Today's post is a guest roundup by Elaine Bennett, editor of the UK magazine LGC Knitting & Crochet. They have recently launched a new crochet website featuring hundreds of free patterns from their back issues, all created by some of the UK’s top designers. You can browse the website, which is called Top Crochet Patterns, here: http://www.topcrochetpatterns.
There's something undeniably cute about little crocheted softies that you can whip up in a few hours and then display on your desk at work or on a shelf at home. These little critters also make great good luck charms for kids and cute little gifts for friends. Here's my round-up of some of my favourite patterns from our brand new website – they're all completely free to download!
1. Easy Elephants
Meet Elma and Elvis by Irene Strange. They are a fun twist on the traditional granny square and involve only four stitches!
2. Whale of a Time
Use blue and white yarn from your stash to make cheeky Walter whale by Lynne Rowe. He's a sturdy little toy that little ones will love to grip and play with.
3. Squirrelled Away
What finer name for a squirrel then Cyril? This amigurumi fella was an instant hit with me – the little acorn is an adorable finishing touch!
4. Hey Baby
This smiley bunny rattle by Christine Harvey is great if you're new to crochet because it's a really simple pattern.
5. Birds of a Feather
This gang of cheeky feathered friends by Irene Strange look brilliant nesting together on a shelf. The pattern is really easy to follow, but be warned, it's quite addictive too!
6. Wise One
Cleverly combine two different weights of yarn in Helen Ardley's cute owl cushion pattern. Join six granny squares into a strip to start things off.
7. Let it go
Is it just me or does this little lady remind you of a certain winter princess from Frozen?
Elaine Bennett is the editor of the UK-based magazine LGC Knitting & Crochet and new crochet pattern website topcrochetpatterns.com. When she's not writing about knitting and crochet for work, she can be found at home with her needles, hook and a vast yarn stash that threatens to take over her home.