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I  made another set of baby shower gifts.  I went with the basket weave blanket this time in gray and teal.  It turned out very heavy and very cool.  It’s a pretty easy stitch once you get the hang of it.  I got the pattern from Ravelry.com here  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/basket-weave-baby-blanket-3

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It really goes pretty quickly once you get going as well.

In addition I did another snuggler and a matching a matching cap as well!  I stuck with the gray and teal but also added some orange and purple.  I think they turned out super cute.

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Here is my first attempt at a cutesy hat — I went with the Razorback using buttons for embellishments and additional texture.

I’ve seen several different styles of Razorback hats and even have one for my son that my girl Katie made.

Here is the 2 Little Red Birds style Razorback earflap hat.

Hog Hat 1

Hog Hat 2

I love the way the buttons really add to the look.

I just used a basic earflap pattern (free)!!

Hope you like it!

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I saw this mini top hat on Pinterest and I thought it was the cutest thing ever!  I have been making them for all my friends little girls for their birthdays!

Here is the inspiration:

http://treasuresfortots.blogspot.com/2011/10/mini-top-hat-crochet-pattern.html

 

I did mine in a Lime Green.  I didn’t even know it would match her outfit so perfectly!!!

 

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I’m going to make one for Little Red for Halloween and probably one for her birthday!!! 🙂

 

OOXX

 

A while ago, I tried my hand at a custom pattern, the Perfect Pair.  I think it turned out pretty well.  So I’ve tried my hand at something else.  When I was pregnant with my son, I really REALLY wanted a baby cocoon to use for a photo prop.  After the Christmas stockings, it was the second reason I wanted to learn how to knit.  I never found a pattern I could actually knit because I was such a beginner 😦

Here it is two and half years later and here is my first stab at a baby cocoon.  I created the pattern from scratch.  I crocheted it instead of knitted, but I think it turned out beautiful.   It’s going to be a gift for a friend of mine that is going to have a little girl.  I REALLY hope she likes it and will share some pictures of her little one in it for me to share with you.

Cocoon

I call this baby cocoon The Flower Basket due to the basket weave detailing at the top and the popcorn stitch flowers and stems used to cover the buttons.

Here’s what I used:

Supplies

  • 3 Skeins Yarn (Single Strand Bulky Weight)
    • Color A – Cocoon
  • Small Scraps (Worsted Weight)
    • Color B,C, D – Flowers
    • Color E – Stems
  • Hook  (5.00 MM/H)
  • Hook (4.00 MM/G)
  • 3 Buttons

I used a creamy off-white bulky weight yarn for the cocoon and then various shades of pink and purple for the flowers.  I just used scraps I had on hand.  The stems are made of the same verigated green that I used for the Perfect Pair.

Base/Crown of Cocoon

Using Color A  (Base Color for Cocoon) and H hook

Magic Ring, 4 stitches inside ring

Row 1:  CH 3, 12 DC into ring, join with SL ST into 1st DC

Row 2:  CH 3, 2 DC into the same stitch, 2 DC in each stitch around, join with a SL ST into the 1st DC

Row 3:  CH 3, 1 DC into the same stitch, 2 DC into the next stitch, *1 DC ino the next stitch , 2 DC into the next stitch * repeat from * to * around, join with a SL ST into the 1st DC

Row 4:  Chain 3, 1 DC into the same stitch, 1 DC into the next stitch, 2 DC into the next stitch, * 1 DC into the next 2 stitches, 2 DC into the next stitch * repeat from * to * around, join with a SL ST into the 1st DC

Row 5: CH 3, 1 DC into the same stitch, 1 DC into the 2 next stitch, 2 DC into the next stitch, *1 DC into the next 3 stitches, 2 DC into the next stitch * repeat from * to * around, join with a SL ST into the 1st DC

Row 6:  CH 3, 1 DC into the same stitch, 1 DC into the 3 next stitch, 2 DC into the next stitch,

*1 DC into the next 4 stitches, 2 DC into the next stitch * repeat * to * around, join with a SL ST into the 1st DC

Row 7:  CH 3, 1 DC into the same stitch, 1 DC into the 4 next stitch, 2 DC into the next stitch,

*1 DC into the next 5 stitches, 2 DC into the next stitch* repeat * to * around, join with a SL ST into the 1st DC

Row 8: CH 3, 1 DC into the same stitch, 1 DC into the  5 next stitch, 2 DC into the next stitch, *1 DC into the next 6 stitches, 2 DC into the next stitch* repeat * to * around, join with a SL ST into the 1st DC

NOTE:  The bulky yarn made the cocoon a bit larger than expected.  If I did this again, I would most likely only create 6 rows for the crown to make this a bit smaller.

Cocoon Sack

Row 9: CH 1, SC 94 in each stitch around, continuing on CH 12 (stand-alone)

Row 10: CH 4, TURN, TC in 5th stitch from the end, TC in each stitch around

Row 11: CH4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 12: CH4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 13: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 14: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 15: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 16: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 17: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 18: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 19: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 20: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 21: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 22:  CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 23: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 24: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 25: Ch 3, TURN, DC in each stitch around

I used Triple crochets for the bulk of the cocoon so that the cocoon had a slight basket feel to it with bigger, wider rows instead of a tight weave.

Basket Detail

Basket weave Edge

Row 26: TURN, CH 3, *FPdc 3, BPdc3*, repeat from * to * until 1 stitch left, HDC

Row 27: TURN, CH 3, *FPdc 3, BPdc3*, repeat from * to * until 1 stitch left, HDC

Row 28: TURN, CH 3, *FPdc 3, BPdc3*, repeat from * to * until 1 stitch left, HDC

Row 26: TURN, CH 3, *BPdc 3, FPdc3*, repeat from * to * until 1 stitch left, HDC

Row 27: TURN, CH 3, *BPdc 3, FPdc3*, repeat from * to * until 1 stitch left, HDC

Row 28: TURN, CH 3, *BPdc 3, FPdc3*, repeat from * to * until 1 stitch left, HDC

Row 29: TURN, CH1, SC in each stitch around

Finish Off.

This was my first time using the basket weave stitch.  It was a lot easier than I thought it would be once I got the hang of the BPdc.  There were several tutorials on YouTube that I watched until I finally got the hang of it.  I will admit, it takes a LOT of yarn. The last 7 rows took almost a whole skein of the bulky yarn.

Now for the details.  I looked and looked and looked at flower patterns.  I wanted something chunky that really went with the style of the cocoon. I have several pinned on my Pinterest crochet page and in my Ravelry library.  Last week I FINALLY found exactly what I was looking for.

Headband

Here is a close-up of the cute headband that I made to go with the cocoon, but I made it with the same Popcorn Stitch flowers I used for cocoon itself.  This was another first-time stitch for me.  REALLY easy and great tutorial on this site.

Popcorn Flowers

Using the 3 colors for your flowers and the H hook

Create 3 Popcorn flowers in your choice of colors:

http://www.bhookedcrochet.com/2013/04/26/popcorn-stitch-flower-free-pattern/

I only did 3 rounds (Ending with 16 petals on the outside)

Fold the flap over and sew the 3 buttons equidistant apart on the Bottom layer.  Fold the flap back into place and button the cocoon between 2 treble stitches.

I wanted something cute to put over the buttons used to open and close the cocoon.  I used some really cute buttons in colors that were very contrasting to the flowers on the cocoon.  I got these in the dollar aisle at Target and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used them.

After I finished the cocoon and the flowers I thought I was going to be done — but then I worried that the flowers would get lost since they were only really button covers on the outside of the cocoon and were not really attached to anything.  That’s when I decided to attach the flowers to the basket using something that looked like stems.  The flowers themselves are only attached to one another with on the bottom flower actually attached to the cocoon.  That way if the basket is unbuttoned, the flowers are still attached by the stems.

Stem Detail

I used the curlicue stitch to create the stems and attach the flowers to each other.

Stems

Using the color you chose for your stems and the G Hook

Create a simple short stem using 4 rows of SC (Approximately 5 stitches).  Attach this stem to the bottom of the cocoon (as seen) and the bottom of the lower flower.

Create 2 curlicues of 18 stitches (15+3) using the following method:

http://fiberflux.blogspot.com/2012/07/how-to-crochet-curlicue_31.html

Attach the curlicues between the flowers so the flowers remain attached to the cocoon if it is unbuttoned.

Since this is a 2 Little Red Birds original I attached one of the tags I shared with you in a previous post.  I LOVE IT.

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I hope you like pattern and you don’t misuse it, pass it off as your own or share it without giving me credit and linking back to this page.

OOXX

I found this website on Pinterest and LOVED the Chevron pattern – so this was the jumping off point for my projects! (I might have gone a “bit” overboard”

http://sheiscraftingmydoom.blogspot.com/2012/02/striped-chevron-baby-blanket-free.html

I went with a Red, not bright red, but a more muted red, navy blue and white from Caron Super Soft. I think it turned out beautiful and super soft. There are a few errors – but hey, I’m a beginner! (Since my friend doesn’t knit, I bet she didn’t even notice!!! 🙂 )

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After the blanket was complete, I just couldn’t stop there — My friend takes FABOULOUS pictures, so my immediate thought was PHOTO PROPS!!!! I found the cutest Stars and Stripes diaper cover on Ravelry that was the inspiration for the diaper cover I made. Admittedly I’m pretty cheap, so I looked for a free pattern to use. Obviously it’s not an exact replica – but I wanted to give credit to the inspiration as well!

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stars–stripes-diaper-cover

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I went with this free pattern I found on Pinterest, but did use the White Star buttons.

http://cbraden7.blogspot.com/2011/08/diaper-cover-pattern.html

Then I found this CUTE free double pom hat on Ravelry to go with it — I left off the ear flaps and just made the hat. I kept the same color theme throughout and used the same yarn. The hat doesn’t have any white in it – but I think the white stars were the PERFECT accent on the diaper cover!

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/double-pom-earflap-baby-hat

Then….I took it ONE more step and found the cutest baby toy on Ravelry — so I made that TOO!!!! (I told you I have an addiction)

Baby Toy

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/loop-baby-toy

This is really cool and I plan to make them again. You put jingle bells in there and stuff them. It’s REALLY safe – those jingle bells are NOT coming out!

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and then FINALLY – a while ago I purchased another pattern from Etsy – an amigurumi Giraffe

http://www.etsy.com/listing/60878163/amigurumi-giraffe-pdf-pattern?ref=pr_shop

I went with an off white and used a verigated red,white,blue yarn for the contrasting features!

Sometimes I feel a bit cheap since I didn’t actually BUY a gift, but I’m so proud of these items – I spent so much time and thought on these and I know my friend really appreciated them. I was really inspired by my friend, her husband and the idea of an Independence Day baby!!!