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Baby Panda Outfit

As you know, when I was pregnant I went on a crochet spree, trying to crochet as many cute items for our baby as I possibly could!  I knew we would be doing a newborn photoshoot, so I tried to crochet some special props for it (including this cute stork pouch).  While looking up crochet ideas for newborn shoots, I came across this adorable turtle outfit as well as this sweet ladybug outfit.  I wanted to make Myla a little outfit too, so we decided to go with a panda bear!

I had already made some owl hats using Sarah’s pattern on “Repeat Crafter Me”- I loved how the seam was hidden and how she had hat patterns for newborns all the way to adults!  And so, I followed her newborn pattern to make my panda hat.  I used Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft Wool Blend in “Bakery Boxy White" to crochet the hat and some black yarn for the braided tails.

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Next, I crocheted the ears using black yarn and Ryan cut these oval shapes out of black felt for the eyes. 

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We sewed the black ovals onto the white hat and then sewed these black buttons onto the black ovals.  Ryan then stitched on this sweet little nose consisting of an upside down triangle and an upside down “Y” (see my “Amigurumi Nose Tutorial" HERE for detailed instructions).

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Here are some more views of the face…

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I think this panda has such an adorable, tender face :)

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Then it was time to attach the ears…

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We looked for these specific buttons that had a smooth surface on one side and could be attached with little loops on the other side.  Typical buttons with holes in the center could work too but we wanted to go for this smooth look as they kind of look like amigurumi safety eyes!  We ended up buying these buttons in both black and white from Fabricland as we wanted to see how both would look for our panda hat!

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I followed this pattern to make a matching diaper cover!  It’s a great pattern as it consists of double crochets and the flaps on the sides can be attached onto the black button at various points, depending on how big your baby is, making it adjustable!  We used this diaper cover in Myla’s birth announcement HERE and I hinted how it was part of a special animal set that I had crocheted.  Haha, five months later we’re finally revealing that it’s a panda set!

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I made a black pom-pom using this tutorial HERE and added it to the diaper cover.  I did not secure it with a knot (I just tied the loose ends into a bow) so that the this pom-pom tail was easily removable.

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Here is our finished Panda set: an adorable panda earflap hat with a diaper cover!

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Here it is again with the diaper cover flipped so that you can see the cute black pom-pom tail!

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I was incredibly excited to see Myla wear this little outfit!  The hat was actually a little small for her, but the diaper cover fit well.  It’s hard knowing how big to make your hats since you never know how big your baby’s head will be!  We tried to get a cute sleeping shot but our little girl woke up, haha…  And so, we made the most of it by taking some shots while she was awake!  Doesn’t she look so adorable with her little tail and hat and her expression?  You can see her neck was already quite strong as she could lift her head up at less than a week old!  Myla was probably thinking, “Mom and Dad….how dare you disturb my slumber?  And why am I dressed like a panda?  Where are my clothes?!?

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We tried again another day, but this time with just the hat, making it easier…here you can see the face of the panda better!  Doesn’t Myla look so sweet?

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We made a bigger panda hat for our friends who were expecting a baby boy, this time using the white eyes!  You can see how using the black or white buttons gives the hat a different look :)

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Here are the patterns for the small and big panda hats:

Materials:

  • Black and white yarn
  • 5 mm crochet hook
  • Black felt
  • Black or white buttons (for eyes and diaper cover)
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Yarn needle

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Using white yarn, follow Sarah’s pattern to crochet the earflap hat with black braided tails.  Follow the newborn pattern HERE for the smaller panda hat and the 3-6 month pattern for the bigger panda hat HERE.  I know many of you are interested in making this panda hat in an ADULT size too!  Sarah offers these earflap hats from toddler to child to adult sizes as well, so check them out HERE!

EARS (make 2)

Smaller hat:

R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring (6 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)

R3-6: Sc 12

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Sew open end together.  Sew ontop of white hat.

Bigger hat:

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)

R4-7: Sc 18

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Sew open end together.  Sew ontop of white hat.

*** To make bigger ears, try increasing by intervals of 6 [e.g. R4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (24 sts)].  If you need help figuring out how to keep increasing by 6, follow the pattern for Sweetheart Bunny’s head HERE

Adding details:

- Cut oval shapes out of black felt.  Sew onto white hat.

- Sew buttons towards top part of black ovals.

- Embroider nose (upside down triangle and upside down “Y”) with black embroidery floss (refer to my “Amigurumi Nose Tutorial" HERE).

DIAPER COVER WITH TAIL

Using white yarn, follow this pattern HERE to crochet the diaper cover using a black button for closure.

Make a pom pom with black yarn following this tutorial HERE and add to the diaper cover.

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Sarah of Repeat Crafter Me is the queen of cute hats, and she offers so many free patterns!  Check them all out HERE.  If you like my baby panda set, here are some other sets that Sarah has made, including this Mickey & Minnie Mouse set!  Some of you guessed that I was making a bunny set since Spring officially started this week- you can check out Sarah’s Bunny set here!

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I’m so glad we have Myla’s newborn photos to look back upon as time is flying by so quickly.  Myla turned 5 months old this week!  Here I am with our sweet, precious little strawberry :)

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Hope you like this little baby panda set we made!  They’d make a great gift for a baby boy or a baby girl, and you could even adapt this set to make different animals, like a koala bear too!  Who is going to try making an adult panda hat?  I’d love to see your pics!  Connect with me through e-mail (all_about_ami@hotmail.com), Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@AllAboutAmi).  If you absolutely love pandas, you could also try making our amigurumi Panda since his face looks very similar to this hat :)  You can get the free pattern HERE.  Happy crocheting, everyone!

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Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Baby Panda Hat & Diaper Cover

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Baby Panda Hat & Diaper Cover

Matching crocheted mommy & baby hats Matching crocheted mommy & baby hats

When I was pregnant, I tried to crochet as many baby-related items as I could since I knew I would be tired and have much less time when baby actually arrived!  I really wanted to make a matching mommy and baby hat set, and when I stumbled upon Brittney Waterhouse’s free pattern for her “In Bloom Cap" on Ravelry HERE, I immediately gave it a try!  Around the same time, I found Alli Crafts’ free pattern for her “Cluster Hat" HERE, so I decided to use the same yarn and make matching hats! 

As you’ll note, the hats are not identical as they use different patterns: the adult hat uses bobble stitches while the baby hat uses clusters.  I found the diagram at the end of the adult pattern very helpful, and Brittney also provides a free pattern for a beret version as an alternative to the cap version (which is the one I made).  It is also important to note that the baby hat might run a bit small as it fits Myla’s 3 month old head even though it’s designed for 6 month olds!  Alli also provides free patterns for this cluster hat in premie and newborn sizes.  I crocheted the baby hat band the same as the adult hat band (single crocheting in back loops only) and added two wooden buttons onto each hat to make them match even more!

I think this set would make a great baby shower gift: that way, both mommy and baby get something chic and cozy to wear….and who doesn’t love matching sets?  We had a lot of fun sporting our matching hats on the weekend as everyone thought they were very cute!  Once again, you can find the adult hat pattern HERE and the baby hat pattern HERE!!!

Arbor Baby Sweater

In the last few weeks of my pregnancy, I really wanted to try making a sweater for our baby girl as I had already crocheted many hats and props for her newborn photoshoot.  I went on Ravelry to see what free patterns I could find, and I came across the “Arbor Baby Sweater" by Sarah Cooper found HERE.  The pattern looked very simple to follow and I absolutely loved the shawl collar.  In fact, many of my favourite cardigans have a shawl collar, so I thought it’d be so fitting if I made this sweater for our baby!  This was actually my first time crocheting a sweater in a long time (I knitted a sweater for my teddy bear when I was a little girl…click HERE to see a pic of it in my very first blog post :P).  I was very interested to see how all the pieces would come together and what the garment construction would be like!

First off, I crocheted the body of the cardigan.  This part consisted of all half-double crochets, resulting in a beautiful ribbed look with a lot of texture.  The slits were where the sleeves would be attached!

Then I sewed the shoulder seams…

And then I crocheted sleeves in the two armhole spaces on either side!

Here is a close-up of one sleeve…as you can see, the ribbed look of the half-double crochets continues!

Next up was the shawl collar!  There were actually two options for this part in the pattern: one was a knitted option and the other was a crocheted option.  Because I haven’t knitted in a very long time and I have no idea where my knitting needles are, I stuck with the crocheted option :P  Alternating front post double crochets and back post double crochets gave the shawl collar this ribbed look…

The collar can be flipped outwards, and the ribbed look is on the other side as well!

A close-up photo of the back of the sweater…

And more finished product photos!  Here the collar is flipped inwards…

And here the shawl collar is flipped outwards!  This collar provides beautiful framing :)  I love shawl collars!

We thought it’d be neat to display this sweater on our manzanita tree- do you remember it from the decor of our wedding and baby shower (click HERE to see it decorated with pom poms)?

You can imagine how excited I was to see Myla wear it for the first time!  Haha, I ended up having Myla try it on when she was 3 weeks old…and it was a struggle getting her in it as she had grown so much!  As you can see in the photo below, the sweater looks a little snug on her -_-‘  This has actually been the case for many of the baby hats I made for Myla as well…I tried to make a range of sizes as it’s difficult to know how big your baby will be!  But babies DEFINITELY grow quickly, so I would recommend erring on the side of caution and making things bigger rather than smaller.  I’m just glad I managed to get some photos of Myla wearing this sweater I made for her!  I used a 5 mm crochet hook, but you could try using a bigger crochet hook if you want the sweater to be bigger.  Also, once you know how this garment is constructed, you could easily adapt this pattern to make it a bigger size!  The teddy bear beside her was gifted to Myla by good friends who thought it’d be the perfect gift since the teddy is wearing a pink crocheted sweater!  Aren’t they sweet together?  Two cuties with their pink crocheted sweaters!

I quickly wanted to share these knitted sweaters with you too!  A very kind “Poh Poh” (Chinese for ‘grandma’) from our church made these all especially for Myla!  Aren’t the designs impressive?  I can only imagine how much time and effort she put into knitting these!  I know she loves knitting gifts for the children of our church and also donating her handmade items to hospitals.  I hope when I’m older I’ll still be crocheting with so much passion and love too!

Thanks for reading, and once again, the free pattern for the “Arbor Baby Sweater” can be found HERE!  Let me know of any other crocheted sweaters or clothing items you’ve made and how they’ve turned out :)  It’s so special seeing your little ones wearing items you’ve made for them!

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Arbor Baby Sweater (free pattern via Sarah Cooper found HERE)

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Arbor Baby Sweater (free pattern via Sarah Cooper found HERE)

Here is our sweet little Myla wearing the owl hat that I crocheted for her!  It’s so special seeing our baby girl wearing all the items I made especially for her when I was pregnant :)  This hat was actually a tad snug when we put it on her, and it probably doesn’t fit her anymore…babies grow so quickly!  Click HERE to see my blog post about the owl hat and click HERE to get the free pattern!

Here is our sweet little Myla wearing the owl hat that I crocheted for her!  It’s so special seeing our baby girl wearing all the items I made especially for her when I was pregnant :)  This hat was actually a tad snug when we put it on her, and it probably doesn’t fit her anymore…babies grow so quickly!  Click HERE to see my blog post about the owl hat and click HERE to get the free pattern!

Do you all remember the stork pouch/hanging cocoon that I blogged about months ago HERE (click on this link to also access the free pattern)?  I was soo excited to finally put it into action for Myla’s newborn shots!  I initially crocheted the stork pouch thinking it would cover Myla’s entire body (with just her head poking out), but as you can see, it barely covered half of her!  We have one tall baby on our hands :)  Of course, we did not want to hang the stork pouch since Myla was so big for it, so instead we lay it on our carpet!  Doesn’t she look so sweet with her pretty flower headband and cute arms?  I will be sharing more photos from Myla’s newborn photoshoot, each with a different crocheted prop, so stay tuned!

Do you all remember the stork pouch/hanging cocoon that I blogged about months ago HERE (click on this link to also access the free pattern)?  I was soo excited to finally put it into action for Myla’s newborn shots!  I initially crocheted the stork pouch thinking it would cover Myla’s entire body (with just her head poking out), but as you can see, it barely covered half of her!  We have one tall baby on our hands :)  Of course, we did not want to hang the stork pouch since Myla was so big for it, so instead we lay it on our carpet!  Doesn’t she look so sweet with her pretty flower headband and cute arms?  I will be sharing more photos from Myla’s newborn photoshoot, each with a different crocheted prop, so stay tuned!

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!]

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!

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