Crafting A New Family Holiday Tradition

crochet lesson on the sofa

This year the Eckman family started a new family holiday tradition: crafting together. Over Christmas week, both my 20-something children were home for a visit at the same time.

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Daughter Meg had brought a variety of left-over yarns to crochet flowers for a Spring Wreath.  Charles, visiting from far-away California, had in mind that he wanted to crochet a Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) dice bag. He asked if I’d teach him to crochet.  How could I possibly refuse?

A Crochet Lesson

Crochet hook in jeans pocket

I grabbed a ball of Meg’s green yarn (conveniently sitting on the coffee table in front of us), a 5 mm crochet hook (conveniently within reach on my rolling cart), and demonstrated holding the hook and yarn.

A bag is a great first project. We covered the skills of slip knot, chain, slip stitch, chain-1 build-up chains, working into a ring, and single crochet in the first five minutes. Charles was a quick study, understanding the concepts right away. It was just a matter of his becoming comfortable manipulating the yarn and hook.

Wreath with crocheted flowers
Meg’s wreath with crocheted flowers

With the basic skills in place, we went back to our respective projects. I worked on my Crochet Skill-Builder Afghan (Crochet Along coming very soon!), Meg grew an entire garden of blooming flowers, and Charles worked out his own way of holding yarn and hook. And husband Bill? He joined in by helping untangle and re-wind a mess of yarn. It really was a family affair!

After a while, I demonstrated double crochet, so the bag-in-progress got a round of taller stitches here and there. When the bag was the right size, he added a drawstring chain in a contrasting color. By the end of the day, the bag was complete, and it was a rousing success!

Outfitting the Newbie

Crocheted Drawstring Bag with Teal accent

Of course, our next step was to go shopping in the Yarn Room (AKA “the attic”) for yarn for the next bag. Mountain Colors Weaver’s Wool Quarters in color Glacier Teal was the winner, with a bit of odd-ball teal of unknown origin for accent. This bag is a bit larger. It’s designated as a project bag, to hold not only a WIP (Work in Progress), but also the small collection of stitch markers, scissors, and other necessities that every crocheter needs.

Over several days, we worked on various projects. Instead of staring at our individual device screens, we worked with nice yarn, created beautiful things and (gasp!) talked to one another.

He’s Hooked

Charles crocheting

We now have a Crochet Convert. Between stitching sessions, Charles polled members of his D&D campaign to ask what two colors would best represent their characters. He headed back to California with enough yarn to make custom dice bags for all the players in the campaign, along with hooks in varying sizes, and a copy of The Crochet Answer Book. (I’m assuming that none of them read this blog, so a spoiler alert wasn’t necessary there.)

Planning for Next Year

Crocheting together was a lovely way to spend time together as a family. I think we’ve crafted a new holiday tradition! This year it was crochet. I wonder what we’ll do next year?

Next week, I’ll share the pattern for the Crochet Bag for Beginners (AKA D&D Dice Bag).

For a bit of perspective, check out Teach a Young Child to Knit. These same two “children” appear with yarn there, too.


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Knitting Pattern: Hearts All Around Hat

Valentine's Knit Hat Hearts All Around

Knit Hearts All Around Hat Valentine'sShow your love this Valentine’s Day! The Hearts All Around Hat provides rounds and rounds of hearts to keep heads toasty warm. You can knit one up in a couple of days, so you have plenty of time before Valentine’s Day to make one (or more!) for your nearest and dearest.

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Hearts All Around Pattern Details

Valentine's Knit Hearts All Around HatThe pattern is sized for children through adults. It’s written for worsted weight yarn knit in the round on 16” [40 cm] circular and double-pointed needles, but using either the Magic Loop or two-circular method is always an option. Choose which color is the main color and which is the contrasting color. One ball of each color will make at least two hats.

used Brown Sheep NatureSpun Worsted, but just about any worsted weight yarn will work. I’d love to see it in the brand new Chic Sheep by Marly Bird, 

Which sweetheart will you knit for?


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Pumpkin Pattern Round-Up

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It’s Pumpkin Time! Here’s a round-up of some free and paid patterns to get you in the spirit of fall. Some are crocheted, some knit, some loom knit, and there’s even a garland that doesn’t require any stitch manipulation at all! May contain affiliate links.

Enjoy!

Pumpkin Patterns

Spicy Knit Pumpkins
Knit in Red Heart Super Saver
Red Heart Free pattern Spicy Knit Pumpkins
Spicy Crocheted Pumpkins
Crocheted in Red Heart Super Saver
Red Heart free pattern spicy crochet pumpkins
Halloween Neckwarmer designed by Edie Eckman
Knit in Skacel Hikoo Sueno
Halloween Neckwarmer
Pumpkin Patch Knit Pattern
Loom Knit in worsted or bulky weight yarn
Annie's Loom Knit Pumpkin Patch Knit Pattern
Felted Pumpkins designed by Jordana Paige
Knit in Cascade 220 Yarn
free knit pattern Knitty Jordana Paige Felted Pumpkin
Yarn Pumpkin Garland
Made in Red Heart Super Saver
free yarn craft pattern pumpkin garland
Amigurumi Happy Pumpkin
Crocheted in Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice
Lion Brand Free Crochet Pattern happy pumpkin amigurumi
Petite Harvest Pumpkin
Crocheted in Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice
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Haunting Lace Pumpkins
Crocheted in Aunt Lydias Classic Crochet Thread Size 10
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