Saturday, June 28, 2014

Baby Christening/Blessing Gown

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Our third baby will be arriving in about three more months!  We’re pretty excited for her to join our family.

I’ve made a crochet Christening or Blessing Gown for her to wear!  Isn’t it cute?  I think it turned out great! 

A little about the dress: I made it using Red Heart Shimmer yarn in Snow.  It took just under two skeins to finish it, and I still had enough left over for a pair of booties (pattern coming soon!).AnnaVirginia Fashion - Blessing Gown
The sparkling in the yarn is subtle, but it adds just the right amount of fanciness to the dress.  Since the dress has a lot of open lacework, she will be wearing a slip underneath.

I love the pineapple stitch pattern!  I’ve never done pineapple stitch patterns before, and I think it looks beautiful.  I definitely recommend this pattern! It’s called Newborn Sophia Heirloom Dress and is available through Ravelry for $4.00 (USD).

I’m including a list of great patterns for free and for a small price, just in case you’re looking for a pattern to use for your new girl!

Cutest Crochet Baby Gowns -patterns-

1. Newborn Sophia Heirloom Dress for $4.00 by Briana K Crochet
2. Pink Powderpuff Baby Dress Set for $4.00 by Susan Cassidy
3. Kaitlyn’s Baby Blessing Dress for $4.95 by Sunset Crochet and Quilt
4. Cute Dress with Flower Motifs for FREE by Ivey Alex
5. Heirloom Baby Set – Dress for FREE by Red Heart Design Team
6. Ribbon & Lace Infant Dress for $4.00 by Kate Wagstaff

Friday, June 6, 2014

Chevron Twin Afghans

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I decided that I wanted matching bedspreads for my kids’ bunk bed in their shared room.  I found a free pattern on Ravelry that was almost big enough for a twin bed that I really liked.  Chevron throws and afghans have been popular lately and so I really wanted to make some. 

I had intended to do solid colors, but I took my kids with me to pick out the yarn.  I wanted to do white with another color so that the blankets coordinated.  So the kids picked their preferred yarn at the store and my daughter picked Red Heart Super Saver Purple Tones and my son picked Red Heart Super Saver Camo Mirage.  The white yarn is Red Heart Super Saver White.  I love that the acrylic yarns these days are softer than they were in the past.  I have acquired several vintage yarns from my late grandmothers and those acrylic yarns are so scratchy!

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The pattern calls for a beginning chain of 239, but to make it wide enough for a twin bed, I started with a chain of 281.  And then followed the pattern to make the first rows.  I didn’t do the striping like the pattern suggested.  Instead I did eight even rows of each color.  I started and ended with white for both afghans. 

I love the way the stitch pattern is done.  It makes the blanket lightweight enough for warmer weather and still without openwork that would let in the cooler weather.  It’s a great all-season afghan!

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Overall, I love how they turned out and definitely recommend the pattern.  The kids love them, too!