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  • Knit Gifts For Babies

    Top Gifts To Knit Baby

    We've compiled our most unique, unexpected, and beautiful knit patterns in a search for the best gifts for baby.  Use your knitting skills and softest yarns to create perfect, memorable gifts for baby this year.

    1. An Adorable Knit Sweater: These cute baby sweaters will be loved by everyone! Baby will get all of the attention and compliments - a great sweater for pictures! Use fun colorwork, lace, cables, and more to create the perfect gift for baby as shown in Adorable Baby Sweaters.

    Knit Sweater For Baby

    2. A Warm Hooded Blanket: The sweet cooing of a baby is surely the best sound in the world! Make that bundle of joy comfortable and happy with this unique knit. This cozy blanket features a pig hood, complete with ears! Enjoy making this little knitted 'hug' for the precious babies on your list. Get started now with Oh-So-Sweet Baby Knits.

    Knit Hooded Blanket For Baby

    3. A Snuggly Animal Lovie: Babies and toddlers will love this fun, huggable little creature. Knit a Brown Bear, Bunny, Lamb, Penguin, Duck, Owl, Puppy, Kitten, Panda, or Giraffe! This perfect, soft toy that comes in handy as a blanket for naptime as well. Give this great gift to baby with Animal Lovies.

    Knit Animal Lovie For Baby

    4. A Sporty Hat: Let your playful side show when you're knitting this cozy cap for baby. This fun football hat is perfect for daddy's little boy or girl. Wearing it is sure to get so many compliments and cute pictures, plus the warm knit will keep baby warm! Knit this great gift for baby with Knit Hats For Babies.

    Knit Football Hat For Baby

    5. A Cozy Blankie: So original, so adorable--a blanket this warm and beautiful will be perfect for that special baby! Delight a new mom with a blanket of sweet sheep for her little lamb. Baby will be delighted by the fluffy textures of the sheep too! This small afghan is quick and easy to knit, making it a truly precious gift. Get the pattern now with Precious Knit Blankies For Baby.

    Knit Blankie For Baby

    6. A Fun Diaper Set: Great for shower gifts and picture days, this knit set will be loved by both baby and parents! Baby will love to buzz about happily and explore the world in this cute, easy-to-knit set found in Diaper Cover Sets.

    Knit Bee Outfit For Baby

    7. A Playful Hat: Keeping babies warm is so important to their health! Knit this unique hat for baby to wear everywhere. Any baby would adore the soft texture, button eyes, and big nose! Plus, a variety of sizes are included so every baby can have the cozy warmth of a knit hat! Knit this cute hat now with Warm Hats For Wee Noggins.

    Knit Deer Hat For Baby

    8. A Flowery Little Afghan: Knit the perfect present for baby when you make this Pretty Posies Afghan. Fashioned with soft pastels and fun textured flowers, this afghan makes a great gift for keeping baby warm and for decorating the nursery. Plus, this fun-to-knit design come with plenty of close-up photography and step-by-step instructions just for you - find it in Our Best Knit Baby Afghans. 

    Knit Floral Afghan For Baby

    9. A Set Of Soft Knit Balls: The impulse to knit for little ones comes naturally for many of us! These knit toys - Baby's First Balls - will be a joy to make and to share! Parents will love how soft and gentle this toy is, and baby will love to throw and roll them around the house. Knit this unique gift for baby now with It's Playtime Baby!

    Knit Balls For Baby

    10. An Adorable Pair Of Booties: Every parent and baby can appreciate a nice, cozy pair of booties. And the bow on these is too cute! Keep baby's feet warm and safe with these loom knit Garter Booties. Great for a quick, small gift to show how much you care! Knit this great gift for baby now with Oval Loom Knit Collection.
    Knit Booties For Baby

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Knit.

  • Crochet Gifts For Babies

    Top Gifts To Crochet Babies

    We've compiled our most unique, unexpected, and beautiful crochet patterns in a search for the best gifts for baby.  Use your crochet skills to create perfect, memorable gifts this year. Both baby and parents all be thrilled by these fun gifts!

    1. A Crochet Mobile: This colorful Baby Bugs and Happy Flowers Mobile will make any baby giggle happily when it is hung above their crib. They will love the fun colors and textures along with the smiling flowers and bugs. Crochet this great baby gift now with the Simply Soft Baby Brites eBook.

    Crochet Mobile For Baby

    2. A Baby Blanket Inspired By Nature: New parents will love how this gender-neutral blanket use imaginative stitch patterns, color blocking, and appliquéd shapes to celebrate the beauty of the natural world. Baby will the love the playful fox and cozy matching hat! Crochet this great gift with Nature's Gifts For Baby.

    Crochet Fox Set For Baby

    3. A Dumbbell Shaped Rattle: Parents and baby will laugh at this soft, unique rattle. Shaped like a dumbbell, it's perfect for baby to exercise their minds as they shake the rattle around and begin to explore the world. Crochet this gift that's sure to be a hit with everyone with Baby's Buddy Amigurumi.

    Crochet Rattle For Baby

    4. An Animal Lovie To Snuggle: Give baby a little friend to cuddle and take everywhere they go. Cute, fun, and loved by everyone who sees them, each blanket is a simple granny square with the toy attached at the center. Crochet this great gift for baby now with Animal Lovie Blankets. 

    Crochet Animal Lovie For Baby

    5. A Ferocious Hat: Any baby will look adorable in this fun animal hat, complete with ears. It is sure to keep their own little ears warm too!  Great for cold winter days and wearing for adorable photos. Crochet this quick and easy hat for a gift baby will love with Baby Hats.

    Crochet Bear Hat For Baby

    6. A Sporty Diaper Cover: Great for baby pictures or baby showers, this fast and easy-to-crochet diaper cover makes a great gift. New moms will love seeing their precious babies dressed in this fun, sporty piece. Find the pattern for this great baby gift in Sweet & Sporty Diaper Covers.

    Crochet Sporty Diaper Cover For Baby

    7. A Sweet Striped Afghan: Create nursery pizzazz with simple stripes and interesting stitch patterns that everyone will love. Baby will be entranced by these gentle waves of color. This adorable baby afghan is Easy-Plus skill level, making it a great project to relax with. Get the pattern in Sweet Stripes For Baby. 

    Crochet Afghan For Baby

    8. A Set Of Soft Stacking Rings: This soft crochet toy is perfect for keeping baby entertained and encouraging their little mind to grow. The plush rings are great and safe for little hands to explore. Everyone will love this thoughtful and unique gift for baby! Get started now with Everyday Crochet For All.

    Crochet Toy For Baby

    9. A Fun, Colorful Play Mat: This Crochet comfort for baby with this great pattern! This cozy scrap afghan is great for nap time, but also makes a classic, soft play mat for baby - a perfect addition to any nursery. Baby will love the bright colors, shapes, and textures of this gift! Get started now with Great Grannies!

    Crochet Play Mat For Baby

    10. A Cute Sock Monkey Set: Want a gift idea that will be a big hit at baby showers or any gathering? Crochet this adorable hat and diaper cover set! Transform Baby into a playful sock monkey with these cozy pieces, adorned with adorable ears, a pom-pom, and an oversized button for extra cuteness! Make this great crochet gift for baby now with Hats & Diaper Covers Book 2.
    Crochet Sock Monkey Set For Baby

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Crochet.

  • Quilting & Sewing Gifts For Baby

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    Baby gift ideas to quilt and sew have never been this adorable.  Use your quilting and sewing skills to create the perfect gifts for your youngest family and friends this season. These handmade gifts will be loved by baby and parents alike!

    1. A Modern Baby Quilt: New parents will adore this unexpected, beautiful quilt design, and baby will love the bright colors and bold patterns. Create it in bright blue for a boy, hot pink for a girl, or use other bright and fun colors like lime green or orange! Get started on this stunning quilt for baby today with Lap & Throw Quilts.

    Modern Quilt For Baby

     

    2. A Set Of Fun, Soft Blocks: This adorable gift is certain to garner a roomful of "oohs" and "ahhs.". Not only will these add to a baby's room decor, but also to the toy collection. The blocks feature animal images as well as alphabets to start baby on his or her way to creative learning, plus they're soft and safe! Bonus: You can get started on this gift right now with the ePattern.

    Soft Blocks For Baby

     

    3. An Adorable Hooded Kitty Blanket:  Baby's catnap will be a cozy one when he or she is wrapped in this hooded blanket featuring an appliqued kitty face. Great for cute photos, too! Sew the perfect, cozy gift for baby with Soft & Cuddly Fleece For Baby.

    Hooded Cat Blanket For Baby

     

    4. An Personalized Little Quilt:  The bright colors and soft fabrics of this quilt will bring plenty of giggles from Baby, as well as happy smiles from Mom. Great as a blanket, soft play mat, or wall hanging! Create the best gifts for baby this season with Baby, It's You!

    Play Mat For Baby

     

    5. A Fun Diaper Bag and Changing Pad:  Baby and parents can be prepared for anything with this cute set! These hand-sewn travel necessities are the perfect set to take along. The tote can hold one or two diapers, a bottle, and a pacifier. Roll up the panda pad, great for naps and changing, and it fits right in the tote, too! Get started on this great gift today with Easy Fleece For Baby.

    Diaper Bag Set For Baby

     

    6. A Fun Pillow:  This bright and comfortable pillow would be a great addition to a baby boy's room. Accented with playful fringe and made from cushy fleece, it's bound to come to the rescue when baby need a pillow to cuddle. Create great gifts for baby - get started today with Easy Fleece For Baby.
    Car Pillow For Baby

    7. A Cute Bib:  Sew baby a cute little bib to protect his or her clothes during meal-time! Choose fun patterns and colors to add your own special touch.  Get started on baby's gift now with Gooseberry Patch: Sweetly Stitched For Kids. 
    Bib For Baby

    8. A Charming Quilt & Diaper Bag:  Sew New parents will love this confident and cute diaper bag, and baby will love the cozy matching blanket. Make this great gift, and everyone wins - including you when you experience the ease and convenience of making this set from Quilting With Precuts.
    Quilted Diaper Bag and Blanket For Baby

    Need More Great Gift Ideas?

  • One-Skein Baby Projects

    Please welcome our Guest Blogger, Sharon Silverman.  Sharon is the author of Crochet Refresher, Tunisian Crochet Baby Blankets, Tunisian Shawls, and most recently One-Skein Baby Projects.  Her very popular Heirloom Frame Crochet Blanket ePattern gets rave reviews on LeisureArts.com.  She has two brand new ePatterns that you can be among the first to download.  They are a Mosaic Blanket ePattern and a Lacy Crescent Shawl.  Sharon is here today to tell us about her latest Leisure Arts Book: One-Skein Baby Projects.  

    “Good things come in small packages,” the saying goes, and that’s certainly true for babies and for crochet projects.  My goal for One-Skein Baby Projects was to create adorable designs that crocheters could whip up for a special little baby without a large investment of time or money. I’m delighted that Leisure Arts was on board with the concept and gave me the go-ahead.

    Photo 1, book cover One-Skein Baby Projects book cover.

    The first part of my design process was to decide what items to focus on, and to select yarn for each project. I was inspired by Bonbons and Vanna’s Palettes. Both are mini-skein sets from Lion Brand. So cute to have all of those colors in one package! Those seemed ideal for toys.

    Photo 2, Pretzel Rattle Pretzel Rattle

    I used Vanna’s Palettes for the Pretzel Rattle. Why a pretzel? I should probably confess that pretzels have fascinated me ever since I wrote a travel guidebook about my home state, Pennsylvania Snacks: Your Guide to Food Factory Tours. I learned that Lititz, Lancaster County is home to the first commercial pretzel bakery in America, and that the history of the pretzel extends as far back as 610 A.D. That’s the first documented instance of European monks rewarding children who had memorized their Bible verses and prayers with a pretiola, Latin for “little reward.”

    A pretzel-shaped rattle has other advantages, too: lots of places for baby to hold on, and holes that are perfect for peek-a-boo.

    Safety is always my top priority when designing baby items. For the rattle, I used an unopened tube of beads completely encased in clear, waterproof packing tape. It’s positioned in the middle of fiberfill stuffing so it’s completely hidden from view, from feel—and from little teeth. Unless an elephant steps on the rattle and then a tiger rips the packing tape and the bead tube to shreds, the beads pose no danger.  (If you are in regular contact with an elephant and a tiger, omit the bead rattle—although a choking hazard may be the least of your worries.)  

    Bouncy Block uses Lion Brand Bonbons for a bright-colored, highly textured cube that’s fun for little hands.

    Photo 3, Bouncy Block Bouncy Block

    I think crocheters will enjoy making this because each side is different. Instead of fiberfill stuffing, I used washable cotton batting because it is denser and keeps the block nice and plump while retaining its shape.

    Every baby needs a “lovey” to cuddle and snuggle with. The Snow Bear Lovey (Bernat Baby Sport and Patons Astra) is a sweet bear-and-blanket combination. I chose a textured stitch pattern on the blanket to keep it interesting for crocheters and for babies. The head, muzzle, nose, ears, and arms are made separately, then assembled and attached to the center of the blanket. The ears are definitely my favorite part of the Snow Bear’s head. Something about them makes me go, “Awww…”

    Photo 4, Snow Bear Lovey

    Once the toys were finished, I worked on baby garments from head to toe—literally!—the Bubble Hat (Red Heart Anne Geddes Baby), Ribbed Vest (Caron Simply Soft), and Booties for Cuties (Red Heart Baby TLC).

    My own children are in their twenties now and hence no longer suitable models for baby gear, so it was thrilling to see the smiling little boy wearing the Bubble Hat and the Ribbed Vest in Leisure Arts’ photos. Way to make my work look good, buddy!

    The hat is sized for 0-3 months, 6 months, and 12 months; the vest is sized for 0-3 months and 3-6 months.

    Baby Bubble Hat Bubble Hat
    Baby Ribbed Vest Ribbed Vest

    Booties for Cuties are designed to keep little tootsies warm. High cuffs cover the ankle and keep the footwear right where it belongs. This project is sized for 3-6 months and 6-9 months.

    Baby Crochet Booties for Cuties Pink Booties for Cuties - Pink
    Crochet Baby Booties for Cuties Blue Booties for Cuties - Blue

    One other garment, the Hibiscus Top in Lion Brand LB Cotton Bamboo, has very recently been published as a stand-alone ePattern by Leisure Arts on its website.

    Crochet Hibiscus Top Hibiscus Top

    Every parent will tell you that you can never have too many bibs or washcloths. The final three projects in the leaflet are two bibs and a set of washcloths.

    The Bright & Easy Bib (Patons Grace) is worked in single crochet so it’s nice and dense. The ties are worked as part of the neckline so there’s no chance they can come loose.

    Crochet Bright & Easy Bib for Baby Bright & Easy Bib

    The Pullover Bib (Bernat Handicrafter Cotton) has a stretchy neckline that makes it easy to get on and off. A variation on single crochet produces a tight weave to keep messes from getting through. This bib is sized for head circumference 14” and for 16”.

    Baby Pullover Bib to Crochet Pullover Bib

    Sunshine Washcloths (Lily Sugar ’n Cream) brighten up baby’s nursery or bath. Thick and thirsty cluster stitches make these quick cloths pretty and practical. Make a few, roll up and tie with ribbon, and pop them in a basket with baby toiletries for a charming shower gift.

    Baby Crochet Sunshine Washcloth Sunshine Washcloth

    It was a pleasure working with Leisure Arts on One-Skein Baby Projects. Along with doing the editing and photography, they added helpful video links to the patterns. What a great way for crocheters to learn something new or to get reacquainted with a technique they haven’t used in a while. In the past I’ve written Tunisian Crochet Baby Blankets, Tunisian Shawls, and Crochet Refresher for Leisure Arts; another leaflet, Easy Afghans, will be published this spring. They also offer some standalone ePatterns of my work on their site.

    My hope for One-Skein Baby Projects is that relatively new crocheters will find easy items to suit their skill level, experienced crocheters will enjoy exciting stitch patterns and techniques to hold their interest, and that the finished projects will put a smile on the faces of babies and their parents.

    One-Skein Baby Projects Table of Contents Table of Contents

    To tell you a little bit about me, I’m a lifelong crafter who switched gears from travel writing to crochet design after I rediscovered my love of crochet about ten years ago. I’m a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America and a design member of The National NeedleArts Association. I was a featured guest on HGTV’s fiber arts program, “Uncommon Threads,” and have been interviewed on numerous radio podcasts. Recently I expanded my crochet work to include large-scale museum installations, indoors and out. I love to travel and explore the outdoors, especially with my husband, Alan, and our two grown sons. So far I have visited 48 states, 5 Canadian provinces, and 9 European countries. You can find me on Facebook and Pinterest at Sharon Silverman Crochet; on Ravelry at CrochetSharon; and on my website, www.SharonSilverman.com. I would love to hear from you!

    Happy crocheting!

    Photo 14, Sharon Silverman Sharon Silverman
  • Pumpkin Hat

    100 Hats to Knit & Crochet

    I love Halloween. It is my favorite holiday. I have a friend with a new baby. So, I thought I would crochet him a cute little Pumpkin Hat. I used Crème de la Crème 100% cotton. I used three different colors orange, brown, and green. This pattern will fit an infant/toddler. I didn't get this pattern from a Leisure Arts book. 100 Hats to Knit and Crochet has hats that you could modify to work for your needs.

    Pumpkin Crochet Hat

    With a size G hook. Chain 60 stitches. Join in the round with a slip stitch. Be careful not to twist!

    Row 1: With main color (orange) chain 1, single crochets all the way around, and slip stitch into the chain 1. Row 2: Chain 3, double crochets all the way around. Continue Row 2 until the hat is about 3.25(3 ¼) to 3.50(3 ½) inches tall.

    Decrease is chain 3, 7 double crochet, and crochet 2 together, then 8 double stitches and crochet 2 together. You are going to continue decreasing by 1 stitch until you finish the chain 3 and 3 double crochet and crochet 2 together, 4 double crochet and crochet 2 together.

    Color change/Stem: To join the brown yarn slip stitch where you slipped the last stitch, chain 2, double crochet around. I didn’t crochet 2 together on the first round, because I did 2 regular double crochets into the next two stitches. The 3rd and 5th stitch a double into the middle of the lower stitch, and the 4th double crochet I went into the lower stitch. Continue this all the way around. The next round start your decreases chain 3, 2 double crochet and crochet 2 together, 3 double crochet and crochet 2 together. Continue decreasing by 1 stitch until you get to six stitches left and do double crochets until you get the stem length that you want then crochet 2 together 3 times.

    Green curly cue: Chain 35 stitches or however many you want to do. Do 6 double crochets into the 2nd stitch and 4 more stitches into ever chain stitch. Bind off when you get to the end. With a darning needle or crochet hook attach where ever you want it.

  • Baby Washcloths Part Two

    Baby Washcloths to Knit

    Alright the knitting part of my baby washcloths is done. What am I going to do with all 9 of them? I am going to crochet them together and make a baby blanket. I got the pattern for the washcloths out of the book from Leisure Arts called Baby Washcloths to Knit by Melissa Bergland Burnham. It took me a few tries to get it all worked out and it to look how I wanted it to look. It only a couple hours to finish it once I sat still long enough. A lot of procrastination went into this project. I started this project back in May. Then my ADHD kicked in. I think that I was worried how it would turn out. I get ideas for projects some work out some do not. I am so happy that this one turned out so well.

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    After I tucked in all my ends on the washcloths, I placed all 9 washcloths out and into 3 rows. Again I used white Egyptian cotton for this project. Then I began crocheting the sides of the washcloths together with a single crochet until I had 3 panels. I then crocheted again using a single crochet a panel on the top and the bottom through the cast on row and cast/bind off row. Make sure before you crochet together that once not upside down or wrong sided. When all this was done I then used a yellow Egyptian cotton to do a simple border. I did a single crochet around the blanket and 3 single crochets on the corner turn and 3 single crochets into the first stitch. This gives it a nice rounded edge. This is for a boy so I didn’t want to do anything frilly.

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    There is another washcloth book that I want to make a blanket out of and that is Dishcloths for Special Days by Julie A. Ray. I thought how cool it would be to make a baby’s first blanket. Do it in all different colors like a patchwork quilt. The important thing to remember is to make sure that you buy and use the same type of yarn but in different colors. Why? It is important because all your pieces will be the same size and easy to piece together.

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  • Getting Gauge

    When you are knitting, it is really important to get the correct gauge that the pattern calls for especially if you are knitting some sort of garment. I have a friend who once knitted a dress for someone and followed the pattern to every letter and it was 3 sizes too big. I have other friends that have knitted sweaters that were too small, too short in the waist or sleeves, or the pieces didn’t fit. So you want to do a gauge swatch and get your ruler out to measure your stitches. You want to know how many stitches you get within an inch.

    I used these Sailboat washcloths to show the difference in what I am talking about. I got the pattern for this adorable Sailboat out of a Leisure Arts book called Baby Washcloths to Knit by Melissa Bergland Burnham. I know with washcloths you don’t necessary need to worry about a gauge swatch. That said, the sailboat on the left is much smaller than the one on the right. I used two different yarns. The sailboat on the left was knitted in 100% Egyptian Cotton and the one on the left in regular Lily’s Sugar n’ Cream USA 100% Cotton. Both are cotton but totally different sizes of yarn. The sailboats were also knitted on different sized needles. The washcloth on the left was knitted using size 6 needles, and the one on the right was knitted using size 8. Why two different sized needles? I used the needles that the yarn specified. If I had used a size 8 with the Egyptian cotton, then it would have been really loose and you would not have been able to make out the pattern as well.  If I had knitted the Lily’s Cotton with size 6 needles, the washcloth would be really hard to have knit up because it would have been very tight.

    Left Sailboat knitted in Egyptian Cotton and Sailboat on the right Regular Cotton Left Sailboat knitted in Egyptian Cotton and Sailboat on the right Regular Cotton

    Good Luck on your gauges. I feel your pain when you have to do a gauge swatch. I do not like doing them either. I like them like I like tucking in all my ends in at the end of projects.

  • Knitting a Sweet Basket Weave Blanket

    I finished it!  I finished knitting the Basket Weave blanket pattern from Precious Knit Blankies for Baby in time to give it my cousin-in-law at her baby shower this weekend.

    I was almost immediately outshone by an aunt who made a full-sized quilt and hand-quilted it, but whatever.  We're here to talk about this little knit blanket.

    Full disclosure: the quilt was beautiful. 

    Okay.  The blanket!  Like I said last time, this is knitted on #10 needles with two strands of worsted weight yarn held double.  My joints haven't entirely recovered, but that doesn't take away from the loveliness of this little blanket.  But I will say that I would probably move up to #10 1/2 needles if I made this again.  This is a dense knitted fabric, and a little more looseness would probably be fine.  It would also cut down on some of the yarn wrestling.  This took less yarn than I expected, and I get to take my 'insurance skein' back to the store.  Or maybe not.  This is still my new favorite yarn color and I think it pairs beautifully with browns and reds.

    Or at least that's what I thought when I staged it against this reddish-brown dresser.

    One thing I would change, though, is small but worth mentioning.  The instructions tell you to end on Row 2 or Row 8 of the body before you move on to the garter stitch border.  It's a purl row.  DON'T DO IT!  End on Row 1 or Row 7, which is a knit row.  Working that row of purls in the body leaves you with a visible row of stockinette before you move on to the garter stitch border.  This doesn't happen at the beginning of the pattern.

    Perfect!

    And that one little row keeps the basket weave pattern from moving straight to the garter stitch border, which makes your top and bottom edges inconsistent and doesn't look as put-together(or so I think). 

    Less than perfect.

    It's a small detail, but it's one that will probably wake me up in the middle of the night with fury and humiliation.  I didn't realize the extent of the mistake until it was too late.  When I pointed the problem out to a couple of friends, they kindly asked "Do you think a normal person would really have a problem with this?"  Probably not.  I certainly didn't point it out to anyone at the shower!  But I thought I'd let you know if you planned on knitting this yourself.  Which I totally still recommend.  This is a great blanket! 

    And I like how puffy the knitted sections look.  The only thing that would make this look better (aside from that other thing) would be if this had a baby to go with it.  But that's a problem that will be taken care of soon enough.  I can't wait.

  • A Bright Basket Weave Blanket

    I knitted the Basket Weave pattern from Car Seat Blankets.  It's every bit as precious as I'd hoped it would be.

    I knitted this almost exactly as the instructions told me to.  Modifications are my second nature, but I followed this almost to the very letter of the law.  I changed the colors, but everyone changes the colors (right? Right?!!).  And I skipped a pattern repeat because this seemed big enough for a little car seat blanket.  Other than that, I stayed faithful to the instructions.  Worsted weight yarn.  Four colors. #8 needles.  Weaving in all those ends.

    The basket weave patterning is lovely.  I think it might have been just as lovely in only one color, but it's a little late for that now.  It's fine.  I wove in my ends on a car trip, and now it's done and I survived.  It's a lovely little lovey and I hope it's well-received and well-loved. 

    I had a great time making it.  Car seat blankets are smaller than your standard baby blanket.  You could wrap one around a small baby if you really needed to, but they're really made to cover up a little person in a car seat.  You can't buckle a bundled up baby into a car seat, but throwing a blanket over some little legs to keep away cold or rain is still safe and wholesome and cozy.  And since it's a smaller blanket, it knits up pretty quickly!  It's a simple stitch pattern that's pretty easy to memorize and the finished product is delightful.

    I love this little blanket.  I love the look of the basket weave.  I love the stripes.  I love the garter stitch border.  It's a great baby blanket, and a great pattern, and I know I'm going to make it again.

  • Getting Cozy

    I crocheted the Baby Bottle Cozy from Baby Stuff.  Ta da!

    Some people write poetry.  Some people go on archeological digs.  Some people compile witty lists with hilarious accompanying pictures.  I crochet baby bottle cozies and blog about it.  It is what it is.  And that's fine. 

    A baby bottle cozy seems like a silly item to make, but I like to be silly.  This was quick and easy, which makes it even better.  After all, I don't want to work too very hard if I'm being silly.  This is a fun little addition to a baby gift, and a nice use of scrap yarn.  It's a few rows of single crochet stitches and double crochet stitches.  And!  This calls for cotton yarn!  I like it when patterns call for cotton yarn.

    This is a tidy little creation.  The cotton yarn can soak up bottle sweat, and the color changes make the project a little more interesting.  This is nine little rows of simple stitches, and just plain cute.  I've enjoyed the projects I've tried from Baby Stuff so far, and this is no different.  It's an uncomplicated pattern, and the end result is adorable.

    I don't have much to say about this, but it's a little tricky to come up with lots of words over something that took so few yards of yarn.  This is one of the smallest projects I've made in a while!  It fits this little 4 oz. bottle perfectly, though, so I guess it's perfect.  Crocheting this was a nice and silly diversion for me and I think it will be a pretty little color pattern for a baby to focus on.

     

    Super silly and super adorable.

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