Baby’s Christening Day Sweater & Cap

While reading a book this week, I stumbled upon a saying that really touched my heart, and I’d like to share it with you here:

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel of the one who has crushed it.”

Isn’t that beautiful?

I had some angora-like cream-colored yarn in my cupboard and thought it would look nice crocheted into a baby sweater. I just made up the pattern as I went along and didn’t write anything down—now I wish I had so that I could share specific instructions with you.
In case you want to wing it yourself, I used 2 balls of baby yarn and a 5 mm hook.

I used a basic 3-dc shell stitch, crocheted in rows, and created two 7” wide x 10” long rectangles for the front and one 14” wide x 10” long square for the back. I seamed them together (wrong side) at the shoulders. Then I crocheted two more squares (7” x 7”) for the sleeves; folded them in half and fastened them at the shoulders, then seamed the sleeve edges and sweater sides together.

Once the basic sweater was constructed, I used more shells to create a scalloped border around the bottom, front edges, neckline, and sleeve edges.
I then attached cream colored ribbon in two places to use as simple front fasteners.
Lastly, I made a matching beanie, starting with six rounds of dc with an increase on each round, then 5 rounds of 4-dc shells, then one border round of sc.
If you have intermediate to advanced crochet skills, you’ll have no problems making a similar-looking set.

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Cozy Hooded Cowl Keeps Baby Warm!

I had some colorful, chunky yarn in my stash that I wanted to experiment with, so I decided to make a couple of little baby hoodies. I’ll guess that they would fit a child about 12 months. They are SO warm, soft and cuddly!

You’ll basically crochet a long rectangle, fold it in half, then seam together the edges on one side, starting from the fold and working down about 8 inches. To finish it, you’ll create a border around all the edges, then add fasteners to keep the bottom front closed.

Materials:

  • 8 mm crochet hook
  • 1 ball of bulky yarn in variegated colors, and one ball in a solid contrasting color
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Instructions:

With variegated yarn, ch 69. Turn.

Row 1: dc in third ch from hook and in each across. Turn. (66 dc)

Row 2: ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next st and in each across. Turn.

Repeat Row 2 five more times. Your rectangle should be approximately 7” wide x 28” long.

Fold in half lengthwise, placing right sides together, wrong sides facing out. Using yarn needle, whipstitch edges together to make a seam where the X’s are shown. Stitch down from the fold about 8”.
It should look like this from the back when you’re finished:
Turn right side out to make your border. Attaching contrasting color at the bottom of your seam, hdc in each st right around entire hoodie. I made it so that it looks like it’s fastened with buttons, but in reality, it just needs to be pulled over the baby’s head. I did this by overlapping one bottom edge over top of the other, stitching them together, and then sewing two buttons on the front just as decoration. You can see what I mean in the photos below. In the blue and green version at the top, I just attached some yarn strings that I’ve tied into bows. You can finish yours however you prefer.

Since Otis is my baby, he was forced to model one!

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