Celebrate Labor Day with 6 Workhorse Crochet Patterns
Today is Labor Day in the United States, which for most people just means a 3-day weekend. But Labor Day is more than just an extra day off—it’s a day to honor the contributions workers have made to our country. This Labor Day, while you’re enjoying (or maybe lamenting) the official end of summer, take a few moments to celebrate the work you and your loved ones did over the past year! Remind yourself that even though work can sometimes feel like a slog, you’re making an important contribution to your family, your community, and your country (and the world!).
To celebrate our nation’s workers, we’ve put together a list of our 6 favorite workhorse crochet patterns. These projects will keep you comfortable while you’re doing your 9 to 5 thing, whatever it may be.
1. Don’t Forget Door Hanger by Tamara Kelly
We all have those days where we’re running late for work and rushing to get out the door, and then we can’t find our keys. Or our phone. Or our sunglasses. Save yourself those weekday morning headaches with this super-handy door hanger from Quick Crochet for the Home! This useful little hanger can hold your keys, phone, wallet, lip balm—whatever essentials you need to get through your work day.
2. Sketch Set by Sarah Read
Still in school, or have school-age kiddos? You need the Sketch Set from Love of Crochet Fall 2016! This pen/pencil case and notebook/tablet cover will keep your school supplies tidy and protected while you study. The set is worked in single crochet with minimal shaping, so it’s a great project for beginners.
3. Basket Cases by Meredith Crawford
Bring a little happiness to your weekly housecleaning routine with these handy baskets from Crochetscene 2017. They’re cute but super sturdy and are perfect for holding everything from kitchen utensils to toys. Made in a cord-like yarn that’s firm and keeps its shape, these baskets can withstand anything you can throw at them! (And if you need to make these baskets RIGHT NOW, get the kit!)
4. Textured Scrubbies by Melisa Darnieder
Cooking is usually a labor of love, but doing the dishes? Not so much. Make this chore more bearable with the Textured Scrubbies from Interweave Crochet Home 2015. Front and back post double crochets create ridges that are great for cleaning up all those pots and pans. Crochet them in your favorite colors cheer yourself up while you’re scrubbing away!
5. Willing and Cable Wrist Warmers by Vickie Howell
If you work outside, it can be tough to keep your hands warm while keeping your fingers free. Enter these sturdy wrist warmers from Interweave Crochet Winter 2015! The basic ribbing and simple center cable create an unflashy, unisex mitt that will keep your hands toasty when the temperature drops.
6. Market Bag by Tammy Hildebrand
Most of us shop for groceries every week—why not do it in style? Bring some beauty to your grocery store trip with this gorgeous carryall from Vintage Crochet 2016. The motifs on the body look delicate but can stand up to everyday wear and tear.
What crochet patterns work hard for you every day? Let us know in the comments!
—Sara and Rachel
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