Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Green & Cream Dress

This is one of my latest dresses.  Once again, I have many more that are ready to post, but have run out of ribbon.  I think I just need to buy out the store next time I go so I will have enough on hand. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

10% Discount

I am running out of room for all the items I have been making.  I wanted to get a booth in the local craft fair, but there isn't any more space.  I decided to offer a discount for my friends and followers, so right now in my Etsy shop, you can receive 10% off any order by using code: MYGIFTTOYOU
Thanks for your support!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

X Stitch Preemie Hat

I decided I better type up my pattern for the X Stitch Preemie hat before my toddlers destroy it.
These are really tiny, so if you want a variety of sizes since Preemies vary in size depending on how early they were born,  you can adjust your hook size to a larger hook. 

X Stitch Preemie Hat

Hook Size: G                                                                                        Gauge: 4 SC & 4 Rows = 1”
Materials: 1-2 oz Caron Simply Soft Yarn

Chain 2
Round 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook, join w/ sl st in 1st SC

Round 2:  Ch 3, turn, 2 DC in 1st SC, 3 DC in each of the next 5 SC, join w/ sl st in top of
                 Beginning ch 3 (18 stitches)

Round 3:  Ch 1, turn, 2 SC in each st around, (36 stitches) join with sl st

Round 4: Ch 3 turn *sk  next SC, DC in next 2 SC, DC in back in stitch just skipped*
                Repeat *to* around, (12 x stitches), Sl st in top of ch3

Round 5: Ch 1, turn, Sc in each st around (36 stitches)

Round 6-11: Repeat Round 4 & 5

Round 12: Ch 3, turn, DC in each SC around, join with sl st

Round 13: Ch 2, turn, DC around FP of next stitch, *DC around BP of next stitch, DC around FP of next stitch*  
                 Repeat from * around join with sl st in top of ch 2, Fasten off and weave in ends.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Butterfly Dress

I just created this Butterfly Dress over the last few days.  It took a few times of crochet and unraveling to get it how I wanted it.  I liked it as I was making it, but now that it's complete, I'm not sure what I think.  It looks different than I imagined...Anyone else run into this?  Maybe it will grow on me. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A few more dresses to the closet

I have been so busy with canning spaghetti sauce and this coming week will be peaches that I lost track of time on my posts.  In between the canning, I have been able to make a few more dresses. The first one (purple) I used a pattern in a book that I have.  To be honest, I wasn't sure I liked all the ruffle when I finished it, but looking at the picture now,  I think I do.  I am one for simple patterns and while I liked teh look of this dress, I hated keeping track of which row I was on in the pattern.  So...the next 2 dresses were my own version of the pattern.  The blue and cream one, I like, but it is quite slim.  The Green and White one, I decided to try and make it a little more flowy and I think it worked.  I wrote the instructions down as I made it, but need to test them on another dress to make sure they are actually understandable before I type it all up.  If you would be interested in the pattern, please let me know.

Forest Green & White

The 4th dress I had seen on one of the websites that I frequent and loved it so I decided to purchase the  pattern from to make for my girls.  It started out for my 1 1/2 yr old and I even used a smaller hook than was called for and I decided I must crochet much larger than the creator of the pattern.  As I finished the Yoke of the dress, I realized it would fit my 3yr old, so I comprimised and just adjusted the rest of the dress for her. So, I didn't actually follow the rest of the pattern - though I plan to on the next one. We tried it on her several times along the way to make sure it was still working.  This is the end result (minus the buttons...I don't have any large enough for the button holes yet)  I think it turned out quite cute, but I will be making up my own pattern for my younger daughter.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Red Bead Dress

I finished this dress this morning and LOVE it!  There are over 200 red beads and I used a red ribbon to tie the back...The difference is, the others are left completely open in the back and this one I connected at the waist.  I am now in search of different color beads in order to have a good variety.  I almost purchased green the other day...I gues I should have...I might have to make a trip to the store and see if they are still there.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Beaded Baby Dresses

I have never used beads in my crocheting until now.  I thought these dresses would be pretty with beads and decided to give it a try.  The first one I did was the white one.  I only put around 30 beads on my yarn and worked them in accross the front just below the chest and then a few in the body.  I loved how it looked, but realized that I needed a ton more, but wasn't willing to cut the yarn and add more.  I don't like having ends in the middle of things.

The second one I made with beads is the pink dress and I used the white as a template and counted out where I wanted them in the stitches...this time I ended up with 201 beads.  It is hard to see in the pictures because I used clear beads on both of thes dresses, but  I used 18 beads around each arm hole and the remaining  I scattered throughout the body. 

Friday, September 2, 2011

More dresses for sale

I was finally able to get the ribbon on these dresses.  I have 2 others that are complete, but I'm out of the white ribbon, so I will post those next week.  I decided I wanted to try and make something for a boy.  I purchased a pattern book from the store a week or so ago and finally opened it today to start working on a jacket.  To my disappointment, this pattern was for knitting...I guess I will have to keep searching for the right one.  If any of you know a good pattern for baby boys, please let me know.

#9 Plum Purple and Vanilla

#10 Light Yellow and White

#11 Light Pink

#12 Light Yellow