Converse Style Crochet Baby Bootees

My daughters friend is expecting her first baby in February, they have literally been friends all of their lives. Their birthdays are only 6 weeks apart and they had their first playdate when they were just 6 & 12 weeks old, they started school together at the same nursery when they were three and shared classes all the way through their senior years in education. It is quite amazing seeing this young lady that I have known all her life producing a new life herself.

I could not resist making these Converse style bootees for the little man, yes she already knows IT’S A BOY!

Crochet Converse Style Booties

This cute pattern has been squirrelled away in my little stash, of ‘things to make one day’,  for a while now and I have been waiting for the opportunity to give it an airing.  I must be honest and say that it was on the third boot that I felt happy with how it was looking, it took the three goes to get the hang of making the front sit nicely – this was totally down to me being too eager to finish and not reading the pattern more carefully.

Crochet Converse Style Booties Side ViewI have taken shots from all angles so you can get a good all round view so on to the side. The black trim line makes them look like the real thing don’t you think?

As I so often do I I have used good old Stylecraft DK which is always so great to work with, the choice of colours is fantastic especially for these little boots.

Crochet Converse Style Booties Back ViewAnd the back, I still think I should be able to improve on the joins that you can see on the white sole here.

Then on to my favourite finishing touch – the laces!

Crochet Converse Style Booties LacesI love the finishing touches on this pattern, it describes how to coat the end of the laces in glue and leave to dry before trimming so they look like real laces.

Crochet Converse Style Booties 2

So if you have a little critter of your own or indeed anyone else’s you want to make these for……… the pattern by Suzanne Resaul is available via the home of many great patterns – Ravelry.

It is a very popular pattern around the globe and has been translated into Swedish by Pysselkiisen,  Spanish by Duendecilla. and more recently Italian by Mirella.

Please note that this pattern has kindly been made available for you to use and enjoy free of any charge, also you may sell shoes from the pattern, the only thing is that is required is that you give the credit for the pattern design to Suzanne, and lets face it, she really does deserve it.

THANK YOU SUZANNE.

Baby Booties With Teddy Bear Faces – Lois Daykin Baby Crochet

Here at last, these cute little crochet baby shoes, I just adore the teddy bear faces on them. They were really fun to make, well maybe a bit fiddly when it came to making the ears, but they are worth a bit of faffing wouldn’t you say?

Photo: Liv Cawston

You may remember I told you back in August about my colleague NG who was expecting her second child when I wrote about the Teddy Bear (thegrangerange.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/teddy-bear-for-a-baby-boy-from-lois-daykins-baby-crochet-book/). Well the expected little man has made his entrance to the world and is now the grand old age of 2 weeks. NG and son number one, Master R, brought Baby S into the office last week to see us, so sweet, so little, so sleepy.

Big brother Master R,  was so excited as he proudly introduced little Baby S as my new sister! Well, he is only three and a half himself, bless.

Anyway back to these lovely little baby boots. I used the same as for the Teddy, Rico Soft Essentials Merino Aran from www.crafty-yarn.co.uk/shop/115/175/index.htm the delicate pale blue for the main bootee colour with beige for the face and paws and a touch of cream for the finishing touches.

I am definitely intrigued by baby shoes, you see so many fabulous designs from cute Baby Jane shoes to mock Wellies, Converse baseball styled boots and trainers.

I was a bit confused at first as other shoes that I have made have always started with the sole and worked up but with these you start at the top. By making a chain and joining to form a circle then working in rounds you create the boot cuff.Then you add the top of the boot, it looks like a big blue tongue at this stage.

Then you pick up and work in rounds again the form the sides, heel and toe.

That leaves the sole to do.

So with the sole completed and a line of cream trim around the top of the bootee it’s time to make the sweetest of Teddy Bear faces, their cuteness being the essential element for these baby feet treats.

Finally stitch the face onto the bootee, I actually applied the features before stitching on the face as it was easier to manage and gave a neat finish as any ends were tucked away.

Make another one to match and you have the cutest little Teddy Bear Bootees fit for a prince, or in this case Baby S.

Photo: Liv Cawston

This is my favourite photo of both Teddy and Booties taken by my lovely friend and photographer Liv, you can probably tell that she also took the image of the boots at the start of this post. I do my best with the photography but find it quite trying at times as I get shadows and dark patches or cannot get the composition to look on the image the way I had envisaged it in my head.  I was struggling with this image when Liv just happened to pop round and quick as a flash (pardon the pun) it is done. You can see more of Liv’s work on her website www.livcawston.co.uk . Thank you Liv.

Crochet Jacket and Shoes For Baby E

I was away for work last week at a trade show. I don’t really like being away from home as it parts me from my wonderful family and my woolly projects, so as I packed I included some pink and lavender 4 ply, a couple of hooks and a pair of scissors.

In the evening after dinner I left my colleagues at the bar and disappeared up to my room for some happy hooking time……………..

………………. aaaaah that feels better!

What am I making?

Well, if you have been to The Grange Range before you will remember the post before the foal was Pink Crocheted Dress and Beanie Hat For Happy Little Baby E

I am making the jacket for the same little laughing lady to go with the dress, and when I get home I am going to try to make some shoes to cover those cute little toes now the weather seems to be getting cooler.

But for now back to the jacket. It is constructed much like the dress.

First you make a flower.

Make the flower into a square.

Join the squares together.

And then there were three, this is the sleeve you see. Continue making and joining the squares as many as instructed for the size you are making.

Then start working up from the squares to create the body of the garment, again this is the sleeve is shown here.

Here are the finished sleeves.

And the finished body, all worked in one piece.

And here is the finished jacket, the pretty picot edging really finishes it off nicely don’t you think?

I got about half of this done while I was away and finished it once I was back home.

It looks really flat and lifeless here but I am sure it will come to life when a certain little lady adds her smiley face.

Then determined as I was to make some suitable footwear I spent all of Sunday making and pulling apart shoes! I got so fed up, I tried so many different patterns and just could not achieve the look and finish I wanted.

Frustrated and about to give up? No way, not me, I was determined not to be beaten by this.

In the end I made up my own version and this is how they turned out.

I am really pleased with them and am hoping to make these sweet little shoes my first tutorial. Although I must say I am really nervous about doing it in case no one can understand it, “just be brave and have a go” is what my lovely hubby says.

Watch this space!

Lois Daykin’s Baby Crochet Teddy Bear For a Baby Boy

This book by Lois Daykin is definitely one that I could recommend. I found the book when browsing on amazon recently, it has one of those look inside options so you can have a look at some of the patterns before you commit to purchase. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Baby-Crochet-Designs-Babies-Months/dp/1904485871

Here is project number two from Lois Daykin’s Baby Crochet book. I have not told you about my first one yet that will follow shortly, my wonderful Stripy Cat!!

I took the book into the office along with my finished gorgeously lovely Stripy Cat to show the girls. NG who is expecting her second child fell in love with the Teddy and matching Bootee’s so I was delighted to say I would make them for her expected little man.

Actually the truth is I had already planned to make them for her so was secretly excited to have approval for making this gorgeous pair of cuties. I had sent for the wool the previous week so was ready to get started straight away. I am using the Rico Soft Essentials Merino Aran from www.crafty-yarn.co.uk/shop/115/175/index.htm this delicate pale blue for the main teddy colour with beige for the paws and and cream for the tummy. I am always pleased when Crafty Yarn have the yarn I am looking for as they offer a very quick service which is a downfall with some other wool websites.

If you have a favourite website that you can recommend please let me know. Isn’t it dreadful when you get all excited about a new project then have to wait 10 days for the wool to arrive! This has happened to me recently, ordered the yarn on the 24 July and still waiting!!!!!

Anyway, my apologies back to this exciting project. Here he is, a first glimpse of the pattern.

This is only the second toy I have ever made so I found it very interesting seeing how it all went together. I started as instructed with the body and head which are worked in one piece.

Starting by creating a base then working upwards in rounds to form the body and joining in with the cream for the tummy, then decreasing to shape the body up towards the head. You stuff the body as you go which means that you can manoeuvre the stuffing to get it nicely placed (no lumpy bits).

The pattern said to do the muzzle next but I was so keen to give Teddy some legs I skipped the nose, no particular reason I just wanted to give him some limbs!

The little paw pads are made separately and stitched on, a bit fiddly but worth it don’t you think?

He does look a little odd at this stage as you can see………….

…………. his face is lacking character and I thought his head was a slightly odd shape, so next I thought I should go back to following the pattern and make the muzzle. Once made the muzzle is stuffed and sewn in place.

With the muzzle made I set about completing the other leg and Teddy’s arms and stitched him all together. He was so pleased to be complete he could not stop looking at himself.

Eventually I managed to get him to sit nicely for a photograph.

I wanted the limbs to have a floppiness to them so I confess I did add an additional row of single crochet to the top of the legs and arms before sewing them on.

The picture I had in my mind is of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh, do you know the picture I mean? When CR is dragging Pooh by the arm down the stairs

When the little man is big enough to carry Teddy around he will be nice and floppy and easy to hold by which ever limb he decides to hang onto.

I will be posting soon the pictures of the Stripy Cat so please come back soon!