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Rosy blanket…

About four years ago I made my first blanket ever for my little and at that time just newborn niece. Unfortunately I didn’t have a blog yet so I couldn’t share my work with you. This is why when I heard my colleague was expecting a baby girl and she is now eigth months pregnant, I thought this could be the perfect chance to gift her with something ‘heartmade’ and at the same time to show you one of my favorite patterns for baby blankets.

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Picking up the color for this project was easy. When I saw this beautiful pale pink I couldn’t think of anything more delicate and appropriate to welcome a new baby girl into this world. To make a piece of about 60×80 cm , I have used 6 balls of ‘Baby Supremo’ yarn ( a total amount of 300 gr) which is just as its name says…supreme !!

yarnIt is an antiallergic yarn and washable which is always a plus for mommies and babies who are experimenting their first meals and diapers!! It is incredibly soft and easy to work with. The suggested hook sizes ranged between 3 and 3.5 mm and with no hesitation I went for the biggest one to obtain a softer texture.

blanketIVI love the openwork pattern created by the V stitch, it makes this blanket perfect for babies coming during spring/summer times. I also adore the combination of a clear and simple body pattern with a precious, large and more elaborate edge. I think it really makes this piece unique and sophisticated.

VstitchedgeTo start your own blanket you are going to make a foundation chain multiple of 3+3. I chained 121.

row1 : dc into the 4th chain from the hook, ch 1 and dc into the same stitch. *Skip 1 chain and dc into the next ch. , ch1 and dc into the same stitch*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row when you will make a dc into the last ch.

row2-end : ch 3 and turn your work. *Dc into the next ch 1 space, ch 1 and dc into the same ch 1 space*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then dc into the last stitch.

As you might have seen the pattern for the body of this blanket is very relaxing and easy to follow since there is no counting at all, excepting for the initial foundation chain. On the contrary, for the edge I thought a written pattern would be too complicated, so I decided to post here a chart of it. It basically shows that on a base row of single crochet you are going to work this beautiful arches alternating dc joined together and simple chain stitches. 

patternI am always fascinated by the beauty of this pattern and I hope you will be impressed too. I only regret I didn’t take a picture when I used the same pattern for my niece’s blanket. She was born in June, then I wanted something that matched the brightness and the happiness that only summer times can do and I went for a pale yellow cotton thread. Even then the result was amazing.

blanketWell, now I will be waiting for your own blanket. Try to use this pattern, maybe playing with different colors and materials, use light yarn or thread and share your works with me on my blog and social media : facebook, twitter , google+. I really can’t wait to see them !!!! I wish you a lovely crocheting time and see you to the next post…byeeee!!

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Baby hat and matching mittens…

Could you think of a better way to enter the new year than the arrival of a little, soft, pink bundle? At the beginning of the month, my cousin gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Aurora, adding a new branch to our family tree. My gift for her was the project I am going to share with you today, a cute baby hat with matching mittens. Aren’t they simply adorable?

fotoIIf you give a look around you can certainly notice that pink in all its shades is my favorite color and when I saw this light pink yarn I couldn’t help thinking about anything more delicate and perfect for a newborn lady. One ball was enough for both the hat and the mittens and since I had some white yarn left, I used it to make a flower to embellish the hat. Here is the pattern I made up for these projects, it is in the size 0-3 months and to make it easier I also took some row-by-row photos. Well, what more…let’s begin !

What you’ll need :

  • 100 gr of yarn in the color you prefer
  • 3.0 mm crochet hook
  • small amount of white yarn
  • yarn needle
  • scissors

Stitches used :

  • slip stitch (sl st)
  • single crochet (sc)
  • half double crochet (hdc)
  • double crochet (dc)

HAT
row 1 : into a magic loop start making 10 hdc
row 2 : ch 1, 2 hdc in each stitch around. At the end of the row sl st into the first chain
row 3: ch 1, *1 hdc in the next stitch, 2 hdc in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first chain
row 4: ch 1, *1 hdc in the next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first chainTutorial1row5: ch 1, *1 hdc in the next 3 stitches, 2 hdc in the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first chain
row6: ch 1, *1 hdc in the next 4 stitches, 2 hdc in the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first chain
row7: ch 1, *1 hdc in the next 5 stitches, 2 hdc in the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first chain
row8: ch 1, *1 hdc in the next 6 stitches, 2 hdc in the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first chain
Tutorial2rows 9-14 : ch1, hdc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first ch
rows 15-17 : ch2 (it counts as the first dc), dc into the same stitch, ch1, 2dc into the same stitch. *Skip the next 4 ch then 2dc in the next one, ch1, 2dc in the same stitch*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the second ch
rows 18-20: ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Sl stitch into the first ch.tutorial3When I decided to attach a flower on the hat, I started looking for an original pattern and I fell in love with the one I found on B.hooked’s blog. Here is the link to her free video tutorial, she is amazing and her explanation clear and simple, I hope you will enjoy it as I did.foto3MITTENS
Cuffs
Make a foundation chain of 7 ch.
row 1: 1sc in the second ch from the hook, 1 sc in each chain of the foundation chain
rows 2-20 : ch1 and turn your work. 1sc in each into the back loop of each stitch across.foto4Fold in half the stripe of single crochet you have and start joining the edges with sl st.foto5Body
row 1: ch1, 1 sc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first ch. (20 st)
row2 : ch1, *1 sc in the next 4 stitches, 2 sc in the next one*. Repeat from * to* all the way around. Sl st into the first ch
rows 3-9 : ch1, 1 sc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first chfoto6rows 10-11 : ch1, *2sc joined together in the next 2 stitches (1 decrease), 1 sc in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. Sl st into the first stitch
row 12: ch1, 2sc joined together in each stitch around. 1 sc into the last stitch, then sl st into the first stitch.
Now fasten off your yarn leaving a long tale and with a yarn needle close the top of your mitten. foto7I hope you guys like these patterns. I enjoyed them a lot and more because they were made in a baby size and we know, when it comes to babies everything is cuter and nicer and more exciting!!! I will be very pleased if you want to share with me your works and let me know if you want me to blog about 'my general rules' on sizing the crochet hats…I love you all and see you to the next post, bye XX

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Soft baby blanket…

Hi my lovely friends! Today I have a great news to share with you…In few months I will become an aunt again 🙂 !!! My best friend is expecting a little baby girl (her name will be Chiara) and now that she is at her sixth month of pregnancy there’s absolutely no time to waste. Thanks to my boyfriend I didn’t buy all the purchasable yarn in the store, but I started with this beautiful and delicate lavender color to make a soft and warm blanket.

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I was inspired by this chart I found on the net . It took few hours to understand how it worked, because the instructions are written in Russian, but with a bit of imagination I finally succeeded!

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Well, if you too have a baby girl on the way and want to gift her with something personal and special, make yourself comfortable and follow my ‘row by row’ tutorial.

What you’ll need:

  • 400 gr of yarn for baby items in the color you like
  • 3 mm crochet hook
  • yarn needle
  • scissors

Stitches used :

  • chain stitch (ch)
  • single crochet stitch (sc)
  • double crochet stitch (dc)

 TIP : Choose always the best for babies! Their skin is very delicate and sensitive so be sure to buy soft and anti-allergic yarn, plus do their mums a favor buying also a washable kind 🙂

 Start making a foundation chain multiple of 7+3 until you reach the desired width for your blanket. Mine was about 24’’ (60 cm) then I chained 154+3 = 157.

 Row 1 : ch 1. Sc in the next 3 stitches from the hook, *ch 4, skip the next 4 stitches and sc in the next 3 stitches*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.

 Row 2 : ch 1 and turn your work. *Sc in the next stitch, ch 1, skip one stitch and sc in the next one. 9 dc (fan) in the 4 ch space*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.

 Row 3 : ch 1 and turn your work. *Ch 3, 1 dc in the very next ch 1 space. Ch 3, sc in the 4th, 5th , 6th fan stitches*. Repeat from * to * until the last ch one space of the row. Then ch 2 and dc in the last stitch.

 Row 4 : ch 1 and turn your work. Sc in the next 2 ch space. *Ch 4, sc in the ch 3 space. Ch 3 , sc in the next 3 ch space. * Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.

 Row 5 : ch 1 and turn your work. Ch 2 (it counts as the first dc) , 4 dc in the same stitch. *Sc in the next 3 ch space , ch 1 and sc in the same 3 ch space. 9 dc in the next 4 ch space*. Repeat from * to * until the last 3 ch space. 5 dc in the last stitch to end the row.

 Row 6 : ch 1 to turn. Sc in the next stitch.* Ch 3, dc in the next ch 1 space. Ch 3 , sc in the 4th 5th 6th fan stitches*. Repeat from * to * until the last ch 1 space of the row. Ch 3 and sc in the last stitch.

Row 7 : ch 1 to turn. Ch 4, sc in the next 3 ch space. *Ch 4, sc in the next 3 ch space. Ch 3 , sc in the next 3 ch space*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.

Row 8 : ch 1 and turn your work. *Sc in the next stitch, ch 1, sc in the 3 ch space. 9 dc in the 4 ch space*. Repeat from * to* unit the end of the row.

Keep repeating the sequence row 3-row 8 until you reach the desired length of your blanket. Mine was about 32’’ (80 cm). Then fasten off your yarn and start making the edge.

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Edging : The original pattern is multiple of 20 chains, but I am too lazy to count and I decided to make it easier 🙂

Row 1 : sc in each stitch around. 3 sc in the corners of your blanket.

Rows 2-7 : ch 3 (it counts as the first dc), 2 dc in the same stitch. Skip one stitch and sc in the next one. Skip one stitch and 3 dc in the next one. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Slip stitch in the third ch.

I also had some yarn left, so I decided to make these cute and warm baby booties. You can find the original pattern in http://besenseless.blogspot.com/ blog. Then I added a little bow for a more personal touch.

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Bow

In a magic ring, *ch 3, 3 dc, ch 3 and slip stitch in the very next ch from the hook*. Now you’ve done the first side of your bow. Repeat from * to *for the other side. Cut a long thread of yarn and start wrapping it around the center of your bow. Secure it on the back with a knot. Sew the bows on your booties and that’s it !

I hope you guys like this work. If you are going to make this blanket or if you have already made one using other patterns, feel free to share your pictures with me. I can’t wait to see them! I wish you happy crocheting and see you to the next post! Ciao.. 🙂

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