These are the toy and home designs I’ve chosen from designers participating in the 2016 Indie Design Gift-A-Long. This time I’ve included some crochet!

If you have any favorites not listed, please post a comment with the pattern name and/or link!

Aurelie Colas Hobby Horse

ac-horseI’ve noticed this adorable hobby horse from Aurelie in the past, but I don’t think I’ve blogged about it before.  The pattern is quite detailed, with close up photos of all the different sections, including the bridle construction. She includes links for tutorials as well.

Barbara / Browneyedbabs Scottie Dog


This Scottie Dog from Browneyedbabs is so cute!  I love his whiskery face. 

The pattern is clearly divided into body sections, with tips on stuffing.

Cheezombie Eddie Lizzard

cheez-eddieI love the google-y eyes found on most of Cheezombie’s patterns! The pattern doesn’t give much detail on yarn or gauge, but this allows you to experiment with your stash. This little guy looks like he’d be quite addictive!  Photos are included to highlight possibly tricky spots.

Doreen Blask (Laffrenzen) Hot Air Balloons

db-balloonDoreen’s Hot Air Balloons Mobile would make a terrific baby gift!  You can use up various odds and ends of sock yarn to make the balloons distinctly your own.  (I bet you could even devise some stranded motifs to go around the widest part of the balloon!)

Several close up pictures are shown of the gondola in progress, which seems to be the trickiest part of the pattern.

Suzanne Stallard Eternal Mistletoe

IMG_1770Suzanne’s mistletoe is easily customizable for as many leaves/branches as you’d like.  I’d make a good sized one, as shown, for decor, and maybe smaller ones to decorate gift packages.

Tatsiana Kupryianchyk Spanish Mandela and Joana’s Mandala

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I just love these crochet overlay mandalas, and I would love, if I had time, to make some into pillows.  Two PDFs are available: one with very detailed directions, complete with photos (I was extremely impressed!), and has a second with just the written instructions, no photos, if you want to print it out, are comfortable with the technique, and want to save on printer ink.

Be sure to visit the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry to join in the fun! Games, prizes, and encouragement!

Patterns discussed above were provided by the designers at my request for review copies. I’ve only chosen patterns that I really loved 🙂