More Baby Crochet

Way back in the end of May, I started making some baby items for a family friend who just had a little boy. She contacted me out of the blue the other day, which finally inspired me to buckle down and finish. (The sad part is the only things that needed to be finished were weaving in the ends…I always hate doing that!) The baby’s parents are country music fans, so I went with baby cowboy items.

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I LOVED these little cowboy boots, the pattern was great and so was the payoff!

 

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I wish I could say I loved the hat pattern as much as the boot pattern. Maybe it’s just me and the yarn I used, but it doesn’t lay like a cowboy hat AT ALL. Hrumph. There are other baby cowboy hat patterns that I would encourage people to try out before this one.

Baby Boots on Ravelry

Baby Hat on Ravelry

A Baby Cometh (Where I Finally Make The Ripple Afghan)

I like to think I’m pretty close with my extended family on my father’s side. I’m the sixth of ten grandchildren, but only the second girl, so my elder female cousin became the older sister I don’t have. She is pregnant with her second child, a girl, and I was excited that she didn’t keep the gender a secret this time (her son was a surprise the day of his birth) so I could make things that weren’t gender neutral – I was more excited when she told me it was a girl because (1)everyone seems to be having boys lately, and (2)my yarn stash is FULL of little girl colors.

Mary Jane Booties: When my cousin gave birth to her son, I whipped up a pair of the Chuck Taylor booties, so for her little girl it only felt appropriate to make Mary Jane booties. I’ve made them once before for a coworker, and they’re still unbelievably adorable. I just wish they were so darn small – it gets pretty tedious working on something so small. (Pattern for both pairs of booties found here.)

Tulip Hat: There’s so many adorable baby girl patterns out there. I almost passed up the tulip cap because she is going to be an October baby and this was more spring-ish to me, but I went ahead and did it anyway. It’s worked kind of oddly (completely open until you put the stem on at the end), but I suppose that’s because of the ripples that form the petals. The pattern calls for you to just crochet the stem on top, but I didn’t like that it was open otherwise so I went ahead and stitched everything on top. If I did this pattern again (which I might!), I would try to find a way to make it so that it was worked in the round and then rippled, if that’s even possible. (Pattern can be found here.)

 

 

Ripple Afghan: I hate making afghans. They take forever (the way I do them anyway) and I almost always wind up running out of some color right before I finish one. My plan was to not make an afghan for this baby, since I made one for her brother when he was born and it was a huge undertaking. But a few days after I decided that afghan was the general baby afghan for their family, my cousin sent me a picture of her son, now almost 3, snuggled with that afghan, captioned with a comment of how he still carries it everywhere and has a name for it. It became obvious he wasn’t going to give that up for his new sister, but I didn’t have as much time to make one this time, so it was going to have to be something a bit smaller and easier (for the record, that ABC afghan fits on my queen size bed. AND IT’S FOR A CHILD. Anyway.), so I decided to finally try out the baby ripple afghan using my “girl color” stash. I didn’t run out of colors this time, since I was just kind of making up the color pattern as I went. It came out alright, but I think I would have liked it better if I had actually chosen the colors, as opposed to grabbing whatever I could find in the basement. Also round afghans are odd in general, because in order for them to fit length-wise they wind up being absurdly wide, and it’s just a whole mess. (Pattern found here)