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Yarn Gifts For My Friend

One of my very close friends recently had her first son! Allahumma barik feeha. Ameen :)

Sooo, of course I was going to make something for her and her son. I had some gray yarn on hand which, incidentally, I was planning on using to make a sweater for my nephew. Instead, I was able to make my friend’s son a sweater and a hat along with a matching hat combo for my brother and his son! Alhamdulilah the yarn came in good use.

This is a basic crochet sweater pattern that I added front post/backpost double crochet to. (It was either double crochet, or half double, I can’t remember now.)

Close up of the border. I think this added a bit of sophistication to the otherwise simple sweater. My mom really liked it too. :)

I also knitted a stretchy 2×2 rib hat for her son. I casted on 48 stitches I believe.

I also made this hat via loom knitting. To make sure it was extra warm, I doubled the whole hat and then binded off on top. This was made with velvet yarn, so it was pretty soft.

I’ve always found mommy and me hats adorable. My friend’s favorite color is green so I bought this caron’s simply soft yarn to make a hat for her.

I also made two vests for her son as well, one which I posted a pattern for, and the other I will post at a later time inshaAllah.

Overall, my friend appreciated the gifts a lot and was so happy. Alhamdulilah :)

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Crochet Baby Vest Pattern (A Lot of Pictures!)

It’s gotten pretty chilly lately, so I decided to make vests for my baby nephew. After making him some from my own design, I had the thought of making some for my friend’s son. As I was making his, I wrote down the pattern so I could reference it whenever I wanted. Then I thought to share it with you all!

So here is the pattern with some pictures to help you along the way.

Crochet Baby Vest Pattern (2-4 months)

You will need:

  • 5.00mm Crochet hook, also known as H/8
  • Medium Weight 4 yarn (I used Caron’s Simply Soft Dark Sage). The yarn is very important, too thick and the vest will be too big, too thin and the vest will be too small.
  • Sew on button snaps
  • Sewing thread and needle
  • Measuring tape (optional)
  • Stitch Marker (optional)
I also used a sewing needle which isn’t shown here.

The terminology here is American crochet style so please keep this in mind before you begin. :)

(Stitches used: Double Crochet, Single Crochet, Slip Stitch)

Main Bodice:

Row 1) Chain 64 stitches. Make one double crochet in the third chain from the hook (See pic below) and in the following 60. (Total 61 stitches)

Double crochet in this chain

Row 2) Chain 1, turn your work. Make one single crochet in the first stitch (See pic below) and in the following 60 stitches. (Total 61 stitches)

Single crochet right here

Row 3) Chain 2, turn your work. Make one double crochet in the first stitch and the following 60 stitches. ( Total 61 stitches).

*Of note: The final stitch in every row is either a single crochet to the top of the Chain 2…or a double crochet to the top of the Chain 1 from the row directly below it. (See pic below) This means that the chains count as a stitch.

That’s where my final stitch in every row goes. Here I will place a double crochet in this ch1 from the row below.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until you get your desired length. I suggest doing a total of 15 rounds for an average height baby. These rounds are counted from row 1 of this vest. I advise writing down the row number to keep track.

My friend’s baby is tall, so I stopped crocheting at row 19 (this is a row 3 repeat) which made the length around 7.5 inches long.

What 19 rows looks like

*Regardless of how many rows you do, your final row must be a Row 3 repeat.

Now we will begin our front neckline. When this is crocheted flat it will look like the right lapel, but will end up being the left lapel when worn. Make sense? So we will write this as the:

Left Lapel:

Row 1) Turn your work. Do not chain! Slip stitch three times. Then, chain 1, make one single crochet in the next 10 stitches. (Total 10 stitches).

Row 2) Chain 2, turn your work, make one double crochet in each stitch across. (Total 10 stitches).

Row 3) Turn your work, do not chain! Slip stitch two times. Then, chain 1, make one single crochet in the next 8 stitches. (Total 8 stitches).

Row 4) Chain 2, turn your work, make one double in each stitch across. (Total 8 stitches).

Row 5) Turn your work, do not chain! Slip stitch one time. Then chain 1, make one single crochet in the next 7 stitches. (Total 7 stitches).

Row 6) Chain 2, turn your work, make one double crochet in each stitch across (7 stitches).

Row 7) Chain 1, turn your work, make one single crochet in each stitch across (7 stitches).

Row 8) Repeat row 6

Row 9) Repeat row 7

Bind off and leave some yarn for sewing later.

How this looks like. Do you see my stitch marker (cough cable needle)? That’s where we will begin the center back.

Center back:

Row 1) Skip 7 stitches from the bottom of the armhole (see pic above). Join with a slip stitch. Then, chain 1, make one single crochet in the next 22 stitches. (Total 22 stitches)

Row 2) Chain 2, turn your work. Make one double crochet in each stitch across (22 stitches).

Row 3) Chain 1, turn your work. Make one single crochet in each stitch across (22 stitches).

Repeat rows 2 & 3 six times, ending on a row 9. We are matching the length of the left lapel and the back. Bind off after finishing row 9, leave some yarn for sewing.

Right Lapel:

Row 1) Skip 7 stitches from the bottom of the center back armhole. Join with a slip stitch, chain 1, make one single crochet in the next 10 stitches. (Total 10 stitches).

Row 2) Chain 2, turn your work. Make one double crochet in each stitch. (Total 10 stitches).

Row 3) Chain 1, turn your work. Make one single crochet in the next 8 stitches. (Total 8 stitches).

Row 4) Chain 2, turn your work. Make one double crochet in each stitch. (Total 8 stitches).

Row 5) Chain 1, turn your work. Make one single crochet in the next 7 stitches. (Total 7 stitches).

Row 6) Chain 2, turn your work. Make one double crochet in each stitch. (Total 7 stitches).

Row 7) Repeat row 5

Row 8) Repeat row 6

Row 9) Repeat row 5. Bind off, leave some yarn for sewing.

Should look like this

Now you will sew both shoulder seams together (See pic below) with the excess yarn you left in each bind off.

All sewn up the vest should look like this:

Looks almost done right? Not quite!

Neckline:

Turn your work so that you are facing what looks to you like the left side (but when worn is the right).

Insert your hook at the bottom of the neckline where you had slip stitched a few times (See picture below)

Join here

Row 1: Join to the bottom edge of the left neckline by slip stitch. Then chain 1, make one single crochet in the next 13 edge stitches up the left neckline, then one single crochet in the next 9 back neckline stitches, and finally one single crochet in the next 13 edge stitches going down the right side. (Total 35 stitches) Bind off and weave in any loose ends.

Here you can see the 13 single crochets I did.

You can do fewer neckline stitches if you’d like. Just make sure the two front sides have even stitch counts. So you could even do 10 stitches, 9 stitches, and 10 stitches if you want a tighter neckline.

Now all you need to do is sew the snap on buttons! Use your measuring tape to see where you’d like to sew them. Or eyeball it like I did.

Alternatively, if you don’t want to do snap on buttons, you can sew regular buttons or just not have any buttons at all. Do which ever you’d like. I personally like the sewn snap on buttons because they make opening and closing the vest so much easier and faster.

Finished!

While writing this pattern, I tried to make it as comprehensible and easy to follow as possible. Did I succeed? I sure hope so!

InshaAllah every thing made sense, and if something did not you can always leave me a comment below.

That’s all for now, thank you for reading!

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Crocheted Baby Boy Sweater

As you might know by now, I love knitting, crocheting, or sewing things for my loved ones. When my sister’s son was born, I was getting super excited to make something for him. My sister’s favorite color is green, and I happened to have some green yarn in my stash. So, I went pattern searching! I came across a pattern from Red Heart for a hooded sweater and decided to try my hand in making one.

I decided not to add sleeves, and I included a something post crochet (can’t recall if its front/back post single crochet, half double, or double crochet)

I did a couple of things differently from the pattern. I didn’t do stripes, I also didn’t add sleeves, and I added a bit of what I like to call “cable” crochet (ie. front/back post crochet).

With the hood attached. Look at those cute ears!

Another thing I did differently than the pattern was add an actual button row all across both front edges of the sweater and the hoodie. I wanted to add some contrasting darker green to make the sweater pop a bit.

Finished sweater!

When I made this sweater I hadn’t crocheted in a long time, instead I was focusing on knitting. I remember it felt really nice going back to crochet considering it’s the first yarning craft I ever learned. I will always think fondly of crochet :)

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!

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Hats Off!

I made these a while back while I was still in college. I remember wondering what I could make with variegated yarn and came up with the idea of hats. Warm and colorful hats! One of these I knitted and the other I crocheted. I was more of a crocheter at that time; it was easier and faster for me. Back then, I wanted to see quick results with yarn, and felt that knitting was slower. It’s interesting thinking back how I’ve grown since then. Alhamdulilah fee kulli haal. :)

Crocheted hat :)

I sometimes like adding a solid color to variegated yarn so there’s some sort of contrasting balance.

Them ear flaps though.
DPNs!

I started using double pointed needles (DPNs) around this time, and it was definitely a challenge I welcomed. I can still remember how it felt going to the store with my parents specifically to get DPNs. I was exuberant and ecstatic! I felt like woah this is some next level stuff. It felt almost as if I’d graduated to the next class or something… I’ll stop right there, you get the idea I’m sure. ;)

Finished knit hat. I believe this one was for my Dad

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Baby Crochet Dress

For a minute, I couldn’t recall who I made this crocheted dress for- the absurdity! Disclaimer: I really like knowing and remembering who I made what for. So you can imagine I had to sort out my memory a bit. Then, I realized –ohhhhh I made this for my sister’s first daughter. And more memories followed.

I love my sister a lot, so I of course wanted to crochet and sew her daughter dresses. (At that time, I don’t think I knew how to knit dresses).

This is my go to pattern for crochet baby dresses.
Back of the dress. Hmm…could have added the buttons a bit better.

I don’t always like adding sleeves to projects, so I left this one sleeveless. It was very easy to crochet and you can have fun with matching colors. Prior to liking knitting, one thing I loved about crochet was the ability to easily fix a mistake. It’s very simple to just unravel the error and try again. With knitting I had to actually learn how to pick up dropped stitches, but when I figured it out, it became easy as well.

With both knitting and crochet, you need practice to be able to fully develop your potential. Most important thing to note: Don’t stop yarning!

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Yellow and Red Crochet Toddler Dresses

These are some toddler dresses I crocheted using yellow and red yarn.

That’s the front of the dress. As you can see, I ran out of the vibrant red color and switched to a maroon shade at the bottom of the dress.


That’s the back of the dress. I used snap fasteners instead of buttons. I find these are pretty easy to use.

Love this adorable design! I made this one for one of my nieces.

This is the bigger version of the previous design. I made it for my older niece.

This is a close up on the flower. Flowers are really fun to crochet and I feel they add a whimsical effect to any project.


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Oh Baby!

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An amazing friend of mine is having her first baby this summer! So, of course I just had to make her baby some crocheted goodness. ;)

Pattern for the dress can be found on this awesome blog. Since it’s going to be summer, I left out the sleeves.

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I found a tutorial for these Mary Jane booties on crochet geek. The difference between hers and mine is that I did not add any straps.

Lastly I kind-of didn’t really follow an official pattern for the hat, so sorry no tutorial/pattern link for that.

Here’s another pic of the whole ensemble just ‘cuz I’m really lovin’ the result.

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(If anyone was wondering, I used Caron’s Simply Soft Pistachio yarn.)

That’s all for now. Have an awesome day everyone!

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Crochet Puff Hat!

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I made this hat a while ago for myself when I started crocheting. :) It was really fun to make and it was the first stylish hat I’ve ever crocheted. You can find the pattern here.

Recently, I made this hat again, but instead of using the above link as my guide I used crochet geek for this one. I found this easier to make.

Puff Hat

Also I gifted this one to my friend. :) I’m glad she really liked it.

That’s all for now. Have a great day!


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Hooded Toddler Jacket

I used grey buttons because I couldn't find any others. (and also cuz they look kinda nice)

I used grey buttons because I couldn’t find any others. (and also cuz they look kinda nice)

You know sometimes when you’re eating something really good, and you

The hood looks a bit wonky since it's kind of hard to take a nice pic of it.

The hood looks a bit wonky since it’s kind of hard to take a nice pic of it.

don’t want it to end? I’m eating such an amazing potato salad right now and I keep looking at it because it’s going to finish, so I’m eating it super slowly to savor it. It’s hard to do though, but I shall endeavor to try! Okay moving on, I found this pattern as I was searching for a sweater to make for my niece. It’s different from any other sweater project I’ve ever done because it has many sections. For example, there is the jacket “skirt”, then the middle, left & right bodice pieces, the hood, and the arms (which were also done in 2 parts each). I was honestly going to call it quits because it was a tedious process that involved many loose threads. (I really hate weaving in the extra yarn at the end) >_< The funny thing is, I made it in size 4T (my niece is 2.5 yrs old) and it actually fit her just right. I could have even made the skirt part longer if I wanted to. But, alas it would have been too much work since I already made the button hole rows. If any of you try the pattern, let me know how it goes.

That’s all for now, have a great day everyone! :)


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Crochet Baby Dress

Dress1How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could

i cant fix the sidewayness >_<

i cant fix the sidewayness >_<

chuck wood? Hmmm… I really don’t know, and I definetly don’t recall what pattern I used for this dress since I made it a year ago for my niece. (But if any of you want the pattern, I’ll try to find it!) The skirt of the dress is made up of double crochet shells, and the increase causes it to be a full circle dress as seen in the picture. I remember it took me a looong time to make this and I used up quite a bit of yarn…which is probably why I never made it again ;) But, it looked adorable on my niece so it was worth it.