Crochet baby cardigan

Yes again, another crochet baby cardigan.

…..Because handmade is fairmade

…..Because this pattern calls for endless colourful variations

…..Because babygirls are born all around us ( boys, where are you?) and these cardigans make such a sweet little gift

…And just….well……because…………..

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You can find other variations of this pattern here, and here, and here….

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baby blanket: crochet ripple

Last January my niece was born. And don’t you think  every baby ought to have a soft, warm crochet blanket?

I think I started working on this blanket shortly after my sister told me she was expecting a baby. I crocheted a few rows at a time, thus keeping myself busy until shortly before my little niece was born. Very, very therapeutic business for aunties who can hardly wait to meet their little nieces and nephews……

 

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I made the pattern up as I went along. It wasn’t my first ripple blanket, and I learned the trick by watching tutorials on Youtube, like this one. Once you’ve learned the basics, you can make up your on variations quite easily.

The yarn I used is Scheepjeswol Stone washed: a mixture of cotton and acrylics: very, very soft!

 

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Christmas decorations

It’s that time of the year again; time to bring out the Christmas decorations!

Not the most fashionable ones perhaps, just the ones that make us happy, and that make our home a comfy colourful welcoming place.

 

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Our Christmas decorations are thrifted:

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Fairtrade:

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Made by the kids, throughout the years:

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And handmade by me:

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That Christmas tree is hard to photograph, but you get the idea I  guess: branches collected in the woods, dried, and tied together, hung on the wall and decorated.

 

…and it ain’t Christmas ’till I’ve had time to crochet some stars!

Use what you have crafts #5

Using what you have, not running to the store for again, new yarn, makes creative and leads to surprisingly colourful combinations. It’s a challenge to get started sometimes, to make it work with what I’ve got, I will admit, but the result this time has made me very very happy.

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A crochet bolero, made for my daughter’s 7th birthday. She wore it on her birthday and on many, many of the following days. The pattern was an improvisation on the pattern I used for this baby cardigan, the yarn 100% cotton, the hook 3 mm.

I completely forgot to blog about it once it was finished. I stumbled upon the pictures I took on my camera, and decided to share them anyway. Better late than never so to speak!

Crochet baby cardigan

For a sweet little baby-on-the-way I made a little crochet cardigan. The pattern I found in the Dutch issue of Simply Crochet ( Simply haken 04/2015), and it’s available in the English magazine in Issue no. 32 of this year.

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The pattern starts at a size 1-2 yrs, but I decided to make a smaller version by using a thinner crochet hook and a different kind of yarn. I crocheted with a 4 mm hook, and used a mixture of cotton and acrylic. The green I still had lying around, waiting for a good destination, the other colours I couldn’t help buying during a visit to our local Hema . The result is an extremely soft and almost too sweet little cardigan size 3-6 months…..and me….fallen in love……

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I enjoyed this pattern so much! It’s not complicated at all, you just need to read the pattern carefully and all you need are a few basic stitches. It’s fast too! This pink cardigan was done in one wednesday afternoon. I worked away the threads on a trainride to work (I should crochet more often on the train!), and blocked the cardigan back home, overnight.

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I fell so in love with the pattern I decided to make another one……for a sweet little girl, using the yarn I have now anyway. I’m not sure this will be the last one I make though…………

Use what you have crafts #4

I am stil working my way through my yarn stash…slowly but steadily…..

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Last week I made a new pillow cover for on our couch. I used leftovers from different brands and different types of yarn: cotton, wool and acrylic, it’s all in here. The colours, they match…in a way……and the thickness of the yarn is roughly the same.

crochet pillow1Just a plain large granny square, using a 4mm crochet hook and lots of colourful leftovers…. For the back, I used some Ikea fabric that I still had lying around. I used my sewing machine to sew the crochet part onto the fabric, and I wasn’t sure whether this was a good idea at first, but I think it worked out well. I sewed the pieces of fabric and the crochet square, right sides facing eachother, sewing onto the outer edge of the crochet piece, as you can see in the picture, and then turmed the whole thing, stuffed it and…… there it was our new pillow!

crochet pillow2I’m not through with all leftovers yet so on a cold and rainy summer day I quickly started on a new project; another granny square pillowcase. This one is made up of small grannies crocheted with leftovers of Phildar partner 6 and Phildar partner 3,5  which is a mixture of wool and acrylic, and which makes this a really soft and warm winter pillow. I had to put it aside again though; the sun is out again and I’ve totally lost my interest in making winter stuff (for now) let’s enjoy the summer while it lasts!

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Use what you have crafts #3

I finished crocheting the red granny ripple blanket which was my previous ‘use what you have’ project, pictures will follow sometime soon.

Since I love making blankets, I soon started a new project. This time I am cheeting a little. All colours are leftovers from myself and others, but I needed something to bring it all together, so I bought some white yarn for this project. I like the bright colours, and the pattern I choose. I don’t know whether there’s a name for this stitch, it’s something I made up along the way but I am really happy with it. The blanket seems twice as thick and is very stretchy…perfect for wrapping around little babies!

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Perhaps later on I can write a little tutorial?

Use What You Have crafts #2

I’m still keeping my promise to work with materials already at hand. Yarn left behind by migrating owners or passed on to me by a previous owner who apparently ran out of time or inspiration to make something with it….and all the leftovers from my own previous projects….

I am still surprised by all that I find lying around, and by the surprising patterns and colour-combinations they make me make….

This is the start of a sweet little babyblanket. 100% cotton, and with a pretty retro look & feel. I love it already……

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Ik houd me nog steeds aan het plan om alleen te werken met materialen die ik al in huis heb. Garen  dat ik kreeg van migrerende eigenaren, of van eigenaren die het aan tijd of inspiratie ontbrak om er nog iets van te maken…. garen dat overbleef na mijn eerdere projecten….

Het verbaast me nog steeds hoeveel ik tegenkom, en wat voor patronen en kleurencombinaties ik er mee kan maken….

Dit is het begin van een babydekentje. 100% katoen, lekker retro en heel geschikt voor in de maxi cosi of kinderwagen. ik ben er zelf een beetje verliefd op……

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vintage fabric baby dress

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This is a cute little babydress I made last summer. The floral fabric comes from a vintage sheet that I thrifted a while ago. I fell in love with it right away and  I have used it for several projects already. The buttons too are a thrifted find, and although ‘baby clothes’ are probably not the first things that come to mind when you first see these buttons, I do think they suit just fine on this little dress.

The pattern is from Ottobre 1/2012 and over the years it has become one of my favorite patterns. I like to crochet around the edges in a slightly different design every time. That’s not part of the pattern though, it’s just something I like. I use thin cotton yarn and a 1.75 mm crochet hook.  I always start with crochetting along the edge of the dress ( yes!) with a special hook that has a very sharp point on top. I bought it once online, but have forgotten where. I’m using it quite often though.

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The dress I gave to my little niece, and I love they way it looks on her….. they’re sooo cute when their that young…kids…..oh my…..

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Dit jurkje naaide ik afgelopen zomer, van een lief gekringloopt lakentje en idem knopen. Bij de grote stoere knopen denk je waarschijnlijk niet gelijk aan babykleertjes, maar ik vind ze hier wel op hun plek!

Het patroon komt uit Ottobre 1/2012 en is een van mijn favoriete patroontjes voor babykleding. Het randje er omheen bedacht ik er zelf bij. Ik heb eerst een ketting van lossen en hier en daar een vaste aan het jurkje vastgehaakt. Daarvoor gebruik ik een speciale haaknaald met scherpe punt die ik ooit online kocht, maar vraag me niet meer waar…… ik heb er wel veel plezier van, dat wel!

Het jurkje gaf ik aan mijn pasgeboren nichtje, en ohohoh wat staat het haar lief. en wat zijn pasgeboren kindjes toch lief…och…och..och

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