The Chinese New Year is a huge occasion, filled with parades, lion dances, beautiful lanterns, fireworks and amazing food – we can’t wait! – and it’s not just celebrated in China. In fact, there’ll be a parade in London on the 10th. How exciting!
It’s all to celebrate the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The first day actually happened on the 5th, but festivities continue for days after that, ending when the moon is full on the 19th. Best of all, according to tradition, whatever someone does on the turn of the new year sets the precedent for the rest of the year. So if you make a little time for some fun crochet now, perhaps you’ll be blessed with lots of time for crochet throughout the year? Right?
So, without further ado, here are some fun little Chinese New Year-themed patterns that everyone can enjoy for free.
2019 is the year of the pig (or boar), and this sweet little amigurumi by Irene Strange is perfect for representing that! According to tradition, your zodiac animal can decide your career, health and even relationship success.
The colour red holds a significant place in Chinese New Year celebrations, as it represents happiness, beauty, vitality, good luck, success and good fortune. People wear red clothes, put up red decorations, and give children money in red envelopes. This adorable little doll by Stephanie Lau (All About Ami) is definitely ready for the festivities in her fancy red dress.
These little treats by Mohu look good enough to eat – sadly, you can’t though. Still, they make fantastic decorations, great beginner projects and fun stash-busters.
In Chinese Mandarin, the word for ‘orange’ sounds like the word for ‘wealth’, so they’re often seen as a symbol of abundance and good fortune. Why not craft a few of Doris Yu’s cute makes to enjoy a boost of luck yourself?
Paper lanterns, especially in the lucky colour red, are a popular decoration on the Chinese New Year. They symbolize joy and celebration, and even have a special role as protectors from evil spirits.
In Chinese culture, the lion symbolizes power, wisdom and superiority. People perform lion dances on Chinese New Year to bring good fortune for the upcoming year and chase away evil spirits. This cute little drink holder by Crochet Mama might not dance anytime soon, but he’ll add a lovely decorative element to your drinks.
Mostly, dragons are symbols of power, strength and good luck in China. But the evil dragon Nian is said to return each year to try and eat people, only to be scared away by the fireworks and loud music. Why not have a go at crafting these mythological creatures with Gail Hovanec’s impressive pattern?