When I was pregnant, I tried to crochet as many baby-related items as I could since I knew I would be tired and have much less time when baby actually arrived! I really wanted to make a matching mommy and baby hat set, and when I stumbled upon Brittney Waterhouse’s free pattern for her “In Bloom Cap” on Ravelry HERE, I immediately gave it a try! Around the same time, I found Alli Crafts’ free pattern for her “Cluster Hat” HERE, so I decided to use the same yarn and make matching hats!
As you’ll note, the hats are not identical as they use different patterns: the adult hat uses bobble stitches while the baby hat uses clusters. I found the diagram at the end of the adult pattern very helpful, and Brittney also provides a free pattern for a beret version as an alternative to the cap version (which is the one I made). It is also important to note that the baby hat might run a bit small as it fits Myla’s 3 month old head even though it’s designed for 6 month olds! Alli also provides free patterns for this cluster hat in premie and newborn sizes. I crocheted the baby hat band the same as the adult hat band (single crocheting in back loops only) and added two wooden buttons onto each hat to make them match even more!
I think this set would make a great baby shower gift: that way, both mommy and baby get something chic and cozy to wear….and who doesn’t love matching sets? We had a lot of fun sporting our matching hats on the weekend as everyone thought they were very cute! Once again, you can find the adult hat pattern HERE and the baby hat pattern HERE!!!
I can’t believe it’s the end of August already! I’ve always loved the summer, from all the wonderful festivals and the long hours of daylight to traveling abroad (in our case, to Tokyo at the beginning of June!). It’s been a great summer, and I’m thankful I’ve been able to enjoy the summer months in my pregnancy with enough energy. I thought I’d share some of our adventures with you through these photos!
It’s been a tradition ever since I was young to visit the exhibition whenever it came into town (known as Klondike Days or Capital Ex for us). Indulging in carnie food is a must, so we ended up trying “The Colossal Onion” (a delicious deep fried onion that looks like a blooming flower!), freshly cut and fried chips, cotton candy, a caramel milk chocolate apple (this has always been one of my favourite treats), and a corn dog. Don’t worry…we shared all this food among five people! This would’ve been wayyy too much for just the two of us!
One of the most beloved festivals here is called the ”Heritage Festival” in which 62 pavillions representing over 85 cultures from all over the world are featured to showcase Canada’s multiculturalism. Each pavillion makes their own specialty dishes and crafts and demonstrates different performances. This festival always happens during the first weekend of August, and it is always very hot since it takes places in an open park with little cover and shade! We braved the heat and tried some delicious food items. One of our favourite items was the “Mango’s Loco” from Guatemala, which is a mango on a stick rolled in lime juice and spices. Everyone was carrying these, and they were so juicy and ripe! You can try making your own with this recipe here!
It’s also been fun trying different recipes this summer too! Last month I blogged about our lychee frozen yogurt recipe. I decided to try making a pineapple sorbet as all you need to do is puree pineapple, add sugar, churn it and then freeze it! Sorbets, gelatos, ice creams and frozen yogurts are perfect for summertime :) We’ve also been eating a lot of fresh fruit, and I had to use up some blueberries before they went bad, so I found this absolutely amazing recipe here for blueberry muffins (they are aptly titled “To Die For Blueberry Muffins”!). The streusel topping is so delicious, and the muffin itself is very moist- I highly recommend checking this recipe out!
One summer day I had a baking date with my foodie friend Lillian who blogs over at “Beyond Umami”. We made madeleines, which are small French sponge cakes with a distinctive shell-like shape. It was my first time making them, but Lillian brought all the necessary supplies and gave me baking tips along the way. Check out my piping skills and the beautiful finished products :)
I love love love Chinese desserts, from sweet tapioca soups and tong yuens to lian gao. Whenever we go to Chinese bakeries, I always search for “boot jai goh’s”, which are chewy Chinese pudding cakes with a delicious almond flavour. I’ve been trying to make some of these desserts at home, and I found a recipe for boot jai goh that I really like! You can find it here. I’ve been experimenting with different recipes, but this one is the best so far. Apparently if you’ve followed the recipe correctly, a “belly-button” in the little cake should form…thankfully they appeared in mine! Don’t they look yummy and nicely-shaped? I substituted yellow rock sugar instead of typical white sugar which gave them a more authentic taste!
I’m so glad I got to finally host another give-away this summer too! It’s always fun with the level of participation and hearing from people all over the world. Two of these prizes went to the US and one went to Australia!
Another exciting thing that happened this summer was the purchase of our sewing machine! Home ec was never offered at my school, so learning how to thread the machine and sew was a daunting task for me! I’m so thankful for sewing blogs, tutorials and youtube videos that made everything a whole lot easier. There were mishaps along the way, but it was fun trying out all these different stitches. Our first major project were the curtains for our nursery! I will show you the results once our nursery is finished, but I’m pretty proud of how the curtains turned out! I’m such a newbie at sewing and I can’t wait to try more projects! Do any of you pro sewers have any tips or ideas for good beginner projects?
We went to some fabric stories to look for patterns for our nursery, and look at this awesome sale on buttons we found- 2 bags for $1! I picked up these green and fuscia pink buttons to use on baby hats and future projects :)
At a friend’s birthday tea party this summer, everyone made their own fascinators! There were shoulder pads (for the base), flowers, lace, ribbon, tulle and plenty of materials available, and I thought it was such a great idea. Everyone’s fascinators looked so unique and beautiful, and group photos were cute with these lovely pieces adorning everyone’s hair! Here is the one I made! It just so happened this lace matched perfectly with my crocheted top :)
I love Broadway musicals, and I was disappointed when we were unable to get tickets to see Mary Poppins the last time we were in New York. I was very excited when I heard they were touring across Canada and making a stop here! The magical effects and tap dancing were wonderful, and I loved the choreography and performance of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”!
Ryan is a big anime fan, and we’ve been watching plenty of anime shows and movies since getting married. One of the events we were greatly looking forward to attending this summer was the “Animethon”, and we went with my brother (another big anime fan)! I love seeing all the cosplaying and although we didn’t cosplay (I’m sure one day we will!), I wore my Hello Kitty glasses from Tokyo and ”Nerdy but Cute” Hello Kitty shirt! We watched some anime, browsed Artist Alley (so many talented anime artists!), watched the cosplay contest and some of a Smash Bros tournament and shopped around the Vendor Hall. While in the Vendor Hall, I got to try out the “Necomimi”, a set of battery-powered cat ears that supposedly react to brainwaves, making the ears wiggle. It was fun trying them out, but I couldn’t control them very well…plus they were a hefty price!
Trying to get into the spirit of all things cute and kawaii, this is the bag I carried around the Animethon: my popsicle/ice cream/dessert bag adorned with some Totoro keychains I got from the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, buttons courtesy of Oborocharms and my cotton candy amigurumi teddy from last year’s giveaway. I also picked up this absolutely adorable pink dumpling from the Vendor Hall of Animethon- wouldn’t this make a cute amigurumi? I’ll have to keep this in mind for a future project…
The other purchase I made were these kawaii buttons! Food looks so much cuter when they have faces :D I thought these all would make great ideas for future amigurumi too! Animethon was lots of fun, and one day we hope to go to Comic-Con in San Diego….it is definitely on our must-do list!!!
Thanks for joining me as I recounted my highlights of the summer! It’s a great way for me to journal and chronicle what we did over these past few months. I’m currently 33 weeks pregnant now, so our due date is fast approaching! We had our prenatal classes during the last weekend of August, and they were very informative as they taught us everything from breathing and relaxation exercises to swaddling and bathing baby. September is absolutely going to fly by (we will be having a baby shower too- so excited for that!) and then October will be right around the corner. I am very thankful for all of you who have been reading my blog and expressing your support and encouragement throughout the months! I hope you had a great summer too, and let’s look forward to the fall with new adventures ahead!
Pregnancy has been an amazing journey, and I feel incredibly blessed to be going through it with some of my dearest friends! We are all giving birth within months of each other, so I have been crocheting earflap hats for their babies as a special gift! I have loved using this pattern here by Alli of “Alli Crafts” for a newborn earflap hat. The hat works up quickly, and I love the look of the crab stitches across the edges as well as the braided tassels. I added two buttons for a cute decorative touch on my earflap hats :) I can’t wait to see all the babies wearing their new cozy hats!
Last month I blogged about finding Calypso Gray’s wonderful free pattern for beautiful crocheted slippers and the modifications I made to her pattern. Please refer to my blog post called “Crochet Slippers Part 1” to see step-by-step photos of the making of a pair of slippers from the toe-cap to the sole to the upper portion. I love this pattern because the slippers are crocheted in one piece and no seams are required. The sky’s the limit in terms of the modifications and additions you can make, so please join me as I show you how I made five different pairs of slippers, each unique in their own way!
I knew I wanted to make my mom a pair of slippers as soon as I found this pattern. Mother’s Day was coming up, and it’s wonderful being able to give hand-made gifts that are so practical too! I knew my mom would prefer a darker colour for her slippers so they wouldn’t get dirty as easily, so I chose a grey theme. I used a dark grey for the body of the slipper and a light grey for the edging. To add a little “pizzaz”, we picked up these small translucent buttons and sewed them on using hot pink thread. The result is a clean, modern look that my mom absolutely loved!
The only tricky thing about making these slippers and giving them as gifts is sizing. The pattern calls for a 5 mm crochet hook, and my first pair of slippers that I made using this hook fit my size 8-8.5 feet perfectly. However, all subsequent slippers I made ended up being a little too tight! I tried my best to keep consistent gauge, but the end result can vary a lot depending on the yarn you use, even if it states that the weight is the same. Thus, I used a 5.5 mm crochet hook for my own slippers so they fit me comfortably. Knowing that my mom has slightly smaller feet than mine, I stuck with a 5 mm crochet hook for hers. Don’t they look great on her?
I absolutely LOVED this yarn colour when I saw it at the store, so I picked it up to make a fun, bright pair of slippers. The colour is called “lemongrass”, and we used a similar colour in our wedding theme along with a fuscia pink. Isn’t it a gorgeous colour? We used white on the edging for contrast. Ryan and I found these stunning buttons at Michaels and thought they’d be a great statement piece on our slippers.
They kind of remind me of the medallions found on the super chic Tory Burch flats!
I really wanted to make a pair of slippers adorned with sweet little bows. They make the slippers look so dainty and ladylike, and it’s fun choosing bright colours and figuring out which colours go well together.
I followed this video here to get a general idea of how to crochet a bow. Then I figured out what size i wanted for my slippers and made up the following pattern:
Using a 2 mm crochet hook, Ch 12
R1: Starting in second chain from hook, Sc 11.
R2-4: Ch 1. Turn. Sc 11
From there, I single crocheted up the right side of the resulting rectangle, across the top, down the left side and across the bottom, doing three single crochets in each corner stitch. Please see the picture below for clarification. Doing three single crochets in each corner gives the bow a nice rounded look. I then scrunched the bow slightly and wrapped yarn around the centre, then attaching it to the slipper.
Prettyness! Bows are just so cute :) I made these slippers for my sister because she loves all things cute and pretty!
When I went shopping I noticed that many flats and heels had a modern twist on the traditional bow with straighter lines, giving the bows a more geometric shape. A reader pointed out that they kind of look like ruffles too!
I thought these grey and pink flats from Zara were super cute! The pink square in the middle was quite the statement.
And so, I tried to emulate these Zara flats by crocheting some grey and pink slippers with a similar pink design ontop. I wanted to add more pink to this slipper so I used grey for the toe-cap, switched to pink for the sole, and then switched back to grey for the upper portion. The pink sole adds a bright pop of colour!
I crocheted a long rectangular strip with the following pattern:
Using a 3.5 mm crochet hook, Ch 36
R1: Starting in second chain from hook, Sc 35.
R2-6: Ch 1. Turn. Sc 35
We folded the rectangular piece inwards towards the middle and sewed the piece in place, flattening it so it would not be too puffy.
I then sewed this pink piece onto the grey slippers. They’re pretty unique-looking! And they match perfectly with my pajama pants :)
Since it was so much fun crocheting a pair of slippers based on some flats I saw in store, I wanted to crochet another pair of slippers inspired by some of my favourite flats of all-time! I bought these white flats with elastic rainbow straps years ago from Town Shoes and I’ve managed to keep them fairly clean! They are incredibly comfortable as the leather molds to my feet…it feels like I’m wearing socks when I wear these! Aren’t these flats awesome?
To start off the rainbow strap, I did a series of chain stitches using red embroidery floss. I then single crocheted ontop of the red embroidery floss using orange for about ten stitches and then did more chain stitches so that the orange would then be disconnected/independent from the red. I then joined the orange back with the red by single crocheting the last ten stitches.
I continued with this pattern for the rest of the colours. I followed good ol’ “ROY G. BIV” (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet) to get a range of colours for my rainbow strap!
We then attached the rainbow straps to my white crocheted slippers! Ryan also embroidered a border across the edge of the slipper using brown embroidery floss to make them more similar to my flats.
The rainbow straps make these flats so fun, colourful and unexpected!
It was quite a whirlwind when I went on this slipper-making frenzy!
I felt like a shoe designer, dreaming up what designs I wanted to make and wear!
It is so simple to personalize these slippers as there are many great yarn colours to use and many fun buttons and great little crochet embellishments (bows, hearts, flowers) that you can add.
Which one of these crochet slippers are your favourite?
I hope I’ve given you some ideas on how you can adapt and modify a basic pattern to make many different designs! Do you have any favourite flats or shoes that could be made into a pair of slippers? Inspiration can come from anywhere! Once again, the free base pattern can be found here and you can check out my step-by-step blog post with plenty of pictures and a detailed list of the modifications I made here. Thanks for reading this heavy post and continuing along this crochet journey with me!
Hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day over the weekend! I crocheted my Mom her very own pair of slippers and here she is proudly modeling them :) She likes darker colours, so I used two shades of grey and adorned them with two small buttons with hints of pink thread!
Everyday this week I will post a photo of a new pair of slippers I made using the same free pattern by “Little House by the Sea”, so keep on coming back to see what other ones I’ve made! I’ll do a big blog post at the very end to explain and describe them all in greater detail!
I’ve absolutely LOVED Ravelry ever since joining a couple months ago. The crochet community is so awesome and supportive, and I always love browsing through other people’s projects and checking out the patterns that are “hot right now” (or “the designs that Ravelers are looking at today”). Last month, I stumbled upon a pattern called “Crocheted Mary-Jane Slippers” by Calypso Gray of “Little House by the Sea”. I saw that this pattern had been favourited many times and that more than 190 people had made them: everyone seemed to agree that it was a great pattern. Best of all, the pattern was free with step-by-step photos! I had always wanted to try crocheting some slippers, so I decided to give this pattern a try!
Since I had just finished crocheting Snuggles and had plenty of left-over yarn, I decided to use this beautiful turquoise colour for my slippers. These slippers consist of three basic parts: (1) the toe-cap, (2) the sole, and (3) the upper portion. First I crocheted the toe-cap that was formed by crocheting around a foundation chain (just like the heads of Dragon and Snuggles). This part was crocheted in rounds.
Next up came the sole of the slipper, which was crocheted in rows as you needed to turn your work.
The sole expanded slightly for the heel of the foot…
And then tapered off again..
Next came the upper part of the slipper which was again crocheted in rounds.
Row upon row was added to make the slipper wrap around the feet.
I used a contrasting yellow colour for the last row to give my slipper a nice border!
I also added some beautiful handmade wooden buttons I picked up at a Farmer’s Market in Halifax last summer! I’m so happy I finally got to use them in a crochet project. I have such an affinity for wooden buttons- I also used them for my crocheted cup cozies as well :)
I love how these slippers are crocheted in one piece as no seams are required!
Here is a side view of my new slippers: I really love this colour combination together!
Don’t you just want to slip your feet into these cozy slippers?
This is what the slippers look like when they are flattened. Don’t they look like canoes? I saw people package them ontop of one another like this with a lovely label attached. These would make such wonderful gifts!
Of course, I was itching to try these slippers on as soon as I finished, and I was delighted that they fit me perfectly! Not too tight and not too small!
My feet tend to get very cold, so these are perfect for me as they keep my feet warm against our hardwood and tile. And since I’m such a sucker for all things cute, I picked up these David & Goliath pajama pants while on vacation in Maui. Cookies and milk BFF’s with cute faces? How could I resist?
Here are some things to keep in mind when following Calypso Gray’s pattern:
Here are the modifications I made to Calypso Gray’s pattern to make my own slippers:
I was trying to think of creative ways to photograph my slippers, so I thought of doing some jumping shots! Ryan and I are known to love jumping shots- I have some great ones from when we were on vacation, and even when I graduated from University! They always turn out hilarious ;) Here I am ready for launch!
Now in mid-air! Don’t ya love seeing the crochet slippers in action?
And now for my *graceful* landing ;)
Jump complete! We had a lot of fun doing these dynamic shots, and Ryan got to put the “burst mode” on his camera to good use!
I absolutely LOVE how my slippers turned out, and after completing this first pair, I went on a slipper-making frenzy. I’m still finishing up some other slippers that I’ve made using my favourite flats as inspiration. I will share them with you once I’ve finished them! Will you be trying out Calypso Gray’s free pattern? Once again, it can be found HERE. They would make great gifts for friends and of course for yourself as well! I love wearing these snuggly slippers around the house :) You can choose really fun colours and beautiful buttons to personalize your slippers! To get some ideas of what colours complement one another and look great together, you can check out some inspiration boards and colour palettes that my friend Melissa of Wedding Obsession has put together here and here. She has a lovely blog and oodles of wedding and design inspiration! Have fun crocheting these gorgeous slippers :)
[UPDATE: Please check out my blog post “Crochet Slippers Part 2” to see five more variations I made on this basic pattern, including the addition of bows and straps. Some were inspired by my favourite flats!]
I wanted to make something special for some family friends who have two very sweet young girls. When their mom told me that they liked teddy bears, I was thrilled as I absolutely love making teddies (see Valentine Teddy, Mini Cupcake Bear, Graduation Teddy and Teddy Bear Keychains). I myself used to collect teddies when I was younger, and my siblings and I would act out elaborate storylines with them :)
I loved how Link’s legs were crocheted together and then continued row after row to form his body. This was different than my usual method of crocheting a separate body and legs, and then attaching the legs onto the body. I wanted to try this new technique on a teddy bear, so we had the idea of creating teddy bears wearing onesie pajamas in bright colours!
I started off by crocheting a small ball for the hands and then switching colours and decreasing to form the sleeves.
For the feet, I created an oval shape by crocheting around both sides of a chain. I am used to decreasing evenly around a circle (e.g. after every x amount of stitches, decrease), but I wanted to create more of a foot or “boot-like” shape. And so, the decreases were concentrated at the tip of the oval to create this indent on one side (instead of an even tapering).
Once both legs were completed, I joined them together and continued to crochet around to form the upper body.
Once the body was complete, these cute dainty buttons were added.
Next I worked on the head…
This teddy has some different features compared to my other teddies: the nose is embroidered differently on the felt (V-shape embroidered at very top of felt vs. in the middle of the felt) and the two pink cheeks are oval-shaped.
I crocheted very small ears, attached them to the head, and then lined them with beige felt.
Ready for assembly! He sure is a cutie already =D
I love that this teddy’s legs are already attached to the body. The only things left to attach are the arms!
Here is P.J. Teddy all complete! He is my first standing teddy as all my other ones sit down…
Side and back views: love the pink cheeks from the side!
Here is another P.J. teddy with bright pink p.j.’s:
They’re a cute pair, no?
And back to back
I wanted to create a miniature version of these guys, so I began working on a Baby P.J. Teddy. I did his feet/legs differently by spacing them apart (connected by chains). Look how tiny his body is!
I also used a different brown to see how the features would show up on this teddy :) He gets a single button on his onesie!
Side and back views
Baby P.J. Teddy is quite small!
The whole P.J. family together…
And ready for bed!
These are the different yarns I used. I love how there are endless possibilities as to what balls of yarn can be used to create! The girls’ faces lit up when they took these teddies out from their gift bags. They shyly said thank you and I later saw them playing with their new friends :)