2 июля 2010 г.

Baby legwarmers and hat set

А вот что я еще на днях связала - шапульку и гетрики на новорожденного из мягкого мериносика

Here is another of my recent creations: baby legwarmers and hat made for my coming baby boy Danil. I am not really sure about the size, I will only be able to comment on it when he is born. I love legwarmers on kids - it's a super awesome and versatile accessory. It's one of very few projects to make for a baby that will not be outgrown in less time you spent to make it. It can be used as leg or arm warmers and later on can be transformed into fingerless gloves. I tried to make this project to be newborn size (or 3-6 months) but my 2 year old daughter gave them a try as arm warmers one cool evening. So go ahead, make some!

 Here is the description - if you want to make this:

Customize amount of stitches and rows to fit your needed size.

Start at the top of each leg warmer. Make a strip 10 stitches wide (11 sts foundation chain) in half-double crochet in back loops only. You can measure the leg in cm where you want your top to be (below or above the knee) and figure out amount of rows needed. I made 24 rows. When you’re done your required length (diameter of the leg) join your last row with the foundation chain using any method you prefer (I did this through back loops using slip knots). You should now have a very stretchy upper part (can I call it cuff? - don’t know, pardon my English). I planned switching yarn and I also have trouble every time I making paired things, so I made both cuffs at once to make sure they are same.

Middle part - join yarn with your cuff and single crochet in rounds. To make both leg warmers absolutely identical and perfect write down how many stitches you’ve got in your first round and in what rows you make your decreases and how many of them. I am not patient enough to make those notes, so I pretty much eye ball it. And of course I had to frog it several times and start over at some point.

The bottom cuff I wanted to make exactly like the top one, but narrower of course, but after my daughter gave them a try (she put them on as arm warmers) I realized that it was probably not necessary and since I wanted to use different yarn for top and bottom I changed my yarn and worked three more rounds in half double crochet. Voila! Great 1-day and less than 1 skein (for newborn size) project.

Now about the yarn:
I used Colinette Jitterbug yarn for this project. Although I quite like the feel and rich color of this yarn, I am not impressed with it. For the price this yarn is sold I got around 10-15 knots and 3 major colorway changes within half of the skein. Dark blue parts have problems with friction felting (not so much noticeable in lighter JAY colorway) and already look old and warn although they are new.

The hat is made with leftover of the same yarn to complement legwarmers. As always no real pattern used, therefore I am not sure about sizing, I might have to frog and remake it because my baby is due in July, and probably won’t need a woolen hat for several months. I have just a tiny bit of yarn left. We’ll see.

Back to the hat. As I had a bit of that lighter Jay color I made the stretchy hat part of it. Chain 11, and work 10 sts per row front and back half-double crochet in back loops only, until desired length is reached (measure headband), than join your last row with the initial chain and start crocheting in rounds around the headband. I did not join rounds with a slip stitch, but worked in a spiral. For me it’s a nicer way - you wont have noticeable joints.
I actually quite like how the hat turned out, stretchy when required, customizable to your baby’s head and I hope it to be comfortable.

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