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ABC Baby Blanket

For those that have followed my blog for any length of time, you know that I have a love of making baby blankets for my friends/family when they are expecting. As much fun as hats, mittens, booties, sweaters, toys, etc are, I always come back to my love of baby blankets. When I found out that a goof friend of mine from University was expecting, this was no different.

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While the actual stitches are relatively simple with this pattern, the following of a chart to work the letters is a skill that challenges many people who try patterns like this. One of the best hints I have is to print out a copy of the actual chart so that you can mark off the stitches and rows as you complete them, to avoid getting lost.

The pattern can be found HERE on the Crochet N More website. I personally worked it with normal acrylic, worsted weight yarn, but the weight of the yarn can be easily made to work by simply changing the hook size that you are working with. The response to this blanket was amazing. The finished product is stunning and looks super impressive to anyone that sees it!

Happy Hooking!

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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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Loop Baby Toy

Many of my posts over the next little while will be child or baby related, largely because that’s something I am working on ALL the time! My life has been blessed with plenty of little feet with friends and family expecting new additions this year! One of the things I have been searching for is a simple little toy that I can make to add as the finishing touch to any gift I happen to be working on, and that’s when I stumbled across this.

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The Loop Baby Toy can be worked just as yarn/stuffing as a softy toy, or to make it a little more fun you can add a rattle into the main ring, which I had done with this one. Its totally beginner friendly, one of the best beginner patterns I have shared to date, and doesn’t take all too much time.

The pattern can be found on Herbst Handmade, a fun crafting blog, HERE. With the ability to customize it with colours for any gift its the perfect addition! I can’t wait to see all of your versions of this project! Happy Hooking!


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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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Plaid Baby Blanket

One of my favourite reasons to crochet is the exciting news that a friend or family member is expecting a new little baby. Whether its booties, little hats or blankets – baby crochet projects are so fun because you can’t help but think about the end result being put to use.

Recently I was preparing for a baby shower and coming up with ‘that perfect gift’ when I decided it was a great time to try a tartan style pattern, something I had debated trying many times. The result?

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This is a style of doing blankets that you can find on many blogs and sites as far as a pattern goes. I followed the pattern on the Odd Crochet Patterns blog which can be found HERE. This isn’t a beginner technique as it does require that you do have some control over your tension while working or else it will bunch up and not lay flat. It isn’t an overly advanced technique though, definitely something I recommend giving a try!

I love the end result. It made for a beautiful blanket! Enjoy!


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Doily Style Baby Blanket

When my best friend was pregnant with my niece I knew I had to not only make a baby blanket for her baby shower, but I wanted it to be something different then anything else she would get and extra special. I searched baby blankets online for days before stumbling across this pattern on Ravelry.

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This is a fairly easy pattern for anyone that is comfortable reading and following patterns. It is one of the free Red Heart patterns that you can find on their website HERE.

This blanket makes a GREAT gift at a baby shower! I guarantee you’ll get a lot of compliments about its uniqueness and how delicate it looks. Enjoy, and share your finished projects, both this pattern and any other that you have been working on, over on our Facebook page HERE.


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Baby Cowboy Hat & Boots

This set is perfect for the little country boy or girl in your life! Great for just hanging out on the farm, or for a photo shoot to remember for years to come.

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The hat was very simple, worked up very quickly. The boots took a little longer, but definitely still something a newer crocheter could manage as long as they are comfortable working off a pattern. The pattern can be purchased from The Lovely Crow Etsy store HERE.

Changing up the colours makes this set perfect for both the cowgirls and cowboys on your list. Make sure to print off the instructions on forming the hat prior to gifting this to anyone though! Without forming the hat it doesn’t look like a cowboy hat at all!

Enjoy!