When it comes to blankets and afghans, I’m never a big fan. I lose interest quickly and prefer smaller projects that work up fast. However, I’ve found that self-striping yarn and just the right stitch or pattern can help push that boredom aside. The classic granny stitch is a great way to work something up and it’s been around forever. We’ve all grown up seeing this blanket. A taste of nostalgia mixed with endless comfort. Not only is this stitch as simple as can be, but also it looks very appealing to the eye! It’s truly one of those stitches where all you have to do is grab your project, hook, and skein, and park yourself down to watch a movie or settle in with friends for a nice cup of tea. This blanket practically works itself up!
With my oldest daughter, a blanket using this granny stitch was gifted to her at birth and we soon discovered it was her absolute favorite blanket as she grew. Cozy enough to keep her warm, but not too thick to overheat her. Just right! With our newest addition, I just knew I had to make up another one for her to also enjoy. I opted to make two different borders because there’s so much you can do to dress up this finished blanket! My best friend happens to be two weeks behind me in her own pregnancy, so of course I had to make her son a blanket as well. With this pattern I will include both borders, one being a more basic border, the other (as pictured above) with more of a shell stitch feminine border.
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As the days dwindle down in my pregnancy I’m putting together the last pieces to our baby’s nursery. All must be in its rightful place, organized, and completely ready for baby. I’ve been reflecting back to the whole process of putting together this living space. So much work went into it and I’m very excited to start using it with our baby. Everything came together relatively fast once our theme was chosen and one could argue that was the most difficult part about assembling said nursery! My husband and I figured it out quite quickly when we discovered we were having another baby girl a couple months back. An August baby certainly called for sunflowers and bees. Then came the idea to make her a mobile inspired by the decor of her nursery. If anyone else is expecting a summer baby like me, or just loves everything to do with sunflowers and bees, this might be the pattern for you!
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One of the things I love the most about crocheting is the fact that it goes beyond cute hats and doilies, but also can be a very useful skill for the home! From toy making for the kiddos to assorted clothing pieces, crochet is valuable in so many places! And I absolutely love making useful household items! Dish scrubbies are always a big hit, or even dish and wash cloths. So simple and always a necessity! One thing I have always struggled with, however, is finding the exact right way to make a bath pouf. In the past I’ve tried cotton and while it works up nicely and has a wonderfully soft texture, I have found that crocheted cotton bath poufs just don’t hold up well over time and very quickly absorb a mildew scent. I’ve been on the search for the perfect way to make bath poufs for awhile now and am happy to report that Hobby Lobby’s Scrub-Ology yarn fits the bill perfectly! It’s absorbent, great for scrubbing, and dries fast! No mildew smell leftover at all! What’s even better? These bath poufs work up super fast! So if you’re in the market for a nice bath pouf, give this one a try and let me know what you think!
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It’s June and that means Pride month is upon us! And what better way for an expectant mom to celebrate the occasion than to come up with a baby hat pattern in honor of this awesome month! Pride month is about celebrating so many things in the LGBTQ community and the colors of the pride flag should shine brightly! I wanted to make a hat designed for little ones, especially those part of these awesome families. It being one of the warmer months, I tried to design a nice lightweight crochet pattern for babies. The cluster stitch is great for this! This hat in particular works up really fast too, so if you want to make up something festive in a pinch, this is the hat for your little one!
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When it comes to infants and crochet, there’s such a variety of patterns and items that can be made for baby! As any seasoned crocheter knows, as baby showers near, handmade gifts are always some of the best one can give an expecting close relative or friend. Sometimes, however, there may not be time to make a baby blanket or perhaps you’re looking for more than a newborn hat. I find that a nice little toy fits the bill for my needs whenever I’m gifting, and being a mom that’s expecting myself, I’m continually thinking ahead for what the little hands in my future may like to one day like to hold! That’s why I came up with this little teether pattern. Great for little hands and completely handmade!
What’s even better? I based this little teething toy off of a raccoon, as forest themes are so popular right now in nurseries. Really, it’s a classic theme that never really goes away and it’s perfectly gender neutral for those who want to be surprised by the gender. I have so many friends using this theme for their nurseries right now and I just love it! What’s also great about this particular pattern, is that you can also interchange the pattern with a fox too! Giving a gift for a set of twins? A fox and raccoon teether set would be perfect! Just follow the instructions below and change out the colors depending on which you’d like to do!
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With a baby on the way and multiple friends also pregnant alongside me, as a crocheter, I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me! Baby blankets are always a common request and truthfully, one I love to give as gifts at showers. Surprisingly to some though, blankets aren’t my strong suit, and I find it very hard to stay motivated and focused on each one. When it comes to making a blanket, I find the simpler, the better.
I love this pattern because it’s only really two stitches that you need to remember. No change each row, no huge pattern to memorize or take with you, no color changes, etc. Just two simple stitches and a couple of skeins of yarn! This is the perfect blanket to make while watching your favorite show or movie, or just sitting to pass the time.
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Hello readers! It’s been quite some time. With last year’s busy holiday season and all the crazy life happenings of my household (yes, even during a pandemic things get busy here!), I’ve hardly had a second to sit down and work up patterns and focus on this blog. I do have some fun patterns coming up though and all of them have a theme. They’ll be baby patterns! Why you might ask? It’s a very exciting time in my family and we’ll be introducing our third child later this year! Yep! I’m pregnant! And so what does a pregnant crocheter do? Come up with patterns for their new addition of course! Over the next few blog entries I’ll be sharing what I come up with.
The first thing I worked up was this universal knotted baby hat. I’ve seen a few versions here and there, but this one I’ve come up with uses an assortment of stitches to give it a truly unique look and great texture. What I love about this hat style is that it is truly gender neutral and if you’re like me, the minute you find out you’re pregnant, you just want to create, create, create! By the time the gender reveal comes around, I’ve already had several projects made up and waiting for baby so the more things I can make in a gender neutral way, the better! But really, any color looks wonderful! I have included sizes from newborn to 12 months in here so you can make any amount in any color you choose!
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My friend recently had a baby and as any good crocheter friend will do, I opted to make her little guy a hat for the cooler days that have now arrived. I found Lion Brand’s Touch of Alpaca and just knew I needed to make a fun pom pom hat. This yarn is so soft and perfect for tiny heads! If you can’t find it though, any worsted weight yarn will do.
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Now that the cooler fall days are here I find myself wanting to use the heavier, warmer yarns and one of my favorites is always Bernat’s Blanket Yarn. I love this yarn because not only does it feel extra soft and cozy in my hands as I’m working it up, but also it makes for fast projects.
The Cozy Bear Hat came to life when I realized I had made everything with Bernat Blanket Yarn except for a hat. I know it’s not the most traditional type of yarn so a hat needed to have a little creativity to it and instantly I thought of a bear hat. With this yarn’s texture and warmth, it just works! The ears stick straight up and its form never collapses making it an ideal addition to any bear costume you might be dreaming up this Halloween! It’s also great for little ones who need to stay cozy in the cooler months. But I opted not to just limit it to babies and children because honestly it’s just so cute who wouldn’t want one for themselves?
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September is one of my favorite months, not only because it’s my birthday month, but also because it’s the month we begin to see pumpkins everywhere! If you’re a crazy fall fanatic like myself, you cannot wait to dive into Halloween and fall decorating. A big part of that is pumpkins, of course. Over the years I’ve designed various crocheted pumpkins. Velvet pumpkins, a pumpkin doll, pumpkin hats, but this year I thought I’d keep it simple and straight to the point. A pumpkin applique. Perfect for clothing pieces, hats, scarves, you name it! And right in time for fall.
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