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The 100 Best Craft Ideas of 2016

The 100 Best Craft Ideas of 2016

You came, you saw, and you made beautiful craft projects with us over the course of 2016. Now, we're bringing you the best of the best! In The 100 Best Craft Ideas of 2016, we've gathered our top 100 projects that were most popular over the course of the entire year. These projects were voted on by you!

No matter how long you've been with us, there is always something new to discover. If you haven't seen any or all of the best DIY crafts listed in this collection, now's the time to explore! Learn how to crochet this year, or take up knitting. You'll learn a few different tie dye techniques, and if you haven't checked out the Funky Jeans Bag yet, it's really not one to be passed up.

Celebrate the new year by making a popular project from the year previous! These projects are popular for a reason, and you're about to discover why.

Free Crochet Afghan Patterns

Arrow Stitch Afghan

By and large, our most popular type of project in 2016 was a crocheted afghan. We have a phenomenal selection of beautiful free crochet afghan patterns on our site. They come in a variety of sizes and styles!

If you love to learn new stitches, the Arrow Stitch Crochet Afghan is for you. You might also want to learn How to Crochet a Bavarian Square, and make a beautiful afghan using this unique stitch. Ripple patterns, fast crochet afghans, and more can be found below.

Do you have a favorite type of crocheted afghan to make? Explore the blanket patterns below. You're sure to find something simply perfect. 

Crochet Patterns for Baby

Beautiful Crochet Baby Blanket

Crocheting for little ones can be even more fun than crocheting for yourself. These precious projects all have one thing in common: babies! View our most popular crochet patterns for baby. You'll find crochet baby blankets, baby clothes patterns, amigurumi, and more in the lovely selection below.

The Cupcake Afghan is one of our most popular projects because the stitches are so lovely! Use that pattern for a baby blanket or create a larger version for a throw or bedspread.

The Cozy Soft Baby Cocoon and Hat is another favorite. It's just too cute not to look at! For more baby patterns, view our list below.

Crochet Clothes Patterns

Sage One Skein Wrap

Making clothes is one of the best activities because you get to wear your creations afterward! Some wearable items like scarves and shawls are so rewarding to make because they work up so quickly, and that instant gratification is so great. Below you'll find crochet scarves and shawls, as well as more intricate patterns like sweaters, jackets, shrugs, and more. 

The Sage One Skein Wrap is a stunning project that can be worn during any season. If you're a fan of the super scarf trend, this shawl could even be worn as a big scarf! 

Another beautiful pattern below is the Goddess Shawl. This project is so lovely, and its lightness means it can be layered with just about anything! For more beautiful crochet projects, be sure to explore the list below.

Free Kitchen Crochet Patterns and More Crochet Ideas

Pretty Crochet Doily Pattern

Making crochet projects for the kitchen is so much fun. You can crochet dishcloths, which are great because they work up so quickly and they're useful! You can also make table decor like table runners and placemats, and there are some beautiful doilies in the collection below as well.

The Pretty Crochet Doily Pattern is a gorgeous project that should, frankly, adorn any table. Learn how to crochet a doily that is lacy and delicate. A doily has a vintage look but remains classy to this day. 

We also have several other free crochet patterns below that you might like. Two gorgeous crocheted bags are included below, as well as a surprise dog sweater pattern! If you didn't get your fill of crochet patterns already, this section wraps up the top crochet patterns of 2016.

Knitting Clothes Patterns

Grandma's Knitted Slippers

Knitting patterns were popular this year on FaveCrafts, and we have a wonderful selection of wearables below! Knit your own slippers, ponchos, hats, cowls, and more. Knitting naturally works well for socks and slippers, and the Grandma's Knitted Slippers pattern has been endlessly popular on the site. Don't they just look so cozy? Be sure to check out more fantastic patterns below.

Free Knit Afghan Patterns and More Knitting Patterns

Checkered Knit Blanket

A person can never have too many blankets. Even if you feel your household has met the blanket quota, there are always more occasions where blankets are called for. If you're planning a gift for an upcoming birthday, knitting blankets is a fantastic option. These free knit afghan patterns are simply gorgeous.
 
The Checkered Knit Blanket is a phenomenal pattern that works up beautifully. Select muted colors that work well together as in the pictured project, or go brighter with some highly contrasting yarn.

We have a few more knitting patterns below as well, including some beautiful kitchen knits. The Daisy Stitch Washcloth Knitting Pattern as well as the Basic Cotton Dishcloth are lovely patterns you won't want to miss. 

Tie Dye Patterns and More Free Craft Ideas

Swirl Tie Dye Technique

If yarn isn't your thing, you're in luck! Our last section of popular craft projects includes tie dye and sewing patterns. Learn a new tie dye technique like the Swirl Tie Dye Technique pictured, or try your hand at the ​Funky Jeans Bag

If you've never tried tie dye before, we have hundreds of tutorials all about tie dye! The tie dye projects listed below are the best of the best of 2016. 

We also have hundreds of sewing patterns on FaveCrafts.com, so if the Funky Jeans Bag doesn't satisfy the sewing craving, be sure to view our complete collection.

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