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Baby Mittens

With all the adorable baby hats I keep coming across, I decided I should settle on a baby mitten pattern that I could make work to match any and all of them for gifts and photo props. I wanted something that was quick and easy to make, but also looked good when it was finished. The result of my searching? This…

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Super simple, and absolutely adorable, its a great addition to any gift you are currently working on. They are quick to make, working up in the time of your favourite television show, so don’t worry about deciding last minute to add it to whatever gifts you are working on! I have done many of these now and they always look great when done. The only difference between the pattern, and my finished project, is that I always make a point of tying a small knot in each end of the tie after its been woven through the wrist part to avoid any chance of it unravelling with wear.

The pattern can be found on Bella Bambina Knits for free HERE. I hope that this helps many of you as much as it has me!

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Textured Hooded Cowl

With the insanely warm weather we are experiencing, it seems almost silly to be sharing this pattern, but I loved it so much I couldn’t keep it to myself! It is a great gift idea if you are on the search for something to work up before the upcoming holiday season.

image_medium2ha While on a roadtrip with a good friend we decided to stop at a couple craft stores because we are both big crafting types. We obviously couldn’t stop at a craft store and NOT get something, so I ended up picking up this super soft teal yarn with the intention of taking the time to make something for myself for a change. After waivering on what exactly to make I decided this beautiful cowl would look stunning with any coat or outfit I would choose this winter.

While I wouldn’t classify it as a beginner pattern per say, its definitely an easier pattern for someone that is looking to branch out a bit into new projects and challenges. As with many of the patterns I share on here, this can be found on Ravelry. It is for sale in Two Brothers Blankets’ Ravelry store HERE.

I’m sure that changing up the type of fibre, or even including some variegated yarns, could make for a great spin on this pattern. It is a warm and comfortable cowl, now I just need to work up some matching fingerless gloves or something similar to finish the set!


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Newborn Earflap Hat with Flower

This past year has been a crazy one filled with new adventures, life changes and one solid and unchanging thing – my crocheting! I have been working on some fun gifts for various friends and family members and this post is sharing one of the easier newborn gifts, an earflap hat that I have grown to love!

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This pattern can be worked in any colour combination for both the new little boys and girls coming into your life. To add to the flair of the hat, there is also a fun, and fairly simple, flower pattern to add to the hat as well. This uses basic worsted weight yarn, so you can obtain it pretty much anywhere (Michaels, Walmart, etc). It makes for a great addition to any shower gift.

The pattern is available for free on Ravelry HERE. If there is anyone reading this that hasn’t already signed up for Ravelry, run now and do it! The website is an amazing resource for crocheters everywhere – Filled with great patterns, information about various yarns and fibres, and groups where you can connect with other crafters around the world!

This particular hat is currently travel bound, in the mail, to good friends of my husband and I to celebrate the arrival of their newest little one. Hopefully I will have pictures to follow of it being put to good use!

If anyone out there gives the pattern a try, don’t forget to share your finished pictures on our Facebook page!


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Circle Crochet Scarf

I have been FAR too busy with a lot of personal things lately, and unfortunately this blog was neglected but I am back, working on gifts for the holiday season and ready to get sharing patterns again for all of you who have stuck around so faithfully!

The first one I want to bring back was one that I actually wasn’t even sure I wanted to try, but once I got working on the pattern I not only fell in love with working the pattern but also with how it was coming out! The result was a BEAUTIFUL and unique scarf.

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This pattern isn’t one I would suggest necessarily for beginners, but for those that have mastered all the basic scarves this is a great next/intermediate step. This pattern can be found, thanks to Michelle Gibbs as a free download on Ravelry HERE. This is a pattern based on the Catherine’s Diamond pattern found in Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Crochet.

I can’t wait to get a response from my friend when she opens her gift in the mail to find this scarf in the package! Hopefully I will have follow up pictures to post in the near future. Has anyone else tried t his pattern? Please share your pictures either by emailing them to contactus@lovinglyhooked.com or sharing them on our Facebook page HERE.


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Newborn Anchor Hat

A good friend of mine is expecting, and I am beyond excited for her! She advised that she had found cute little newborn diapers for her photo shoot after he’s born, and just needed a hat to complete the look. So I set out on my task to make it happen.

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I couldn’t find a pattern that quite fit the look I was going for, so I set out to make one happen by putting a few different things together. First the hat – I decided a simple newborn hat would work, and just changed colours every 2 rows to give the stripe look. My favourite go to pattern for basic newborn hats can be found on Ravelry HERE by Athena de la Rosa Designs. This is a free download, and a great starting point for people who are starting to make newborn outfits.

I then created the applique using Aunt Lydia’s cotton thread and a pattern I purchased HERE from GoldenLucyCrafts on Etsy. This is a REALLY well written pattern and super easy to follow!

I was so happy with the final outcome – it fit my vision perfectly! Now just to be patient for the little one’s arrival so I can see it in use!

 


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Newborn & Baby Rabbit Outfit

Easter is almost here, getting so close now! Time for chocolate, chicks, eggs and bunnies. Although I wouldn’t necessarily say its my ‘favourite holiday’ but it is definitely one that I enjoy, especially with my growing family unit of nieces and nephews to celebrate it with! This year as part of my ‘Easter prep’ I made an outfit for my youngest niece’s adorable easter photos.

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This pattern was super easy to follow, and would be a great first photo prop for someone that would like to try their hand at making outfits for newborns. It comes both in Newborn and 3-6 month sizes, the later being the size I worked. It can be found in the Calleigh’s Clips Etsy store HERE. The pattern is designed to be worked  in bulky yarn, although with the absence of that when I felt like tackling it I used 2 strands of worsted weight yarn worked together. Rather than the usual diaper cover it is a cape style photo prop and is absolutely adorable!

There is still some time to get your photos done before Easter, and with this being a project that’s worked up super quickly if you get on it now you can add your own personal touch to those photos! Enjoy!


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Newborn Cow Hat

I love being able to give handmade gifts that have that ‘personal touch’ for friends and family. I was recently working on a baby shower gift for a couple who are cattle farmers, and have an incredible dedication to their farm life and the cattle they raise. I wanted to throw something small in with the gift and decided a cute little hat for newborn photos that would touch on their passion would be the perfect touch!

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This little hat was an amazingly easy pattern to follow, using just basic worsted weight yarn and a few buttons to get the right look. You can find the pattern in the Simply2Irresistable Etsy store HERE. Its super easy to follow, and also comes with the option of adding horns! The pattern covers sizes from Newborn to Adult, so plenty of options!

Now I’m just eagerly waiting to see a picture of the new baby modelling it! Does anyone else love experimenting with the different hats for babies like this one? If so, please share your pictures over on our Facebook page HERE!