It would be a fair guess to say that we have all been there, that awkward moment when we open a gift presented to us that is something that leaves us speechless - a horribly made crocheted items that is of the absolute wrong size, style and color. Then come the lies - I love it, I'll cherish it, I wish I had 10 more of these, you made this? Boy, what a talent.
These are important to keep in mind when it's your turn to be the gift maker. The best approach is to keep things as simple as possible, meaning don't crochet a sweater for a relative you have not seen in 3 years that lives in Arizona. Be practical and only place your time in crochet projects that are universally well received. Crochet items given as gifts are also not a great way to experiment with items or patterns that are totally unfamiliar or above your skill level as a crafter. If the crochet pattern is new to you make one items for yourself as a lesson in what to avoid in the second item you make and will eventually give as a gift. Dissect every step of the creative process, embrace mistakes and learn from them.
When it comes to yarn color selection stay with base colors in earth tones, using the softest yarn available - especially when it comes to clothing items. Try to avoid yarns that require extreme care in cleaning or ones that are prone to great shrinkage or fraying.
Lastly, keep the gifts made from crochet patterns appropriate to the occasion. A pretty pair of well made crocheted slippers makes a wonderful gift as a stocking stuffer at Christmas, not so much as a gift for your parents on their 50th wedding anniversary.
But you knew all of this....right?
Just another fan of free crochet patterns of all types and styles looking to share the gifts of those that are creative and kind.