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Sheep Baby Bib Pattern

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Well, with one Sarah’s baby shower gifts finished and all posted and another Sarah’s wedding shower gifts finished and in the progress of being posted, I thought I might have a chance to take a break, rest my hands, read a book…you know…relax for a few before moving on to the next project. Nope! Monday morning I got some very exciting news from one of my friends (wouldn’t you guess it…another Sara…this time without the “h”). She’s having a baby! This is all so exciting for me. So many life changing events happening for so many friends, and I’m lucky enough to get to share in all of them. Sara said she’d just completed her first trimester and was ready to tell everyone the good news. She’s due December 22nd, and is supposed to find out whether it’s a boy or girl during the weekend in July Mister and I will be visiting with her and Justin. We’ll get to celebrate with them (and I’ll also know whether to start incorporating pink or blue into my projects)!

Well, I was so excited by the news, I decided to go ahead and start the first little gift, this baby bib. It’s really fairly simple, so I’ll share with you how it’s done.

For the bib base you need:
G (4.25mm) hook
4 ply worsted-weight yarn – color of your choice, I just happened to like the lime with this one. I picked Red Heart brand yarn, since it’s what I had on hand.

The pattern I used for the base comes from the Lion Brand free patterns for a frog bib, but it works just the same here, you’re just only making the bib – not the frog face.


BIB:

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Row 1: 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across to last ch, 2 sc in last ch – 18 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook (increase made), sc in each sc across to last sc, 2 sc in last sc – 20 sts at end of row.

Rows 3 and 4: Rep Row 2 – 24 sts at end of Row 4.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Rows 6-20: Rep Row 5.

Row 21: Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in each of next 6 sts, sc in each of next 8 sts, hdc in each of next 6 sts, hdc2tog – 22 sts remaining at end of row.

Row 22: Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in each of next 5 sts, sc in each of next 8 sts, hdc in each of next 5 sts, hdc2tog – 20 sts.

Row 23: Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in each of next 4 sts, sc in each of next 8 sts, hdc in each of next 4 sts, hdc2tog – 18 sts.

Row 24: Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in each of next 3 sts, sc in each of next 8 sts, hdc in each of next 3 sts, hdc2tog – 16 sts.

Work 1 rnd sc evenly spaced around entire outside edge of Bib. Fasten off.

TIES (make 2) From right side, join A with slip st at one upper corner of Bib. Ch 40. Fasten off. Rep on opposite corner.

From here, the options are limitless! Sure, you can do the sheep like mine, or the frog face like the Lion Brand pattern suggests, or even any other design you come up with or find online. These bibs are so quick and simple to make, you can crochet a wide variety of fun colors and designs.

If you like the sheep I used though, then follow this link to the pattern I found to use. Personally, I found it a little unclear and confusing (I’ve never heard a magic circle referred to as a “wa”!), and I really just ended up winging it to come up with a similar shape to what I wanted. I even added the little poofy tail. It may not be perfect, but I can justify it in my head as it will probably one day have spit up on it from a beautiful baby boy or girl.

— My vote is that she’s having a boy 😉 We shall see!

Baby Lena’s Blanket, Booties, and Shower Time! :)

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In my previous post, you got to see the majority of the gifts I had completed for my friend Sarah’s baby shower to help welcome her little girl into the world. There was so much more I had wanted to do, but sadly, I did not get to do everything on my list. On the bright side, I’m pretty sure baby Lena isn’t going anywhere for awhile, so I’ll still be able to crochet her a bunch more goodies as time allows. I was able to finally finish the summer weight blanket that I showed you at the end of Progress on Crochet Gifts for Baby Lena. Here it is!:

 

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I’m still a really big fan of the bright colors over traditional pastels, and the weight of this yarn was so easy to work with. I added a few more rounds since the previous picture and then finished the edging with a shell stitch.

If you read the last post then you’ll also know that I was having the world’s worst luck finding a pattern that worked for some booties. I had the pink rose headband made, and nothing to go with it. Well, I have to say it Mikeyssmail from The Crochet Crowd has saved my butt once again. It was the day of the shower (less than six hours before, actually), when I stumbled across his youtube tutorial for an easy pair of booties that were said to take only twenty minutes. I’m really not sure why I didn’t think of Mikey before, because I’ve used his videos countless times on several different projects. It was also fantastic that he included the written pattern (HERE), even though I prefer to watch and crochet along with the video.

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Once the base of the booties was finished, I added flowers made simply like this:
Create your magic circle using four chain stitches and then slip stitching to the beginning.
Chain 3. Slip stitch inside of the magic circle.
Repeat x4 so that you have 5 petals.
Slip stitch to tie off, and leave a tail long enough that you can weave it into the booties to tie them on.

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This happens to be my other BFF Sarah, who had her wedding shower last week (You’ll get more on that later, as I have a couple of posts to catch up on that include my gifts for her). This game was to blow up a balloon, put it under your shirt, and see who could get closest to the Mommy-to-be’s baby bump size. I was really close, I swear!

 

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On top of the crochet gifts, I had to get little Miss Lena her first books as well (because what kind of English major would I be if my gifts didn’t include at least one book?) . These were just too cute to pass up. There’s a version of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go that’s meant to be read in utero and was adapted by Tish Rabe. It’s positively adorable and includes so many of the classic Seuss characters. You can check out all the details for the book here.
I also found these fantastic Baby Lit board books by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver. They are positively adorable adaptations of classic works for small learners. I picked out the Alice in Wonderland that teaches colors and the Pride and Prejudice that teaches numbers. I’ll definitely be purchasing these for my own kids whenever I decide to have them, and I really hope baby Lena enjoys them once she’s old enough to start reading (which, knowing her mommy, I’m sure will be early on!).

 

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Sarah is due to have her baby August 30. We can all barely wait for Lena’s arrival, and I’m certain I’ll have a few more gifts up my sleeve as she starts her young life. 🙂

 

Progress on Crochet Gifts for Baby Lena!

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Oh lordy, my hands are THROBBING! I’m pretty sure my crochet hooks are out to get me, or maybe my friends are. Unfortunately for me, my two best friends (both named Sarah) are experiencing major life changes in the coming months – one Sarah is tying the knot and the other Sarah is having a baby girl. Both their showers are a week apart in June, so I am desperately crocheting my fingers off. I’ve finished a lot of little projects for the baby, but I’m falling majorly behind on wedding gifts. To take a break from feeling like my hands are about to fall off though, I decided to share a few of the baby projects I’m working on. There are a lot more that need to be done, but -whew- I’ve at least made it this far.

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The slippers originally started out as my first ever attempt at booties. If you couldn’t tell, it failed miserably, but I salvaged it into a somewhat acceptable pair of buttoned slippers. I’m not sure what it was, whether I just wasn’t reading the pattern correctly or the yarn wasn’t cooperating, but I could at least repeat the mistake twice to make a matching pair.

 

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This is the first headband I’ve made to match the slippers. I’d still like to make another one with possibly turquoise and white flowers.

The headband is all double crochets 8 wide using I believe the 5.5mm hook.
The white flower:

chain 4, slip stitch to first chain to create your magic circle

chain 3 and slip stitch inside ring – repeat x4

slip stitch into first petal round, chain 3, 3 dc, chain 3, slip stitch into same petal round

slip stitch into next petal round, chain 3, 3 dc, chain 3, slip stitch into same petal round, repeat until you have five petals. slip stitch to close.

with regular needle and thread, sew button onto center of flower

with yarn needle connected to the tail of the white yarn, sew the flower onto the headband.

 

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Here’s the baby sized version of my rose headband that you can find out how to do from my other post, Easy Crochet Headband w/ Flower. Still no booties to go with this one, as I have yet to figure out my mistake on the last pair. Hopefully, I’ll get the hang of booties soon.

 

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Here’s the completed winter weight baby blanket made with chunky yarn. It’s so soft and warm, but took so much yarn to make! By the last few rounds, it was taking a whole skein just to get through one round. Therefore, I made it a little smaller than I would have liked.

 

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Lastly, here’s a work still in progress. I started this summer weight blanket before we found out Sarah was having a girl, and I tried to make it gender neutral but still bright, fun colors. I really like the purple, turquoise, and white together, but it worries me she might not find it gender neutral enough. Oh well, it’s almost complete! I found a pattern for a crochet unicorn baby toy I’d like to do in these colors as well, but I doubt I’ll have time to squeeze that one in.

I guess it’s probably about time for some aspirin, compression gloves, and back to work for me. These gifts aren’t going to make themselves (but oh how I wish!)

 

Yarn Wreath

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After seeing so many pictures of creative variations of a yarn wreath, I finally decided to make my own. I knew the colors that I wanted and how I wanted it to look, but was clueless as to how to put it together. When I’d ordered some styrofoam wreath forms online, I was disappointed to discover that the wreath forms were actually flat on all sides – not at all the look I was going for. I wanted the nice, round, traditional wreath. The wreath forms were then put to the side to be reevaluated for future crafts. Back to the drawing board, I started looking for other options. While browsing the aisles of Walmart, my dad actually made the suggestion – foam insulated door stoppers. Having no clue what he meant, we left the craft department and headed over to home repair – not a place I spend a lot of time browsing. There, I found those foam insulated door stoppers and was even more thrilled that they cost less than $3 for (I believe) three of them. Fantastic!

During an afternoon while Mister was at work, I got down to business putting together my little yarn wreath creation. I bent the foam insulation into the circle shape and used my packing tape to secure it in place. With my glue gun on its lowest setting, I set to work winding my brown yarn all around the wreath, securing every few inches with a dab of glue. Readers! – Be careful to really only use a dab. Even on low low low heat, the foam still got a little melty.

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My crochet roses are the same ones that you can learn to do by clicking this link to my blog post that refers to my flowered headband how-to. They are also attached with hot glue.

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The little flowers are crocheted by putting 5 3-chain stitch loops into a magic circle and creating double crochet petals using the same method as the above roses. The buttons are then glued into the center. The wooden letter was another Walmart score, and is also the first letter of Mister’s last name, as this wreath hangs in his front window.

The entire wreath was put together in one afternoon, and I’m so happy with the way it turned out. I can’t wait to make more wreaths very soon, especially some that are themed for the holidays.

Doggy-Sized Mad Hatter Crochet Hat

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It’s time I share with you my absolute favorite bit of crochet work that I’ve done recently. Sure, other crafts were finished before this and have yet to be posted to the blog…but I can’t wait! The cuteness contained in the craft has me bursting with excitement. Prepare yourself for an adorable overload!

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Don’t you just LOVE that face? Believe me, underneath that humiliation, he loves Mommy for all the dress-up she subjects him to.

So I’m sure now that you’ve seen it, you want to make your own, right? Easy schmeezy! While browsing Pinterest, I found a lovely little pic of a crochet top hat that was meant for newborns. Now at this point in time I’m not into having any newborns other than the furry variety, but I knew there was some potential here. So, I followed the link to I’m Topsy Turvy, and not only found the pattern for this lovely top hat, but also a really fantastic blog that I’m now constantly stalking. Be sure to check it out yourself!

Now, being a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland, I could think of only one top hat I would want to replicate – Mad Hatter’s. Following the pattern, I made the hat top and the underside which attaches once you have stuffed the hat for stability. I know that in this house somewhere I have AT LEAST three massive bags of fiber fill. Could I find them? NO. My alternative? Cotton balls. Works absolutely the same.

The orange band was just a chain long enough to fit around the hat and single crochet on top. I connected the ends, and then sewed it on to the hat with a yarn needle.
The size ticket is a leftover piece of felt quickly embroidered with some green floss.
Before attaching the underside of the hat I sewed a loop of elastic together and placed it inside the hat. I then attached the underside to the hat with the yarn needle.

Otis is a bit fussy about wearing it, since it’s still a little big for him. Plus, he’s not a huge fan of elastic. He’ll come to terms with it soon though, cause Mommy is planning a whimsical fun photoshoot involving an oversized teacup and this adorable Mad Hatter hat. Stay tuned and stay crafty, my friends! 🙂

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