Jumbo Clover Crochet Hooks for Bulky Yarn – Why didn’t I buy these sooner?

Sometimes I just can’t believe myself.

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I mean seriously, I have the set of 10 Amour Clover crochet hooks and I LOVE them so much.  Their sizes are B-2.25mm, C-2.75mm, D-3.25mm, E-3.50mm, F-3.75mm, G-4.00mm, 7-4.50mm, H-5.00mm, I-5.50mm, and J-6.00mm.  They have metal hooks and soft handles and are super comfortable to crochet with.  Since I purchased them, I very rarely use anything else.

I like them so much that when I needed a larger size hook, a 10mm, I looked into the larger, or jumbo, Clover hooks and I was really disappointed to find that they only have them in that size with plastic hooks.  I imagined they’re using the plastic to keep the weight down but something just didn’t sit right with me about it so I went ahead and bought another brand.

This hook worked fine and I thought, okay.  I don’t need an expensive hook to get good results.  But then, the next pattern I wanted to make called for a 9mm and the store I was shopping at only had the plastic Clover in that size.  Since I had a coupon, I bought it and now I’m kicking myself about my previous purchase.  The difference is incredible.

My 9mm Clover Crochet Hook.

My 9mm Clover Crochet Hook.

OH. EM. GEE. I learned that the jumbo plastic hooks are just as nice as the smaller metal Amour hooks.  They glide through the yarn like butter and are as light as a feather to hold. They’re all made in crazy bright fun colors which only adds to the merriment and ease of keeping track of them when they slip (or get pushed by one of my cats) under the couch.

After using my new 9mm I realized just how really heavy the 10mm was.  Not to mention it was tugging while I crocheted which slowed me down a lot.

Before posting this, I put my money where my mouth is by going to Amazon and ordering an entire set of them.  I seriously don’t want to use anything else.

From now on, I’m a Clover crochet hook girl, hands down!

Clover Jumbo Crochet Hooks

Clover Jumbo Crochet Hooks

You can order this set or learn more about these hooks by visiting the following link to  Amazon:  Clover Jumbo Crochet Hook Set

In case you’re wondering about the photo above, I’m working on a hat using a pattern from Maria’s Blue Crayon.  You can find it here: Chunky Crochet Beanie with Pom Pom – Free Crochet Hat Pattern.

I’m using my new Clover 9mm and some Bernat Softee Baby Chunky yarn.  It’s going to be a Christmas gift for someone and I hope they like it.

Speaking of gifts, anyone who crochets would absolutely love a set, or even a single hook made by Clover.

How about you?  Are you a fan of Clover crochet hooks too?  Got a different favorite crochet hook brand?  Tell me all about it in the comments section.  I love hearing from my readers.

 

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10 Super Cute Crochet Christmas Stocking Patterns – An Etsy Holiday Gift Guide

It’s early November and that means it’s time to get your crocheted Christmas projects done so you’ll have them ready in time for the Holiday season.

If you’re looking for some cute crochet Christmas Stocking patterns to make as gifts or to use as home decor, you’ve come to the right place.

All of the following crochet Christmas Stocking patterns are being brought to you from Etsy where I’m proud to be an affiliate.  They were created with love by crochet designers who keep shop there.  They may not be free but they are reasonably priced and super cute.

Disclosure: This blog post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure HERE.  I did not create these patterns.  I can not vouch for their quality and I do not own the photos shown here.  I’m simply sharing them for your viewing, crocheting, and gift-giving pleasure.

10 Cute Crochet Christmas Stocking Patterns

Please note: These are listed in no particular order.  I think they’re ALL equally adorable but your idea of cuteness may differ from mine.  Browse through to see them all and when you’re done, feel free to tell me which one was your favorite in the comments section.  I love hearing from my readers!

1.  Cute Oversized Christmas Stocking Pattern

Crochet Christmas stocking pattern from Nella's Cottage at Etsy.

Crochet Christmas stocking pattern from Nella’s Cottage at Etsy.

I love the texture caused by the variety of stitches on this attractive oversized Christmas stocking pattern for beginner to intermediate crocheters.

Learn more or purchase: Crochet Stocking Pattern from Nella’s Cottage at Etsy

2.   Cute Mary Jane Christmas Stocking Pattern

Crochet Christmas Stocking pattern Mary Jane by padurns.

Crochet Christmas Stocking pattern Mary Jane by padurns.

The cuteness is oozing out of this one!  It looks like a foot wearing a Mary Jane shoe and ruffled socks making it perfect for your favorite little girl or even for a big girl who loves shoes!

Learn more or purchase: Crochet Christmas Stocking Mary Jane by Padurns at Etsy

3.  Cute Unicorn Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern

Unicorn Christmas Stocking-Crochet Pattern by Little Bamboo Handmade

Unicorn Christmas Stocking-Crochet Pattern by Little Bamboo Handmade.

Unicorns are hot and super trendy right now.  Kids are just crazy for them and adults like them a lot too!  Enough said.

Learn more or purchase: Unicorn Christmas Stocking-Crochet Pattern by Little Bamboo Handmade at Etsy

4. Cute Hockey Skate Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern

CROCHET PATTERN - Hockey Skate Christmas Stocking by One Paisley Pig.

CROCHET PATTERN – Hockey Skate Christmas Stocking by One Paisley Pig.

If you’ve got a hockey player in the family or even someone who’s a big hockey fan, this is a winning choice.  The best part about making it yourself is that you can use the colors of their favorite team too.  Double win!!!

Learn more or purchase: Hockey Skate Christmas Stocking by One Paisley Pig at Etsy

5.  Cute Mermaid Tail Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern

Mermaid Tail Holiday Stocking Crochet Pattern by Yankee Rose

Mermaid Tail Holiday Stocking Crochet Pattern by Yankee Rose

This mermaid tail design is an adorable Christmas stocking for anyone who loves mermaids (mermen?) or plans to decorate a coastal cottage for the holidays. Again being able to make these in your favorite colors is a definite plus. Since I love the beach, I’m in love with this nautical treasure and plan to make a couple of these for my own home.

Learn more or purchase: Mermaid Tail Holiday Stocking Crochet Pattern by Yankee Rose at Etsy

6.  Cute Crochet Santa and Elf Christmas Stocking Pattern

Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern Santa and Elf Stockings by CooloRoonie

Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern Santa and Elf Stockings by CooloRoonie.

These cute crocheted stockings feature classic Santa and Elf faces with loopy beards.  Sold as a pattern pair these delightful stockings should appeal to just about anyone on your list but would be perfect for the littlest ones.

Learn more or purchase: Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern Santa and Elf Stockings by CooloRoonie at Etsy

7.  Cute Jumbo Chenille Christmas Stocking Pattern

Crochet Jolly Jumbo Christmas Stocking Crochet Pattern by BagoDayCrochet

Crochet Jolly Jumbo Christmas Stocking Crochet Pattern by BagoDayCrochet.

This darling crocheted Christmas stocking looks like it would work up really fast and be super squishy soft when it’s done.  Again, the ability to choose your colors and floral pieces make this a true delight.

Learn more or purchase: Crochet Jolly Jumbo Christmas Stocking Crochet Pattern by BagoDayCrochet at Etsy

8. Cute Hiking Boot Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern

Crochet Christmas Hiking Boot Stocking Pattern by Padurns

Crochet Christmas Hiking Boot Stocking Pattern by Padurns.

Do you have any outdoorsman or outdoorswomen on your list?  If so, this uniquely designed Hiking Boot Christmas Stocking pattern is sure to please!

Learn more or purchase: Crochet Christmas Hiking Boot Stocking Pattern by Padurns at Etsy

9.  Cute Crochet Dog Christmas Stocking Pattern

Cute Dog Christmas Stocking-Crochet Pattern by Little Bamboo Handmade

Cute Dog Christmas Stocking-Crochet Pattern by Little Bamboo Handmade

You can use this crochet pattern to create a Christmas stocking for your favorite puppy dog or for someone who loves dogs.  The designer, Little Bamboo Handmade also has several other really amazing animal and character Christmas stocking patterns.  See them all HERE.

Learn more or purchase: Cute Dog Christmas Stocking-Crochet Pattern by Little Bamboo Handmade at Etsy

10.  Cute Infant Photo Prop Christmas Stocking and Santa Hat Crochet Pattern

Cute Infant Photo Prop Christmas Stocking and Santa Hat Crochet Pattern by Sweet Potato 3 Patterns.

Cute Infant Photo Prop Christmas Stocking and Santa Hat Crochet Pattern by Sweet Potato 3 Patterns.

With a precious newborn inside, this has to be the absolute cutest crochet Christmas Stocking pattern on this list.  If you’ve got a new baby coming during the holiday season, this one is a must!

Learn more or purchase: Cute Infant Photo Prop Christmas Stocking and Santa Hat Crochet Pattern by Sweet Potato 3 Patterns at Etsy

I hope you enjoyed browsing through my choices for super cute crocheted Christmas Stockings.  I’ve tried to mix it up a bit with patterns that would be best for beginners through those with a bit more experience.

How about you?  Did you choose a favorite?  Which one will you be making?  Or have you already crocheted your own Christmas Stockings?  If you have, please tell me all about them.  Share your thoughts in the comment section!

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Rustic Crochet Pumpkins

For Halloween decorations this year, instead of buying fresh pumpkins which will eventually rot and need to be tossed away, (I use canned pumpkin for my pies.) I decided to crochet a few.

I used the Rustic Farmhouse Pumpkins pattern from MJ’s Off the Hook and I love the way they turned out.

rusticcrochetpumpkins

My rustic pumpkins.

You can find the free pattern here:  How To Crochet Rustic Farmhouse Pumpkins

The pattern was easy to follow, quick to make, and simple to put together.

The large rustic pumpkin calls for just one skein of chunky yarn.  The smaller ones were created with just a half of a skein each, making this project truly cost-effective.

I like that it calls for cinnamon sticks to be used for the stems because it adds such a nice smell to the finished product.  I’m sure you could use small branches or twigs found in the yard if you don’t have any cinnamon sticks hanging around.  The only change I made from the original pattern was to tie green ribbons around the stems instead of using twine.  I love the color contrast it adds.

I also love that these cuties can stay out as decorations all the way from Halloween to Thanksgiving.

If you’re looking for a quick and totally unique gift for someone, maybe to bring as a host/hostess gift for Thanksgiving or to a Halloween dinner party, I think these sweet-smelling pumpkins would be delightful and greatly appreciated by anyone who receives them.

Not to mention they’d be the perfect addition to the autumn home decor in your own home.

I’m off now to go make a couple more!  Will you give this fun free crochet pattern a try?  Do you have another pumpkin crochet pattern that you love?  Tell me all about it in the comments section.  I love hearing from you!

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