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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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Granny Square Challenge – Square #3 – Friend Family Square

Alright, it has been a little while since we posted the last update to the Granny Square Challenge but we are up and rolling again! Funny how life and tech issues both have a way of interrupting work on things like the blog world….

A quick recap for those that haven’t yet heard about the Granny Square Challenge: Every couple weeks I am introducing a new square pattern. These squares are not my original designs, but rather squares that I have found made by other designers. The final project will be a fun granny square throw full of assorted squares. Those participating have chosen and shared their colours,  mastered square # 1 – the solid granny square and shared their skills with square # 2 – the Heart Square.

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Square # 3 is a great little 6″ square that has so many options for personalization. The pattern can be found on the Christal’s Crochet blog HERE. You will need to do 4 of these squares using whatever creative spin you like to give it your own personal touch as long as at the end they are still 6″ squares. While doing mine I attempted to show you a few different variations to give you ideas, with examples showing anywhere from 1-3 colours and also doing half with the original ‘front side’ of the first 2 rows, and the other half with it reversed just to show you can even work the other side for a different look.

For those just coming across our challenge now its still not too late to join in! Follow the links below to the first couple posts, and get yourself caught up before square #4 is announced! Share your squares on the FB Event page HERE, our normal Lovingly Hooked FB page HERE or email them to me at contactus@lovinglyhooked.com to have them shared. I am planning on doing a post in the near future just to showcase the squares that have been shared up until this point.

Square # 1 – The Solid Granny Square

Square # 2 – The Heart Square

Can’t wait to see everyone’s completed squares from this one!


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Chevron Baby Blanket

When I found a good friend of mine was having a baby I KNEW I wanted to make a baby blanket. When I found out it was a boy, well then I went on the search for an idea that wasn’t too ‘girly’. My friend has a love of chevron, so I opted to go with a traditional crocheting look, with a bit of a twist:

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I never was a huge fan of the way that chevron blankets were usually finished off with the zig zag edge to them, but thanks to the pattern I found on the Eat, Knit & DIY blog HERE I now had instructions on how to fill in the ends to make it a regular rectangular blanket. This is a great pattern for a crocheter looking to attempt their first baby blanket as the pattern itself is very simple and repetitive compared to many that we see. I highly suggest that every crocheter needs to make a chevron blanket, lap blanket, baby blanket or some variation on this pattern at some point in their crocheting life!

The colours were an easy choice after getting a glimpse of his nursery, and off I went. The result was a simple but fun blanket which is going to fit in too perfectly! I have shown her a picture already, but was still beyond estatic as I dropped it off at the post office to make its trip to her in the US!

Have you made any gifts lately that you just couldn’t wait to send? Please share your photos and stories either as a comment here on our our Facebook page HERE.


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Granny Square Challenge – Square #2 – Heart Square

For those of you following along with our Granny Square challenge – Today we are introducing square # 2.

A quick recap for those that haven’t yet heard about the Granny Square Challenge: Every couple weeks I am introducing a new square pattern. These squares are not my original designs, but rather squares that I have found made by other designers. The final project will be a fun granny square throw full of assorted squares. Those participating have chosen and shared their colours, and mastered square # 1 – the solid granny square. Completed squares are being added to our Flickr album HERE as they are being posted.

Square #2, the next part of the challenge, is the Heart Square. This is a 12″ square unlike the last one – and you will only need one for the finished throw. As this will become a more central piece of the throw, I suggest working it in your favourite of your chosen colours!

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Unlike the last pattern, this is worked in rows. The pattern can be found HERE on the SmoothFox Crochet and Knitting blog. This is a blog I have visited a few times now as I love the designs that SmoothFox shares! This pattern introduces a newer stitch for beginners, and so I am also sharing a great YouTube tutorial from New Stitch A Day HERE.

As I said last time, if you haven’t already joined in on our challenge its still not too late! We have only done one square now, moving on to number 2! If you want to join in and get caught up, you can find the post about square 1 HERE or come on over to our Facebook Event HERE to follow along! Share your squares on the FB Event page or email them to me at contactus@lovinglyhooked.com and I will make sure they are added to the album!

Looking forward to seeing your squares!

 


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Granny Square Challenge – Square #1 – Solid Granny Square

I have been pretty slow on blogging lately – between busy work hours, a cold bug that didn’t want to leave our house and some personal things being thrown in the mix getting on here has been a little more difficult. For that reason I am a little behind on blogging this, but wanted to be sure to get it put on here for anyone that may not be active on our Facebook page to have seen it!

We have started a fun challenge to get some new crocheters up and going, seasoned crocheters sharing their skills, those who have taken time off back in the game and busting out some of our stash (that we may not have even remembered we have). This challenge is a Granny Square challenge.

Every couple of weeks I am introducing a new square pattern. I will let you know when I do how many of that pattern we will need. The final project will be a fun granny square pattern full of assorted squares. Participants have chosen and shared their colours, and we’re currently on Square # 1 – the Solid Granny Square:

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This is a fairly standard pattern in the repertoire of those who work granny squares regularly. It is super versatile – looking great when worked as one solid colour, or while mixing in a fun blend of different colours to create some different designs. Mine above show a couple different ways you can use colour to add to the fun!

The pattern itself can be found all over the internet – but I have chosen to share the one found on the A Creative Being blog HERE due to its simplicity. I also shared a great video tutorial by Mikey from The Crochet Crowd which can be found HERE for those that prefer that visual presentation.

If you haven’t already joined in on our challenge it’s not too late! We have only just started the first of our squares, the second to be released Wednesday, April 23rd (delayed slightly due to the holiday weekend). Come on over to our Facebook Event HERE and start sharing your squares! There will also be various prizes being announced as we go! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!!!