Crochet Hats and More

Friday, March 25, 2011

A Fun Photo Shoot

I had a chance to finish a few more photo props. My friend was gracious enough to take photos of her daughter with them. She is super cute and I love how the photos turned out. I'm pretty excited about the new props too.

The diaper cover has 3 flowers with clips so they can be rearranged or taken off. I also made a pom pom tail but didn't get pictures of that yet.

The infant Stork sack is really cute for photos. It can be used a few different ways. Soemone can hold it up or it can be tied around a stick that is being held. The baby could also be lying in it on the floor like with the infant bowl.

There are also a couple hat options too. A headband with detachable flowers, a little brimmed hat, and a bear hat.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Blanket Buddy

In my search for gifts to make I found this little Blanket Buddy. It's perfect for a new baby. Make it any color you chose for a girl or boy and it will be something they will want wherever they go.

The first time I made it I had to start over a few times because I lost track of where I was in the pattern. The pattern is rated a level 4, intermediate, so take your time while you crochet so you don't miss a stitch. Once you've tried it once it will be easier the next time.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Perfect Pet

I love animals. I grew up on a farm where we regularly had 20 cats - in the barn. My sister and I would hunt for the wild kittens, usually in the barn loft, and use my dads welding or insulated work gloves so we could catch them. Now that I have my own home I would love animals but we've tried and the cats don't last that long and our neighbors more than make up for our lack of pets.

I knew my neice loves cats too and I managed to find this pattern. It crochets into a cute little kitty that you can fit into your pocket - and it doesn't shed. I made a pair of them for my neice for Christmas - with their own little bag so she could carry them around.

I think I might have to make a couple for my daughter too. She loves cats. But I found this cat pattern so I might try it.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Puppy Love

I made this little puppy a couple years ago as a birthday gift for my neice. She loves puppies so I really wanted to find a patern that was easy and made a small dog. This was perfect.

The great thing about these animal patterns is that you can use any color you have on hand, any type of yarn and end up with something super cute.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Turtle and a Dragon

I missed a few days, so I will make up for it by showing you 2 different animals today. The first is a Baby Snow Dragon. This pattern crochets into an adoraable little dragon. I made mine white, but you could use any color and it would be cute.

The next little guy I want to show you is a Sea Turtle. He is cute. When I made him I wanted to use up some scraps I had. This pattern works really good with chunky yarn.

Crochet animals make great gifts. Both of these don't take too long to crochet up, they just take some time to assemble, but they are worth it.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Monkey, A Lion and A Giraffe

I can't remember who first told me about these curious little critters. I'm pretty sure it was my sister-on-law. She found them on the site Roxy Craft.

You buy the patterns in PDF form for $8 and they are emailed to your account - a great way for buying crochet patterns. For the $8 you get 3 crochet patterns. They crochet into adorable stuffed animals that are actually pretty big. When I started the first one I assumed it wouldn't take me too long to finish but, I soon found out that they took a little longer than expected. Not because of the pattern diffficultly, just because I would lose track of what row I was on and because they were quite big. I've made the monkey and giraffe. I haven't tackled the lion yet, too many other projects have come up. Maybe one day soon. I should write it on my to-do list.

Monday, March 7, 2011

A week of Animals: the Hippo

As much as I love making hats and anything else that's small, I have made a few toys for my kids. Last year for my daughters second birthday I found a Hippo pattern that I knew she would love.
I found it on the Lion Brand site. Memberships are free and you have access to LOTS of free patterns and great tips. Plus you can see their selection of yarn, buy patterns, plus there are links to many other helpful crochet sites.

Friday, March 4, 2011

My adventure continues ...

I started to crochet more with birth of my first child. I don't remember everything I made for him, but I know I made him a blanket. It was a small car seat blanket that he could take with him anywhere he went. I had picked up the book - Scrap Wraps - by Leisure Arts. It has 5 patterns for afghans. I used the Bold Color Bands pattern for this one. The patterns in this book are easy to follow and allow you to use up scraps. Because I made this blanket smaller than the pattern, I just had to figure out how many multiples I had to work with and went from there. Lots of patterns explain this but you can figure it out with just a little math.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March - National Crochet Month

I heard the other day that March is National Crochet Month, so I thought I would chronicle my journey as a crocheter. It started out simple. I think my Grandma tried to teach me when I was 10 or 12. All I did was chain because I forgot how to go back and forth. Then, 12 years later, I found a craft book on a discount rack. As I browsed through it I found this picture of a beautiful rug - to crochet. I thought I could probably do it and bought the book.

I can't remember where I bought the book - somewhere that was closing I think. The book though is Leisure Arts - Trash to Treasure Home Dec, 1999. It's was a great pattern to learn on. Although it did take some time to prep, cutting up old sheets, it used sc and hdc throughout the project and it gave great instructions. So with the help of my grandma-in-law I made my first crochet project. (this is not one that I made). I think I have made 3 or 4, all different depending on what old sheets I could find around the house. I did use broadcloth in some too and it workd great.

I actually forgot about this project until I got thinking about all the things that I have made. I knew I still had the book but had to dig through a few drawers and storage tubs before I remembered where it was.

Throughout the month I'm hoping to put up posts with projects I have completed and some great sites I have come across. I probably won't be able to get one up everyday, but I will try my best.