Crafty Cathy

knitting.crocheting.sewing.photography.

  • Welcome

    I can be both crafty and crafty. Here you'll find most of the former and sometimes a little of the latter.

    I knit.
    I crochet amigurumi's.
    Sometimes I sew.
    Occasionally I cook.
    I always take pictures.

  • Recent FO’s

    DSC06570 Little Red Riding Hood

    Flower Power DSC05784

    Baptismal Gown SYTYCD Hat

    Baby Blankie Baby Dragon

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    DSC04917 Modified Simple Shoes

    Hello Baby! Cable Jumper

    Ragland Ninja Baby Double Trouble Cable Hat

    Saarjte's Bootees Sk8er Booties

    Two Tone Socks DSC04627

    Bunny for Baby DSC04617

    DSC04619 (Large) For the Horde 3-25-08 1

    DSC04610 (Small) Bring Spring Bunnies

Red Riding Hood

Posted by 2ton Inspired on February 2, 2009

I’m probably being bias but how cute is my baby in this poncho?? 🙂

Little Red Riding Hood

It was super easy and quick to make, which is great since I have had little time for knitting since our baby’s arrival. The pattern is also easy to read, unless I’ve been making too many Drops pattern that the lingo is getting easier to understand. I remember having a real hard time with the first Drops pattern I made.

Anyway, I added the pom-pom for extra cuteness. I thought it only appropriate for a baby’s hood to have a pom-pom. I also doubled the yarn for the tie string.

I made the smallest size. My baby is 2 months (10 pounds) and it fits her nicely. The hood is a bit large and will give her some room to grow into it. I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Pattern: Garn Studio Drops baby pattern 16-1

Size made: 0-3 months

Yarn: Caron One Pound

Needle size: 11

Posted in Baby, FO, Knitting | 6 Comments »

Entrelac Cubes

Posted by 2ton Inspired on January 14, 2009

For a long time I looked for seamless cube patterns to make for babies but didn’t find any good ones. Finally I saw these on Ravelry while browsing the favorite patterns section. I had never done entrelac before but the pattern is super detailed and walks you through the whole process.

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The first cube took maybe 6 hours, but once I finished that the next ones took half the time. I went up a few needle sizes because of the yarn I used.

My 2.5 year old nephew loves to play with them when he comes over. It’s one of the first thing he asks for after playing Mario Kart. 🙂 They’re great for him because they don’t hurt when he misses catching them (which is often!)

Pattern: Simple Entrelac Cubes (Ravelry link)

Needle: 10.5

Yarn: random bits of Caron, Sugar and Cream and Red Heart (I great stash buster!)

Posted in Baby, Knitting | 2 Comments »

Girly girl.

Posted by 2ton Inspired on November 2, 2008

For a long time I’ve been eying this dress from Garn Studio. When we found out we were having a girl I knew it was the perfect keepsake to make. I’m hoping she will fit it for her baptism. It seems a bit large but I’m thinking the ribbon can be pulled in to fit snugly. Of course I was inspired by another user on Ravelry to create the poufy sleeves and to add a few extra inches to the length.

Baptismal Gown

The pattern called for size 3 needles but not having any on hand I went ahead and used size 5, but seemed to come out with the same gauge. I also skipped the crochet border for the sleeves and bottom since the dress seems pretty girly as is.

Baptismal Gown

Overall a great pattern and pretty easy to make. I can’t wait to see the baby in it!

Posted in Baby, FO, Knitting | 3 Comments »

Hiatus

Posted by 2ton Inspired on October 7, 2008

As the pregnancy is winding down (2 more months to go!) my hands are getting a little swollen and achey which means no knitting/crocheting for me. It’s kind of a bummer because now I feel so bored in the evenings. Hopefully I’ll still be able to finish some of the KIP for the baby in time.

I’ll be back when the swelling subsides and I have something new to show. Hopefully it won’t be too long a break.

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Blankie

Posted by 2ton Inspired on September 15, 2008

At first the thought of making a blanket was really daunting. I wasn’t sure how long it would take and if I’d have enough interest to finish one, but I started one anyways to see how it goes. I actually quite enjoyed it and it went by faster then I thought it would. 

This was my first big crochet project. Up until I started this one I’ve only made amigurumi’s and baby booties. I think the toughest part for me was when to turn at the end of the row. A few times I had to rip back at least a few inches because I turned too early and the blanket was getting skinnier. 

In order to use two colors I carried the yarn across using a method called Tapestry Crochet. 

 Baby Blankie

The blanket is 6 squares by 8 squares. I haven’t measured it for the actual lentgh/width but it’s big enough for baby to lay on or to use as a stroller blanket. 

Pattern: Tiramisu Baby Blanket

Yarn: Caron One Pound

Posted in Baby, Crocheting, FO | 1 Comment »

Flying Saucer Booties

Posted by 2ton Inspired on August 22, 2008

I’ll admit it, I have a weakness for baby booties. The moment I saw these I had to make them. They’re crochet and are technically supposed to be Mary Janes with a buttoned strap but I cheated and made a little chain stitch strap instead. I also somehow counted wrong on the second bootie and the opening is a wee bit larger then the first one. Hopefully when they’re on baby you can’t tell the difference!

Easy to make for a crochet novice. They turned out a little flatter then I would have liked  (hence the name flying saucer!) and for the next ones I’m thinking  of doing another round tbl to create a loafer like height. Overall darling little booties and hopefully they’ll stay on.

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Pattern: Mary Jane Booties from NewThingCrochet

Posted in Baby, FO, Knitting | 1 Comment »

Blue Hoodie

Posted by 2ton Inspired on August 20, 2008

This is the Hooded Jacket pattern by Debbie Bliss.

Initially I started making the 9-12 month size thinking the baby could wear it next fall/winter but the first sleeve I made was extremely large. After reading on Ravelry that Debbie Bliss patterns tend to run large I decided to make the 3-6 months and hope that the baby will fit it during the right season.

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Although I’m not opposed to seaming (once I figured out how to do it the right way!) I converted the pattern to be worked in the round for a quick finish. I also added a crochet trim around the edges to reduce the rolling effect of ss. The crochet trim is supposed to be scallops but it didn’t turn out too scallop-y.

One of the amazing users on Raverly had lined the jacket and I think I might do the same. That way it can be worn a little bit longer and will help keep the shape. But that’s going to have to wait until the sewing machine comes out of storage (we’re in the process of selling our home so no messy crafting projects until it’s finalized.) I think I have just the right fabric to use too.

The color turned out much brighter in the pictures (probably because I took it in direct sunlight!). It’s a more muted sea blue color then green. Oh, I also left off the button until after the lining has been added.

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And the matching booties

Posted by 2ton Inspired on August 7, 2008

These booties are a combination of the Simple Shoes pattern from Uniform Studio and the lace pattern from the cardigan. Since this yarn is too thin to use size 10 needles I adjusted the pattern to use size 7 needles. The soles are wider but shorter. (CO was 8 instead of 6) After finishing the short rows I switched to the lace pattern from the cardigan.

Modified Simple Shoes

The soles measure 3 inches in length. They’re a little stretchy but I’m hoping they’re not too small.

Posted in Baby, FO, Knitting | 1 Comment »

Baby’s First Sweater?

Posted by 2ton Inspired on August 6, 2008

It’s been a baby item making frenzy the last few months. 🙂 This is probably the smallest sweater I’ve made yet and I’m hopeful it will fit a newborn. I was iffy on making such a small sweater because she’ll be a little December baby and I’m not sure how often we’ll take her out the first few months. She’ll just have to be styling it at home!

I really like that it’s a top down raglan. The only seaming that was required was for the arms! I chose to go down 2 needle sizes because all the other baby items I have made using the required gauge have turned out pretty big.

Hello Baby!

On a roll I decided to make booties to match. They’re tiny! Hope to post about those soon.

Pattern: Plymouth Yarn’s Fantasy Naturale Top Down Baby Cardigan

Yarn: Caron one pound

Needle size: 7

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Cabled Jumper

Posted by 2ton Inspired on July 18, 2008

I bought Chic Knits for Stylish Babies during a closing clearance sale at Borders. The book is organized by outfit that usually includes booties, hat, pants and sweater. Over 60 patterns total. It was a real steal for the price!

Overall the pattern was amazing. Well written and as far as I saw, no errors! I was confused a bit by the cabling because it’s on an odd row, which means every other cable is done on the wrong side, but once I figured that out it was smooth sailing.

About half way through (maybe 3 months ago!) I lost sight of the end and put it into hibernation. Although cables add some interest to knitting after awhile it felt tedious. Last month I decided it was time to finish the jumper and pulled it back out. The construction is great because there is little seaming. Although I did have a quite a few ends to weave in.

Cable Jumper

Because babies tend to grow out of their clothes fast I made the 12 month size so that the baby could grow into it.

Cable Jumper

Pattern: Black and White Overalls from Chic Knits for Stylish Babies

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft

Needles: Size 6

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