DIY Yarn Bow Hairclip (Video & Step-by-Step)

In the crochet world, there is one eternal unanswered question: “what on earth am I supposed to do with all of these yarn scraps?” Thankfully, I have an answer for you with this week’s super quick and easy video tutorial. We’re making hair clips this week using some supplies that you can probably scrounge up from around the house.


You will need:

  • A hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Medium-sized or small buttons
  • Snap-in hair clips
  • Yarn, of course! Any scraps will do.


Step 1: For my yarn bow, I made a rather large one for the purposes of the video. I used about 2-3 arm lengths of yarn.  Start by wrapping the yarn around your fingers, leaving the end loose. Experiment with the amount of fingers you wrap the yarn around: more fingers will make a larger bow, and less will make a small one. Don’t wrap the yarn too tight!


Step 2: This part is a little finicky (as you can see by my fumbling in the video!). Once you’re done wrapping, take the end of your yarn and start wrapping it around the center of the “loop” you have created around your fingers. This will make the center binding part of the bow. It doesn’t have to look perfect, but for the end result, try to tie together the 2 loose ends of the yarn (the one you started with and the one you ended with)


Step 3: Fluff it up a little bit and arrange it so that both sides of the bow are even. Take one of your buttons, apply some hot glue and hold it to the center of the bow until dry.


Step 4: Dab some hot glue on the end of your snap-in clip or hair accessory and hold the back of the bow to it until dry.


And voila! You’ve got a super cute hair accessory that makes use of your pesky yarn scraps. I like the color of this yarn since it’s so fall-appropriate but I think that it would look best in one of our color gradient yarns like the ones in our Dream Baby collection.

The great thing about this bow is its versatility. You could skip Step 4 and attach it to a beanie or headband as a finishing touch to your project, or even stick it on top of a gift for a cute yarny touch under your Christmas Tree! I hope you all enjoyed this quick tutorial and that you have a wonderful week and a fantastic Thanksgiving!

DIY Pom-Pom Decorations (Video & Step-by-Step!)

I’m super excited to bring you our very first video tutorial! I get a little nervous in front of a camera, but it actually turned out to be great fun and I’m pretty pleased with the result. I can’t remember where I learned how to make these fluffy pom-poms but I’m almost positive it was an old episode of Martha Stewart. Of course, mine will never be as perfect and high-quality as hers, but they’re fun to make regardless and there’s lots of room for experimentation! I’ve made them for all sorts of decorations and occasions, but I think my favorite way to use them is for winter-themed crafts. These look great tied onto the ends of a scarf or you could even make a whole bunch as a nice tree garland!

I made a giant one out of our Kaleidoscopic yarn for the purposes of this video, so I jabbed a bobby pin through it and it turned into a nice little hair accessory.


(I promise it’s a coincidence that my shirt matches the pom-pom!)

Here’s the step-by-step for a decorative pom-pom.

11. Take a piece of cardboard and cut it into a rectangle. The smaller your cardboard piece is, the smaller and fluffier your pom-pom will be! The one I’m making here is GIANT so you can see what I’m doing, but I think the ideal size would be about half this. Make a cut on both short sides and stick your string through, stretching it lengthwise along the cardboard piece and leaving a long piece on the end. You’ll use this to tie it together later.


2.  Flip it over and start winding your yarn around the short side of the cardboard. The more you wind, the fluffier it will be! I think I wound mine about 100-150 times but I could definitely have done more to increase the volume, especially for the size that I made. I liked the effect that I got using the Kaleidoscopic yarn for this because of the color gradient, so you get a few different colors in one puffball!


3. Slide the whole mess off of your cardboard, making sure to untuck the string from the slits that we cut in step 1.


4. Tie the two ends (the ones that were tucked in the cardboard slits) together very tightly. As you pull, the yarn makes a sort of little round disc shape. Knot the two ends together a few times for security and leave the ends long if you’re planning to tie the pom-pom onto anything.


5. Stick your scissors into the middle of the loops so that you’re cutting each loop in half. Make sure to get all of them!


6. You’ll get a big, fluffy mess of a pom-pom! Give it a haircut so that it looks a little more lively and even. This is about where I realized that I should have wound up some more yarn around the cardboard so I would have had more volume! Oh well.

To make it into a hairpin, I seriously just stuck a long bobby pin through the middle of the pom-pom. Super easy! I bet you could try to hot glue it to a sturdier, wider hair pin if you want a nice and neat hair accessory for a gift.


Hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial! We have a bunch of other really cool craft tutorials in the works for our YouTube channel that I’m really excited to share with you. See you soon!

Christmas Project Preparations

I’m going to do something crazy.

I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. But I saw on Facebook the other day that there are only 7 more Mondays until Christmas (!!!!!) and…well, I just couldn’t help myself. Prepare yourselves…


Time to start your holiday crochet preparations!

I know, it’s crazy, right? But I’m the type of person who kind of does Christmas shopping all year round and so I’m usually just about done with everyone’s gifts by the time Thanksgiving rolls around. Being a college student has certainly changed that, but I still like to start getting into the spirit as soon as my calendar switches to November! Also, it’s my favorite holiday of the year, so maybe I’m just overly excited…

Our pattern business starts to seriously pick up around this time because so many Bonita creations make really great gifts. I’m going to show you how to add a holiday twist to a couple of our most popular patterns so you won’t be scrambling for ideas at the last minute!


Reimagine our bestselling crocodile booties with a holiday theme! I’m all about our Cascade collection and its gorgeous deep shades, like this perfectly Christmas-y green. For an added touch of originality, these wooden tree buttons are super adorable and so cheap! 50 buttons for less than 5 bucks shipped? I’ll take a million, please.

I think that these would be the perfect accessory for a chilly Christmas morning and some cute pictures with the family!

  1. Bonita Patterns Adult Crocodile Booties
  2. Cascade Yarns 220 in Highland Green
  3. 50 Wooden Tree Buttons from


Next, how about something for yourself? Gotta keep those crochet fingers cozy and warm. I think that our Crocodile Wristwarmers would look excellent with a little holiday makeover, don’t you? I picked our Angora Shimmer (I can’t help it, it’s so sparkly!) in the burgundy shade, with some adorable tree-and-snowflake charms to dangle off of it. I like that the silver of the charms matches the silver metallic threading of the yarn. You’ll be so shiny, Santa will want you to guide his sleigh tonight…is it too early for Christmas jokes? Yes? Oh well.

  1. Bonita Patterns Crocodile Wristwarmers
  2. Bonita Yarns Angora Shimmer in Burgundy Metal Shades
  3. 40 Silver Tone Christmas Charms from


Maybe you’ve got a new mom and a new little one in your life this holiday season and you’re looking for the perfect unique gift for both of them! Kill two birds with one stone with our extremely popular Goldfish Booties—now in adult and baby sizes. The Dream Baby Tangerine Degrade yarn is in high demand for these little guys, so be sure to get your hands on enough for these projects! Wouldn’t these be adorable for a photo session with momma and baby? You’ll definitely have the most unique gift under the tree!

  1. Bonita Patterns Adult Goldfish Booties
  2. Bonita Patterns Baby Goldfish Booties
  3. Bonita Yarns Dream Baby Tangerine Degrade

Be sure to subscribe to our blog mailing list and follow us on social media to keep getting updates throughout the Christmas season! We have a LOT of great things planned and I am really excited to share them with you. As always, I’d love to hear from you at with any submissions or questions.

Enjoy your week!

Crochet Basics: Getting to Know Your Yarn

You’re probably all exhausted from all of my breathless Halloween posts these past few weeks, so let’s change it up a bit. We’ve been welcoming some new readers to our blog and our newly revamped social media pages for the past few months, so I thought that today we could go back to basics, Christina Aguilera-style.

Let’s talk yarn!


Yarn is most commonly made of cotton, wool or acrylic and is made from strands that are twisted together into a thicker string, which are rolled into a ball called a skein. Yarns are differentiated by their weights/thickness, material types, and color.

To determine the best type of yarn for your project, consider all of those factors when you’re shopping for yarn.


Here’s a very handy guide to determining the weight of your yarn from the Craft Yarn Council. This will help you decide what type of yarn you should be hunting for when you’re doing a specific project, as well as recommended hook sizes. They have a ton of amazing resources for all of your basic crochet needs. This standards document has a whole bunch of excellent and clear charts and resources for all of your beginner questions as well.

To get you started with a super simple crochet stitch, check out this great video from Ayanared on YouTube who shows you how to chain! The abbreviation for chain in a crochet pattern is (ch), so there’s one step down in trying to master the tricky language of crochet!!

Here are a couple of our handy free patterns that are perfect for starting out, to help you figure out what kind of yarn you prefer to work with!


Our Crocodile Stitch Flower pattern will work with any yarn weight, so you can test out a few to see what you’re the most comfortable with. I like how it looks in a heavier weight as it gives the flower a nice sturdy look if you want to stick it on a hat or scarf! You could even put it on a pin back and use it as a brooch or hair clip!


My favorite free pattern that we offer is the Crocodile Stitch Baby Blanket, which would be a great project for some light weight yarn. The gauge we suggest for this pattern is 3 and it’s an intermediate level.

We’re working on getting our YouTube page up to speed, so keep an eye on it and make sure that you subscribe so you don’t miss any updates! You can follow along at Bonita Patterns Videos!

Our Client Feature this week comes to us from Facebook and it made my whole day. Jennifer Rivas shared her daughter’s absolutely beautiful flower girl dress inspired by a Bonita pattern! Thank you so much for sharing, Jennifer, and congratulations!!

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See you next week! We have some awesome new things in the works that I can’t wait to share with you.

DIY Halloween: The Spookiest Cookies Ever

Hello crocheters!

This week I’m writing to you from Pennsylvania, where I’ve been spending time with my family at home. My mom is possibly an even bigger fan of Halloween than I am, and the house is absolutely brimming with every Halloween-themed décor item that you could think of. Throw pillows, real pumpkins, fake pumpkins, bats, ghosts and ghouls are covering every square inch of our house! It’s really gotten me more excited for the holiday. Her obsession doesn’t stop there, though: as soon as I got home, we got to work on our very favorite tradition: baking as many pumpkin-flavored things as we can.

The old standby at our house is the ever-popular pumpkin cookie. Here’s a pretty simple recipe courtesy of my homegirl Betty Crocker:

Simple Pumpkin Cookies


2/3 cup granulated sugar

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

¾ cup butter or margarine, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup (from 15-oz can) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

2 eggs

2 1/4 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt


  1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat granulated sugar, brown sugar, 3/4 cup butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until well blended. Beat in pumpkin and eggs until well mixed. On low speed, beat in flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  2. On ungreased cookie sheets, drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls.
  3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until almost no indentation remains when touched in center. Immediately remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 45 minutes.

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Side note: I need new cookie sheets. Yikes.

I’m not a huge fan of the brown butter icing that they included in this recipe so I’ve left it out in favor of my personal favorite: cream cheese icing! I am a bit lazy, admittedly, and was so eager to decorate these that I purchased a can of icing and some extremely adorable Halloween sprinkles at Target. No regrets.



All right, I can hear you asking: where’s the crochet, Lindsay? Don’t worry, I haven’t forsaken you in favor of themed holiday cookie baking, though I can’t make any promises for what’s going to happen around Christmas time…

I think that these cookies would look super cute in this free Ghost Candy Bowl pattern from Red Heart:

red heart ghost bowl

I particularly love the little faces on the pumpkins! I also pinned a whole bunch of other basket patterns on our Crochet Halloween Pinterest board so head on over to check it out! I’ve discovered through starting this board that crocheted pumpkin hats for babies seem to be a mandatory staple of Halloween now and the pictures are so cute that I can’t stop pinning them!

I’d love to see what you’re baking this week! Tag us with #bonitapatterns on social media!

DIY Halloween: Adult Crochet Costumes!

Halloween is getting closer and I’m getting a little nervous…not because of the spooky decorations or the giant displays of tempting Halloween candy at the grocery store, but rather because I’m still trying to figure out a killer costume for this year!

I’ve been browsing through Pinterest trying to get some ideas for a costume with a twist, and in the meantime I’ve discovered a ton of beautiful and creative crochet patterns that tie in perfectly with the biggest trends of the season. While they’re definitely above my crafting pay grade, I’m sure that some of our extraordinary readers will be more than happy to tackle the challenge.

I’m particularly excited about all of the superheroes and movie characters making an appearance this season at the top of the “trendy costume” list—according to the National Retail Federation’s 2015 Halloween Consumer Top Costume survey, Star Wars is at the very top of the list this year! Our amazing friends at Moogly have compiled a list of seriously cool (and free!) Star Wars crochet patterns. Whether your heart lies with the Empire or the Rebel Alliance, you’ll definitely find something unique for your Halloween attire. Here are my favorites:


  1. Yub Nub Scoodie by Kristen Stevenson on Ravelry
  2. Star Wars Droid Beanies by Jen Spears on Ravelry
  3. Adult Yoda Hat by Corina Gray on Stitch11

If you haven’t figured out already that I’m a pretty big nerd, this next costume idea will probably give me away: superheroes! Thanks to the rise in popularity of superhero movies like the Avengers, there are so many inspiring creations out there for whichever hero has your heart. However, I happened across this absolutely gorgeous free pattern by Craft Disasters for a lace mask and I couldn’t help but share it. It would be an amazing addition to a hero costume of your own creation! I like this one because it’s so versatile and you can use it for so many other costumes as well—if superheroes aren’t your thing, try incorporating it into a masquerade ball costume!


If you’re still a bit stumped for your Halloween garb, I’d recommend one of the old classic standby costumes with a unique crocheted twist! Red Heart has a free pattern section that is absolutely brimming with excellent ideas for some timeless Halloween faves. They provide the perfect base to your costume, and you can add your own accessories for a unique twist! I picked a few of my favorites from the bunch:


  1. Halloween Wench from Red Heart
  2. Vampire Cape from Red Heart

Of course we can’t help but include a dash of Bonita goodness in all of this fun Halloween planning. Our talented client Charlotte Johnson shared some of her amazing work on our Facebook page. Charlotte made our Crocodile Hooded Cape along with some matching Crocodile Wristwarmers in a gorgeous red color that would make a perfect Red Riding Hood outfit! Thank you so much for sharing your creation, Charlotte! We loved hearing from you!


A bunch of you have already started following along with us over on Pinterest, but in case you haven’t, please check us out! I’m working on a super not-spooky Halloween DIY board with a ton of cute crochet projects to try out! Let me know what you think!

Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids!

Maybe it’s a bit early to start thinking about Halloween, but for me, as soon as the calendar hits October 1st I am out at the craft store buying as many Halloween decorations as my arms can carry. I absolutely love this season, and I particularly love Halloween! Besides trying to eat as many different pumpkin-flavored foods as humanly possible or seeing how many skeleton decorations I can hide in the living room without my roommate noticing, I’ve been trying to come up with a great costume for this year’s festivities. It’s kind of hard to be creative with costumes these days given how easy it is to run to the party store, buy one (and three bags of assorted candy…and a glow in the dark pumpkin…you know) and call it a day.

But who am I kidding? I’ll agonize over it for the next 3 weeks, panic at the last second and slap on my trusty witch hat—which is exactly what happened last year. And the year before, probably. But I digress.

We were chatting at Bonita Patterns HQ about Halloween costumes and we realized that we actually have a lot of great costume ideas just sitting around disguised as regular patterns! After a quick breeze through the kids section of our site, we came up with a couple of great ideas. I tried to make sure that none of these costumes ended up costing over $30, so you won’t be tempted to just give up and buy the party store alternative!


This amazing fishbowl costume comes to us from Real Simple and it is totally hilarious and creative! All it takes to make is some craft foam, construction paper and that balance ball that you never ended up using to exercise with. 😉 Toss in our brand-new Goldfish Booties and a scuba mask and you’ll be SWIMMING in compliments. Ha!

Scuba Mask – $5.95
Exercise Ball – $9.99
Goldfish Booties Pattern – $5.95 & Dream Baby Tangerine Degrade – $5.50
Total Cost: $27.39


I am such a sucker for baby costumes. For this one, I was inspired by those famous Anne Geddes photographs of babies in flowerpots. Too cute, and so simple to make! Pick up one of our Crocodile Stitch Flower Hats, grab some miscellaneous gardening supplies and you’re all set! This would also be cute if you made it in red and swapped out the watering can for some strawberry seeds!

Giant Flower Pot – $10.41
Watering Can – $4.88
Crocodile Stitch Flower Hat – $5.50
Total Cost: $20.79


The sheer amount of princess costumes I owned as a child is astounding. My mom enabled my habit, and if she could crochet I definitely would have forced her to make this Rainbow Princess Dress. I had a lot of fun finding matching accessories and it definitely brought me back to the good old days of prowling Claire’s for the perfect princess accessories. You could also try the gorgeous white version of the Princess Dress if your little one is yearning for a Frozen costume!

Glitter Party Shoes – $10
Rainbow Crown – $4.50
Bonita Patterns Rainbow Princess Dress Pattern – $5.95 & Bonita Yarns Kaleidoscopic Yarn – $5.60
Total Cost: $26.05


This Red Riding Hood costume is great because your little one will be nice and toasty in our Hooded Cape while they’re out trick-or-treating! Plus, it’s a great piece to have in their wardrobe for the fall and winter anyway since it’s so cozy and versatile! Pair it with a simple patterned red dress, a basket for their goodies and off to Grandma’s they go!

Red Plaid Dress – $14
Picnic Basket – $5.99
Bonita Patterns Crocodile Stitch Hooded Cape Pattern – $5.95
Total Cost: $25.94

I hope that you enjoyed these, I had a lot of fun making them! What are you planning for your little one’s Halloween costume? I’d love to know!

DIY Idea: Customizing Your Yarn!

In an effort to get more familiar with the crochet blogging community, I’ve been doing a lot of research and reading A LOT of blogs these past few weeks. I have found some amazingly creative people out there on the blogosphere, and some of my favorites have been doing some incredibly unique things with yarn. I love the DIY spirit of these yarn-customizing tutorials—by taking a plain and simple ball of yarn and transforming it into something special and fun, it adds a whole other level of creativity to your crochet projects.

The best part about these projects? They’re super affordable, and you probably already have most of these “ingredients” on hand!

I was very intrigued by this DIY Glow In The Dark yarn tutorial, courtesy of Tanya at Hodgepodge Crochet. With Halloween right around the corner, I’m already gearing up with lots of spooky decorations—this could be the perfect finishing touch to a Halloween-themed crochet wreath, or maybe even a kid’s costume.


So creative, right? Plus, the glow paint only cost her about 50 cents! I think it would be an amazing idea for a Halloween project.

This next tutorial comes from everyone’s favorite, Mikey from The Crochet Crowd. He shows us how to dye yarn using…of all things…Kool Aid packets! The results are spectacular and super unique—you’ll never get the same result twice! Plus, it’ll smell delicious.


(image c/o The Crochet Crowd)

I also liked his suggestions for getting a more creative end result by combining colors or twisting it up and tying it off to get an interesting tie-dye effect.

If you’re like me and prefer to have someone else do the dirty work for you, Bonita’s got you covered 😉 We’re super excited to announce our newest collection of shimmer Angora yarn! Its metallic shades add an unexpected twist to your creations and it’s got that special DIY flair…without the Kool Aid smell 😉

Have you ever tried DIYing any of your yarn? How did it turn out? I’d love to know!

Crochet Creations, Featuring: YOU!

There is nothing better than that feeling of accomplishment you get when you finish a particularly tricky project. Being able to look at something and say, “Wow! I made that!” is such an amazing thing, isn’t it? That’s why I love seeing our dear readers’ incredible projects—you are such an innovative and creative bunch that some of the photos that I receive just blow me away! Alongside our fabulous internet community that shares its project photos via our Facebook and Instagram, we have an incredible and close-knit (ha!) group of friends that get together on Fridays at our Baltimore store for Happy Hour and, of course, some seriously intense crochet sessions. Pretty awesome that these people can still crochet like pros after a few glasses of wine…


I’ve grabbed just a few of my personal favorites to feature this week, but I’m hoping that this will encourage you to submit your own photos to be featured on our social media and the blog! I’d love to hear from you via our social media pages, or you can get in touch with me at I’m really excited to hear from you.

Without further ado, on to the pictures!

Kelly Berends is a fixture around the Baltimore store and always has some amazing creations to share with our Facebook community! I’m particularly in love with this precious little cardigan made with our very own Dream Baby yarn in Summer Flower.


I’m clearly ready for sweater weather because all of my picks for this week are cute little baby sweaters! These are from Aquilla Boland, who comes to us from Facebook with two gorgeous Dream Baby creations. The top photo is made with Wine Degrade and the bottom with Forest Degrade! I love the matching buttons.


And last but not least for this week, Katy submitted this gorgeous pair of Adult Crocodile Boots that her mother Holly made using Dream Baby yarn in Electric Yellow. So cozy and cheerful!


Don’t forget to submit your own fabulous fiber art to be featured on our social media pages and on this blog!

Crocheted Fashions at NYFW

First of all, welcome back to the Bonita Patterns Blog! We’re now Bonita Patterns & Yarns after expanding our collection to include some seriously cool and unique yarny goodness! I’m Lindsay and I am super excited to learn more about the world of crochet and provide you lovely readers with some fun content, and I’d love to hear what you think of our new facelift! You can email me at :)

New York has been absolutely buzzing this week with New York Fashion Week festivities in full swing. The Spring/Summer 2015 collections are promising lots of gorgeous colors, textures and a dash of the unexpected. One trend that we are obviously on board for: CROCHET! It’s true, the runways were dripping with yarn this season and we are so excited to see designers’ unique spin on the fiber arts. I think that they’re especially inspiring, too, for your own creations—these photos are giving me all sorts of ideas for color and texture combinations I never would have thought of myself. Here’s just a sample of the goods hot off the runways:

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Aren’t these Tommy Hilfiger pieces so effortless and cool for summer? Not sure how practical a crochet bikini is, but you’ll certainly be the coolest person on the beach. I also love the combination of patterns on the crochet-top maxi dress—very 70’s bohemian. His whole collection is super cool and filled with a rainbow of vibrant crochet pieces, which I’ll definitely be looking to for inspiration!

Of course, it wouldn’t be NYFW without a dash of the weird, so how about Angel Chen’s showstopping crochet headpiece? Loving the vibrant pinks:


So, where should you start when coming up with your own crocheted wearables? Well, first you need the perfect yarn, of course. Here’s what you can use to recreate your own version of the looks shown above:

rainbowyarn pinkyarn

For your own spin on the beachy bohemian vibes of Tommy Hilfiger, try our most popular yarn: the Bonita Yarns Kaleidoscopic, which is a super vibrant rainbow of colors that adds an unexpected twist to your projects. If Angel Chen’s pink-hued vision has piqued your interest, you’d probably love our Dream Baby Pink Degrade!

What do you think? Any favorite NYFW looks? Let us know in the comments!