15+ Etsy Crochet and Knitting Gift Ideas for the Holidays

15+ Etsy Crochet and Knitting Gift Ideas for the Holidays via Underground Crafter | Find a great gift in this roundup featuring crochet patterns for instant download, crochet and knitting kits and supplies to gift a fellow crafter, and handmade hats if you run out of time to make your own gift.One of my favorite things about the holidays is gifting handmade. I get to indulge my creative side while making a unique and special gift. I’ve been gifting handmade for as long as I can remember. Coming from a family of talented needle artists, handmade gifts (usually sewn or crocheted) were always part of the holiday experience.

Now, even when I don’t have the time (or the skills) to make the gift I have in mind, I can support a small business while getting a handmade gift on Etsy! This roundup features great gift ideas from Etsy, including crochet patterns you can use to make a gift yourself and handmade items and kits that are readymade for gifting. (I’ve also listed any Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and/or Cyber Monday sales for 2017 that I’m aware of at the time of this post.)

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15+ Etsy Crochet and Knitting Gift Ideas for the Holidays

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15+ Etsy Crochet and Knitting Gift Ideas for the Holidays via Underground Crafter | Find a great gift in this roundup featuring crochet patterns for instant download, crochet and knitting kits and supplies to gift a fellow crafter, and handmade hats if you run out of time to make your own gift.12 Crochet Designers with Instant Download Patterns

If you have the time and inclination to make a gift, here are twelve designers to check out! I’ve highlighted one pattern or ebook from each designer as well as providing a link to her shop.

15+ Etsy Crochet and Knitting Gift Ideas for the Holidays via Underground Crafter | Find a great gift in this roundup featuring crochet patterns for instant download, crochet and knitting kits and supplies to gift a fellow crafter, and handmade hats if you run out of time to make your own gift.

  1. DoraDoes, the crochet designer behind the Snowicorn, sells some of her creative crochet designs in her Etsy shop. All patterns, including the Red Pillow, will be 10% off on Black Friday.
  2. Crafting Friends Designs has over 100 crochet patterns for children, women, and home listed in her Etsy shop. One of my favorite holiday patterns is her Classic Cable Star Christmas Tree Skirt. All individual patterns are 30% off during her Black Friday weekend sale.
  3. Crochet by Jennifer has hundreds of patterns for women and children and has over 27,000 sales on Etsy! The Chain Link Slouch is one of my favorite hat patterns in her collection. All individual patterns are 30% off during her Black Friday weekend sale.
  4. Angela from Little Monkey Shop is a talented crochet designer whose patterns have been featured on Underground Crafter before. Her crochet patterns, including the Asymmetrical Shawl, will be 30% off from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. She also sells Ready to Ship Gifts and Crochet Yarn Kits, which make great gifts for other crocheters.
  5. Psychadelic Doilies, an Etsy shop specializing in pop-culture-inspired crafts, will be selling her The Office Blanket crochet pattern for 50% off during her holiday sale.
  6. Liz from Playin’ Hooky Designs is known for her creative hat patterns, like the Adult Gingham Beanie.
  7. The Friendly Red Fox is known for her adorable amigurumi patterns. Make dolls for every boy and girl on your holiday list with her Ultimate Friendly Doll Bundle. Get 20% off any pattern through Sunday with coupon code THANKYOU2017.
  8. I’ve featured Alessandra from Just Be Happy on Underground Crafter before. She is a talented crochet designer and author with thousands of sales on Etsy. One of my favorite holiday patterns in her collection is the Christmas Sampler Blanket.
  9. Two of Wands is a crochet and knitting designer who specializes in on-trend accessories for women, men, and kids. Her crochet Reindeer Hood would make a great gift for someone on your handmade holiday list.
  10. Amy Gaines is a crochet and knitting designer and author who makes awesome amigurumi patterns. She even has a section with all of her Christmas patterns available for instant download.
  11. Posh Patterns has so many great crochet and knitting patterns for hats and other accessories, but one of my favorites in her collection is this crochet Slouchy Hat.
  12. Deborah O’Leary Patterns features beautiful crochet and knit designs with a specialization in unique blankets and rugs. The Bear Rug makes an adorable gift for any nursery.

3 Crochet and Knitting Kits and Supplies

Give a gift that keeps on giving to a fellow crocheter or knitter! These kits and crafts supplies will give your loved one the joy of making their own project. Shown from top to bottom.

15+ Etsy Crochet and Knitting Gift Ideas for the Holidays via Underground Crafter | Find a great gift in this roundup featuring crochet patterns for instant download, crochet and knitting kits and supplies to gift a fellow crafter, and handmade hats if you run out of time to make your own gift.

And, if you’ve run out of time to make your own handmade gift, these sellers can help you out.

15+ Etsy Crochet and Knitting Gift Ideas for the Holidays via Underground Crafter | Find a great gift in this roundup featuring crochet patterns for instant download, crochet and knitting kits and supplies to gift a fellow crafter, and handmade hats if you run out of time to make your own gift.

  • KnottyNiki makes crochet accessories for kids and women. Everything in her shop, including The Sandy Slouch, will be 25% off for Black Friday through Cyber Monday.
  • Thick Cozy Crochet’s holiday sale includes free shipping to the U.S. and Canada for orders placed Thanksgiving through Small Business Saturday. You can also any buy two handmade items, like the Chunky Handknit Beanie, and get 15% off your order.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this roundup. If you’re looking for more gifts on Etsy, check out this roundup of 15 Unique Granny Square Finds for Your Favorite Crochet Lover!

15 Unique Granny Square Finds via Underground Crafter: These granny square-themed finds include jewelry, art, craft supplies, greeting cards, accessories, and more. These would make great gifts for your favorite crocheter (which might be you!).

15 Unique Granny Square Finds for Your Favorite Crochet Lover

15 Unique Granny Square Finds via Underground Crafter: These granny square-themed finds include jewelry, art, craft supplies, greeting cards, accessories, and more. These would make great gifts for your favorite crocheter (which might be you!).One of the best things about the internet is that you can find unique, handmade and vintage items from near and far! This is a roundup of 15 unique, granny square-themed finds from Etsy. These would make great gifts for your favorite crocheter, or awesome collectibles, accessories, and decorations for displaying your own love of crochet. All photos were used with permission and are copyright the relevant shop owner.

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All of these items were in stock at the time I wrote this roundup, but since they are handmade or vintage, they might not be available when you visit. To find more awesome granny square gifts on Etsy, use this search and then choose your favorite category.

15 Unique Granny Square Finds via Underground Crafter: These granny square-themed finds include jewelry, art, craft supplies, greeting cards, accessories, and more. These would make great gifts for your favorite crocheter (which might be you!).

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I hope you enjoyed this roundup of handmade and vintage granny square-themed items. This post is part of my 30-day celebration of granny squares. You can find the links to my other Granny Square Month posts here.

Granny Square Month with Underground Crafter | 30 days of crochet motif patterns, roundups, and giveaways!

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Will I see you at HGTV Magazine’s Blogger Block Party?

HGTV Blogger Block PartyThanks to HGTV Magazine for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

I was super excited to discover HGTV Magazine’s 3rd Annual Blogger Block Party event a few weeks back. This is a free event scheduled for Monday, August 22, 2016 in my hometown of New York City, and I hope to see you there! (You can register right here.)

Each year, HGTV Magazine brings together a group of influential “lifestyle bloggers, designers and style savvy consumers” to share creativity and inspiration. Last year’s event had over 500 attendees and they expect even more this year. The event will be conveniently located at 404 10th Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets in Manhattan.

Let me tell you a bit more about the event. This year,  HGTV Magazine‘s Blogger Block Party is aligned with NY NOW, which is taking place just a few blocks away at the Javits Center from August 20-24, 2016. NY NOW is a huge market for handmade, home, lifestyle, and gift products. HGTV Magazine‘s Blogger Block Party will actually be the exclusive sponsor of NY NOW’s Social Media Lounge.

HGTV Magazine's Blogger Block Party 2016 agenda
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HGTV Magazine‘s Blogger Block Party has a fantastic schedule planned including speakers Emily Henderson from Style By Emily Henderson, Genevieve Gorder, Sherry and John Petersik from Young House Love, and Rachel Faucett from Handmade Charlotte. I’m particularly looking forward to hearing Emily Bidwll from Etsy share a Design & DIY Trend Watch! And, of course, there will be opportunities to get to know advertising partners and other DIY and crafty influencers.

So, if you’ll be in the New York City area on Monday, August 22, 2016, register for HGTV Magazine‘s Blogger Block Party now! And, let me know you’re going to be there so we can have the chance to meet in person, too.

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Interview: Dora Ohrenstein, Crochet Designer and Author

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Today’s interview is with fellow New Yorker, Dora Ohrenstein.  Dora is the publisher of the Crochet Insider ezine; a designer whose work has appeared in Crochet!, Crochet Today!, Crochet World, Interweave Crochet, and Vogue Knitting Crochet, among other publications; the author of Creating Crochet Fabric, Custom Crocheted Sweaters (reviewed here), and The New Tunisian Crochet (reviewed here); and a crochet teacher.  Along with Gwen Blakley Kinsler, Dora is also the co-editor of Talking Crochet, which recently won Crochet Concupiscence‘s Awesome Crochet Blogger Award for Best Crochet Newsletter.

You can find Dora online at the Crochet Insider website or on Ravelry (as crochetinsider, on her designer page, and in the Crochet Insider group).  All images are used with permission.

Dora Ohrenstein

Dora Ohrenstein.

Underground Crafter (UC): How did you first get started crocheting?

Dora: When I was about 20, I lived in Amsterdam on a tiny little houseboat. It was the Age of Aquarius and everyone was getting crafty. I learned to crochet and since I had no background whatsoever, I just started making clothes without knowing what I was doing. But then I totally stopped for literally decades. I became a professional singer and that consumed all my time. I didn’t pick up the hook again until early in this millenium.

Shawled Collar Tunic

Shawled Collar Tunic from Custom Crochet Sweaters.

UC: What inspired you to start designing?

Dora: I wasn’t performing much by that time, and needed a creative outlet. I made a few sweaters and went to a CGOA conference, where I met Jean Leinhauser. She and Rita Weiss liked my stuff and bought several sweater designs for their books. Then Jean taught me how to write patterns, since I’d never followed one!  (UC comment: Dora has a wonderful interview with Jean here.)

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UC: Where do you generally find your creative inspiration?

Dora: So many places! Sometimes it’s a fashion silhouette, sometimes a yarn or stitch. I keep many swatches lying around and then one day I find the right project for them. I’ve also learned that once you’re a pro, you can’t sit around and wait for inspiration to hit, you have to be generating ideas constantly. I would also say my motivation often comes from wanting to continually grow as a designer, try new techniques and strategies in my work.

Kerala Tank c Crochet Today

Kerala Tank.  Image (c) Crochet Today!

UC: Tell us about your motivation for launching Crochet Insider. What are some of the challenges and joys of publishing an online crochet magazine?

Dora: I haven’t really been publishing Crochet Insider as a magazine for a couple of years, it was just too much work once my design career really got going. But I loved doing it because of meeting and talking to so many interesting people. Challenges: it took huge number of hours and did not earn much, so it couldn’t continue indefinitely. There is still a lot of great content at the site and I wish more aspiring designers would read the interviews, because there is so much to learn.  (UC comment: Besides the Crochet Insider interview with Jean Leinhauser I linked above, two of my other favorites are this one with Vashti Braha and this one with Myra Wood.)

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#15 Lace Pullover.  Image (c) Vogue Knitting.

UC: Your books place a lot of emphasis on teaching techniques and skills, along with the inclusion of patterns. Tell us about your decision to work this way rather than through pattern collections or historical work, which you’re also known for.

Dora: Many of these decisions are economic. I would love to publish a book on crochet history, but can’t afford to do so without a publisher. But no publishers wants such a book, because it will not sell in the numbers they need to be profitable. It’s sad but true. I try to get as much history into my books as they will tolerate. Hey, I’d love to go around the world and make film about crochet traditions, but again, where’s the funding? Publishers have been interested in my books that combine good designs with educational material, and I love teaching and empowering, so that works for me. In addition to being a designer, I teach singing and have for many years, so teaching comes naturally to me.

Prelude Houndstooth Skirt c Tension Magazine

Prelude Houndstooth Skirt.  Image (c) Tension Magazine.

UC: You design mostly women’s garments and accessories. What appeals to you about designing wearables?

Dora: This comes back to my background in crochet, or the total lack of it! I never was exposed to afghan making, thread crochet, or any of those fine American traditions. My parents were WWII immigrants and craftiness was not their heritage. I live in NYC and never had the chance to shop at big box stores, which didn’t even exist here until a few years ago. I do love fashion and had discovered for myself that crochet could make great wearables. It was shocking to encounter the yarn industry’s negativity about crochet wearables. So I’ve been very motivated to change that viewpoint with my work. And I’m in some very fine company there of course.

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UC: You’ve had a variety of roles in the crochet industry, including designer, writer, teacher, publisher, and social networker/community builder. What advice do you have for aspiring professionals?

Dora: I would say to aspiring designers, don’t be naive about this industry – it’s very tough to make money, very competitive, and takes tremendous perseverance and drive. I’ve done all these things to build my career and earn money. And I enjoy all of them too. But I’d be happy to restrict my activities and lead a more sane life if it were possible.

Ariadne Scarf

Ariadne Scarf from Creating Crochet Fabric.

UC: What are your favorite crochet books (besides yours, of course) in your collection?

Dora: The books I bought when I started getting serious, about 10 years ago, are still my favorites. They are “vintage” ’70s and ’80s books by designers like Jacqueline Henderson, Sylvia Cosh, James Walters, Judith Copeland. (UC comment: I love those books, too!  I shared several from my collection in my Vintage Needlecrafts Pick of the Week series.)  I adore Japanese pattern books, and the Ukrainian magazine Duplet — I stocked up on about 100 magazines when I visited the Ukraine! I also use stitch dictionaries, any I can get my hands on, including the huge Linda Schapper book, the old Harmony Guides, and Japanese stitch dictionaries.

UC: Do you have any crafty websites or blogs you frequent for inspiration or community?

Dora: Pinterest and Etsy – lots of great inspiration. And Ravelry!

UC: What’s coming next for you?

Dora: I have a crochet reference book coming out in the fall of 2014 by Storey Publishing. The working title is The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Handbook. They are fantastic publishers, I’m very excited about it. A reference book not just for beginners but for intermediate crocheters too, with lots of information on working stitch patterns, shaping, construction, colorwork, and flexible tension. What I mean by the latter is the ability to control tension so you can really sculpt stitches.

Crochet Insider will get a facelift soon and I will be enlarging my indie pattern line and store at the site. I also plan to develop video classes, sort of like Craftsy, but as an indie venture so I can go direct to students.

Thanks for stopping by, Dora!

Vintage Needlecrafts Pick of the Week: Coats & Clark’s Book No. 208 Edgings

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This week’s pick: Coats & Clark’s Book No. 208 Edgings

Source: Purchased from CountrynMore2 on Etsy.

Publication date: 1971

Status: Out of print but available online.

Condition: Edges are worn.

Crafts: Crochet, knitting, and tatting.

C&C Edgings front cover

I’ve mentioned this booklet before on my blog.  I bought it when I was planning to learn hairpin lace while I was crocheting my way through Crochet Master Class.

C&C Edgings back cover

It’s a very straightforward little leaflet aimed at the multi-crafter who likes lace.  And edgings.

It has crochet edgings…

C&C Edgings crochet

and more crochet edgings…

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and specialized crochet edgings…

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Filet crochet edgings and insertions.
Hairpin lace edgings.
Hairpin lace edgings.

and knit edgings…

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and tatted edgings.

C&C Edgings tatting

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Although these are all done with threads of various kinds, you could obviously create the same designs with larger hooks, needles, and… tats?  Ok, time for a confession.  I know nothing about tatting.  I did a web search about it for this post to discover that you can tat with a shuttle or a needle.  If you’re interested in learning more about it, Marilee Rockley offers a class on shuttle tatting on Craftsy.

If any tatters are reading, tell me how you learned :).