Finished Friday!

This week I have finally managed to finish the Newborn Knits cardi that I have blogged about before. Only problem is, it’s a bit on the small side . I suspect my gauge may be off.

I admit, I’ve never checked my gauge before. Lesson learnt. 

I reckon I can probably add a few rows to the bottom although I’m not sure they’ll look the same or if it will be obvious they are upside down. The sleeves are ok in length and the hood looks very cute when it’s on. Think I need to add toggle type buttons as these ones easily slip back through the button holes when it’s being worn.

Here’s a new cardi selfie to show what it looks like on…

Not the best pic, but it’s impossible to get this child to stay still these days! You get the idea though. 
I have another Newborn Knits pattern to try. This one was in size 12 months (Master S is a few days short of his seven month birthday!), I think I’ll have to do the next one in 24 months just to be sure he gets some wear out of it!
Happy Friday everyone x


Work In Progress Wednesday

As always, I have a couple of projects on the go. Nothing new I’m afraid but I’ll share pics anyway.

First the cardigan from Newborn Knots, the “Hooded Baby Sweater/Coat”. It is so close to being finished, I might even get it done tonight! It looks a little bit short though, I suspect I should have checked my gauge first, oops! I may just keep adding rows to the bottom so it fits Master S as long as possible. It has been an epic project, as in, it has taken me a very long time!

Secondly, a corner to corner blanket. This is for an order so just a sneak peek. I intend to finish this by the weekend, I’m probably about 1/3 of the way through it.

I finished some little booties for Master S the other day. They were to go with the hooded cardi but they’re a touch on the small side! So, although these are finished, they’re still a WIP as I need to make another pair in a bigger size!

Looking at this pic, I might add a little pink nose, some whiskers and ears to make these into little mice!

Anyone want to share any WIPs with me?

Busy Bank Holiday!

I’ve managed to complete a few items on my to do list over the Easter weekend. First the Moogly cardigan! I hooked this up using Robin baby aran yarn. It’s 100% acrylic so will wash well, essential with a small baby!

If I make this again I will probably use a double knitting weight yarn so the cardi is a bit softer and more pliable. This will look lovely with the pixie bonnet I finished a few days again. I’m a cruel mummy and made my baby boy model it. I think he looks very cute and I must look out a pixie bonnet pattern that’s not quite so girly.

Shell stitch pixie bonnet by Cre8tion Crochet

I have also finished a pair of Mary Jane style baby shoes. This is actually the first time I have used a youtube video to follow a pattern. Initially I was a bit annoyed that I couldn’t read the pattern anywhere as I like to skim read them so I know what to expect. Anyway, I just followed the video and I’m really pleased I did. I learnt that I have been joining my rows in the wrong place all this time, oops! If there’s a ch2 at the start, I had been joining in the first stitch rather than the actual chain of the ch2. They looked okay before I feel better for knowing I’m now doing it right! It was good to follow the video, it was reassuring. 

I love this photo of the shoes. I’ve been reading about how to improve my photography skills when taking promotional photos and this is the first time I’ve felt the photo does the item justice.
Lastly, I started a “blessing day bonnet” the other day and got it finished last night. I really love this mercerised cotton yarn. It’s the first time I’ve used it. It gives a lovely finish to an item and is nice and soft but non shedding. I’m struggling to get a good photo of this hat though. It needs to be on something head shaped to show off the shape and the design on the back. I think I’m going to have to try it on the baby! He is quite difficult to get a photo of these days though, he’s just started crawling! Here’s my effort at photographing it so far…
So, all in all, a productive weekend. What shall I make next?! 

My favourite free crochet patterns

I am eternally grateful to all the lovely pattern designers who have provided over 48,000 free crochet patterns on Ravelry. This meant I could start crocheting with very little financial investment, a couple of pounds for a hook and some yarn. Many of these designers also have YouTube channels dedicated to teaching the basics of crochet and I am yet to come across a stitch that I haven’t been able to learn via YouTube!

(If you decide to learn via YouTube…be aware that most videos use US crochet terminology. See my previous blog post).

These are a few of my favourite free patterns so far…

The owl hat from Repeat Crafter Me. I started off by making one for my toddler and one for my unborn baby at the end of last summer. I was kept busy making owl hats for a good couple of months!

This headband is so pretty. I made one for my daughter and this one was made for an order. It was quick to make and I love the flower on it.

One of my favourite hats yet! This cloche style hat from Aesthetic Nest  has a great tutorial to accompany the pattern and the flower pattern is included. Another fab flower!

My first crocheted blanket. This is a corner to corner afghan blanket. There are many patterns for these online but I used this one from Red Heart. Corner to corner patterns are fab because you just carry on until it’s the size you want and then start reducing the length of the rows. This makes it feel like it works up really quickly!

One of my absolute favourites. This gorgeous cardigan is a free pattern from the amazing Moogly blog. I’ve almost finished it so will share a pic when it’s complete, but so far, it looks perfect.

I sourced most of the patterns via Ravelry, a site that is well worth joining if you are looking for crochet or knitting patterns. There are over 130,000 free patterns to choose from!

Edited to add…
I’ve now finished the Moogly cardigan! It looks so lovely and worked up very neatly. It’s a pretty easy pattern to follow. Go on, give it a go…

Current Crochet Projects

At the minute I have FOUR projects on the go! I am terrible for getting to near completion of one thing and starting another. Now, I have done that three times and I now have three cardigans and a blanket on the go! To be fair, I need extra yarn for one cardi and a blanket, another cardi is almost finished and the third cardi is the infamous never ending jacket I am crocheting for my 6 month old.

I’m afraid I can’t even share pics of these items in progress as I wouldn’t want anyone to see them before the recipients! So here’s a pic of my baby (boy) modelling this pretty pink hat…

I’m resisting the urge to start on a pretty little baby bonnet. I need to keep trying new things to add to my inventory to keep the orders coming in. I haven’t done a bonnet yet so I’m excited to try making one!

Must. Finish. Cardigans.

Crocheted Cardigans

I currently have a couple of cardigans on the go, to see if I have the time to make them for my business.

The hat sales have dwindled as the weather has got warmer which I had anticipated, but I’ve been a bit stuck on what to make instead! I’ve enjoyed making a couple of things for my smallest two boys and my daughter has asked me to make her a slouchy hat so I’ll be getting on with that soon. I asked for suggestions as to what people might buy, and the ideas included sun hats, blankets and cardis.

So, a few weeks ago I was asked to make some unisex cardigans and found this one on craftsy.

I love the look of it, it’s a cardi when the weather is still cool but can be a light jacket on warmer days. I bought the pattern and started making it for my 6 month old. Actually, I think he was only 5 months when I started but it’s taken me so long to get it done! It’s still not finished but I only have 1 sleeve and the hood to go.

I consider myself a fairly speedy crocheter these days but this one is taking forever. I think it’s because it’s single crochet (fine) but ONLY in front loops. This means I have to constantly look at what I’m doing, I haven’t really got into a rhythm with it and, although it has a look of double crochet, it’s taking longer than double crochets take. Also because I know it won’t be a quick make, I keep putting it to the bottom of my list. I need to finish it before the baby grows out of it though. It looks nice so I’m happy but I won’t be taking orders for it.

Another cardi I have been trying out has been this one, from Moogly.

Mini Moogly Sweater :: free #crochet pattern in sizes 0-3mths and 3-6mths!

It has worked up quickly and looks beautiful. The foundation double crochet was a new stitch for me but the moogly tutorial was brilliant and taught me just what I needed to know. All the other stitches were basic and the body works up in one piece which is fab. I hate stitching! At the minute my creation doesn’t have sleeves and although it’s very cute, I think I’ll need to add sleeves though as it’s not exactly warm here! I’ll definitely be making this cardigan again. A bonus is that the pattern is free so be sure to have a look at it.