Cottage Christmas Toy Blanket |Free Crochet Pattern

The Cottage Christmas Toy Blanket is a timeless keepsake for any handmade (or store-bought) toy. You will find all the information you need in this FREE crochet pattern and video. You can customize the size to make it bigger or smaller for your specific needs.

What could be better than granny squares?

Christmas colored granny squares, that’s what.

I’m a traditionalist at heart. So nothing feels more festive than the combination of the colors red, green and white.

And if this holiday season finds you making handmade toys, adding the Cottage Christmas Toy Blanket is a lovely accessory.

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Frog & Toad: A Knitted Toy Pattern Review

After reading Frog & Toad: A Knitted Toy Pattern Review you will have all the information you need to start your next toy knitting project. Find the yarn I used, the tutorials I depended on and the new material I used for stuffing these two amphibious friends.

I don’t remember the first time I saw this pattern, but I do remember when I decided that I had to make them.

Scrolling through Instagram, a photo of a pair of dapper amphibians stopped me in my tracks. I recognized the characters right away as Frog and Toad from the popular children’s books.

My own children loved the stories of these two friends and the adventures they had together. And I had to have them in my life in knitted form.

This post contains affiliate links and at no cost to you I may earn a teeny tiny commission if you choose to purchase them. Please know that I only recommend products I use and love! Thank you for supporting Le Petit Saint Crochet!

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How Much Does a Small Crafting YouTube Channel Make?

You may be wondering how much does a small crafting YouTube channel make. I’m sharing what I’ve actually earned (and learned) in the six months since I got officially monetized.

When I became officially monetized on YouTube six months ago I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Was I going to suddenly be a millionaire? When would I get my first paycheck? How often would I be paid? Would I wake up to paparazzi sitting outside my front door?

While YouTube’s Creator Studio is a wealth of information, it can be hard to navigate through the plethora of articles and videos. And sometimes it’s just fun to be nosey.

In this post I’m going to share my own experience, how much I’ve made and a few surprising things that happened along the way.

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Comparing Yarns for Hand Knit Toys

Finding the perfect yarns for hand knit toys can be challenging. In this post you will discover perfectly smooth yarns with beautiful stitch definition to gorgeous mohair blends for the perfect fuzzy toy. Check out this post for budget friendly to luxury recommendations and everything in between.

You guys.

Could there be anything more fun than comparing yarns for knitted toys?

I didn’t think so.

These days all I want to do is learn about yarn. I want to know everything about it, from sheep to skein and everything in between.

Recently I’ve been experimenting with new yarns and it has led me down a rabbit-hole of discovery and I’m not complaining one bit. Rabbits are good folk.

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Handmade Holiday Planner & Calendar [Free Printable]

Get your FREE Handmade Holiday Planner & Calendar sent straight to your inbox. You’ll find an all inclusive action plan to get yourself organized and excited about making handmade gifts for the holidays.

I’ve got good news and bad news.

I’m a bad-news-first sort of gal so I’m going to give that to you first.

The bad news is that we only have fifty-six days until Christmas.

But the good news is that we have fifty-six whole days until Christmas!

If you’re making handmade gifts for the holidays that’s plenty of time to get some presents knocked out. But one thing I know for sure is that you’re going to need a plan.

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A Girl’s Best Friend Hand-Knit Shawl Review [+Tips & Tricks]

A Girl’s Best Friend Shawl is a gorgeous pattern from Isabell Kraemer. You will find a full review, but more importantly tips and tricks for making your very own shawl.

I’m not a collector of yarn.

You would probably disagree with me if you saw my stash.

But stick with me for a moment while I explain.

99.99% of all the yarn I purchase is for a specific project(s). I find yarn I know I will use and then, when it goes on sale, I will buy quite a bit to “fill the larder” up, to use a cooking analogy.

I’m able to shop my own stash any time I’m ready to cast on something new.

But my last project broke all of my own carefully constructed rules.

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Super Simple Crochet Mask Lanyard {Video Tutorial}

After this ridiculously straightforward tutorial you will easily be able to make a simple crochet mask lanyard. With this adaptable pattern you can whip up mask straps for every member of your family, quickly and simply.

I lose stuff.

All kinds of stuff.

And during the pandemic of 2020 that wonderfully helpful trait of mine spilled over to face masks.

I spent loads of time on Etsy looking for super cute masks….because if we have to wear them I want them to at least look adorable.

Within a few weeks, that mask would go missing. It would simply walk out of my house never to be seen again. They are probably hiding out with the missing single socks.

After losing one of my favorite masks, (it was orange and had the literal cutest cat faces on it) I decided I was never going to let those suckers get away again.

I crocheted a super simple crochet mask lanyard and I knew I had to share it with you as well.

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Spooktacular Halloween Amigurumi Projects

Are you looking for the perfect spooky Halloween amigurumi project? Well, look no further. After this post you will find all the ghoulish crocheted toy inspiration you need.

When witches go riding, and black cats are seen. The moon laughs and whispers, ’tis near Halloween.

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.

But I only like the cute, adorable Halloween traditions and decorations. I don’t like demons, scary ghosts, evil monsters, headless thingies, blood, gore, corpses, chain saws, hockey masks…. the list could go on and on.

I’m really just a big chicken and anything scary makes me want to run and hide under the covers all while worrying what might be lurking under my bed.

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#WhyIMake 2020

Remember back in January when our biggest goals were to lose fifteen pounds, use up our overflowing yarn stash and spend less time watching Instagram stories?

Yeah, me too.

The year 2020 started innocently enough, but it has been nothing but an emotional rollercoaster for the entire world.

During this “season of stress”, folks are turning to hobbies to help relieve some of that pent up anxiety and energy.

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Hand-Dyed Yarn for Handmade Toys

Using hand-dyed yarn for handmade toys is a true gift. After reading this post you will not only fall in love with Timbercreek Farm, but find that hand-dyed yarn doesn’t have to bust the budget. I’m also sharing some yarny gifts all the way from Holland and a new Nativity Crochet-a-Long from Crochet To Play.

I was having a particularly tough day last month. Missing my son who had left for college and feeling weary from everything 2020 has thrown at us all.

I was surprised to find not one, but TWO packages sitting on my front porch.

I was expecting the one from a farm in Maryland, but the other had traveled all the way from Holland and was a total surprise.

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