I am Back and Baby Sweaters to Talk About

Pink and Rose sweater and hat set.

Pink and Rose sweater and hat set.

04/29/2014 I wrote the following:

I have been away from this blog for a while because I have been crocheting for babies.  I crocheted a sweater for 2 baby girls who are cousins.  There mothers are sisters.  I also crocheted for 2 more girl babies that their mothers attend the same Bible study group I attend.  Now I am crocheting for 2 more babies that are cousins.  A blond boy and the other a redhead adorable girl.  These mothers are sisters and my nieces.  I have also crocheted some baby items for a single mothers outreach fundraiser.

I plan to be writing more on this blog.  I also plan to post more pictures of my crochet work.

7/28/2014

I am really back.  I had to reset my password to this blog.  Now I can blog again!  Be sure to scroll all the way down to see all the pictures.

I was asked to crochet some more sweaters for my baby girls that are cousins.  These babies are almost a year old not and they have a boy cousin that is about a month old at this writing. I have been asked to crochet him a sweater also.  I have three sweaters finished and  I have to finish the sleeve on one sweater.

I have one more to crochet for the 3-year-old little girl who was wearing a sweater one day when her mom posted a picture to her Facebook timeline.  The pink and rose sweater was one I just happened to include in the box when I shipped the baby sweaters to her mom.  The talk was not about what the child was doing but about the sweater she was wearing.  That is when I was asked to crochet the sweaters I am now have to yet to crochet and the ones waiting to be shipped.

 

Washable sweater is good for tots.

Washable sweater is good for tots.

 

 

Pink sweater WIP

Pink sweater WIP

 

Mint sweater in size 18 to 24 month.

Mint sweater in size 18 to 24 month.

Two Easy to Crochet Babies and Tots Sweaters Explained

Crochet Top Down Sweater

Crochet Top Down Sweater

Royal blue and multicolor crocheted top down toddler sweater

Royal blue and multicolor crocheted top down toddler sweater

I have written about crocheting for children before but I am now crocheting many baby and toddler size sweaters. What got me crocheting them is all the babies that some of my friends and family members have been having the past few years. I have essentially just 2 patterns I have crocheted much when it comes to sweaters with sleeves. One is the “hexagon sweater” and the other is a top down sweater. Both are very easy.
The “hexagon sweater” is crocheted making 2 hexagons and then putting them together by slip stitching or by sewing. I prefer the slip stitch method of putting them together as it is easier for me. The sweater will end up needing some finishing off to make it look more professional or finished looking. I like to add some length to the sleeves and I single crochet around the neck, down one side, across the bottom and up the other side. I usually start at the back of the bottom and work around the piece from there. Some of the time I will crochet ties to both sides of the front. But sometimes I sew on buttons and sometimes I add ribbons for ties.
Here are some of the pictures of some of the hexagon sweaters I crocheted: Lipstick baby sweater This is one I was working on. I since finished it.

Forest Green Baby Sweater

Forest Green Baby Sweater

I used a soft cotton yarn in worsted weight for both of these.
For the next one I used cotton yarn that felt more like string but washed up nice. I crocheted ties in finishing this little sweater made by crocheting 2 hexagons.
Crochet hexagon sweater in Christmas colors

Crochet hexagon sweater in Christmas colors


This next one is a pull over style still made with 2 hexagons. class=”size-medium wp-image-329″ /> This is a pullover hexagon sweater.[/caption]
Back of the pullover sweater.

Back of the pullover sweater.

I showed the back of this one so you can see how I made the two halves the same.

Now let me tell you about the crochet top down sweaters. I like this method better as I can use whatever yarn and hook I want and can make it with long sleeves, three quarter sleeves, short sleeves or cap sleeves. I can finish it off like I do the hexagon sweater and I can make it as short or long as I want to make it. I have even crocheted this style for adults using measurements of the wearer. The main reason I like it is because it is so easy to make. I just start out with a chain and crochet back and forth till the sleeve row. Then I get to skip for the sleeves and continue crocheting back and forth till I reach the length I need. Then I crochet around the piece and then I go aback and add sleeves that I crochet in rounds for the desired length. No seams to sew!!

Back if the royal blue sleeves and multicolor crocheted top down toddler sweater.

Back if the royal blue sleeves and multicolor crocheted top down toddler sweater.

Royal blue and multicolor crocheted top down toddler sweater

Royal blue and multicolor crocheted top down toddler sweater


Mint green and white sweater f Mint green and white sweater b

I want to win this book!

Crocheted Snugglers Easy Blankets for Baby Book
Publisher: Martingale
ISBN: 978-1-60468-317-2

I want to win this book as it will help me crochet baby blankets that are different than the ones I crochet now. I want to donate the blankets to a charity. I usually crochet granny squares and other easy patterns but they are getting to look too much alike. So with the patterns in this book I know that the patterns will be different for each baby boy and each girl for a while. I will post here if I win and I will also post the pictures of each blanket I crochet using the pattern book.

Crochet Pattern for Ski Cap

Shorter hat

Shorter hat

Hat Pic 4
This cap was crocheted for this little guy.

This cap was crocheted for this little guy.

This is my burnt orange color ski cap.

This is my burnt orange color ski cap.

I crochet a ski cap from my own pattern. I adjust it to fit any size head from preemie to extra-Large man size. I use measurements to get the size I need and do not worry about a gauge. I also can use any yarn I want to crochet this pattern.
Please DO Not publish this pattern without asking me first. Enjoy it.
Here is the pattern.

Marion’s Easy Ski Cap
Supplies used:
Note pad and pen or pencil
Bulky yarn if you want a very warm hat about 6 ounces
Worsted weight yarn for warm hat about 3 ounces or more
Sport weight for a lighter hat or baby hat about 3 ounces as I am guessing here.
Crochet hooks suggestion: J or K for adults if using the worsted weight yarn or bulky yarn. Use a H or I for a sport weight yarn.
Tape measure that can go around the head
Note: Start by taking the measurements of the wearer’s head from the middle of the head to the bottom of ear. Then add the length of the ear. Write this down on paper.
Then take and measure around the hair line going over the ears. Write this measurement down also.
Start by chaining a length that is just slightly smaller than the length of the first measurement. NOTE: Make sure you chain loosely or with a larger hook than what you will be using it crochet the hat.
Row 1: DC in each stich to almost the end. When you have 6 chains left then HDC in the next 2 chains, SC in the next 3 chains. Chain 1 and turn. Note: Chain 1 does NOT equal a SC in this pattern.
Row 2: SC in the first 3 stitches then HDC in the next 3 stitches then DC to the end. Chain 2 and turn. Note: chain 2 does NOT equal a DC in this pattern.
Row 3: DC crochet in all DC stitches of previous rows, HDC in all HDC and SC in all SC, chain 1 and turn.
Continue repeating rows 2 and 3 till the piece will equal to the second measurement or diameter of the wearer’s head when slightly stretched.
Finishing: Slip stich the last row to the starting chain. Do this by using the back loops of the last row and the unused loops of the starting chain. Then take and sew the crown of hat closed. I do this with yarn.
Attach yarn to the bottom of hat and then SC around the hat, join with a Slip stitch then chain 1 and turn REV SC around and weave in ends. Pom-pom or any other trim can be added.

Men wear then too.

Men wear then too.


This is the same pattern.

This is the same pattern.

Two colors

Two colors


Hat pic 16

Hat Pic 18

Hat pic 25

My Crochet Bag and How I Changed a Pattern

Close up of the bag

Close up of the bag

This is my green and black bag.

This is my green and black bag.

Materials used:

Worsted weight yarn

Main color: Black

Contrast color: Green

Other colors: scraps

Button of your choice (I used one that came in a pack of 6 that I had left over and matched)

Crochet hook size K

Note:  I saw a pattern I want to make but I changed my mine half way through the first half of the pattern.  Here is the link http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/trendy-tote-bag

I started the pattern as written but then I knew I did not have enough green to make the tote and thought I would make shoulder bag instead.  I had my gauge a little tighter so I added a few more chains to start than it called for so I ended up with an 8 inch by 11 1/2 inch bag.  My strap is 3 inches wide.  I trimmed it in just a single strand of yarn around the strap as it was easier to work with.

The rest of the bag is worked using 2 strands of worsted weight or number 4 yarn.  One color, black, is worked all the way through while I changed the color for the bag by dropping the green and adding another strand of yarn as I went.  I used up some very small balls of yarn for this part.

I added a flap to my bag so that it has to be opened to take things out.  I crocheted one strap so I can wear it across my chest.
When I got the first half of the first part of the pattern crocheted I then folded my piece and stitch it on the one side and around the corner and across the bottom. I then wove in the end all the way to the other side and back as the first row is a double crochet in very stitch row. This also brought the color I used at the top to the bottom of the bag. I then used the two colors I started with for the straps and the flap. I single crocheted them to make for less stretch in the bag. The bag does not need lining as it is very tight and I will not be putting small items that will poke through into it. I worked in my ends as I went along so I did not have to weave in any but at the part I mentioned.

If you like this bag and do not crochet please let me know in the comments as to your color choice. I will be happy to crochet you one.

Sweaters for Little Children

This is a pullover sweater.

This is a pullover sweater.

This is a long sweater.

This is a long sweater.

I have crocheted some sweaters and hats for little boys and little girls. I crochet a sweater every time I hear someone is having a baby. I make them large enough to fit a child 5 to 12 months old. That is not a size but an age. They are all crocheted using acrylic yarn and they will be warm and machine washable ad machine dry-able. I also have used mostly worsted weight yarn but some are sport weight yarn. I just use what I have. Here are some pictures of the sweaters. If you would like one then please contact me on Facebook. My page is I Crochet For Others.

Baby sweater

Baby sweater


Sweater and hat

Sweater and hat

Lavender sweater in long sleeves

Lavender sweater in long sleeves

Boy sweater is brown and blue

Boy sweater is brown and blue

Pink and Rose sweater and hat set.

Pink and Rose sweater and hat set.

Back of the pullover sweater.

Back of the pullover sweater.

Hats and Feathers

Hats and Feathers

I am crocheting some hats in open stitch patterns for a charity fundraiser. The non-profit group called New Beginnings of Central Fl., Inc. is selling jewelry. I have offered this group to sell my hats for the same price as the jewelry. The feather on the hat is one I bought and I put it on this hat this morning. I am doing this just for this charity. I will be crocheting hats and they will all be sold separately. The feathers make the hat more noticeable. The feathers come with a hair clip and a pin attached so they can be removed.