Friday, September 30, 2011

Holy Needles’ Crochet Booties in the Round

These booties are crocheted in the round, are very easy to make, and require no sewing of seams! Enjoy creating these beautiful booties for a newborn, or adapt for larger sizes.

Materials: G, H, or I hook, and soft worsted yarn, such as simply soft.
The length of a newborn’s foot is 3 – 3.5 inches. Everyone’s tension is different, and hook size and yarn type all make a difference. When in doubt, rip it out!


Bootie:

Ch 4, join. Wrap yarn tail around circle so it can be pulled later (to close hole).

R1: ch 2, 7 dc into circle. Sl st into 1st dc. (7)

R2: ch 2, 1 dc in same st; 2 dc in each st around. Join with sl st into 1st dc. (15)


R3-5: ch 2, 1 dc into same st, dc into each dc. Join with sl st into 1st dc. (15)

R6: ch 2, dc into next 12 st, leaving last 3 sts undone. Ch 2, turn. (12)

R7: dc into each st. ch 2, turn. (12)


R8: dc in each st. (12)


With right sides together, sl st back seam. Pull long loop along seam (or you can sl st 1/2 way up the back to decrease loop length, and decrease tension). Remove hook and turn bootie right side out.


Cuff:  Insert hook into top of bootie just to left of back seam.
R1: ch 2, work 16 dc evenly around top edge. Join with sl st into 1st dc. (16)
R2: ch 2, dc in each st around. (16)


Edging: ch 1 and sc in each st. Join with sl st. (or use any stitches you desire!) Fasten off and securely weave in ends. Do NOT knot your work… weave back and forth inconspicuously instead.

Optional: ch 70 to make ‘shoelace’ to weave in and out of the first cuff row created.

© Copyright 2011, Donna Bishop. All Rights Reserved. Created for Holy Needles, Tucson AZ


***Some changes were made to this pattern in 2012, to make it easier.  See http://holyneedles.blogspot.com/2012/05/holy-needles-crochet-booties-in-round.html


Creating a Crocheted Border on Fleece

Start by inserting hook into fleece, a few inches to the side of a corner.  Grab yarn with your hook, and pull through, leaving a 6" tail. Make a single crochet. Chain 1, then insert hook into next hole, continuing to make a single crochet stitch.


Repeat all around fleece single crochet, chain 1.  In the corners, create 3 single crochet stitches (NO chain inbetween).  When you finish, you will use a tapestry needle to weave in your ends, back and forth nicely.  The original tail will initially finish the V stitch visualized on the back of the fleece, then you can weave.  NEVER use knots... ALWAYS leave tails & WEAVE!


Again... NEVER use knots... ALWAYS leave tails and WEAVE!

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Using the Skip-Stitch Blade to Create Blanket Borders...

This is a great tool for putting holes into fleece edge, to be able to crochet a border.  The tool is a blade for a 45mm rotary cutter. 

It's called a skip stitch blade.  check it out at http://www.skipstitch.com/products.htm



Also, check out a You Tube video on using this blade.  It's not done quite the way we do it... we put holes 3/8" - 1/2" from the edge.  Also, place the clear straight edge over the edge of the fleece, so that you can use the measurements on the straight edge as your guide. (Maybe someday we'll create a video!)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Beautiful Newborn Beanie Created by a Young Child!

WOW!  ...a little girl made this baby beanie!  Her Mommy taught her how.  It's knit on small needles. We are so proud of her!  She made this beanie especially for a newborn baby who really needed a piece of clothing.  Thank you sweet girl!  Your work is beautiful, and it is appreciated by many people.  Keep up the wonderful creative gift you have!


How wonderful!


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Holy Needles' Beanie Crochet Pattern

Newborn Infant Baby Beanie Hat

This baby beanie pattern was created specifically for charitable giving.  It is quick, easy, and can be made simply, or you can make some changes and adjustments and add decor to create a different look.  You can even take this pattern and expand upon it to size it for children and adults. Find head size chart info on this website, and a variety of embellishments and edgings.  Be creative!


***Newborn size = 6” width, 6” height***
MATERIALS:

3 or 4 ply soft acrylic yarn
I, J or K crochet hook (depends on size desired, thickness of yarn, and tension)

DIRECTIONS:


ch 4 or 5; sl st to form ring. Wrap yarn tail around circle so it can be pulled later (to close hole), or make magic ring.


ROUND 1: ch 2; 15 dc in ring. Join with sl st into the top of the first dc (to complete the round) (15 total)


ROUND 2: ch 2; 1 dc in same space as ch 2; 2 dc in each st around. Join with sl st into the top of the first dc (to complete the round) (31 total)


ROUND 3: ch 2; *1 dc in next 4 st, 2 dc in 5th st. Repeat from *. Join with sl st into the top of the first dc (to complete the round) (37 total)


ROUNDS 4 – 9 (or more… until 6” length/width. Or add 2 more inches to length for brim): ch 2; 1 dc in same space as ch 2; 1 dc in each st around, joining each round with a sl st into the first dc.


Fasten off; securely weave in ends. Do NOT knot your work… weave back & forth inconspicuously instead.

(about crocheting in rounds: each round begins with chains that equal the height of the row (1 ch = sc and hdc; 2 ch = dc), and ends by joining the last stitch with a sl st into the top of the first dc, to create a round)

Use your discretion when creating this beanie. Adjust your stitches accordingly, to create a beanie that fits a newborn… (laid flat) 6 inches wide by 6 inches high (to fit 12-14” head). Everyone’s tension is different, and hook size and yarn type all make a difference. When in doubt, rip it out!

trio of twisties (d├ęcor for top of beanie)


Leaving a 10” tail, chain 10 (not too tight). Work 3 sc or dc in 2nd chain from hook. Work 4 sc or dc in each of the next 7 chains. Slip stitch in last chain (do not finish off).


Continue to *Chain 10. Work 3 sc or dc in 2nd chain from hook. Work 4 sc or dc in each of the next 7 chains. Slip stitch in the last chain. Repeat from *1 or more time.


Finish off, leaving a 10” tail.
To attach: Take the 3 twistie tails, and attach to your hat using a yarn needle. Thread 1 tail through top of hat, then thread the other tail through the top of the hat close to the other but not through the same hole. From inside the hat, tie in a square knot twice and weave in ends.

© Copyright 2009-2013, Donna Bishop. All Rights Reserved. Created for Holy Needles, Tucson AZ