Friday, 31 January 2014

Cute Crochet Baby Dress

I can't wait for Spring .........

In the meantime I just need to cheer myself up with dreaming !

This cute little crochet baby dress is helping. The lovely bright splash of yellow reminds me of spring flowers. And it makes a nice change from girly pink.


 
 

 
I based this on a vintage crochet pattern ~ Lister Nursery Time No. 2059
 
 
 
DK yarn, 4mm hook
I made a few alterations, and I am really happy with the result.
 
 
 

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Grow Your Blog 2014

Hello Everyone ~ and Welcome to my little corner of Blogland

 
I have just joined in with Grow Your Blog 2014 -
hosted by Vicki at 2 Bags Full.
 
 
 
 
Almost 500 bloggers have joined in this international 'Party' Event.
 
It's a great way to discover new blog sites. I just had a little look at a few and I have seen some very inspiring ideas already!
 
If you are new to my blog then I welcome you very warmly.
 
My name is Marianna ~ and this is my 100th blog post!
 
I started blogging a year ago and my blog has given me a huge amount of joy.
 
I love craft of all types - particularly yarn crafts - including knitting & crochet - and I spend a ridiculously silly amount of time looking at others creative ideas and projects.
 
I love to design my own knitting and crochet pattern designs
as well as to use others patterns I see and like.
 
My blog is my way of making note of my creations, and sharing my pattern instructions with other crafters. All my patterns are free.
 
Why not have a look around?
And of course ~ if you like what you see ~ please leave me a comment or follow my blog.
That would make me very happy!
 
 
Here is the link for a photo gallery of my projects in 2013 ~

http://mariannaslazydaisydays.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/made-by-marianna.html
 
And here is my latest little creation - hope you like it?
 
crochet baby dress


 
For further information about Grow Your Blog please visit the 
Welcome Page at ~
 

http://vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/welcome-to-grow-your-blog-2014.html 

I would like to thank Vicki very much indeed for hosting such a great event 

 

and I would like to thank you too

for visiting.

See you again soon .......

 

Emily's Baby Cardigan Jacket

 
My friend's daughter has just had her first baby and there is great excitement in the family.
 
I love making baby clothes ~ and wanted to give her a little gift ~ so I designed and made this jacket with a lacy cable panel on each front.
 
 
 
It won't fit her for a while yet, but my friend has been on a bit of a shopping spree lately and has bought lots of newborn clothes!
 
I thought it would be better to make something in a bigger size.
 
 
 
 I hope I get a cuddle with baby Emily soon
 
 

Friday, 24 January 2014

Tiny Tennis Shoes

I just love these sweet little tiny tennis shoes!
 
So cute .......
 
Tiny Tennis Shoes
 
I found them easy to make.
 
DK yarn and 3.5mm needles
 
 
 
You will find the pattern at ~
 
 

Monday, 13 January 2014

Aran Weight Stashbuster Knee Blanket

I had a quite a lot of 'bits' of aran weight yarn in my stash and never seemed to find a project for using it -
so I decided to make a simple granny square knee blanket to keep an elderly lady's knees warm.

 
aran weight yarn granny square knee blanket
 
I made a centre panel in bold colours, alternating with cream, then continued with alternating rounds of beige & cream,
before finishing off with a bold border.
 


 
This has been a satisfying project - I am happy with the result -
Margaret loved her blanket
and I used up 498g of aran yarn from my stash.
 

 

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Simple Garter Stitch Baby Blanket

This simple little baby blanket is made in four triangular parts, then joined together.
 
It is very easy and quick to make.
 
 
 


Colour change yarn makes it look really pretty -
I used a very reasonably priced multi colour DK yarn which I bought at The Works


 
Pattern 
 
Make four triangles the same. For each triangle -
 
Using 4mm needles, and any DK yarn, make a slip knot for the first stitch
 
1st Row:   Knit into the front and back of the first stitch  (2sts)
2nd Row:  Knit into the front and back of the first st, k1  (3sts)
3rd Row:   Knit into the front and back of the first st, k2  (4sts)
4th Row:   Knit into the front and back of the first st, k3  (5sts)
 
Continue in this manner, increasing one stitch on the first stitch of every row, until the length required.
 
Join the four triangles.
 
I added a cute little crochet flower to the centre, and made a crochet border using two rows of treble crochet to finish it off.


 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Bella Baby Jacket

I try to alternate knitting & crochet projects ~ it's more interesting, and I think it helps to reduce the strain on my fingers, hands & shoulders.
 
Here is my first knitting of 2014 - a pretty little baby jacket for a newborn baby.
 

 
 

Bella  Baby Jacket

 
DK yarn

4mm needles

3 small buttons

 
JACKET

 
Begin with the Sleeves (work 2)

 
Cast on 25sts

 
Work 6 rows in garter stitch   (knit every row)


Work 26 rows in stocking stitch, increasing 1 stitch at each end of 3rd,  7th and 11th rows   (31sts)

 
The sleeve should now measure about 5” – you can add more rows if required

 
Next Row:  Cast off 3sts, work to last 3sts, cast off 3sts   (25sts)

 
Leave these 25 stitches on a spare needle

 

Work the Main Part

 
Cast on 95sts

 
Work 6 rows in garter stitch

 
Work in pattern as follows ~

 
1st Row:  Knit to end

 
2nd Row:  K5, purl to last 5sts, k5

 
3rd Row:  K10, yfwd, sl1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, *k5, yfwd, sl1, k2tog, psso, yfwd; rep from * to last 10sts, k10

 
4th Row:  K5, purl to last 5sts, k5

 
Repeat these 4 rows 7 times more

 
Then work the 1st & 2nd rows once

 
Keeping the first & last 5sts of every row as knit stitches throughout, continue as follows ~

 
Next Row: Work 22sts, cast off 6sts, work 38sts, cast off 6sts, work to end

 
Next Row:  Knit 22sts from the right front, 25sts from the first sleeve, 39sts from the back, 25sts from the second sleeve and 22sts from left front    (133 stitches)

 
Work the Yoke

 
1st Row:  Knit 66sts, k2tog, knit to end of row   (132sts)

 
2nd Row:  Knit

 
3rd Row:  K1, k2tog, yfwd, k2 (for buttonhole), *(k2, k2tog), repeat from * to last 7sts, k7   (102sts)

 
Knit 3 rows

 
7th Row:  K5, *(k2tog, k7), repeat from * to last 7sts, k2tog, k5     (91sts)

 
Knit 3 rows

 
11th Row:  K8, *(k2tog, k7), repeat from * to last 2sts, k2                         (82sts)

 
Knit 3 rows

 
15th Row:  K1, k2tog, yfwd, k2 (for buttonhole), k3, *(k2tog, k6), repeat from * to last 2sts, k2    (73sts)

 
Knit 3 rows

 
19th Row:  K7, *(k2tog, k6), repeat from * to last 2sts, k2                            (65sts)

 
Knit 3 rows

 
23rd  Row:  K7, *(k2tog, k6), repeat from * to last 2sts, k2                          (58sts)

 
Knit 3 rows

 
27th Row:  K1, k2tog, yfwd, k2 (for buttonhole), knit to end of row

 
Knit 2 rows

 
Cast off loosely

 

To Finish

 
Join sleeve and underarm seams

 
Darn away ends

 
Sew on buttons
 
 

 
 
 
 
You will find the matching Baby Hat at ~

http://mariannaslazydaisydays.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/bella-baby-hat.html

You will find the instructions for a premature baby jacket at ~

http://mariannaslazydaisydays.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/little-bella-baby-jacket.html




 
 
 

Friday, 3 January 2014

Crochet Baby Cardigan Jacket

Well, here is my first project in 2014!
 
A classical, simple crochet baby cardigan jacket.
  
 
 
 
I made this with contrasting ribs ~ but it would fine in one colour throughout, or with self patterning yarn, or in stripes perhaps.
 

 
 
 

CROCHET BABY CARDIGAN    9-12 months

To fit a 21” (53cm) chest

Actual width ~ 24” (60cm)

Length ~ 11” (28cm)

Sleeve length ~ 7” ( 18cm)

Requires 5 small buttons

This cardigan is written in UK terminology

The back & fronts are worked in one piece to the armholes.

The borders are worked in dc(double crochet). The main body is worked in tc(treble crochet).

Using a 3.5mm crochet hook make 99 chain, turn

1st  Row:  1dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1dc in each ch to end, turn   (98sts)

2nd Row:  2ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc in each dc to end, turn

Repeat 2nd Row 6 times more

 

Change to a 4mm crochet hook

1st Row: 3ch (counts as 1tc), 1tc in each dc to end, turn

2nd Row:  3ch (counts as 1tc), 1tc in each tc to end, turn

Repeat 2nd Row until work measures 6.5” (17cm), ending with right side facing

 

Divide for armholes

Ch3, work 19tc, turn

Continue on these 20sts only for the right front ~

Work in tc until work measures 9” (23cm), ending with wrong side facing

 

Shape Neck

Work 16tc, turn

Work one more row on these 16sts, turn

Work 15tc, turn

Work one more row on these 15sts, turn

Work 14tc

Fasten off

 

Rejoin yarn and work the back ~

With right side facing, leave 8sts unworked, rejoin yarn, ch3, work 41tc, turn

Continue on these 42sts only for the back

Work in tc until the back measures the same length as the right front

Fasten off

 

Rejoin yarn and work the left front ~

With right side facing, leave 8sts unworked, rejoin yarn, ch3, work 19tc, turn

Continue on these 20sts only until work measures 9” (23cm), ending with wrong side facing

 

Shape Neck

Slip stitch across the first 4sts, ch3, work 15tc, turn

Continue on these 16sts only for the right front

Work one more row on these 16sts, turn

Slip stitch across the first stitch, work in tc to the end of the row, turn

Work one more row on these 15sts, turn

Slip stitch across the first stitch, work in tc to the end of the row  (14sts)

Fasten off

 

Sleeves (make 2 the same)

Using a 3.5mm crochet hook make 25 chain, turn

1st  Row:  1dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1dc in each ch to end, turn   (24sts)

2nd Row:  2ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc in each dc to end, turn

Repeat 2nd Row 6 times more

Next Row:  2ch (counts as one dc, 1dc in next st, 2dc in next st, *1dc in each of next 3dc, 2dc in next st, repeat from * last st, 1dc, turn  (30sts)

Next Row:  2ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc in each dc to end, turn

 

Change to a 4mm crochet hook

1st Row: 3ch (counts as 1tc), 1tc in each dc to end, turn

Work 10 more rows in tc, increasing one stitch at the beginning of each row  (40sts)

(The sleeve should now measure 7” (18cm) in length – make any adjustment required here)

Place a marker at each end of row, turn

Work 2 more rows on these 40sts without increasing

Fasten off

 

To Make Up

Join the shoulder seams, matching the dc on the back & front shoulders

 

The Neckband

Using a 3.5mm crochet hook, and with right side facing, start at the right front – work 15dc along right side of neck, 14dc across back neck, 15dc alond left side of neck, turn  (44sts)

1st Row:  2ch (counts as 1dc), work 1dc into each dc to end, turn

Repeat 1st row 4 times more

Fasten off

 

The Button Border

Using a 3.5mm crochet hook, and with right side facing work 44dc along front edge, turn

1st Row:  2ch (counts as 1dc), work 1dc into each dc to end, turn

Repeat 1st row 4 times more

Fasten off

 

The Buttonhole Border

Using a 3.5mm crochet hook, and with right side facing work 44dc along front edge, turn

1st Row:  2ch (counts as 1dc), work 1dc into each dc to end, turn

2nd Row:  2ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc into each of next 2dc, 2ch, miss next 2dc, * 1dc into each of next 7dc,        2ch, miss 2dc, repeat from * last 3sts, 1dc into each of last 3sts, turn

3rd Row:  2ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc into each of next 2dc, 2dc into 2chain space, * 1dc into each of next 7dc, 2dc into 2chain space, repeat from * to last 3sts, 1dc into each of next 3dc, turn

4th Row: As 1st row

5th Row: As 1st row

Fasten off

 

To complete

Sew up sleeve seams to markers

Sew remainder of sleeve to unworked armhole stitches

Sew in sleeves

Darn away ends

Sew on buttons
 
 

 
 

 

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year 2014


 
 

Wishing you all ~ health, happiness, hope, peace & joy ......... 

 
 
 
bliadhna mhath ur             blwyddyn newydd dda            ath bhliain faoi mhaise
 
   feliz año Nuevo                          feliz ano novo
 

to all my friends.

 

Very best wishes for 2014