting and giving. Whether you’re someone who is not really into the holidays or you’re someone who has had your home decked out in winter holiday decorations since August, your friends at WeCrochet are here for you.
In this episode of the WeCrochet Podcast, we talk about our brand new holiday crochet patterns, and get some advice on swatching in the round from designer Brenda K.B. Anderson.
First, Katelyn joins Sara and Heather to talk about the release of Issue 5 of WeCrochet Magazine and then share their favorite projects from the Warm Wishes collection. This collection is full of brightly-colored holiday decor items from ornaments to festive pillows and throws.
Next Sara and Katelyn chat about the 12 Weeks of Gifting, free crochet patterns we are releasing every Tuesday.
Finally, designer Brenda K.B. Anderson joins Heather again to give her tips for swatching in the round. We also discover what the crochet mascot would look like if crochet had a mascot.
WeCrochet MagazineIssue 5 is out, which means: NEW holiday crochet patterns! Today we’re talking about the patterns of the Warm Wishes collection, our winter holiday crochet patterns collection, featuring 9 brightly-colored projects to carry you through holiday celebrations this year. Customize the color palette to suit your home or celebration for any of these projects.
Since we already sneak peeked the pockets above, let’s jump in by talking about the Revelry Cardigan.
“Ugly” sweaters are a staple piece at every holiday party and winter outing. This comfortable and cozy oversized cardigan pattern takes that idea and tones it down to an everyday wear garment. With a trim, wearable silhouette (suitable for anyone), its focal points are the pockets, which utilize large-scale cross stitch embroidery to add customizable wintertime icons.
Aside from the Revelry cardigan, the rest of the patterns in this collection are home decor or holiday decorations. Let’s check them out!
Holiday Crochet Patterns: Blankets & Pillows
These blankets and pillows are fun and colorful, and most of them will make great home decor accents long after the holidays are over.
This holiday crochet patterns collection has two blankets: the Holiday Lights Blanket, which features a flurry of white popcorn bobbles dancing across a multicolor striped throw, and the Tunisian Checkerboard Throw, inspired by the classic board game. The whole family can help to make it (hello, pom-poms!), and you can use a portion of the throw to play checkers when you lay it out on the floor like a game board.
We have three pillows in the Warm Wishes collection, each one featuring a different crochet technique: intarsia crochet, mosaic crochet, and filet crochet.
First up, the Holiday Gnome Pillow. Celebrating all the fun of the season, this throw pillow brings whimsy, color, and even a touch of fur to your holiday décor.
Next, the Winter Mosaic Pillow, which looks very intricate, but makes use of just double crochet, single crochet, and chains in an interlocking double layer (mosaic crochet).
Finally, the Warm Lights Pillow. A chunky openwork design on this pillow allows a background color to peek through, creating a two-layer lace touch for your home décor.
Holiday Decor Crochet Patterns
Finally, we have the colorful holiday decorations of the Warm Wishes collection, starting with the Color Pop Stocking. Make this pattern quickly with super bulky yarn (Tuff Puff), which means you can make enough for the whole family in a weekend.
And finally, some cute crochet ornaments for your Christmas tree. These work up quickly with just a bit of worsted weight yarn (we used Brava), so they’re great for stash-busting small amounts of yarn, and will also be great package tie-ons or small gifts for friends, coworkers, teachers, etc.
Adorn your tree with this adorable Reindeer Amigurumi Ornament! This super cute reindeer will look great on any Christmas tree, wreath, or garland, or as part of any winter décor.
Add some Snowcapped Tree Ornaments to your holiday or winter décor. This adorable amigurumi tree will bring the beauty of a winter wonderland to even the warmest of winters! Stitch this simple tree in one piece with no assembly required.
A vintage classic for every Christmas tree, crochet your very own ball ornaments to cherish for years to come! Worked as one piece in continuous rounds and embellished with simple embroidery and surface crochet. This simple, classic Holiday Bulb Ornament is a quick project that makes a beautiful gift or wonderful heirloom-worthy addition to your holiday décor.
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:Wintertide captures the feeling of cozy with neutral colors and apres-ski cabin vibes. These 11 projects are sure to bring you some welcome comfort during this winter season.
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.
We’re featuring a new free pattern every Tuesday for 12 weeks. This week’s free crochet pattern is the Anfora Blanket.
The holiday season is just around the corner, and everyone will want the Anfora Blanket to cuddle up and keep cozy!
To celebrate the holiday season (and the joy that is crochet), we are giving away a free pattern every Tuesday for 12 weeks leading up to the end of the year. These patterns are perfect for giving as gifts (or keeping for yourself).
Start larger blanket projects now and have them finished just in time for a holiday cuddle. Smaller projects will release as we get closer to the holidays so you’ll be sure to finish your handmade gifts in time. There is nothing better than celebrating the season with 12 Weeks of Gifting.
The pattern consists of several trapezoid shapes with easy stitch increases. This is the perfect pattern for a stitcher just getting started or a gift-maker on-the-go (make one trapezoid at a time).
With the many colors in Wool of the Andes Superwash, you can customize this gift to suit the recipient. Or, make this your favorite holiday blanket! Create a version in green and red, blue and white, or any other color theme that has meaning to your family!
We have some incredible patterns on the way! Don’t forget to check back every Tuesday to find out what FREE pattern will be released!