Monday, October 27, 2014

Bear Cub Knit Hat Pattern For Toddlers

So, last week it occurred to me that I hadn't even thought about what I was going to dress my kids up as for Halloween...

(Please tell me I'm not the only slacker!)

After searching the very picked over racks of toddler Halloween costumes at nearby stores, I concluded I had better just put on my Supermom Cape and make costumes! We often call our little boy "Bear" so I decided that there was really no choice other than to dress him up as a bear! Since Halloween is right around the corner, I needed to whip something up FAST! I bought a brown sweater and sweatpants set and then knitted this adorable little bear cub hat!


Materials:
Notes:
  • You are welcome to make and sell products from this pattern but please link back to this post. Please do not copy this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not republish any of my photos as your own.
Pattern Instructions:

Hat:

CO 72
Round 1: *K2, P1* repeat around
Round 2: *K1, P2* repeat around
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until work measure 1.5 inches.
Continue in stockinette stitch until work measures 5.5 inches from the cast on edge. 
Crown Shaping:
Round 1: *K6, K2tog* repeat around
Round 2: *K5, K2tog* repeat around
Round 3: *K4, K2tog* repeat around
Round 4: *K3, K2tog* repeat around
Round 5: *K2, K2tog* repeat around
Round 6: *K1, K2tog* repeat around
Round 7: *K2tog* repeat around

Cut tail and sew through remaining stitches. Weave in all loose ends.

Ears: (Make 2)

CO 11
Rows 1-7: Knit
Row 8: K2tog, k7, K2tog
Row 9: K2tog, k5, K2tog
Row 10: K2tog, k3, K2tog 
Row 11: K2tog, k1, K2tog

Bind Off, attach to hat, sew in loose ends. Block lightly if desired.

My son is pretty thrilled about this hat! He's going to be the cutest little bear cub in the history of Halloween. 
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tips for Knitting Newbies

Last year my cute and very talented friend taught me how to knit. It was probably one of the best things that ever happened to me, and now I'm an addict! And I want the entire world to learn to knit, so I've created this list of newbie knitting tips!

1. RELAX! Okay, just breathe. It's gonna be okay. Yes, you're going to painfully slow at first. Yes, you'll probably have to unravel and start over a lot. I know, I know. You just want to start out knitting as gorgeously as your neighbor or grandma or that blogger that you've never met. Don't be too hard on yourself when you have to throw out that tangled yarn disaster that was supposed to be a hat! Just go get the ice cream from the freezer and relax. Then fearlessly start over!

2. Learn knitting abbreviations. Or at least keep a chart of the abbreviations handy! It's so much less confusing and stressful when you know what your pattern is talking about! I like this chart.

3. After spending a little time practicing different knitting stitches, it's important that your first real knitting project be something that you actually love and want to make!  While is needs to be something fairly simple, it still should be something that you can't wait to see finished! My friend who taught me how to knit recommended the Aston baby hat, which was perfect for me! I had zero desire to spend hours on a long, boring scarf or keep plucking out sampler swatches. And as a pregnant momma, baby hats were something I yearned to learn to knit :) Because it was something I really truly wanted to create, I was motivated and determined to finish it...even after I had to start over like 6 times!

4. Don't pick up those needles when you're tired. Just don't. I know, you want to finish that hat. I know you're dying to see what that baby cardigan will look like when completed. But trust me, you'll get it done faster if you just wait until you're feeling more alert. Because if you start a stitchin' when you're sleepy, pretty soon you'll be misinterpreting that pattern and dropping stitches by accident and just making a mess of things!

5. Slow and steady wins the race! If it takes you 5 minutes to make that bobble stitch, it's ok. In time you'll get faster, but for now, go as slow as you need. Because if you rush it you'll probably make a mess of things!

6. Learn about yarn weight. It will be so much less confusing to learn now then when you're at the yarn shop frantically digging around for the right kind of yarn for that pattern! 

7. Most importantly, DON'T GIVE UP! Chalk up each mistake to a learning experience. Before you know it you'll be addicted to knitting just like the rest of us yarn-a-holics!

Since I'm still a newbie knitter myself...what tips would you add to this list?


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Keeping a Toddler Reverently Occupied At Church

"Reverence is more than just quietly sitting." (LDS Primary Song Reverence is Love)

A few months ago, I made the decision to remove *nearly* all of my little boy's non-religious themed toys from my church bag. I chose to do this because it seemed to me that all those match box cars and airplanes were causing him to be more wound up and more rambunctious. It was hard for him to no longer have his little toys at first, but he adjusted quickly and Sacrament Meeting has been going much smoother since. It was one of the best things I've ever done! 

It is important to me that my son recognizes the difference between reverence and just quietly sitting. I want him to know that church is a place where we think about Jesus. 

However, helping a toddler be reverent during Sacrament Meeting can be quite the task. If I'm not adequately prepared, it is impossible to keep my 2 year old quiet and sitting still, let alone reverent! 

So I've compiled a short list of ways to keep toddlers learning the gospel and thinking of Jesus and other gospel-oriented things! 

1. Puzzles! I made my busy little boy some very simple puzzles using pictures that I picked up at my local Deseret Book. All I had to do was laminate them and cut them into puzzle shapes. 


These popsicle stick puzzles are also on my to make list. They look so fun!

2. Books! The LDS Church really has provided so many resources for us frazzled mommas! There are so many books to choose from to help our children learn about the gospel. You can find a lot of them at Deseret Book. The Gospel Art Book is my son's favorite!

My little boy's LDS Quiet Book was made with much love and care. It's very gratifying to see it entertain him so thoroughly during church!


I am DYING to make these printable quiet church books as well. I don't think a child could possibly have enough gospel oriented books!

3. Coloring is another great quiet activity. There are many places online to find religiously themed coloring pages, but my favorite resource is the Nursery Manual.  

Buuut I haven't wanted to battle with the crayons during Sacrament Meeting lately. (My sweet, sweet toddler has taken to coloring on everything EXCEPT paper lately! And when crayons cause conflict, my son doesn't get to feel reverent!) So we've been bring along his Etch-a-Sketch and encouraging him to draw gospel themed pictures onto that. He loves to draw the Tree of Life and temples :D

4. LDS Lacing Cards. I haven't made these yet because I'm considering making them as stocking stuffers for my little man. I know he'd LOVE them!

Less is more when it comes to keeping my son reverently occupied at church. I tend to rotate which books and activities I pack in my church bag. I also like to limit just how many things I bring for him so that he isn't too distracted from the actual meeting. I've found that my son really does pick up on what goes on and is being taught during Sacrament Meeting if I let him!


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Monday, October 13, 2014

The Sweetest Baby Headband Crochet Pattern

Well, I've got just one more free crochet headband pattern for you! I've shared my Beads and Circles Headband and my Little Bow Headband and I've saved my favorite for last :) This one was actually inspired by ric rac that I was organizing! 



Materials:
  • Sport weight yarn. (Unfortunately, I do not know the brand I used because I used scraps from my stash.)
  • Size C crochet hook
  • Needle
  • Four small beads. (I think small buttons could be cute too!)

Notes:
  • You are welcome to make and sell products using this pattern but please link back to this post. Please do not copy this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not republish any of my photos as your own.

Headband:
Chain 10 inches. In 3rd chain from hook, dc twice. *Skip one stitch, sl st in next. Ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch.* Repeat from * to * 3 additional times. Skip one stitch, sl st in next. Turn your headband so you are now working on the opposite side. *Ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch. Skip one stitch, sl st in next.* Repeat from * to * 3 additional times. Ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch, join with sl st to top of the ch 3 on the opposite side. Chain BLANK inches.

Finishing:

Tie small knots at the ends of the chain and trim yarn. Attach beads.


I had to make one in blue too...because who doesn't love a little girl in blue??
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Little Bow Crochet Baby Headband

When I was hugely pregnant and just dying to have my baby girl here, I found myself bored. I wanted to be in labor, but I wasn't. I had cleaned and organized my house like 12 times already, so therefore there was no housework to pass the time. I had already whipped up all the major baby projects I wanted to make. I had given up on all those things to do that supposedly induce labor. And when my toddler went down for a nap I was just so dang BORED!

Enter scrap yarn and crochet hooks. Born of boredom and daydreams of holding my baby, I present my little bow headband! 



Materials:
  • Paton's Lace Yarn (I used Vintage Lace...and I'm so addicted to this brand of yarn right now!)
  • Size C crochet hook
  • Needle

Notes:
  • You are welcome to make and sell products using this pattern but please link back to this post. Please do not copy this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not republish any of my photos as your own.
  • You can easily adjust this to fit your baby's head by changing the length of the chain

Make a 17 inch chain. 


Ch 10. Turn and sc across, beginning in the 2nd ch from hook. (9 sc.) 
Row 2-5: Ch 1, turn, sc across. 

Then, stick  a needle and thread down the center of you rectangle. (Make sure your rectangle is hot dog style!)


Wind the thread around the center, pulling tight to create the little bow. After that, attach the bow to the chain.


Then, just use the excess yarn to tie small knots on each end of the chain and trim. You'll have dozens of these whipped up for your cute baby or for gifts in no time at all!


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