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  • What's Everyone Creating? #LeisureArts

    We've gathered up more posts that you have shared on the Internet tagged #leisurearts for one of our favorite blog posts! We love to see what everyone's working on, and now we're going to share that inspiration with you.

    Don't Throw In The Towel

    Crochet-A-La-Dia created this Daisy Set and shared it with us on Pinterest! The colors couldn't be better to brighten up a kitchen! Want to make this set yourself? Find it in Crochet Towel Toppers and Potholders.

    Crochet Towel Toppers and Potholders #5733

    Baby Activities Cubed

    We love it when people get inspiration from us and make the projects their own! Agnesa Istokova posted an adorable in-progress activity cube on Pinterest! Love that elephant! Another activity cube, this one from Christina Avgoustidou, comes complete with the sun and rain clouds. We can just picture baby spending lots of hours playing and learning with these! Inspired by Play & Learn Activity Cubes, you're sure to find a cube that fits the baby in your life!

    Seeing Double

    Alicia James' daughter kept herself busy creating this Heart Unicorn (pictured right) after finishing up her reading and math for the day, while her mother was on Zoom doing professional development hours. While at Elizabeth-Herring's house, Elizabeth was finishing her latest diamond painting—Fun Unicorn (pictured left). Don't you think they're both magical?

    Diamond Art by Leisure Arts - Powered by Diamond Dotz - 5D DIY Diamond Painting Kit - Fun Unicorn Design #49291 & Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz 5D DIY Diamond Painting Beginner Heart Unicorn Kit #50464

    Dreams of a White Christmas

    Cindi Louis has been using the White Christmas in Thread Crochet book for years. She shared this charming photo with us on Facebook showing the tree skirt and garland she created. She says she's halfway done with the garland, which is 60-feet long, and plans to finish it this year along with more of the snowflakes.

    White Christmas in Thread Crochet #3232

    All You Knit Is Love

    Infinite Yarns posted a gorgeous heirloom baby gift set including a hand-knitted pattern from our Adorable Baby Cardigans book. We know at least one baby will be classy and comfortable very soon!

    Stay Calm And Color

    Jaya Prakash Mateti posted this beautiful mandala page on Facebook from one of our Color Art For Everyone coloring books. We don't have this mandala book anymore, but we have many fantastic coloring books to choose from.

    Preparing For The Holidays

    It looks like Norma Davis celebrated #ChristmasInJuly along with us this year. She posted this enchanting Christmas afghan on Facebook, and we're loving the hint of glitter! We've got plenty of Christmas afghans and other holiday decor to choose from!

    Pretty As A Peacock

    The peacock's colors and "thousand eyes" on its tail promote fame and good luck in feng shui, and enhance protection and awareness. Ramya Sabari created and posted this mesmerizing Diamond Art Peacock, available as a kit with everything you need.

    Diamond Art by Leisure Arts - Powered by Diamond Dotz - 5D DIY Diamond Painting Kit - Peacock Design #49940

    Let's Chime In

    Schmelzgranulat shared this beauty, created by Sonja, with us on Pinterest. We are impressed by the color and light! You can get started in crafts just like this with Melted Pony Bead Art.

    A Blanket Statement

    Stefani Lynn created this intricate afghan and shared it with us on Facebook. Classic comfort at its best. Check out Aran Afghans, and create your own!

    Thin Green Line

    Theresa Hanson posted this Thin Green Line afghan on Facebook, and we adore it—such a loving way to show support for the men and women of our military and/or federal law enforcement agents. Theresa used our American flag pattern in Honoring Our Veterans, with the green, white and black color scheme.

    We love to see what you are creating! Please share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels. Maybe we'll pick yours to feature in our next #LeisureArts Hashtag blog post.

    -Leisure Arts

  • How to Master a New Craft or Skill

    “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ―Mahatma Gandhi

    Have you always to start something new and weren't sure where to start? Whether you want to learn how to crochet, how to knit, how to paint, how to tackle a new stitch, the list below gives you the basics on how to become a pro at your new creative endeavor:

    1. Grab a how-to book with expert instruction to guide you step by step
    2. Gather all the materials you will need. Ex: yarn, needle, paint, pen, etc.
    3. Start small with swatches, samples, small projects, etc. before tackling the harder stuff
    4. Practice your new skill regularly—that will help to make it almost automatic
    5. Sit back and revel in your new creations!

    In the next few paragraphs, we'll explore several of our books that come with easy-to-follow instructions and progressive projects for you to learn how to conquer new stitches, new skills, and entirely new crafts.

    Great Balls of Yarn: Learn Crochet or Expand Your Skills

    If you’re new to crochet or if you want to learn a new crochet skill or two, we've got you hook, yarn and fun with these easy-to-follow books! Learn how to crochet with ease and enjoyment.

    The progressive projects of The Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners take you from easy to more difficult with easy-to-follow instructions and patterns. You'll love learning how to crochet with Marly Bird, and the resulting creations are cute AND functional!

    Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    You'll be hooked on crochet with Learn to Crochet with Custom Hooks! We'll supply you with a hook designed especially for beginners, so it will be extra easy to learn how to crochet any of the adorable accessories for kids or adults.

    Learn to Crochet with Custom Hooks #6381

    This eye-catching stitch will croc your world! The Beginner's Guide to Crocodile Stitch is the perfect "how-to" to add an eye-catching layer of "scales" to your crochet projects. You'll be surprised how easy it is to learn with our step-by-step instructions, photographs, and videos. On a scale (see what we did there?) of 1-10, this book is definitely a 10!

    Beginner's Guide to Crocodile Stitch #6377

    If you adore crocheting and love the look of knits, you won't want to miss out on this hybrid! Award-winning teacher Kim Guzman walks you through the basics with clear photos and friendly instructions in the Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Tunisian Crochet.

    Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Tunisian Crochet #5599

    We wouldn't toy with you—your children, grandchildren, friends' children (we could go on and on), will love these toys! And with Learn to Crochet Toys, you'll be a crocheting wizard before you can say "Bodacious ballerina begs you to begin"!

    Learn to Crochet Toys #6188

    Life's a Stitch: Learning Knitting is Fun and Relaxing, with Beautiful Results

    Don't be at your knit's end learning a new skill. Let our pros guide you through a basketful of knitting projects with ease and joy.

    Designer Marly Bird walks you every step of the way through how to knit multiple projects in the Complete Knit Collection. You'll not only create awesome gifts—or keepers—you'll gain the skills to be a knitting pro. From trendy dishcloths to a beautiful shawl or afghan, this collection has got you covered. 

    Chunky Pillow, Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    Market Bag, Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    Learn beautiful mosaic knitting with The Beginner's Guide To Mosaic Knitting. Create complex-looking fabrics with only one color per row, with yarn guru Melissa Leapman guiding you through.

    The Beginner's Guide To Mosaic Knitting #7492

    Come in first lace learning how to create gorgeous purses, doilies, scarfs, and more, with the Beginner's Guide to Lace Knitting.

    Beginner's Guide to Lace Knitting #6351

    Not only will this book teach you everything you need to know to make several styles of hats, it includes a kit with everything you need to knit one complete hat. Get started right away without worrying about the materials. If you've been wanting to learn how to knit hats, Knit Hat Book Plus Kit is for you.

    Craftastic New Hobbies That Are Easy to Learn

    Fun for all levels, Modern Punch Needle takes a modern twist on the traditional needle craft. The step-by-step instructions and 14 progressively harder projects take you from beginner to pro. Once you learn the ins and outs, you'll want to check out this post featuring our newest punch needle kits.

    Modern Punch Needle #7513

    Channel your inner pyromaniac and learn how to leave your mark (on wood, of course) with Modern Woodburning - 9 Skill-Building Projects for Learning Pyography You'll really enjoy blazing this trail!

    Modern Woodburning #7524

    We wouldn't macra-stray you wrong—Get Started In Macramé has 11 gorgeous wall hangings and other projects for beginners to learn how to master this craft from yesteryear. We can also help you out with the supplies you'll need.

    Get Started In Macrame #7217

    Paint happy thoughts with Happy Abstracts - Fearless Painting for True Beginners. Stroke-by-stroke how-to photo guides take you through six colorful and abstract projects, sure to be a centerpiece of your home décor.

    Happy Abstracts - Fearless Painting for True Beginners #7412

    The World IS your oyster with Hand Lettering - Great for Weddings & Other Occasions. Your creations can be just as spectacular as you see in stores, or on Pinterest and Instagram. Artist Kathryn Erney will teach you several styles—each building on the last—and before you know it, you’ll have mastered those pen strokes and will be making beautiful pieces!

    Hand Lettering - Great for Weddings & Other Occasions #7326

    So whether you want to learn how to knit, how to crochet, or learn a new craft all together, our experts take you step-by-step through the process. Whether you're a beginner or want to enhance your repertoire, at least one of these books is perfect for you. When you're finished, post your photo/s on social media and be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, so we can all enjoy your journey as well!  

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • COLOR MATCH: BACK TO NATURE! EXPLORING BEHR'S 2020 COLOR OF THE YEAR

    Greetings makers! We are back at it again exploring another exciting new color of the year - BEHR's Back to Nature (S340-4)! This is a calming and centering soft green that evokes revitalization and balance. It pairs well with our last colors of the year: Naval chosen by Sherwin Williams, Chartreuse from Etsy, and Classic Blue by Pantone. BEHR picked Back to Nature to bring a sense of the outdoors into your everyday life. It is an elemental color that engages the senses. We are here to inspire you to incorporate Back to Nature into your creative and crafty lives, so let's get to it!

    Behr - Color Trends 2020

    BEHR'S 2020 Color of the Year - Back to Nature (S340-4)

    Let's kick things off with why BEHR chose Back to Nature as their color of the year for 2020. BEHR knows that our everyday routines can become monotonous and disconnected from the natural world. They aim to bring the inspiration and rejuvenation of the outdoors back to us by infusing it into our daily lives through color. We love this idea and can't think of a better way to do this than with our current selection of crafting books for our Makers! Breathe new life into your week by incorporating Back to Nature into your environment. How about a calming handmade afghan on your couch or a centering knitted scarf around your neck? Bring the gift of nature to your friends and family by creating a quilt or crocheted earrings infused with this soothing color. The possibilities are endless and we have highlighted some of our favorites below!

    CROCHET

    Green Willow Afghan - Easy Afghans #6725

    Who doesn't love to snuggle up with a tranquil and cozy afghan, especially one that you made yourself? With Easy Afghans #6725 you can do just that and envelope yourself with the BEHR 2020 color of the year Back to Nature. Easy Afghans presents you with seven simple crochet projects featuring Chetwynd Miters, Arundel Castle, Hearthside Coziness, Seaview, Icefall, Autumn Ridge, and Green Willow patterns. Each composition provides a step-by-step guide to creating exciting stitches and techniques. Choose from any one of Sharon Silverman's gorgeous designs from mitered squares and popular motifs to ripples, shells, woven plaid, or filet crochet. Play around with your creativity by choosing a heavier yarn to bring your homemade afghan a weighted feel inspiring calm and balance. How about a lighter fiber for a loftier touch? After a long day at work, treat yourself with the essence of the outdoors by wrapping your shoulders with this relaxing color. Or spoil your friends and family with the gift of comfort and serenity with these projects rated at the easy and easy plus skill level!

    Star Flower Earrings - Jewelry - 15 Beautiful Crochet Projects using Cotton Thread #7250

    Encourage revitalization into your wardrobe with these 15 easy and easy plus rated crochet designs to freshen up your jewelry boudoir. With 15 Beautiful Crochet Projects using Cotton Thread #7250 you can permeate even your accessories with the soothing green of Back to Nature! Each design calls for lace-weight crochet cotton (aka bedspread weight, size 10) and a size 7 steel crochet hook with many adding a fun twist using beads. Bring an elemental and grounding feel to your bijoux with these fun designs by Kristen Stoltzfus Clay including Hibiscus Necklace, Olive Earrings, Flower Brooch, Cameo Bracelet, Star Flower Earrings and much more! You don't have to be a jewelry making pro to crank out these fun and inspiring treasures for you or your loved ones. All projects featured provide approachable jewelry finishing instructions.

    KNIT

    Easy Slouch Hat - All Your Favorite Hats - 10 Crochet and Knit Hat Projects #75722

    The balancing green of Back to Nature can easily be incorporated into your new favorite knit and crochet hats! With All Your Favorite Hats - 10 Crochet and Knit Hat Projects #75722 you can captivate your senses by evoking the outdoors with BEHR's 2020 color of the year all while warming your noggin. We love these simple designs because they can inspire any maker at any skill level (including one intermediate style). Each project has the potential for sharing the centering color of soft green, in either knit or crochet, with everyone! How about the Boys Ribbed Hat for your son, Easy Slouch Hat for your teenager, Cables Bun Hat for you, Wildwood Hat for mom, and Gisburn Forest Hat for your best friend? Not only do the color of these hats bring the outdoors to us but we can go out and embrace nature with them! A win-win and a must have for your crafty repertoire.

    Casual Weekend Knits - 25 Go Anywhere Knit Projects #7373

    Designer Andi Javori brings you 25 exceptional knitting projects to inspire your artful side in Casual Weekend Knits - 25 Go Anywhere Knit Projects #7373. These fun and versatile patterns are rated basic and easy so you can be rocking your new Asymmetrical Shawl or Boot Cuffs within hours! Try making the Lace Fingerless Gloves and Shoulder Shrug in Back to Nature green to help center yourself throughout your busy day. How about a new purse, poncho, or headband to revitalize your style? We love these simple and adaptable projects because the sky is the limit on the possibilities they bring.

    WEAVING

    Learn to Weave - Create Stylish Woven Wall Art #56062

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to weave but don't know where to start? We have your solution right here with Learn to Weave - Create Stylish Woven Wall Art #56062! This laminated step-by-step trifold comes with approachable instructions, techniques, and full color illustrations to ease your way into the world of weaving. Bring the tranquil and grounding green of Back to Nature to your bathroom or bedroom walls with ease. Fill that empty wall space in your basement or office with colors that remind you to take a deep breath and center. Better yet, give the gift of this go-to weaving trifold to inspire your friends to try their hand at the simple pleasures weaving can bring.

    QUILT AND SEW

    Animal Farm Cat - Home Accessories Best of Sew News #6346

    Style up every room in your house with hand-crafted accessories that compliment your style! Home Accessories Best of Sew News #6346 can get you there. Start off with this adorable farm cat that can be used as a paper/picnic weight, pin cushion, or fun accent. Give the guest bedroom an inviting feel with the tufted satin throw. Brighten up the living room with personalized window treatments, Roman shades, and covered lampshades. The soothing green of Back to Nature pairs well with any of the 20+ easy and inspiring creations featured. Shouldn't your home be a place of sanctuary and escape? Create your calming and restorative space with your own unique approach.

    Sassy Stripes Quilt - Best of Fons and Porter Easy Quilts #5560

    Our final craft inspiration comes from the wonderful world of quilts! With Best of Fons and Porter Easy Quilts #5560 any quilter can get their creative fix on. We love the easy-to-follow instructions for these 31 make-in-a-weekend quilts. Infuse BEHR's 2020 color of the year into your new favorite go-to blanket to escape the noise and distraction of your everyday life. Check out how beautiful the Sassy Stripes Quilt came out with the natural elements evoked through Back to Nature! Each pattern features time-saving tips with simplified patchwork, larger blocks, strip-sets, and other shortcuts making this a great find for both beginners and advanced quilters looking for quick and satisfying projects. Each design features a lifestyle photograph, assembly diagram, step-by-step instructions, and complete materials list. Within just a few weekends you could deck out all of your favorite people who will relish under your cozy and peaceful works of art.

    There you go makers! A full set of inspirational designs and projects to fill your free time with fun and accessible creations. Now go out and incorporate the calming, grounding, and restorative BEHR 2020 color of the year Back to Nature into your life through the crafts we highlighted in this color exploration. We know you will wow us with your creativity and artful eyes so be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts!

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Knit Gifts For Women

    Top Gifts To Knit Women

    This year, use your knitting skills to create the perfect gifts for the women in your life. It's much more personal and memorable than buying a gift, and she will love these cozy, creative knits! Whether she is interested in technology or fashion, you'll find the perfect gift to knit her.

    1. A Trendy Knit Cardigan: Cardigans are everywhere this season - they flatter every woman and are super cozy. Make her a special one to wear this season. Use a neutral color of yarn so that it will go perfect with any outfit. She will be in love! Knit this great gift from Super Cute Super Quick.

    Knit Cardigan For Women

    2. A Unique Tablet Cover: If the woman on your list has a tablet or eReader, then she will love this unique knit case! It's unlike anything that can be bought in stores, and the soft yarn is sure to keep her tech free from scratches. Challenge yourself to make this great gift and learn a new skill with I Can't Believe I'm Entrelac Knitting.

    Knit Tablet Cover For Women

    3. A Classy Cabled Afghan: Any woman would love to receive this gorgeous knit afghan. The perfect accent for her living room, this afghan makes neutrals colors pop and adds a sense of cozy luxury to any home. Knit this great gift now with Classic Afghans.

    Knit Afghan For Women

    4. A Relaxing Spa Set: For a thoughtful gift of relaxation, knit a spa set for the woman on your list. Create a knit adult-size bath mitt, drawstring soap sack, headband, and facecloth to help her relax. She will be excited to put the set to use! Get the patterns for this great knit gift in Spa & Bath Sets To Knit.

    Knit Spa Set For Women

    5. A Beautiful Beaded Bracelet: For Use your knitting skills, embroidery floss, and beads to create a unique jewelry for the woman on your list. She will love the delicate beading and details you put into it! Give a gift of sparkle and color with Beaded Bracelets To Knit.
    Knit Bracelet For Women

    6. A Casual Knit Bag:  Knit this cute textured tote for the woman on your list. She will love its ease and simplicity - perfect for so many occasions. It's large enough to hold everything she needs, but not too large for carrying around the mall. Knit this great gift for women now with Oh-So-Easy Knits.

    Knit Purse For Women

    7. A Cute Coffee Cup Cozy:  Whether she's addicted to coffee or prefers tea, the woman on your list will love this textured knit cup cozy. A great stocking stuffer or small gift that will keep her hands protected and look cute too! Knit it now with Beginner-Friendly Knitting.
    Knit Cup Cozy For Women

    8. An Adorable Dishcloth Dress:  Add some fun to her kitchen counter! She will love to dress her dish detergent bottle in one of these whimsical knit cover-ups that doubles as a dishcloth. A small gift she will never forget, plus it's quick and easy to make! Knit the one you think will match her style with Dishcloth Dresses.

    Knit Dishcloth Dresses For Women

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Knit.

  • Crochet Gifts For Men

    Top Gifts To Crochet For Men

    Men are always hard to shop for - this season, crochet something special for the men on your list. When making gifts for men, we recommend keeping it functional and fun. These cozy crochet gifts are sure to be a hit!

    1. A Cozy Afghan - With Pockets!: Crochet this warm throw for the man on your list. The pockets are perfect for holding remotes, glasses, newspapers, snacks, or anything else he might need while he relaxes on the couch! Crochet this perfect gift for men today with Charity Guide For Crocheters.

    Pocketed Crochet Afghan For Men

    2. A Warm Pair Of Slippers: It's easy to crochet cozy house shoes for everyone, and the man on your list will appreciate these comfy, casual slippers on cold winter nights! Crochet them now with Slippers For The Family.
    Crochet Slippers For Men

    3. A Crochet Checkerboard: Give this gift and the man on your list will have a new source of entertainment at the gathering. He will love passing the time with this classic game, and showing the kids how to play. It could be the start of a holiday tradition! Start on this unique gift idea for men today with the Checkers Crochet ePattern.

    Crochet Checkers For Men

    4. A Sporty Afghan: Get your game on with afghans for good sports! This crochet afghan featuring a poker table with cards and playing chips will be a perfect gift for the man in your life. Generously sized and surprisingly easy to crochet, this is great addition to any man cave. Get this unique pattern in Sportacular Afghans.

    Poker Table Crochet Afghan

    5. A Slouchy Beanie: This casual, cozy beanie is the perfect gift for any guy, and it's quick to make! The easy-to-wear and trendy style is perfect for men who need some extra warmth in their wardrobe. Crochet this great beanie for men with the fun patterns in Slouchy Beanies & Headwraps.
    Crochet Beanie For Men

    6. A Set Of Golf Club Covers: Know a guy who loves golf? Crochet these functional and fun golf club covers for him. Perfect for vacation and country club visits. Start on this unique gift idea for men with the Big Book Of Crochet.
    Crochet Golf Club Covers For Men

    7. A Thick, Comfy Pair Of Socks: Instead of just buying him another bag of boring socks this season, crochet him a unique pair! These socks are perfect for any occasion, and are sure to keep his feet warm all winter!  Crochet warm socks for the man on your list with I Can't Believe I'm Crocheting Socks.

    Crochet Socks For Men

    8. A Crochet Sleeve For His Coffee Cup: Is the man on your list an avid coffee drinker? Then he is sure to find use from this great crochet coffee cup sleeve. It will help protect his hands - perfect for coffee on the go! Crochet this great gift for men now with Use Up That Yarn!

    Crochet Coffee Sleeve for Men

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Crochet.

  • Crochet Gifts For Women

    Top Gifts To Crochet Women

    Use your crochet skills to make unforgettable gifts this season. The women on list will love getting a unique, handmade gift and appreciate all the time and effort you put into making it. Find the perfect gift idea today.

    1. This Beautiful Starlight Afghan: Crochet the woman on your list our most popular afghan! She will love the whimsical peppermint pattern, and anticipate putting it on display every year during the holiday season! Get everything you need to start on this gift for the woman on your list with the Starlight Afghan Kit.

    Starlight Afghan For Women

    2. A Colorful Crochet Tote: Crochet a fun, fashionable bag for the woman on your list. She will love the bright colors and unique yarn look and the fact that it's big enough to fit all the essentials! Perfect for any occasion. Crochet this bag with Terrific Totes.

    Crochet Purse For Women

    3. A Unique Handcrafted Necklace: Combine your crochet skills with beads and nylon cord to make unique jewelry pieces. The woman on your list will love this necklace! The neutral colors make it perfect to wear with almost anything! Learn how to make this great gift with Beaded Beauties To Crochet.

    Crochet Necklace For Women

    4. A Cute Tablet Cover: Whether the woman on your list loves to browse the internet on her tablet or curl up with an eReader, she will love this crochet tablet cover! The braided design is unlike anything she will have seen in stores. Cute, and it will keep her device safe! Start this great gift now with Bags & Backpacks.

    Tablet Cover For Women

    5. A Warm, Colorful Scarf: Create the perfect gift for her while mastering the art of crocheting symmetrical scarves. The result will be a unique, cozy scarf that she will love to wear season after season! Get started on this crochet gift for women today with Mirror Image Scarves.

    Crochet Scarf For Women

    6. A Crochet Bath Set: Treat her to relaxation with this unique gift idea! First, crochet these cute baskets - she will love to use them as storage and decor in her bathroom! Next, fill them with fun soaps, bubble baths, or lotions to help her relax. She will love this thoughtful gift! Create these baskets now with the Big Book of Crochet.
    Bath Baskets For Women

    7. A Fashionable, Cozy Cardigan: Flattering on any body type, this cardigan makes the perfect gift! Use crocodile stitches to make this unique piece that the fashionable woman on your list is sure to love. Start on this great gift idea for women now with the Crocodile Stitch Cardigan ePattern.

    Crochet Cardigan For Women

    8. A Set Of Floral Scrubbies: These scrubbies are quick to crochet, and make great stocking stuffers or small gifts! Create this fun floral set for the woman on your list - great for a relaxing bath or for use in the kitchen. Crochet these scrubbies now with So-Cute Scrubbies.
    Crochet Floral Scrubbies For Women
    9. A Fun Cup Cozy: This cute cozy makes a great gift to warm hearts and safeguard fingers from hot cups. The woman on your list will love accenting her cup with this cute piece each day. Crochet cute cup sleeves for the women in your life now with Cup Cozies.

    Cup Cozy For Women

    10. A Floral Coin Purse: Help the woman on your list organize her purse with this cute change holder. It's the perfect small gift or stocking stuffer - Quick, easy, and practical. Crochet this cute coin purse now with Totes & Bags.

    Crochet Coin Purse For Women
    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Crochet.

  • Baby Crochet Inspired by Nature

    Crochet patterns for baby may be plentiful, but few baby crochet designs are as adorable as those in Nature's Gifts for Baby.  Today's Guest Blogger is Sara Leighton.  Sara designed the whimsical patterns you'll find inside of Nature's Gifts for Baby and she's here today to talk about her inspiration for them.  Welcome Sara!

    Hello, there!  I’m Sara Leighton, designer of the patterns in Leisure Arts' recent publication Nature's Gifts for Baby.  I’ve been a part of the wonderful crochet design community for several years now.  This is my first book and it gives me such joy to see it in print.  Many thanks go out to Leisure Arts for working with me and bringing this project to life.

    Nature's Gifts for Baby Front Cover Nature's Gifts for Baby Front Cover

    I’d love to tell you a little bit about the inspiration for each baby set.  There are seven sets in the book, each inspired by the incredible beauty of the natural world.  I love the thought of sweet little babies being all wrapped up in my designs!  What a compliment to have my designs invited into others’ lives as they celebrate their own little gifts of nature.  I’d also like to share some tips for customization for those crocheters who are particularly adventurous.

     

    Coniferous Set

    Coniferous Set Coniferous Set

    Forests are full of life and magic, just like babies!  I wanted to celebrate those precious moments with a hat and blanket influenced by the grandeur of the Pacific Northwest.  I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my life and thus have been fortunate enough to have its gorgeous forests surround me and inspire me.

    Custom Tip: Make the blanket in any size by starting with any multiple of 6 stitches plus 3.  A larger blanket might mean a big forest of tree appliqués lining the bottom!  Remember that you’ll need more yarn if you’re making a larger blanket.

     

    Starry Set 

    Starry Set Starry Set

    The night sky has captured our imaginations and inspired many stories across different cultures.  The simple stitches and crisp details of this space-inspired set make it shine.  Truth be told, I was inspired to design this set because I am a space fanatic in my daily life.  It’s a good thing that I work as Campus Manager of a small private school, because working with young people helps me to get away with wearing my space dress, space leggings, space skirt, space scarf, and space earrings (though not all at once)!

    Custom Tip: Change one of the constellations to the baby’s star sign to make the set more personal. You could even write the little one’s name or initials in the stars!

     

    Fox Set 

    Fox Set Fox Set

    With a flash of bright orange, this sweet little fox set steals your heart.  I wanted to conjure thoughts of playful forest friends in soft snowfall with this whimsical project.  Foxes are fairly trendy these days — and for good reason!  They are totally adorable and irresistibly mischievous.

    Custom Tip: If springtime strikes your fancy, replace the off-white in the blanket with green.  You could also add a bow to the fox for a more feminine look.

     

    Seedling Set

    Seedling Set Seedling Set

    It’s so fulfilling watching the next generation be born, grow up, and reach their potential. This is a crisp, sweet baby set that seeks to recognize the joy babies bring to our lives as they blossom and change.  This set was inspired by a class activity that I enjoyed when I was in first grade.  We got to explore sunflowers at various stages of their development.  I never forgot the excitement I felt learning all about how living things grow and change.

    Custom Tip: Frame the panels instead of joining them to create unique nursery decor.  You could also make pillows out of them to add some fun to a favorite chair.

     

    Sunrise Set

    Sunrise Set Sunrise Set

    Mr. Golden Sun shines down on baby in the form of these bright, sunny hexagon motifs.  I like that you can work them up in your spare moments and soon you’ll have a beautiful set for your wee one.  When I was a very young one, under 5, I lived in sunny California.  This set is a tribute to that early and warm part of my life, my own sunrise.

    Custom Tip: The size of this blanket is easy to customize; simply craft more or fewer motifs.  You may even want to experiment with different hexagon arrangements.  If you’d like a larger blanket, be sure to factor in more yarn.

     

    Water Lilies

    Water Lilies Set Water Lilies Set

    This set was inspired by Monet’s paintings which reflect the simple beauty of a quiet pond.  I have a huge amount of respect for art, especially impressionism, and Monet’s paintings have always been among my favorites.  I finally saw a few in person a few years ago; I cried with happiness.

    Custom Tip: Monet created over 200 paintings in the Water Lilies series, with no two being completely alike. Place your lily pads and flowers however you desire to create your own unique version. Since variegated yarn is used for this set, no two sets will look quite the same.

     

    Raindrops Set

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    Rain refreshes the earth, bringing water to thirsty plants and animals.  This cool set is a great way to play in puddles - without getting wet!  It rains a lot of the time where I live.  I love it!  The rain brings everything to life.

    Custom Tip: The cloud appliqués are very versatile. You can add as many or as few as you like to your set. Stitch letters onto them, stuff them to turn them into a matching mobile.  The sky is the limit when it comes to creativity. 

    Thanks Sara for your keen insights into the incredibly cute baby crochet designs in Nature's Gifts for Baby. You can find Sara everyday at her blog: Illuminate Crochet.  

    Have a great day!

    -Veronica

  • Crochet Gifts for Teenage Girls

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    Teenage girls can be hard to shop for, but they will love these handmade crochet gifts. Whether you're shopping for Christmas, Hanukkah, or birthdays, you'll find a gift any teenager will love.  Crochet your favorite teenaged girl a gift from this list and you're sure to see a big smile on her face!

     

    1. A Slouchy, Warm Hat: Crochet the teenage girl in your life something both warm and trendy! Whether she likes to kick up her heels or escape into her daydreams, a slouchy beanie will be a great gift. With cute details ranging from button flaps to cables and chevrons, you'll find the perfect crochet gift for her in Urban Slouch Hats.

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    2. An Adorable Tablet or Laptop Cover:  Teenage girls will love the cute cabled look of this crochet tablet cover, and the soft yarn will protect her tech! Create the perfect crochet gift for Christmas with Crochet Bags & Backpacks!

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    3. A Cozy Crochet Cardigan: Fashion-conscious teenagers are always searching for the perfect pieces. She will love to get a nice, thick cardigan to keep her warm on the coldest days this winter. Crochet a Christmas gift she will love this season with Crochet It. Love It. Wear It!

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    4. Fingerless Gloves: Fingerless gloves are the perfect gift for a teenage girl - they allow her to text and use her hands while cozy yarn and stitches keeps her hands warm. Plus, they're cute! Crochet her a pair in her favorite colors with the easy designs in Family Favorites.

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    5. A Bulky Scarf with a Pop of Color: Teenage girls will love to wear this bulky scarf all season long. It's neutral, but the colors are eye-catching and fun! Plus, it's easy to make! The stunning gradient of color is created using self-striping colors in the Landscapes Lion Brand Yarn. Get started now with Stripe Savvy.

     

    6. A Cute Afghan for Cuddling up with Netflix:  Any teenage girl's face will light up when she opens this present. Crochet this afghan in bright, eye catching colors for a fun, modern look. It's perfect size to curl up with on the couch. Get the easy pattern now in Easy Afghans.

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    7. An Oversized Tunic:  This oversized crochet sweater will be perfect to pair with leggings and boots. Any teenage girl would be delighted to wear it out and show it to all her friends. Create this great crochet gift in time for Christmas with Relaxed Fashion.

     

    8. A Crochet Crossbody Bag:  Crossbody bags are a perfect small size for carrying all the essentials a teenage girl needs - a cell phone, keys, wallet, & makeup.  Plus, she will love having her arms free! Choose yarn in her favorite color and embellish with cute buttons, as shown in Easy Essential Bags.

     

    9. A Chevron Cup Cozy:  These cute cozies make great gifts to warm hearts and safeguard fingers from hot cups.  Great as a small gift or stocking stuffer, she will love using these around the house or at school! This holiday season, crochet her Cup Cozies.
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    10. A Hip Mustache Pillow:  Who can resist pillows? They soften our world and add decorative accents to lots of different rooms. This pillow will be the perfect quirky accent to her bed, and will be a hit at sleepovers. Crochet a gift she'll love with Pillow Fun.

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    11. A Long Beaded Necklace:  Who This long beaded necklace has so many outfit possibilities - she will love to wear it, and you will love to make it! Use your crochet techniques with beads and nylon cord to make her a gift she will love. Get started today with Beaded Beauties to Crochet.

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    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Crochet.

  • Lacy Chevron Afghan from Breaking Amish & Return to Amish

    Today's Guest Blogger is Ann Elaine from Craftdrawer Crafts.  Her blog is full of ideas for crochet, knit, crafts, sewing and cross stitch.  Today, she tells us about one of her favorite Leisure Arts patterns: Lacy Chevron Afghan.  You may recognize this as Mary's Afghan from the TV shows Breaking Amish and Return to Amish.  Welcome Ann Elaine!

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    The Lacy Chevron Afghan is an interesting afghan to crochet. It combines a repeated shell stitched with the look of the ripple afghan pattern. I have always been a fan of the ripple afghan and enjoy the way it looks when combining it with other colors. The Lacy Chevron takes it one step further and gives the afghan the feel of movement within the colors of the yarn. The wave pattern of the Lacy Chevron afghan is one similar to the one featured on an Amish reality television show.

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    In addition to the ePattern, the Lacy Chevron Afghan can also be found in the Afghan Parade eBook along with three other designs for a total of four patterns.  The afghan made by Mary on the shows Breaking Amish and Return to Amish is actually called a Lacy Chevron.  I've tried the pattern with a few random scrap colors for practice and found it’s was fairly easy to crochet once you got the hang of it.

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    I did find similar patterns to the Lacy Chevron online but the instructions in the original Afghan Parade eBook are written better and much easier to understand. It reminds me of crocheting a repeated shell stitch afghan along with granny squares. It’s best to crochet with a worsted weight yarn and with similar colors to enhance the wave effect. My sample pattern was modified and I crocheted a smaller ripple from the pattern to give it a slightly different look.

    When crocheting the Lacy Chevron it’s good to read through the pattern and take your time. The directions are clear and if you use shades of yarn in the same color it works up beautifully. In the Afghan Parade eBook the afghans featured are all worked in one piece so there are no seams to sew. If you like the look of the Lacy Chevron you will also enjoy crocheting the V-Stitch Shell, the Small Shell Afghan, and the Stained Glass afghan included in the Afghan Parade eBook.

    - Ann

    Thanks Ann!  You can find Ann Elaine everyday at her Blog Craftdrawer Crafts.   If you want more information about the connection between the shows Breaking Amish and Return to Amish and the Lacy Chevron Afghans, check out her blog entry on the subject here: Mary's Crochet Afghan Patterns from Breaking Amish and Return to Amish.

    P.S. If you'd like to make your own Lacy Chevron Afghan, we've just released a new Lacy Chevron Afghan Kit with a modern neutral yarn palette.  You can check it out here: Lacy Chevron Afghan Kit.

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