Want to get your hands on a fun collection of 20+ festive crochet Christmas patterns? If so, I invite you to check out this book review of A Merry Crochet Christmas, a brand new book that includes patterns for crocheting Christmas projects such as blankets, Christmas decorations, Christmas ornaments and more.
What You Need to Know About This Christmas Pattern Book:
Author: The patterns in this book were contributed by a bunch of different, highly talented designers — including some of my favorites! In this book you’ll find Christmas crochet patterns by Margret Willson, Michele Wilcox, Cherie Bernatt, Kathleen Berlew and many others.
Copyright Date: 2021
ISBN 13: 978-1-64025-489-3
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Number of Pages: 65
Skill Level: The patterns in this book are all rated by difficulty using the Craft Yarn Council’s standards for evaluating skill level ratings. I’d recommend this book to crocheters of all skill levels. The easiest pattern in the book is rated as being a beginner-friendly project. There is also one pattern rated for “experienced” crocheters. The rest of the patterns in the book are almost evenly split between “easy” and “intermediate” level patterns.
Crochet Projects Included in This Book:
Snowy Trees Garland
Let It Snow Afghan
Delicate Snowflakes Crochet Patterns
Winter Wonderland Filet Crochet Table Runner
Christmas Cheer Mug Rugs
Sammy the Christmas Cat
Meet Sammy the Snow Cat. If you ask me, Sammy looks more like a Christmas bear, because in the photo, it doesn’t look like the ears are as pointy as a cat’s would be. Furthermore, the cat, as originally designed, doesn’t have any whiskers (If I make this pattern, I may add some whiskers to make the cat look more cat-like). But either way, what you have here is an adorable toy that will delight the sweet Child who discovers it under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning. It’s really a cute toy, regardless of whether you pretend it’s a Christas cat or a Christmas bear.
Snowbird Christmas Ornament Pattern
This little cutie measures only 4 1/2″ high, which makes him the ideal size for becoming a Christmas tree ornament. However, you could also use him as a stocking stuffer for a sweet child who enjoys playing with small toys.
Rustic Gnome Christmas Ornaments
Winter Gnome Wall Hanging
Christmas Trees Doily Set
(not pictured) If you were to ask me to pick a favorite project from this book, it would be hard, because there are a LOT of cute ones. That said, I’d pick this one as my favorite — because it is absolutely gorgeous. The suggested yarn is a medium-weight acrylic; I’d personally pick something nicer, but even when it’s made with the suggested acrylic, this blanket is absolutely stunning.
You aren’t limited to using this design at Christmas time; the design is Christmas friendly, yet it also works well for everyday use.
Christmas Popcorn Blanket
This is another design that could be used beyond the Christmas season; it’s fine for everyday use.
Beginner-Friendly Candy Cane Christmas Tree Ornaments
I predict that there will be a lot of people making and giving these cute candy cane ornaments as gifts to their co-workers, friends and relatives this year. The crochet work is so easy that even your kids could probably manage it; and even better, each ornament only uses 8 yards of yarn and some glue — so you can afford to make a whole bunch of these ornaments even if you are on a seriously strict gift-giving budget this year.
This IS NOT a complete list of all the projects included in this Christmas pattern book! There are some others in addition to these; however, the selection shown above should hopefully give you an idea of the types of projects you’ll have access to if you decide to buy this book. Considering that this book includes a broad range of patterns that are all quite appealing, I’m betting you’d be able to make a good number of your Christmas gifts using these patterns.
The Best Things About This Book
This book includes a doable number of fun, appealing projects that aren’t overly complicated to make. If you’re looking for motivation to get started with making Christmas projects, this book is likely to be a fantastic source of inspiration for you.
This book includes some super quick projects, and also some projects that could keep you busy for a long time. Whether your goal is to crank out gifts or just keep yourself busy, either way, you’ll find engaging project ideas that are likely to appeal to you.
The book includes gift ideas suitable for both children and adults; there are some kid-friendly things included, but they don’t totally dominate the book, which is nice if you also have bunches of adults on your gift list.
The projects in this book encompass a broad variety of styles. Some of them are sophisticated; others are casual; and still others are cutesie and fun. This means you’re likely to find suitable options for all your gift recipients, no matter what their personal sense of style is like.
I love, love, LOVE those blanket patterns. They’re totally fabulous!
And that table runner — don’t you think that’s stunning? Imagine your sense of pride, if you were to finish one of those and use it to set your holiday table. I am sure your dinner guests would be impressed.
If you want your Christmas tree to look different than everyone else’s, you have to do better than just buying the same old dollar store Christmas balls everybody else buys. This book will give you some really cool options for doing that, if you are so inclined. Plus, Christmas ornaments make great gifts for distant relatives or other people you want to give a gift to, but at the same time, you can’t justify investing too much time or money on the gift.
Other Observations About This Book
Some of the patterns in this book are also included in the Annie’s Christmas special from 2020; so if you already have that book, please take that into consideration before you buy this one. Here’s a list of the patterns I found in common between the 2 books:
- The “Let It Snow” afghan
- The rustic gnome ornaments
- The gnome pillow
- It’s a Glamping Christmas pillow
- Snowbird ornament
- Christmas cheer mug rugs
- Candy cane garland
- Winter wonderland table runner
- Snowdrift afghan
This book does have plenty of patterns that aren’t included in that book, so even if you own the Christmas 2020 book, this one might still be a good purchase for you depending on what types of projects you’re hoping to make; but you should definitely be aware of the overlap in case it would cause you disappointment.
If you enjoy sewing and quilting in addition to crochet, you’ll want to consider buying the Annie’s Christmas 2020 book instead of this book, because it offers you a better value for the money you would spend on it. There are 65+ patterns included in that book, compared against the 20+ patterns included in this one — but many of those 65 patterns are for quilting and sewing projects.
One more thing to be aware of with this book: 9 of these patterns have interruptions; part of the pattern is in one spot in the book, and then the pattern is continued later in a different spot towards the back of the book. So you might need to do some page flipping if you want to access all the pages you need.
If you purchase the PDF ebook edition of this book, you can work around this issue by simply printing out all the pages of the pattern and then working from the printout.
This book is gift-worthy. If you need a Christmas gift for friends who crochet, definitely consider this book as a candidate for the gifts you’ll give them. In that case, I recommend buying physical copies of the book and having them shipped, because there is no easily viable way to give them a digital edition of the book.
Overall, I think this is a lovely and worthwhile book; and I recommend it to those of you who celebrate Christmas and want to make your own Christmas gifts or decorations. However, if you sew or quilt I do also recommend taking a look at Annie’s Christmas 2020 special edition as a possible alternative before you buy this book. Both of these publications are wonderful, but quilters and home sewing enthusiasts may find the Christmas 2020 edition to be a better value, because that book has more projects in it, although the projects are a mix of crochet, sewing and quilting projects.
One more book I’d also recommend taking a look at in addition to this one is Annie’s Big Book of Christmas Crochet. I did not find ANY overlapping patterns when comparing between this book and that one — so I’m thinking you could safely buy both of them if you need to get your hands on a whole bunch of Christmas patterns this year.
Where to Buy This Book:
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Posted By: Amy Solovay
This page was last updated on 8-24-2021.