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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Babies need booties too

A friend was going to a baby shower and asked me to create a bootie/hat set for the newest little girl. This is what came out of my head. The flower on the hat is the same edging as the booties.

The buttons are pearl with antique silver carved surround. They are sewn in with tails showing so that they can be removed when the baby is old enough to grab at them because they are small enough to swallow.

This set is for a newborn so there's no grabbing risk until the baby is a
little older. Larger sizes will (eventually) need a heel added in and I'll post that pattern when I make it up. I'll work on it soon. I'm trying to equally share my time between food writing and Loopers so if I am a little behind in patterns and updates, that's why. I'm in the process of putting together a class schedule that will include private lessons and home parties which will be up in the not too distant future.

Until then, here's what I did; The booties are a simple pattern, a straightforward tube:
"E" hook, 4worsted baby softy yarn. Cotton will get wider and shorter when it's washed so keep that in mind if you go that route.

ch 14
sc in first stitch to join and sc in rounds for 18 rows.

sk st and sl in next to join

ch 3, sc in next stitch around, sl st in ch to join

ch 3

*sc in ch3 space, ch 3, sc in 3rd ch from hook, sc in ch3 space.

*repeat in each ch3 space, slst in ch1 to join

weave in ends.

Use tail from starting ch12 to sew bottom closed. Turn the sock/bootie inside out and fold down.

The hat is a standard beanie type. I used the same hook and yarn and used the magic loop and increased until the hat measured 5inches high and 5.5 inches wide (half). Edge the same way the booties are done.

I have decided I'm going to do a series, the flower booties 2010, the white is the "carnation feet", the yellow are the "daisy feet" and the pink "rosey feet".

I'm going to a "knit and crochet meetup" at Central Market on Lamar in Austin, TX, today. I'm working a crochet quilt block inspired blanket (that's also coming out of my head) for a friend who is having a baby boy in November but I'll also take these little creations with me. I think I'll start working on the "bluebell and snapdragon feet".

Make them, email me pics of what you did, give them as gifts, just give me some credit in there somewhere ;)


I added a "maryjane" style to the lineup...I made the button but think it's a bit large, I'll make a smaller version for the rest of them. I like the pattern, it's a morph of a number of patterns I've seen, made up, and remembered. I think they'll look cute in blue with abutton, the whole clown thing without actually having a clown involved because, well, we all know how creepy clowns are. I'll add boy shoes when I finish them.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The new Slouchy Hat

The Loopers! kids are madly crocheting hats for the cancer society and I'm so proud of all of them.

Here is another version if you want to make a different 'style' other than the straight beanie version I know many are making as the "chemo cap". I made a few of the caps already then thought I'd mix it up and add this hat to the mix.

Connor likes to wear "slouchy" hats, not too slouchy and not too short. I like to make them so it's a perfect combination. I worked a new pattern that lessens the point which you get when you slouch the regular beanie.

This is made with Love This Yarn, Blue Camo. I used a "I" hook. Any soft "medium 4 worsted" will do. Cotton is also a good choice for added softness. Cotton does loosen considerably and shorten when washed so factor that into any hat you're making.

Connor's Slouchy Hat Pattern

Magic circle and sc 5 in the loop
(OR you can ch 3, slst in first loop and then do 5sc in the center) (5)

ROW 2: 2hdc in each stitch (10)

ROW 3: 2hdc in each stitch (20)

ROW 3: 2hdc in each stitch (40)

ROW 4: hdc in each stitch (40)

ROW 5: hdc in first stitch then *hdc in each of next 2 stitches then 2hdc in next* repeat around hat (53)

ROW 5-25: hdc in each stitch

finish by sk st, slst in next, pull yarn through and weave in ends.

It's a quick, easy cap. It's slouchy and can be made longer for a bigger slouch but for us, this works just fine.

Let me see when you make one, I'm waiting!!