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Hipster Beanie and Boots for Baby

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I loved making this little set. The yarn is so soft and ideal for keeping a little head and feet warm. The very natural and earthy look of the yarn also lends itself to the hipster style.

For the hat I used this easy to follow pattern by April Cromwell. Thanks April. The only change I made was shortening the ties a little. I used a 5.5mm hook. And one of my favourite patterns for boots is this one by Repeat Crafter Me. I used a 3,5mm hook to make it smaller and tighter (my yarn is so soft I had to firm it up somehow) and I only made 3 rows of the cuff, then I added the laces. The yarn is a stunning, locally-produced blend of cotton, tweed, wool and acrylic.

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Newborn Flower Shoes

Every time I make a new pair of shoes I think that that pair is the cutest ever. These, however, have got to be my favourite. I made them with a matching narrow headband which I wrote about in my last blog post.

I find that shoes with a buttoned strap fit better and are more likely to stay on than the ballerina type shoes. I’ve also realized that the strap needs to be quite far back on the shoe and must be a substantial width. Many people have replaced the strap with a wide ribbon which then laces around the ankle. I have no doubt that this is equally effective, and perhaps one day I’ll make a pair like that, but….it’s not really my style.

These were made with a beautiful Egyptian cotton/ wool blend and a 4mm hook. I quite like the look of the extra deep sole.

Newborn Narrow Headband

Tiny things are just too cute. This little headband was made for Megan Grace who is just a few weeks old (and has a wonderful name). I’ve made a couple of these headbands, but none as tiny as this.

I used this chart pattern which is easy to follow, and just added a few extra chain and a sl st at the end to make the button hole. My hook was 3mm. I also used a different flower as I prefer 5 petals to 6. Grey is a colour I would never have used for little people in the past, isn’t it funny how we used to limit ourselves with colours. I’m very grateful for the colour freedom of today.

This headband has a very sweet pair of shoes to match. I’ll be adding them to my blog in a couple of days.

Little Girl’s Sun Hat

Summer is such a wonderful time. We usually associate crochet with winter woolies; blankets, scarves, beanies etc, but summer presents a whole new world of creative crochet opportunity. This is the second little sun hat I’ve made for little girls.

It’s 100% cotton which makes it light and cool, perfect for sunny days. I used a 4.5mm hook and Vinnis locally hand-dyed cotton yarn. It will fit a one year old.

I have a ladies summer scarf to finish making up now, but then not sure what to put my hand to….hmmm?

4-in-1 Flopsy Hat

A friend of mine asked me to make a gift for a one year old girl. We decided that crochet shoes and toddlers don’t work so well together. The only reason crochet shoes are cute is because they are so small, once they get bigger they lose their cuteness. So we settled on the idea of a hat and I began exploring patterns and trying out options. This was my first creation.

It’s half wool (which gives it it’s rustic feel) and half cotton (keeping it light and cool). I used a 4mm hook and made it up in htr (hdc if you are American). For the flower I used this pattern. I quite like the way the flower can come on and off and how you can button up the one side to give it different looks. It ended up being too small for a 0ne year old, but fits a little pinky who’s 6 months.

Beanie And Boots Giveaway

My friend, Sharon hosts an exciting online antenatal course in South Africa called Just Engage. She also regularly posts fun, relevant, real and helpful stories on her blog relating to pregnancy and parenting. You can follow her on facebook too.

She is currently running a giveaway featuring this beanie and boots set, and has written a lovely article about Megs J Shep.

Because these were made for a giveaway they had to be suitable for either a boy or a girl. I had been wanting to make something up using this combination of silver grey and stone, and this seemed the perfect opportunity. The pattern I used for the boots is from Repeat Crafter Me and is easy to follow. I found it a fun a versatile pattern. I then had to find a pattern for a beanie that matched….not so easy. I ended up making this one up. It is predominantly double (single if you are American) crochet, except for the brim which is alternate double and half-treble rows to match the cuff on the boots.

It is great to be part of this giveaway. Thanks to Sharon and Just Engage for featuring me. I hope these boots and beanie will be well worn by a precious little person.

Georgia’s Red Slippers

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Georgia has grown out of all her shoes, and now that she’s a mature 4 month old I decided that she can graduate from pink to deep red. Her Mom also has a delightful pair of red pumps that would be so cute to match.

I’ve been busy making a pile of gifts recently and won’t be posting them on my blog ’til they’ve been given. However, it appears that no matter what, there will always be an endless flow of baby shoes from the production line. For these I used the good old faithful Dainty Mary Jane pattern from ravelry.com. I used three strands of a very fine baby yarn and a 4.5mm hook. They are finished off perfectly with satin buttons.

Most of the baby shoes I make are for newborns, but these are slightly larger and should fit Georgia from 4-6 months of age. She wore them yesterday evening and looked sooo sweet.