10 Free Baby Bonnet Patterns- Roundup

 

 

It’s time to get out those hooks and whip up some cute little bonnets for the coming new arrivals!

Today I rather spontaneously gathered together this list of 10 super adorable baby bonnets. With the nice weather here (or it will be soon, depending on where you live), we need to keep those newborn heads safe from the sun’s harsh rays!

1. Fairlee Bonnet by Skein and Hook

2. Celtic Dream by Janaya Chouinard for AllFreeCrochet

3. Pixie Bonnet by KT and the Squid

4. Puff Bonnet by Stitch 11

5. Citrus Cotton Baby Bonnet by Crochet For You

6. CrissCross Bonnet by Crochet ‘n’ Create

7.  Vintage Pixie Hat  by Bread & With It

8. Rosemary Green Baby Bonnet by Kirsten Holloway Designs

9. Lacy Clover Infant Bonnet  by Cre8tion Crochet

10. Sunshine and Rainbows Bonnet by Katie Cooks and Crafts

And as an added bonus, Olivia’s Sun Hat , the first pattern of my own design that I published here on the blog 😁

Have a happy, sunny, hookin day my friends, and I hope you enjoy this roundup!

~Amanda~

Weekly Update- April 29, 2018

🎶🎵Oh the weather outside is delightful🎵🎶

(My rendition of a cold weather song in the spring!)

It’s been a beautiful week here in Albuquerque (around 80 degrees F),  and because of it I feel I haven’t gotten a whole lot done indoors! Having a toddler and nice weather at the same time means play, play, play outdoors.

However, I DID accomplish one or two noteworthy things this week.

First, if you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you’ll have noticed that I finished the v-stitch throw. It turned out so nice, I really wish I could take credit for the pattern. The only steps in the process of making it that I can claim as my own is figuring out how big to make it, which yarn and hook to use, and the physical task of actually crocheting it (not much, right? Lol 😉).  Anywho…You can see my post about it Here .

Next, I finally made the decision to leave Facebook. I’ve been contemplating this for quite some time now. Having done this means there is no longer a Crochet On The Brain fan page. I am thinking about what can be done, elsewhere, to replace it (or if I’ll even replace it at all). I have to be honest, I feel like a whole new person without Facebook in my life! I did find a new social media platform where I can keep in touch with fellow crafters. It is called MeWe. If you would like to link up with me there just click Here. Perhaps I will create a Crochet On The Brain group there…hmmm…

Sometime last year, about one year ago I guess, I bought two skeins of Neon Stripes by Red Heart. After trying it out then I was greatly disappointed.  It just doesn’t work up nicely when crocheted (although I’ve seen a few beautiful photos of it crocheted when using the color pooling method). Recently I saw an online comment about how this yarn works up nicer when knitted, so I decided to give it a try a couple of days ago.  Below is a photo of a knitted object (maybe the body of a yet to be determined animal?), and beside it is the same thing (obviously not finished) but crocheted. See how much nicer the knitted object looks?  So now I am pondering what to make with it.

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Lastly, since I mentioned that the weather outside is so delightful, here’s a couple of pics of my daughter enjoying being outdoors! (When she tried to get out of the tree her shoe became wedged and I had to lift her out, lol).

 

And so this wraps up today’s Weekly Update. I’m hoping to get a bit more yarn play in this week, but we will see.

Until next time, Happy Hooking! And don’t forget to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine 🌸🐞🐛🌻🌳🏄‍♀️🏌️‍♀️☀️

~Amanda~

Winning Ways Throw DONE!

I did it! I did it! I finished the V-Stitch blanket (throw) completely! Even the yarn tails are weaved in! Hurray! lol

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This photo, above, shows the size of it on a queen sized bed.  It is 44 inches wide by 66 inches long. I used 5 cakes of Mandala Baby yarn, in the color Far Far Away, and a 5 mm hook. There was no pattern for it, but I did follow a stitch pattern called “Winning Ways” which I found in a Leisure Arts book (which you can find/buy here, but I bought my copy at Walmart).

In this photo, below, you can see a close-up of the stitching, as well as the color pattern. The pattern consists of chains, sc, and v-stitches. It is very simple and “mindless”. The second and third rows of the pattern are simply repeated until you’ve had enough, lol.

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Here’s Olivia impatiently waiting for photos to be done so that she can use the blanket…

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And last, but not least, here is a photo of the little monkey snuggled up under it on her little roll-a-way bed. I think she’s claimed the blanket for herself 🙂

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I thought about putting a border around it. I saved a small amount of yarn from the end of each cake, just in case, but in the end I decided to just leave it as it is.

And that is it. Now I can move on to other projects 🙂

Amanda

 

Weekly Update- April 22, 2018

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Well, not much has really happened this week to provide a very good read….so….let’s get it over with, lol…

I still haven’t tied in all the yarn tails on the Ripple Blanket I finished last month.

The first Monthly Crochet On The Brain Newsletter hasn’t even been looked at, let alone worked on.

I haven’t begun working on a remake/revision of Olivia’s Chocolate Milk Hoodigan pattern yet.

I have not frogged my knit sweater yet…I’m a bit reluctant, still. I put a lot of hours into it, but I know I’ll never finish it.

The only time I touched the white doily I’ve been working on for the past month or so was just to move it out of the way so I could open up the box that it’s sitting on.

We did not make it to Olivia’s dental check-up this week. We decided to reschedule it for the same day that she has her vision check-up, next month, as it’s all in the same building and will be easier. I really don’t like going out into the world more than I absolutely have to, lol.

Now, for what I DID accomplish this past week:

Having apparently put aside all of my other projects, I worked steadily (as much as I could, anyhow), on my V-Stitch blanket.  Yesterday I started the fifth (and final) cake of Mandala Baby yarn. I figure about another week and it should be done. Maybe sooner if it’s all I do, lol. This is an outdated photo, but it still looks the same…just bigger, lol. I originally wrote about it here on my April 8th Weekly Update post.

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The weather has been pretty awesome lately, so we’ve resumed taking our daily walks again. Here’s a few nature shots from those walks. The Roadrunner,  Bugs & Babs, and a not-so-tumbly tumbleweed.  (I took that left turn at Albuquerque over four years ago and I STILL get excited when I see a Roadrunner, lol.)

So that is all for today, friends. I apologize if I’ve bored you. Hopefully this coming week will provide a bit more entertainment.

Happy Hookin!

Amanda

Weekly Update- April 15, 2018

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Well it’s been a productive week. My biggest accomplishment being that I finished making (designing) Olivia’s Chocolate Milk Hoodigan yesterday, which, in case you missed it,  you can read in detail about HERE. I am still extremely (and perhaps overly) enthusiastic about it! I’m still giving myself a huge pat on the shoulder about that! 🙂 Also, I am pleased that this sweater has received so much positive attention. I included a link to my post about it on my personal Facebook page and I am actually surprised at how many people have “liked” it, or even commented on it. My posts on Facebook usually don’t grab so much attention! I think many people visited the blog to find a pattern for it, but of course, the pattern hasn’t been published, yet. While I was going to wait a bit to re-do the pattern, I am now thinking that I might just start working on it sooner rather than later. I do have a couple of other WIP’s on the go, but nothing overly important.

Last Tuesday I put together a “Lightweight Shawl & Wrap” Pattern Round-up, which you can check out by clicking HERE. Although it was warm here in Albuquerque for a few days this past week, more northerly (and cold) areas will be warming up very soon too. A nice shawl or wrap will be, in my opinion, a welcomed change from the bundles and layers worn for the past few months!

My husband’s birthday was last Sunday, which I did write about in last week’s “Weekly Update”, but that was BEFORE we ate cake, lol. The cake was absolutely delicious and hurt my extra-sensitive teeth so much! But was well worth it 🙂  If you missed that post, and would like to drool over a photo of cake, you can see it here  😛

Mid-week we did went to see the tax lady and got that all out of the way (for another year anyhow). Olivia absolutely loves riding the bus. I can’t keep her sitting down; she just HAS to look out the window (and talk and talk and talk). She’s a very social child and everyone adores her ❤ In a few more days she’ll be doing it all again, as she has a dental check-up on Tuesday morning. However, that’s within walking distance, so if the weather is nice we might just skip the bus altogether.

Newsletter Update- Ah, that newsletter…it’s going nowhere, still, lol. My intentions are good though! Like I said in last week’s update, I need to come up with content.  While I figure that all out, I’ll still be accepting sign-ups, of course.

Well, I hope I didn’t bore you too much with this week’s update, lol. I must get going now and figure out what I’m going to do with the rest of the day. Lazy Sunday. Probably Crochet 🙂 ❤

Enjoy what remains of your weekend!

Until next time,

Amanda

Olivia’s Chocolate Milk Hoodigan- Done!

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Catchy name, huh? lol

I’m happy to announce that this sweater is finally DONE! Yippee! I am very, very, very, VERY excited about it, as it’s my biggest crocheting accomplishment to date, aside from actually learning to crochet. It is the first sweater that I’ve designed on my own, and it wasn’t as painstaking to do as I had originally thought it would be.  And I finished it while there’s still a chill in the air! Woot! Woot! lol. Although it was in the low 80’s for a couple of days this past week, yesterday it cooled down to the 50’s and isn’t suppose to get really warm again for at least a few more days 🙂

My intention was to publish the pattern for it here as soon as it was completed, but there are a few things that need to be worked out and changed about it. But all in all, it looks great (gotta love my humbleness, lol), despite any flaws in the pattern.

It took about 1 1/2- 14 oz cones of Peaches & Creme cotton yarn (so, approximately 21 oz/600 g; 1059 yards/967.5 meters), using a size J-6.00 mm hook and the “Moss Stitch”. The colorway is called “Chocolate Milk” (obviously how I came up with the name for this sweater). Oh, and 7- 3/4 inch buttons. I can’t help but wonder if an odd number of buttons looks ok? It’s the only way I could work out the buttonhole band so that all of the buttons were evenly placed.

I would like to attempt to make this sweater again, but perhaps using acrylic yarn instead. This would mean working out the gauge again with the slightly different yarn. I would use the same weight class, but of course that doesn’t mean it would be the same thickness.  Having said this, I need a break from this “big” project for a while, so I will be working on simpler, and more mindless, projects until I get the ambition to make this sweater again.

Here are a few more photos.  See the bunny in this first one?

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It was a wonderful afternoon for a stroll in the new sweater. Olivia’s very pleased with it. In fact, she gave me two thumbs up!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this read.

Until next time, Happy Hooking!

Amanda

25 Free Lightweight Shawl & Wrap Patterns

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Spring has sprung! Well, depending on where you live anyhow. Here in Albuquerque it’s been sunny and warm (it reached 82°F here a couple of days ago!).  The perfect weather for a lightweight shawl! I’ve tried to comprise the list with shawls and wraps that are made of lighter weight yarns, as well as ones constructed with loose stitches.

All links have been tested, however, if you should come across a dead link please let me know and I will update this list.

Enjoy!

~Amanda~

**Disclaimer- I do not own the copyright to any of the photos above, nor am I trying to claim any of the patterns as my own designs.**

1. Alpaca Your Wrap by Moogly

2.  Blueberry Hill by Stitches N Scraps

3. Broomstick Lace Wrap by Crochet N Crafts

4. Butterfly Stitch Prayer Shawl by njSharon AND DebiAdams

5. Coral Fringe Triangular Shawl by Undeniable Glitter

6. Coral Glam Wrap by Oombawka Design

7. Crochet Heart Shawl by Gypsy Cat Crafts

8. Fights On Shawl by Melody’s Makings

9. Fortune’s Wrap by Moogly

10. Heathered Eyelets Wrap by Fiber Flux

11. Islamorada Half-Hexagon Crochet Shawl by Kristin Omdahl

12. It’s A Sunny Day Shawl by Vicarno

13. Justine Shawl by Underground Crafter

14. Lacy Gold Wrap by Posh Pooch Designs

15. Land and Sky by JessieAtHome

16. Lazy Waves Shawlette by Look What I Made

17. Lightweight Shawl by Crochet ‘n Create

18. Lisa’s Shawl by The Blue Brick

19. Penelope’s Flirty Shawl by Simply Collectible

20. Rings Fling Wrap by Kim Guzman

21. Soft Shell Pashmina by Happy In Red

22. Solomon’s Knot Whisper Wrap by Petals To Picots

23. Sweet and Simple Shawl by Bizzy Crochet

24. Tea Time  by JessieAtHome

25. Wrap Me in Ice Cream Shawl by Left in Knots