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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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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!


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St. Patricks Day Hat

Well this is the weekend – St Patricks Day! A weekend of all things green, shamrock and leprechauns! This is also a fun weekend to work on a few St Pattys related projects. I already shared my fun little clover bookmark, but another that I enjoyed making was this St Patricks Day hat for my husband:

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This hat was a great pattern to follow and can be found on the Warm Fuzzy Boutique Etsy store HERE. The sizes of the pattern range from Newborn right up to adult. You don’t need a ton of yarn so its also a great stash buster!

So if you’re looking for something to wear to get into the St Patricks Day spirit whip up this little number and rock it to all your favourite St Pattys Day events (Plus it will keep you warm in this cold snap that just doesn’t seem to want to leave us)! Enjoy!

 


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Happy Endings – Volume One

One thing I’ve wanted to do for awhile is to showcase pictures of all the awesome crochet projects I, as well as my followers on here, have sent out to the loved ones in their families. For this reason I am going to start a new collection of posts. On the last day of the month every month I am going to share ‘Happy Endings’, a post containing a couple, or more, pictures of people loving on their crochet items – whether they are gifts, or loving on them ourselves!

This month just has a few projects that I have made, but I would love to include your pictures moving forward as well! To be included in the Happy Endings posts please email your pictures to happyendings@lovinglyhooked.com and I will start showcasing some of your favourites here each month!

This month’s Happy Endings:

My adorable niece rocking her Teddy Bear Cowl. This is one of the 4 I had made as Christmas and Birthday gifts in 2013. Loved this pattern, the best part being for kids (like this niece) who won’t leave their hats on in the cold weather, its a little harder now to pull it off!

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Keeping with the Christmas gifts and children theme, my nephew rocking his cowboy set. He’s a little cowboy at heart and needed his own cowboy boots and hat in my opinion!

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On a different note, I had done something recently I haven’t done in a long time – crocheted for myself! I shared earlier this month a hat, scarf and fingerless mitten set that I made to wear at the Ice Wine Festival in Niagara, ON. Here are my husband and I huddled up by the fire at one of the wineries we visited, trying to stay warm in the winter chill, rocking my new set!

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There is something overly comforting and fulfilling about seeing your projects put to use! So please remember to share some of your favourites (with a brief write up if you wish) in time for our next volume of Happy Endings at the end of February!

Also remember that you can always share your finished projects, WIPs and crochet questions over on our Facebook page! If you aren’t already following us please come join the fun HERE.


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Women’s Cold Weather Set

Every year my husband and I meet up with another couple for the Ice Wine Festival in Niagara, Ontario, Canada. Its a huge event, largely outdoor, in the cold Canadian winter. This year we’ve been seeing record breaking lows left, right and center so I decided I needed to make myself something to help keep warm while there!

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I had purchased a ball of Homespun almost a year ago in a colour scheme I loved with the intention of making myself something, however had never gotten around to doing so. Deciding I needed this warm set made for the perfect opportunity to pull it out and finally make use of it! I used 3 different patterns for the different parts of this set.

The hat was a pattern straight from the Lion Brand website HERE. Although sometimes Lion Brand can be hard to work with as it is a bit harder to see the stitches, the hat was pretty easy as far as the pattern. The finished product fit super comfortably and is very warm! (I may or may not have been wearing it around the house a bit for fun already).

The infinity scarf was a beginner friendly pattern from the Domestic Bliss Squared blog HERE. Due to the fact the Homespun isn’t as bulky as the yarn the pattern calls for I had to do a little over double the original chain and an extra 3 rows so that it would come out the right size.

Finally to round off the full set I needed to consider my hands. I have a cute little pair of touchscreen friendly gloves that would allow me to continue taking pictures with my phone, but the gloves are very thin and not overly warm. I decided the best way to handle that was to make some fingerless gloves that can go overtop of them. I found these fingerless gloves on Dearest Debi HERE. Although a little more complicated then the hat and scarf, they too are something that are fairly easy for a newer crocheter as long as you are comfortable reading patterns and have a grasp of the stitches it includes.

Overall I am SUPER pleased with the way that this all came together! I highly recommend this for anyone that would like to spoil themselves a little 😉 Enjoy!