Sunday, September 28, 2014

Crochet Mister Chiquita Banana - Annoo's Crochet World - Pattern Review

Embroidered Doily/Coaster by Noreen Spicer.

Last week, a friend of mine requested a crocheted banana - not sure why, but why not?! Since I will be seeing him tomorrow, I figured I better hop to it!

I did a quick search on Pinterest, and found the Mister Chiquita Banana by Annoo of Annoo's Crochet World. While, it is a cute little amigurumi banana, I did not have the necessary supplies to add the details - so a plain banana it is!

Thanks for the request Adrian! Hope you enjoy your banana :)

This banana would also make a great play food toy for a child! I definitely plan on making at least one other one for my little cousins, Madison and Tyler. Madison enjoys "going to the market", so I'm sure her shopping cart could use a banana.

It can even be a cute addition to a monkey Halloween costume, or in an infant photo shoot. 

Materials I Used:
   - G6/4.25mm Hook (different than the recommended hook)
   - Red Heart Super Saver in Bright Yellow
   - Red Heart Soft in Off White
   - 30ish Super Jumbo Cotton Balls (bought mine at Dollar General but you can get them lots of places!)
   - #18 Tapestry Needle (I use DMC brand)

Time Spent:
   I was able to work up the banana from start to finish (including stuffing and weaving in my ends) in under two hours.

   My banana came to measure 5.5" around the cream part, and 6" around the yellow part by 8" long. The peels extend out 3.5".

Pattern Notes:
   I worked my piece in a continuous round so there wouldn't be a visible seam, and stuffed and weaved in my ends as I went along.

I had a lot of fun working on this banana! It even made me laugh a little.

Next on my list, the remaining fruits and a bowl!

Don't Crochet but Interested in Purchasing a Crocheted Banana?
   I will be adding this item to my Etsy shop - feel free to send in your own requests! 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Crochet Newborn Bunting (Cocoon) - Sport Weight Yarn - Pattern Adaptation

About a month ago, I posted the Crochet Newborn Bunting (Cocoon) and Hat Petals to Picots Pattern REVIEW using a light pink yarn. I intend on giving this set to a co-worker of mine who is expecting a little girl here shortly. I recently found out that a friend of my aunt is also having a little girl and so I decided to make another newborn cocoon using this GREAT pattern from Kara of Petals to Picots
This post will differ just slightly being that I used Sport Weight yarn instead of worsted weight yarn - because the worsted weight yarn I had on hand wasn't working out so well. It was Hobby Lobby's I Love This Soft Yarn but it wasn't so soft. It was about the equivalent to the Red Heart Super Saver (another great yarn but not for baby items). It is the first time this has happened to me before so I am not worried. I just improvised. Find my improvisations below.

Materials I Used:
   - 5.5mm Hook
   - #20 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends
   - Newborn Bunting and Hat Pattern (for purchase)
   - 415 yards of I Love This Yarn Sport Weight in Pink and Pink Neon
*To get closer to the thickness of the worsted weight yarn, I used one strand of each of these yarns held together.
You will use ALL of the yarn in these two balls - keep in mind that the neon color series of the I Love This Yarn Sport Weight has less yardage than the regular one. That is why the top of my cocoon came out with two rounds in the solid light pink.

Quick Yarn Review:
   I haven't worked with the I Love This Sport Weight yarn too much but from what I have done, this yarn is soft and lightweight. I think it would be nice for hats, shawls and scarves especially around the spring time. It is 100% acrylic, machine washable and dryable and available in 24 colors! 
It worked great for this bunting - very soft and flexible! I have tried it on one other project - Lorene of Cre8tion Crochet's Rad Rayon Infant Donegal - and while it was soft and lightweight, the finished hat did not hold it's shape very well.

Time Spent:
   I was able to work up this cocoon in just under two hours - about an hour and a half faster than the cocoon made from worsted weight yarn.

   I made my cocoon to be 18" in circumference and 15" in length.

Pattern Notes: 
   Use two strands of the sports weight yarn held together.

   To find out how to avoid a seam - please check out my original post - Crochet Newborn Bunting (Cocoon) and Hat Petals to Picots Pattern REVIEW 

   To change colors, work new color in on last yarn over.

   To get close to the 18" circumference, I omitted the increase of Round 5 (otherwise, it would have come out too big).

   I repeated the pattern up until I ran out of the neon pink yarn. At the end of the last round made with the neon pink yarn, I joined the other tail end of the regular pink yarn at the slip stitch. I then worked two rounds with the regular pink yarn (until I ran out).

*Side Note: You may want to re-wind your yarn, otherwise you can (and will) run into some tangling.

   No additional border was worked (because I was out of yarn!) but the last two rounds in the solid light pink served as a nice border.

Because I was out of this mixture of yarn, I did not work a matching hat, but the other hats I made to go with this set will work great! Find them below.

I do have some other hats I will be giving as well, including:

3-6 Month Basic Beanie

3-6 Month Baby Beanie with Shell Edging

3-6 Month Granny Square Baby Beanie

Don't Crochet but Interested in Purchasing this Newborn Bunting (Cocoon) and Hat Set?

I will be adding this cocoon and matching hat to my Etsy shop in multiple sizes (as well as larger hats and purses/bags). Feel free to send in your custom requests!
Search a few yarn options here: I Love This Sport Weight Yarn (as shown, is soft and lightweight), I Love This YarnVanna's ChoiceDeborah Norville Everyday Soft.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Crochet 3-6 Month Granny Square Beanie + Notes to Upsize - FREE Pattern - Great Baby Shower Gift!

In a few other posts I have mentioned that a co-worker of mine is having a little girl soon. I have taken it upon myself to make up some cute little girl items for her to enjoy on her new little princess. 

This morning I worked up three hats with one ball of yarn (and still have plenty of yarn left!). This is one of three (for now) hat patterns I will be sharing!

   - Worsted Weight Yarn - I used Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft in Baby Pink
**This yarn is one of my favorites to work with. It is very soft, has some stretch to it but still holds it's form and is 100% acrylic. All of these qualities are great for baby items as per guidelines I have received from the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies. PLUS! It's an anti-pilling yarn which means it will hold up better from wear and being washed!
   - H8/5mm Hook
   - Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

*Get creative with your color choice! You can make the top crown and bottom rounds of single crochets in one color and the granny square pattern in the center a different pattern. You could also use several colors to create a multi colored hat! Below are some other examples of hats I made for my little cousin Madison as a birthday gift. (I do not have toddler sizing up yet, but if you are interested in it, leave me a comment! Otherwise, you could see the Pattern Notes below for resizing information.)

This one was made with I Love This Yarn in
Pink and Pistache.

This one was made with Vanna's Choice yarn in Raspberry.

Time Spent:
   I was able to finish this hat in half an hour.

   Because babies grow so fast, I made this hat to fit a 3-6 month old - Crown is 4.25" in diameter to equal a hat size of almost 13.5", and it measures 4.5" in length. This length should be perfect for a 0-3 month old, and more like a cloche on a 3-6 month old.
This pattern is very easy to resize - see the Pattern Notes for more information.

   CH - Chain
   ss - Slip Stitch
   ST - Stitch
   DC - Double Crochet
   ea - each
   SC - Single Crochet
   sp - space

Pattern Notes:
   A few months ago, I posted the Crochet Adult Granny Square Beanie in Pink Camo. When I decided to make this baby hat, I turned to my pattern to see if I could just downsize it. The basic idea is the same, but I slightly adjusted the method and since doing it to this hat, I may just have to revisit my adult size one.
In this baby granny square beanie, you will not be chaining one in between the cluster of double crochets so there will not be a chain one space, however, with the skipping of stitches in the foundation row, it will automatically form the spaces you will need to work this like a granny square.

To make this hat in ANY size, simply make the crown to the necessary size and then begin with your granny square pattern. You will want the number of stitches in your last round of increases on your crown to be divisible by 3 - the following pattern below has 44 stitches in the last round of increase based on the pattern, but I added an extra double crochet in the last stitch to make it 45 stitches.

To work my joins in the crown, I used the Seamless Round method by Lorene of Cre8tion Crochet. This method is great for hiding your seam! My pattern is not phrased the correct way for using her method - it's phrased the old fashioned slip stitch to join way.
To work the joins on the granny square portion, you will join to the first double crochet (not the beginning chain 2) and then slip stitch into the next stitch and then slip stitch again over to the space (under that actual stitch).


CH 5. Join to form a ring. CH 2. 11 DC into ring. Join. (11 DC)

Round 2: CH 2. 2 DC in ea ST around. Join. (22 DC)

Round 3: CH 2. 2 DC in first DC, DC in next DC, (2 DC in next DC, DC in next DC) around. Join. (33 DC)

Round 4: CH 2. 2 DC in first DC, DC in next two DC, (2 DC in next DC, DC in next two DC) around. Add 1 DC to the last st. Join. (45 DC)

Round 5: CH 2. 2 DC in same sp as join. (sk 2 DCs, 3 DC in next DC) 13 times. Join to the top of the first DC (not the beginning CH 2). (14 Groups of 3 DC)

Round 6 - 9: SS over to the sp, CH 2. 2 DC in same sp. (3 DC in next sp) around. Join to the top of the first DC.

Round 10: CH 1. SC in same sp as join and in each of the DCs and sps around. Join to first SC.

Round 11: CH 1. SC in ea SC around. Join to first SC.

Fasten off and Weave in Ends.
*Note: It is best to weave your work in and out in a zig zag kind of motion for baby hats, as recommended by the hospital.

Please feel free to make and sell these granny square beanies, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.

Don't Crochet but Interested in Purchasing One?
I have some hats available in my Etsy shop. Feel free to send in your custom color or size requests. Some yarn options include: Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft, Red Heart With Love, Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton Yarn

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