FO – Tulip Stitch Headband (with Pattern)

Hi All!

In my last post I shared some finished socks for my friends Rainbow Baby, nicknamed Rainy. I’ve also finished a headband for her and am well into a Rainbow Blanket (more on that later!) I thought you might like to see my progress.

I was looking around at baby headbands since Rainy will be born in August and hats will be too warm (hrm…I just got to thinking about that and may look for a sun hat). There are a ton out there that are super adorable. While browsing, I came upon the Tulip Stitch. It is crocheted and gave me the chance to pull out my gorgeous Furls crochet hooks, which have been seriously neglected lately. I gathered some yarn I bought for another crochet project, for which I knew I would not need the full skeins, and followed a YouTube video that showed how to do the stitch in a blanket. Here’s the pattern I wrote for a newborn, which can be modified to fit any size. I couldn’t find a written pattern for a headband, so I wrote down exactly what the video showed me how to do, with my modifications:

Tulip Stitch Headband

Size H (5.0mm) Crochet Hook or size to fit your yarn
Approximately 5 Grams of Color A
Approximately 4 Grams of Colors B & C

I used size Medium (4) Caron Simply Soft Solids, which is listed as an Aran weight.

SC = Single Chain
DC = Double Chain
YO = Yarn Over
Cluster Stitch = YO, insert the hook into the next stitch, YO, draw the yarn through the stitch, YO, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook. Repeat the preceding step two times. You should end up with 4 loops on the hook. YO and draw through all four loops on the hook. YO and pull through the loop to set the cluster stitch.

Foundation Row:
With Color A, chain an odd number of stitches (divisible by three) plus two. It should be as long as the circumference of the size of head you are making but also allowing for a little stretch. For example, a newborn usually has a size 14 inch head. I chained 53, which is 13 inches with give to stretch to 14 inches.

Pattern:
SC into the third chain from the hook. I like to crochet into the purl bump created on the back of the starting chain. SC into each stitch across. You should have 51 SC. Break off color A and join Color B. (Used approximately 2 grams of Color A)

Ch 3. DC into the third chain from the beginning. Ch 1. DC into the same stitch. *Skip two chains. DC, Ch 1, DC into same stitch.* Repeat from * to * until last stitch. DC into last stitch. Break off Color B and join Color C. (Used approximately 4 grams of Color B)

Ch 3. *Cluster Stitch into space made by the V in the prior row. Ch 1.* Repeat from * to * until last stitch. DC into last stitch. Break off Color C and join Color A. (Used approximately 4 grams of Color C)

Ch 1. SC into first chain space. *SC into top of cluster stitch. 2 SC into next chain space.* Repeat until last stitch. SC into last stitch. Turn.

Ch 1. SC into each SC from prior row. Break off Color A. (Used approximately 3 grams of Color A)

Use the leftover yarn at each end to join together to make a circle; mattress stitch works well for this. Weave in the leftover ends.

Ravelled Here: Tulip Baby Headband

If you try the pattern, let me know how it turned out for you! I think this will look super cute on Rainy.

Since this post turned out longer than I thought it would, I’ll be back another day to share an update on the Rainbow Baby blanket. BTW, yesterday was my birthday and my hubby surprised me with an Apple Watch Series 2, a hilarious birthday card and an absolutely delicious dinner out. I had a great day with lots of messages from friends and family, as well as an hour long Facetime with my nephews. Here are a few pics from the day 🙂

Until next time, Happy Knitting (or Crocheting)!

30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 17

Have you ever had a project that you loved become ruined? What’s the story behind it?

I haven’t had a project that I loved, however my Mom loved it. This was right before I started knitting. I started a granny square crochet blanket…one of those that you just keep knitting the granny square until it’s as big as you want. I thought it would make an awesome lap blanket for her as she always got chilly in the nursing home. I used to visit my Mom every Thanksgiving week and as she really couldn’t go out anymore, I spent hours every day in a nursing home. She slept a lot, so I needed something to do to fill my time.

I finished it on January 31, 2014 and mailed it off to her with instructions to the nursing home staff to please not wash it. I knew that they washed everything (no matter what the tags said) in super hot water. Even though this was a machine washable blanket, it would not stand up to super hot water and the extreme agitation of the industrial washing machines. My Aunt Karen would pick up things occasionally and wash them for my Mom, and this blanket needed to be one of those things.

I didn’t think anything more of it until I was cleaning out my Mom’s room a few days after she passed away. There was the blanket, felted as all get out…not even looking like it did when I mailed it off to her. It made me sad. I can’t remember if my sister Veronica or my Aunt Karen took the blanket…or maybe it was one of my nieces. I just know that I didn’t want to set eyes on it again.

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Granny Square Blanket before felting.

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 11

Do you have a “Knitter Hero” or someone that is just way too awesome for their own good? Do share!

This one had me sitting here scratching my head for a very long time. Not because I don’t know someone who is my knitter hero or that is just way too awesome for their own good. I have plenty of those. Every question in this challenge has been super easy so far for me, although may have taken a very long time to write due to the research, finding pictures, etc. And then it hit me.

My Grandma, although a crocheter and not a knitter, is the one that introduced me to hooks and strings. She helped inspire a lifelong hobby that has helped through the ups and downs in my life and has also allowed me to help others.

I remember her sitting there patiently (she was left handed and I was right), showing me how to make a slip knot and then the foundation chain. She told me that until I could make all my stitches the same (cause what little girl is going to understand the meaning of tension), she wouldn’t teach me anymore. She said the foundation chain was the most important because it set the tone for your whole project. I took that skein of yarn and hook home and crocheted a foundation chain out of the whole thing. This met with her approval. BTW, I later sewed them together to make a magnificent rug for my Barbies!

Grandma always made a blanket for each child / grandchild when they got married and for each of their children. When I got married, she asked for my house colors and at that time it was the peaches / browns that were very popular. I still have the blanket, although it is put away for safekeeping. I have pictures of it somewhere and have spent hours today searching and cannot find them. Remember, this was back in the day before everything was online.

I carried on the tradition of making blankets for each of my nieces and nephews when they were born. I have pictures of those too…again nowhere to be found for now. However, I do still have the patterns and remember what I made for each of them. The obsession with crochet continued until I began my love affair with knitting, although I do still take out my hooks to make baby blankets for family and friends.

My Grandma is no longer with us and I still miss her everyday. I did tell her thank you for teaching me how to crochet, which eventually led to knitting, and she will always be my hero.

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My Grandma and Me…one of the last pics taken of us.

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

FO – Hugo the Couch Potato Monster

Hi All! I have another finished object for you and I am so pleased with this one. As I mentioned in a previous post, I wanted to make sure that my great nephew, Athan, has a present when I send along the baby items (blogged about here and here) to my niece Brittany and her hubby, Cody. I had made a monster from Rebecca Danger’s The Big Book of Knitted Monsters before and Brittany saw the pictures from Facebook and loved it. I asked her what Athan’s favorite color was and before you know it, a monster was born. I hope Athan loves him as much as I do! Here are the details:

Ravelled Here: Hugo the Couch Potato Monster

Started/Finished: June 25, 2016-July 9, 2016

Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) DPN’s for legs/arms, Magic Loop for Body

Yarn: Red Heart Soft in the color Tangerine

Other Materials: scrap of black yarn, scraps of white yarn, size G (4mm) crochet hook, 18mm black pupil safety eyes, stuffing

Techniques Learned: Crocheted Teeth (I couldn’t find a pattern so made up my own!), Backwards Loop Cast On

Crocheted Teeth:

Larger teeth (Worsted/Aran weight yarn (I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in the color white…leftover scraps), size G (4mm) Crochet Hook):

Chain 4
4 SC in purl bump of the chain stitches, ch1 turn
SC decrease down to 2 stitches, ch1 turn
2 SC, ch1 turn
SC decrease, ch1…pull yarn through and cut. Leave enough for stitching.

Smaller teeth:

Chain 2
2 SC in purl bump of the chain stitches, ch1 turn
SC decrease, ch1…pull yarn through and cut. Leave enough for stitching.

I attached each tooth to the other when sewing down so that when the fabric is stretched, they still look like they are attached to each other. I probably could have moved them over just a tiny bit; however I think it just gives him more character. Since I still have Petunia the Patio Monster, I took a picture of the two of them together so you can see the size difference. It is the featured photo at the top of the page.

 

Now that I have finished, I only have two WIP’s on my needles and they are both long term. Can you believe it? Looks like it’s time for me to cast on my next pair of socks.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

FO’s – Baby Goodness

Hi All! In my last post, I promised to show you what’s been keeping me busy lately. At the beginning of May, I shared a quick sock post with you that showed the baby socks I made for my niece Brittany’s new baby boy, who is due in September. After that, I went into extreme mode on the test knit, the Gypsy Moss Shawl. Once I finished that, and in between working on my current pair of socks (amidst other things), I finished a baby hat and a baby blanket! I’m feeling very productive lately. I also promised big brother an orange monster (his favorite color), so he won’t feel left out when the baby gets all this new stuff. I started on it this morning and will share pics of that soon. So, let’s get down to the details!

Here’s the information on the baby blanket (free pattern on Ravelry):

Ravelled Here: Crocodile Stitch Baby Blanket

Crochet Hook: Size I (5.5 mm) from Furls Crochet Candy Shop line

Yarn: Bernat Baby Sport in the color Pale Blue (816 grams – 2.72 skeins)

New Techniques Learned: Crocodile Stitch, single crochet edging when Crocodile Stitches are involved.

I did not use the ruffled edging / ribbon that was in the pattern. I wanted something a little more masculine, so I single crocheted around the blanket and then double crocheted another row around.

This blanket is a serious yarn hog, due to the amount of stitches used to create the Crocodile Stitch. It was a little fiddly getting started; however once the first two rows were complete, it was a breeze. I would definitely make this again; however I would make it the same size as the pattern. The final size on this is 46″ x 47″…I know, it’s huge! It will make for a good crib size blanket and keep the little man warm on cold Illinois nights.

The beauty (see one my dog’s butts behind the chair? LOL):

Here’s the info on the hat:

Ravelled Here: Simple Baby Hat (free pattern on Ravelry)

Needles Used: US 5 – 3.75mm DPNs

Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby Solids and Marls in the color Flannel (30 grams – .22 skein)

This was a super easy baby knit and goes perfectly with the socks I made. I’ve included a pic of the hat and socks together here. I would highly recommend this for a quick knit when you need something fast for a baby shower! I made the baby size instead of the newborn, as I want him to be able to wear it a little longer. I love the rolled-up brim that can continue to expand the length as he gets bigger.

The cuteness (I’m not sure why the pictures posted with the tops cut off; however you can click each one to see the full detail):

So, that’s what has been keeping me busy lately! How about you?

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

WIP – The Baby Blanket

Hi All! I promised to post an update on the projects that have been keeping me super busy lately. Here’s one of them. I found out recently that my niece Brittany is having another baby boy and it made me super excited to see what I could knit / crochet for her. With past babies (friends and family), I always crocheted blankets. With my newish skill of knitting, the world is now open to me working with both of these mediums and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am.

Last year, another friend asked me to make a baby blanket for her first grand baby and she was positive it was a boy. I started on the blanket and was about 3/4 of the way finished (working 3 weeks monogamously) when she found out it was a girl. Oops! I put this into hibernation and furiously worked on the baby girl blanket to still get it to her in time for the baby shower. I met the deadline and this poor blanket has been in hibernation since. I am so happy to say that I am working on it again and can’t wait to see the finished product!

The pattern is the Crocodile Stitch Baby Blanket by Bonita Patterns. It is free on Ravelry and so much fun to work on. I must admit that when I started it, I did not have a pattern for how many stitches to cast on, etc. At that time, I had signed up for Ravelry; however wasn’t using it. I didn’t know about all the wonderful goodness that was on there until I started knitting 🙂

I was watching my favorite YouTube crocheter, Mikey from The Crochet Crowd, who was making a scarf, and fell in love with the stitch pattern. Using his tutorial, I cast on what I thought were the appropriate amount of stitches and kept going. This thing is going to be huge! It will measure 46″ x 46″ (116.84 cm) without the border. It’s also a yarn hog! I have 5 more double rows to finish the blanket part before I start on the edging, so almost there! I hope my niece loves it as much as I do and I can’t wait to get pics of him on it. She’s due in September, so it will be a long wait 🙂

 

Ravelled Here: Crocodile Stitch Baby Blanket

Crochet Hook: Size I (5.5 mm) from Furls Crochet Candy Shop line

Yarn: Bernat Baby Sport in the color Pale Blue (currently two skeins totalling 600 grams)

New Techniques Learned: Crocodile Stitch

Until next time, Happy Knitting (and Crocheting)!

Completed Large Mouth Bass

FO – Bulky & Quick Large Mouth Bass Blanket

A few weeks ago, one of my very dear friends from high school, tagged me in a photo on Facebook. The Designer, MJ’s Off the Hook Designs, is on Ravelry and also has her own Facebook page. I took one look and knew that the Bulky & Quick Large Mouth Bass Blanket would be a perfect Christmas present for my nephew (best friend’s oldest son) Merrik! He is obsessed with fishing and watching me work with yarn, so this was a win, win. He still plays with the baby blanket I crocheted for him when he was born.

The pattern is not free, but is well written and worth it. Although the pattern stated this would take 2.5-5 hours to make, depending on skill level, it took me more like 14 hours. I have been crocheting since I was 8 years old and consider myself experienced, so I think she must have taken timings after she crocheted this several times. This was literally a weekend project and I still think of it as quick; plus I had a ton of fun making it! Here are my notes on Ravelry, if you’d like to take a look. She also has a Mermaid Tail blanket that I think will be perfect for some adults on my Christmas list…or maybe future birthday lists 🙂

The yarn used was Bernat Soft Boucle in Grey Heather, Bernat Softee Chunky Solids in Forest and Bernat Chunky Solids in Aran. I purchased all the yarn online at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. I used a size Q (15.0 mm) hook with two strands held together for the body and mouth of the fish. I used a size N (9.0 mm) hook with one strand for the tail and back fins. The amount of yarn varies depending on the size you make. The pattern has these sizes included: Infant (0-18 months), Preschool, Child and Adult. I made the child version and the blanket/cocoon portion measured at 48″ long. Plenty long enough for him to snuggle in for quite awhile.

I can’t wait to get a picture of him in it! Until next time…

Happy (Crocheting) Knitting!

Blanket Section

Blanket Section

Cocoon Finished

Cocoon Finished

Mouth and Eyes Finished

Mouth and Eyes Finished

Tail Fin and Back Fins

Tail Fin and Back Fins (this is in the color Forest; however photographed as grey)

Completed Large Mouth Bass

Completed Large Mouth Bass

Outside Picture

Close-up Outside Picture to see the true colors