About Me

About Me

Hi, I’m Alida from CrochetKnittingSellingTips.com

I am a mom of two lovely boys and the wife to a wonderful, supportive man.

I’ve been working in the Education system as long as I can remember. I loved teaching children! So, when schooling didn’t work out for my 2 boys, it just felt natural for me to home-school them.

After all of the years homeschooling (as they are in their last years of high school), it became time for me to reconsider a new career.

I needed something to do with my time, as my boys are now more self-sufficient and do their school work on their own.

I always loved knitting as a hobby. My mom taught me to knit when I was 6 years old. She would get me started on a row, and vacuum up and down the living room, and then help me to turn my knitting and start again. And this routine went on the whole day every day. My Grandma on my mom’s side did the most beautiful crochet doilies, with beads in. A little later on I also learned to Crochet like her.

So I decided to start a craft blog of which I was dreaming about for so long. With my blogging, I want to share my knowledge about my craft with other crafters. I always spend hours searching for size charts, patterns, stitches, tutorials and so on. So, why not share with you what I’ve discovered on the web? 🙂

Categories on this blog:

I want you, my readers, to have one place to go and find it all. So, I’m going to list all of the websites, tutorials (written and video), etc. that I can find about knitting and crochet here. I plan to categorize the information for you into easily usable sections, for quick reference.

The categories are the following:

1) Crochet: Patterns, Stitches, and Tutorials

2) Knitting: Patterns, Stitches, and Tutorials

3) Selling: will include different ways of selling your crafts and alternative ways to earn an income from your crafts. This will include a Shop in the future, and I’ll also share my own knitting with you. Once I’ve figured out (learned) e-commerce, I’m planning to open a shop where other knitters and crocheters can sell their crafts and patterns.

I want to share with you all of the ways of making money from your craft, either at markets or online. When I was researching ways of selling crafts, I didn’t realize that there were so many different ways to sell crafts. BUT, I also start feeling overwhelmed with all of the information out there.

So, I decided to put it into categories, for easy reference later. And I want to share it with you. I can just imagine how overwhelmed crafters must feel. They don’t call the internet the information highway for nothing. 🙂

Pinterest boards work well, but I still felt overwhelmed in trying to find patterns, tutorials and so on.

Why Blogging?

 As a crafter, I know your time is limited. I hope that the information you find on my blog helps to save you time in searching for that perfect pattern or tutorial. I wish you to become the most successful, efficient, money-making crafter you can be!

If you also want to start a blog, I’ve written a blog about Suzie Withford and her courses on how to set up a blog.

Suzi’s easy to understand and easy to follow courses helped me when I felt overwhelmed. You can enroll in her FREE First Month Blog Plan which includes a 31 Day Plan to help you to set up your course. You can read more about her wonderful courses Earn money with your craft blog by taking these 5 easy steps today!  or How I set up my craft blog! Step by Step Guide!

Thank you for visiting! Let’s connect, I’d love to hear how I can help you.

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Hi Fellow Knitters and Crocheters,

I’m Alida, a fellow crafter like yourself. We all want to enjoy our hobbies without having to search for days on end for that perfect pattern or the materials to make it. One of my other hobbies is blogging, I love it. The flexibility and time to do the things I love the most that it provides me with, is fantastic! It fits in so well with my every day life. But another reason why I love blogging is that it can provide money to assist our one income family budget, giving me the freedom to home educate our two lovely boys.

 

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So as per FTC Regulations I would like to let you know that I do have affiliate links throughout this blog. The links provide me with a small percentage of commission but do not cost you anything extra.

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Additionally, whenever I ask for your email address or information from you I will guard. I won’t spam you and I won’t sell your information. That’s just wrong, and crafters do not engage in such low activities.

I am here to build your trust and to create a community for all crafters to enjoy their craft. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me by filling in the contact form underneath.

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5 Super Easy Free Patterns for  Beautiful Baby Blankets

5 Super Easy Free Patterns for  Beautiful Baby Blankets

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5 Super Easy Free Patterns for  Beautiful Baby Blankets

Do you always see these beautiful pictures of baby blankets to knit on Pinterest? But when you follow the link, the blankets are anything but easy!

I have selected these 5 super easy patterns for baby blankets because they were rated easy by other knitters or labeled easy by the designer.

These patterns are great for beginners, although some might require knowledge of stitches beyond just knit and purl. See the Knitting Tutorials for tutorials of the stitches that may be needed for these patterns. (If there aren’t any tutorials, then they are still in the process of being added. Thanks for understanding.)

I hope you find them of value. Please let me know in the comments what other patterns you are searching for.

 Note that all links are outside links to other webpages and are for information purposes only.

1. Beautiful Beginner Baby Blanket

Beautiful Beginner Baby Blanket Link

By: Annie Baker from jumpercablesknitting.com

A beautiful square baby blanket pattern. Bernat Soft Boucle and 7mm needles were used.

The main section of the blanket is worked in garter stitch. The ruffle border has mitered corners and it is worked in the round in stockinette stitch with a garter border. 

MATERIALS:
2 balls (466 mts) Bernat Soft Boucle
7mm needles
7mm circulars 47″ length for border
4 stitch markers (1 unique)

You can buy these above materials online from LoveKnitting or  LoveCrochet

 

 

 

2. One Hour Knit Stroller Blanket

One Hour Knit Stroller Blanket Link

By: Gina Michele from gina-michele.com

 

The One Hour Knit Stroller Blanket is a baby blanket small enough to not get caught in the wheels of your stroller or drag on the ground.  

MATERIALS:

2 skeins Cream Jumbo yarn

Needles: 10.00mm (US 15)

Knitted in Stockinette Stitch

Normally pieces knit with a Stockinette Stitch curl up at the sides, but since this yarn was so heavy it didn’t happen.This knitting pattern is really simple and it can be completed in under an hour.

You can buy these above materials online from LoveKnitting or  LoveCrochet

 

 

 

 

3. Caron Log Cabin Baby Blanket

Caron Log Cabin Baby Blanket Link

By: Yarnspirations.com

 A color blocked baby blanket, stitched in soft shades of blue, cream, and orange.  Easily knit using Caron One Pound yarn.  MEASUREMENT: Approx 40”  [101.5 cm] square.

MATERIALS:

4 Balls Caron® One Pound (in 4 different colors)

Needles:  U.S. 10 (6 mm) knitting needles

You can buy these above materials online from LoveKnitting or  LoveCrochet

 

 

 

 

4. Sprout Baby Blanket

Sprout Baby Blanket Link

By: NorthCoast Knittery

 

Sprout is a soft, cushy, chunky 100% organic yarn. Worked in bold knit-and-purl patterns. One of its best features is that it stays lofty, unlike many worsted-plus weight cotton yarns that tend to be heavy and dense once knitted.

SIZE: One Size. Finished Measurements: 3212” wide by 2412” long

MATERIALS:

5 hanks Sprout by Classic Elite (100% organic cotton; 100 gram hank = approx 109 yards) – 4357 Baby

Needles: One 29″ circular size US 10 (6 mm) needles

You can buy these above materials online from LoveKnitting or  LoveCrochet

 

 

 

 

 

5. Simple Stripe Blanket

Simple Stripe Blanket Link

Designed by: Debbie Slaback

 

 This free knitting pattern is perfect for a baby born during the summer, as it is lightweight.  Baby will love its lacy, soft texture.                          

 Skill Level: Easy. Size: 27 1/2″ x 37 1/2″

MATERIALS:

3 Balls Comfort from Berroco (worsted) weight yarn

Needles: size 10 (6mm) needles.

You can buy these above materials online from LoveKnitting or  LoveCrochet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please let me know by filling in the contact form which other patterns you would like to see!

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