July 2019 archive

Guest Crochet Pattern Designer

| My Life

Are you the next Ami from “All About Ami”, Sarah-Jayne from “Bella Coco”, or Jess from “Make and Do Crew”? Now’s your chance to make a name for yourself in the crochet world.

Ideal Me is excited to announce that we’re looking for up-and-coming pattern designers for the fall and winter season. We’re on the search for creative and talented bloggers and designers who’d like to get more exposure and share their amazing creations. 

If selected, your pattern will be seen on one of our 6 blogs: Ideal Me, Dabbles & Babbles, Simply Collectible Crochet, Stitch 11, Cream of the Crop Crochet, or Mermaids and Monkeys.

What You’ll Get

  • First off, how about some free yarn! How does that sound? We’ll supply you with all the yarn you’ll need to make your gorgeous creations.
  • You get your name in lights! Well maybe not lights but you’ll have an ample introduction as the pattern designer on our blog as well as links to your social media, blog and/or shop (in the email to our newsletter as well as on the blog post.)
  • Your pattern will be seen by our list of over 120,000 members as well over 315,000 social media followers.
  • Your work will be seen by other bloggers and companies looking for guest pattern designers… do an amazing job and your email inbox will be overflowing!

If you’re unsure whether you’d qualify to be a guest designer, we’re happy to provide you with our list of the criteria of what we’re looking for. You certainly don’t need to be a professional, but you need to be creative with a good sense of design and understand the technical aspects of writing a crochet pattern.

Guest Pattern Designer Criteria

  • Fresh, innovative, modern yet simple and understandable crochet patterns. 
  • Patterns can include: clothing, accessories, blankets, toys, amigurumi and homeware.
  • A strong technical understanding of crochet and pattern documentation.
  • If you’re a photography pro with amazing project shots all the better but if not don’t worry, you can send us your creations and we’ll get our professional photographer on it.
  • While it would be amazing if you have a huge online following, this is not required in order to apply.

Ok, so it looks like you fit the above criteria to submit an application… what’s next?

What We Need From You

  • 5+ photos of your best crochet patterns
  • 2-3 examples of your written patterns (these will not be shared or used in any way)
  • (IF APPLICABLE) Links to your blog, online store, and venues where you sell your patterns/projects
  • Links to any social media followings you have (Optional/ You don’t need a following to be accepted) 
  • A 300-word bio about yourself, the history of your time as a crocheter, what you love about crochet, and your favorite Netflix series (just keeping you on your toes)

To submit your application please use our APPLICATION FORM HERE.

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17 Easy Knitting Projects

| Crafts & DIY, Knitting

 

 - These knitting patterns are fun and diverse. There are so many options to choose from and most of them make great easy knitting projects for beginners. #KnittingPatterns #EasyKnittingProjects

Knitting is amazing. It’s so delicate and requires focus. It makes beautiful knitting projects that you can share with others or keep to yourself. This list of free knitting patterns has everything someone creative could dream of.

From knitted sweaters to smaller projects like bookmarks and finger puppets, there’s something for everyone. Choose from these all free knitting patterns and make something special. If you haven’t learned how to knit, now is your chance. 

 

Striped Baby Blanket

 This knitting pattern has a tricolor striped design. The striped fabric is surrounded by a textured border created using the seed stitch. If you are just learning how to knit, give this knit blanket a try. You’ll have fun and learn a lot of valuable skills on the way.

Via Dabbles & Babbles

Striped Baby Blanket - These knitting patterns are fun and diverse. There are so many options to choose from and most of them make great easy knitting projects for beginners. #KnittingPatterns #EasyKnittingProjects

 

Knit Mittens

The pattern for these knit mittens uses the magic loop technique. If you have not tried this method, you are truly missing out!  It’s simple, elegant, and you don’t even have to worry about ladders between where one needle ends and the next one begins. This is a great mitten pattern to learn how to knit for beginners.

Via Leelee Knits

Knit Mittens - These knitting patterns are fun and diverse. There are so many options to choose from and most of them make great easy knitting projects for beginners. #KnittingPatterns #EasyKnittingProjects

 

Rib Ridge Dishcloth

If you’re looking for some beginner knitting projects, this Rib Ridge knitted dishcloth pattern is perfect. Knitting patterns can seem overwhelming, so starting with a smaller project like this knitted dishcloth will help.

Via Dabbles & Babbles

Rib Ridge Dishcloth - These knitting patterns are fun and diverse. There are so many options to choose from and most of them make great easy knitting projects for beginners. #KnittingPatterns #EasyKnittingProjects

 

Knit Pullover

There’s nothing like cuddling up to a good book and a warm cup of tea. And, this warm pullover fits the scene perfectly. Bernat Roving is a soft, thick, and easy-to-use knitting yarn that brings this lovely stitch to life, creating a gorgeous final piece. Plus, being perfect for the beginner knitter, this knit sweater really is that easy-going!

Via Yarnspiration

Knit Pullover - These knitting patterns are fun and diverse. There are so many options to choose from and most of them make great easy knitting projects for beginners. #KnittingPatterns #EasyKnittingProjects

 

Finger Knit Bunny

If you have already learned how to finger knit and are looking for more finger knitting projects, you may absolutely ADORE our easy finger knitting bunny DIY! 

Via Redtedart

Fingerknit Bunny - These knitting patterns are fun and diverse. There are so many options to choose from and most of them make great easy knitting projects for beginners. #KnittingPatterns #EasyKnittingProjects

 

Knit Dishcloth

This is the easiest knit dishcloth pattern out there and you aren’t going to need much to make it. You only need to know how to do a couple of rows and then you pretty much repeat them the rest of the time. This is one of those easy patterns you can learn to knit on. 

Via Instructables Craft

Knit Dishcloth - These knitting patterns are fun and diverse. There are so many options to choose from and most of them make great easy knitting projects for beginners. #KnittingPatterns #EasyKnittingProjects

 

DIY Knit Basket

This cute DIY basket can be knitted in about an hour even if you’re a slow knitter.   A perfect project for someone who knows how to knit but wants to create something a bit more exciting than a scarf.

Via Little Yellow Wheel Barrow

DIY Knit Basket - These knitting patterns are fun and diverse. There are so many options to choose from and most of them make great easy knitting projects for beginners. #KnittingPatterns #EasyKnittingProjects

 

Flat Knit Slippers

If you’re new to knitting, most slipper patterns might seem intimidating. Most patterns require double point needles and heel shaping.  This Flat Knit Slippers Knitting Pattern is ideal for beginner knitters or anyone looking for a fast & easy pair of knit slippers. 

Via Gina Michele

Flat Knit Slippers - These knitting patterns are fun and diverse. There are so many options to choose from and most of them make great easy knitting projects for beginners. #KnittingPatterns #EasyKnittingProjects

 

Back Porch Shawl 

This knitted shawl is PERFECT to wrap yourself up in on those chilly mornings drinking coffee out on the back porch or enjoying a glass of wine in the evening. Created using only the garter stitch with a simple yarn over at the end of every row, it makes a great knitting pattern for a novice. 

Via Lovecrafts

Back Porch Shawl - These knitting patterns are fun and diverse. There are so many options to choose from and most of them make great easy knitting projects for beginners. #KnittingPatterns #EasyKnittingProjects

 

Pretty Kitty Cat Hat

This knitted hat for babies is as cute as it sounds. With little ears and some whiskers embroidered into this hat, this makes for one of the more creative knitting ideas out there. 

Via Flax & Twine

Pretty Cat Hat - These knitting patterns are fun and diverse. There are so many options to choose from and most of them make great easy knitting projects for beginners. #KnittingPatterns #EasyKnittingProjects

 

Knitted Baby Booties 

if you have never made knitted baby booties you will think that it must be complicated being so tiny and with so many curves and shapes, but that’s not true! They make for simple patterns. You will only need to know how to cast on and bind off stitches, knit garter stitch and make decreases.

Via Creativa Atelier

Knitted Baby Booties - These knitting patterns are fun and diverse. There are so many options to choose from and most of them make great easy knitting projects for beginners. #KnittingPatterns #EasyKnittingProjects

 

Cotton Candy Knit Cardigan

It’s seriously the softest knit cardigan!  A soft, pink, fluffy sweater calls for the name “Cotton Candy Easy Knit Cardigan,” right?  While it’s fleecy and wonderful for winter, this sweater’s airy and light enough to take you into a cool spring day as well. It’s a perfect knitting project for those of you who want to make a sweater for the first time.  

Via Mama In A Stitch

Cotton Candy Knit Cardigan - These knitting patterns are fun and diverse. There are so many options to choose from and most of them make great easy knitting projects for beginners. #KnittingPatterns #EasyKnittingProjects

 

Heart Face Scrubby 

These little knitted heart scrubbies are super quick to make. The simple pattern also makes it easy to knit. They don’t use much yarn either, so they’re great for using up leftover scrap yarn. It is a beginner to easy level knitting pattern and is great for knitters who have an understanding of knits and purls.

Via Purlsandpixels

Heart Face Scrubbie - These knitting patterns are fun and diverse. There are so many options to choose from and most of them make great easy knitting projects for beginners. #KnittingPatterns #EasyKnittingProjects

 

Bookmark Trio

This free knitting pattern for knitted bookmarks is a great project for the beginner knitter. It’s also a wonderful gift for a book-lover. This trio includes a basic garter stitch pattern and two more advanced openwork patterns. 

Via Tricksy Knitter

Bookmark Trio - These knitting patterns are fun and diverse. There are so many options to choose from and most of them make great easy knitting projects for beginners. #KnittingPatterns #EasyKnittingProjects

 

Hobo Shopping Bag

This is also an all free knitting pattern that comes together nice and easy. You’ll enjoy improving your knit and purl stitches while you create a super cute hobo bag you can be proud of. Unleash your creativity and knit a colorful and useful shopping bag!

Via Craftown

Hobo Shopping Bag - These knitting patterns are fun and diverse. There are so many options to choose from and most of them make great easy knitting projects for beginners. #KnittingPatterns #EasyKnittingProjects

 

Super Chunky Hoodie Hat

Knit this charming and warm hoodie knit hat pattern for the whole family! Quick to knit and warm to wear, this charming pattern will be one of your new go-to knitting patterns. It is a wonderful pattern for beginners who are looking to learn how to start knitting.

Via Allfreeknitting

Super Chunky Hoodie Hat - These knitting patterns are fun and diverse. There are so many options to choose from and most of them make great easy knitting projects for beginners. #KnittingPatterns #EasyKnittingProjects

 

The Katy Cowl

 A beautiful chunky knit scarf looks great on everyone!  This cowl is a perfect beginner project. Or, it is perfect for the experienced knitter to click away mindlessly in the car, at practice, on the airplane, in front of the tv, etc. Learn how to knit this project quickly and with ease.

Via Flax and Twine

The Katy Cowl - These knitting patterns are fun and diverse. There are so many options to choose from and most of them make great easy knitting projects for beginners. #KnittingPatterns #EasyKnittingProjects

 

These knitting patterns are fun and diverse. There are so many options to choose from and most of them make great beginner knitting projects.

If you’re a little nervous, start with one of the knitted dishcloth patterns or the bookmarks. If you’re feeling more adventurous, try making the knitting projects with shaping such as a sweater or a pair of slippers.

Knitting is a beautiful skill to have. You’ll be amazed by the projects you end up with. You just have to take the plunge and get started. What pattern are you going to make?

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