8 Skeins Lion Brand Baby’s First Yarn, Bulky Weight,
55% Acrylic 45% Cotton, 120 Yards, $5.99 in 2 Colors:
3.5 Balls Cotton Ball (Bright White) #925-100
3.5 Balls Honey Bee (Buttercup Yellow) #925-157
Needles: US Size 9 (5.5mm) Knitting Needles Circular
24″ or longer
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Measurements/Sizing: Approx. 36″ x 36″
Cast on 5 sts.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: K3, yo, k2.
Row 3: K3, yo, k3.
Row 4: K3, yo, k to end of row.
Rep Row 4 until you have 144 sts on needle.
Next (decrease) row: K2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k to end.
Rep last row until 5 sts remain. Bind off. Weave in ends.
I made this diagonal stripe baby blanket for my brother who’s expecting!! I wanted something warm and bright, snuggly yet light. So I paired this sunny and cheery color scheme with a heavier weight yarn.
The color scheme also makes it more versatile, accommodating a wider variety of decor. Girl or boy! Not light enough for Summer but perfect for Fall/Winter.
I used Lion Brand Baby’s First Yarn, a Bulky Weight yarn that knits up quick and is SO SOFT! It has a slight spongy feel. I loved the colors – muted and soft yet cheerful. It’s Cotton/Acrylic but on the heavy side.
I chose this yarn for its softness, color palette, and because it’s 100% washable and dryable on high heat! So it’s easy care and easy to keep germies away. Bulky Weight yarn is also a great option for knitting large pieces like a blanket since it speeds things up.
Original Pattern – Octavia Blanket by Lion Brand Yarn
This knits up in a diamond shape basically. So in the beginning you will be knitting a giant pyramid by increasing stitches then halfway through you will be decreasing stitches to knit the second pyramid. When complete and turned horizontal, the piece will have diagonal stripes!
For changing colors, I carried the colors up the side so there would be less ends to weave in. Twist yarn and pick up color at the beginning of each Right Side row to “carry” the yarn up the side of the piece. Only change colors on Right Side of work (when Right Side of work is facing you).
Try Magic Knot Join for adding yarn or switching colors as seen here. A nice yarn joining technique for synthetic (non-felting) yarns. Otherwise, Russian Join is my go-to technique for natural fiber yarns (feltable)! (more…)
It’s BABY TIME! I made this little hoodie & hat set for my brother who’s expecting!! This easy baby hoodie is cinched with a pull cord and comes with a matching hat! Perfect for Fall/Winter and makes a lovely Christmas present that crochets up quick. I made this with 100% Washable and Dryable on High Heat yarn! Always a must for my every day baby projects.
2 Skeins Lion Brand Yarn Cotton Ease, Sea Spray, Worsted Weight, 50% Cotton 50% Acrylic, 207 yards, $7.69
1 Skein Lion Brand Yarn Cotton Ease, Almond, Worsted Weight, 50% Cotton 50% Acrylic, 207 yards, $7.69
Crochet Hook: US Size H8 [5.00mm]
(Smallest Size in Pattern)
Chest: 12.25″ Wide x 9.5″ Tall
Sleeve: 4″ Long x 4.25″ High
Hood: 7″ High x 5.5″ Wide (folded)
Hat: 6″ Diameter x 6″ High
Skill Level: Beginner
Crochets up quick! Clear and easy to follow. I crocheted the piece exactly as the pattern instructions directed. I did not choose a contrasting color for the border but still completed the edges as directed.
I had some issues with the number of stitches matching up with the stitches in pattern but assumed it was just me since this pattern has been done by many others on Ravelry without anyone mentioning this. I just made sure the corners were correct.
I made a thicker pull cord by chaining 30″ then going back and slip stitching through back post of each chain!
My brother is expecting and it’s (we think) a BOY! I was having trouble finding cute patterns for boys. I trolled Ravelry and Pinterest until I discovered these baby moccasins by Mon Petit Violon – Stylish, whimsical, classic! Extremely easy to follow with helpful photos, they were really fun and quick to make. So I made a bunch! Patterns, my completed items, and more about the designer below! OMG Heart!
Caron Simply Soft Yarn, Medium Weight, 100% Acrylic, 315 yards, $4.29, in 3 colors:
Lt Country Blue #9709 WW105887
Off White #9702 WW111316
Taupe #9783 WW1109940
Crochet Hook: Size E [3.50MM]
Skill Level: Beginner
Measurements: 3.5″ Length x 2.25″ Width x 1″ High
Pattern: Baby Moccasin Pattern [pdf]
Baby Moccasin Back Loop –
Leave a 12″ long tail after fasten off.
Ch 6, sk next st, sl st into next st, fasten off. Weave in ends.
Baby Moccasin Crochet Button –
Ch 3, sl st into post of starting ch.
Ch 1, sc 6 into center of ring, sl st into ch 1.
Fasten off leaving a 12″ long tail.
Mine came out slightly different than the original. I did not add a button to the moccasin, I just left the strap in front plain. I also added a loop in the back of the shoe in case they needed to pin these to pants! I wasn’t convinced these would stay on wiggly baby feet. Loops can be handy for hanging somewhere in baby’s room as a cute accent too.
Here are some crochet baby hats in two styles – Earflap and No-Earflap! They are part of a series of baby items I made for my brother who’s expecting! :) I made them in two sizes as well – Small and Big! Quick and Easy Peasy! I chose Lion Brand Baby’s First Yarn, a super soft, bulky-weight yarn in gorgeous colors. It gave it a stiffer feel without much stretch but has a slightly spongey feel. They’re sort of like soft helmets to protect newborn noggins! 1 skein is enough for both hats! 100% Washable and Dryable on high heat.
1 Skein Lion Brand Baby’s First Yarn, Splish Splash #925-106,
Bulky Weight, 55% Acrylic 45% Cotton, 120 Yards, $5.99
Locking Stitch Markers
Hook: US Size J/10 [6.00MM]
Skill Level: Beginner
Simple Hat: 4″ Diameter x 4″ Tall
Hat with Ear Flaps: 6″ Diameter x 5″ Tall
Flap: 3″ Wide x 2″ High; Cord: 7″ Long
Pattern SMALL HAT:
Begin: Chain 2, slip st to join
Round 1: Sc 3 into center of ring
Round 2: Sc into sl st from beginning chain, sc 3
Round 3: Inc in every st, sl st to join (8 sts)
Round 4: [Sc, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 5: [Sc, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 6: [Sc 2, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 7: [Sc 3, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 8: [Sc 4, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 9 – 15: Sc until end of round
Round 16: Hdc until end of round
Sl st, fasten off.
Perfect for summer at the seaside! At the beach, on the boat, or biking! This summery medium weight top is great for mornings or casual evenings out. It’s also super simple. Just make 2 big rectangles, join them together, and voila! The entire project also uses the classic Stockinette Stitch. EZ PZ.
3 Balls Lion Brand Yarn Cotton-Ease, Seaspray (830-123), Medium Weight, 50% Cotton 50% Acrylic, 207 Yards, $7.69
2 Balls Lion Brand Yarn Cotton-Ease, Almond (830-099), Medium Weight, 50% Cotton 50% Acrylic, 207 Yards, $7.69
Finished Dimensions (Approx.):
Width 22 Inches
Height 20 Inches
One Size Fits All
Knit all odd rows (or Right Side rows)
Purl all even rows (or Wrong Side rows)
Cast on 85 sts. (Alice Cast-On)
Rows 1 – 14: 14 Rows Blue
Rows 15 – 16: 2 Rows White
Rows 17 – 26: 10 Rows Blue
Rows 27 – 30: 4 Rows White
Rows 31 – 38: 8 Rows Blue
Rows 39 – 44: 6 Rows White
Rows 45 – 54: 10 Rows Blue
Rows 55 – 58: 4 Rows White
Rows 59 – 66: 8 Rows Blue
Rows 67 – 68: 2 Rows White
Rows 69 – 82: 14 Rows Blue
Rows 83 – 90: 8 Rows White
Rows 91 – 96: 6 Rows Blue
Rows 97 – 98: 2 Rows White
Rows 99 – 108: 10 Rows Blue
Make one more panel following the above
pattern for a total of 2 panels.
- Weave in ends.
- Turn upside down so First Row is at the top (neckline) and face Wrong Sides together.
- Pin together where arm and neck holes should meet with locking stitch markers. Try on the piece to see if the markers work. Adjust accordingly.
- Turn inside out (so Wrong Sides are on the outside). Whipstitch together sides and top sides leaving middle and armholes un-stitched.
- For Top/Neck: Whipstitch about 7 inches in on each side leaving a 7.5 inch wide neck opening.
- For Sides/Armholes: Whipstitch about 10 inches up on each side leaving a 10 inch high armhole opening. (Basically up to the top edge of the 4th white stripe from the bottom)
- Crochet edges of armholes to keep from rolling inwards if desired.
- Knits up quick! Dedicated knitters can knit this up in about a week or so! My least favorite part is weaving in ends…
- I actually made the front panel larger than the back panel to give the neckline some slouchiness. About 95 stitches wide for front and 75 stitches wide for the back panel. Two equal panels is easiest to work with though.
- I did not use a full 5 balls. I used just over 2 balls of the blue and just over 1 ball of the white.
- Change to a new color on the Right Side of work (or in this case a Knit Row) only.
- I made these stripes using good old-fashioned eyeballing! However, you can also get irregular stripes by using this handy Random Stripe Generator found here, http://www.biscuitsandjam.com/stripe_maker.php.
- Create a size that fits you by using the stitches per inch I got while working up my project as a gauge. Or knit up your own 6in x 6in swatch for a more accurate gauge. Just make sure to increase the number of balls you buy accordingly.
Stitches per Inch on US 9 Needles:
4″ x 4″ = 14 stitches x 20 rows
28″ x 28″ = 100 stitches x 144 rows
I just discovered CreativeBug.com. It’s basically a website dedicated to online videos for Knitting, Crochet, Sewing, and other crafts. From short how-to videos and projects to full craft classes and workshops. But it’s also kind of an online school for knitting and crochet. I love the idea!
What makes Creative Bug unique is that a project is taught entirely through video. Also, you will recognize many famous knitters and crocheters in these videos. Many of whom you may be a fan of already ! They are taught by expert instructors many of whom are well-known designers and crafters with decades of experience. And all in a very easy to follow and enjoyable way.
Each class, workshop, or project features a series of step-by-step videos. The first one I checked out was Norah Gaughan’s Knit Cabled Hat. Loved the way the project was broken up into different smaller videos for each step. The videos looked wonderful and I really enjoyed hearing about Norah’s love of cables too.
It sure beats you-tubing for random how-to videos!
How It Works
CreativeBug.com is not free. However, the monthly subscription is $4.95 and can be cancelled at any time. This subscription gives you unlimited access to videos each month. That’s not bad! Even if I signed up for a month just to take one class, it is well worth it! Also, a very affordable way to take classes for people who’d like to try out Knitting for the first time or people on a budget! There is a free section too that includes classes like How To Thread A Serger and other basic fun stuff.
Check it out! There is a 2-week trial available for new members too.
Hunting down just the right fabric, sewing machine, knitting needle, and even yarn is part of our wonderful hobby! There are so many places to search for these things from your local yarn shop, nation-wide craft stores, to online shops and websites. One unlikely place hobbyists may not think to look in is AMAZON.COM!
I have purchased many hard to find items that I was surprised Amazon carried, like this Pendant Yarn Cutter by Clover. They happen to carry many Clover items (heart them for sewing and knitting/crochet tools)! Along with OLFA rotary cutters, Gingher fabric sheers and much more! And for decent prices too.
They have an Arts, Crafts, and Sewing section! I especially like to find sewing supplies on here because they tend to have a large selection and for decent prices! But they carry anything from markers, colored pencils, drawing desks, and drawing pads to fabric markers, rotary cutters, and cutting mats! Stitch markers, crochet hooks, and even yarn and fabric. Ott-Lite crafting lamps, Dress Forms… And everything for your home crafting studio! Including Sewing Machines and Sergers!
Doing Your Shopping Online
I’m a big online shopper/browser for my fiber crafting needs. While looking for things like fabric and yarn are best done in person, shopping for machines, tools, notions, etc online can be a very efficient way of finding the perfect tool and for the best price. While there are so many wonderful sites out there, here are a few places to start:
Larger Knitting and Quilting Specialty Stores online like Fabric.com and Yarn.com.
Small Indie Yarn Shops Online like found on Etsy
Nation-Wide Craft Stores like Joann, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby
Big Box Stores like Target, Walmart, and Costco.
Are you a New Yorker? For more on where to buy Sewing, Knitting, or Crochet items in NYC, please check out my posts here in the Where To Buy section.
FABRIC OF THE DAY: Dog Fabrics! Dog-themed fabrics for the dog lover in all of us.
Timeless Treasures Dog Portraits Black
by Timeless Treasures $9.48 per yard
Sweetie Pie Snowmen Scottie Dog Toss Blue
by Wilmington Prints, Stella Jean $9.48 per yard
Dog Silhouettes Hunter Green
by Elizabeth’s Studio $9.48 per yard
Pugs Day Off Multi
by Michael Miller $9.48 per yard
Wild Wings Best in Breed Scenic Brown
by Springs Creative Products $7.98 per yard
Time with Friends Dogs & Cats Blue
by RJR Fashion Fabrics $9.48 per yard
Stuffed Totoro by Lucy Ravenscar
Check out these awesome knits (and crochet) I found while trolling the interwebs for stuff! If you’re a Harry Potter, Dr. Who, Super Mario, or Lord of the Rings fan type of knitter, then here’s some great ideas for your next project. Many include full patterns and for free! Browse and Enjoy!
by Just Crafty Enough
Space Invader Socks
by Aija Goto
by Man With A Jaw Harp
Finally Blue Sky Alpacas released some free patterns. And look how lovely! Most look like Intermediate Level. All patterns in this post by Blue Sky Alpaca Yarns. And are free!