Rainbow Baby Crochet Beanie 🌈 

I thought it would take a few tries to find a colour combination I was happy with but I actually love how my first attempt turned out.

I used Sewrella’s Parker baby hat pattern and the colours fit perfectly.

Rainbow baby newborn beanie

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Lovely lavender 

I’ve been reading the Ruby Red Shoes books to little Lottie and we absolutely love the beautiful description of Ruby’s cost caravan. Cups of tea, books to read and cozy blankets to cuddle up in.


It really reminds me of the atmosphere I try to create in our home with lots of cushions, books, handmade mittens, paintings and pieces of furniture made by family, nice lavender soap, candles and, of course, tea and biscuits are always plentiful.

No matter what happens out there, home is always a warm, safe and happy place to rest and just be.

Pokéball Crochet Pattern

My family is majorly in to Pokemon Go right now. My husband actually walks home from work to catch more, our 3 year old is utterly delighted that she caught a Pidgey all by herself, I’m impressed by the game and all three of us have spent so much time together rediscovering something my hubby and I loved as kids and introducing it to our own child.

The original Pokemon series is on Netflix here in Australia, and Little Lottie is working her way through the episodes. A Pokeball is an obvious thing to crochet for a child who is now calling herself Pikachu instead of her actual name but it only occured to me to sit down and make it when I caught her throwing her hard, plastic pencil sharpener shaped like the Death Star at the TV.
I only found one pattern on Pinterest and it didn’t turn out the way I wanted. It was too small and didn’t look quite right. So I set out to write my own and after some trial and error – documented here and here – the pattern is finally done!

Crochet Pokeball Pattern

 What you’ll need

  • 8 ply acrylic yarn in red, white and black
  • 4mm crochet hook
  • Darning or upholsterer’s needle
  • Scissors
  • Toy stuffing

Terminology;
Sc = single crochet,
(SC2) = Sc2 in the same stitch to increase stitch count
(SC2tog) = SC two stitches together to decrease.
SlSt = Slip Stitch
(no.) = Indicates the stitch count for the row

Pattern

  1. Start with white yarn. SC6 into a magic circle, SlSt together. (6)
  2.  Sc2 in each stitch around. (12)
  3. SC1 (SC2) x 6 (18)
  4. SC1, (SC2), SC2, (SC2), SC3, (SC2), SC2, (SC2), SC3, (SC2), SC2 (23)
  5. (Sc2), Sc4, (Sc2), Sc3, (Sc2), Sc4, (SC2), Sc3, (Sc2), Sc4 (28)
  6. Sc3, (Sc2), Sc6, (Sc2), Sc6, (Sc2), Sc6, (Sc2), Sc3 (32)
  7. Sc 1, (Sc2), Sc7, (Sc2), Sc7, (Sc2), Sc7, (Sc2), Sc6 (36)
  8. Sc 6, (Sc2), Sc11, (Sc2), Sc11, (Sc2), Sc5 (39)
  9. Sc8, (Sc2), Sc12, (Sc2), Sc12, (Sc2), Sc4 (42)

Switch to Black yarn
10. Sc15, (Sc2), Sc26 (43)
11. (Sc2), Sc42 (44)
12. Sc44 (44)

Switch to Red yarn
13. Sc42, (Sc2tog) (43)
14. Sc26, (SC2tog), Sc15 (42)
15. Sc4, (SC2tog), Sc12, (SC2tog), Sc12, (SC2tog), Sc8 (39)
16. Sc5, (SC2tog), Sc11, (SC2tog), Sc11, (SC2tog), Sc6 (36)
17. Sc6, (SC2tog), Sc7, (SC2tog), Sc7, (SC2tog), Sc7, (SC2tog), Sc1 (32)
18. Sc3, (SC2tog), Sc6, (SC2tog), Sc6, (SC2tog), Sc6, (SC2tog), Sc3 (28)
Stuff your Pokeball until it firmly holds it’s shape.
19. Sc4, (SC2tog), Sc3, (SC2tog), Sc4, (SC2tog), Sc3, (SC2tog), Sc4, (SC2tog) (23)
20. Sc2, (SC2tog), Sc3, (SC2tog), Sc2, (SC2tog), Sc3, (SC2tog), Sc2, (SC2tog), Sc1 (18)
21. (SC2tog), Sc1 x repeat around (12)
22. 4 x SC decreases. Fasten off and weave hole shut.

Button

  1. SC 6 in a magic circle (6)
  2. 2SC in each stitich (12)
  3. Change to black, SC in ea stitch (12)


Fasten off and cut leaving plenty of yarn for sewing the button on. You can increase the stitch count to 18 if you prefer but I’ve found that 12 gives a much tighter and straighter edge when the button is sewn onto the Pokeball. Sew button on over any visible colour change stitches.

And there you have a Pokéball!


This takes me about 45mins to make at the moment but I’m getting faster. I’ve already got lots of requests from friends and family for Pokéballs and I can’t wait to make them. Gotta catch ’em all!

Liz x

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot like Christmas

Halloween is only just starting to get big here in Australia. Our Oct 31st tradition of closing the blinds and ignoring the one neighborhood kid who watches too much American TV is changing slowly but Christmas is still the focus. I get very excited when the tinsel and plum puddings start appearing mid-October and have started stocking up for the big day.


My favourite shop displays are at David Jones. I found this beautiful massive tree yesterday. This tree was taller than our apartment roof! I should’ve put my sister next to it for scale but trust me it was huge!

I usually host a big family dinner on Christmas Eve and we spend Christmas Day with my husband’s family before dodging wildfires to visit my family in the bush on Boxing Day. Busy enough? This year I want to add something though. I intend to make Lottie an advent calendar with homemade crocheted trinkets and a verse from the Nativity Story in each day’s package. Does anyone else have a home made advent calendar? What do you include? Does it keep the kids engaged all month long? A friend of mine is a Sunday school teacher and she has some interesting ideas about telling toddlers the Christmas story.

I’m super excited and will be posting our advent updates here 🙂

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Liz xx

Star Baby Afghan

I’ve been wanting to try this pattern for a while and now that I’ve gotten into it I don’t know what intimidated me so much about it!


I followed The Crochet Crowd‘s fantastic pattern and it’s coming together quick. Little Lottie thinks I’m making her a snowflake so I’ll keep going in alternate blues in DC then add a white SC & scalloped edge.

My ultimate goal is to make this amazing Mario star I saw on Pinterest as well as a bright rainbow one.

Has anyone else done a star afghan? Any issues I should look out for?

Liz x

Thick SC Winter Scarf

It took 2 weeks longer than expected but I’ve finally finished this beautifully thick and warm scarf for my sister.


Considering it’s already snowing in parts of Canberra, I’m keen to send it to her this week (after I’ve weaved in the ends of course).

It was super easy. Just chain the width you want and single crochet (U.S stitch) as many rows as needed until you hit the length you want. The thick wool worked up really neatly.

Liz x

My Favourite Crochet site

I’ve been crocheting since I was 7 but have only recently moved onto more complicated projects like cupcakes and dolls. The best place to start for tutorials in beanies, blankets, little toys and baby booties is HappyBerry Crochet UK.

Her name is Laura and she runs my favourite YouTube channel packed full of easy to follow crochet tutorials. Seriously I’ve never made a beanie perfectly until I stumbled across her brilliant video series that covers every size from newborn to large men’s beanies.

matching beanies

Right now I have 9 days until Mother’s Day here in Australia, a mother, a mother-in-law and a grandmother-in-law to think up gifts for and I’m hanging out for her tutorial on how to make the crochet roses she posted on her Instagram last week!

Fingers crossed she makes a video for crochet roses soon!

Liz x