January 31

Smashing Crochet Slippers

Crochet Hulk slippers by Mel Garcia Tello

Even though the weather in Kansas City can’t seem to decide if it’s winter or spring, I’m still in the mood to stay in, craft, and be cozy. These fantastic Hulk slippers might just be the perfect project to accomplish all that.

The Ravelry pattern page indicates the finished slippers are 19 cm (7.5″), so they would probably be more of a child size, but I would bet you could add some extra rounds in the middle to lengthen them.

Mel Garcia Tello’s Facebook Page offers a discount code through January 31st, so be sure to hop over there if you want to buy this pattern.

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January 24

Quit Dragon Your Feet and Get Started on This Blanket!

Dragon blanket by MJs Off the Hook Designs

You may have seen the various mermaid tail blankets all over Pinterest lately – check out this dragon version! MJ of MJ’s Off the Hook Designs created this beauty incorporating two strands of bulky weight yarn with a Q hook, in newborn to adult sizes.

She also has other varieties, including a dolphin, large mouth bass, and a car seat cozy collection. And her shark blanket went viral during Shark Week!

Done with a large Q hook, I’m curious how quick these dragon blankets stitch up. Have you tried one of these cocoon type blankets? How long did it take you? Share your experience with us in the comments below!

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January 17

A Wonder-ful Blanket Buddy

Wonder Woman blanket buddy by Amy Anderson

Lately my crochet queue has been filled with Yoda hats and Ewok scoodies, in honor of the recent Star Wars madness premiere. But I think I may have just found my next project – this adorable crochet Wonder Woman-inspired blanket buddy designed by Amy Anderson of Spicy Tuesday Crafts.

As a fellow curly girl, I am in love with her springy hair and that the blankie portion forms a sort of starry skirt. Just imagine the heroic adventures some child in your life could have with this fun lovey.

Amy’s Ravelry shop also features other geek-tastic blankies, like Batman, the Joker, and the Hulk, and you can find free patterns on her blog.

What’s currently on your knit or crochet to-do list? Have any fun patterns to share with us? Leave us a comment below!

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January 3

DIY Louise Belcher Crochet Hat

Louise Belcher hat by Adriana Bon

“She’s better on the page than in person.”
“Cute? He’s the reason faces were invented, you idiot!”
“Oh my God, why do you talk so slow?”
“I don’t appreciate your lack of sarcasm.”

Who can’t use a little more Louise Belcher in their life? This sassy youngest daughter from the cartoon “Bob’s Burgers” tells it like it is (and like many of us would like to). Channel your inner Louise with this spot-on crochet hat by Adriana Bon. She’s posted the pattern on Ravelry (a steal for less than $2!) so you can make your own. With 10″ ears and the massive popularity of the show, this hat is sure to be a conversation starter!

See more of Adriana’s yarny adventures on Instagram.

Are you a fan of Bob’s Burgers? What’s your favorite Louise moment? Post a comment below and let us know!

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December 21

3 Last Minute DIY Gift Ideas!

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The holiday clock is definitely ticking, and if you’ve still got shopping to do, never fear! You’ve still got time to make something handmade. Take those comic book magnets in the picture above. They’re super simple, and they’d make great stocking stuffers. Just check out the tutorial by Amanda Formaro over on her blog Crafts by Amanda for step-by-step instructions.  She’s even got a separate tutorial on making a comic book decoupage picture frame if you’re looking for something a little more special.

Ewok

Mollie over at Wild Olive has a tutorial on making your very own little, cuddly, Mini Ewok Softie.  This little Wicket would make the best stocking stuffer!

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Got a techie on your list? Why not try crocheting a monster phone case? Trish from the blog Genuine Mudpie has got a great step-by-step tutorial on making this fun gift.

Got some last minute DIY gift ideas? Be sure to share them with us!

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December 13

Crochet Totoro Lovey: King of the Blankie

Crochet Totoro lovey by Katie Stevens

“Do you like spirits, mommy? Even fuzzy ones?”
Mei Kusakabe in My Neighbor Totoro

Here’s a fuzzy spirit you can’t help but like – a crochet Totoro lovey by Katie Stevens at Craft Sauce. This adorable half-amigurumi, half-blankie looks like it would be quick to stitch up, and oh, so huggable!

Katie also has patterns for other geeky loveys, like Pikachu and Nyan Cat!

Are you madly stitching for the holidays? What’s left on your to-craft list? Let us know in the comments!