FO ~ Baby Footwear

Hi All!

In my last blog post, I talked to you about the cute little headbands I made for Baby Rainy. This time, we’ll talk about footwear. Now, you know that I already blogged about her tiny little Baby Mitten Socks a couple of months ago. What you didn’t know is that I also made her a pair of booties and a pair of flip flops! Let’s start with the booties first.

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Easiest Baby Booties Ever…free pattern on Ravelry

How freaking adorable are these? I decided to use the Sparkle White yarn I used for Rainy’s headbands, which was leftover from her Rainbow Honeycomb Blanket. These are quite the cool little construction. They look like a capital T before you fold the edges over and sew them together, then you turn them inside out to get the affect shown above.

I could have sworn I took a picture before I sewed them up so I could show progress pictures; however I can’t find them for the life of me. This is a free knit pattern on Ravelry titled Easiest Baby Booties Ever! by Gina Michele. They really are quite simple; however I highly recommend watching the YouTube video where she goes over construction and sewing together.

These can easily be made into larger sizes and seem like they will be a perfect fit without falling off of Baby Rainy. I did make the newborn size, so I may have to work on another pair for when she’s a little older.

 

I was able to find the in progress pictures for these adorable little flip flops. Again, I used the Sparkle White yarn that was left over from the blanket and some leftover yarn from the Tulip Stitch Headband. I thought they would look super cute together. This was another free pattern ($2.00 on Rav but free instructions on her blog) on Ravelry called the Baby Strap Flip-Flops by Bethany Dearden and is crochet. I’m so glad that I can crochet and knit 🙂 It makes it so much more fun when I see patterns and don’t have to worry about whether it’s one or the other.

These took quite a bit more time than the knit booties due to all of the sewing together; however they were still super simple. One thing that I would change is to wait to weave in the ends until the end. I wove them in at each step and I could have hidden some of the ends better if I had waited. She also has a YouTube video that helps out with instructions that might need demonstration. That’s how I found the pattern in the first place! Again, I made the newborn size since she will be born in August.

I cannot wait to see these on Rainy’s little footsies! To keep those footsies clean, I also included The Almost Lost Washcloth by Julie Tarsha. I’ve made this before; however this was my first time making a project using the Portuguese Knitting style. I really enjoyed the technique and hope to use it in future projects that are all garter stitch. I find the Purl stitch to be relaxing when using this method. The yarn was Lily Sugar’n Cream Twists in the color Squishy Twists.

I’ve now blogged about all the gifts that I made for Baby Rainy. Sweet Mama has promised lots of pictures of Rainy wearing / using everything once she is born and I’ll update my Ravelry project pages at that time. It was so much fun making stuff for a baby girl again after the rush of boys lately; however I’m super happy to be back to knitting for myself. I have more finished objects to blog about soon!

Until next time, Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

 

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FO ~ Shell Stitch Baby Headbands

Hi All,

How many times can I start the beginning sentence for this blog? Apparently 20 times. Okay…enough of that. Let’s get on with it.

Baby Rainy is going to be one styling little chickadee when she is born. In addition to her Rainbow Honeycomb Blanket, she’s got some awesome new headbands to wear. The first headband I made for her was the Tulip Stitch Headband, which I blogged about last month. I wanted to create a couple more that had flowers attached and came upon this YouTube video for a Shell Stitch Baby Headband with Flower.

You know I immediately had to pull out my scrap yarn and crochet hooks to try this. There is no written pattern; however it’s easily pulled together just by watching the video. This makes it perfect for those that don’t know how to read a crochet pattern. I wish I could write it out for you; however the designer has it written out for sale in her Etsy store.

The first one I made, I measured until I had approximately 13.5 inches (leaving 1/2 inch for stretch factor) to fit a newborns 14 inch head. I decided to make it in all white, allowing it to go with multiple outfits. It used about 12 grams of the Caron Simply Soft Snow Sparkle yarn that I used to make Rainy’s blanket, along with a 3.75 mm (F) crochet hook.

The second one, I kept the white headband and made the flower red. I increased the size to 15 inches and decided to leave the ends hanging so Mama can tie them together and it will last longer. It used approximately 7 grams of Caron Simply Soft Snow Sparkle yarn for the headband part and 5 grams of Caron Simply Soft Harvest Red yarn for the flower.

They turned out super cute and Mama (and me) are excited to see them modeled on sweet Rainy’s head! Only 23 more days until her due date! (You can click on the images below to make them larger.)

Until next time, Happy Knitting (and Crochet)!

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!

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!