Monday, January 22, 2018

Bella Booties



Good morning all!

Today's pattern release is for a sweet pair of booties, designed to fit a baby of 0-3 months. It's been a while since I've crocheted for full term newborn sizes, and it's something I'm very excited about doing this year.
These booties are super easy, super fast and... SUPER adorable! The cobble stitch adds a lovely texture, and the contrasting edging some real POP! These would make a fantastic baby shower gift!


Sized To Fit: 
0-3 Months

You Will Need:
3mm hook
4ply/light fingering weight yarn in both a main and a contrasting colour. I used cotton, but acrylic would work fine too.
2 small buttons


It's important not to crochet into the joining stitch on the sole, when working in rounds like this, it can look like a stitch, but it isn't.

1: Ch11, hdc into the 2nd ch from hook, hdc in the next 8 chains, 4dc in the last chain, working into the same chains, but on the opposite side of the stitches we just made, hdc in the next 9 chains, join to the first hdc

2: Ch3, 2dc in the same stitch, dc in the next 8 stitches, 2dc in each of the next 4 stitches, dc in the next 8 stitches, 2dc in the last stitch. Join to the first dc.

3: Ch1, 2sc in the same stitch, 2sc in the next stitch, sc in the next 8 stitches, *2sc in the next stitch, sc in the next stitch*, repeat 3 more times, sc in the next 8 stitches, 2sc in each of the last 2 stitches. Join to the first sc. Sole complete. End off yarn.

Grab your stitch markers and mark off the 11th stitch on both sides (count from the the 1st stitch to the right of the join as the centre stitch, the top 2 markers in the photo below), this will leave you with 14 stitches in the toe section between markers. With the right side up and the toe pointing left, join your yarn to the stitch with the marker in it, back loop only.



4: This round will be completed in back loops only: ch1, sc in the same stitch, tr in the next stitch, *sc in the next stitch, tr in the next stitch*, repeat until you reach the next marker. -16sts

5: Ch1, turn, sc in the first 3 stitches, sc2tg, sc in the next stitch, sc2tg, sc2tg, sc in the next stitch, sc2tg, sc in the last 3 stitches. -12sts

6: Ch1, turn, sc in the first stitch, tr in the next stitch, *sc in the next stitch, tr in the next stitch*, repeat across - 12sts

7: Ch1, turn, sc2tg 6 times - 6sts

8: Ch1, turn, sc2tg 3 times - 3sts. End off leaving a longish tail. Take the tail, and slip it back into the ch1 and pull tight to close.

Grab your stitch markers again and mark of the 6th stitch on each side (image above). This next round gets a little tricky because we WANT to crochet into the joining stitch/ending stitch from the last round of the bootie sole, so there are no gaps in the heel of the bootie.

9: With the toe of the bootie pointing right, attach the yarn in the same stitch with the marker closest to your body: ch1,  sc in the same stitch, tr in the next stitch, *sc in the next stitch, tr in the next stitch*, repeat twice, (sc, tr) into the joining stitch, *sc into the next stitch, tr into the next stitch*, repeat twice more to reach the next marker. -14sts

10: Ch1 turn, sc in the first stitch, sc2tg, sc2tg, sc in the next 4 stitches, sc2tg, sc2tg, sc in the last stitch -10sts

11: Ch1, turn, sc in the same sticth, tr in the next, *sc in the next stitch, tr in the next stitch*, repeat across. -10sts. End off.

12: Left Bootie: ch17, sc into the 5th chain from hook, sc in each remaining chain, don't end, simply sc into the first stitch from round 11 and in each stitch across. do not end, continue as below:

Right Bootie: Join yarn to the first stitch from row 11, sc in each stitch across, ch17, sc in the 5th chain from hook and each chain across, when you get to the last chain, slst into the edge of the bootie and continue as below:

Finishing: sc down the side of the heel piece, slst in the 4 un-worked stitches on the sole, sc evenly across the edge of the toe opening (that was 12sc for me), slst in the 4 un-worked stitches on the sole, then sc evenly up the remaining heel edge. End off leaving a long tail. Use the tail to close the gap between the heel and the strap. Note, the right bootie won't have a gap.

Weave in all tails.



Take your contrasting yarn and join it to one of the bootie sides, on the sole, and slip stitch around the entire thing, strap included. Be sure not to pull too tight with your slip stitches, as it may distort the bootie. Weave in the tails.

Attach buttons and your done!!!



Friday, January 19, 2018

Bead Threading Busy Bag



Morning all!

Just a bit excited about today's post!

I've done a few Busy Bags in the past for other people and groups, but never really got around to playing with them more. Now Master J is a big 3 year old I'm finding these little bags of goodness to be really fantastic for entertaining him, while also being educational!

Right now we're all about colours, and so I thought I'd make some little colour related games for him.


This one has the added bonus of engaging their fine motor skills threading the beads too. We gave it a burl, and it got a toddler tick of approval!

It's super easy to do too! I've included the file in this post for you to download for free, to make your own little bead threading boats! The file has the 6 coloured boats that Master J has been playing with, and an additional 9 boats with numbers on them (1-9), for older kids who are learning to count!




Supplies Needed:
Access to a printer
Laminate Machine
Pipe Cleaners
Scissors
Hole Punch
Pony Beads

Steps:

1: Print out the file, you can download the filer HERE

2: Cut out the boats.

3: Laminate the squares, and cut them out of the laminate.

4: Place a hole in the side with the hole punch.

5: Loop the pipe cleaner through the hole, then twist to join both sides together. These can be as long or short as you like.

6: Grab the beads and play!




I hope you guys enjoyed this little busy bag! Let me know how your kiddoes go with it!