Remember those grey infant button boots I crocheted more than a year ago when I was pregnant? Well I am one proud Mama because our little sweetheart Myla can wear (and walk!) in them now! I still remember crocheting them and wondering what our baby would be like, and they seemed sooo big at the time (especially compared to the gold baby boots I had just finished)!
Doesn’t Myla look super cute and stylish in them? It’s so special being able to make these items for Myla and I am SO GLAD I crocheted bigger items for her to grow into as well since I knew how busy I would probably be after she arrived! Check out my step-by-step blog post for these boots HERE and the free pattern HERE!
This past weekend our little girl turned one! It still amazes me how quickly time has passed by. Those first few weeks were quite rough as I slowly recovered from labour and my body adapted to the sleepless nights. However, then within a blink of an eye Myla was smiling, rolling over, sitting up, crawling, standing and now on the verge of walking! It is truly amazing to see her development and what a miracle life is. It’s hard to imagine our life before Myla now, and she has brightened up each and every day!
I wanted to share some photos from Myla’s first birthday party that we held earlier when Ryan’s relatives were in town! We were so excited to celebrate Myla’s very first birthday, and we wanted to make it special. I searched for 1st birthday party ideas on Pinterest to get some inspiration, and one of the themes that came up was “Cute As A Button”! It’s always nice having a theme for a party so everything is a bit more cohesive as you can cater the decorations and food around it. I thought the button theme was adorable, particularly since we love crafts!
Ryan’s sister Sharon is an expert at making cakes and has plenty of experience making amazing cakes for her own children! We told her our theme and showed her some pictures of cakes we liked, and she spent hours the night before making this beautiful cake! It was a triple layered chocolate cake with raspberry buttercream, and there was even a surprise pink layer! It was both beautiful and delicious!
I helped make some of the fondant buttons! We were going for kind of an ombre effect with the buttons as there were different shades of pink. The grey and white buttons matched beautifully as well.
It was so special that Myla’s very first birthday cake was baked from scratch with so much love by her dear auntie!
Sharon also made these adorable button cookies with her children earlier and even hand carried them on the airplane to bring them safely here! She is an amazing baker!
We decorated this wall so it could be the backdrop of some of our photos! We cut out triangles and strung them along hemp to make our own pennant banners, filled balloons with helium and made these pom poms out of tissue paper (following the same instructions we used to make the ones from our baby shower HERE).
For our party favours, we bought some white chocolate and mint Kit Kat bars and rewrapped them with scrapbook paper. Then we glued a coral button on each bar to help tie them in with the “Cute As A Button” theme!
We held them in the small chunky crocheted basket that I made last year (see blog post HERE). Baskets are so handy to have around the house!
I had seen chalkboard ideas on Pinterest and I asked Ryan if he could make one for Myla! We went to several stores to look for a chalkboard, but we soon found out there was something called chalkboard spray that we didn’t even know existed! And so, we purchased a picture frame that we liked and then simply sprayed the glass with the special chalkboard spray- then voila, we had our own chalkboard! Ryan spent a lot of time figuring out the layout of the words and writing everything in pencil first. Then, he used chalk maker to go over the pencil…he didn’t make a single mistake! He kept it a surprise from me until he was done everything, and I was sooo impressed with how it turned out! Ryan is VERY artistic and has such nice writing….just look at all the different fonts he wrote!
Here is Myla standing proudly beside her board as if to say, “These are all the things I can do”! She is growing so quickly….since we made this board, she actually now has 12 teeth and is 29” tall! I’m sure she’ll be walking very soon as well!
I also wanted to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to Kay of Mikaylove for gifting Myla’s beautiful dress to her! We were actually on the hunt for a dress for Myla to wear at her party when we received a surprise package from Kay. Along with some beautiful arm candy, we were so touched and delighted to see a birthday card, a little bracelet and this dress for Myla! Kay started Mikaylove around when Myla was born, so she just celebrated 1 year for her shop too! Thank you for being so thoughtful, Kay, and as you can see, the dress fit Myla perfectly! It matched so well with the colours of her party too :)
We have been taking monthly family photos with Myla, so to show her development, we strung many of the photos along some hemp with clothespins! We glued a button on each clothespin too :) She looks sooo different when she was first born! I of course don’t notice the change since I see her everyday, and it’s not until I look at old photos that I realize how much she has grown. I am so thankful for photos that help capture these special moments and help us remember!
Here we are singing happy birthday and about to blow out the candle!
I got kind of sentimental as we were blowing out her candle as it suddenly hit me that this is the smallest and youngest she’ll ever be….our little girl is growing up right before our eyes!
Here is a video from my Instagram showing some of the birthday singing :) I’m glad we can share these special moments with you all!
We are truly blessed to have Myla in our lives and we thank God each and every day for her. ”Myla Brielle" means "Merciful" and "God is my strength”, and we have been seeking and relying on God’s strength and wisdom in learning how to be parents and how to raise her. Thank you for supporting and loving our family, and we hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse into her very 1st birthday party and perhaps got some inspiration for your own parties as well! Stay tuned for some new amigurumi projects that I am currently putting the finishing touches on! Much love ♥
A couple months ago I was very close to buying more bibs because Myla was drooling like crazy due to teething (our little sweetie now has four teeth)! Then it suddenly hit me: why don’t I try and crochet some? Hehe, this question now frequently comes up since you can crochet pretty much anything nowadays! I turned to trusty Ravelry to find a great free bib pattern, and I settled upon this “Cutie Bib" by "The Knitless Knitter Crochets" HERE.
It is a very simple pattern, and I love the shape and size of the bib as it provides a lot of coverage. I also like how it has button closure (beware velcro that can latch onto blankets and clothing when doing the laundry!). I used cotton yarn and found a set of beautiful wooden buttons from Michaels to add embellishment in the corners. Love how you can crochet things instead of buying them! They would make great baby shower gifts too :) Once again, find the free pattern HERE.
Here is our little sweetheart Myla wearing her Shell Stitch Beanie, the first baby item I ever crocheted! Doesn’t she look simply adorable wearing it? We are so blessed and thankful that we have this playful cutie to make us laugh and smile every single day! This beanie is one of my favourite hats, and I love the beautiful open design and the pretty two-tiered flower with the wooden button! Betsy of “The Dainty Daisy" offers sizing from 0-3 months all the way up to child size (3-10 years). You can access the free pattern HERE!
Yesterday Myla wore the “Crochet Baby Button Boots" that I made for her when I was pregnant! It was so sweet putting them on her and seeing her wear them for the first time :) I remember wondering what Myla would look like and what being a mama would feel like as I was crocheting them! It still feels surreal sometimes that she’s out now and growing so quickly! The boots fit perfectly- don’t her feet look so adorable in them? You can check out my step-by-step blog post HERE to see how I made them and access the free pattern HERE!
As you all know, I LOVE going through Ravelry and seeing all the beautiful projects that people have designed or are working on. While I was searching for crocheted baby items, I absolutely fell in love with these "Crochet wrap around button infant boots" designed by Ashlee of I’m Topsy Turvy, and I was ecstatic that she was offering the baby and infant patterns for free! I really liked the gold yarn she used in her baby boots pattern, and it just so happened that I had plenty of gold yarn left over from the amigurumi Scarecrow that I designed last year for Halloween. And so, I began working on these adorable boots immediately! I decided to start with the infant pattern (0-3 months) because I wanted to make the smaller versions first :)
I started off by crocheting the sole of the boots. This reminded me of the Crochet Slippers I made a couple months ago, except of course these soles were much tinier!
Next I worked on the shoe part: the boots were starting to get some height!
After some decreases in the front, the result was a beautiful little shoe/slipper! I think I just might make some more of these in different colours and maybe add some flowers or straps!
But of course these gold ones were going to be boots! Next I crocheted the boot cuffs that would wrap around the other side…
For this pair I decided to go with the scalloped edging. This makes the boots look very lady-like, don’t they?
Since the boot cuffs need to wrap around opposite sides (i.e. you can’t crochet the right and left boots the same otherwise the boot cuffs would wrap around the same side), you’ll notice that one scalloped edge is the “right side" and one scalloped edge is the "wrong side”. When you start working on the boot cuff, the pattern states where to slip stitch to join the yarn back, but it does not explicitly state which direction you should crochet. To clarify, for the right boot you need to ”sl st in the 7th stitch from the seam" and crochet counter-clockwise while for the left boot you need to “sl st in the 11th stitch from the seam" and crochet clockwise.
And to finish off the boots I sewed on these little wooden buttons! I love picking buttons for crochet projects :) Buttons add such beautiful embellishment!
Ta-da! The finished product: my gold infant button boots with scalloped edging!
Since I loved the look of my finished infant boots so much, I wanted to try making a bigger version without the scalloped edge, so I used Ashlee’s baby boots pattern (closer to size 4 as stated in the pattern). However, I made some modifications to this pattern, including:
The grey baby boot compared to the gold infant boot! These grey baby boots turned out larger than I expected, probably because the grey yarn I used was thicker than the gold yarn…
I thought it would be really cute to compare MY button Ugg boots with these baby ones I just crocheted! I really love my warm, comfy Uggs and I get a lot of wear out of them since it is very snowy and cold where we live in the winter! Now our baby can match me with these stylish crocheted button boots :) It looks like I have giant feet when you see these delicate little booties balancing carefully atop my boot!
If you are expecting or if you have friends who are expecting, give these beautiful boots a try! They are absolutely adorable, and I can’t wait to see our little one wearing these! Don’t forget to follow me on facebook, twitter and instagram (@AllAboutAmi) to get updates on my latest projects ^-^ Happy crocheting!
I’ve been having so much fun whipping up baby hats, and here is one of my favourites! The "Shell Stitch Beanie" by Betsy of The Dainty Daisy is so beautiful, and the pattern is available for free HERE with sizing for 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-3 years and even 3-10 years! The one I made in this photo is for 0-3 months, but I am so tempted to make more in each size :) The shells are so delicate and pretty and the addition of the double-layered flower makes this hat even more sweet!
Make a baby version of my P.J. Teddies if you’re looking for an extra cute, cuddly and petite amigurumi :)
Note: I worked in continuous rounds (vs. joined rounds). Feel free to follow along with my blog post here to see step-by-step photos.
Using brown yarn,
R1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 sts)
R2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sts)
R3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times. (18 sts)
R4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times. (24 sts)
R5-10: Sc 24
R11: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (18 sts)
Add safety eyes and stuff head firmly.
R12: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (12 sts)
R13: *Sk 1 sc, sc 1*, rep 6 times. (6 sts)
Fasten off and weave in end.
EARS (make 2)
Using brown yarn,
R1: 3 sc in magic ring. (3 sts)
R2: 2 sc in each sc around. (6 sts)
Fasten off and leave long end for sewing. Sew ontop of head. Cut two semi-circles out of beige felt. Glue/sew felt pieces onto ears.
LEGS (make 2) + BODY
Using blue yarn,
R1: 4 sc in magic ring. (4 sts)
R2-3: Sc 4
For the first leg, fasten off (no need to leave long end for sewing). For the second leg, DO NOT cut off the yarn. Chain 3 and join with slip stitch through both loops of a sc on the first leg. See diagram below:
Single crochet around first leg (3 sc), Sc across one side of three chains joining legs (3 sc), Sc around second leg (3 sc) and Sc across other side of three chains joining legs (3 sc). There should be 12 sts in total. What we just did will count as the first row of the body. See diagram below (numbering of stitches in brackets):
R1: 12 sc around
R2-8: 12 sc
Sew button onto body. Stuff firmly. Fasten off and leave long end for sewing. Sew body to head.
ARMS (make 2)
Using brown yarn,
R1: 4 sc in magic ring. (4 sts)
R2: Sc 4
Switching to blue yarn,
R3-4: Sc 4
Fasten off and leave long end for sewing. Attach to sides of body.
- Cut out oval using beige felt. Using black embroidery floss, embroider nose onto beige oval as shown in picture. Glue nose onto face.
- Cut two ovals out of pink felt. Glue ovals underneath eyes as shown in picture.
Now you’ve made an adorable baby P.J. teddy to accompany the bigger ones. Doesn’t he look so sweet wearing his onesie? Click here to make the bigger versions of the P.J. Teddies. If you have any questions or find any errors, feel free to contact me. Thanks and good luck!
This pattern is an original pattern by Stephanie of All About Ami (August 2011). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but you may not sell or distribute it, or sell items made from this pattern.