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A long time ago, when I was pregnant with my middle daughter, I got the sudden urge to learn how to crochet. My mom had tried to teach me in high school but I had neither the time nor the interest then.

So once again, I had my mom come and demonstrate the basics. I figured out the chain pretty quick and was onto single stitches. Double crochet was my favorite because it made a larger row. I think my first project was a scarf – one that turned out all crooked and wonky because I hadn’t perfected counting stitches (I didn’t think it was that important).

Crochet baby set

Crochet gift for a baby shower

But over the years, with slow progress, I got better. It’s kind of like the skill of bike riding; once you learn how you don’t really forget. So although I may go months or even a couple years between projects, and starting off might be rusty, I usually get back into the groove pretty quick.

When Raven was about 8, I asked her if she wanted to learn to crochet. She boldly declared that knitting was the craft for her! I found a video on knitting for kids on clearance at JoAnn’s and she sat down and followed along. She doesn’t knit often anymore, but she has found enjoyment in finger knitting lately.

Disclaimer: I received a free Waterproof Bible to include in this giveaway basket. This post contains affiliate links. For more information please see my full disclosure policy.

Learn to knit and crochet giveaway basket!

Knit and crochet basket giveaway

As I was thinking about what theme I wanted to do for the Back to School Giveaway Baskets at iHomeschool Network, I thought about how crafts and hobbies are naturally a part of homeschooling!

Just last week, the kids and I were having a discussion about all the things we get to do on a regular basis at home that you don’t learn in school. Riding bikes, hunting for wildlife, baking bread, programming on computer games, and of course knitting and crocheting.

So I ran out to Hobby Lobby and bought the supplies for a “learn to knit and crochet” basket!

Knit and crochet supplies

This basket includes everything you will need to learn how to make at least one crochet project and one knitting project.

all the yarn

The winner of this basket will receive two instruction books, knitting needles (sizes 6-8), crochet hooks (G, H, I), point protectors, stitch markers, yarn needles, and 6 kinds of yarn (2 skeins each)!!

Plus – Bardin & Marsee Publishing have been kind enough to include an ESV Waterproof New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs!

ESV Waterproof new testament

I wish that yarn were waterproof as well, but this way you can carry a Bible with you and not have to worry about spilling on it! It’s just the right size for you purse or yarn bag. You can watch how we tested this Bible out with peanut butter and even dirt!

I’ve included some of my favorite yarns. Hobby Lobby has a nice selection including I Love This Cotton which is my favorite for making dishcloths:

crochet a dishcloth

You can also knit a fun scarf for this fall using Yarn Bee Andes Alpaca, Diva Sequin, or Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand.

Look at those gorgeous purples and greens!

Look at those gorgeous purples and greens!

I’m also including two skeins of a fun camouflage variegated in I Love This Wool, plus two skeins of a sparkly turquoise (perfect for kids) in I Love This Yarn – a nice alternative to Red Heart acrylic which kind of went down in quality over the years.

All of the yarns are a similar weight – worsted. So they will work with the majority of patterns out there and work well for both knitting and crochet.

Two skeins of yarn will usually make a small-medium project. It will usually make a scarf, hat, booties, bonnet, baby vest, dishcloths, headband, etc. Remember that crocheting uses more yarn than knitting. For larger pieces such as blankets and clothing you need more.

When looking at patterns, go by the yard of yarn needed rather than how many skeins as they can vary greatly in size and amount of yarn.

Look for the giveaway rules and entry widget at the bottom of this post!

Resources to learn how to crochet and knit

Since I can’t be there physically to help you on your yarn arts learning journey, I have collected some of my favorite resources for crochet and knitting. First up are some places to get extra “how to” help:



Online Knitting Class

Free crochet and knitting patterns, and inspiration

Your first stop for free patterns should be Crochet At Play and/or Knitting At Play. These are comprehensive sites that link to free patterns across the web! There is even a blog where they feature free patterns of the week. Also check yarn brand sites – I list several major ones below but there are tons more!

 Websites with free patterns, tutorials, and downloads:

Pinterest boards to follow:

And a few of my followers on Facebook had some great links to share:


Enter the giveaway!

crochet and knit giveaway basket

Entering to win is easy – you just have to click on the free entry in the Rafflecopter below! You can get extra entries by liking, sharing, and following but it’s not required.

There are just a couple rules:

  1. You must be 18 to enter (kids have a parent help you)
  2. You must live in the US or Canada (sorry – I will have a giveaway soon for all my international friends)
  3. This contest runs from Friday, August 1st through Friday, August 8th. Winner will be notified by email shortly afterwards and will have 48 hours to respond. If I don’t hear from you, I will pick another winner.

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There are 27 other baskets being given away! View them below or visit iHomeschool Network.


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(1) STEM {Science, Technology, Engineering, Math} Gift Basket from Amy
(2) Hands On Science Basket from Colleen
(3) Second-Third Grade Back to Homeschool Giveaway from Heidi
(4) Back To School Sensory Resources Basket from Nicole


(5) Foreign Language Learning from Selena
(6) Toddler Fun Basket from Dianna
(7) Apologia Basket from Stephanie
(8) Tot School Supplies Basket from Kara


(9) Middle School Science Basket from Megan
(10Nature Discovery Gift Basket from Amy
(11) The Ultimate Back-to-School Giveaway from Sallie
(12) Explorer’s Basket from Tina


(13) Back to School Gift Basket from Janine
(14) Back to School Homeschooler’s Art & More Basket from Renee
(15) Classically Charlotte Gift Basket from Lara
(16) Learn to Knit and Crochet Giveaway Basket from Aadel


(17) Let Freedom Ring ~ A Back to School Patriotic Giveaway from Eva
(18) Geography Learning Tools Basket from Heather
(19) Back To School with Financial Peace Giveaway from Amy
(20) High School American Literature and Research Writing Curriculum from Vicki


(21) Five Homeschool Essentials Giveaway from Sam
(22) Getting organized for the new year from Laurie
(23) American History Basket from Karyn
(24) Nature Study Bag from Alicia


(25) Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Basket from Cindy
(26) Mom’s Favorite Things from MacKenzie
(27) Pampering Mama basket from Shannen
(28) Homeschool for Free Gift Basket from Amy

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3 Responses to Back To School Giveaway Basket: Learn to Knit and Crochet!

  1. Susie says:

    Been wanting to get some crochet supplies for me and my daughter! Awesome giveaway!!

  2. Elise says:

    This looks like an awesome giveaway! I’ve been wanting my daughter and myself to learn to knit and/or crochet.

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