Spring Knitted Baby Dress

knitted spring green baby dress

This is the finished dress top for a new born baby. The colour is actually – though completely coincidentally – bang on trend for this Spring.

knitted crochet spring green baby shoes

Of course, you can’t have an complete outfit without matching shoes! So these were a really fast and easy pattern that took all of about 40 minutes to make, sew up and add the buttons.

The roses and flowers were add on details from a crochet book I was given last week from my Auntie. Don’t worry if you can’t find this specific book, as they’re the standard method of making a crochet rose.

For any UK readers, the wool was from the 99p Store! It’s actually a brand that is soft baby wool, which is normally a bit pricey. In truth it feels like standard double knit yarn, but should be ok for babies without any existing skin conditions.

3 Things Every Non-Knitter Says

Time and time again, there seems to be a recurring theme with the questions that non-knitters ask you. In a way, it’s nice they’ve tried to show interest, but in many other ways it just makes things worse…

1. “Won’t you hurt yourself with those big needles?”

No. No we won’t. Coming from someone who inherited the clumsy gene from both sides of the family, I can confirm that even the most accident-prone knitters do not sustain any form of eye-loss or impalement. Nor have I ever heard of another knitter causing pain to an unsuspecting spectator or passer by.

Stay back: these ladies are loaded

2. “Ooh, you should start your own business doing this!”

No. No we shouldn’t. Not unless we’ve found some very clever way of dissuading Primark (or Target for Americans reading) buyers to part with something closer to £100 rather than £10. Getting people to pay for hours spent on something handcrafted is a dying concept that many do not understand.

“Yes, but you love it. You do it for the pleasure, the money is a bonus.”

Certainly, if it was a hobby. No one would dream of asking you to do a free spreadsheet in your spare time for the pure thrill.

3. “Could you knit, like, a jumper?”

…Yeah?

This one is baffling, and yet is one of the questions we’re asked the most. You really can knit anything if you put your mind to it…

What have people asked you?

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Crochet Blanket: Update #2

It’s getting there slowly. Here is about 1/3 of the finished blanket. Forgive the lighting, it was on my phone late at night and I didn’t bring my camera home for Christmas.

Before you titter at your computer screens, I’d just like to say that I know it’s wonky. Apparently I can’t watch Game of Thrones and crochet very basic stitches at the same time…*sighs*…

So there is a plan for the edging to make it look like it was deliberate. Stay tuned to see how that one works out!

Want to make one? Find this gorgeous pattern here!

Crochet Hooks: The Problem With Plastic

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If you’re going to buy plastic crochet hooks, there’s something you need to know.

THEY WILL BREAK.

If you’re a very delicate crocheter, perhaps not. But if your enthusiasm comes out as furious speed-crocheting like me, you’re better off with just buying metal ones.

The reason to have plastic/wooden hooks though is travel. If you’re planning on crocheting on a flight, you won’t get past security with a metal implement in your bag.

The other reason is quite niche, but if you need to remove dreadlocks the plastic hooks are a lot nicer on the hair. I had to do this last summer: my advice is do not use a metal hook. It hurts.

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