This is a traditional looking amigurumi doll! Sort of reminds you of old Raggedly Anne dolls, doesn’t it? Except these ones are dressed up, and they’re free patterns!
The dolls are around 21 – 22 centimeters tall when completed, and as you can see from the photos, there are variations available. For example, some of the crochet dolls have five fingers and some have none, just hands.
The materials list:
- Yarn, No. 0 and No. 3 for the body and head
- 2.5 mm crochet hook and 2 mm crochet hook
- Other yarn of any sort for the hair and other parts
- Ribbons, buttons, and other decorations
in this amigurumi doll free pattern by Emma at Knitting Daily, (available here),
Tired of papercrafts for Valentine’s Day? I remember the aftermath of several Valentine’s Day parties, with paper littering the ground. Confetti, cards, bags, plastic, and wrappers were all signs of affection, except to the person who then had to clean it all up. Next Valentine’s Day (or a few weeks leading up to it), you can try something less messy and more likely to stick around, gifts that mean something because you spent time making it yourself instead of picking it up at the store during a mad dash the night prior.
There are dozens of ways to incorporate more love into the holiday in the shape of these crochet cuties. Choose your own colors, pick a yarn and hook, and experiment. You could make small ones and sew them together for a garland. You can make bigger ones for hot pads or coasters, or large hearts that can serve as rugs and mats. You could even make these into granny squares, crocheting one a year for a child’s Valentine’s gift, and they can sew it up when they reach their 18th Valentine’s Day. However you decide to use them, they will be infused with love.
To make your own crocheted hearts, you’ll at least need the following:
- Yarn (size, weight, and color depend on the project)
- Crochet hook (will vary depending on which yarn you use – be sure to crochet a few rows to see how it will look before you dive into the project)
- Tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)
Extras you may want to consider adding:
- Metallic thread
- Multi-color yarn
You may also want to be familiar with the following stitches and terminology:
- Stitch (st)
- Chain (ch)
- Slip stitch (sl st)
- Single crochet (sc)
- Double crochet (dc)
- Single crochet two stitches together (sc2tog)
Ready to spread the love? You can find the complete written instructions, photo tutorial, and materials list all for free here. If you prefer the heart projects we’ve showcased below, you can find the patterns here, here, and here.
Crochet Embroidery Butterfly - Free Pattern
Have you ever wandered through an antique store, craft bazaar, or flea market and stopped in your tracks because you’ve just spotted a new art form? That’s how we felt when we saw this gorgeous crochet and embroidery piece, complete with metallic thread, pearls, and ombre shading. The results are simply stunning, and the possiblities for use are nearly endless. These would look spectacular as brooches attached to scarves, hats, or bags; used as place cards, gift tags, or a garland; or simply used to decorate a spring centerpiece.
To make one of these lovely butterflies, you’ll need to gather up the following materials and tools from your craft cabinet or work space:
- Crochet hook (size varies depending on how big you want your butterfly to be, of course)
- White yarn (this is used for the base)
- Metallic yarn (gold or silver, depending on the other colors you’re using)
- Embroidery floss (try for three different shades of the same color, as seen in the photo below)
- Beads (think faux pearls, wooden beads, or porcelain beads for the body, smaller seed beads for decoration)
- Wire (this can be used to help the wings retain their shape, as well as for the antenna)
- Brooch fastenings (or keyring, if you prefer)
- Needle (this can be a tapestry needle or embroidery needle, depending on if you’re using embroidery thread or yarn)
The creation of the butterfly is a process consisting of a few steps: crocheting the wings and body, embroidering the wings, and then assembling the creation. There’s plenty of help to be had with graphs, photos, and a video tutorial. You may want to consider making a larger butterfly to start with so that it’s easier to put together, and then scaling down to the size that you want depending on how you’ll be using them.