Do you ever crochet for yourself? I invite you to crochet yourself calm with these 6 free self care crochet projects.
As a crafter I’m sure you can relate that you spend more time making for others than yourself. Whether you use the art of crochet for mindfulness, simply as a hobby or if it’s part of your business it’s so important to take care of yourself. Although these patterns make beautiful gifts they also make fabulous additions to improve your self care routine. Now if you’re reading this thinking ‘I don’t have a self care routine’ then this post is defiantly for you! So grab a cuppa and the materials needed (listed below) and lets makes a start on that much needed self care routine…
All 6 crochet projects include a free video tutorial so for those of you who panic at the thought of following a written pattern I have you covered. Click on the image for the pattern details or the video if you prefer the written pattern. Please tag me in any makes using #bellacococrochet as I love to see your makes especially when it comes to mindful crochet and taking care of yourself!
- darning needle
- tape measure
- stitch markers
crochet face scrubbie
Taking care of your face is a must! A gentle cotton face scrubbie is the perfect way to remove make-up and/or cleanse your face. there’s nothing better than the feeling of a freshly washed face.
video tutorial – crochet face scrubbie
crochet sleep mask
A good nights sleep is essential to feeling energised and ready to take on the challenges of that day. If you’re a light sleeper our wake as the light peeps through your curtains this super soft cotton sleep mask will help improve your sleep. Esspecially if you want to take a cheeky afternoon nap…
video tutorial – crochet sleep mask
crochet hair scrunchies
Tie your hair back with these gentle crochet scrunchies made with super soft velvet yarn. Whether you need your hair away from your face for your skincare routine or if you simply just want to wear your hair up to save you the faff of getting your hair tools out, these crochet scrunchies are so fun to make and you’ll be surprised how quickly they work up!
video tutorial – crochet scrunchie
Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions. You can find my EBook HERE.
crochet nesting basket
Who doesn’t love the feeling of being organised! These sturdy nesting baskets are perfect for organising your toiletries, make-up and skin care products. By organising your necessities it makes life so much easier to find what you need which naturally makes your self care routine easier and less of a chore.
video tutorial – crochet nesting basket
crochet wash cloth
It’s not just your face thats important… this cotton wash cloth can be made to the size of your choice and gently cleanses your body. I also use these on my face!
video tutorial – crochet wash cloth
oval base crochet basket
If you were thinking that my previous nesting basket was a little on the small size, my oval base basket is for you! Crochet baskets are the best for keeping you organised and they are super pretty!
video tutorial – oval base crochet basket
pin for later
I hope you’ve enjoyed these patterns, I live by the fact if it does’t make you happy put your hook down and start on something that does!
If you want to get stuck into a bigger mindful project I think you’ll love the Circle of Hope Blanket…
circle of hope crochet blanket
video tutorial – circle of hope granny square
I always love to see your makes so if you try any of my patterns or follow my stitch tutorials please tag me @bellacococrochet or use the #bellacococrochet
VindyaJanuary 9, 2021 at 7:11 am
I learned crochet by watching your youtube videos. They were so simple and great for a begginer. I’m really greatful to you and wish you all the best for 2021. Will be waiting for your rerurn..
BellaCocoTeamJanuary 11, 2021 at 8:36 pm
Thank you so much 🙂
KayJanuary 28, 2021 at 9:34 pm
Oh thank you so much for your frank and honest post. You wouldn’t believe how great your timing was. Good luck with your new and exciting year. I’m definitely going to be a regular reader. Many thanks. Kay.
BellaCocoTeamFebruary 3, 2021 at 9:05 pm
You are very welcome 🙂
MadeleineJanuary 9, 2021 at 9:32 am
Thank you for your openness and being willing to share. As women I think we put enormous pressure in ourselves to be perfect wives, mothers etc.; society doesn’t help much either.
I, too, have struggled with these issues and at 58, have started being kinder to myself and have also let go of the guilt associated with the cutting-out of my life, of toxic family members, who bring me nothing but anxiety and pain.
Kudos on getting help and strength to you, going forward. Enjoy those little people, they grow so fast, and be kind to yourself. You are SO enough Just look at the joy and pleasure (and therapy!) you have brought to thousands of women (and men) around the world.
Lots of love from Madeleine in South Africa
BellaCocoTeamJanuary 11, 2021 at 8:35 pm
I thank you so much for your kind words. I hope that you continue to look after yourself and wish you well 🙂
Joy PingramJanuary 10, 2021 at 5:07 pm
Thank you for sharing your story, it takes huge courage to put yourself out there and to be truthful about how your feeling and what’s going on in your life.
I had to take a huge step back as I’ve been poorly for 7 years before I got a diagnosis of lupus
Plus another 8 autoimmune diseases, I didn’t take my debilitating health very well as I had to rest a lot! I was working 7 days a week, and I breed alpacas and chickens.
I took up crochet, I have all of your monthly boxes and they bring me soo much happiness!
Take care of you.
(a huge fan of your work )
BellaCocoTeamJanuary 11, 2021 at 8:33 pm
Thank you so much, I hope that you keep yourself well and that crochet continues to give you joy 🙂
StephJanuary 10, 2021 at 10:32 pm
Thank you for being so open about choosing to attend therapy! A wonderfully helpful tool that is so often hidden or swept under the rug.
I found Bella Coco in late 2020 and am certain there’s still tons to explore here whilst you take some time for yourself. You – and we all – certainly deserve it!
Melanie williamsJanuary 11, 2021 at 7:23 am
Oh my, you’ve certainly been on a journey and the decision to take some time is absolutely the right decision for you and your family. I’m fairly new to crochet, took up the hook in lockdown like so many and it has given me something else to focus on (and a new yarn addiction) but also something I can control which at the moment is something we all need so when it feels like things are spiralling it’s time to just breath, rest and recuperate. One thing I have found is that there is so much positivity in the crochet community and that’s exactly what everyone needs in these uncertain times. I wish you well.
BellaCocoTeamJanuary 11, 2021 at 8:32 pm
Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂
LindaJanuary 13, 2021 at 2:45 pm
Thank you for sharing this personal information. It’s so easy to look at people from the outside and think their life is perfect. All those happy smiling people on Instagram can seem like they have the most fulfilled lives, and when we compare those images to our own real messy lives, it’s not surprising we feel like we’re failing. But no one’s life is perfect, those smiles may be only there when the camera is on. We never know other’s reality, only our own. I owe you my crochet journey, and I’m so grateful to you. I wish you happiness and fulfilment in 2021.
BellaCocoTeamJanuary 14, 2021 at 10:18 am
I totally agree, as the saying goes “you never know what goes on behind closed doors” Thank you very much for your kind words and support it really does mean a lot to me 🙂
Linda WilliamsJanuary 13, 2021 at 3:06 pm
Thank you for sharing your story. You are an inspiration. After years of trying and purchasing countless books on the subject, I came across your videos, and it was you who taught me to crochet. This was over four years ago. Since then I lost my dear Mum, but she did see me achieve my ambition to crochet, and that is thanks to you. I’ve not done any crochet since losing my Mum, as I have struggled with negative thoughts and lack of interest. After reading this, I intend to brush up on my skills, and start to crochet again. I have enough stash to last a lifetime, so there is no better time to start afresh. Just hope it all comes back to me !! Thank you again and take care. Hugs
BellaCocoTeamJanuary 14, 2021 at 9:58 am
You are very welcome and I am so very sorry to hear about your Mum, I’m sure she will be thrilled that you are going to start crocheting again. Start with something easy and it will all fall back into place. Good luck and let me know how you get on 🙂
Lynda OssiJanuary 13, 2021 at 6:01 pm
I am 80 yrs. old and last year during our lockdown You patiently taught me how to crochet. Your sweet voice and well explained vidoes are the best on the internet. Thanks for being so open about your life and taking control.
Peace and happiness to you and your famly.
Wendy MarfleetJanuary 15, 2021 at 8:51 am
Just wanted to say a quick THANK YOU. I’ve had counselling in the past and it really helped explore negative thought patterns and to start to see yourself as others see you, not how you think they do. Also to see how you cast yourself into a ‘role.’ I’m loving the projects and how Crochet Society de-mystifies it all. Sending love, hugs and positivity to everyone.
BellaCocoTeamJanuary 15, 2021 at 7:30 pm
You are very welcome and thank you 🙂
RebeccaJanuary 13, 2021 at 6:56 pm
Hello there. First and foremost your videos teaching crochet are superb. I started crocheting just after Christmas and today finished the 5 beginner tutorials. I am getting addicted to crochet. I hope I will be making blankets and sweaters soon.
Number two take courage Mama you are enough. Thoughthings get tough you are stronger than you think you are. I wish you God’s blessings as you prepare for your baby and settling in the new house.
I look forward to more lessons.
BellaCocoTeamJanuary 14, 2021 at 9:53 am
Thank you so much for your very kind words and well done for finishing the beginner tutorials. I wish you the best of luck with your crochet journey and I’m sure you will be making lots of blankets etc very soon 🙂
SamJanuary 13, 2021 at 7:31 pm
It’s nice to see that so many people like me have learned to crochet during the past year it is something I always wanted to do as my Aunt was amazing at it when I was young I was fascinated and you make it look so easy… it’s not like that when I’m doing it!!! …Can I say I totally empathise with the imposter syndrome… I have just taken early retirement from a senior position in the gas business I was never lucky enough to have children so concentrated on a career that was so male dominated I had to be on top of my game and I never thought I was good enough …. before I left a few weeks ago I had so many people asking me what they were going to do without me .. I’m sure they’re fine as life goes on but you don’t realise how good you are and how much you know and now you have given me and loads of other people a great hobby that we are all loving … even though I think I’m rubbish and rewind you videos a 100 times …. hope you are ok and looking forward to seeing you in Feb
BellaCocoTeamJanuary 14, 2021 at 9:40 am
Thank you so much for your kind words. I hope that you enjoy your much deserved retirement and I’m sure you will be missed much more than you know. I wish you the best of luck with your crochet journey and remember that crochet is practice and patience so don’t be hard on yourself if it doesn’t work out the first time. Keep trying and it will get easier. Have you tried slowing down the video and/or pausing so that you can catch up? 🙂
MadeleineJanuary 13, 2021 at 9:56 pm
Thank you very much for sharing. I wish you all the very best.
Your tutorials are excellent. Despite many attempts from time to time, I had never managed to learn crochet. Early in 2020, I discovered your tutorials and for the first time (at 64 y.o.), I could make sense of what to do!
Congratulations on your wonderful work.
Madeleine in South Australia XO
BellaCocoTeamJanuary 14, 2021 at 9:35 am
Thank you so much and I am so pleased that my tutorials have been of use to you and that you have now started your crochet journey, Good luck 🙂
AniJanuary 14, 2021 at 6:22 am
Very good & brave of you to be as honest & open as I read above. I think everyone needs some ‘me time. I have deliberately tried to stay away from any kind of news shows. Knowing this is something that will not be fixed any time soon, I do not see the point of hearing about it repeatedly, having it reinforced that I am alone & that it will not change.
I think I would really enjoy your Cosy Club..the Craft Guild I was part of here hasn’t met since March. Unfortunately, living in Canada, I am 6 hours behind you & I am no where near being a morning person. lol The Cosy Club sound like a great group to be a part of.
Hope what I have said makes sense…good thoughts for all.
BellaCocoTeamJanuary 14, 2021 at 9:29 am
I’m sure you would love the Cosy Club it’s somewhere where like minded people can chat and share what they are making, get inspired and just keep your mind off what is going on in the world at the moment. Take care and stay safe 🙂
Jan PhillippsJanuary 16, 2021 at 1:21 am
I learned so much from you, in my crochet journey. I was with you when you were pregnant, with the little Princess, that is going to be a big sister. I was with you when you were selling yarn out of your room. I am with you now. You have been so open and sharing with your followers. I think that is why I love you. I am also so very proud of you. Stay strong.❤️
BellaCocoTeamJanuary 16, 2021 at 3:15 pm
Thank you so much Jan that is so lovey of you. I also thank you for your continued support which means so much to me 🙂
Angela M BibleFebruary 10, 2021 at 2:40 pm
Thank you so much for sharing your story….. You truly are an amazing person with a beautiful soul! I can totally relate to how you were feeling….. I think as women and especially Mothers we have all been there in some form or another. Therapy does wonders!! Also for me, learning to crochet has been A HUGE help and I want you to know that if it wasn’t for you and your wonderful tutorials I would have given up….. Honestly!!! I tell anyone and everyone that wants to learn or needs help with it to look up “Bella Coca”! So from the bottom of my heart “Thank you so much!!!”
P. S. Please please start shipping to the US soon?? I want so bad to buy your gorgeous yarn and hooks and maybe even subscribe to your fabulous boxes ❣️
BellaCocoTeamFebruary 11, 2021 at 8:15 pm
You are very welcome, we do ship the monthly subscription boxes to the US, you can either go to the Crochet Society using this link: https://crochetsociety.co.uk or go to my blog page blog.bellacococrochet.com and click on the link from there. You will find all the information about the boxes and how much they cost. 🙂
Hannah WalshOctober 2, 2022 at 7:50 pm
I am having a go at the nesting basket but my sides don’t seem to be going up and straight- it feels baggy and bowl-like. Can you help? I feel like it might be when I start the next row – could I be increasing slightly with the chain/join?
BellaCocoTeamOctober 6, 2022 at 7:37 pm
I would double check that you have the right stitch count but my first thought is that you need to go down a hook size – this should tighten up the stitches and make the basket much stiffer, so the sides will stand up better