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Heidi Gustad


Heidi Gustad is a knitting, crochet and yarn crafts designer obsessed with primary colors and clean lines. In addition to designing patterns, she blogs, co-hosts the Very Serious Crafts Podcast, teaches workshops, & produces and hosts videos for a variety of craft industry clients. You can keep up with her designs and more by following her blog, Hands Occupied and searching your favorite social network for the username handsoccupied.

Projects by Heidi Gustad


Square Up Pillow

Hook up a colorful, easy throw pillow in no time! This geometric throw pillow plays with classic crochet shapes and color at a bulkier gauge to create something fun for your favorite chair.

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How to: Crocodile Stitch

The crocodile stitch might look intimidating, but once you’ve mastered it, you’ll love incorporating it into your crocheted pieces, from items to wear to home décor! Once you’ve got it down, practice your skills with the adorable Owl See You at School Backpack pattern in this issue .

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Amigurumi Legs

Amigurumi Legs - Clever Critter Pencil Case

Making legs for your crocheted toys shouldn’t be stressful. This tutorial will show you, step by step, how to make amigurumi legs! Then, practice what you’ve learned in the Clever Critter Pencil Case pattern.

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Fruitful Purse Flair

This set of two fruit-inspired keychains adds flair to any purse. On trend and great for making for teens, these are a fun and fast way to create something cute.

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Navy Bloom Mary Janes

These toddler mary janes are easy to make and are endlessly adorable. With some basic crochet skills like working in the round and easy increases and decreases, you can whip up a pair for every adorable little girl on your gift list.

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Purple Haze Messenger Bag

Chunky yarn combined with a bit of nylon strapping and some macrame know — how create this thick and sturdy messenger bag, perfect for school books or your laptop. Are you confused about the macrame technique? Check out our video near the bottom of the pattern for a quick tutorial!

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