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My family of baskets: small, medium and large! Medium and large baskets

Remember the chunky crocheted basket that I blogged about here?  I loved it so much that I decided to make some bigger ones!  The smallest basket on the right (in the first picture) was made by following this pattern here.  The medium and large baskets were made by following the “Ombre Basket Pattern" found here on Liz’s blog called “Crochet in Color" with some modifications. 

These modifications include:

  • Holding two strands of super bulky yarn together (once again, I used Lion Brand Yarn’s “Wool-Ease Thick & Quick”) instead of four strands of worsted weight yarn
  • Using one yarn colour for each basket instead of making it ombre or striped
  • Increasing to 64 hdc (Round 8) and then going onto Round 10 (not increasing to 72 hdc as stated in the pattern)
  • After Round 10 (where the seam separating the bottom and the sides of the basket is created), I did 15 rounds of “Sc in each sc around” for the large basket and 12 rounds for the medium basket before doing the round where the handle is created
  • The handle round for both baskets is “Sc in next 11 sts, ch 10, skip next 10 sts, sc in next 22 sts, ch 10, skip next 10 sts, sc in next 11 sts” with the final round being “Sc in next 11 sts, 12 sc under the ch 10 sp.  Sc in next 22 sts, 12 sc under the ch 10 sp, sc in next 11 sts.”
  • Since I only worked with one colour for each basket, I did not need to join each round of the body of the basket, so the seam was eliminated!

Here are the dimensions of each basket as well as approximately how much yarn I used:

  • Small: 14 cm/5.5” in height, 22 cm/8.5” in diameter; used ~ 2 skeins of yarn
  • Medium: 24 cm/9.4” in height, 29 cm/11.4” in diameter; used ~ 3 skeins
  • Large: 29 cm/11.4” in height, 29 cm/11.4” in diameter; used ~ 4 skeins

The large basket is sitting in my workspace and I use it to store my yarn for current projects.  The medium basket is in the nursery and it is storing all of baby’s hats, boots and accessories!  Don’t forget to check out the step-by-step making of the small basket HERE with plenty of pictures :)  I love this family of baskets!

Over the weekend we attended a baby shower for good friends who are having TWIN BOYS!  How exciting :)  Owl hats are very popular, so I crocheted two baby boy owl hats as well as a sleeping baby girl owl hat!  Aren’t they adorable?  The little beaks and button eyes are such cute details, and I added a little fabric flower to the girl hat for a pretty embellishment.  I followed this free pattern HERE by Sarah of “Repeat Crafter Me”!  I used the newborn size, but Sarah just recently wrote up patterns for 3 months all the way till adults ^-^  You can make owl hats for the whole family now!
[Update: To see a picture of our sweet baby girl Myla wearing her crocheted owl hat, click HERE!]

Over the weekend we attended a baby shower for good friends who are having TWIN BOYS!  How exciting :)  Owl hats are very popular, so I crocheted two baby boy owl hats as well as a sleeping baby girl owl hat!  Aren’t they adorable?  The little beaks and button eyes are such cute details, and I added a little fabric flower to the girl hat for a pretty embellishment.  I followed this free pattern HERE by Sarah of “Repeat Crafter Me”!  I used the newborn size, but Sarah just recently wrote up patterns for 3 months all the way till adults ^-^  You can make owl hats for the whole family now!

[Update: To see a picture of our sweet baby girl Myla wearing her crocheted owl hat, click HERE!]

Crochet Baby Button Boots

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:

  • adding three extra rows to the boot cuff to give the boots more height (1 row of sc, 1 row of dc and then 1 row of sc)
  • I used very large buttons (don’t they remind you of Tory Burch?) so I had to make the button hole much larger.  This involved leaving a gap that was 1 stitch wide and 2 rows in height.  I had to cut off the yarn and rejoin at different locations in order to crochet around the hole.  This also allowed me to have the “right side” of the last row facing outwards as I was crocheting around the edge.

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!

Here is another baby hat that I really love!  This is the “Cluster Hat" by "Alli Crafts" made for newborns.  It reminds me of the "Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie" I made last year with the beautiful texture and staggered rows.  Sizing is available for premies, newborns and 6 month olds on her blog for free :)  Isn’t this little hat so dainty and pretty?

Here is another baby hat that I really love!  This is the “Cluster Hat" by "Alli Crafts" made for newborns.  It reminds me of the "Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie" I made last year with the beautiful texture and staggered rows.  Sizing is available for premies, newborns and 6 month olds on her blog for free :)  Isn’t this little hat so dainty and pretty?

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!

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!

Granny Square Baby Blanket

A baby blanket was one of the first items I wanted to crochet as soon as I found out I was pregnant many months ago!  When I was younger, I started crocheting a few afghans with the ambitious hope of completing them all, but I usually got distracted by other projects and the sheer size of these blankets seemed so daunting.  I knew making a baby blanket would be easier, however, since it would be smaller and of course I was motivated to complete this project for the little one growing inside of me!  I fell in love with this free pattern I found through Ravelry on the Lion Brand website (you have to sign up for a free account to access the pattern) because of its beautiful design and variety of colours.

One of the most fun parts was choosing what colour combination to use!  I wanted the blanket to be modern with a vibrant colour scheme, and we were inspired by these beautiful Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags we saw while baby shopping! 

We decided to go with coral, white and grey, and we added in yellow for another pop of colour.  I ended up needing only one skein of yellow, white and grey yarn and one large skein of the coral yarn, although I purchased extra in case.

We then tried to figure out what colour order as well as how many rows of each colour would look best.  To help visualize different options, Ryan used Microsoft Paint to lay it all out.  This really helps give an overall sense of what the blanket will look like!  We ended up going with the option on the left!

I was incredibly excited to start this blanket, and I’ve always loved patterns with granny squares since you work in the spaces!

After completing each colour, I tied a knot and then crocheted over the yarn end to conceal it.  And so, I hid the ends along the way, not needing to weave in all the ends at the very end.

I was amazed at how quickly I was whipping through this blanket!

Each round was taking no time at all!

But then, of course, the rounds got progressively larger and larger.  Once I started working on Round 20 and up, I made it a goal to try and complete one round everyday.  I enjoyed taking my time crocheting this blanket as I prayed for the baby while working on it and also listened to music (baby loves to move and squirm around when music is played!).  I loved being able to crochet without needing to worry about keeping the count or accidentally losing my focus, which is often the case when I’m crocheting amigurumi! 

36 rounds later, I was finally done!  It felt like such a big accomplishment to finally finish crocheting a blanket, albeit a baby one :)  This pattern is much quicker to whip up compared to many other blankets, and I know people have used this same pattern to make adult blankets as well because of its simple pattern and beautiful clean look!

Here’s a peek at what the blanket looks like in our nursery on the crib!  I think it’s so special having handmade items for the baby, and when we use it in the future, I’ll remember all the love, time and energy I poured into this project as each stitch was stitched with love!  I hope it’ll be a wonderful keepsake for our child too :)  Once again, you can find the free pattern for this granny square baby blanket here (entitled “Bright Baby Blanket”).

You can also check out the other baby projects I’ve posted about so far, including the newborn earflap hats, 6 month earflap hat, stork pouch/hanging cocoon and loop rattle grab toy!  I’m currently finishing up some baby booties and other cute hats that I will blog about soon!  Follow me on facebook, twitter or instagram (@AllAboutAmi) to get my updates :D

Check out this “Loop Baby Rattle Grab Toy" I crocheted using this free pattern HERE by Amy of Herbst Handmade.  As soon as I saw the pattern, I knew I had to give it a try since it simply consisted of crocheting two small loops and one big loop, all in a round! 
I had some soft green and yellow cotton yarn leftover from my “Peas in a Pod" amigurumi from long ago, so I thought I would use them for this project!  I thought the cotton yarn would provide great texture and grip for the baby to grasp.  I picked up some jingle bells from my local dollar store and spaced them in the larger tube between the stuffing.  I also used my 2 mm crochet hook to get very tight stitches to ensure that there would be no gaps in the stitching so that no stuffing or bells would accidentally come out!  This toy rattles nicely and would make a great gift!  You can have fun choosing different colour combinations, even matching the baby’s nursery or blanket :)

Check out this “Loop Baby Rattle Grab Toy" I crocheted using this free pattern HERE by Amy of Herbst Handmade.  As soon as I saw the pattern, I knew I had to give it a try since it simply consisted of crocheting two small loops and one big loop, all in a round! 

I had some soft green and yellow cotton yarn leftover from my “Peas in a Pod" amigurumi from long ago, so I thought I would use them for this project!  I thought the cotton yarn would provide great texture and grip for the baby to grasp.  I picked up some jingle bells from my local dollar store and spaced them in the larger tube between the stuffing.  I also used my 2 mm crochet hook to get very tight stitches to ensure that there would be no gaps in the stitching so that no stuffing or bells would accidentally come out!  This toy rattles nicely and would make a great gift!  You can have fun choosing different colour combinations, even matching the baby’s nursery or blanket :)

Stork Pouch/Hanging Cocoon

I have been having a wonderful time searching for crochet baby patterns on-line as they range from hats, boots, toys to photography props!  It is very special taking photos of newborns as they are so delicate and tiny, and they change so quickly within the next few weeks and months!  Ryan and I cannot wait to meet our little one and document every step of the way through photography :) 

One of the photography props I stumbled upon is called a “stork pouch" or a "hanging cocoon”.  Babies are placed inside these pouches and they look oh so adorable all curled up, nice and snug (click here to see plenty of baby cocoon cuteness).  These are meant to be a photography prop only and babies should not be left unattended or actually carried around in these.  There are plenty of these stork pouches being sold on Etsy here, but I found a free pattern on Alli’s Crafts here so I thought I would try and make one for ourselves!

Stork pouches look great with chunky yarn, so I went and picked out “Bernat Roving” in a light green colour called “Low Tide”.  This yarn is very very soft :)  After reading through some comments on Ravelry, I decided to also use a bigger crochet hook than the pattern calls for (I used an 8 mm crochet hook instead of a 6 mm crochet hook) since some people stated their stork pouches turned out too small.  Using a bigger crochet hook also helps make the stork pouch more stretchy.

Here is the bottom of the stork pouch…

Adding more and more rows!  I ended up adding two more rows after Row 10 before decreasing, following the advice of other Ravelers who thought the pouch was not deep enough.

Next came the strap part!

I did three extra rows for the strap just to use up the rest of the yarn.  And so, this project took up one whole skein of yarn!

The finished product!  I have no idea if this is a good size, but I’m hoping this stork pouch is not too big and not too small!

This stork pouch by itself is not all that exciting for now since it is empty…  But we cannot wait for the arrival of our little one!  Two months to go :)  Had you ever heard of or seen a stork pouch/hanging cocoon prior to this?  Good job to those who correctly deduced what this was in the sneak peek!  I LOVED reading your creative guesses of what this could possibly be on the blog, facebook and tumblr- they all made me smile and I thank you for always commenting and being such a supportive community!  Once again, the free pattern for this stork pouch can be found HERE.

We have been working hard on our nursery and I have many other baby projects to share with you!  I am definitely going to try and get as much blogging and crocheting in before the sleepless nights begin ;)

[Update: Here is baby Myla in the stork pouch!  It did not cover her entire body as I thought it would, but she still looks adorable in it :)  We decided not to hang the stork pouch, but lay it on the carpet for the photos instead!]

Here is another earflap hat I made from Alli’s Crafts.  It is essentially the same as the newborn earflap hat pattern (I blogged about them here), but this one is sized for 6 month old babies (pattern found here)!  I switched to brown for Row 9 and used the pattern for the “Loopy Six-Petal Flower" found here, also adding a button in the centre.  I think pink and brown make a lovely colour combination, don’t you?  Check out Alli’s blog as she also has earflap hat patterns for premies, newborns, 3, 6, and 9-12 month old babies and toddlers as well!

Here is another earflap hat I made from Alli’s Crafts.  It is essentially the same as the newborn earflap hat pattern (I blogged about them here), but this one is sized for 6 month old babies (pattern found here)!  I switched to brown for Row 9 and used the pattern for the “Loopy Six-Petal Flower" found here, also adding a button in the centre.  I think pink and brown make a lovely colour combination, don’t you?  Check out Alli’s blog as she also has earflap hat patterns for premies, newborns, 3, 6, and 9-12 month old babies and toddlers as well!

Green, blue and coral earflap hats with white edging Grey earflap hat with chartreuse edging Brown earflap hat with mustard edging

Pregnancy has been an amazing journey, and I feel incredibly blessed to be going through it with some of my dearest friends!  We are all giving birth within months of each other, so I have been crocheting earflap hats for their babies as a special gift!  I have loved using this pattern here by Alli of “Alli Crafts" for a newborn earflap hat.  The hat works up quickly, and I love the look of the crab stitches across the edges as well as the braided tassels.  I added two buttons for a cute decorative touch on my earflap hats :)  I can’t wait to see all the babies wearing their new cozy hats!

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