Sunday, January 18, 2015

Chevron Baby Blanket & Gift Set

I finished out 2014 in baby-blanket-making mode!  Quite a few of my friends were expecting babies in December, so I hurried through the fall to make their gifts ahead of time.

This chevron blanket is one of my favorites that I have ever made...it was so hard to give it away because I wanted to keep it for myself! :-)  Not only is chevron so stylish right now, but the colors looked great together.  This couple didn't know if they were having a boy or a girl (spoiler alert:  it's a beautiful little boy!).

I used this pattern - though skipped the straight edge part.

Because I had some yarn left and wanted to try some new baby items, I included a little hat/mitten/bootie set. 

This is the "Gappy Hat" - pattern found here.

From this pattern

From this pattern

Friday, October 24, 2014

Crochet Monster Cat Hat {Free Pattern}

I've been up to my eyeballs in monster hats for Halloween!  It started with this furry blue monster hat for my 3 year old.  Then I just HAD to make a matching hat for my 5 month old, right?  So they both have monster costumes complete with monster hands, feet, and of course, hats.

But what fun is a monster-themed halloween without the pets getting involved?  My Aunt requested that I make a hat for her cat's costume (that would make him my cat-cousin??).  I couldn't find ANY hat-for-cat patterns I liked, so I made one up!  Hope you all enjoy making your little kitties into REAL monsters!

monster hat for cat
Can you tell how super thrilled she is to be wearing this hat?  She literally had tears in her eyes because she was so upset.  My home is filled with drama queens!

Monster Hat for Cats {Free Pattern}

monster hat for cat

Yarn:  I used 2 yarns for this (both the same shade of red), at the same time.  This is the best way to work with the Lion Brand Fun Fur yarn. 
To make a penguin:
Red fun fur and red super saver yarn for the hat
Black yarn for eye pupil
Green yarn for the iris
White yarn for the eye whites
Yellow yarn for the horns

Hook:  For this pattern I used a size H/5.00 MM hook for the hat, size F/3.75 MM for the eyes and horns.

Stitch Abbreviations:

ch = chain
st = stitch
sl st = slip stich
sc = single crochet
sts = stitches


With both red fur and red yarn together, make an adjustable ring.

Round 1:  6 sc in adjustable ring.  Pull tight to close; place marker at beginning of round (we will be working in spirals and not joining after each round). 6 sts.

Round 2:  Work 2 sc in each st around - 12 sts.
Round 3:  [2sc in next st, sc in next st] 6 times - 18 sts
Round 4:  [2sc in next st, sc in next 2 sc] 6 times - 24 sts
Round 5:  [2sc in next st, sc in next 3 sc] 6 times - 30 sts.
Round 6:  Sc in each st around

Round 7 (working on earholes):  
First earhole:
ch 1, turn, sc in next 10 sc.  
ch 1, turn, sc in next 10 sc. 
ch 1, turn, [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc] twice.   
Sl st down side of last 2 rows; sl st in next 5 sc.

Second earhole:

 sc in next 10 sc; 
ch 1, turn, sc in next 10 sc; 
ch 1, turn, [2sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc] twice.  

Now we will work on the strings to tie the hat onto Mr. or Ms. Kitty.  They are a series of chains that are a "Y" configuration.  

monster hat for cat
It's hard to show with the furry yarn - but this is the Y, the top is where the cat ears will fit through.

If you look at what you have so far, you will see there are essentially 4 "corners" where the earholes are.  This is where the chains are going to come out of to make the Y.

Your hook is at one of the corners as we speak!  So we will start there!

Y-chains for hat tie:
Ch 21, finish off.
Sl st on the "corner" next to the corner you just chained from. 
Ch 6, sl st on the 6th chain from the ch 21. finish off.
Now you should have a "Y"!

Repeat on other side:
sl st onto either open "corner"
ch 21, finish off
Sl st on the "corner" next to the corner you just chained from.
Ch 6, sl st on the 6th chain from the ch 21.  finish off.

Your hat is done!!  Now on to the eyes and the horns.

For the eyes, I switched to an "F/3.75mm" hook.  

Small eye:
Start with a magic circle.
Round 1 with black yarn:  6 sc in magic circle.  Join to first ch and pull tight.
Round 2 with green yarn: sl st to join to back loop of black, ch 1.  *2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next*.  Repeat from *, join in first sc.  Finish off.
Round 3 with white yarn:  Sl st to join in back loop of green.  sc in each sc around.  finish off, leaving enough of a tail to sew on eye.

Large eye:
 Round 1 with black yarn:  6 sc in magic circle.  Join to first ch and pull tight.
Round 2 with green yarn: sl st to join to back loop of black, ch 1.  2 sc in each st around.  join in first sc.  Finish off.
Round 3 with white yarn:  Sl st to join in back loop of green, ch 2.  dc in each sc around.  finish off, leaving enough of a tail to sew on eye. 

Round 1: Start with a magic circle, 6 sc in the circle. Pull tight. - 6 sc
Round 2: sc around - 6 sc
Round 3: 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next stitch - repeat around - 9 sc
Round 4: sc in each stitch - 9 sc
Round 5: 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next stitch - repeat around - 14 sc
Round 6: sc around - 14 sc
Round 7: sc around - 14 sc
Fasten off, and leave a long enough tail to sew to the top of the hat. 

Sew on the eyes and horns where you like them and voila, finished!

monster hat for cat

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Nautical Theme Crochet Baby Gifts

I was so excited last summer when my BFF Genevieve told me she was pregnant!  After they found out they were having a boy, and they were decided on an adorable nautical nursery theme, I went to work making them a quick handmade gift for the next time I saw them (which, fittingly, was while they were on vacation in Stone Harbor, NJ!).

The small "lovey" blanket is around 8"x8", just double crochet with a HDC border.  My son used to love cuddling small blankets when he was little, and you don't have to worry about them getting tangled up in a big blanket.  I just love the little crab appliqué I found, it looks like he is waving to everyone!  (The appliqué pattern is from here, but I changed the eyes to be white instead of red!)

The hat is just a striped single crochet newborn size hat.  Switching colors while crocheting in the round is always SO much fun, isn't it?!  To hide the joins better, I staggered where I joined the next color so there wasn't a line of disconnected colors along the back.  The red anchor stood out really nicely! (I found the anchor pattern here, just left out the rope part!)

So there you have a nice quick homemade gift to give to someone who is having a baby soon and is decorating in the popular nautical theme.  So cute!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

SCARY MONSTER Hat for Halloween

It's that time of year when everyone is asking "What is so-and-so going to be for halloween?".  For a few months my 3 year old has been saying he wants to be a "SCARY MONSTER!".  Since he's a little fickle (did I mention he's 3?!) I was planning on buying a costume so I didn't put all my time in to something that he decided he no longer wanted to be at the very last minute.

Then I thought back to a hat I made him last year (intended to be a cookie monster hat) and never finished...and then I Googled crochet monster halloween costumes....and now (spoiler alert!) I'm making the darn costume myself.

crochet monster hat

I can't say that I wrote the pattern, but I did go out and collect pieces of other patterns that I liked and put them together myself to make the final result.

The hat itself is from here.  Since I never finished the cookie monster part of the hat, it was just a blue furry hat with earflaps.  I'm sure you can use any hat pattern you like!  I was a little nervous about using the Lion Brand Fun Fur yarn at first.  The trick is to find an acrylic yarn that is the same color and crochet with both of them at the same time.  Then you can see the stitches really well and you don't have to worry about the fur getting knotty.

The horns came from the Red Heart Blue Monster pattern.  I used the same colors - yellow and red - and stuffed them with a lot of polyfill before I sewed them on so they would stand up nice and straight.

The eyes are based on this pattern, but I modified them a bit because I wanted them bigger.  
Small eye round 3 modification:
ch 1 and *2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next*.  Repeat from * (in back loops only) join to first sc, finish off, leaving a long tail for attaching to hat.

Large eye round 3 modification:
ch 2 and *2 dc in next stitch, 1 dc in next*.  Repeat from * (in back loops only) join to first sc, finish off, leaving a long tail for attaching to hat.

I wanted the teeth to go along the edge, so I was out searching patterns for triangle borders.  I found a great one here. I slip stitched to the hat edge where I wanted the teeth to start (at the first earflap) and just followed the pattern till I reached the next earflap.  Turned out exactly how I wanted!

crochet monster hat

So now I just need to make a few more pieces for the costume.  I'm working on the shoe spats from the Red Heart Monster Costume pattern.  I'm using the same lion brand fur and making yellow "toe claws".  Then I'm going to make some fingerless gloves (haven't found a pattern yet) with some "hand claws" (mittens are just too tough to hold the trick or treating bags with!).  I will be sure to share to finished product closer to halloween - in the meantime, happy halloween-costume-crafting-month to the other parents out there (and may your children not change their mind after all your hard work)!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

A baby blanket for {MY} baby!

I mentioned in my last post that I now have a 4 month old little boy named Ryan.  He arrived on May 24, 2014 at a whopping 4lbs 8oz!

I finally had an excuse to make a baby blanket for my own family!  It was very hard to choose a pattern.  Instead of picking a pattern based on other people's tastes, I had to reflect my own!  I wanted something modern, but different - not something you see everywhere.  So voila - the "Crochet Stripe Blanket" (kind of a boring name, Bernat!!!)

I first saw the design on a completed blanket being sold on Etsy. By some Google miracle, I was able to find a PDF of the pattern uploaded by Bobbles and Baubles here.  It's a Bernat freebie, but seems to have disappeared from the other corners of the internet!

My plan was to do the nursery in gray, orange, and turquoise and put woodland creature accents around the room.  I only got as far as the color scheme (it's a lot harder to decorate when you have a toddler too!) - and the blanket colors match the paint, trim, and bedding PERFECTLY.

2 month old Ryan is introduced to his blanket during tummy time

Big brother supports his little brother through "terrible tummy time"

I made the blanket a little bigger than the pattern called for and although it's quite large, now that Ryan is rolling around I am glad I made it this size.  He is happily laying on it as I type :-)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Owl {baby} Blanket

Well, it's been quite a while since I wrote anything, but I revisited my blog today and it made me so sad that I have neglected it!  The purpose of starting it was to document all of my projects in one place, so I'm going to try to get back to that again.

Life just gets so busy when your 1 year old is suddenly a 2 year old, then turns 3 (ah!)...and you decide to have another baby who is already 4 months old...etc, etc, etc.

So here is a quick post about one of my most favorite baby blankets that I have made to date!  This one was for my nephew Griffin when he was born (and he will be turning 1 at the end of this month!)

I had been a little worried that the colors would be too dark, but I love the combo of navy and gray, it's very cozy.  (And if you can't tell, the picture was taken on steps...the sides are straight, not wavy!) :-)

I purchased the pattern here.  Absolutely love it!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Yarn Letters

You know when you have a baby, and you can't wait to decorate their nursery?  You envision in your head the name hanging over the crib in all it's cuteness.

Yes? No?  Well, either way, that was me!

I loved the wooden letter ideas.  I had a grand idea of getting unpainted wood letters and hand painting them with cute designs.

And then I saw the price of wooden letters. What!  The big ones I liked were over $10 each.  and for the name A-I-D-E-N...that was $50!  Boo.

But then I came across the Pinfamous "Yarn Letters".  I loved how they looked!  So I grabbed some foam core board, some green yarn that matched my son's nursery, and my glue gun.

Here's the result.  You can tell not every single letter is perfect, but you can't tell from far away!

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