Crochet: Holly Berry Pin

My sponsors are totally BRINGING IT, this month! I am oh so grateful for them. November sponsor, Sarah of Sarahndipities is here with a wonderful crochet tutorial! I can just picture these all over hats and on presents. Give them away at your Christmas parties!

Hi! I’m Sarah from Sarahndipities! I’ve loved being a sponsor of Good Knits! I’m guest posting today with a little pattern I wrote up for the Christmas season! It works up super fast and was fun to make! Here’s my little Holly Berry Pin!

Materials needed:
Small amount of medium weight red and green yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft in Cypress and Autumn Red)
Crochet Hook size F (3.75mm)
Yarn needle

If you want to make it into a pin you’ll also need a bit of felt for backing and a pin back.

For the Leaves:

Ch 20 (make sure you leave a three or four inch beginning tail).

Row 1: Sl sl in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next. Dc, ch 1, dc in next. Sc in next. Sl st in next. Sc in next. Dc, ch 1, dc in next. Sc in next. Sl st in next 3 sts. Sc in next. Dc, ch 1, dc in next. Sc in next. Sl st in next. Sc in next. Dc, ch 1, dc in next. Sc in next. Sl st in last ch.  Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Working along opposite side of ch: Sl sl in next. Sc in next. Dc, ch 1, dc in next. Sc in next. Sl st in next. Sc in next. Dc, ch 1, dc in next. Sc in next. Sl st in next 3 sts. Sc in next. Dc, ch 1, dc in next. Sc in next. Sl st in next. Sc in next. Dc, ch 1, dc in next. Sc in next. Sl st in last ch.  Pull up long tail, fasten off.

Sew the long tails down the center of the leaves using a simple running stitch.  Overlap the leaves nd stitch them together:

Fasten off, and weave in ends.

For the Berries:

Ch 2.

Row 1:  Sc in in 2nd ch from hook 5 times.  Do not join.

Row 2:  Continuing in a round, work 2 sc in each sc from previous row. (10 sc)

Row 3:  Sk next sc. Sc in next sc.* Rep around, fasten off, leaving a three or four inch tail. (5 sc)

Turn the berries right side out and tuck in the beginning tail.  Make as many berries as you desire.

To turn your holly into a pin, hot glue a small circle of felt and a pin to the back!

You can use your little pin to embellish a scarf, jacket, hat, or gift!

Isn’t it so cute?

I’m working on getting the pattern for the hat shown above finished up, so look for it in the next couple of weeks!

You can find my other FREE PATTERNS by visiting my blog, [HERE].  And you can see the patterns I have for sale by visiting my Etsy Shop, [HERE]!

Hope you all have a Holly Jolly Christmas!


Oh man, how wonderful was that?! Thank you SO much, Sarah! Everyone be sure to visit her blog for tons of inspiration and her shop for BEAUTIFUL crochet wares! You can pick up more than a few Christmas gifts there. :)

Make it: Mexican Hot Chocolate with Anhelo

November sponsor, Anhelo of Gatuxedo is here with a traditional Mexican treat! It is downright warm here in south Texas, so I’m going to have to crank up my air conditioning and make my boys and I a cup. It sounds too delicious to wait for Mother Nature to cooperate with the seasons. Enjoy!

My Grandma Evelia, who still lives in my hometown in Central Mexico, used to make this Hot Chocolate for us – her eighteen grandchildren -every time we’d gather together before Christmas. If I didn’t get the sugar overdose so often, I would drink it every day during the fall and winter. The entire world deserves to try this. I’m sure you have most of the ingredients already.

Mexican Hawt Chocolate
(Makes two cups)

In a sauce pan:
Pour 2 cups of dairy (or soy) milk accompanied by a cinnamon stick.
Keep the fire medium-low.

In a bowl:
Mix 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa +
3/4 cup of sugar (if you suffer from sugar overdose, try half a cup) +
1/2 teaspoon of chili powder.

When milk starts to boil add the mix of your bowl.
Stir for a minute with a spoon or spatula.
Whisk manually for a couple more minutes until there are no lumps.
Turn off the burner and serve with whipped cream on the top.

Play your favorite record, lean back on your couch and enjoy the weather.


Thank you so much for sharing! It sounds so easy and delicious. Visit Anhelo’s blog, Gatuxedo! She recently shared her Willow doily blanket. It is beeeeautiful! I am always so happy to see people stitching up my patterns. I’ll be back in a few days with a recipe for cooookies! They will be perfect with this hot chocolate and right on time for Thanksgiving!

The Women of November

november sponsors

Hello, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I am here to introduce you to 6 beautiful women who are the very first goodknits sponsors. I am SO happy to have them in my sidebar all month and to be able to share them with you. I hope to have a post from each of these wonderful folks sometime later in the month. Be on the lookout for those! For now, read about these ladies, visit their blogs & shops, and just welcome them to the blog.



Meet Anehlo of Gatuxedo! “I’m just another DIY girl looking for new ways to experiment with self expression. Colors, lines, words and sounds run my entire life. Only a few years ago I had my first encounter with fibers and it was love at first touch. Feeling very grateful toward all the people that contribute to the learning process of new crafts or disciplines over the internet, I decided to open a blog about stitching too. In it I share my creative processes, tips and any knowledge that could be useful for anybody out there. I also list goods and supplies it my little ETSY space with the hope that others find that comforting zone through creating as well.”



Meet Kate of Otillie’s Closet! “I’m a Midwestern homebody living near the shores of Lake Michigan with my Texas musician husband. By day I am an Art History teacher at two different schools. I am a total fiber junkie and my blog is usually about all things yarn and knitting with a little everyday chatter thrown in. In my shop you’ll find some of the creations from my fiber obsession made just for you. Are you as yarn obsessed as I am?”



Meet Sarah of Sarahndipities! “I’m a stay-at-home mom of five wonderful children, and I’m married to a wonderful school teacher husband. We live in the small town of Mount Pleasant, in a 114-year-old Victorian farmhouse, and I love it here! My Grandmother taught me to crochet and it has become one of my great loves! I make lots of fun crocheted items like hats, scarves, and shawls. I like to make things that people will actually use and wear. I also love to sew and embroider, and make and sell small toys and ornaments using felt and floss. I’ve started writing my own patterns, and have many of those for sale in my shop, too!! I have craft ADHD. I can’t stick to making one single kind of thing for too long or I go nuts! I never run out of things to do. Boredom just doesn’t happen here.”



Meet Mari of Brown Betty Style! “Hey! I’m Mari. My first crafting love is knitting and I feature my work as much as possible! But man, does knitting take forever… so I figured, if I can’t knit fast enough to sell on Etsy, maybe I can learn to sew and make project bags for other knitters. That started my newest affair with sewing. My featured items include not only knitting project bags with cool prints and unique color combinations, but also patchwork pillows, double sided aprons, and more (coming soon)! I make things that I’d love to have in my own home. So my pillow covers all feature eye catching patterns that are retro in spirit but modern in design. I love rich colors, prints you’d never find in a store, and the unique inconsistencies that can only come from handmade. :) “



Meet Alli of One Pearl Button! “Hello, Goodknits readers, I’m Alli! I’m an archaeologist and graduate student who documents my creative life at I blog about crafts, fashion, and photography, and some of my favorite things include scooters, Polaroids, and thrift stores. Stop by and see me sometime; I’d love to get to know you!”



Meet Julie of Restless Hearts! “This shop is a collaboration of my two loves: treasure hunting and sewing. My grandmother taught me about thrifting. We used to go thrifting all the time when I was little. She also taught me to use what I had, not to be wasteful. I love finding things that other can love and giving them a second chance.

My grandmother also taught me to sew. I went to school for 8 years for fine art, but in the end, crafting was my one true love. I really love embroidery and applique. I also like to use mainly recycled or repurposed fabrics in my work. Giving life to something new and making into a precious piece of art is such a liberating experience.”

Use coupon code FALL20 for 20% off @ the Restless Hearts store!

Please take a moment to look around and show these ladies some love! I hope you find them as inspiring as I do.