Baby Blanket for a Little Man

 

Baby Blanket for  a little boy.

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baby-blanket-complete-9

My lovely daughter called and asked if I could make a blanket for the Christening of her friends baby, “of course” said I “when is it”, “next week” says Miss A.

I said I would love to make something. But within a week? Although I would say that I am not one to be easily deterred from a woolly challenge it would be unlikely to be ready in time for the christening date. We agreed that that would be ok and I have to confess that I was delighted to be given a reason to start this pattern, I have been eyeing it up for quite a while and wasted no time in getting started.

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Baby Blanket 1.jpg

I wanted it to be bright and cheery so went for a mix of blues and turquoise with white to give the patches a lift, the soft teddy bearish brown added an nice earthy tone to pull it all together.

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baby-blanket-progress-2

I just love laying the squares out as you go to mark your progress deriving great pleasure from seeing them all laid out once complete and ready for joining.

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baby-blanket-ready-to-join-3

Just to give you a closer view of the different blocks used to create this baby blanket, the heart is made separately then stitched into place in the centre of this simple crochet square.

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baby-blanket-heart-square-4

The Catherine Wheel pattern is employed for the one of the rectangle squares. I love the motion you feel with this one.

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baby-blanket-square-5

A simple extention to the heart square base using treble crochet stitches.

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baby-blanket-square-6

The simple Shell pattern, the only single colour block used.

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baby-blanket-shell-pattern-7

The teddy bear brown surrounds and joins each block together and is also used to frame the simple trebble crochet border before the lacy edging is applied.

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baby-blanket-edging-8

And then, it’s finished. Ready to wrap itself around a special little man!

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baby-blanket-complete-10

I do so love making blankets and this was such a pleasure I have no hessitation in recommending the pattern from a book I have used many times, Baby Crochet by Lois Daykin.

ps. I am going to ask Mama if I can share the photo of the little chap laid on his new blanket, what this space!

Baby Jacket and Teddy Booties

These Teddy Booties are a favourite I have made before several times. Much as I have enjoyed doing the yarn bombing it has been so nice to have the time to make something just because I felt like it, no themes. I do so love these boots.

Teddy Baby Booties

And this little wrap around style jacket is great for baby boys or girls. You can just imagine a chubby little babe cosily clad in this cute jacket and bootee set and ready for cuddles.

Crochet Baby Wrap Jumper and Teddy Booties 2They are both from a book that I love Baby Crochet by Lois Daykin. It is full of toys, hats and bibs to make, even a long colourful snake. Take a peek and see what you think.

More Colourful Crochet Stripy Cats for the Cat Gallery

I so love making these gorgeous cats, this little chap was for my sister-in-law who loves cats. I chose colours from C’s favourite colour palette of blues and greens. I don’t know what she has called him yet but I know I can be assured he has gone to a loving home.

Blue Cat 2And here is Thomas.

Colourful Crochet Stripy CatI was so flattered when my colleague at work asked me to crochet a Stripy Cat for her friend who had just found out that she was expecting. It was great as I got to choose the colours, I went a bit mad and just used all my favourites so there was no particular plan at the start. I really like how he turned out though and thankfully so did my colleague.

Before Thomas left for his new home he did have a bit of a frolic with my Henry.

Two Stripy Crochet CatsPlease find a link to this fabulous book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Baby-Crochet-Designs-Babies-Months/dp/1904485871 . Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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.

Tutorial for Stripy Cat Upper Body

Sorry if this post appears a bit unusual but I got a message from a fellow hooker who was having some problems with the Upper Body part of the Stripy Cat pattern from Lois Daykins Baby Crochet book.

I love my Stripy Cat so much I think the world should be full of them! Obviously I had to try to  help.

Row 1

Chain 7 and follow pattern to 4dc in last chain.

Work down the loops on the back of the chain.

You will now have an arch shape with the starting tail on the right hand side.

Before commencing row 2 you need to turn the work over so the tail is on the left.

Row 2

Work back around the arch following the pattern, the increases should all be at the top, rounded end of the arch shape. Note that having worked back around the arch the tail is now on the right again.

Turn the work over so the tail switches to the left hand side ready to start the next row.

Row 3

As Row 2 work back around the arch following the pattern, the increases should all be at the top, rounded end of the arch shape. Again you will note the tail is back on the right.

Once again turn the work over so the tail switches to the left hand side ready to start the next row.

Row 4

As above following the pattern.

Again remember to turn the work so the tail is back on the left before starting Row 5.

Row 5

There are no increases in Row 5 so you will see the work start to curve for the roundness at the top of the body.

Row 6

Continue following pattern remembering to turn work at the end of the row so the tail is on the left ready to start the next row.

Rows 7 to 16

Having formed the arch at the top of the body and started the curve shaping in Row 5, these 10 rows form the length of the body.

I have only gone up to Row 16 but will happily do the rest if required. I was guessing that it might be the ‘turn’ at the end of the rows that was confusing. Anyway I hope the tutorial makes it a bit clearer, if you need any more help please let me know.

I would love to see a photo of your Stripy Cat when you have finished it. I hope you love yours as much as I love mine. Happy hooking my friend!

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!