Family and friends on your holiday list will love and cherish gifts created with your personal touch! Fashion forward clothing and jewelry, with your added personal touch, will be worn and loved for years to come.
Wrap Your Loved Ones in Afghan Warmth
We want nothing more than the most relaxing, Restful Afghans for you and your loved ones. So cozy into your favorite spot on the couch, and crochet your favorite design or designs. Most afghans are rated easy for almost any crafter to accomplish, so you’ll be snoozing in no time!
Become A Cable Master
Crochet your way to cable mastery, and make some fabulous knit-like hats in the process, with Alaskan Hats Using Slip Stitch! You’ll find seven slip-stitch hats from easy working your way to complex, guided through each project withe easy-to-follow instructions. You’ll be slip stitching those bobbles, cables, braids, and ridges in no time!
Wrap Up Their Wardrobe
Choose from a collection of 10 all-time favorite sweaters, pullovers and cardigans for those on your holiday list. Sweater Weather presents all-time favorite sweaters, pullovers and cardigans with a variety of stitch patterns to expand your skills and create comfy, trendy and functional designs.
Warm Hands, Warm Hearts
Our Fingerless Mitts Knitting Project Kit has everything you need to create warm and comfortable fingerless mittens in just one weekend. Not only will the completed mittens make great holiday gifts, the kit itself would be a great gift for any knitters or aspiring knitters on your list!
A Baby Life Well Lived
We’ve seen tons of baby quilts over the years, but few have captured our hearts the way this Baby Life Quilt has! Perhaps it’s the modern palette, or maybe the mixture of fun patterns with solids. But most likely it’s the colorful words of wisdom for a baby life well lived.
All of these projects are sure to make whoever receives them happy, and they are sure to cherish them for years!
What are you working on for the Holidays? Share pics with us on your social channels by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts. We love to see what's going on in your studio!
If you're looking for a way to unplug the kids from the internet, TV, or video games, crocheting and/or knitting are sure to do the trick! Both are fun—and productive—hobbies for kids of all ages.
Linking learning with fun is the most effective way to teach. Once your favorite child sees that this fun activity leads to creating something they can keep and cherish, or gift to someone special, their excitement will only grow. Not only that, both knitting and crocheting use real-life math and reading, and helps improve fine motor skills. There's knit a thing to lose and so much to gain!
Getting Down To The Knitty Gritty
Children will love the step-by-step photos and kid-friendly instructions in Cool Stuff—Teach Me to Knit. Soon they'll be hooked, proudly creating their own beautiful and useful projects. Our book includes helpful notes for you while you teach, along with tips & videos to help along the way.
After learning the slip knot and cast on, the first easy-to-take-on project is a knit coaster (or as a simple decorative touch under vases, frames or knick knacks). A few projects later is a soft drink cozy, which can be made to match the coaster. Keep your hands warm and your table dry while drinking a cold can of your favorite 12-ounce beverage, all the while beaming with pride.
Before you can say "To knit or not to knit, now that’s just a silly question," your special youngster will be on the way to being an awesome knitter, making this lap-sized wrap and pillow that will wow everyone!
As if that weren't enough, children will learn to create their own scarf, leg warmers, mittens and hat, to stay nice and cozy through the winter. Just imagine the look of pride on their face when they are out and about wearing their own creations!
Olé, It's Time To Crochet!
If crochet is more your style, Teach Me To Crochet gives similar tips and instructions to make any child a pro. Once they go through the basics of crochet, they'll create a chain loop daisy. Your child will be delighted to display these daisies on their backpack, notebook, hair clip, wherever they want!
Prepare for those nights of homework, reading, or watching TV, with this colorful Round Pillow and Ripple Lap Warmer.
These Ruffled Hair Scrunchy & Loopy Hair Scrunchy are off the hook! Not only will she have fun making these, she'll be pleased as punch to show them off at school or anywhere else.
Does the child in your life have a furry best friend? If so, either of these projects is sure to be a hit!
Your favorite teen will be styling on the go and ready for yoga relaxation.
These coasters, washcloths and scrubbies will help any teen to clean up nicely.
Before you know it, they will soon be crocheting these beautiful and stylish wardrobe additions!
With these projects under their belts, children and teens will be able to take on even more projects that will bring them (and you!) pride and joy. They won't even realize they are actually improving their math, reading and motor skills while making all the things they love. Instead of yawning and telling you how bored they are, they will spend the summer yarning and creating spectacular items. Let us help guide you and the child in your life from beginner to WOW!
As they finish each project, be sure post photo/s on social media and tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, so we can all enjoy their progress as well!
I crocheted these Fingerless Mittens for a friend’s birthday. The colors reminded me of a new box of crayons and she loves lots of colors. I didn’t get this from pattern from a Leisure Arts book. But here is a Leisure Arts book that has a great pattern. It is Hat & Handwarmers for the Family. That you could modify to make it look like the one in the photo. Just crochet to cover the palm of the hand and if you don’t want to crochet the thumb then don’t that is your call.
With a size H crochet hook I chained 28 stitches. (If H is too small or big you can go up or down a crochet hook size) I joined it in the round with a slip stitch. I made sure not to twist it. Use a place marker so you know where you joined in the round.
Row 1: single crochet.
Row 2: single crochet into the back stitch and repeat for 16 rounds.
Increase rounds: crochet two single stitches into the stitch before your place marker and into the stitch on the other side of the place marker. Your next round is a single crochet into the black stitch. Continue these two rows four more times until you have 38 stitches.
Thumb and palm: crochet until 4 stitches before the place marker and chain 3 count four stitches past and crochet. Use a place marker in the second chain so you can keep up were you joined it in the round. You should have skipped a total of 9 stitches. (The last stitch before the chain I did a single crochet through the whole stitch and also a whole stitch when joining the thumb hole. This makes it stronger.) Then single crochet into the back stitch for 8 rounds.
Fingerless mittens are a great gift idea for birthdays, Christmas, or just because you want to do something for someone special.