2016 has been the year of the crafter! With more and more people learning to craft and crochet every year, there is more diversity in crochet than ever before, to stunning effect! Gone are the grandma crocheters of yesteryear.
This year, there has been an interesting trend inspired by fashion—messy bun hats! The Seashore Messy Bun Hat by Celina Lane is a perfect example of this trend that marries beauty, simplicity, and style. It requires 170 yards of Aran yarn. The original is knit with Vanna’s Choice, but any worsted weight yarn will do. It’s been queued over 370 times on Ravelry!
These Chunky Brick Slipper Boots by Dorianna Rivelli on Ravelry use Lion Brand Yarn’s Wool-ease Thick & Quick to create soft, warm slippers that will keep you cozy throughout the winter. These would also be a great gift for someone in your life who wishes they could literally wear their UGG boots all the time! They would look great in just about any color. How much yarn you need is dependent on what size boots you need to make.
We all love thick, cozy socks, but most people think that socks are just for knitters. Well, here’s a Cable Knit Slipper Socks pattern by Jennifer Pionk that proves that cables and socks can be for crocheters too!
This Peacock Feather Applique blanket is just beautiful. You can really tell that some work went into it, but that the work must go by quickly with such easy little peacock eye appliques. One picture included features appliques done in Caron Simply Soft, which would make a draped, weighty blanket that would feel cool on summer evenings but warm and snuggly on winter days.
With so many fancy ripple stitch blankets out there, it’s nice to get back to basics with Lucy of Attic24’s Neat Ripple. It’s probably the most customizable pattern on this list, because you can make as large, colorful, or loose blanket as you want without worrying about gauge or messing up the pattern.
Have you seen these awesome Mermaid Blankets on Facebook or Instagram? I’m sure you have, and I’m sure you wished you could have one of your very own! This pattern, by Nadia Fuad, is great and simple. The author suggests Red Heart Super Saver yarn and a size 6 MM crochet hook. She also writes that it comes in many sizes and can be adjusted to fit children through adults.
No list of top crochet patterns is complete without an aquarium friend! These Friendly Jellyfish by ChiWei Ranck are soft, puffy, and adorable! Great for kids—so long as you supervise them with the long tentacles or make shorter tentacles for little kids.
And for the little guys, this Amish Puzzle Ball is a great brain teaser by Dedri Uys. She suggests stuffing it more than you think you should so that the ball retains its shape after you play with it. The ball is made in individual pieces, but good luck assembling it!
With these patterns, you should have plenty of work to do to keep your hands busy!