Archive | May, 2012

Bonnet Sunhat

30 May

At my daughter’s daycare, they have bonnet-style sunhats that the kids wear when playing outside. As my daughter seems to have a knack for pulling off her usual sunhats, I thought I’d try and copy one of the daycare ones to see if she’d keep it on her head. It turned out to be a success!
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Crochet Baby Cardigan

27 May

So I got bored of making beanies after a while and started looking for a different crochet project. As we are approaching a chilly winter in the South Island of NZ, I thought a cardigan project would be a good start. I found Cat’s One Piece Wonder baby cardigan pattern on a google search, and just went from there. I stuck to the pattern and used a 4mm crochet hook and 8 ply acrylic yarn. There’s something quite intrinsically rewarding about making such little outfits as they come together so quickly!

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I’m in the process of enlarging the pattern to make a bigger one that will actually fit my 18 month old. Stay tuned to see how it will turn out!

Crochet Baby Hat with Ear Flaps

23 May

I used theĀ Neanners Shop pattern for EZ earflaps to make this cute wee hat. It’s a present for a friend who’s due in a couple of months. 4 ply acrylic, 4mm crochet hook.

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Elmo Hats

21 May

My 18 month old daughter loves Elmo. So much in fact that she can only say about a dozen words and one of them is “Elmo”. After I learnt how to crochet a standard beanie, I decided to try and branch out and make an Elmo beanie. A quick google search and I came up with the Girl in Air blog, with patterns for Sesame St themed beanies.

Here’s the first attempt at the Elmo beanie. I used a size 4mm crochet hook and 8ply acrylic yarn. I followed the toddler pattern for the hat, then adapted the instructions for the eyes and nose to make them bigger. I used this Instructables tutorial here for how to crochet a ball.

Unfortunately, this hat was a wee bit on the small side for my daughter, so I ended up making a second hat. This time, I started with 11 dc in the ring (instead of 8) and made 4 increase rounds, then continued dc-ing until the hat was long enough. I decided to make some earflaps, then single crocheted a black edge and plaited some ties. The eyes were the same as the last hat but I made the nose a bit longer to make it more Elmo-esque. Here is version 2:

The hat is a hit at my daughter’s daycare and we often receive comments when we’re out and about with her wearing it.

Winter Sleeping Bag

6 May

Brrrrrr.. we’re getting into winter! My toddler is almost getting too big for her 0-2 year Merino Kids Go Go bag, and I’m not sure how much longer we’re going to keep her in sleeping bags. Instead of forking out $200 to get a winter-weight bag in the next size up, I decided to make one for what ended up being a quarter of the price of a new one. The sizing is based on my toddler’s 2-4 year standard weight bag. The sleeping bag is made with an outer layer of 100% jersey cotton, a bamboo/cotton fill, and a 100% merino liner. Mmmmm snuggly!

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