Sunday, 31 March 2013

Stash-buster Challenge ~ March Update



Crochet baby beanie hats
 
My last project in March has been to make these cute little crochet baby beanie hats.
 
Individually they don't use a lot of yarn I know ~ but I have made loads as they are for charity.

 
cute crochet baby hats







 These are for premature babies ~
 
 
 
no flower motif on these ~ as early babies are delicate
 
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Small / Medium Premature Baby Hat

 

Requirements:

DK yarn

4mm crochet hook

 

Size:

Width:                  3 ½ “ (7” all around)

Height:                 3 ¼ “

 

Pattern:

 

This pattern is written in UK terminology      

tc = treble crochet        dc = double crochet          ch = chain

 

Worked in the round.

 

Chain 4, join with a slip stitch into a ring

Round 1:   ch2, make 12tc into ring, slip stitch to join. (13sts)

Round 2:   ch2 then tc in same stitch as ch2, 2tc in each stitch all around, join with slip stitch. (26sts)

Round 3:   Ch 2, 1tc in each stitch all around, join with slip stitch. (26sts)

Rounds 4-7: Repeat round 3

Round 8:  Ch1, dc in each stitch all around, join with slip stitch. 

Fasten off.  Weave in ends

 

 

Medium / Large  Premature Baby Hat

 

Requirements:

DK yarn

4mm crochet hook

 

Size:

Width:                  4 ½ “ (9” all around)

Height:                 4 ½  

 

Pattern:

 

This pattern is written in UK terminology        

tc = treble crochet        dc = double crochet          ch = chain

 

Worked in the round.

 

Chain 4, join with a slip stitch into a ring

Round 1:   ch2, make 10tc into ring, slip stitch to join. (11sts)

Round 2:   ch2 then tc in same stitch as ch2, 2tc in each stitch all around, join with slip stitch. (22sts)

Round 3:   Ch2 then 1tc in same stitch as ch2,  * 1tc in next stitch, 2tc in next stitch repeat from * all around,  join with slip stitch (33sts)

Round 4:   Ch 2, 1tc in each stitch all around, join with slip stitch. (33sts)

Rounds 5-9: Repeat round 4

Round 10:  Ch1, dc in each stitch all around, join with slip stitch. 

Fasten off.  Weave in ends
 

 
 
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This month in total I have made :
 
For Babies ~ 2 baby blankets, 2 baby sweaters, 36 baby hats, 10 pairs of baby bootees
 
For embellishments/decorations ~ butterflies, daffodils, a shamrock, coasters, Easter baskets and a vintage irish crochet motif
 
Not bad at all. Total stash busted in March = 1,280g
 


Saturday, 30 March 2013

Happy Easter



I thought I would share my 'upcycled' decorations for Easter Sunday's dining table ~
a small gift basket full of mini chocolate eggs for each person.
 
 
 

 
 
 
These little decorative gifts cost very little to make ~
 
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the baskets started life as containers for garlic !!
 
 

 

I have been saving them for some time now ~ this family loves garlic.
 
As I wanted my little baskets to have a handle I took one basket apart and used the pieces to make handles for the ones I was going to use.
 
Then I filled each with mini chocolate eggs ......

 
 
 
 
added a ribbon bow ~ and a cute little Easter chick.

 
 

 
So simple.

 
 
Wishing you peace, love & happiness this Easter


 

 

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Pretty Baby Blanket

Pretty Baby Blanket

I hope you like my latest project ~ a pretty scalloped edged blanket for a newborn baby.
 
 
 
 
I have been knitting for a long time but I have never seen this particular pattern before -
it is an adaptation of a Shetland Lace feather & fan stitch.
The pattern has been around for 15 years so maybe you have already made one of these !
 
If not - and you want to have a go - then the pattern can be found at
 

It is a 4 row repeat pattern - and it is actually easier than it looks.
 
I knitted a practise square first with 45sts so that I was sure of how to do it -

the first row seemed a little complicated, with a triple increase and decrease, but I soon understood what to do.
  
 
The instructions are for a blanket 45" x 45" but I decided to make mine with less pattern repeats 
as I wanted a smaller blanket for a newborn baby.
I cast on 135 stitches instead of the 240 stitches suggested.


pretty baby blanket


 
I completed it this afternoon, and I am a little sad that it's finished as I enjoyed making it .....

 
 
Still ~ that means I can begin something new.
Don't you just love the choosing, planning & preparation of a new project?

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Friday, 22 March 2013

Life is like a Butterfly


Life is like a butterfly ……The more you chase it, the more it will elude you


But if you turn your attention to other things ….. It will come and sit softly on your shoulder
 
crochet butterfly
 
 
 
 


 
I made these pretty butterflies from a pattern by Lesley Stanfield
 
 
 



 

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Cute Baby Sweaters

All-in-One Short Sleeved Baby Sweaters

pink & white baby sweater

I have been making these pretty baby sweaters this week.
They are a great way to use up part balls ~ I seem to have loads of those in my stash.

blue baby sweater
 
As they are knitted from the top down - back, front & sleeves all in one - 
it really doesn't matter when you run out of one colour and change to the next. 
Change colour at the beginning of any row.


This design is knitted on a circular needle - in rows across the yoke, then in rounds  -
and has instructions for long or short sleeves -
and in sizes from newborn to 8years.
I chose not to follow the pattern chart, just did my own thing!
 
I like the shape - very cute.
 
I think I will be making lots of these........

Sunday, 17 March 2013



For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way -
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.

~Author Unknown

 
I made this cute little shamrock for an Irish friend
 
 
Whilst I was looking for a pattern I stumbled accross an amazing vintage book of Irish Motifs published in French in1900. Amazing
 
I just had to get my hook out again and give it a go .....
 

Irish Motif No.1

 
 
The link is 

 
 
So for everyone who has a bit of Irish in them ~
 


 
 
 

 


Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Aqua Baby Blanket

Hot off the Hook......

Aqua Baby Blanket
 
 
 
 


I like this blanket ~ it lies flat and doesn't curl so there is no need for an edging.
Although for a girl ~ a pretty scalloped edging would look cute.
 


The pattern is available as a free Ravelry download
 
 
I made my blanket with a single strand of DK
...... so I started with an initial chain of 95 stitches
After the foundation row - all following rows are the same - so it doesn't require a lot of concentration.
I found I could happily watch TV at the same time so this blanket seemed to grow fairly quickly
 


aqua baby blanket

My blanket measures 70cm x 70cm

 



Sunday, 10 March 2013

Crochet Coasters


A last minute gift for my Mum ..... It is Mother's Day here in the UK

crochet coasters

I am still making the last one !
Note to self ~ must learn not leave things to the last minute ...

 
 
Happy Mother's Day to all mums.
Hope you do something special on your special day
 

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Easy-On Baby Bootees

Easy-On Baby Bootees ~ so.....cute

                                                .....and easy to make in DK or 4ply yarn.


These make a perfect little gift for a newborn baby.
They are so quick to knit that you could wait until the little one is born -
there are instructions for three sizes.
 
Or make them in readiness in a neutral colour ~ then add a suitable boy/girl ribbon.

pink & white baby bootees

lemon yellow baby bootees

blue & white baby bootees

The pattern is simple to follow.
 
 
 

Friday, 1 March 2013

Happy St David's Day ~

Daffodils .......

 


Look what grew on my needles ........
 
daffodils
 
Off to make more  ~  they are so addictive !