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Friday, January 20, 2017

My hands can do this --- Baby Cro-Knit Headbands


Babies are like dolls.  They are very lovable, huggable,  playable, giggleable, and all the able’s that you can use to describe them.  Most mothers have all the time to take care of their babies, if they don’t work or just stay at home.  Pictures of their babies are taken to store the fond memories of their childhood until when they grow up.   Babies either tend to get  used to all the attentions they are getting from family members or get distracted and cry. But still they are so easy to make them stop crying for they love attention and being pampered.  They learn how to make faces in front of the camera –“Smile, baby (-.-)” click, click, click.   

Let’s take an example of this baby in the picture shown below.  She is not used to seeing me for I haven’t been with her for a long time.  Her mother has to be near her making her smile while I take shots.  Actually, she is my granddaughter by my eldest brother's family side.  I got the chance to finish this project and took these photos during my nephew's wedding day.  


BABY CRO-KNIT HEADBAND (1)
I- Materials:

(1) Caron Simply Soft (light country peach) (left over)
(1)  Caron Simply Soft (baby brights ombre) (left over)
       circular knitting needle, size 6 (4.0 mm / 16” – 40.5 cm)
       crochet hook, size 3.25 mm
       yarn needle

Level of Difficulty - easy

Stitch Abbreviations
(st/s)   stitch / stitches
(k)       knit
(p)       purl
(sp)     space
(sl st)  slip stitch
(YO)   yarn over
(lp/s)   loop / loops
(ch/s)  chain / chains
(sc)     single crochet
(hdc)   half-double crochet
(dc)     double crochet
(tr)      treble crochet

Special Instructions:
(hdc) – half-double crochet – YO once, pull up a (lp), and draw through the 3 (lps) on hook.
(dc) – double crochet – YO once, pull up a (lp), and draw through 2 (lps) on hook.  YO once and pull up a (lp) and draw through the last 2 (lps) on hook.
(tr)  - treble crochet – YO twice, pull up a (lp), and draw through the first 2 (lps) on hook.  Pull up a (lp) and draw through the next 2 (lps) on hook.  Pull up a (lp) and draw through the last 2 (lps) on hook.

Instructions

Ribbing (Light Country Peach) – Leave 4 inches tail for adjustment later on. With circular knitting needle,  size 6, cast on 72 (sts).  Place a marker to mark the beginning of the round and then join the (sts).

Rnd 1 (Right Side) – (K1) around
Result – 72 (sts)

Rnds 2 to 4 – (K2, P2) around. 
Result – 72 ( sts)

Rnds 5 to 7 – (P2, K2) around. 
Result – 72 (sts)

Rnds 8 to 10 – Repeat Rnds 2 to 4.
Result – 72 (sts)

Rnds 11 to 13 – Repeat Rnds 5 to 7.
Result72 (sts)

Rnd 14 – (K1) around.
Result – 72 (sts)

Rnd 15 – Bind off loosely for an edge with elasticity.  (K) 2 (sts) and insert the tip of the left needle into the first (st) on the right needle.  Lift the (st) over the last (st) you (k) and over the tip of the right needle.  One (st) remains on right needle.  (K) another (st) and lift that (st) over the (st) just (k).  Continue this pattern until one loop remains on the right needle.  Don’t cut it yet.  Hide the excess yarn at the beginning of the ribbing.
 Result – 72 (sts)


Edging
Using a crochet hook, insert it into the beginning (st) to join and make (sl st).  2 (Ch) and  insert the hook into the same (sp) and make 3 (dc).  Make (hdc) on same (sp). This is the first clover leaf shape.  [(Sc) on next 2 (sts).  (Hdc) on next (st).  3 (Dc) and (hdc) on same (sp)] 23X .  (Sc) on last 2 (sts).  The outcome is shown below.
Result – 24 (clover leaf shapes)


Edging (Light Country Peach)

Making of Flower  (Baby Brights Ombre)
Foundation:  6 (Ch) and join with (sl st) to form ring.
Rnd 1 – (Ch), 14 (sc) in ring. (Sl st) on beginning (sc).  Hide the excess yarn as you crochet.
Results – 14 (sc)

Rnd 2 – 3 (Ch) and 4 (dc) on beginning (sc).   To make popcorn, remove the hook from the 5th (dc) and insert it on top of the beginning (ch) and the last (lp) from front to back.  (YO) and pull up tightly through the (lps).  This is the first popcorn.  [(Ch), skip next (sc), and 5 (dc) on succeeding (sc).  Remove the hook from the 5th (dc) and insert it on top of the beginning (dc) and the last (lp) from front to back.  (YO) and pull up tightly through the (lps)] 6X.  (Sl st) on last (sc). 
Results -  7 (popcorn shapes)

Rnd 3 – 4 (Ch).  4 (Tr) on same (sp).  Working from front to back, insert the hook into the next (ch) and make (sc).  This is the first sepal in this round.  [4 (Ch) and 4 (tr) on same (sp).  Insert the hook into the next (ch) and make (sc)] 5X.  4 (Ch) and 4 (tr) on same (sp).  Insert the hook into the last (ch) and make (sc). 
Results – 7 (sepal shapes)

Rnd 4 – Working from back, make 4 (Ch) and 7 (tr) on same (sp).  Skip the first petal of Rnd 3.  Insert the hook on the (sc) of the first round of sepals and make (sc).  This is the first sepal in this round.  [4 (Ch) and 7 (tr) on same (sp).  Skip the sepal.  (Sc) on next (sc) of the next sepal] 5X.  4 (Ch) and 7 (tr) on same (sp).  Skip the last sepal.  (Sc) on the beginning (sc).  Pull up the round of sepals in Rnd 3 to make it look prominent as shown in the picture below.  Tie it twice and hide the excess yarn.  The outcome is shown below.
Results – 7 (sepal shapes)



Making of Flower
(Baby Brights Ombre)

Making of Flower Center (Light Country Peach)
Leaving a 5 inches tail, make 8 (ch).  From the hook, make 4 (dc) in each of 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th (chs).    Fasten off leaving an 8 inches tail.  Tie it with the 5 inches tail twice.  Use a yarn needle to sew the ends using the 8 inches tail.  Attach it at the center of the flower and tie both tails at the bottom twice.  Attach the flower to the headband using the remaining tails and tie them twice.  Hide the excess yarns.  

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BABY CRO-KNIT HEADBAND (2)

II-Materials:

(1) Caron Simply Soft (soft blue 9712) (left over)
(1)  Caron Simply Soft (baby brights ombre) (left over)
       circular knitting needle, size 6 (4.0 mm / 16” – 40.5 cm)
       crochet hook, size 3.25 mm
       yarn needle

Level of Difficulty - easy

Stitch Abbreviations
(st/s)   stitch / stitches
(k)       knit
(p)       purl
(sp)     space
(sl st)  slip stitch
(YO)   yarn over
(lp/s)   loop / loops
(ch/s)  chain / chains
(sc)     single crochet
(hdc)   half-double crochet
(dc)     double crochet
(tr)      treble crochet


(hdc) – half-double crochet – YO once, pull up a (lp), and draw through the 3 (lps) on hook.
(dc) – double crochet – YO once, pull up a (lp), and draw through 2 (lps) on hook.  YO once and pull up a (lp) and draw through the last 2 (lps) on hook.
(tr)  - treble crochet – YO twice, pull up a (lp), and draw through the first 2 (lps) on hook.  Pull up a (lp) and draw through the next 2 (lps) on hook.  Pull up a (lp) and draw through the last 2 (lps) on hook.

Ribbing (Soft Blue 9712) – Leave 4 inches tail for adjustment later on. With circular knitting needle,  size 6, cast on 72 (sts).  Place a marker to mark the beginning of the round and then join the (sts).

Rnd 1 (Right  Side) – (K1) around
Result – 72 (sts)

Rnd 2 to 5  – (K8, P4, K8, P4) around.
Result – 72 ( sts)

Rnds 6 to 9 – (K1) around. 
Result – 72 (sts)

Rnds 10 to 13 – (K2, P4), [(K8, P4, K8, P4) around] (K6).
Result – 72 (sts)

Rnds 14 to 17 – Repeat Rnds 6 to 9.
Result72 (sts)

Rnds 18 to 20 – Repeat Rnds 2 to 5.  The pattern will look like this as shown below.
Result – 72 (sts)


Ribbing

Rnd 21 – Bind off loosely for an edge with elasticity.  (K) 2 (sts) and insert the tip of the left needle into the first (st) on the right needle.  Lift the (st) over the last (st) you (k) and over the tip of the right needle.  One (st) remains on right needle.  (K) another (st) and lift that (st) over the (st) just (k).  Continue this pattern until one loop remains on the right needle.  Using a crochet hook, insert it into the beginning (st) to join and make (sl st).  Leave a 3 inches tail.  Cut and tie it twice.  Hide the excess yarn.  Hide the other excess yarn at the beginning of the ribbing.
Result – 72 (sts)



Sewing Stitches  (Baby Brights Ombre)
Using a yarn needle, cut a two-arm length of yarn.  Tie twice the end of the yarn at the center back of the purl pattern (wrong side).  On the right side, begin sewing (sts) around at the center of each purl pattern to form like a small flower.  To close, insert the needle into the center hole and tie it once at the back of the project.  Insert the needle one more around the (sts) and pull lightly to make the center hole smaller. Tie it once more and hide the excess yarns around the (sts).   (Note: Cut more additional yarn until you finish  sewing.)  The outcome is shown below.


Sewing Stitches

Making of Flower  (Baby Brights Ombre)
Foundation:  6 (Ch) and join with (sl st) to form ring.
Rnd 1 – (Ch), 10 (sc) in ring. (Sl st) on beginning (sc).  Hide the excess yarn as you crochet.
Results – 10 (sc)

Rnd 2 – 3 (Ch) and 4 (dc) on beginning (sc).   To make popcorn, remove the hook from the 5th (dc) and insert it on top of the beginning (ch) and the last (lp) from front to back.  (YO) and pull up tightly through the (lps).  This is the first popcorn.  [7 (Ch), (sc) on next (sc), 7 (ch), 5 (dc) on next (sc)] 4X.  7 (Ch), (sc) on last (sc), 7 (ch),  and (sl st) on the beginning popcorn.
Results -  5 (popcorn shapes) and 10 (7 chains)

Rnd 3 – 2 (Sc), 2 (hdc), 3 (dc), 2 (hdc), and 2 (sc) on first 7 (chs).  2 (Sc), 2 (hdc), 3 (dc), 2 (hdc), and 2 (sc) on succeeding 7 (chs). Skip the popcorn. This is the first set of sepals of a flower in this round.  [2 (Sc), 2 (hdc), 3 (dc), 2 (hdc), and 2 (sc) on next 7 (chs).  2 (Sc), 2 (hdc), 3 (dc), 2 (hdc), and 2 (sc) on another succeeding 7 (chs). Skip the popcorn] 3X.  2 (Sc), 2 (hdc), 3 (dc), 2 (hdc), and 2 (sc) on next 7 (chs).  2 (Sc), 2 (hdc), 3 (dc), 2 (hdc), and 2 (sc) on last 7 (chs).  (Sl st) on beginning (sc).
Results – 10 (sepal shapes)

Rnd 4 – [(Sl st) on next (sc), 2 (hdc), 2 (dc)] of the first sepal.  [5 (Ch)  and (sc) on 6th  (st) from the beginning (sc) of next sepal to connect] 9X.  5 (Ch)  and (sl st) on 6th  (st) from the beginning (sc) of the beginning sepal to connect.
Results –  10 (5 chains)

Rnd 5 – 15 (Ch) and (sl st) on same (sp).  This is the first ring between two sepals. [Working from front to back, 5 (ch), skip sepal, and (sc) in between 2 (sc) of two sepals.  15 (Ch) and (sl st) on same (sp)]  9X.  5 (Ch) and (sl st) on the beginning ring.  Cut and tie it twice.  Hide the excess yarn.  
Results – 10 (20-chain rings)

Making of Flower Center (Soft Blue 9712)
Leaving a 5 inches tail, make 8 (ch).  From the hook, make 4 (dc) in each of 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th (chs).    Fasten off leaving an 8 inches tail.  Tie it with the 5 inches tail twice.  Use a yarn needle to sew the ends using the 8 inches tail.  Attach it at the center of the flower and tie both tails at the bottom twice.  Attach the flower to the headband using the remaining tails and tie them twice.  Hide the excess yarns. The outcome is shown below.


Making of Flower with Flower Center



video


Baby Cro-Knit Headband


Baby Ali at the Church


Baby Ali, the Little Mermaid

My granddaughter and my model of this project, turned one year old last January 11, 2017.  She had her birthday and baptismal celebration last January 15, 2015 which falls on the same day as my sister-in-law’s birthday.  The mermaid costume was crocheted by her own mother.  It was the chosen motif for her special day.  She is a fast learner in crocheting after I tutored her the basics.

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