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The Top New Crochet Patterns This Month May 2021 Edition

Welcome to a look at the top 5 crochet patterns for this month's issue of Happily Hooked Magazine! These are the patterns our members can't wait to get their hands on from the latest issue!

Every single month our amazing publishers, Courtney and Shawna, launch a new issue full of wonderful crochet patterns from our top designers from all over the world. These patterns are triple-tested to make sure they are easy-to-follow and as close to flawless as possible.

We showcase the top 5 that our members rave about first and we update them here every month. Don't miss it! And don't miss our Pattern Pack Pro list of the monthly top patterns, too!

But remember, you can't get the top 5 patterns unless you're a member, so click here to learn more! And now, we present…

The top 5 patterns in our [Tropical Paradise – May 2021] issue!

1. Sweet Stripes Sunhat by Lisa Fox

Sweet Stripes Sunhat top crochet pattern HHM May 2021

It’s about that time of year, we’re getting ready for more outdoor time and breaking out the sunscreen. It’s the perfect time to whip up a few of these easy-to-make sunhats!

The top crochet pattern comes with modifications for sizes infant through adult. It’s fast to work up, and great for newer crocheters. Be sure and use cotton or something breathable if you’ll be using this hat during the summer months.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn: #4 worsted weight cotton yarn
  • Tools: J/10 (6.0mm) hook, H/8 (5.0mm) hook, stitch marker, yarn needle
  • XP Level: Easy

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2. Tropical Island Pillow by Jessica Fishman

Tropical Island Pillow top crochet pattern HHM May 2021

Can’t get to the beach? Bring the beach to you! This Tropical Island Pillow embraces the vibrant colors of summer and gives you happy, outdoor vibes even when you’re indoors.

The pattern is rated Intermediate and is done in a modified c2c stitch. Have bobbins ready for all the color changes…the great thing is, it’s a pillow, so you can hide all those ends inside!

Here’s what you'll need:

  • Yarn: #4 worsted weight yarn
  • Tools: G/6 (4.0mm) crochet hook; 14” pillow insert; yarn needle
  • XP Level: Intermediate

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3. Climbing Leaves Scarf by Kenneth Cormier

Climbing Leaves Scarf top crochet pattern HHM May 2021

We love this light, lacy, and luxurious scarf design! It’s perfect for cool summer nights and makes a lovely accessory for a night out.

The stitchwork is open and the yarn (if you use cotton or linen) is breathable, making this the perfect lightweight scarf. Though rated Intermediate, advanced beginners should give it a try…the way to grow is to take on new challenges.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn: #1 fingering weight yarn
  • Tools: G/6 (4.0mm) hook; yarn needle
  • XP Level: Intermediate

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4. Tunisian Crochet Toucan Shawl by Maxine Gill

Tunisian Crochet Toucan Shawl top crochet pattern HHM May 2021

This light and breezy shawl is the perfect spring project, especially if you’re using a breathable, cotton-based yarn. The recommended colorway mimics the beak of a Toucan! Experienced Tunisian crocheters will find this project easy. If you’re new to Tunisian, that’s okay! This is the perfect opportunity to give it a go!

Stitch descriptions and photos are provided. If you’re using Scheepjes, you’ll need one whirl and one whirlette. (Pictured is the Dandelion Munchies whirl and Licorice whirlette.)

Here’s what you'll need:

  • Yarn: #1 4-ply fingering weight yarn (like Scheepjes Whirl)
  • Tools: G/6 (4.0mm) Tunisian hook with cable; G/6 (4.0mm) hook; yarn needle
  • XP Level: Easy

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5. Farmhouse Can Cozy by Samantha Oglesby

Farmhouse Can Cozy top crochet pattern HHM May 2021

If you’re looking for a fun, easy project that makes a great gift or market inventory, you’ve found it! It’ll be easy to make can cozies for all your friends.

Consider making them in team colors for the sports fans in your crowd.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn: #4 worsted weight cotton yarn
  • Tools: H/8 (5.0mm) hook; yarn needle
  • XP Level: Easy

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The top 5 patterns in our [Go Green – April 2021] issue!

1. Honeycomb Clutch by Jessica Fishman

Honeycomb Clutch top crochet pattern HHM April 2021

Who doesn’t support the bees? Show your love for our essential friends by crocheting this adorable colorwork clutch.

If you’re not used to yarn changes, this is a great opportunity to learn with only a few different colors. The project works up fast and is great for beginner crocheters and experts alike!

Here’s what you'll need:

  • Yarn: #4 weight cotton yarn
  • Tools: E/4 (3.5mm) hook, stitch marker, 10-inch zipper, yarn needle
  • XP Level: Easy

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2. Lola Market Bag by DeniMade

Lola Market Bag top crochet pattern HHM April 2021

Just in time for market season, we’ve got this sturdy yet chic market bag pattern! It’s easy and quick to make and is a great gift either to yourself or your favorite market-shopper.

Enjoy the texture of Bernat Home Decor yarn or choose another bulky weight yarn. You’ll be pleased with how strong and useful the bag is.

Here’s what you'll need:

  • Yarn: #5 bulky weight yarn
  • Tools: K (6.5mm) hook, M/N (9mm hook), stitch markers, yarn needle
  • XP Level: Easy

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3. Niscala Doily by Tayu Purnamasari

Niscala Doily top crochet pattern HHM April 2021

This sweet, delicate doily is great for the tabletop or mounted and hung in the window as a suncatcher. Either way, it’s an excellent gift!

You can use different sizes of yarn or thread to change the look and size of the doily. The pictured doily is made from #2 weight yarn and comes out to about 8 inches in diameter.

Here’s what you'll need:

  • Yarn: #2 sport weight yarn
  • Tools: G/6 (4.0mm) hook, yarn needle
  • XP Level: Intermediate

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4. Zen Garden Scarf by Tracee From

Zen Garden Scarf top crochet pattern HHM April 2021

Everyone needs an in-between-seasons scarf, and there’s no better pattern for this than the Zen Garden Scarf. The wide eyelet design makes it light and breezy. And there’s gorgeous texture from the puff clusters.

Though it’s rated Intermediate, adventurous beginners can use this as an opportunity to learn a couple more challenging stitches.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn: #1 weight yarn (pictured: Scheepjes Whirl)
  • Tools: E/4 (3.5mm) hook, yarn needle
  • XP Level: Intermediate

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5. Gale the Golden by Beardie and Blondie

Gale the Golden top crochet pattern HHM April 2021

Gale is ready for April Showers with his adorable raincoat, hat, and boots. He loves to splash in the puddles and look for rainbows.

Make your own Gale the Golden with any DK weight yarn. Experiment with different colors for his coat. And if you share a picture of your Gale, be sure and tag Happily Hooked!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn: #3 DK weight yarn
  • Tools: C/2 (2.75mm) hook, 2 small buttons, safety eyes, yarn needle
  • XP Level: Intermediate

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The top 5 patterns in our [Stashbusters – March 2021] issue!

1. Stash the Rainbow Basket by Tracee Fromm

Stash the Rainbow Basket top crochet pattern HHM March 2021

What color combinations could you come up with from your yarn stash? This basket uses 2 strands of worsted weight yarn held together and is the perfect chance to use up some of your scraps!

The basket comes in at 10” in diameter and 9” tall. With the rope handles, you can even use it as a tote. Rated easy, this project is for crocheters of all levels.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn: # 4 worsted or Aran weight yarn
  • Tools: I/9 (5.5mm) hook, stitch marker, (2) ⅜-inch white twisted rope 18-inches long, (4) 0.5-inch grommets, yarn needle
  • XP Level: Easy

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2. Pop of Color Basket by Lisa Fox

Pop of Color Basket top crochet pattern HHM March 2021

Don’t you love art that’s cute AND useful? This sturdy basket finishes at 12 inches in diameter and 10 inches tall. The tight weave makes it perfect for storing more yarn or catching keys or jewelry.

Though rated Intermediate, this could be a fun project for adventurous beginners. The best way to learn and grow is to pick a project you love and dive on in!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn: Super bulky weight #6 yarn
  • Tools: Size N/P 15 (10.00mm) hook, yarn needle, stitch marker
  • XP Level: Intermediate

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3. Dolce Shawl by Elisabeth Davis de Herraiz

Dolce Shawl top crochet pattern HHM March 2021

Looking for a delicate, springtime shawl pattern? This design is delicate and elegant. Using a gradient yarn gives you the beauty of multiple colors without having to worry about color changes.

Special stitches for this pattern include the crossed double-crochet, the shell stitch, and the picot. The pattern is rated Intermediate, but advanced beginners can try it with confidence.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn: # 1 weight super fine yarn (pictured is Hobbi Dolce Cashmere)
  • Tools: G/6 (4.0mm) hook, stitch markers, yarn needle
  • XP Level: Intermediate

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4. Mini Easter Basket by Maria Molodova

Mini Easter Basket top crochet pattern HHM March 2021

It may be tiny, but it’s complex. From base to handle, the basket comes out around 3 inches tall. It’s a beautiful ornament or decor item perfect for spring and Easter.

If you have any thread in your stash, you won’t need to buy more. This design is very detailed and definitely requires a firm foundation of crochet skills.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn: # 2 fine weight yarn; #1 lace weight yarn
  • Tools: C/2 (3.0mm) hook, B/1 (2.5mm) hook, Size 12 (1.75mm) steel hook, Size 14/10 (.75mm) steel hook, 1 8/0 (3mm) Toho seed beads Cream, 7 11/0 (1.8mm) Toho seed beads Cream, stitch marker, sewing needle, cream sewing thread, yarn needle
  • XP Level: Advanced

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5. Mosaic Crochet Rainbow Phone Holder by Maxine Gill

Mosaic Crochet Rainbow Phone Holder top crochet pattern HHM March 2021

The mosaic design gives this phone holder a little pop of uniqueness that catches the eye. It’s a smaller, quicker project, and also a great way to try out mosaic crochet if you never have before.

With the market season coming up, this would be an excellent product to keep in your booth. It’s rated Intermediate due to the length of the pattern directions and the technique.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn: # 3 DK weight yarn
  • Tools: G/6 (4.0mm) hook, stitch markers, yarn needle
  • XP Level: Intermediate

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The top 5 patterns in our [Graceful – February 2021] issue!

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1. Unicorn Dreams Cowl by Melanie Morrison

Unicorn Dreams Cowl top crochet pattern HHM February 2021

Enjoy the expansive fan stitch and gorgeous color changes of this beautiful, easy-to-make cowl. It works up quickly and makes a gorgeous accessory for unicorn lovers of all ages.

Beginner Crocheters…if you’ve got the basics down, approach this pattern with confidence. Step-by-step instructions are given for the special stitches, and you’ll feel so proud once you’ve mastered them!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn: #4 worsted weight yarn
  • Tools: US Size H/8 (5.0mm) hook; 2 sew-on snaps; optional unicorn button
  • XP Level: Easy

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2. The Peppercorn Shawl by Allison Bostrom

Peppercorn Shawl top crochet pattern HHM February 2021

You're sure to feel graceful as you stroll through spring flowers with this draped across your shoulders. The perfect project for that indie-dyed sock yarn you’ve been saving up!

It’s rated Intermediate due to some special stitches, but if you’re an advanced beginner, why not take on the challenge of growing your skills? It's the perfect size project to keep you busy but not drag on so long that you feel like you'll never finish.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn: #1 fingering weight yarn
  • Tools: G/6 (4.25mm) hook, yarn needle
  • XP Level: Intermediate

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3. Thread With Love Mitts by Tess Eghult

Thread With Love Mitts top crochet pattern HHM February 2021

The mitts in the picture are made from Wool and the Gang’s Sugar Baby Alpaca in the colorway Cameo Rose (in case you want yours to look exactly like those). The yarn is #2 fine weight and can easily be substituted, so if you’re looking for a project for that fancy, indie-dyed wool you bought on impulse…this is it!

The light and lacy look of the mitts — so perfect for early spring, sitting on the deck with a blanket over your shoulders, sipping a cup of hot tea. They are elegant, warm, and very giftable. Who wouldn’t want to receive a pair of these hand-crocheted beauties? (And if you're looking for more pink gloves, check out our roundup here. ~MAK)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn: #2 fine weight yarn
  • Tools: E/4 (3.5mm) hook, yarn needle
  • XP Level: Intermediate

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4. Sherbet the Sheep by Beardie & Blondie

Sherbet the Sheep top crochet pattern HHM February 2021

Here’s the latest design from our favorite amigurumi designer duo, Beardie and Blondie! Sherbet the Sheep provides a variation on the typical amigurumi design in that it uses a puff stitch for the body of the sheep rather than just straight single crochets.

Whether you’re an experienced amigurumi maker or are venturing into your first amigurumi project with this design. Sherbet is a fun and accessible pattern!

WARNING: If you decide to make Sherbet the Sheep for the newest quarantine baby in your life, consider embroidering eyes rather than using safety eyes.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn: #3 DK weight yarn
  • Tools: C/2 (2.75mm) hook, safety eyes, fiberfill, yarn needle
  • XP Level: Intermediate

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5. Rainbow Socks by Ashley Leither

Rainbow Socks top crochet pattern HHM February 2021

A sock pattern rated easy—what a great chance to try something new, for those who have never crocheted socks before.

This pattern is crocheted from the toe up and comes with variations for sizes XS through XL. It’s made using fingering weight yarn. Finally, use that gorgeous skein of sock yarn you’ve been wondering what to do with—for socks!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn: #1 fingering weight yarn
  • Tools: H/8 (5.0mm) hook, stitch marker, yarn needle
  • XP Level: Easy

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The top 5 patterns in our [Sunrise – January 2021] issue!

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1. The Rainbow Starlight Blanket by Krisztina Anna Matejcsok-Edomer

Rainbow Starlight Blanket top crochet pattern HHM Jan 2021

This blanket is a burst of color that is sure to make you smile. The pattern itself is addictive and easy to follow. It’s rated Intermediate for some specialty stitches, such as the extended front post double crochet and the cluster stitch. However, if you’re an enterprising beginner ready to expand your skills, this blanket pattern could be the perfect project!

You can choose soft tones in a DK weight or baby yarn for an amazing baby shower gift. Or up the size using worsted weight yarn for a lovely couch throw or housewarming gift.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn: #3 DK weight yarn
  • Tools: G/6 (4.0mm) hook, yarn needle
  • XP Level: Intermediate

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2. Sunny Skies Mat by Varsha V

Sunny Skies Mat top crochet pattern HHM Jan 2021

The beautiful mandala mat looks complex, but it is created with simple stitches. It is mostly a double crochet and chain stitches in different combinations. It’s rated as Easy, but it’s essential to follow the pattern carefully to achieve the gorgeous design.

The pattern, written as-is, works up to 24-inches in diameter, and would make a lovely center table mat under flowers or the main dish. Use heavier yarn and a larger hook for a larger finished piece. Choose your own colors for a different look!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn: #2 sport weight yarn
  • Tools: H/8 (5.0mm) hook, yarn needle
  • XP Level: Easy

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3. The Sunrise Mountains Wall Hanging by Pilar Juan

Sunrise Mountains Wall Hanging top crochet pattern HHM Jan 2021

This gorgeous tapestry is created in #2 or sport weight cotton yarn. For the most part, the stitchwork is basic, but it’s labeled Intermediate due to the color changes. However, if you’re ready to expand your skills, this is a great project to practice changing colors.

You can find helpful videos here and here.

And when you finish, you’ll have a lovely wall-hanging perfect for your own home or someone else’s. There’s nothing quite as refreshing as enjoying a sunrise, and now you can immortalize your favorite sunrise colors in yarn!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn: #2 sport weight yarn
  • Tools: Size 0 (2.0mm) hook, yarn needle, wooden stick or dowel at least 4-inches longer than the final width
  • XP Level: Intermediate

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4. Coffee & Friends Afghan by Tracee Fromm

Coffee & Friends Afghan top crochet pattern HHM Jan 2021

This delightful afghan is bright and graphic and is a wonderful project to make for a best friend or family member. It’s created with half double crochets with a puff stitch border but rated Intermediate because it involves color changes and carrying colors.

Color changes involve large areas, so this is a great time to work on your skills. And if you need help, just visit our YouTube channel.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn: #4 worsted weight yarn
  • Tools: J/10 (6.0mm) hook, yarn needle
  • XP Level: Intermediate

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5. The Solar Flare Tunisian Shawl by Aklori Designs

Solar Flare Tunisian Shawl top crochet pattern HHM Jan 2021

Whether you love Tunisian crochet or are ready to expand your skills and give it the first try, this shawl is the pattern for you!

You make it using 4-ply fingering weight yarn. You’ll want to choose a yarn you find pleasant to the touch, and that results in a good drape. Its crescent shape and pretty colorway make this a shawl you’ll go back to again and again. The designer has even provided a link for extra support in the pattern.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn: #1 fingering weight yarn
  • Tools: H/8 (5.0mm) Tunisian hook with cable, yarn needle
  • XP Level: Intermediate

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Abby Letner
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I'm Abby — mom of three, lifelong crocheter, voracious reader, and aspiring novelist. At some point, I was supposed to grow up ... but so far I still spend most of my time playing with books, paper, and yarn. In my mind, I live a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. My crochet speed is 1 beanie per 2 episodes of The Mandalorian. I'm beyond grateful to work with the team at Happily Hooked, and I'm excited to see where this journey takes me!

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I've been crocheting since my mother taught me as a little girl. I'm lucky to be working with Happily Hooked and I can't wait to share everything yarny and hooky with you! Yarn over, peeps! Yarn over!

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