Summer Crafting: Knit or Crochet + Free Patterns

purple yarn and knitting needles

Need inspiration for a new summer project? We’ve got quick-start tips and inspiring reasons to knit or crochet. Download FREE patterns (beginner and intermediate) from our friends at Lion Brand, then choose your yarns!

WHY SUMMER CRAFTING?

Experts from the Mayo Clinic to the British Journal of Occupational Therapy have observed calming and cognitive benefits from crafting, as well as the satisfaction of making physical objects. As social distancing continues to limit daily interactions and vacation adventures, the textures and colors of knit and crochet crafts can help replace some sensory inputs. Short-form: Kudos to you for crafting!

SHOULD I CHOOSE KNIT OR CROCHET?

If you’re already a (sort of) pro, scroll down for patterns and ideas. If fiber arts are something new, this paragraph is for you! Crocheting versus knitting comes down to personal preference. Knitting requires two needles and crochet uses just a single hook. Depending on ability level, crocheting can be quicker and it’s easier to crochet shapes such as stuffed toys or flowers. Knitting makes light-and-soft creations possible, so it’s your choice for texture and colorwork designs, such as cable, ribbing or Fair Isle. Many crafters ultimately learn both techniques so, for a start, choose what appeals in terms of what you’d like to make.

PICK YOUR FREE PATTERN

Thanks to our friends at Lion Brand Yarns, we’ve got great options for beginner to intermediate skill levels. Download your patterns of choice. Then, scroll below for a quick-start supply list OR go straight to our Lion Brand sale to start picking just-right yarns to bring your creations to life!

IMPORTANT: Check your pattern instructions for the yarn and knit or crochet tools you will need.

TENAFLY SCARF

KNITTING LEVEL: BEGINNER

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tassel-trimmed knit pillow

TASSEL-TRIMMED PILLOW

KNITTING LEVEL: EASY / BEGINNER+

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child in pompom-trim knit beanie

POMFRET HAT

KNITTING LEVEL: EASY / BEGINNER+

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leopard knit mock neck sweater

LEOPARD SWEATER

KNITTING LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

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chevron crochet blanket

CHEVRON BLANKET

CROCHET LEVEL: EASY / BEGINNER+

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crochet butterflies on shelf

LITTLE BUTTERFLIES

CROCHET & CRAFT

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For more creative ideas, check out our 7 Tips for Indoor Gardening or try tackling a DIY Home Office Refresh.

HAPPY CRAFTING!