Susie the Reindeer

December 31, 2014 § 6 Comments

Crochet Reindeer

Christmas was fast approaching and our budget was tight. I began to panic, thinking there wouldn’t be much under the Christmas tree come Christmas morning. I couldn’t stand the thought of disappointed little faces. That’s when I decided to dust off the old crochet hooks and get crafty. This little Reindeer (who my daughter later named ‘Susie’) took every single moment of my spare time for over a week. I was up till 2am Christmas morning frantically trying to finish her. But it was all worth it to see my daughter’s happy face when she saw her sitting there under the Christmas tree.

I used this pattern as a guide but improvised a lot of it – she just had to have a little pot belly. If you are interested, you can find my notes here.

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November 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

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My kidlets in their Halloween costumes ( a bit late, I know ). I found a great free pattern for the monkey hat here.

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Dress-ups

June 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

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I made these lamb and fox hats for a dress-up party we went to today. I found this great free pattern for the lamb hat here and the fox one I just made up as I went along. I’m really happy with how they turned out. I also made some fox booties that you can’t really see in the photos, I might take some more soon. For the booties I adapted my favourite free pattern and added little claws on the front. Seriously, it’s such a great pattern –  I use it allll the time.

 

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Flower Girl Collar

December 8, 2012 § 16 Comments

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I made the dark grey one first by starting with a 56 ch and adding an extra row between R3 and R4. Unfortunately It was a little bit big for my daughter so I made the light grey one which fits her much better. I would recommend this one for a 2 -3 year old. If you wish to adjust the size simply start with fewer or more chains.

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ABBREVIATIONS

Ch: Chain

HDC: Half Double Crochet

st(s): Stitche(s)

DC: Double Crochet

sl st: Slip Stitch

hk: Hook

This pattern uses American terminology.

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COLLAR

Hook: 4mm

Yarn: Sport / 5 ply – I used Sullivans Coton-a

Ch 52

R1: HDC in 2nd Ch from hook and in each to end. Ch 2 and turn.

R2: HDC in next 2 sts. 2 HDC in St *HDC in next 3sts, 2 HDC in next sts* Repeat to end. Ch 2 and turn

R3: HDC in next 3 sts. 2 HDC in ST *HDC in next 4 sts, 2 HDC in next sts* Repeat to end. Ch 1 and turn.

R4: Skip next 3 sts. 5DC in next st. DC in next st. 2 DC in next st. *DC in next 5sts,. 2 DC in nex st* Repeat until you have 5 sts left. 5DC in next st. ch 1. Skip 3sts sl st in last st.

If you wish finish off by SC all around the edge of the collar, Don’t forget to add extra SCs for the corners. (I didn’t do this bit because I’m too impatient)

Cast off. Weave in ends.

LARGE FLOWER (Blue and Fuchsia)

Hook: 2.5mm

Yarn: I used embroidery cotton – it’s good if you don’t want to buy a whole ball of yarn for one flower plus there are a wide variety of colours available.

Ch 4 and sl st to first ch to form a ring ( I left a long tail to stitch the flower to the collar)

R1: 10 SC in the ring. Join to first SC with a sl st. (change colours here if you wish)

R2: *ch 10 and sl st in same st. ch 10 and sl st in same st* Repeat in all remaining 9 SC (giving you 20 10 ch loops). sl st in first SC.

Cast off.

LEAVES

Hook: 2mm or 1.5mm for smaller leaves.

Yarn: Embroidery Cotton

I almost always use this pattern I found from Easy Makes Me Happy for my leaves. It’s the best one I’ve found so far, it’s quick, simple and gives a nice shape.

Ch 7 ( I left a long tail to stitch the leaf to the collar)

R1: SC in 2nd ch from hk, HDC in next ch. DC in next 3 chs. Work (2 HDC. ch 2. SC in 2nd ch from hk, 2 HDC) in last ch. Now working on opposite side of foundation chain. DC in next 3 chs. HDC in next ch. SC in last ch. Join with sl st into first SC.

Cast off.

SMALL FLOWER (Yellow and Light Pink)

Hook: 2mm

Yarn: Embroidery Cotton

Ch 4 and sl st to first ch to form a ring ( I left a long tail to stitch the flower to the collar)

R1: 10 SC in the ring. Join to first SC with a sl st. (change colours here if you wish)

R2: * Ch 2. 1 DC in next st. 1 HDC in same st. sl st into next st* Repeat to end – You should have 5 petals.

Cast off.

TIES

I simply attached some embroidery cotton to the corner of the collar and chained 70 with a 2mm hook.  You could attach pom-poms or tassels or just use ribbon instead – the possibilities are endless!

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If you have photos you’d wish to share of anything you’ve created using one or more of my patterns I’d LOVE to see them!

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New Pattern

December 7, 2012 § 3 Comments

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Before I start with the patterns for boys I want to share a pattern for this crocheted collar I made for my daughter. I’m still putting the finishing touches on it but I should be up within the next few days.

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Samira – Apricot Baby Bonnet – Free pattern

July 6, 2012 § 52 Comments

I made this bonnet for a very good friend of mine who’s little girl was born 2 days ago on the 4th of July. I couldn’t find a pattern that was quite right so I made one up.

NEWBORN:

Hook: 3.5mm

Yarn: DK / 8 ply

6 MONTHS:

Hook: 4.5mm

Yarn: Worsted / 10 ply

ABBREVIATIONS:

ch: chain

st: stitch

sl st: slip stitch

sc: single crochet

dc: double crochet

Beginning puff stitch: ch2. *Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through and bring yarn up to height of rest of stitches* Repeat once more. Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.

Puff stitch: *Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through and bring yarn up to height of rest of stitches* Repeat twice more. Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.

Ch 4 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring.

R1: 12 sc in ring. Join with sl st to first sc.

R2: Beginning puff st (see above). ch 2.  *puff st in next sc. ch 2* repeat 10 times. Join with a sl st to 2nd ch at beginning (12 puff sts formed)

R3: ch 1. 1 sc in top of each cluster. 2 sc in each 2 ch space. Join with a sl st to beginning ch.

R4: ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and 2 ch ) dc in same space. *skip next 2 sc. dc, ch2, dc in same sc* repeat all the way around. Join with a sl st in 3rd ch of begging ch.

R5: ch 3. 4 dc in each 2 ch space. Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch.

R6: Ch 3. Dc in each of the next 36 sts. Leave remaining 11 sts. TURN.

R7: ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and 1 ch) dc into same st. *skip next 2 dc. 5 dc in next dc. Skip next 2 dc. 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc in next dc* repeat to end.  TURN

R8: ch 3, 2 dc in 2ch space. *skip next 2 dc. 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc in next dc (middle of shell from previous row). Skip next 2dc. 5 dc in next 2 ch space* repeat until you get to the last 2 ch space. 3 dc in last 2 ch space. TURN

R9: ch 4, dc in same space. *skip next 2 dc. 5 dc in next 2 ch space. Skip next 2 dc. 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc in next dc* repeat to end. TURN.

*If you wish, repeat previous two rows for a deeper bonnet – so that the edge comes further towards the forehead.

R10: ch 3, 2 dc in 2 ch space. *skip 2 dc. Sc in next dc. Skip 2 dc. 5 dc in next 2 ch space* repeat until you get to last 2 ch space. 3 dc in last 2 ch space.  Ch 50 (or desired length) for ties. TURN.

R11: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining chs. sc evenly across bottom of bonnet. Ch 50 when you get to the opposite corner. TURN.

R12: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining chs. Sc in each sc made in R10 across the bottom of the bonnet.

Cast off. Weave in ends.


Newborn size with 2 extra rows:

If you have photos you’d wish to share of anything you’ve created using one or more of my patterns I’d LOVE to see them!

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Crochet Collar

June 4, 2012 § 6 Comments

My daughter wearing one of the MANY crochet collars I’ve made using this free pattern.

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