Thursday, January 31, 2013

Crochet Toddler Afghan

 
This crocheted ripple afghan was created when my daughter was around one or so. I've been lazy and haven't posted it!
I used the yarns from this post like I promised. The afghan is super soft and a little heavy since I used to strands held together.

Materials:

  • 7 colors sport weight yarn (328 yrds each)
  • Size I crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge:

28" by 40" blocked

Method:

Color combination:
  • 2 white rows
  • 5 pink rows
  • 1 white row
  • 5 orange rows
  • 1 white row
  • 5 yellow rows
  • 1 white row
  • 5 green rows
  • 1 white row
  • 5 blue row
  • 1 white row
  • 5 purple rows
  • 1 white row
Repeat this sequence for the second half of the afghan starting with purple and ending with 2 white rows.
 
 

Using the white yarn with two strands held together, chain 174 sts.
Ripple pattern:
  1. SC in second chain from hook, SC in the next ch, skip one ch* SC next 5 ch, 3 SC in next ch, SC in next 5 ch, skip 2 ch, repeat from * across.
  2. Ch 1, work through back loop only SC 2, skip 1 st* SC in next 5 sts, 3 SC in next st, SC in next 5 sts, skip 2 sts, repeat from* end with SC next 5 sts, 3 SC in next st, SC in next 5 sts, skip 1 stitch, SC in last 2 sts.
Repeat row 2 for pattern.

I hope you enjoy my tutorial!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Lullaby Friends



I've been working on this embroidered crib cover from Bucilla titled Lullaby Friends for a while now. I think I have made enough progress to show everyone my work.

Before we get to the stitching, there were some modifications I made to the crib cover.  I've decided that instead of a crib cover this little project will instead be a quilt. The edging of the crib cover will need to be ripped out. I've been in the process of looking for a suitable quilted fabric for the back. I will sew them together with half knots making a little comforter. I know I kept typing quilt but it's really a comforter.



On to the stitching! I've also modified the stitches slightly. Several stitches on the chart call for three strands of thread. I felt this was too bulky so I cut it down to two. Some of the circles call for the split stitch and I've changed those to chain stitch.

I still have a long way to go before I'm finished. There will probably be more modifications as well!

I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Cat Stocking



Even though the holidays have passed, I wanted to share my cat stocking with you.

This stocking was designed by Michele Wilcox for Red Heart. It was crocheted by non other than myself! I found the pattern to be very clear and easy to crochet. I finished the stocking in just a few days.

I used the following yarns:

  • Caron One Pound in white
  • Caron Simply Soft Eco in black
  • Bernat Alpaca in Fern
  • Bernat Alpaca in Red
I also used a white ribbon I had laying around. Here is the link to the pattern.

I hope you enjoy!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Crochet Toddler Hat


After our second large snow storm, I decided it was time to make my daughter a hat.

I looked around at different hat patterns until I got a good idea of what I wanted. I chose an earflap hat with little braids on the sides. I also chose to do this in a three color design.

Materials:

  • Size H crochet hook
  • Small amount of worsted weight yarn in three colors or however many you choose
  • Tapestry needle

Method:

This hat should fit a 2-3 year old.
  1. Ch 2, 9 DC in magic ring. Join into first DC and Ch 2
  2. 2 DC in each stitch. Join into first DC and Ch 2 (18)
  3. 2 DC in 1st stitch, 1 DC in next stitch, continue around. Join into first DC and Ch 2 (27)
  4. 2 DC in 1st stitch, 1 DC in next 2 stitches, continue around. Join into first DC and Ch 2 (36)
  5. 2 DC in  1st stitch, 1 DC in next 3 stitches, continue around. Join into first DC and Ch 2 (45)
  6. 2 DC in 1st stitch, 1 DC in next 4 stitches, continue around. Join into first DC and Ch 2 (54)
  7. Rounds 7-13 DC in each stitch joining the same as above.
Earflap:
  1. Ch 2, HDC 10, Ch 2, turn
  2. HDC2tog, HDC 6, Hdc2tog, Ch 2, turn
  3. HDC across, Ch 2, turn
  4. HDC2tog, HDC 4, HDC2tog, Ch 2, turn
  5. HDC across, Ch 2, turn
  6. HDC2tog, HDC 2, HDC2tog, Ch 2, turn
  7. HDC2tog twice, Ch 2, turn
  8. HDC2tog, fasten off
  9. Count 20 stitches in the front of the hat and start the earflap pattern from the 21st stitch.
  10. SC around the hat.
  11. Join and fasten off
Braid:
  1. For 1 braid cut 3 1 yd strands of each color. Fold in half and pass the loop through the last stitch of the earflap. Braid these strands for 5.5 inches then tie together and trim the ends. Repeat for the other side.
I hope you enjoy my tutorial! 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Little Tutu

This is the tutu I made for the Little Ballerina Bunny I showed you last week. It's not the exact same tutu, but the same design concept. I chose red, orange, yellow, and glimmer white tulle since these are the colors my daughter likes at the moment.
The tutu below is a no-sew no-glue design. It is an extremely simple design and takes only one afternoon to make. You can use this method for any size tutu you want to make. Adjust the amount of materials depending on the size tutu you want to make. More tulle for larger skirts and less tulle for smaller skirts.

Materials

  • 6-7 yds tulle or 4-7 25 yd rolls 3" tulle in any color combination you wish.
  • Roll of 1" wide fabric ribbon. You can choose any color.
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape

 Method

  1. If you are using 1 yd lengths of each color, do the following:
    • Fold the fabric in half.
    • Fold the fabric in half again.
    • Cut the fabric into 3" wide strips.
    If you are using tulle rolls, measure how long you want the tulle to hand, then double that number. I used 18" lengths for my 1 1/2 year olds' tutu.
  2. Next, measure around the waist of whomever or whatever you are making the tutu for. Add 20" to this number. 10" from each end, tie a knot. In between the knots is where you will be tying the tulle.
  3. Finally, to add the tulle, tie one onto the ribbon by folding each tulle piece in half. Then lay the ribbon on top of the loop end. Pull the ends of the tulle over the ribbon and through the loop. Tug gently then pull the ends toward you. Slide the tulle into place and tug again to tighten the tulle. repeat this step with the rest of the tulle. Make sure you tie all of the knots in the same way.
  4. You can use any color and pattern combination you like for your very own unique tutu. 
I may have made the tutu a little too puffy. My daughter is afraid of it at the moment!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Ballerina Bunny

This bunny come from the One Skein Bunny by Deb Richey for Caron International. You can find this free pattern on their site.
When I first saw this bunny I thought it would be a really cute gift for my daughter. The only thing I didn't like about it was the face. I wanted a cuter face. I copied how young children's eyes close when they smile and did that for the eyes. Instant cute, at least in my opinion it's cute!


I had two ideas for the main theme of the bunny. The first was an older mother-like bunny with an apron. The second was the young ballerina bunny. In the end, I liked the second theme better.
I made a custom pattern for the ballerina slippers. I'm not entirely happy with the slippers. I think the pattern needs tweaked a little bit; however, I think I will leave it as it is for now. I can make the pattern available upon request.
The tutu was a very simple design. I made it removable in case the glitter got too messy. I will post a tutorial on the tutu next week.
Finally, the flower was very easy to make as well. I just took two white wedding flowers and sewed them together in the middle with yellow thread. I then sewed it to the bunny's head. Done!
Overall a very fun simple project to make. For one of my first crochet projects, I think I did pretty well. My daughter seems to like it too!

Happy crocheting!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Birthday Cake 1

It's my daughter's first birthday! Okay, technically that was a year ago. This is the cake I made for her.
I knew at only a year old she really wouldn't care about her birthday cake. Technically she didn't even eat any of the cake. So this cake was more for me to test my cake decorating skills.
I bought a ladybug pan from Amazon in hopes of maybe using it more than once. 
I made this cake in two days. The first day was baking the cake which was a strawberry boxed concoction. As an aside, I would personally not do a box cake again because I find them too soft. They taste good and are super moist. This doesn't lend well to a thick butter cream frosting though. At least for me, the cake has a tendency to split and break apart.

The second day was making the butter cream icing and decorating the cake. A recipe for a simple butter cream icing is below!! The decorating tips I used were
  • #3 tip for outlines, feet, antennae, eyelashes and eye whites
  • #16 tip to make stars to cover the cake
All in all this was a very easy cake to make. Splitting it between two days also made the cake less daunting for me.

Butter Cream Icing

Keep icing bowl in the fridge when not in use. You can also refrigerate this icing for 2 weeks in an airtight container. Rewhip the icing to spreading consistency before use.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1 lb (4 C) sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 T milk
  • 1 t vanilla extract

Method

Cream butter and shortening.Add vanilla and gradually mix in sugar. Icing will appear dry. Add in the milk and beat until light and fluffy. For icing a cake, thin with a small amount of corn syrup.

I hope you enjoy my tutorial!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Strawberry Soap

This is my first attempt at soap making. This is a melt and pour type of soap so it was very easy to make.
This particular melt and pour soap is made with Shea butter. Many people believe that Shea butter has healing properties and is ultra moisturising.
Shea butter comes from the nut of the Shea tree in Africa. There are several methods to creating the butter. Cracking, crushing and roasting to name a few. It is also used as an ingredient in chocolate.

Happy soap making!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Rose Candle

I made these candles a few weeks ago and I've finally gotten around to posting them.
I've been meaning to try different ways to create candles. I was hoping to use sand but I saw these little containers and I thought I would try them first. I had a hard time tracking down a scent I liked to go with the water pail theme of the containers. I finally just settled on rose. I coloured the candles to resemble clear water.

The only real problem i had with the pails is that the wax leaked out of them in some places. The wax hardened quickly though so it wasn't that big of an issue. I also used putty on the spout of one of the pails so that the wax wouldn't leak from there.

Happy candle making!