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The Ruthless Crafter

The Ruthless Crafter specializes in knit and crochet character hats for makers and wearers.

Each character has a story to tell in their beautifully illustrated children’s books.

Makers will also be able to enjoy knit or crochet patterns to make their own collection.

We believe handmade says "you are loved"

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Elizabeth Ruth


designer // owner

Elizabeth Ruth

I believe in passing on handmade pieces made from the hands and heart. The look in the recipient’s eyes when they get a gift you lovingly created is the best experience in the world.

The Backstory

Before I created The Ruthless Crafter in 2014, I was a stay-at-home mother of two, stuck in the repetition of the every day.

Then one day I decided to use the knit and crochet skills I learned as a young girl from my Italian Nonna to break up the routine. I suddenly found myself with a lot of yarn and WIPs (works-in-progress). My kids delighted in all the new mommy-made items they got “just because” and I enjoyed working on gifts for them while they napped.

The more I made for the kids – and their appreciation for each and every one – made me want to continue to create handmade treasures from my heart and hands for them to wear and cherish.

But let’s be honest, how many hats and sweaters and blankets do two children need? 

Thus, as my passion grew for crafting, and with the encouragement of family and friends, I decided it was time to open my shop.

When I opened the shop, it was really important that I create fun, original designs that not only express your playful side but also encourage imaginative play.

I am so grateful I met my business coach, who showed me how to set up a handmade business and create product collections, and put me on a solid path to serve my customers with items they can’t wait to own. 

I’m thrilled that I was able to release my first product line, “The Monster’s Ball Collection” in 2017. The response has been incredible! 

Today, my little corner has been replaced with a studio that affords me the opportunity to share my gift of crafting with others. 

Owning a handmade item is a tradition I believe everyone should enjoy. I can’t wait to create or inspire you to make your own character hat for you and your loved ones.

Until next time, may the yarn be with you.



Original character hat designs created for knitters and crocheters.


Original character hat designs created for knitters and crocheters.


Our children's books entertain and encourage literacy.

Hello, I'm Elizabeth

I'm a knit and crochet designer, maker, blogger, and children's book author. My goal is to assist you in letting your fun and playful personality shine through.

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