Free Crochet Pattern: Easter Bunny Baskets

Crochet-Easter-Bunny-__-The-Veggie-Mama.jpg Isn’t he a cutie?

I thought it would be fun to knock up a sweet little bunny for each of my girls this Easter, to hold some tiny eggs or one medium-sized one. I could imagine the look on their faces Easter morning! Cute crochet would have to be the best thing ever invented.

These don’t take long at all, and are very beginner-friendly. I do usually steer clear of small fiddly projects (hence I’ve never done any amigurumi although I think it’s awesome), but this is a pretty simple project that doesn’t require too much faffing about.

You can also keep the face pretty simple (I still don’t know if I want to keep the whiskers, I’m leaning toward not), or embellish the whole damn thing as much as you want. Easter goodies mandatory, however.

What You’ll Need:

3.5mm crochet hook

3 balls 8ply yarn – one main colour, one pink for accents, and one black for eyes.

Instructions:

Basket body

1. Chain 5, join with slip stitch.

2. 8 sc in loop.

3. Ch1. *2sc in stitch, 1 sc in next*. Repeat around all 8 stitches, sl st to join. (11)

4. Ch 1. *2sc in stitch, 1 sc in next*. Repeat around. sl st to join.(18)

5. Ch 1. *2sc in stitch, 1 sc in next*. Repeat around. Sl st to join. (27)

6. Ch 1. *2sc in stitch, 1sc in next*. Repeat around. Sl st to join. (39)

7. The bottom of the basket should be sufficiently increased, so Ch 1 and sc in each. Sl st to join. (39)

It should look like this.

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The back will look like this:
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I don’t like the look of the back, so we’re going to use that as the bottom of the basket, and the right side will be what you see when you look into the basket. So you can either fasten off, turn around, and start building the walls of your basket, or you can flip it all around and work the opposite way from the way you’ve just come. This will ensure the right side is seen when you look into the basket, but the right side of your walls will also be facing out.
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Scuse the blurry pic, but for the foundation row of the basket sides, you’ll be working in the back loops only.

So with your right side of the bottom piece facing up, begin:

8. Ch 1. Sc in back loop only around, sl st to join. (39)

9. Ch 1. Sc in each stitch around, sl st. (39)

10. Repeat.

11. Repeat.

12. Repeat.

13. Ch 1. Ch 2 tog, sc in next 9. Ch tog the 10th and 11th stitch, the 20th and 21st, and 3o/31st with sc in each stitch in between (35). This is optional, but I like to do it to keep the walls reasonably tight.

14. Ch 1. Sc in each, sl st to join. (35)

15. Repeat.

16 Repeat.

17. Repeat.

Fasten off.

Ear:

With your pink, ch 6. Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc all the way across. Change colour.

With the body colour, work around the pink chain like this: sc, sc, dc, dc, sc, 3dc, sc, dc, dc, sc, sc, fasten off.

This will ensure your ears are long but also kinda rounded.
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Handle:
You can make this as long as you like, and the rows will reflect that. I ch 7 and did as many rows as would cover a 1cm strip cut from the length of an A4 sheet of paper. That ended up being too long, so it’s up to you how long you’d like it.

In the ch 7, sc in the 2nd chain from hook, and sc along. Ch 1, turn, and sc across. Keep going until your handle is as long as you prefer.

Crochet the handle closed across the long side, enclosing the strip of thin cardboard inside. This is to reinforce the handle so it doesn’t flop when nobody’s holding it.
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Stitch the handle to the basket. In a perfect world I would have put the folded side to the front, and the stitched-closed side to the back of the basket just because it would look neater, but I have two toddlers and can barely remember my own name most days. This was obviously beyond me.

Now for the face! Stitch anything you like on there. I did simple eyes and whiskers (not sold on the whiskers), and rubbed a felt pen on for rosy cheeks.
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Just the right size for tiny eggs :)

Enjoy!

 

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Free crochet pattern: Little pompom bags

crochet handbag for kids with pompomsI love this bag. So little, so cute, so pom-pommy.

Much like my earlier kiddie crochet handbag, this one is a cinch to make. It takes no time at all, and the only real difference is the flap over the top, rather than leaving it open.

Let me know how you go!

You will need:

4.0mm crochet hook

4 balls 8ply yarn – one colour for the bag, three different colours for the pompoms (or whatever combination you’d like)

Pattern:

Chain 25.

1. sc in each, then continue sc around the other side (the bottom of the work) so you are sc in each side of the original chain. Sl st to join at the point where you started the sc.

2. Ch 1, sc in each all the way around to the starting point. Sl st to join.

3. Ch1, sc in back loops only all the way around. Sl to join. This will create a little base for the bag so it can open out a bit wider and fit more goodies in :)

4-26. Ch 1, sc in each. This will be the basis of the bag.

27. Ch 1, sc in the next 25, ch 1, turn. You are only crocheting one side of the bag now, to create the flap.

28-45. sc in each all the way across. Create the flap the length you want, varying the rows until you are happy. Fasten off.

Handle:

Find the sides of the bag and 4 sc where you want the handle to start. I then ch 1, turn, and sc in each. I continued that pattern for as long as necessary to match Abby’s height (she had 49 rows of 4sc, and one row of sl st attaching it to the bag.

Pom-Poms:

Are very easy to make! Pip has a great tutorial here on Meet Me at Mike’s. You might need to trim yours more than I did! It looks more like a pom-perm. Derp.

yay!

 

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Free Crochet Pattern: Little Handbags for Kids

Nothing cuter than a tiny crochet bag to carry your little one’s treasures! So I made a free pattern.
Free crochet pattern: A very sweet little bag that will hold all your little one's treasures and is easy for you to make! Very much a beginner pattern, but experienced crocheters can jazz it up.

A little while ago, Biggie told me she was going “to the shops”. She came back with an armful of wooden eggs, a couple of wooden milk bottles, and a felt lettuce. As she struggled to hold it all and show me her goodies, I realised she needed a little shopping bag of sorts, so she could trot around to her heart’s content.

Not having a sewing machine (I will one day, I swear!), I sat down with some scrap yarn and made a simple little bag for her to use. It didn’t take long, maybe a night or two, and she has been happily taking it everywhere, holding an assortment of toddler ephemera. She loves it! And more to the point, so do I. It’s very cute!
Free crochet pattern: A very sweet little bag that will hold all your little one's treasures and is easy for you to make! Very much a beginner pattern, but experienced crocheters can jazz it up.I made this little pink one for Smalls and wrapped it up for Christmas. There’s still plenty of time if you’d like to whip up a couple for your babes – they’re rather newbie-crocheter friendly!Free crochet pattern: A very sweet little bag that will hold all your little one's treasures and is easy for you to make! Very much a beginner pattern, but experienced crocheters can jazz it up. Free crochet pattern: A very sweet little bag that will hold all your little one's treasures and is easy for you to make! Very much a beginner pattern, but experienced crocheters can jazz it up. little-crochet-bagsThe one on the left is Smalls’s, and the one on the right is Biggie’s. I didn’t make Smalls’s too much smaller, as she’s growing so fast. So it’s the same pattern as the one on the right, except I used a 4.0mm hook, and Biggie’s I did with a 5.0mm hook. (Biggie is 2.5 years old and this comes to her hip).

You will need:

either a 4.0mm or 5.0mm hook

2 balls 8ply yarn (for Biggie’s I used Cleckheaton Folklore Natural wool and alpaca blend, and Magnum soft 8ply. For Smalls’s I just used the Magnum soft in two colours).

Crochet Pattern:

Chain 25.

1. sc in each, then continue sc around the other side (the bottom of the work) so you are sc in each side of the original chain. Sl st to join at the point where you started the sc.

2. sc in each all the way around to the starting point. Sl st to join.

3. Sc in back loops only all the way around. Sl to join. This will create a little base for the bag so it can open out a bit wider and fit more goodies in :)

4-6. sc in each.

5-24 . Change colour if you like, and sc in each.

25-26. Change colour and sc in each.

handle:

You can finish off above and start the handle anew, but I don’t bother. I just did 4 sc somewhere near where it looked like the sides of the bag would be. I then ch 1, turn, and sc in each. I continued that pattern for as long as necessary to match Biggie’s height (she had 49 rows of 4sc, and one row of sl st attaching it to the bag. Smalls’s was a little bit shorter.

The flower pattern I used for the decoration was the one I always use (I love it!).

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DIY dolly bed + crochet dolly blanket pattern

 

little-dolly-bed-3I’m pretty eager to provide things for my kids when I can see they have an interest in something. Both of them are smack-bang in “little mother” territory, each having a little doll and related paraphernalia for them to feed, change and clothe them. But when I had to get rid of the miniature cot because it was too easy to take apart and make a weapon from the metal legs, the girls had nowhere for dolly to sleep.

I do have to hold myself back a bit from going straight for a bought version of things (there is SO MUCH cute stuff out there these days!) – I made plenty of things from scratch as a kid, and it worked just as well as a bought version (or so I tried to tell myself). I am keen for my kids to learn to think first “how can I make that?” rather than “muuuuuuuuuum buy me one from the shoooooooooppppp”.

I had plenty of Australia Post mailing boxes in the cupboard, and thought they would make perfect beds for the babies, as they were slightly too big for your general shoe-box kind of bed. A bit of cutting and paint later, and two very happy toddlers had somewhere for their dollies to lay their heads. I tried to put a little cushion in each for a mattress, but was told “no” in no uncertain terms.

homemade-dolly-bedsStep one: cut the lid off one box.homemade-dolly-beds-2 Step two: realise one of the toddlers has taken off their pants. Decide it’s unimportant.

Step three: cut off the lid from the other box.

Step four: remove one toddler from powerpoint area.

Step five: move sharp knife away from the edge of the bench where you left it when you went to retrieve powerpoint child.
homemade-dolly-beds-5 Step six: realise your coffee has gone cold already.

Step seven: let the kids play with the beds until naptime, when you will paint them out of the way of prying eyes, fingers, and someone upsetting the cup of water.homemade-dolly-beds-6 Step eight: watch the younger toddler copy everything the older toddler does, including kissing the dolly good night. Decide you have the cutest children in all the land, and all must be made aware of it.

Step nine: Put on a load of washing and tidy up in the four minutes you’ve got left to get stuff done before they get bored of the activity.

Step ten: microwave your coffee.

Step eleven: trip over one of the beds that a kid has left directly next to your feet and gone to play with something else.

Step twelve: when kids are asleep, bust out the paint set. Get busy trying to get it all done before they wake up.

Step thirteen: kids wake up early and will not take no for an answer when they want to paint.

Step fourteen: sigh. homemade-dolly-beds-7By all means let them paint the beds yourself, if you can stand that sort of thing. I was a bit selfish and wanted to get my paint on.

Step fifteen: Leave to dry overnight. The beds, not the kids. The kids are gonna need a bath.

Step sixteen: show to the kids, who think it is Christmas. Elder one says “Fank you very much, mummy! Oh it’s perfect!”

Step seventeen: that’s just something in your eye, don’t worry.little-dolly-bed-1

Step eighteen: realise they’re not as pretty as you were hoping they would turn out. Decide it’s unimportant, as the kids care about zero percent.
little-dolly-bed-4Step nineteen: realise you should have taken EVERY SINGLE BIT OF STICKY TAPE OFF the boxes before you painted them. Because now the dried paint that is on all the shiny tape is falling off in flakes all. over. your. house. for. days.
little-dolly-bed-5 Step twenty: watch the elder toddler rock her baby and sing it a song while you sweep up orange paint flakes. It is wayyyyy too cute.

Step twenty-one: at night, after the children have gone to bed, crochet two little blankets for the dollies while watching The X-Files (The X-Files part is important. Don’t skip that bit.) You can make them different colours, but I had these two yarn balls to use up.little-dolly-bed-blanket-2 little-dolly-bed-blanketDolly bed blankets:

You will need:

1 x 100g 8ply yarn (or two balls if you are doing different colours/edges). I used Panda Magnum soft.

5mm hook

Pattern:

Blanket: Chain 41.

Row 1: dc in each chain to end. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: dc in each stitch to end. Ch 1, turn. Repeat 22 more times (for a total of 24 rows). Feel free to make it longer if you need to, depending on dolly bed size.

Border: Just before the corner, attach new yarn. Sl st in first stitch, hdc in next stitch, three dc in corner stitch, hdc in next, sl st.

Continue around the blanket: sl st, hdc, three dc, hdc, sl st. This will create a little wave.

decoration: I always use this flower pattern. For everything. Can’t help it! But feel free to improvise.

 

Realise eventually they’re probably going to need a proper dolly bed, and so buy a lovely handmade second-hand one from a lady on Gumtree. Wrap it up for Christmas. Throw out the cardboard ones when the PAINT FLAKES OMG get too much to handle ;-)

 

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Crochet weekend project: baby pinafore {alternatively titled “How Not to Read a Pattern”}

In a second fail for this week, I attempted to crochet a dress without actually paying attention to what I was doing.

I had Pinned a lovely little pinafore about a year ago and when looking for a quick project, I remembered this one. I thought it would be a nice, easy, brainless crochet-on-the-couch-in-the-evening type thing to take a break from a bigger blanket I am making.

Well, I made it. And it looks sort of like the original picture, but to me is too long and narrow to fit a 6-9 month old baby.

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It also looks wonky. Really, really wonky. Why? Well, allow me enlighten you!

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This is why you should pay attention to how many stitches are supposed to make up each row, not just reading the row instructions and winging it.

Exhibit left is What Should Not Be Done When Reading a Pattern. I was meant to decrease at the start and end of a row, then single crochet in four rows. Then repeat.

As you can see, I did that but didn’t count the total number of stitches, so kept decreasing too early. It looks ridiculous.

Exhibit right (the back of the dress) is what it is meant to look like.

Dear Stacey, please always regularly check as you’re going along that your project is as it should be.

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I also just could not get the hang of the ribbed edging (the original pattern was a knit one, and this one was converted into crochet), so I did a row of double crochet around the outside, and a final sc row.

It is too late now to pull it all apart, so I shall wait until Pepper is old enough to wear it, and adjust accordingly. I’m thinking of crocheting panels into the sides of the skirt to make it wider. The bib part I just don’t know. I also didn’t do the straps as the pattern suggested, it said to ensure they were at least 11inches and that just seemed way too long, especially considering their picture did not look like mine did. so I hurriedly did some straps and again will adjust when I see how long they need to be.

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So don’t let me put you off, if you are looking for a sweet little project to do over the weekend, have a go. I’m sure if I had crocheted it correctly, it would be rad. I would really like it in toddler size, so will have another go at it one day!

(the original is at the pinned post I mentioned earlier, or here.)

Good luck!

 

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Crochet: ripple blanket

pink and black crochet ripple blanket

Now we’ve chatted about crochet here on this blog before. And it’s still my life’s purpose to explain to those who think they might like to try it, that its EASY.

I promise. Once you get the hang of it, it’s very repetitive and really rather soothing. I should be doing it right this minute as about 45 babies are due this year and time is not my friend. But anyway.

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I made this blanket for a buddy and his fiance who were expecting their bundle a week before Pepper was due. Now I like pastel as much as the next grandma-trapped-in-a-reasonably-young-woman’s-body, but these guys are a little different. They’re a little bit goth and a whole lotta cool, and I just knew they’d get a huge kick out of a baby blanket to suit. But by all means, if you are to crochet one of your own, your colour choices are almost endless. I’ve got about six planned, and all the yarn is sitting in boxes under my bed. One day, I swear…

So I took advice from the lovely Pip, who recommended the pattern over at Attic 24 (next time I will try Pip’s Cheery Wave Ripple. Oh and the arcade/larksfoot!).  I did get the first two rows a bit mixed up and it took me a couple of goes of unpicking when I realised I hadn’t done it correctly, but once those foundation strips were laid, it was smooth sailing. Says the girl who used to only crochet straight because I wanted to zone out and not be looking at patterns constantly. It really is very simple and very effective. DO IT. DO IT, I SAY.

Oh and because I couldn’t resist, as I was photographing these in the baby’s room, Abby was sitting with me. She asked in her tiny toddler voice: “cheese, mum?” I was confused as she won’t touch cheese, until I realised she wanted her photo taken. I don’t know who taught her to say that, but check out that face! Eighty-seven kinds of adorable right there.

crochet ripple blanket abby and mumCHEESE!

 

 

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Free crochet pattern: vintage-style scarf

This be a bit cute, no?
I made it for the lovely Nikki at Styling You, who you may or may not know is my ACTUAL neighbour.
here she is, modelling it next to the fence that separates us… stupid fence.
She stands on those logs when goodies get passed over and chats need to be had.
One day we will tear the fence down, and East + West will again be unified.
Until then, I’ll just keep on hookin’.
Heh. Crochet hookin’. I’m way too pregnant and prudish and lazy for the other type.
Anyhow, Nikki is devastatingly stylish and knows lots of trends and wonderful things that I can’t begin to understand or describe. But there’s a vintage-hipster-wannabe inside that fashionably clothed woman, and I made this granny scarf to indulge her secret side. She could rock anything.
For the main part of the scarf, I used Moda Vera Mousse yarn, which is 70% pure Australian wool, 30% soy. It is gorgeously soft and incredibly easy to work with.
The flower and scalloped detail was some lovely coral 8ply I had for another project I haven’t started yet…
I created this in a very simple V-stitch, which looks gorgeous in such a large yarn.
You will need:
4 50g balls (at least) of Moda Vera Mousse in charcoal/gray
1 ball contrasting colour for edges and flowers.
10mm hook
Pattern:
1. Chain 14.
2. dc – ch 1 – dc in 4th chain from hook. This makes your first v-stitch. Skip a chain loop and dc – ch 1 -dc in next chain loop. Continue v-stitch across each second chain until the end. Chain 3 in final chain loop and turn. You should have five v-stitches with ch3 on each end.
3. Ch 3 to begin row. Continue pattern, v-stitching into the ch-1 section of the v-stitch below it. ch 3 at the ends of each row.
4. Continue to the length of scarf you desire.
Scalloped trim:
In contrasting colour, sc – hdc – 5 dc – hdc – sc in each ch-1 section of v-stitch. Fasten off.
For flowers:
The smaller flower, I used this pattern.
Larger flower
 
1. Ch 3, and close to form a loop.
2. 10 dc in loop.
3. 2 dc, ch 1 in each stitch around. sl st to join.
4. sc – hdc – 3 dc – hdc – sc in each ch 1 space. Sl st to join. Fasten off.
It’s easy! I promise! And super cute. Get cracking :)
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Free pattern – chunky crochet scarf

Are you one of those people who are all “oh crochet looks hard”? I keep forgetting that you’re out there! To me, crochet is a breeze. Once you know one stitch, you can pick anything else up super-fast… and can make the most complicated-looking things with ease! Honestly. Would I lie to you? If it wasn’t easy,  I totally wouldn’t do it… *cough* knitting *cough.

Anyhow, I made this crazy-soft chunky scarf for a dear friend of mine for her birthday. You really do have to get nice yarn for scarves, as they rub on sensitive necks and you don’t want some scratchy cheap acrylic driving you nuts all day. This scarf works in simple double-crochet stripes and is done before you know it – working with chunky yarn and a large hook will get you results incredibly quickly.

Row 2 is the most confusing to read… after that, it’s smooth sailing, I promise.

What you’ll need:

♥ Two 50g balls each Moda Vera “Manor” in black and grey (or whatever colours you like)
♥ 9mm hook

Pattern:

Row 1: Chain 22.

Row 2: Double crochet in 4th chain from hook (this extra chain counts as the first dc, ch1). Ch 1, and skip next stitch. Double crochet in next stitch, so you’re creating a dc-ch 1-dc pattern with gaps in between the double crochets. continue this dc-ch1-dc across the chain, ending with a dc in the final chain loop. Chain 3 (this counts as the first dc-ch1 for the next row.

Row 3. Dc in next dc. Ch 1, dc in next dc. Continue the pattern, dc in each dc, ch 1 in between. Dc in  second chain loop of the ch 3 of the last row (this ensures the sides are tight). Chain 3.

Row 4. Continue the pattern for as long as your balls of yarn last. You can vary the stripes – do them evenly, do them in blocks of colour or you can do them randomly, like I did.

The yarn is very forgiving, so if you find you get to the end of the row and there’s only nine dcs across when there should be 10 (it happens!), then just do two dcs in the end of the row and you’ll sort yourself out. Nobody will be able to tell!

My little one was was terribly excited to model this scarf. I hate Dorothy the Dinosaur, and I hate pink… but I love hand-me-downs. Go figure!

oh, and I like cats.

**copyright on this pattern (and all my patterns unless specified)- I’m very grateful to the internet for teaching me and being a fount of sometimes-free knowledge, which helped a great deal. Do what you like with what you make from this pattern, including selling it if you’d like. Just don’t sell my pattern, and it would be nice if you linked to me if you use it on your blog. But you don’t have to :)

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