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!
After numerous FAILED attempts at baby booties, (first attempt being over a year ago) I finally completed a pair of presentable baby booties and I’m so happy!
I bought the patten from OnePaisleyPig on Etsy. Although it is tricky to crochet with black yarn (because it makes stitches hard to see), her pattern was pretty easy to follow. The author also included some photos to help you understand how to join the sole and the tongue to the bootie.
I always go to YouTube for helpful tips because there are so many people out there posting videos. I searched “crochet baby sole” and found a lot of videos that helped explain what to do for that part. You can find a video example here.
Another tip is to make sure that all of the black yarn you’re using is from the same dye lot! Since I used the end of an old black yarn for one boot and started a new skein of yarn (same brand) for the second boot, one came out a little shiny and the other one was matte. Since I didn’t notice the difference until AFTER I crocheted the bootie, I had to cut off the black part of bootie #1 and start again so they would match…tragic!
But even with all the trial and error, I can finally say that I know how to complete a baby bootie and I’m so pumped!
I’ve completed 2 pairs so far to use as toppers on diaper cakes for my friends – they were a hit!
Until next time, happy crochet’ing!
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.
Continuing on with my fruit and veggie amigurumi trend that I’ve got going, I made a cheerful carrot!
I’m enjoying making fruits and veggies at the moment because they’re usually only one piece and I’m finding them easy to complete while also learning the ropes of being a new mom. The best part is that my little one can safely play with them when I’m done.
I got this pattern for FREE from Kristi Tullus’ blog. You can find it here. THANKYOU KRISTI! She kindly included all different sizes to make and a great PDF file to refer to. The pattern was clean looking, easy to follow and included nice photos of the details. I used the small size pattern but it looks so big because I’m using chunky Boston Sun yarn in neon orange and a 4.5mm hook. The bumps and texture of each crochet stitch makes it perfect for a teething baby to chew on.
I sewed on the face with black yarn. You can find great tips on sewing faces from Planet June’s blog here.
I encourage you to check out all the tutorials on both blogs mentioned as I feel they’ve really helped my amigurumi skills.
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Next up, some fruit!
TWIN GIRLS! Yay, my friend recently had 2 beautiful twin girls and they’re sooo cute! As a congratulatory gift, I made these 2 peas in a pod for her. She really liked it!
I got the pattern for FREE here. You can also find it on the Lion Brand website if you’re a member.
Lately, I’ve been enjoying crocheting with a larger 4.5mm hook opposed to my regular 3.5mm hook. I used “myboshi” No 1 yarn. I’m currently in Germany and purchased it at Müeller.
To make the bows (if you’re familiar with crochet terms) I chained 4, did 3 rows of 3sc then wrapped yarn around the centre a few times before sewing it to the pea.
I think I’ll continue with this Amigurumi food trend that I’ve started.
Until next time, Happy Crochet’ing!
Something different! A banana! I thought I’d start making a few baby friendly fruits and vegetables for my daughter to play with eventually.
I got this banana pattern FREE on ravelry – you can find it here. I LOVED how it turned out and I finished it so quickly. The pattern had a really useful diagram to make the banana peels just right.
I used a chunkier yarn and really like how textured it turned out. It will be great for teething/chewing and it’s washable! I used “Boston Sun Classic Yarn.”
I used black yarn to sew the baby friendly eyes and mouth (no plastic pieces.) You can find a great video on how to embroider faces from Planet June here.
I tried something new with the blush on the cheeks! I used a “Stabilo 3 in 1 crayon.” I drew directly onto the yarn which was a little intense – luckily, it rubbed off fairly well. Next time I will colour on a piece of cloth first then gently blot it onto the project. I’m learning new tricks all the time. Still, I like the added colour to the face!
Overall, I’m thrilled with how it turned out and am looking forward to start a small collection of fruits and veggies for my little one.
These amigurumi creations take a little longer for me to complete these days with a newborn but it’s been nice to have a few quiet moments here and there to work on them.
As usual, I’ve added a little scarf to make it a “winter themed” rabbit. My intention is to have these winter creations as Christmas ornaments when we one day have Christmas at home. (At the moment my husband’s career moves around.) Amigurumi has been a great hobby for me because it calms my nerves and I can take it just about anywhere. The finished products weigh nothing which makes them easy to bring home, they’re not breakable, and when I look at them, I like to remember where I was when I made them.
This was another great pattern from Son’s Popkes. I love her patterns. I didn’t have a soft contrasting colour on hand to follow the pattern exactly but I like how it turned out anyway. The pattern also had great details on how to assemble it together.
For the scarf, I did a chain of white then single crocheted green on each side. I tied the tails in a knot at the ends.
Lastly, as I was googling amigurumi techniques recently, I came across a great page with some really clear tutorials. You can find it here. There are some free patterns and PDF pages to print as well – I love it! Thanks Kristi!
…ok…one more thing…I also made a Christmas Bat…learn more about it from my previous post here.