Crochet Sweaters for Reborn Baby Dolls

I stared to crochet for new babies when ever I got invited to a baby shower.  I crochet the sweaters big enough so that the new little one can grow into them. I all got started about the time the little one in the top picture was born. He is in middle school at this writing.

Then I showed them to my step-daughter and she liked them so well I was then asked to crochet some sweaters for her “Reborn Babies” that she makes. Because she sells more of them to people at Christmas time they look even cuter wearing a crocheted hat and sweater set. They wear a newborn or even a preemie size sweater so now I have been crocheting them to fit a 3 to 5 pound baby. The yarn I use is thinner than what I use for the 18 month size and so the hook I use is smaller too by believe me there is the same amount of work that goes into crocheting them.

I crochet the Reborn Baby sweaters the same styles as I crochet sweaters for human children

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This too was crocheted for a real person. The daddy is holding the sweater and the hat is on his lap. Taken at a baby shower.

I was told that weather can damage their “skin” so the Reborn Babies must be covered so they do not get cold or melt. Because it is hot where we live we cannot leave it in a car when we go out any place. We take it into the stores and restaurants with us. This draws attention when we are out with one but the crocheted sweater and hat get noticed almost as much. That is good business for me. I get to make a sweater and a hat for each one sold to someone.

New born size sweater.

Crochet hexagon sweater in Christmas colors.

I have included this link so that you can look them up for yourself. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reborn_doll

Crocheted Fashions for Ministry at Church

I am now volunteering with a bread and food ministry at my church that also has a table that we put out used clothing for the taking.  As I help hand out the food I noticed many children.  Many of them look like they are wearing hand-me-down clothes.  I have started to crochet hats to hand out when the weather gets colder here in sunny Florida.  I am hoping that the parents and grandparents will give them to the little ones to wear during our short winter and then save them for them to wear the following year.  Many of the hats will also fit the older children and the adults as I make them to fit me or larger.  I also have scarves for them as well and for the adults.  Some of the scarves are those fashion ruffle style that can be worn while dressed up in nicer clothes for going to parties or church.  Many of them are more for fun or just warmth.

Crocheted Coasters

Granny square Coaster using Cotton Yarn

Granny square Coaster using Cotton Yarn

I crocheted many coaster in July. I crocheted more in August and then many more in September and October and November. I finally counted the ones I gave away as gifts to come to over 130 coasters. Here is the brake down on the coasters. I gave 12 as gift at a bridal shower. Then I gave 4 more away as a birthday gift. I gave away 130 at a Jesus Birthday party to single mother’s and 2 more as gifts just because I wanted to give them away.

I used cotton yarn of all kinds of brands that I had left over or had bought and stashed away to crochet all the coasters.  All can be machine washed and dried.  Some as you can see have more than one color and some I used up scraps to make them.  I crocheted many in one color or from one strand of yarn. The ones I ran out of yarn in the middle of the round I just added another color of yarn till that color ran out and changed the yarn again till I finished the coaster.  All were crocheted in three rounds of double crochet and then one round of single crochet followed by one round of reverse single crochet stitches.

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

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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


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Hat Pic 18

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