Friday, December 28, 2012

"Tangled" Hair

This hat took more yarn and time than I had expected. I was looking for something to make and decided to do something bold yet pretty.

My daughter loves Tangled the movie and is growing her hair out. Since sheis so tiny the Tangled hair we purchased at the Disney store is too big and rather heavy. I figured yarn would be great to make Tangled Hair out of since they made the Cabbage Patch Dolls with yarn hair for quite sometime. This is what we ended up with.

Hello Kitty Crochet Hat

This is my daughter's Hello Kitty hat. She loves it not to mention everyone else who sees it. It turned out better than I had expected. I hate to sew, but this was actually pretty simple once I got started.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Butterfly Beanie

This is my daughter modeling the lovely butterfly hat that my mother made. My three year old daughter has an extremely large head so we had to adjust the pattern slightly so it would fit properly.

I also made a few. The butterfly portion of this hat is so simple and looks awesome! I am not a fan of variegated yarn simply because it's never exact. It is just part of my OCD personality.

I prefer this particular pattern in the solid colors. We did winter white, burgundy, and a gorgeous teal deep blue color. It's an easy hat when you are in a hurry. Also it's much easier to carry than the Hello Kitty hat or Tangled hat when she doesn't want to wear it and we are out.

The pattern is posted @Vallerieskids called Olivia's-butterfly if you are interested in replicating this.

For those that don't know how to crochet, it's not difficult to learn but you can definitely buy them on etsy or email me at If you want the pattern, you don't have to pay for it. It is posted for free @Vallerieskids blogspot.

We added an extra row to adjust for my daughters large head. I also used Simply Soft Yarn. I crocheted a grey one with two strands and we actually like it better. It is thicker and fits better.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Spider-Man Super Hero Beanie

This was created for a first grader for Christmas. I hate sewing so this was not my favorite thing I've made. It took me longer to sew the web than it did to make the hat. I actually had to take out the web a few times. I am learning that the tighter you sew things it can actually change the shape of your item.

My tension deformed the hat so much it didn't even fit my three year old even though her heads incredibly large for her age. I somehow pulled so tightly on the yarn I shrank the hat. You could tell from the inside. It looked horrible. I'm big on presentation. I've learned sewing on crocheted items is much easier than knitted items.

The last part, the eyes. I made the eyes three times before I was satisfied. The hard part again was sewing them to the hat. Most patterns have you sew the eyes on before the spider-web but as you can see I did not. I felt like it looked better with the web done first and was more realistic of a true web. Plus it was easier. I decided to make the eyes super large and wide rather than big and oval with the spiderweb in the background. It sort of gives it an angry rawr look.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Knitted Buddy

This was supposed to be a knitted bear. However every pattern I found seemed too complicated and required a lot of sewing. You will soon learn I hate to sew. So I recreated something knitted in the round so I wouldn't have to sew it together except it looks more like a mouse than a bear.

This is by far my absolute favorite item I have made for my daughter. Perhaps more so because she loves it and still sleeps with it today.