Crafty Winter Holiday Patterns (Free Ones!)

I came down with a sinus infection so I couldn’t finish all the winter holiday stuff I was making for the kids at school. However, I did make a list of all the awesome free patterns I came across!

Crochet Cane Hat


This pattern from Sarah at is exactly what I wanted in holiday hat. It comes in baby sizes, toddler/child, and teen/adult, I planned to do it in red/green, red/white, gold/white, and purple/white.

*Note: I finished three of these hats and all of them were too big for my kindergartners all the way to fifth grade kids even after I took out one of the increases and made it more like a beanie. The person who wrote the pattern admits that it isn’t tested and that she wants feedback; and there is some feedback in the comments section from crafters who tried the child and adult sizes and adjusted them through various methods. The pattern as is simply works too wide and deep so I’ll I have to do some more finagling to get the right size…


Mrs. Murdocks’s Mittens


Of course I want mittens to go with my hats and scarves! ^_^ (Still working on these. Have you made some yet?) Brought to us by Brenda Anderson over

Simple Striped Scarf

From Interweave

A scarf pattern from Interweave by Marcy that likely looked wonderful in red and white to get that classic candy cane look!

Holly and Mistletoe

From Little Treasures blog, Maya Kuzman

I thought this might make cute hair bands or shoe ties for boots. Not that we’re trying to attract kisses here! By Maya Kuzman Crochet and Crafts on her blog, Little Treasures.

Rudy the Reindeer Amigurumi

From Tales of Twisted Fibers

So adorable, brought to us for free by Serah at her blog, Tales of Twisted Fibers. I plan to make one for each of Santa’s reindeer.

San Valentine’s Day Hot Chocolate


This is actually a pattern I picked for Valentine’s goodies for my kids at the school but it can easily be modified for a festive winter holiday theme.

I had to include more, for obvious reasons. So enjoy!

Christmas Lights



Pixie Elf Striped Hat

*Note: Newborn pattern size available for free but larger sizes must be purchased on Craftsy.


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Who Names These Yarns?? -__-

Bernat Softee Chunky in a questionable ‘kimono’

My fellow crafty ordered this yarn and expected it to be more red because the color sample image she saw online wasn’t true to the yarn’s actual colors. But as it turns out this Bernat Softee Chunky in “kimono” actually mirrors a koi pond. It does not make me think of a kimono, which as a concept would be hard to capture because a kimono can come in just about any colors. Though kimonos can have koi print theme, this ombre yarn in no way summons the general thought of a kimono, which is why me and my friend think its strange, misnamed, and potentially appropriative. Which is what happens when brands make lose references to somebody else’s culture, in this instance Japanese culture. The colors of the yarn bring to mind many images of teal, green, aquamarine plant life and waters. The white, orange sometimes pinkish, and red colors a koi fish’s scales.

Names Bernat Could’ve Called This Yarn (by me and Shanay):

  • Koi
  • Ocean Sunset
  • Lily Pond Sunrise
  • Random Reference to Japanese Culture

Guess What I Got For My Birthday!

YARN!! I bought expensive YARN!!!

My birthday was on the sixteenth and I got money. I’ve wanted to make myself something nice so, after some indecision, today I went and ordered yarn from Nordic Mart (will post again when it gets here). I fell in love with their DROPS Muskat coral red and decided to use it make the Avalon Top pattern my friend and fellow crafty showed me a while back.

I’ve never had DK weight yarn before, especially not any this expensive. This top will be the most expensive thing I’ve ever made and I’ll have to buy the remaining skeins I need to finish it in installments 0__0. The most expensive yarn I’ve ever bought is from DROPS/Nordic Mart, my favorite DROPS Big Delight in chocolate banana and autumn forest. If only I could have all the yarns…*sigh*


Pattern of the Week: The Flower Power Valance

I cleared off my desk and finally decided to sit there with my laptop for activities such as writing this post. My mom creepily informed me that she was looking through the space on the side of my blinds and could see my laptop from outside one day. Why she was looking through my window, I can’t say. Whatever, I decided I wanted some protection before I sit over there again.

So I googled for crochet curtain patterns, free patterns of course. I wasn’t looking for flowers because I think my room looks like a kid’s playpen already but I really liked the one I found–the Flower Power Valance by Robin Sanchez.


My valance is worked in taupe and white by Bernat Baby Sport using a Boye H 5mm hook. I extended it two rows (three motifs on each side) by repeating the last two rows and I think it adds a too fancy touch to my small room. There’s a tutorial that I didn’t watch, which is probably why I had to spend time figuring out the half flower motif and wrongly assembled it the motifs at first? My bad? I used push pins to get the valance up there since I don’t have curtain rods. I love the colors displayed on Robin’s blog in her valance and I have a lot of bright yarns but I decided to use softer colors so I didn’t hurt my eyes or wonder whose house I was in every time I come in my room or wake up and look at the window everyday. I might add this curtain/valance by Dearest Debi underneath underneath it for extra protection that still allows light through.

This free pattern for the Flower Power Valance can be found on Robin Sanchez’s blog, Once Upon a Pink Moon. A little fancy for my little room but I feel peepers (I’m lookin’ at you, mom) being repelled by the power of my flowery valance already. Thanks, Robin!

Bernat, WHY???

Cotton-ish by Bernat

Cotton-ish by Bernat


“Cotton Club”, black yarn from Bernat in JoAnn

Who at Bernat thought this was a good idea?

This is a skein of “Cotton-ish” yarn from Bernat that I saw in JoAnn while looking for something else. It is a black skein of yarn labeled “Cotton Club”.

All I think of when I see this is a couple of confederate flag-waving white women sitting around chuckling to themselves while knitting socks.

It’s not like the Cotton Club was a good thing for Black people and it can’t be a coincidence that a skein of black yarn by Bernat is labeled “cotton club”.

People, please learn your history (and from the perspective that matters).