Thursday, January 5, 2017

Tulip Cocoon



Good morning beautiful people.

Well, here it is, the first pattern for 2017! I'm hoping for big things this year here on the blog, so lets see if we can pull them off! This year will be a mixed bag, as far as the blog goes. Preemie items like usual, but I want to throw in some more variety. Newborn items, props, DIY's, more dolls clothing, more recipe reviews, more of everything, and why not! I love to share these kinds of things with you all, and Im sure this year, like the last, will be full of fantastic posts and projects!! Preemie pattern wise, I want to try an focus on the smaller sizes, that often gets overlooked.

Today's pattern was designed after reading a post at Project Robby asking for cocoon patterns. Now I know I have a couple, and they get used so very much, but there could always be more. This is the first, and I'll have a new one every month this year. Lots of sizes and styles for wee babies. I'm not sure if you guys remember, but 2 years ago I made a hat for the hat drive using the flower pattern, and I said then I wanted to rework it into a cocoon, and Im so glad I did, it worked so well! You could use matching flower colours, different shades like I have here, or 2 completely different colours. I'm sure all options would work well.



Sized To Fit:
16/17 Weeks Gestation

You Will Need:
4mm hook.
DK/8ply yarn in a main colour (white) and a small amount of green and pinks for the flowers.
2 buttons for closing. (you could also use ribbon, or lengths of chained yarn for ties)

Tulip Cocoon

Special Stitches: DC3TG CLUSTER: yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through two, yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through two, (3 loops left on hook), yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through two, (4 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all loops.

1: Into a magic ring, ch2, dc 9 times, join to the first dc. - 9dc 3cm across

2: Ch3, 2dc in the same stitch, 2dc in each stitch around, join to the first dc. -18dc 5.5cm across

3: Ch3, dc in the same stitch, 2dc in the next stitch, *dc in the next stitch, 2dc in the next stitch*, repeat from * to * around, join to the first dc. -27dc 7.5cm

4: Ch3, dc in the same stitch, dc in the next stitch, 2dc in the next stitch, *dc in the next 2 stitchs, 2dc in the next stitch*, repeat from * to * around, join to the first dc. - 36dc 10cm across

5: Ch3, dc in the same stitch, dc in the next 2 stitchs, 2dc in the next stitch, *dc in the next 3 stitchs, 2dc in the next stitch*, repeat from * to * around, join to the first dc. - 45dc 12cm across

6. ch3, dc in the same stitch, dc in each stitch around, do not join. - 45dc

Change to green yarn

7: Ch3, turn, skip 2 stitches, *(dc, ch1, dc) in the next stitch, skip 2 stitches*, repeat across, dc in the last stitch.

Change to pink yarn

8: Ch5 (counts as first dc and ch2), turn, *DC3TG cluster in the next ch1 space, ch2*, repeat across, dc into the ch3 from the previous round.

Change to white yarn

9: Ch2, turn, hdc in each stitch and chain across, the last stitch will be in the 3rd chain from the previous row. - 45hdc

10: Ch3, turn, dc in each stitch across. - 45dc

11-14: Repeat rows 7 to 10

15: ch3, turn, dc in each stitch across.

16: Ch1, turn, sc in each stitch across, 2sc in the last stitch, then sc evenly down the side of the opening, until you reach the bottom, sc once in the space between both sides and then sc evenly back up the other side of the opening, joining to the first sc. End off and weave in all tails. Completed size 13.5cm across the top, 18cm in length.

Attach buttons. I used the spaces in the dc's for "buttonholes" you could always use the gaps in the green or pink also.



Wednesday, December 28, 2016

My Sweet Alice



Good morning lovelies.

I know, I know. It's been forever since I blogged. I fell off the grid for a while there. I promise though, there was a good reason for that, and Im hoping that today's pattern makes up for the lack of them in the last few months.

Around the start of November, after months and months and months of trying, my partner and I finally got the amazing news that we were expecting another wee baby. How exciting! How joyus!

With Christmas just around the corner we decided to tell nooone at all, and we would make little gifts up to announce on Christmas day. I wanted to pop ultrasound photos into clear baubles with some glitter and fake snow. How wonderful a gift would that be? What a surprise for the kids! We started dreaming of names, thinking up nursery themes, planning a future with more noise and love.

Mid November, things got scary. Lots of light bleeding. Things didn't feel.. right. Every time I spoke with the doctors they assured me it was ok. I even went to emergency once where I was assured again, levels looked fine. I was told there was no point in doing a scan, that was just a snapshot of the here and now and wouldn't provide any useful information. I had so many blood tests in a 4 week period and still was told everything would be ok.

On December 7th, I had my first visit with prenatal and was supposed to get all my paperwork in order, and officially be "on the books" When I told them about the bleeding, the midwife said she wouldn't finish my paperwork, that we needed to "Make sure there was still a pregnancy there first" before they would complete it. I mean, I understand why, but the way she said it, it was.. blunt. I had to go for bloods and had a scan booked for next week.

On December 8th, I landed myself in the ER with heavy bleeding, and we received the shattering news that our baby had no heartbeat. She'd stopped growing at just 9 weeks. The doctor wasn't even gentle about it, very matter of fact. After he told us, he was in the room for all of 2 minutes, told me to re-book with my GP and left. That it seems, was that.

Once again, for the second time in my life, I left the same damn hospital empty handed. Once again, my heart has broken. All my fighting for the last few years, and there is still nothing in place in my local hospital for early loss. It makes me so sad, and so angry.

How incredibly hard was it to tell people in the same breath that I was pregnant, but now I'm not anymore. What an impossible conversation, To date, only a handful of people know. It's hard to write it over and over. It's hard to start a conversation when you know you have nothing but sad news. It's hard to shove a smile on your face when you just want to cry. I feel bad for making people sad at Christmas. I guess that's why I waited until after Christmas to write this post. It's my way of letting the world know that my heart hurts.

We decided to name our angel Alice. She may not be here physically, but she will forever be in our hearts.

This little cradle keepsake is made in her memory.





You Will Need:
4ply Cotton Yarn (I used tootgarook cotton by Bella Baby)
2.00mm hook
Small bow

Starting chains don't count in the stitch count.

1: ch15, 2hdc in the second chain from hook, hdc in the next 12 chains, 4hdc in the last chain, continue working around the corner and back down using the same chains you have already crocheted into (to create an oval), hdc in the next 12 chains, 2hdc in the last chain, join to the first hdc. -32hdc (6cm long, 1.5cm wide)

2: ch2, 2hdc in the first stitch, 2hdc in the next stitch, hdc in the next 12 stitches, 2hdc in each of the next 4 stitches, hdc in the next 12 stitches, 2hdc in each of the last 2 stitches, join to the first hdc. - 40hdc (7cm long, 2.5cm wide)

3: ch1, sc in the same stitch, 2sc in the next stitch, sc in the next stitch, 2sc in the next stitch, hdc in the next 12 stitches, *sc in the next stitch, 2sc in the next stitch*, repeat from * to * 3 more times, hdc in the next 12 stitches, *sc in the next stitch, 2sc in the next stitch*, repeat from * to * once more, join to the first sc. - 48 stitches (8cm long, 4cm wide)

4: ch1, sc in the same stitch, sc in the next stitch, 2sc in the next stitch, sc in the next 2 stitches, 2sc in the next stitch, dc in the next 12 stitches, *sc in the next 2 stitchs, 2sc in the next stitch*, repeat from * to * 3 more times, dc in the next 12 stitches, *sc in the next 2 stitchs, 2sc in the next stitch*, repeat from * to * once more, join to the first sc. - 56 stitches (8.7cm long, 5.5cm wide)

5: ch2, hdc in the back loop of the same stitch, hdc in the back loop of each stitch around, join to the first hdc - 56hdc

6-9: ch2, hdc in the same stitch, and in each stitch around, join to the first hdc. (3.2cm tall)

10: slst in the next 15 stitches, ch2, turn, hdc in the same stitch, hdc in the next 23 stitches. - 24

11: ch2, turn, hdc in the same stitch, hdc2tg, hdc in the next 8 stitches, hdc2tg, hdc in the next 8 stitches, hdc2tg, hdc in the last stitch. - 21hdc

12: ch2, turn, hdc in the same stitch, hdc2tg, hdc in the next 2 stitches, hdc2tg, hdc in the next stitch, hdc2tg, hdc in the next 5 stitches, hdc2tg, hdc in th next stitch, hdc2tg, hdc in the last stitch. - 16

13: ch2, turn, hdc in the same stitch, hdc2tg, hdc2tg, hdc in the next stitch, hdc2tg, hdc2tg, hdc in the next stitch, hdc2tg, hdc2tg, hdc in the last stitch. 10hdc

14: ch3, turn. Now this last row gets a little tricky, we're going to gather all the stitches together by doing one big dc10tg (yes, dc ten together) Here is how we do this...

yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull through , yarn over, pull through 2 loops, *yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch and yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops* (3 loops on hook), repeat from * to * until you have used all the stitches and have 11 loops on your hook, yarn over once more and pull through all loops, ch1 to secure gather.

15: ch1, turn, sc evenly down the hood, (for me this was 8 sc), [[working in front loops only from here]] sc in the next stitch, hdc in the next stitch, dc into the next stitch *ch3, dc into the next stitch* repeat around until you have 2 stitches remaining before the hood starts, hdc in the next stitch, sc in the next stitch [[working around all loops now]] evenly sc up the side of the hood and join to the first sc. End off and weave in all tails.

Attach bow to the centre top of the hood.