A round crochet hot pad with a turkey figurine on it

Crochet Pattern: Shades of Autumn Hot Pad

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It’s never too early to plan ahead for the 🍂autumn holidays 🍁 by making this pretty, double-sided crochet hot pad (or centerpiece) for your dining table.

Autumn colors of green, gold, burgundy, and orange join together to form a textured top, and the double thickness construction creates a cushy surface for your dishes.

This kitchen accessory is pretty and practical, stitches up quickly, and makes a great housewarming gift.

The pattern is now available to purchase from Ravelry.

Circular hot pad in colors in gold, orange, burgundy and olive Round crochet hot pad in olive green


Crochet Pattern: Alpine Zig Zag Cowl

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Dress up your winter coat with this cheery red cowl that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day ❤.

The design is inspired by a photo I saw of a zig-zag trail down the side of an alpine mountain.

The cowl can be worn two ways: as a standard cowl extending down to the waist, or as an infinity scarf, doubled around the neck. The cowl is worked in the round so no sewing is required. Once you’re done crocheting, it’s ready to wear!  And it’s a quick project, too.

The pattern is now available to purchase from Ravelry.

A handmade red infinity scarf A handmade scarf around the neck

And you’re not just limited to red. The recommended yarn (Feels Like Butta from Lion Brand) comes in a variety of cool colors.

The cowl also looks great in WHITE, or try a combo of two colors like I did here with RED and WHITE:

Three handmade infinity scarves in red, white, and red & white combo


Pair of hands wearing knitted fingerless gloves

Cable Accented Fingerless Gloves Pattern Gets an Update

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I first released my Cable Accented Fingerless Gloves back in 2012 when Craftsy was still a thing. Since then, the yarn I used has been discontinued so I decided to redo the gloves with a current, popular yarn you can find just about anywhere (Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice) and re-release the pattern.

Free Free Free

The updated pattern is now available FREE to download here on my website, and also over at Ravelry if you’d like to add it to your library.

Two hands wear knitted fingerless gloves


Free Knit and Crochet Cowl Patterns

I truly believe Handmade = Love and always try to make gifts for the special people in my life.

If you’re looking for a quick project for gift-giving this holiday season, these cowls work up so fast you can make several in one day, and if you use the recommended yarn they’ll be super soft and squishy.

Best of all? These patterns are FREE!

The Crochet Cowl

This cowl, worked seamlessly in the round, starts with a round of Foundation Single Crochet so that the top and bottom mirror one another when you’re done, but if that stitch isn’t in your wheelhouse yet, no worries. You can start with a regular chain and a round of regular single crochet if you want instead.

Download the pattern HERE.

Gray and White striped crochet cowl on a table

You can also add this pattern to your Ravelry library following this link: Mighty Striped Cowl (crochet).

The Knit Cowl

This cowl is also worked in the round. You can use a 16-inch circular needle or a set of double-pointed needles.

Download the pattern HERE.

A blue and white striped knitted cowl

You can also add this pattern to your Ravelry library following this link: Easy Striped Cowl (knit)

the recommended yarn

I used Knit Picks Mighty Stitch Bulky (TM) for both these projects. It’s super soft and squishy and worked up great on the big needles and hook. It has a beautiful sheen to it and comes in so many pretty colors that you can customize your cowls to whatever two-color combo strikes your fancy. I made a bunch in different colors while testing the patterns and can’t pick a favorite.

Three knitted cowls - blue & white, pink & white, blue & green

Three crocheted cowls, pink & white, blue & white, pink & green

I hope you enjoy the patterns. That’s my gift to YOU this holiday season! Thanks for being a reader. 😀

That’s all for now.

Happy crafting!