Crafty Cathy

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    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.

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    Hello Baby! Cable Jumper

    Ragland Ninja Baby Double Trouble Cable Hat

    Saarjte's Bootees Sk8er Booties

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    Bunny for Baby DSC04617

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Posts Tagged ‘Knitting’

Batman chart

Posted by 2ton Inspired on November 7, 2009

You may remember this hat I made for my nephew last Christmas.


Today I finally converted the chart into a digital file to share!

Batman Chart

Batmant knitting chart


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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.


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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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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Very Very Sneaky

Posted by 2ton Inspired on July 9, 2008

A winter baby needs winter clothing! Here’s the latest addition to the baby knits.

When I came across (author of Creepy Cute Crochet) I found a cross stitch chart for a ninja. I was unsure what I’d use it for I saved the chart anyway and I’m glad I did!  I was going through my stash wondering what I’d make next and picked up the black and cream yarn that my cousin had given me and thought they’d make a cute two toned color sweater. A Debbie Bliss Raglan sweater (from The Baby Knits book) to be exact. As I pictured the sweater in my head the image of the ninja popped up and I knew I had found my next FO.

Ragland Ninja

I modified the sweater a little bit by adding a moss stitch border to the bottom, sleeves, and neck. Having made the sweater before I wasn’t fond of the rolled edges. Somehow it just looked incomplete. I also modified the chart to be large enough to fit on the center of the sweater. I used the duplicate stitch to  add him on (I’ve dubbed the ninja a he). It wasn’t so bad but it was a pain to take out stitches when I made a mistake! Overall I think he looks pretty darn cute.

Ragland Ninja Close Up

Pattern: Debbie Bliss Raglan from The Baby Knits book

Chart: from

Yarn: From Vietnam, unsure of the fiber

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Sk8er Baby!

Posted by 2ton Inspired on June 24, 2008

Sometime last year I saw a crocheted version of these booties and had to have them. At the time I didn’t know how to crochet but was in an adventurous mood and worked out a pattern for these little guys.  I made quite a few of them in green until I got the pattern down AND had two that were the same size. (Back then I had major issues with making two of anything in the same size.)

This pair actually whipped up pretty fast, one per evening. I made the symbol a little differently and thinks it looks much better. I crocheted a circle, sewed it on and then cut a star out of felt to glue on. The stiffness of the acrylic yarn (I can’t remember if the red yarn is Caron or Red Heart) really helps them keep their form.

I think these would be the right size for 6-9 months but I’m not sure. They look small yet big at the same time! Another baby item to add to the growing baby knit stash I have started!

Sk8er Booties

Sk8er Booties

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Bunny Oblong

Posted by 2ton Inspired on June 11, 2008

After weeks of working on the little bunny I mentioned last time he’s finally finished! Officially this is the first item I’ve knit specifically for our little one due in December!

Bunny for Baby

The total working time on him didn’t take that long I just took a ton of breaks in between. I really like how this one turned out much better then the others. Not only did I discover that I put the face on the wrong side for the first ones but I figured out how to make the head and body one piece for a sturdier neck.

He’s also got a bit of a belly due to some over stuffing and the placement of the legs. Doubling up the yarn also helped reduce the holes and filled him out more. I haven’t measured but I’m pretty sure he’s a good inch taller and wider then the others.

We call him Bunny Oblong because of this uncanny resemblance to Daddy Oblong of The Oblongs (on Cartoon Networks’ Adult Swim):


Pattern: Jess Hutchinson’s Bunny
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Brights (double stranded)
Needles: US10.5 DPN

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Chunky Mitts and Hat Patterns

Posted by 2ton Inspired on May 9, 2008

How exciting! Yesterday I was contacted by a reader who had posted a link to my site in a charity group forum for the Simple Shoes (from Uniform Studio) and hat and mittens I had made awhile back. The hat and mittens are my own pattern and I had posted the mitten pattern back then, but the hat came a little bit later and I never got around to writing it up.

The email was just the push I needed and they’re both added to the Patterns page as PDF’s. I actually haven’t had a chance to test knit them and hope there are no mistakes in the patterns, but as usual, feel free to contact me. I also haven’t actually tried these on a real baby either so please let me know if they’re completely the wrong size!

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Simple Shoes – Deux

Posted by 2ton Inspired on April 25, 2008

My husband would beg to differ that these aren’t baby booties number 2 but baby booties number 20. He seems to think that’s all I knit. Really though I haven’t made that many and have actually given quite a few away.

These are another pair of Simple Shoes. Made all within an evening.

Again I struggled a little with the wrap and turn part for the first shoe but it was smooth sailing after that hiccup. I don’t think they look as good in this cotton Lily Sugar n’ Cream yarn as they do with the Caron Worsted. I think the cotton isn’t as bulky so it doesn’t make the stitches look as full.


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Lets go shopping!

Posted by 2ton Inspired on April 14, 2008

The verdict is still up in the air about how I feel about this variation of the tunic. I used worsted weight yarn and size 11 needles. For the most part I followed the pattern increasing and shaping where instructed. I should have made it a bit shorter and probably added more shaping to the waist (I only did the number indicated in the size M pattern) to give it a more fitted look. Even though it’s a tad big I think it’ll look ok with skinny jeans and a belt.

Since I’m not fond of curling edges I added ribbing at the bottom and on the sleeves.

I also prefer the knit side to the garter so I turned it inside out before sewing up the pockets. Otherwise if you skip the pockets it can be reversible. No action shots yet, but I hope to have some soon.


Overall an easy pattern to follow after I got past the pocket issues. (See post 1 or check out craftster’s Knitalong thread). Using worsted weight yarn and smaller needles seems to work out well once you do the math. Like I mentioned earlier I think there needs to be added shaping as well. We’ll also see how well Red Heart Soft holds up to normal wear.

Pattern: Shopping Tunic, Twinkles Big City Knits

Yarn: Red Heart Soft (2.25 balls)

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