Friday, 24 February 2012

Preemie flower beanie


A friend of mine had her baby at 24 weeks gestation. I got to go and see her in hospital the other day so I decided to make her a little hat to wear since I didn't want to go empty handed! This hat fits her really nicely and she is about 5lbs. It can easily be made bigger or smaller to fit by adding/taking away length rows or using a bigger/smaller crochet needle. I made her a few more aswell since she has to wear hats all the time now to keep her temperature up.

You will need: 3ply baby yarn, 3.5mm crochet hook, yarn needle

Gauge: at end of round 4, hat should have a diameter of 3.5" and at end of round 13, height of hat should be 3.75" (for a bigger preemie, use 4mm crochet hook and add extra length as needed)

1. using main colour, make a magic ring, tutorial here, ch3 then work 13dcs in ring, slst in top of ch3 (14)
2. ch3, turn, dc in base of ch3, 2dcs in each st around, join with slst in top of ch3 (28)
3. ch3, turn, dc in base of ch3, *dc in next st, 2dcs in next st*, rep around, join with slst in top of ch3 (42)
4. ch3, turn, dc in base of ch3, *dc in next 2sts, 2dcs in next st*, rep around, join with slst in top of ch3 (56)
5-12. ch3, turn, sk st at base of ch3, dc around, join with sl st in top of ch3 (56)
13. join contrasting yarn if wanted, ch3, turn, sk st at base of ch3, dc around, join with sl st in top of ch3 (56)
14. ch2, turn, work ribbing *fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st* till end, join with sl st in top of ch2
15. Bind off and weave in ends.

Flower:
1.using contrast yarn, make a magic ring as above, ch1 *sc in ring, ch3* 6 times, join with sl st in 1st sc
2. ch1, (sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc) in each chsp around, join with sl st in 1st sc
3. Bind off and weave in ends.


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Freezer paper stencilling


A few weeks ago we had a family party to go to, Paul's grandad turned 80 and we had a big party in my mother in law's house. I wanted something for the girls to wear and I wanted them to match so I made them a black gingham skirt each. Next I wanted a nice top to match so I took a boring plain white top and transformed it into a gorgeous top!

To make your own you will need:
boring plain top of any colour
fabric paint
flat tipped paintbrush
freezer paper (for those in the UK i have found this near on impossible to find in supermarkets but if you have a big craft shop near you, they often sell it, otherwise you can buy it online like I did!)
iron
piece of cardboard that fits inside your top


First things first, you might need to iron your top. Mine had been sat in the refashion pile for months and so was  looking a bit worse for wear. You don't want to be painting over creases or your picture won't be nice and even.

To make your stencil you need to take your freezer paper and you can either freehand a picture on there (non-waxy side) or trace a design you've printed. I freehanded mine but made sure to fold the freezer paper in half first then only drew one side of the image so I knew both sides would be nice and even. Cut it out using either a pair of a scissors or a craft knife and you're ready to go.

Lay your stencil on your top with the shiny side down. Make sure you remember to put all of your cut out pieces down too, like eyes or the inside pieces if you're doing letters. Iron the stencil down, using high heat but no steam, making sure all the edges are fully adhered to the top or you will have paint seeping through. Give it another iron just to make sure ;)


When you're sure the stencil is ironed on securely, put the piece of cardboard inside the front. You want your piece of cardboard to be at least as big as the picture you want to create. This basically stops your paint from seeping through and showing on the back of the top.

Now you're ready to paint! I used dylon fabric paint in deep pink. Take your paintbrush and using only a small amount of paint at first, start filling in your stencil. Make sure, when you're doing the edges, you paint from the stencil into the middle. This will help keep your edges nice and neat. Also, try not to just glob the paint on or it will be more likely to seep through. Make your first layer as even as possible, to try and avoid having to do a second layer. Depending on how dark your top is though, you may need to do a second coat anyway. I normally like to leave mine overnight to make sure it's fully dry.


So, when your top is dry, peel off the stencil and you should be left with a perfectly neat picture on your top. Yay, you did it! :D

Now to set the paint. Take a clean towel or cotton cloth and lay it over the picture. Iron it well. Your top may feel a little stiff but don't worry, it will soften up again after washing.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Beanie hat pattern


I don't know what it's like where you are but where I live, it is absolutely freezing!! I have needed to make myself a hat for going out in for a good few weeks but I've only just gotten round to it. It only took me a few hours to make and it keeps my ears all toasty and warm :)

You will need:
6mm crochet hook
DK yarn, 1 ball of main colour, small amount of contrast colour
wool needle

Gauge:
13dcs=4"
8rows=4"

Round1: make a magic ring, tutorial here, ch3 and work 11dcs in ring, join with sl st to top of ch3 (12)
2. 
ch3, turn, dc in st at base of ch3, *2dc in next st* repeat around, join with sl st to top of ch 3  (24)
3. ch3, turn, dc in st at base of ch3, *dc in next st, 2dc in next st* repeat around, dc in last st, join with sl st to top of ch 3 
4. 
ch3, turn, dc in st at base of ch3, *dc in next 2sts, 2dc in next st* repeat around, dc in last 2sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3  
5. ch3, turn,  dc in st at base of ch3, *dc in next 3sts, 2dc in next st* repeat around, dc in last 3sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3
6. ch3, turn, 
dc in st at base of ch3, *dc in next 4sts, 2dc in next st* repeat around, dc in last 4sts, join with sl st to top of ch3 
7-14. ch3, turn,  skip st at base of ch3, dc around, join with sl st to top of ch 3, join contrast colour
15. ch1, turn, sc around
16. ch2, turn, work ribbing *fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st* rep till end (it is not technically a fpdc or bpdc as the previous row was not a dc row, however, I just used my sc in the same way and it turned out fine and made the finish on the hat much neater!)



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