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Simplicity Spring+Summer Sewing Patterns

Apr 04

Simplicity PatternSimplicity #1196I was shopping around for some sewing patterns and wanted to buy them all… Here are just a few on my list to buy by Simplicity and Burda! Their website sells almost all the patterns they carry and it’s fun to browse around. Many are $12 or less!

Simplicity’s “Jiffy” line is great for simple, no-zipper or no-button, patterns! The wrap dress below looks easy and flattering. The “Learn to Sew” line seems failsafe, I own at least one of these patterns. Below is one for some cool pants! They also have a great line of patterns called “Amazing Fit” and many plus-sized patterns which I just discovered. They seem like more advanced patterns. I also love the designer label collaborations like Cynthia Rowley and Built by Wendy. A few of the latest Cynthia Rowley ones that I like are below. I don’t think they have the Built by Wendy ones anymore.

When choosing sewing patterns, make sure to read the back before purchasing! The back of each pattern will suggest the most suitable fabric types to use. It’s important to choose from among those! If it requires a fabric you don’t want to work with or one that doesn’t seem flattering to your figure then perhaps try a different one. The pattern will also state exactly how much fabric will be required for the size you choose! For my first sewing project, I once chose suit fabric to make a ruffle skirt. It came out weird! Hunting down just the right fabric type, pattern, color, price etc is a project in itself. Choosing the fabric is half the battle!

If you have a good fabric store (like Mood Fabrics here in NYC), you can simply bring the pattern and ask the store clerk to help you find the ones most suitable. They have most of their fabrics organized by type/fabric content. And a huge selection of really nice well-priced apparel fabrics! This is the store Tim Gunn (from Project Runway) featured on the show. It’s actually really good, not just hype! (more…)

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Guy Crochets Awesome Food Hats

Feb 26

Crochet Food Hats by Chilly Philly
Crochet Food Hats by Chilly Philly
Crochet Food Hats by Chilly Philly
Crochet Food Hats by Chilly Philly
Crochet Food Hats by Chilly Philly

How cute are these?! Here’s Phil Ferguson from Melbourne, Australia, also known as Chilly Philly. He creates crochet food hats such as a pizza slice or popsicle, taco or hamburger with the works. And models them all himself! They’re super fabulous and a must see. Here’s a few I especially like. Beans on toast, pizza with olive, ketchup and mustard, pancakes and syrup! They’re whimsical and funny but also truly works of art! From the lettuce on the cheeseburger, the french fries, the ice cream swirl, the seaming on the croissant… And so much more. He has plenty more on his Instagram. Check it out for more crochet food hat fun!

“Since August 2014, as a way of connecting and making new friends in Melbourne. Phil Ferguson has been creating crochet hats and posting them on social media plat form Instagram with an overwhelmingly positive response. Since then he has now over 100k followers and has been featured by Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Frankie Magazine, BBC and even on Instagram’s account itself.” -ChilyPhilly.com

Crochet Food Hats by Chilly Philly
Via ChillyPhilly.com
Via Instagram.com – ChillyPhilly

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Larget Crochet Blanket in the World

Feb 26

Larget Crochet Blanket in the World
Largest Crochet Blanket in the World by Mother India’s Crochet Queens
Chennai, India – January 31, 2016

The Largest Crochet Blanket in the world made with hundreds of 40 x 40 inch squares contributed by over 1,000 participants from 14 different countries. It measures 11,148.5 meters square or about 120,001 feet square. It stretches across a football field!

Subashri Natarajan, 44, India, who came up with the idea, has been crocheting since she was 10 years old. She initially embarked on the project alone but began searching for more contributors and began a campaign called Mother India’s Crochet Queens which grew to include over 1,000 crocheters from age 8 to 85!

The first title for largest crochet blankets was first achieved in 1999 at about 72 feet x 27 feet. The most recent record was about 36,000 feet square made up of 67 blankets for Nelson Mandela Day (South Africa) in April 2015. This blanket is more than 3 times larger than the last winner! Find many more fun Crochet and Knitting world records at Guinness World Records.

Via Guinness World Records

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Pattern: Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder

Feb 14

Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder
Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder

This simple project is just a knitted rectangle folded in thirds. It requires knitting a 6″ x 6.5″ rectangle using Seed Stitch then sew the ends to close. I was packing for a trip and wanted to bring some tissues. Rather than buy travel-sized tissues, I just quick knitted a little holder for some tissues! It should take about 2-3hrs to complete.

Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder - Using 1 Knitted Rectangle, 1 Piece of Cardboard, and Tissues  Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder - Place cardboard in center of piece  Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder - Fold top edge down over cardboard  Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder - Fold bottom edge up to overlap top flap  Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder - Sew sides closed and turn inside out  Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder - Back View

Materials:
Caron Simply Soft Yarn, Worsted Weight, 100% Acrylic, 315 Yards, $3.99
in 3 Colors – Robins Egg #9780, Sage #9705, Lt Country Peach #9737
Old Tissue Box or Piece of Cardboard
Yarn Needle

Needle: US Size 4 [3.50mm] Circular Needles 36″

Skill Level: Beginner

Finished Size:
Unstuffed – 6″ Length x 3″ Width
Stuffed – 5.5″ Length x 2.5″ Width x 1.25″ Height
Fits 12 standard tissues folded into quarters.

Pattern:
Leave a 12″ long tail when making the slip knot to Cast On.

Knitting:
Cast On 25 sts
Row 1: K1, {P1, K1}, repeat { … } until end.
Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 6.5″ or about 48 rows.
Bind Off. Leave a 12″ long tail.

Assembly:
Cut a piece of cardboard from the empty tissue box about 5″ long x 2″ wide. This piece will be used to give the holder stability. With the Right Side of work facing up:

Place cardboard in center of piece. Fold around the cardboard into thirds with Right Sides of Work on the inside. Fold down from top, about 2″, this will become the Top Flap. Then fold up from bottom, about 2″, this will become the Bottom Flap. Flaps should overlap at least 1″ or more. Adjust as necessary. Pin sides together to hold in place.

You will be sewing on the Wrong Side of work, then turning inside out. Sew using Overcasting Stitch right through all folds taking care at corners of each flap. Sew in ends as you go and trim.

Turn inside out. And stuff with folded tissues!

Notes:
Use any type of knitting needle preferred. I used Circular Needles because that’s all I had available.

Use any Worst Weight size yarn available. I did not use a full skein. This small project only used a tiny bit of each color. Spare yarn or leftovers is great for this project. Block your piece for a more professional finished look.

Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder - Knitting in progress  Caron Simply Soft Yarn in Sage #9705, Lt Country Peach #9737, Robins Egg #9780. 315 yards, $3.99 each.

I made irregular stripes in random increments based on how I wanted it to look when folded. I made sure to switch colors on a Right Side Row. So basically in multiples of 2. Every 4, 6, 12 etc.

Seed Stitch is just {K1, P1} over an Odd Number of stitches! The same {K1, P1} over an Even Number of stitches will give you a Rib Knit!

Sew the seams closed using any option like Backstitch or Overcast Stitch. Slip Stitch Crochet along the seams works too.

Add a decorative border to the top flap for a more finished look. I Slip Stitch Crocheted one edge. The edge that will be showing once folded down.

To stuff, stack folded tissues on cardboard piece, then place stack into holder.

Next time I will make it shorter, about 5″ x 2.5 instead and have the flaps overlap a tad bit more. Having 1 color at folds instead of 2 and flaps ending in matching colors helps for a neater look. Overlapped portion should be centered before sewing closed.

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How-To: Simple Baby Bunting

Feb 11

Simple Baby Bunting

Here is a baby banner sewn using handmade applique fabric letters! I wanted to start personalizing some of my sewing projects like blankets, so used this mini project as a way to tryout applique. I hand-cut all the triangles and made the applique letters out of fabric. All this sewing project requires is a few triangles, a few applique letters, and some store-bought fabric binding! The whole project was completed in a short afternoon.

Simple Baby Bunting - Cut out triangles and free-hand draw some letters. Simple Baby Bunting - Outline the letters in a heavy marker like Sharpie. Simple Baby Bunting - Notice you can see the outline of the letters through the backing. Simple Baby Bunting - The traced letters, notice they are backwards. Simple Baby Bunting - The letters are ironed on and ready to be stitched.

Materials
Quilting Cotton or Lightweight Cotton Fabric – 2 to 3 Colors
2 Yards Fabric Binding – 1/2″ Wide
Heat-N-Bond Lite Fusible Web
Thread in Coordinating Color
Markers, Pen, Paper, Scissors
Iron
Optional: Rotary Cutter, Mat, Quilting Grid, Fabric Chalk

Size
Finished Banner measures 51″ Long w/ 11″ tail on each side.
Finished Triangles measure 6″ x 7″ each.

INSTRUCTIONS
Cut Triangles. Take 2 pieces of fabric, place Wrong Sides together, pin, and cut into a triangle. Notice the triangle has an extra inch or so at the top for sewing. Cut as many as desired. Pin together so each set of triangles stays together and set aside. Each has an extra inch or so at the top, see diagram.
I cut 9 triangles – 6.5″ x 8″ each.

Make Letters. I hand drew the letters using paper and pen. Then traced a heavy outline with a Sharpie Marker. Rough trim around outline and set aside. Make sure to estimate how big the letters should be to fit into triangles. Leave about a 1-inch space around each letter. Mine are about 2″ x 3″.

Prepare Fusible Web. I cut a fusible strip enough to fit all the letters. Then, using fabric I chose for lettering, cut enough fabric to fit the fusible. Iron the fabric to the fusible as directed. Note: Many people trace first then fuse!

Trace Letters. Trace each letter by placing the letter face down, then placing the fused fabric face down directly on top of the letter so paper backing is facing up. The letter outline should show through the fabric. Trace directly onto the paper side. The letter should be traced in reverse. Cut each letter out following the outline.

Iron On Letters. Place each letter onto a triangle, peel off backing, iron as directed. Zigzag stitch around the edge of each letter.

Sew Triangles Together. Place Right Sides of triangles together, pin, then sew about a 1/4″ from edge leaving top (flat side) un-sewn. Turn inside out, poke out point, iron down seams.

Sew Triangles To Binding. Space out and pin triangles to binding. Sew across binding. Done! I left the binding tails undone.

Notes
I found this great video online on how to create applique fabric letters. She has a great way to trace letters using a window pane here. There are many ways to make letters including using a printer. Here is a video on making letters with a printer.

Fusible Web – This is the stuff used to glue fabric together! There are many out there. Choose a double stick fusible suitable for your fabric type. Steam A Seam 2, Wonder Under, or Heat N Bond are the most popular. I used Heat N Bond. Some of my letters didn’t stick right! I’m not sure if I ironed too much or had the wrong setting.

I bought all my supplies on Craftsy! Yes, they now have a wonderful store and prices are very decent. And they carry all the best products/brands. From fusible web to batting! I loved the shopping experience as well. I also used a Rotary Cutter, Quilting Ruler, Self-Healing Mat, and fabric chalk to cut all my triangles. Supplies found here. Craftsy also has a lovely tutorial on simple baby blanket with applique letters.

There are many styles of buntings that come in different shapes. Try square, rounded, or any other simple shape. Fabric scraps can be great for this project. Or about 2 fat quarters of fabric plus some for the letters is all that is needed. I used polyester thread, Allover Owls by Spring Creative, a solid broadcloth for the backing, and white scrap fabric for the letters.

Simple Baby Bunting - Finished Bunting

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How-To: Simple Baby Blanket

Jan 29

Simple Blanket - Owl Blanket in Cotton Flannel with Decorative Stitching

Simple Blanket - Owl Blanket in Cotton Flannel Simple Blanket - Owl Blanket in Cotton Flannel Simple Blanket - Owl Blanket in Cotton Flannel

One of my new year’s resolutions was to sew a simple blanket and here it is – my first baby blankets! It was so easy, I made two! One with owls and one with elephants, both are reversible. I used a combination of flannel and cotton fabrics for these blankets. It made a nice lightweight blanket perfect for baby or spring. Requires no batting!

Simply sew two squares of fabric together leaving a 6-inch wide opening un-sewn. Turn inside out by pulling fabric through opening, then topstitch! Voila! I used a fun decorative stitch for the border since my sewing machine had them.

Next time I would also like to personalize with applique using felt letters or fused fabric letters!

Simple Blanket - Pink with Elephant in Cotton and Cotton Flannel Simple Blanket - Pink with Elephant in Cotton and Cotton Flannel Simple Blanket - Pink with Elephant in Cotton and Cotton Flannel

Simple Blanket - Elephant Blanket in Cotton and Cotton Flannel with Decorative Stitching
 Simple Blanket - Clean up edges. I used a quilting ruler and rotary cutter.
 Simple Blanket - Mark a 6-inch wide opening to NOT SEW!
 Simple Blanket - Make a rounded corner with a cup and some fabric chalk. Trim off corner by cutting at line.
 Simple Blanket - Trim rounded corner.
 Simple Blanket - Rounded corner after sewn and turned right side out.
 Simple Blanket with a decorative topstitch. I used a bubble stitch with 2 different colored threads.
 Simple Blanket - Cut notches in rounded corner after sewing and before turning out. Photo by StayAtHomeArtist.com
 Simple Blanket -  Pinning fabric perpendicular to edges about a few inches in.
 Simple Blanket - This sample shows where to sew. Trim about 1/2-inch from mark.
 Simple Blanket - Owl Blanket in Cotton Flannel

Materials
2 Squares of Fabric approx. 1 yard each
Sewing Thread like Gutermann or Aurafil (Polyester or Cotton)
Fabric Scissors
Sewing Pins

Fabrics I Used
Fanfare by Cloud 9, Organic Cotton Flannel, 2 Yards
Bright Owl Allover by Springs Creative Products, Cotton Flannel, 1 Yard
Sweet Meadow Panel by Springs Creative Products, 100% Cotton, 1 Panel

Finished Measurements
Owl Blanket – 35.5″ wide x 40.5″ high
Elephant Blanket – 34″ wide x 41″ high

INSTRUCTIONS
1. LAUNDER FABRIC by washing, drying, then ironing fabric. Be sure to wash and dry as appropriate for the fiber content and as you would in the future.

2. LINE UP FABRIC to ensure you are working with clean edges and fabric prints are properly aligned. Trim edges to square up corners and make straight. Adjust placement so both pieces are oriented as desired. Trim again to make equal. See Notes for more on how to properly “true up” fabric.

3. PIN FABRIC by placing right sides of fabric facing each other (so only wrong sides are showing). Make sure corners and edges are lined up correctly, smooth out fabrics. Iron if necessary. Repeat until well aligned. Pin along sides to make sure fabric stays in place.

4. MARK FABRIC using fabric chalk or pins. Mark a 6-inch wide opening on one side where you will not sew. This opening will be used to turn the blanket inside out. Optional: Create a rounded corner by placing a cup or bowl in the corner, trace, and trim.

5. SEW FABRIC using a 5/8″ seam allowance beginning at one mark and ending at the other. Be sure to leave the 6-inch opening un-sewn and backstitch at each mark.

6. PRESS OPEN SEAMS before turning inside out. For rounded corners, cut notches in corners to reduce bulk. Fold open flaps and iron flat along seam to flatten.

7. TURN INSIDE OUT by pulling corners through opening. Poke out corners with a butter knife or pen.

8. IRON OUT EDGES to ensure nice clean folds at the seams.

9. TOP STITCH along border to finish! Choose a traditional Straight Stitch or try a decorative stitch if your machine provides them. Stitch using 1/2″ seam allowance. Polish off by ironing along border to press topstitch flat.

Notes
“True up” your fabric to give all edges a straight clean line and re-orient the weave of a fabric to make it lay flat and square giving it 90-degree corners. It will help printed fabrics like stripes or checkers and nap fabrics like Corduroy lay perfectly on your piece. Here is a great tutorial on how to “true-up” or “square-up” your fabric on The Daily Sew. She uses a striped fabric which is a great example.

In a nutshell, you will remove selvedges by snipping and tearing along grain line, tug fabric on the bias across entire piece and back, remove the jagged edge by finding the weft thread and pull to find the crossgrain line, cut along that line. Don’t forget to steam and iron between each step.

I chose easy prints like Polka Dots because it’s an allover print. For first time sewers repetitive patterns that have no orientation are more forgiving. Prints like stripes, plaids, and checkers can be more difficult because they have a direction with straight lines and angles that must be aligned, cut, and sewn accordingly.

Buying Fabric – Choose cotton or cotton blends. They’re the easiest to work with for beginner projects. Make sure it’s machine washable and dryable. Usually sold by the yard or portions of a yard, fabrics can come in 42-59 inch wide bolts. Just read the bolt or ask someone to find out the fiber content or width.

1 yard = 36 inches. So 1 yard of 42″ fabric will give you a 36″x42″ piece. If a larger than the bolt size is needed, you may have to turn the fabric sideways and sew together more fabric to create one larger piece. If the fabric has a pattern, aligning the pattern exactly where the cuts meet and buying enough extra fabric to account for that is required. How best to sew and cut so seams look nice will depend on the size of the piece and the print pattern.

See here for my list of places to buy fabric online. Also, the right tools really help a project come out professional. (more…)

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Pattern: Erica Cowl

Dec 22

Erica Scarf - Doggie Cowl
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Here is a nice cozy cowl for my doggie! The chunky, soft rib knit makes the cowl stretchy yet snug for easy on and easy off while providing extra warmth. It stretches to almost double its flat size and can fit a variety of sizes and shapes. Can also be worn unfolded to cover the dog’s ears. It is knitted in the round from the bottom up with an optional buttonhole for the leash tab.

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Materials:
1 Ball Bernat Softee Chunky, Teal Twists, Bulky, 100% Acrylic, 128 yds, $3.29
Locking Stitch Marker
Yarn Needle

Needle: US Size 6 [4.00mm] Circular Needles 16″ or less

Skill Level: Beginner

Measurements:
12″ High
5″ Wide
(Measurements taken flat)

Pattern:
CO 42 sts, place marker, join.
Round 1 – 60: K2, P2 until marker.
(Or until 12″ high)
Bind off. Weave in ends.

Optional Buttonhole: About 7.5 inches up from bottom, place a buttonhole anywhere during a round. Begin on a K2. Do not knit. Instead YO 3 times, p3tog, continue with pattern. This creates a 1-inch buttonhole for the dog collar loop to poke through.

Notes:
Knits up quick! Can be started and finished in one weekend of ambitious knitting. Great for a last minute holiday gift for your dog buddy!

Sizing – This one size can fit my dog (puggle size) all the way up to large full-sized dogs. Dogs with long thin necks like whippets or short stocky necks like bulldogs to retrievers or boxers. It will just have a slightly different look. It will be too big for toy dogs like chihuahuas or dachshunds.

Customize this pattern for your own dog. Modify the number of stitches and rounds to accommodate your dog size. Or move the placement of the buttonhole. If using a gauge swatch, make sure to circular knit the swatch. Or you can just eyeball it. This pattern and the fit is very forgiving, so if it’s too big it can just be folded down. If too small at first, it should stretch to fit.

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Pattern: Simply Cute Baby Booties

Dec 03

Crochet Cutie Bootie

Here is another pair of baby booties I made for my new little nephew. Aren’t they darling?! I found the pattern on Mon Petit Violon by Vita Apala. She makes THE CUTEST baby bootie patterns. I also made another pair of Baby Moccasins by Vita.

Crochet Cutie Bootie
Crochet Cutie Bootie
Crochet Cutie Bootie
Crochet Cutie Bootie

Materials:
Caron Simply Soft Yarn, Medium Weight, 100% Acrylic, 315 yards, $4.29, in 2 colors:

Soft Green # 9739 WW110596
Taupe #9783 WW1109940
Off White #9702 WW111316

Yarn Needle

Crochet Hook: Size E [3.50MM]

Skill Level: Beginner

Measurements:
3.5″ Length x 2.25″ Width x 1″ High

Pattern:
Simply Cute Bootie Pattern [pdf]

Pattern Notes:
Simple Bootie Cord –
Ch 60. Fasten off. Snip about 1/8″ from knot.

I made these with 100% Acrylic yarn that is also washable and dryable on high heat! To make these easy care and hygienic!

I like the cord because it can be cinched to help them stay on wiggly baby feet!

These crochet up so quick, they can easily be started and finished in one sitting.

Mon Petit Violon

About the Designer:
These designs are from Mon Petit Violon by Vita Apala. Her website has many more cute baby patterns and fun stuff.

She has a whole book of the most wonderful baby bootie designs, above, Super Cute Crochet for Little Feet $17.15.

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Pattern: De’s Baby Blanket

Nov 01

Knit Diagonal Stripe Baby BlanketYarn:
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″

Pattern:
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.

Knit Diagonal Stripe Baby Blanket
Knit Diagonal Stripe Baby Blanket
Knit Diagonal Stripe Baby Blanket
Knit Diagonal Stripe Baby Blanket

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.

Notes
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…)

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Pattern: De’s Baby Hoodie Set

Oct 18

Crochet Baby Hoodie and Hat Set

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.

Crochet Baby Hoodie & Hat Set
Crochet Baby Hoodie & Hat Set
Crochet Baby Hoodie & Hat Set
Crochet Baby Hoodie & Hat Set

Materials:
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]

Sizing/Measurements:
(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

Pattern:
Baby Hoodie & Hat Set by Caron Yarns [PDF]

Notes:
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!

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