Swing Set Cardigan and other things

I love crocheting. I love taking yarn and turning it into something useful, especially when that something useful is also beautiful. I’m a big girl, so I never get to crochet anything for myself – it takes too much yarn – but that’s why I love crocheting baby and kids’ clothing. Unfortunately, I don’t know many people who actually have babies or kids – at least not people who would truly appreciate such gifts…and let me tell you, nothing is more frustrating or hurtful than spending hours, days, weeks, on something and having someone toss it aside as if you bought it at Walmart… Or worse, returning it – Which has happened. Seriously.

I was so happy when I heard one of our family friends is having a girl. It’s not that I don’t like creating things for boys, it’s just that it seems like the vast majority of patterns put there are for girls. And let’s face it, girls’ stuff is usually cuter. So lately, I’ve been diving into making a bunch of stuff for this new baby. I made a cute diaper bag, two burp cloths, and a changing pad out of an adorable pink, green, and white butterfly-themed fabric. I had a hell of a time finding all the fabrics for my projects, and even then, couldn’t find the damask pattern I really wanted. But I think everything turned out super cute.

I also made a gorgeous granny blanket out of Bernat Waverly Baby yarn in lavender, honeydew, and peek-a-blue. I figured I’d used enough pink already, so I wanted to use colors that were a little less… Girly and submissive (I.e. Less pink). But, I then returned to the pink and made a cotton crocheted bib with green trim, but I’m still lacking a button for that one.

You can find the info for the granny blanket and scalloped trim on my Ravelry page here, or for just the granny blanket here.

Finally, I made a gorgeous “Swing Set Cardigan” from the book Little Crochet: Modern Designs for Babies and Toddlers, by Linda Permann (I’m also in her Craftsy class, which is awesome). The book is full of cute clothing and toys for babies and little kids. Unfortunately, the one little boy I’ve been wanting to make a sweater for is a little too old for these patterns, but I’ll find something eventually. I used NitPicks’ CotLin yarn in celery, which is a lovely soft green color (if you couldn’t tell yet, green is one of my favorite colors). I still need to add three mother of pearl buttons, but it’s otherwise finished. And what’s great is that I made the 18-30 month size, so this will be perfect for a future gift.



My next project is going to finally be something for myself – not a sweater, as much as I’d like, but a Hobbit Hood. I have some leftover light brown yarn from making my husband’s beardy, so I’m going to use it to make this hood. I just wish it had an optional cape attached to it, but perhaps I can make another one at some point and try to improvise.

Speaking of capes… The book I linked above has the most adorable hooded cape in it. I plan on making that sometime in the future when the baby girl is around 3 or 4. I don’t see much of a point in making it for infants who can’t even walk yet as the cape would just drag on the floor. Plus, how cute would it be to send her off to kindergarten in a red hooded cape?


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