Sunday, January 11, 2015

12 Purple Hats

This week I was challenges (via one of the ravelry challenge groups that I'm in) to make hats or squares for charity.  The challenge ran from January 5 - 11, but I read about it on the 7th.  So I took out some purple yarn and got to work making my favorite baby hat pattern.  This pattern is a lot of fun to make, probably because I enjoy making front and back post stitches.  If you haven't tried them, then you should.  They are easy to do.  I used Cascade Pacific, Cascade Pinwheel, and Caron's Simply Soft yarns and a size I crochet hook to make them.  Each newborn hat uses about 40 to 50 yards of worsted weight yarn.  I will be donating them to A Child's Light which is my local chapter of Click for Babies. 

The mission of A Child’s Light, Inc. is to prevent the abuse and neglect of our children and includes all forms of abuse and neglect, whether physical, sex.
CLICK for Babies is a grassroots public education campaign organized by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) in partnership with hospitals, public health and child abuse prevention groups to create awareness of the leading trigger for infant abuse, frustration with infant crying.
During the campaign, communities all across North America donate handmade caps stitched in all shades of purple. Along with these caps, new parents receive a video, booklet, and bedside information describing the Period of PURPLE Crying (a period of time when infant crying increases; beginning when babies are about two weeks old, peaking in the second month and ending around the third to fifth month).
The collaboration and coordination it takes to make the caps, distribute them to hospitals, and deliver them to parents provides a fantastic opportunity to bring the whole community together in an effort to raise awareness about this important issue.

Saturday, January 3, 2015


Yesterday I crochet this cute elephant magnet using some Cascade yarn.  It was very easy to make.  Here is the free pattern for it.

Yesterday I made these two newborn hats with elephant appliqués.  This is my favorite crochet baby hat pattern to make.  It uses front and back post stitches to create the rib effect.   Here is the free elephant appliqué pattern, and here is the free hat pattern (which comes in different sizes - newborn to 12 months).

Sunday, October 12, 2014

More Purple Baby Hats for Charity

Here are the hats that I made recently for Click for Babies: Period of Purple Crying Caps (A Child’s Light).  The hats are handed out to babies born in November and December (where I am) to help make parents aware of what normal infant crying is.  This is to help prevent shaken baby syndrome.   So far I have made 24 hats for this charity.  

I love making the 2 and 3 color spiral hats.  
I plan on writing up a pattern on how to make the 2 and 3 color spiral hats this week.  
For this hat I followed a pattern made by my friend Cindy.  You can find it here.   She actually designed it for this charity.  All of her patterns are well written and easy to make.  
I followed this free pattern to make this ribbed baby hat.  It is one of my favorite hat patterns.  I just love making front post stitches.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Tunisian Crochet Slippers

Following this very easy Tunisian crochet pattern, I made this pair of slippers in 2 days.  I did need to make some tweaks to the pattern, but they were minor tweaks.  The pattern said to make them the length of your foot plus an inch, but that made them massive.  They stretch, so the length of your foot is plenty.  Mine are 21 rows long plus the decrease row (size 9 shoe).  The other tweak I did was that I used a size J hook and did a slip stitch around the whole thing at the end (after the single crochet round with a size K hook).  The yarn that I used was perfect, and very soft: Cascade Yarns Pacific Chunky Multi.  I used about 96 yards of the 120 yard skein.  The cool buttons I bought at Aunt Margaret's Yarn & Gift Shop (as well as the yarn).

The only real issue that I ran into with these slippers is that I had to mail order the size N Tunisian crochet hook.  No one local sells anything larger than a K.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Penelope Shawl

It took me most of September to make it, but here is my first triangle shaped shawl.  Since I have failed my numerous knitted attempts, I decided to crochet one.  That was the key.  It is a simple 3 row repeat with a special 3 row border.  You start at the top middle and work your way out and down.  It was so easy to make that I began to get bored somewhere in the middle of it.  I used up all 1000 yards of the James C. Brett Moonlight Sonta yarn that I had (2 skeins) and needed to beg for an extra 30 yards to finish it.  Thankfully my boss knew just who to ask.  After receiving a 30 yard donation, I was able to finish my shawl.  Here is the free ravelry downloadable pattern for it.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Crocodile Stitch Christmas Tree

I dove into my stash the other day and found a skein of green Encore yarn (from Plymouth Yarns), and I set out to make a crocodile stitch Christmas tree with it.  I used up every last bit of the 200 yard skein.  It is a very easy pattern, but it is a yarn eater.  
When I finished it, I glued red sequins on each leaf with some tacky glue. 
There are a lot of star patterns out there, but this one seemed to be the right size and look that I wanted.  It really was the perfect star to top this tree.  Here is the free pattern for it.

A few people in my crochet classes are making this tree, and I am going to be teaching a 2 part class on how to make it in November... Just in time for Christmas.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Striped Ball Bobble Square

The mini challenge in the Disney Adventures ravelry group this month is the Pixar short Jack Jack Attack.  While re-watching this fun companion to the movie The Incredibles, I noticed a hidden Mickey in it.  Among the toys that Jack Jack has to play with is the Pixar ball (a yellow ball with a blue stripe and a red star).  I used this baseball bobble chart and tweaked it a bit so that the bobbles formed a stripe down the center of it, just like the Pixar ball.  Now I have 4 bobble squares for the afghan, and I still have plenty of yarn left over to make 1 or 2 more squares out of each color (green and blue).