Crochet Ruffle Diaper Cover

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Teehee!!!  I LOVE how this diaper cover turned out.  FINALLY, a pattern that works.  I’ve purchased a few patterns from Etsy and this one is my favourite because the author provided information regarding what type of yarn to use as well as measurements to look out for while you’re crocheting to make sure you are on track to a correct fit.  I purchased the pattern from crochetbyjennifer on Etsy and you can purchase her pattern here.

I used BERNAT handicrafter yarn in “Camomile.”  It was a great yarn to use but I have an issue with the fact that this particular colour is a scented yarn!  (I didn’t realize there was such a thing as scented yarn when I bought it.)  I wasn’t a fan of getting whiffs of artificial camomile fragrance as I made this but at least the scent is light so it won’t bother the new baby.  If you purchase this brand of yarn be sure to buy 2 bundles in the same dye lot as you’ll need more than one bundle to complete the diaper cover.

For the flower on the headband I found this great FREE pattern on Ravelry here.  I loved how all the layers came together so nicely.  The pattern calls for 6 petals but I only did 5.

The headband is a newborn headband from Carters.  I just cut off the bow that it came with and hand stitched my crocheted flower on to the band.  Easy peasy.

I really enjoyed making this pattern and can’t wait to meet the little girl who it’s for.  Her due date is today!  Come on baby girl!

Happy Crochet’ing

-AFriendLikeBen-

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Amigurumi Fruit

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I am loving the Boston Sun chunky yarn I’m using lately however, it’s limited in colour choices.  That’s ok, how cute are these fruity buddies?

They all came from different patterns.

Watermelon:  The watermelon is loosely based on a free pattern I found on Ravelry.  You can find it here.  If you’re familiar with crochet terms, the original pattern has you do a base chain of 31 stitches (which was HUGE with the yarn I was using.)  I am not great with sizing down patterns but I made this watermelon with a base chain of 15.  As you can see, it got a little wonky towards the top!  I also added in a row of white – the original pattern doesn’t have that.  So…not exactly my best piece but probably good enough for a baby to play with!  If anyone out there has any tutorials or tips on how to adjust patterns correctly, please send them my way.

Orange/Clementine:  To make this little clementine I used the same pattern that I used for the Two Peas in a Pod that I made recently.  I did the magic ring in green and the rest in orange.  Piece of cake.

Strawberry:  I got the free strawberry pattern from a blog with the address “moist crocheted vagina.”  HAHA!  Although the blog has a little potty mouth, I find it hilarious and the patterns are great!  She has a lot of free play food patterns.  You can find the strawberry pattern here.

To finish off all my projects I learned “the ultimate finish” technique from Planet June.  She also has a great tutorial with how to embroider on faces here.

Happy Crochet’ing

-AFriendLikeBen-

 

 

 

 

Amigurumi Raccoon

Raccoon Amigurumi I’ve been working on this raccoon off and on for a few weeks.  I had finished the head a while ago but was reluctant to complete the body because I was unsure of the blue colour accents.  Normally, I would make my forest animals true to the forest but thought the blue accents would be cute for a baby boy’s room or something.

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I purchased the pattern from Son’s Popkes, and have completed many of her patterns!  I love them!  They are easy to follow and she has a beautiful selection of animals to make.

As you can see, this pattern had a few yarn colour changes throughout.  If you ever need a refresher or would like to learn how to change yarn colours, this video by Planet June is great.

I used Vanna’s Choice yarn, a 3.5mm crochet hook, 6mm safety eyes, and polyester stuffing.

What do you think?

Happy Crochet’ing!

-AFriendLikeBen-

Easter Bunny Hat and Diaper Cover

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Happy to report that I’m moving right along with my March/April baby gifts!  One of my closest friends is having a baby girl just in time for Easter and I’m so thrilled with how this turned out.

I originally saw this pattern on Pinterest – it’s a FREE pattern from “Repeat Crafter Me”- Thankyou!  You can find the link to the free pattern here.

For the fluffy bunny tail, I stitched on a small piece of “Flying Trapeze Candy Pink Feather Boa” from Hobby Lobby.

The polka dot heart buttons on the diaper cover are “JHB” brand, style #53604.  I purchased them at Hancock Fabrics.

For the photo backdrop, I used “David Tutera Chiffon Ribbon Rose” fabric from Joanne Fabrics that I bought on sale MONTHS AGO!  I love it so much but have yet to decide what to make with it!  Any ideas?

Happy Crafting,

-AFriendLikeBen-

Amigurumi Jellyfish

photo-5 I can’t wait to send this to my old-time friend!  Her adorable son is celebrating his 1st birthday and she’s done such a great job preparing an “under the sea” themed party.  She loves anything beachy, sea-like, marine themed, etc. so I know she’ll really like this jellyfish.  I am happy with how it turned out and it was so fun to make.

I got the pattern for free from a fellow WordPress blogger “MillieOnHerWorld” – thank you! (The pattern was great and easy to follow but I have one correction for “The Body: Rnd 12.”  This is what I did instead:  “Rnd 12: Working with Front Loops only, 5dc in sc, skip 2 sc, sc,. Repeat around. Then fasten off.”)

I changed up my yarn selection this time because I loved the colours of this cotton yarn when I saw it (I usually use Vanna’s Choice acrylic yarn.)  For this project, I used “I Love This Cotton” yarn from Hobby Lobby in “Turquoise” for the body and in “Aqua Ombre” for the base and tentacles.  It was soft and easy to use – I’ll definitely use it again. photo-5 copy I used a 4mm crochet hook, 12mm safety eyes, polyester stuffing and black embroidery floss for the smile. I’ve found this video by “Planet June” very helpful while learning how to stitch on faces to my Amigurumi creations.  Check it out if you’d like to learn more about it!

Happy Crochet’ing!

-AFriendLikeBen-

Crochet Baby Bear Hat – FREE PATTERN

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Firstly, Kudos to you crochet pattern designers out there!  One of my goals this year was to be able to provide a free pattern for my followers so I’m very excited about this post…but there were a lot of trials and errors to get a reasonable pattern!  So, I know this hat may look very simple to some, but for me, it’s a big accomplishment to make a pattern!

I’m used to making “Amigurumi” so the size of the hook doesn’t really affect how the finished Amigurumi turns out.  With hats however, I thought the hook size really mattered because it needs a particular fit.  After a little research, I found this handy blog “Crochet in Color” that helps you size a hat properly regardless of the hook size.

I also saw this chart below that works as a good reference.

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 BABY BEAR HAT  – FREE CROCHET PATTERN

Newborn Size (0-3 months)

(FOR PDF VERSION, CLICK:  Baby Bear Hat Crochet Pattern)

Materials

blue yarn (B), cream yarn (C)  ( I used “Vanna’s Choice”, Medium (4) weight)

J 6.0 mm crochet hook

yarn needle

HAT

(blue)

R1: Ch 2, 12 dc in magic ring. Sl st in 2nd chain of the beginning ch-2 (12 sts).

R2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each dc around, sl st in 2nd chain of the beg ch-2 (24 sts).

R3: Ch 2, (2 dc in next st, dc in next stitch) x12, sl st in 2nd chain of beg ch-2 (36 sts).

R4-9: Ch 2, dc 36, sl st in 2nd chain of the beg ch-2 (36 sts).

Finish off.

EARS

(start in blue)

R1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6)

R2: 2 Sc in each sc around. (change to C in 5th, change to B in 7th) (12)

R3-4: Sc in each st around.  (change to C in 4th, change to B in 8th) (12)

R5: (all in blue) Sc in each stitch around. (12)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.

**Optional, use a yarn needle and the tail end of the cream colour to stitch over any visible blue showing through on the ears.

Below is an example of what it looked like before stitching the cream colour over ears and after:

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photoSew open end of ear together.  Stitch ears to hat over 2nd and 3rd row.

…And there you have it.  Please let me know if you give it a try or if you have any feedback!

Thanks, and happy crocheting,

AFriendLikeBen

Happy 1 year of Crochet to me! I made a “Wintery Wolf” to celebrate!

photo 1-2 Happy 1 year of crochet to me!  On this day last year, I took my first “Amigurumi Crochet” class in Edmonton, Canada.  I had a very good teacher and have enjoyed making these little characters and posting them on this blog!  If you’re ever in Edmonton, you can find the Amigurumi Crochet class here. I am very proud of this wolf because I was slightly inventive with the pattern.  To make the wolf I used a ‘fox pattern’ I already owned but changed the colours.  For the hood, I found an amazing FREE pattern from AmigurumiToGo.com that also came with a fantastic youtube video.  The hood required me to perform double crochet stitches in rows which was new to me but the video was so well done that I didn’t have any issues.  Because double crochet stitches have some space between them, I was able to easily slip the wolf’s ears through the stitches. photo 2-2 I’m going to add the wolf to my collection of winter themed forest animals I’ve made. I’m hoping by this time next year, I’ll be able to create and post up a free pattern for someone to try…we’ll see! Happy Crochet’ing Tara