Monday, April 4, 2016

Crochet Projects I've Made for Easter

Egg-Shaped Easter Candy Bags

I made these egg-shaped Easter candy drawstring bags for my kids Easter baskets this year.  My goal was to make a drawstring bag with continuous loop string instead of one that can slip out and be eventually lost.  I also like the idea of the drawstring serving as bag handles. My son's is made in aqua/mint/orange/yellow in a notched stitch pattern, and my daughter's is made in lavender/yellow/pink chevron stripes. I had fun adding the appliqued bunny faces with 3D ears, bow ties and button noses/eyes.  They love their bags!

Bunny Ear Warmers & Hat

Last year, I made these bunny ear warmer headbands & beanie hat for the kids' outdoor Easter egg hunt.  It was a snowy day, and I wanted their little ears to stay warm and festive.  :)  This year, they enjoyed wearing them around the house and during their indoor early morning egg hunt.  The ears on the headbands are able to stand up with the aid of inserts made from cut-out plastic milk jugs (two cheers for re-purposing & re-using!), while the beanie cap includes floppy bunny ears per my son's request.  These were a lot of fun to create, and I'm glad that my kids will get years of use out of them.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Crochet Lacy Daisy Octagon Granny Baby Afghan

I have been busily working on a new pattern and am so happy to say all the finishing touches are complete!

I designed this original pattern for a lacy daisy afghan made with octagon grannies.  My new baby girl was on my mind the entire time.  She's due to arrive around the time daisies will begin blooming here in Western New York, which was my main inspiration for this pattern.  I also really enjoy baby items made in non-pink hues, so that's why I opted for an aqua/lavender/yellow color scheme.  Don't get me wrong.  I like pink.  I just think baby girl items can be made in other colors just as well!  Besides, purple is my favorite color anyway.  The pattern can be found HERE in my Etsy shop.

The octagon grannies are made with white daisies in the center, a lacy circular pattern surrounding them and lacy white borders on each.  Inside the square/diamond-shaped spaces between the octagons are smaller yellow daisies with white borders surrounding them.  The exterior of the afghan is adorned with a slightly ruffled lacy border.  It's definitely a very feminine pattern perfect for a sweet, new summer baby girl!

Just for fun, I made a coordinating lacy daisy sun dress, headband and peep-toed Mary Jane booties for my new baby girl to wear this summer.



Because my oldest daughter loved her little sister's set so much, I made her a matching dress.  Big sister was so excited to wear hers that she wore it to my baby "sprinkle". Then on one gloriously sunny summer day, we had an impromptu backyard photo shoot with all three of my little ones.