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Handsome Little Men

As promised, the onesies tie post!

I’ve gone to a few craft shows and I can’t help but notice all of the little girl stuff.  Don’t get me wrong, I love me a tutu, but boys are getting the short end of the stick!

This had me thinking, what can I do!  Then, shortly after I was watching Tori & Dean (I have a junk TV show problem) and her little guy was wearing a t-shirt with a tie on it.  It reminded me of a tux t-shirt, which are awesome in there own right, and I really liked the idea.  So I thought it wouldn’t be that hard so I gave it a try!

I’ve been making these for a little over a year and have even done some orders!  My favourite part about making them so far: three of them made it to Christmas cards of friends and family this year!

I have a few other ideas for little boys and I’m hoping to get to a craft show myself, one day.  My goal would be to rock it with all my awesome little man stuff.  Tutus, be warned!!

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Dolly Hats

So I made this earlier post but never explained why or how I got into crocheting.  So here is the story:

This past August I came across this little cutie on pinterest.  I couldn’t get over how cute she was and thought “hey, why can’t I make a hat like that hat?”  Well the answer was pretty easy, I didn’t know how to crochet.  I had a week of holidays coming up and decided that I would teach myself how to during the holidays.  We have four nieces and I wanted to try and make them these hats for christmas!

So I started out with making Hubby a basic hat.  After starting, pulling it apart and starting over, I finally got it!  I did a few more hats and got the hang of it.  We went on a few road trips and I crochet the whole time while in the car!  I was really getting into it and even started doing it on shorter one hour car rides.  Then by November, I gave the dolly hat a try and I did it!!  I have a great friend at work that let me use her girls for the prototype and we were able to prefect it.

Please note a post will be made about the onies ties in the background later this week!!

So in the last 3 years, I have taught myself to sew and crochet.  Let’s just say I’m a little proud of those accompaniments.  I just need to send out a big thank you to the thing that helped me most of all, YouTube!!

I’m new to pattern writing but here is the pattern that I have put together for a new born:

I normally use a H 5.00 hook and matching yarn.
DC = double crochet, SC = single crochet, CH = chain

Round 1: Magic
Ring, CH 2, 9 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, CH 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join to first DC, CH 2 (18)
Round 3: 2 DC, DC in next, repeat around, join, CH 2 (27)
Round 4: 2 DC, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, CH 2 (36)
Round 5: 2 DC, DC in next 3, repeat around, join, CH 2 (45)
Round 6-12 (I’ve gone up to 14 before just use your judgement): DC around (45 DC) CH 1 and SC around and finish off with sewing the lose ends into the hat

For the hair I use a thicker yarn because its more full looking.

Ponytails: I use two pieces about 12 inches (then cut
once on the hat) in each stitch. Lay the hat flat and in the round 3 loop the two pieces of yarn.  Then repeat this until you are happy with the ponytails.  I prefer nine altogether (three rows of three).  Knot off with a bow!

Bangs:  The process is pretty much the same as the ponytails but use just one piece about 6 inches long in two rows (and cut after).  I do the first row in the third one from the bottom and the second row over top of that.

Trim off the “hair” and you have your dolly hat!

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Baby bag

I have some friends that are having babies this winter and in one of my many Pinterst sessions I came across this baby sleeping bag.  Doesn’t it look so comfy?  I knew then that these babies needed something like it.  I could sew them, but crocheting is much more portable!  I’ve been pretty busy lately so portable is key!  It’s so easy to do this in the front seat while Hubby drives to something out of town, which is a popular thing for us to do on weekends.  Here’s what I was able to come up with:

It’s a baby sleeping bag!  I would love to have one of these for myself, but really, isn’t that what a regular sleeping bag is for? :)

Update: the next time I make one of these I’ll post the pattern, I can’t remember the specs off hand right now.  Soon!  I promise.