Crochet baby blanket

Every baby needs a cuddle, whether it’s a quilt or a woolen blanket. And I’m always jumping from quilts to wool blankets.

And this time I choose to work in wool and made a crochet blanket in harlequin stitch. It’s really simple to make and not it doesn’t get boring. It works in all color scheems and even works in a blanket for grown-ups! While on the photo my stripes are vertical the blanket is crocheted in horizontal stripes.

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I kept the blue as main color as this blanket is for a baby boy, but since I made Sofia baby blanket I’m in love with the trilogy gray, yellow and white. In fact this color scheme is the same as the one I used on Sofia blanket but the 3 shades of purple and pink have been replaced by shades of blue!

I also made a simple border with only a shell line around using the darker blue and ended eith a slip stitch in yellow. The nice thing about this border is that merges beautifully with the blanket.

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This is a very soft baby blanket and it’s big enough to wrap a baby and small enough to be easily portable with the baby!

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I have a feeling that I will make this project again!

Don’t you think this is the perfect baby gift ever?

Do you want to try this stitch? Fell free to use my free tutorial!

Harlequin Stitch

Cloth Diaper #2

We are expecting the arrival of a new baby boy cousin. And of course, my hands are working hard crafting baby gifts.

I like cloth diapers. I like especially because I used many, as I always found them helpful and with the versatility needed to facilitate my mother routine with a newborn.

Cloth diapers also have a special meaning for me because they were the first things I sewed and embroidered without being in cross stitch. Cloth diapers taught me other embroidery stitches and made me want to learn other things, and it was a challenge to sew the first bias in this cloth diapers! They were a great school for me :)

So when there are new babies coming, as a rule, I like to offer cloth diapers.

However, this cloth diaper is larger than the usual, it looks almost like a small blanket so it called for something more elaborate than I normally do.

The car is one of my appliqque designs and it’s available in my store. I chose to sew it by hand, because my studio is still a work in progress and my sewing machines don’t have a place to stay yet!

I chose a heavy border to give it a blanket look rather than a normal cloth diaper. As this cloth diaper is bigger than normal it’s grat to use as a summer blanket: fresh and light but super cozy!

The crochet stitch I used was the pom-pom stitch and while it is very easy to make it’s time consuming. It also consumes a lot of wool! A whole 50gr ball of yarn. If I had 20cm left over it was too much! But it is very cute and gives a different and original finish to the project.

And it’s a good light blanket and it sure is unique! There’s nothing like a handmade gift!

Crochet Giraffe

Maria is a friendly and playful giraffe that was born of something that was supposed to be and then it was not!

I’ve never crocheted a toy before even though I’ve tryed once and completley failed! And although it didn’t turn out just like I wanted Mary is perfect and it was a great challenge and a great learning time for me.

What I really wanted was to make a doll from a great designer, for which I fell in love for real, but I had never made one and before and so decided to try this one first before embarking on another pattern shop adventure. And I think a good part of me is a doll maker.

It gives me so much joy the process of making the all the parts, see the doll take shape and then draw them facial expressions. Just like with my waldorf dolls.

And I love the enthusiasm with which my girls follow the process, especially Teresa that was so anxious to play with it and ended up naming the giraffe as Maria.

Maria has stripes, many stripes, which is why it didn’t turned out just as I wanted. The truth is that when I was choosing the yarn colors I said to myself, over and over and over agian, that I shoul use only red or only orange, but in the end I could not resist and I ended up using the two colors, and the effect I wanted would had better results without the orange and without the red.

But for Teresa it was perfect, with orange and red. Simply perfect!

And Maria even went on a bike ride!

Teresa was so pleased to be able to play with Maria that was a pleasure for me to watch her playing! Do you see this pretty face?

Now imagine the look on Teresa face when I told her that Maria was a gift for her!

And once again my work gets properly paid!

Crochet Hooded Cowl

Where we now live it’s cold. So cold that the caps and gloves were the first things to be operational after the moving. But Sofia had just one and we tend to be quite messy and leave things a little everywhere: at grandparents, on backpacks at school, things that stay in my car, things that stay in father’s car… and with the pretext of having more space my mother (and later my mother in law) decided to presented me with their wool remains.

So I decided to make a hooded cowl for Sofia. I searched a few patterns on the internet but I thought I could pull this one on my own!

The hair pins are complements. They were in her hair before!

I used a chunk wool with a 8mm hook and worked on single stiches.

This hooded cowl is really easy to make. You can change the crochet stitch but the more closed is the stitche the hottest the cowl will be! Start by making a rectangle where the larger side is the width around the shoulders and the small side is the height from the shoulders to the head.

When your piece has the right size, fold in half. The seamless part it’s the back part.

Now just sew one of the tops and sew a bit of the front for the neck. You can also make one or two careers around the face opening, to accentuate and fasten off.

And it is this simple!

Granny Squares Baby Sweater

One of the good things that came with our move to the village was my train trips to work. I like trains, I don’t like being stopped in traffic jams, I like being able to make things while I am transported to where I have to go, I like being able to close my eyes, to read, to crochet… I like not having to pay attention, I like to not feel threatened by crazy people on 4 wheels.

And since I moved I have been crocheting like crazy. 40 minutes a day is just the right amount of time to release stress and to light up my mood! And in my will to crochet I started a demand… for patterns that are original and modern, not my grandmother crochet! No doilies nor bedcovers!

One of the first projects on my to do list was this sweater, which quietly awaited the arrival of Santa Claus (that’s why it didn’t come to the blog before!)

The patterns is from Nichi Trench. I followed the patterns on a Portuguese version of one of her books, whose translation is not brilliant but you can get there with a little logic.

I can’t fell out of love with Granny Squares but all the little wool endings made me mad at some point so I end up with no desire of Granny Squares for a while.

Sofia is a sturdy baby so I could have done a the sweater a little bigger, especially on the sleeves. The wool I used is another one of my ebay’s findings: 60% silk, 35% Australian wool and 5% cashmire, it is super soft, works beautifully and produces a flexible and comfortable to use end result.

The sweater looks really great on her and the Father loved it on her too (which entitles me to extra points!)

And she gave me this awsome smile! so my work is paid!

You can seem more on Nicki’s patterns on her Raverly.

Modern Crochet

Crochet was one of the few things that my grandmother had patience to teach me and I’ve always liked the way I always figure out what I had to make to get a certain result.

I’ve always find it versatile and easily adjustable to every need, besides being very quick and can be done either in wool or in cotton thread and even with other materials such as fabric strips and plastic.

But for many years, for me, crochet was all about wool blankets, afghans and doilies for every room of the house, from the kitchen to the bedroom, going through all furniture, desks and tables that stay along the way. In my parents’ house the doilies were changed religiously every fridays, as the bed sheets were!

And my grandmother always had a crochet project in her bag, which she worked on her leisure hours when she sat in front of the television. Because of her I have a bag full of doilies, carefully studied for each division that I never use but I am totally unable to get rid of them.

But nowadays the crochet is more than doilies, and it is in this discovery that I have been entertained since the beginning of the year.

These photos were taken in a place called Constância in May this year and left me surrendered to the charm of the color. The initiative is part of a social project to combat loneliness and the work was done by those who wanted to join the initiative.

And you know what? I would love to have a boat “dress” this way! And I’m totally surrendered to the colors and this new crochet. After all crochet isn’t all about doilies!

Crochet baby blanket

When I was pregnant expecting Mafalda I made ​​her a crochet blanket in wool, because she would be born in the winter.

When I was pregnant with Teresa I made ​​her a quilt, because in the time between the two pregancies I learned to make quilts and I had made ​​quilts for other babies and so I really wanted to make a quilt for her.

Now that I’m pregnant again my hands pulled back to crochet, but this time I’m having a baby in the summer and instead of wool I decided to make the blanket in cotton.

The pattern is simple to make and can you easily find free tutorials on the internet. I chose to make a striped blanket and resisted the temptation to make it with granny squares or any variation on that theme, because I knew it would take me much longer and joining all the pieces would eventually be a job that would take me to much time and I do not have extra time to spend. Thus, this model proved to be a good choice because it was done in a blink of an eye.

The border of the blanket is very simple and it’s my favorite way to finish crochet blankets, two or three rows in single stiche, in different colors and it’s enough.

This is an easie and fast blanket to make to offer a baby. You can use the colors you want and just as many as you want. I used six colors: white, yellow, pink, lilac, gray and purple. But the blanket will be great in any color combination you chose to do.

And this is also a great project for busting all your yarn leftovers and turn them into a big blanket for you! For my this is another ptoject in my to do list!

Crochet skirt

In Greek mythology, Penelope was the wife of Ulysses who went to the Trojan War and was absent for 20 years. As the absence of Ulysses was growing, Penelope’s father thought that his was dead and wanted his daughter to marry again, but Penelope believed that Ulysses was still alive and wanted to wait for his return,so she found a way to simultaneously satisfy her interests and her fathers. Penelope said to her father that she would marry again when finished weaving a shroud to offer to Ulysses father, and so she bagan weaving during day time for all to see, and at night, when she was alone she unweaved most of the woek she had made during the day, so that the shroud would never be done!

Sometimes I have projects that remind me of Penelope and her shroud! They just seems never to be right nor well made and so I’m always stichings or crocheting and them I just have to undo most os the work to try to make it right! And this projects just seem to take all the eternity to get done!

As this skirt that I fell in love as soon as I saw it in an Italian magazine that cost me a fortune! Although woolsare not the same the needle size is the same, which should make it somehow similar. Well, that didn’t happen!

I followed the instructions until I get enough of undoing my work and then decided to do it by eye, just my way of doing it!

Há aqueles projetos que dão gozo acabar e depois há aqueles projetos que quando estão acabados nos fazem sentir mais leves e levemente aliviadas.

Sobre esta saia já aqui tinha escrito. Foi desde o inicio um desafio e só a certeza de que ia valer a pena ver o resultado final me fez continuar. Desmachei e recomecei tantas vezes que lhe perdi a conta e várias vezes foi dada como pronta, mas depois houve sempre qualquer coisa que me fez voltar atrás e refazer. Acabou por não correr muito mal, afinal de contas foi feita em pouco mais de 6 meses!

Para agora ainda está um bocadinho grande mas é uma saia de verão e até lá estou mais do que certa que a Mafalda cresce o suficiente para a saia lhe servir na perfeição.

Não me sobrou vontade de fazer outra para a Teresa até porque adaptar novamente as medidas para uma saia mais pequena ia ser outro desafio, e de qualquer forma será inevitável que a Teresa quando chegar à idade da Mafalda acabe por a vestir também! Em vez disso resolvi aproveitar o algodão que sobrou para outro projeto de verão que tenho a certeza que vai fazer as delicias das pequenotas da familia. Mas isso é para outro dia!

Some projects makes us happy when they finally get done, and then there are projects that bring a huge relieve when they are finally done!

This project was a challenge from 1st stitch and only the certainty that it would be worth seeing the result made ​​me continue. I restarted it so many times that I lost count and several times it was pronouncedready, but then there was always something that made me go back and redo.

For now it’s still a little big for Mafalda to wear but it is a summer skirt and until then I am more than certain that she will grow enough to fit the skirt perfectly.

I do not feel like doing another one for Teresa. I would have to adapt the measures again for a shorter skirt and that would be another challenge, and anyway is inevitable that Teresa will weare this skirt when she reach the age ofMafalda! Instead I decided to use the cotton leftovers for another summer project that I’m sure will make the delightsof the little girls of my family. But that’s for another day!