Friday, December 31, 2010

Crochet me a river.

So I mentioned a while back that crocheting was my new hobby. Here’s the evidence.

This is what got me started (this time- I have crocheted before)—baby hats and booties to be donated to needy babies somewhere in Africa (I forgot the name of the country). In Relief Society they asked for people to knit them, and I thought it would be pretty easy for me to find a little time here and there to do some. I did 8 sets.

PATTERN for Rib-wrapped hat (second from left) HERE.

PATTERN for my favorite booties, called Easy Booties, (also second from left) HERE.

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Whilst crocheting these, I read on someone’s blog about a site called Ravelry, which has a huge base of knitting and crochet patterns, very well indexed so you can search for just crochet, free vs. not, etc. It really has an enormous selection with tons of really neat patterns, so after that, I kindof got addicted. And of course, I had a baby on the way, so it kindof came naturally to crochet up some cute things for him.

So, on that note, I will show you baby items.

1- Baby blanket. I wish I would have made it bigger. I like the white trim against the tannish color. Like oatmeal and cream.

PATTERN HERE.  (I did a different border.)

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And in action:

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2- Cable hat and booties. I pretty much love the pattern of this hat, it’s one of the few patterns I actually paid money for. And it came with three variations, so I’m looking forward to making the other ones too. Unfortunately, it’s not perfect because I had a few issues of how to count. So the lines are a teeny bit wavy instead of perfectly straight, but I’ll do better on the next one. And the booties are my favorite pattern out of all the ones I tried.

PATTERN for Bambino beanie HERE.

PATTERN for booties is the one linked above.


In action (the fit was perfect):


3- Bear hat and booties. So, I got the yarn from the thrift store knowing it would be cool for something, but not sure what. I started to make the hat just to see what it would look like crocheted, and it turned out much cuter than any expectations I had had. I liked the hat as is, and wasn’t sure if I should make it corny by adding ears, but it kindof called out for them at the same time. Then of course, had to make some matching booties.

PATTERN for Simple Newborn Hat with Earflaps HERE.

PATTERN for Monster Booties HERE (changed up a bit).


In action (the hat’s quite big on him, so you’ll probably see this again later): IMGP3076 Sooo cute!!IMGP3080

4- Elf hat and pants. I consider the hat to be a fail. But it was one of the very first things I made that was kindof different, and I was trying to make the pattern smaller at the same time, and the tan yarn was from a thrift store and too thin, so I’ll forgive myself. I really like hats like this, so maybe sometime I’ll make another, better, one. The pants are just kindof for fun. (If I had known more when I made these, I would have made them with matching stitches.)

PATTERN for Long Tail Stripey Hat HERE.

PATTERN for Little Fire Crochet Pants HERE.


In action (hat much too small, barely fit on his head (which made the yarn all stretched out which doesn’t look nice at all) which is one of the reasons I consider it a fail):

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5- Brown diaper cover. I don’t have a picture of it by itself, but here it is in action. I made it smaller than the directions in the pattern, and it was almost too small. I wouldn’t shrink it down quite so much if I did it again.

PATTERN for Easiest Crochet Wool Soaker HERE.

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That’s pretty much all the baby stuff. I’ll post more later. Until then, you can go back up and look again at the pictures of Orrin with the blanket. They’re my favorite. He’s so adorable!


Lynn said...

Oh Kayli!! That is SO awesome! What a gorgeous talent you have. (On top of all your other ones too. ; D) So blessed to be able to share that with other little ones in need. Good for you. These little sets are just SO darling! I bet it took you hours.

Jenifer said...

I'd love the links to some of these patterns.

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