8 Crochet Projects That Are Better Than Blankets

Don’t get me wrong – I love crocheting afghans and baby blankets as much as the next person, but sometimes it’s nice to have a quick and easy project or two in between the longer projects! I just finished up two blankets for holiday presents, and just this last weekend I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish a third blanket for a friend’s birthday. I’m ready for a blanket free week or two! So I rounded up some of my favorite quick and easy projects we’ve done over the last few years here on this list. Which one will you do first?

Ribbed Pom-Pom Hat

This hat takes about an hour and a half to complete (depending on speed), and it’s so warm and cozy, you’ll want to wear it right away! Plus, this pattern gives you lots of practice with one of the most used stitches is crochet pattern everywhere: the half double crochet. And you’ll even learn a new trick to get some amazing texture – crocheting in the back loops.

Classy Evening Clutch

The crochet community is all about learning and sharing new ideas. This tutorial has plenty of that! We learn a new stitch – the star stitch! We also see how to use it in this fabulously chic evening clutch. I just love the chain around the outside – it really adds that extra pop of detail. Go ahead and see how it’s done in this video tutorial!

Chunky Mittens

These chunky crochet mittens are so warm and perfect for those chilly winter days ahead of us! Wouldn’t these make for great gifts for the family or some special friends? I love the added touch of the button on the bottom! You could leave that off of course, or switch up the design and sew on three little buttons up the side instead of one big button. It’s all up to you! See how it’s done in this video!

Vintage Coin Purse

This darling little crochet coin purse is so perfect! I love the vintage vibe created by the brass clip and the bold cotton yarn. This project is actually really simple, and you only need to know one stitch: the single crochet! That’s right, this whole project is just single crocheting. Get the full tutorial here!

Retro Wall Hanging

I love these kinds of projects! This wall hanging is a great stash buster. If your scrap yarn pile looks anything like mine, you could probably make 3 or 4 of these and still have some left over! This wall hanging is a super portable project – just take a skein of yarn with you and crochet multiple circles while you wait at the doctor’s office, a friend’s house, or on the bus. That’s a win-win for me! Get the free pattern here!

Washcloth Set

Who wouldn’t love a set of these gorgeous, hand-stitched washcloths? I know I do! These washcloths work up so quickly and easily, and the best part is, you only need to know two stitches. That’s right! If you know how to do a single crochet and a triple crochet, you’re good to go. So pop in your favorite movie (or queue up your favorite show on Netflix) and get to crocheting this gift set for everyone on your list! See how it’s done here!

The Perfect Fit Slippers

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Have you ever made slippers or booties that just don’t quite fit? You’ve checked the pattern and gauge twice, you know you have the right hook size and the correct yarn weight, and yet the final product comes out looking like a lumpy mess. Or worse, it’s way too small, and there’s just no salvaging the yarn to try and redo the pattern. How infuriating! In this video, we learn a basic pattern for some cute slippers, but more importantly, we learn a new and creative way to accurately measure for slippers! Get the full tutorial here!

Never Ending Wildflower Pattern

I just love finding crochet patterns that are a little bit challenging but still totally within the realm of my capabilities. This never-ending wildflower crochet pattern is just that – it is a tiny bit challenging, but once you figure it out, you’ll feel so good about yourself and your awesome crochet skills! I have every confidence in you, in fact, I even made a video of me figuring out this pattern and walking you through every step of the way!

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