Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Emmy's Baby Cardigan (Free Pattern)

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Last Wednesday afternoon, my friend invited me to her daughter's 1st birthday party on Saturday!  It was such a rush invitation that I didn't know what gift I should buy for Emmy!  When Emmy was born in last spring, I crocheted a pink dress for her.  It would be so nice to make a cardigan for her this time.  

I was thankful that I have a Bernat Softee Baby yarn at home that I bought it a year or two ago.  It's perfect to make a cardigan!  I found a pattern on Ravelry but the size is for infants to 6 months.  So I changed the hook size and gauge and make it for a 1-year-old.  I also modified the length of the sleeves, the pattern on the neck and crochet technique.  This cardigan is very easy to make and it's done in one day!  Enjoy!





Materials:

Baby yarns (Bernat Softee Baby – Antique White was used in this project)

Size G hook

Yarn needle

A button



Size: 12 months old

Gauge: 18 sts and 8 rows=4”



NOTE: All dcs are worked on back loop only.  Only 3dc-in-next st and 5dc-in-next-st are worked on both loops.





Starting at the neck

Row 1: Chain 72 sts. 1 dc in 4th st from hook, *3 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 4 sts; repeat from* across, ending with 3 dc in next st; 1 dc in last 2 sts. Chain 3, turn.

ROW 2: Skip 2 sts; 1 dc in next st; 5 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 2 sts ; *skip 2 sts, 1 dc in next 2 sts; 5 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 2 sts; repeat from* 12 times. Ch 3, turn.

ROW 3: Skip 2 sts, 1 dc in next 2 sts; 3 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 3 sts; *skip 2 sts; 1 dc in next 3 sts; 3 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 3 sts; repeat from* 12 times. Chain 3, turn.

ROW 4: Skip 2 sts, 1 dc in next 2 sts; 5 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 3 sts; *skip 2 sts; 1 dc in next 3 sts; 5 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 3 sts; repeat from* 12 times. Chain 3, turn.

ROW 5: Skip 2 sts, 1 dc in next 3 sts; 3 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 4 sts; *skip 2 sts; 1 dc in next 4 sts; 3 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 4 sts; repeat from* 12 times. Chain 3, turn.

ROW 6: Skip 2 sts; 1 dc in next 3 sts; 5 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 4 sts; *skip 2 sts; 1 dc in next 4 sts; 5 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 4 sts; repeat from* 12 times. Chain 3, turn.

ROW 7: Skip 2 sts; 1 dc in next 4 sts; 3 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 5 sts; *skip 2 sts, 1 dc in next 5 sts; 3 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 5 sts; repeat from* 12 times. Chain 3, turn.

ROW 8: Skip 2 sts; 1 dc in next 4 sts; 5 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 5 sts; *skip 2 sts; 1 dc in next 5 sts; 5 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 5 sts; repeat from* 12 times. Chain 3, turn.

ROW 9: Skip 2 sts, 1 dc in next 5 sts; 3 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 6 sts; *skip 2 sts; 1 dc in next 6 sts; 3 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 6 sts; repeat from* 12 times. Chain 3, turn.

ROW 10: Skip 2 sts, 1 dc in next 5 sts; 5 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 6 sts; *skip 2 sts; 1 dc in next 6 sts; 5 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 6 sts; repeat from* 12 times. Chain 3, turn.

ROW 11: SEPARATION: Skip 2 sts; 1 dc in next 6 sts; 3 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 7 sts; **skip 2 sts; 1 dc in next 7 sts; 3 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 7 sts **; skip the next 53 dcs (3 patterns) for the sleeve; repeat between ** 4 times for the back; skip the next 53 dcs (3 patterns) for second sleeve; repeat between ** 2 times. Chain 3, turn.

ROW 12: Skip 2 sts; 1 dc in next 6 sts; 5 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 7 sts; *skip 2 sts; 1d c in next 7 sts; 5 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 7 sts; repeat from* across row. Chain 3, turn.

ROW 13: Skip 2 sts, 1 dc in next 7 sts; 3 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 8 sts; *skip 2 sts; 1 dc in next 8 sts; 3 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 8 sts; repeat from* across row. Chain 3, turn.

ROW 14: Skip 2 sts, 1 dc in next 7 sts; 5 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 8 sts; *skip 2 sts; 1 dc in next 8 sts; 5 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 8 sts; repeat from* across row. Chain 3, turn.

ROW 15: Skip 2 sts, 1 dc in next 8 sts; 3 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 9 sts; *skip 2 sts; 1 dc in next 9 sts; 3 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 9 sts; repeat from* across row. Chain 3, turn.

ROW 16: Skip 2 sts, 1 dc in next 8 sts; 5 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 9 sts; *skip 2 sts; 1 dc in next 9 sts; 3 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 9 sts; repeat from* across row. Chain 3, turn.

ROWS 17-19: Skip 2 sts, 1 dc in next 9 sts; 3 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 10 sts; *skip 2 sts; 1 dc in next 10 sts; 3 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 10 sts; repeat from* across row. Chain 3, turn.

ROW 20: Skip 2 sts, 1 dc in next 9 sts; 3 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 10 sts; *skip 2 sts; 1 dc in next 10 sts; 3 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 10 sts; repeat from* across row. DO NOT FASTEN OFF. 





FINISHING

Continue at the lower corner of Right Front.

Ch 1.  2 sc in the corner st.  work sc evenly across Right Front neck.  Ch 4 (to make a button hole). Sl st of the last st.  2 sc in the corner st.  *1 sc in the next st, ch 3, 1 sc in the next st; repeat from * across Neck. 3 sc in the corner st.  work sc evenly across Left Front. 3 sc in the corner st.  1 sc in each st along the bottom of the cardigan ending at the lower corner of Right Front.  Fasten Off.


Sew a button on the upper corner of Left Front.

Hello Kitty Amigurumi

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My friend asked me to make a Hello Kitty amigurumi for her!  The first thing came up to my mind was "those Hello Kitty pattens are so awful"!  It's because I've seen so many Hello Kitty ami on the internet that are either out of shape or out of ratio!  They don't look like Hello Kitty!  So I told my friend Hello Kitty was not good looking!

Indeed, I, myself, love Hello Kitty so much!  I'm still using some Hello Kitty stuffs at home!  I was thinking if those patterns are not good enough, I can make a pattern by myself!  So I started crocheting and writing this Hello Kitty pattern last weekend!  I'm very happy about it in terms of colors, shapes and ratio!  This is a very good looking Hello Kitty ami I've ever seen!  I know my friend would like it too!

To purchase this pattern, please visit my ravelry store!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

JiJi Door Stopper

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I recently made a black cat door stopper that my friends admire a lot!  So one of my friends asked me if I could make JiJi from "KiKi's Delivery Service"!  I watched this Japanese animation many years ago and didn't remember there was a cat in the movie! Alright, thanks for Google images and I got inspired to make this JiJi cat for my friend who will be moving to Arizona very soon!  

Indeed I made another door stopper for another friend a month ago. That one was a lion door stopper!  I need some time to write the pattern and I will post it here next month....I hope!

To download this JiJi pattern, please purchase from my ravelry store!
   



Gifts for a Cousin!

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We recently took a trip to Hong Kong to visit families there!  I haven't seen my sister and cousins for so many years and I was so glad to know that one of my cousins just got pregnant!  Before we went, I made two beautiful gifts for my cousin and her baby!  One of them was a baby blanket called Ocean Wave (pattern can be found on ravelry.com - free).  I didn't know that she's carrying a boy when I made it, so I picked some colors that should match for both genders! It turns out so perfectly for her baby boy!  Another gift was for my cousin!  She is a die-hard fan of Snoopy! She has all kinds of Snoopy collection!!  But I'm sure she never owns an amigurumi Snoopy!  So I bought this pattern at Etsy.com and made this cutie Snoopy for her!

Best wishes to you and your baby, Carmen!


 
 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

New Clover Amour Crochet Hooks

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New New New!  I just bought a set of Clover crochet hooks a week ago!  It's called CLOVER AMOUR!  Clover used to have those yellow color with a spot of soft touch grip crochet hooks in the market for a very long time.  Since another Japanese brand named TULIP (it's my favorite brand) has imported to the US few years ago, its famous crochet hooks ETIMO get so popular! It's because the body of the whole crochet hook is made in soft plastic.  It's so comfortable to hold the hook in your hand and your fingers won't get hurt after hours of crocheting! Now, Clover has manufactured these kind of hooks in beautiful colors!  I bought a set of 10 hooks from size B (2.25mm) to size J (6.0cm) which is my 3rd crochet set!  The shape, material and texture are as same as those TULIP ETIMO hooks!  You may give it a try!  

I saw the Clover Amour set on ebay.  The price is very compatible with TULIP ETIMO which is about $80 per set (including a hook case).  However, I also found TULIP ETIMO launching at A.C. Moore recently!  If you somehow receive an A.C. Moore coupon, you may save up to 50% off on a regular item which would be about $35-$40! 

Once you have used either the TULIP ETIMO or CLOVER AMOUR hooks, you won't go back to those hard and heavy aluminum hooks!



My Collections: Clover Soft Touch (Upper pink Set), Tulip Etimo (Left) and Clover Amour (Right)
 

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