Hello crafters, the world has taken an unprecedented turn this past few of weeks and it’s more important than ever that we use our crafty skills to elevate our mood and keep ourselves as focused and happy as possible. If you’re feeling a bit blue or anxious, never fear! Because your favourite knitting and crochet magazine is here to provide you with a bevvy of beautiful projects that will bring a smile to your face and joy to your hands. So pick up your hook or needle, raid that yarn stash, craft something colourful and let those worries slip away like a ball of yarn falling from your lap…
The smiley faces and sunny colours make these two crocheted flowers perfect year-round blooms. Put them in pots for a table or tie with ribbon for a faux bouquet. SARAH LOUISE READ has stuffed the stalks firmly to prevent the flowers from drooping so little hands can easily hold them. The head and stalk are worked in one piece, with the petals added after, so be sure to dress them in their petals quickly! Click HERE for the free pattern
Just look at the adorable smile on Chester’s face! Since smiling is contagious we think that knitting this fab primate is guaranteed to cheer you up. Chester is all dressed up in his tasselled hat and best yellow bow, looking super snazzy in his chalky blue trousers - what an absolute cutie! Click HERE for the free pattern
Are you ready to boost your creativity with Corinne Bradd’s decorative project? This is the perfect stashbuster and ideal for getting kids involved in crafting. We absolutely love the pom-pom details that encourage a little bit of extra creativity. Go on and give this fun project a go or customise the design to make it your own! Click HERE for the free pattern
Add a touch of cheerful amigurumi to your fruit bowl with our crocheted smiley apples! Crisp and crunchy, soft and sweet, red or green – whatever your preference, our irresistible duo is sure to make an adorable addition to your fruit bowl. Click HERE for the free pattern
Did Someone Say Disco?
Millie the mouse loves to boogie to Chaka Khan and her favourite film is Saturday Night Fever, so she’s the kind of girl you want around. Nicola Valiji has used an array of colours to ensure her outfit matches her vivid personality. Many parts of this pattern are repetitive, so you can sit back and be mindful as you make her. Have fun embroidering those decorative finishing touches! Click HERE for the free pattern
Say It With Yarn
Kath Webber’s design is perfect if you’re in need of some cheering up. Personalise it by using surface crochet and slip stitch to create the wording – just check out our helpful guide. It’s a great way of practising double crochet and the fringing makes it so much fun to craft. We made ours with a tension of 17 sts over ten rows to measure 10cm x 10cm. Click HERE for the free pattern
Colour Me Happy
All little ones love colouring and all adults hate the mess when they miss the paper. Enter Sarah Louise Read’s inventive pattern. These simple pencils will save all dining room tables from colourful destruction – that’s a 100% Let’s Get Crafting guarantee! If you’re gifting these to a young child, try embroidering different expressions onto each one instead of using safety eyes. Click HERE for the free pattern
You don’t need to be an expert quilter to get that patchwork look and this fun project is a great way to try out different stitch effects. All the patterns used here are based on slip stitch colourwork, so you’re actually only using one colour per row. The cushion is worked in three vertical strips that are sewn together to make a panel. This is then backed with fabric to complete your project. What a lovely way to brighten up your home with a stashbusting project! Click HERE for the free pattern
Breathe a burst of vibrancy and texture into your home with Sarah-Jane Hicks’ eye-catching display. Suspend from the ceiling in a nursery or why not jazz up a corner in your abode that’s crying out for colour? This stunning feature may seem complex, but with the help of a pom-pom maker or fork, you can whip one up in no time. Click HERE for the free pattern
We hope this cheerful lot has you smiling already and reaching for your yarn! Don’t forget to share your makes with us on Facebook ! Happy crafting!