I know my blog is primarily sewing, and even has ‘sewing’ in the name, but one of my favorite winter evening pastimes is crochet. I especially love blankets and scarves since they tend to keep me warm while I work; typically after the kids go to bed while watching grown-up TV with my husband. I remember my mom knitting and crocheting all while growing up, though now she almost exclusively knits. Mom made gorgeous pieces; I specifically remember the baptism gowns and baby sets she made for church auctions. She taught me to crochet when I was pregnant with my first baby wayyyyyy back in 1991! Over the years, it is a hobby I have occasionally picked back up on and off, but mostly only in winters.
Though I so enjoy a long project like a blanket, especially when it is cold, I sure love a hat for the quick project/instant gratification factor! And it definitely ties in with my Watcha Wearin’ January posts this month.These are some of my projects from when my Littles were, well, littler.
This sweet little number, is the “Happy Halloween Hat,” a free tutorial from the Girl in Air blog. Obviously, I didn’t use the Halloween theme, and I love how simple and lovely it turned out. I can’t believe I don’t have a single photo of it on my Bug!
Little Bear, when he had no hair, in his baptism attire. The blanket underneath him was crocheted by his gorgeous and talented great-grandmother (who is now 101 years young!!!). The bonnet he wore was crocheted by me. I can remember trying to crochet and nurse at the same time! This one is the Blessing Day Bonnet, a tutorial written by Anneliese of The Aesthetic Nest. It was so perfect for the day. And, looking over her blog post, I am kicking my 4 years earlier self for not making sure to get a photo of the back of this gorgeous bonnet! And, by the way, YES, baby boys can wear baby bonnets. Because they are babies, and baby bonnets are for babies. His one piece sweater outfit was store bought, because he was too big to fit into the baptism gown his cousins, and Daddy, and uncles and aunt and Nani and great-aunt’s all wore!
More recently, the Littles have been wearing some fun stuff. Like this dragon spikes hat that Bear favors.
For the body of the hat, I used the basic hat pattern (this link is to the turkey hat, but the turkey is built on the basic hat pattern) from Repeat Crafter Me, and I added the spikes. I can’t remember what pattern I used for the spikes, but this one, Rawr! Dinosaur Spikes Hat from Two Hearts Crochet looks very similar.
He thinks he’s pretty tough in this one. What a big 4 year old tough guy he is!
Bug loves this one, with the heart on the bow. She looks sweet and so posh in it!
For hers, I used a pattern I’ve had for years, from a blog that is no longer updated, but it looks like, luckily for us, the pattern is still hanging around waiting for your little girls’ head! The Pretty as a Package hat from the Petite Purls blog. I added the heart from this Crochet Heart Garland (using a smaller hook) and just stitched it on with a tapestry needle.
She loves it with her fancy coat with the puffy sleeves.
Tonight, and hopefully this weekend if I can find the time, I hope to work on this, the Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America Foundation, on B.Hooked Crochet! I don’t believe I will have enough time to finish it before the deadline, but I may still tackle this beautiful blanket to donate on my own. I’ll keep you posted on my progress!
Do you indulge in any crafting or stitching beyond sewing? What are your favorites?