Where the Whimsy Things Are

Oct 21, 2013

We all need a touch of whimsy in our lives-something to make us smile and to spread those smiles to those around us. These fun and fantastical crochet creations are also a whole lot of fun to crochet.

Do the Twist Game by Sarah Read  

Trying to add a little flexibility to your life? Branch out from yoga and try a fun game of Do the Twist. These nine and three quarters inch circles are cheap and easy to create; they travel great as well. Just through them down on the lawn and let the hilarity proceed. You can arrange them in color coordinating rows as pictured or mix them up. Lay them down randomly or in rows of varying colors.

  Cornhole Beanbags by Brenda K. B. Anderson

I remember a particularly enjoyable 4th of July party when I was a child. We played a rousing game of beanbag toss. I wasn't really good, but I had a lot of fun. These Cornhole Beanbags are just as exciting to crochet as they are to play with. Colorwork crocheted in the round creates adorable bird and bee designs. If this is your first foray into colorwork, these bags are the perfect project.

And after all of that exercise, it's time to dress up for an imaginative tea party. Don't forget to invite the hedgehog. This teapot cozy is just too cute and a great gift for adults and children alike.

Hedgehog Teapot Cozy by Victoria Hewerdine Thornton  

Then maybe settle in for a quiet game of checkers on the floor. This is the perfect way to teach the younger generation to appreciate a game that has been around for centuries. And if the players get a little tired, this checkerboard doubles for an excellent nap blanket.

  Checkerboard by Sarah Read

The Interweave Crochet Accessories 2014 issue is full of whimsy, but you will also find a detailed article on creating your own crochet bags, exciting steampunk crochet fashion, and enough innovative accessory patterns to fill your dreams.

Why wait? Download your special issue today and spread the joy and laughter.

Best wishes,

P.S. Have you ever crocheted a toy?

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Joanch wrote
on Oct 21, 2013 8:21 AM

Have never crocheted an actual toy but would like to make a minion (Despicable Me movie).


DeniseG@26 wrote
on Oct 22, 2013 4:28 AM

I am a makeup artist for the San Francisco Opera, and often must sit and wait between makeup changes and touchups.  One of my artists told me that he had had a pet rat, which he had had to give away when he started to travel for his work, and how much he missed his pet.  I bought some grey yarn and made him a rat that he could take with him!  He loved it.

Alexa@5 wrote
on Oct 22, 2013 8:00 PM

I've done many toys, mostly for the birth of new babies, but on occasion for adults, like the "angry bird" I made for my husband who is a fan.  I've also made a number of  amigurumi for women and girls to clip to their knapsacks and tote bags.  They all have been received very well.  The smiles on the recipients' faces tell the story.

Where can I get patterns for the toys in the picture?

n7lqk wrote
on Oct 23, 2013 10:55 AM

I have made hundreds of cat toys using scraps of yarn.  I also made my niece one of those spiked dodecahedron balls and I made my husband a little airplane.  Most toys have too much finishing since that is the part I dislike so much.

egnacinski wrote
on Oct 24, 2013 7:17 AM

My granddaughter loves the fun funky yarns like eyelash and others like that. She just likes the skeins to carry around not actually anything made out of it. I tried to figure out what I could make that was just like having a skein to carry around. I came up with the idea of making a ball. Used the same basic pattern for making the Christmas ornaments and then stuffed it with polyfill. When I tossed it at my 1 1/2 yr old granddaughter, she squealed with delight. She carried it around for days. When her little friends come over and find it they carry it around. They all love the feel of the soft and fuzzy yarn. It is now almost a year later and when she finds it in her toybox she still carries it around and hugs. I have never felt so happy to have made something so simple.