Tag Archives: Crochet

Trend Alert: Crochet Bun Beanie

The messy bun is our go-to hairstyle around here so when we saw this bun beanie hat trending on Pinterest, we just knew we had to make one for ourselves!

Messy Bun Beanie Hat Crochet PatternYou can’t let cold weather get your bun down. This crochet bun beanie pattern has a hole in the top to fit your pony tail or bun through. It’s genius and we’re obsessed!

We’ve got the exclusive pattern for to share with you too.  bunbeanie3bunbeanie2

For the pattern to the Loops & Threads® Impeccable™ Messy Bun Hat featured above, click HERE.

Bun Beanie Crochet Hat

We love Caron® Cakes™ yarn and the way it color blocks when you’re crocheting, so we had to make a bun beanie with their new Spice Cake flavor!

Caron Cakes Spice Cakebun beanie

For the pattern to the Caron® Cakes™ Messy Bun Crochet Hat featured above, click HERE.

If you already know how to crochet, these hats are fairly easy to make. We whipped them out in just a couple of hours. bunbeanieblog3

If you’re interested in learning how to crochet, check out our in-store classes at your local Michaels. It’s the perfect time to learn something new!

Make sure you show us your messy bun beanies on Instagram by tagging your pictures with #MakeItWithMichaels!

Learning to Crochet with One Sheepish Girl

A new year, a new you… right?  January is always full of new goals, whether it be a diet, a workout regimen, plans for organization or learning a new hobby. It’s been a while since I tried something new, so in preparation for the new year I attended a Crochet Ice Cream Workshop put on by One Sheepish Girl, Meredith Crawford.

Fittingly, the workshop was held at a local ice cream shop, Melt Ice Creams. I just can’t quite think of anything better than crafting and ice cream. Am I right?

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I got myself a scoop of Pear Chai ice cream and settled in to start learning!Ice-cream

To be honest, I was quite intimidated. Crocheting seemed like such a intimidating hobby to learn. There’s yarn and hooks and counting and your hands are doing two different things! But alas, it wasn’t long after we got started that I began to get the hang of things. We used the snow cone pattern from Meredith’s new book, Crochet with One Sheepish Girl, but adjusted the yarn colors to make an ice cream cone! The book was so helpful that even a complete beginner like me caught on.


Before I knew it, everyone’s crocheted ice cream cones started taking shape. I was amazed at what I was creating!

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Now, it took me awhile to catch on, but practice makes perfect! I can’t decide what  I will attempt next. Which one do you think I should try?

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All of these projects (and more!) can be found in Meredith’s book Crochet with One Sheepish Girl. So what are you waiting for? Learn something new this year, it’s the cool thing to do.



It’s Hip to Make Squares

Warm Up America

You’re a blog reader – you know the score.  If I used the word ‘hip’ in my title (and I just did), this blog post is likely to be anything but.

That’s apt, though, because my holidays are usually a festival of dorkitude.  They may be fun, funny (intentionally or otherwise), loud, messy, silly or slightly too crisp around the edges, but they are not cool.  Of course, I still count them as perfect, because I’m with my family and friends, thankful for all the good things this year has brought us.

Not everyone is so lucky, at the holidays or year-round.  We all know people who are having a hard time – maybe we’ve had them ourselves – and could use a helping hand.  Fortunately, an extremely cool lady (and expert knitter) named Evie Rosen came up with a plan to literally blanket those in need with the comforting warmth of handmade afghans.  Her foundation, Warm Up America!, has been distributing afghans, caps and other cozy items to thousands and thousands of people since 1991.

The genius of Evie’s plan is that it divides the work of making an afghan between many, many crafters.  Do you have time to crochet an entire full-sized blanket this holiday?  I don’t!  But I’ve had time to make a few 7 inch by 9 inch squares (ok, ok, technically they’re rectangles) in between my usual Christmas projects.  I’m on square number four, right now.  Will you give a little of your time and help us share the love?

Need some patterns?

Square Patterns

Warm Up America! Foundation has those, for both knitting and crochet.

Maybe you’ve never tried crochet or knitting before, or you need a refresher.  Or, you’ve taken a solemn vow never to knit except in the company of others.  We’d love for you to join us in our stores, where we’ll be hosting Warm Up America! joining parties – just contact your local Michaels for the exact date and time.  We’ll be making 7 inch by 9 inch squares together.  Certified instructors from the Craft Yarn Council will be there, too, to help you along. And, don’t forget, you can also reserve our classroom so your own group can join squares together for this great cause. You’ll have to be the instructor there, but the space is available to you, free of charge. Call you local store to reserve!

Worried about finished squares cluttering up your home?  Michaels is the designated drop-off point for Warm Up America squares.  Just find your nearest store and bring them by.

Let’s be cool this holiday, and help Warm Up America!