Maybe Matilda: A Crochet Dress, Sweater, and Blanket

Monday, June 3, 2013

A Crochet Dress, Sweater, and Blanket

Thank you so much for all your kind comments on Saturday’s post! I so appreciate your sweet well-wishes. I don’t know what it is about having ONE boy that makes me think I am only capable of producing boys, but it was quite a surprise to hear the doctor say there was a little girl brewing in there. And of course, a girl must mean girly projects!

I’ve worked on 2.5 projects for the little Miss so far, and they have been so fun to put together. First up, a little dress I crocheted . . . before we knew she was a girl. It was a bit of a gamble, but I couldn’t resist. (Pardon the cell phone pictures—these are all from my Instagram, and I’m too lazy to retake ‘real’ photos.)

Angel Wings Pinafore by Maybe Matilda

I’ve had my eye on this pattern for a while—it’s called the Angel Wings Pinafore, and you can find it free HERE. I used worsted weight yarn, which really is too heavy for this dress, but it was a last-minute naptime project so I had to just work with what I had on hand. It came out very cute anyway.

I also worked up this little sweater recently:

Picot and Lace Sweater by Maybe Matilda

And I love how it came out. The pattern is called Picot and Lace Sweater Set, and you can find it HERE.  I struggled a bit with this pattern—it’s definitely not the most crystal-clear, well-written pattern I’ve ever encountered, but if you’re fairly confident that you can piece together the things it leaves out or doesn’t spell out very clearly, it does make a cute little sweater with only a few swear words uttered in the process. I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in Pistachio for this one—overall, Simply Soft is far from being my favorite yarn, but the weight and feel of it are perfect for a baby item. It came out so sweet, and since it was another naptime project and I have NO patience for leaving a project unfinished when it’s thiiiis close to being done, I used a ribbon woven through the stitches to tie it shut instead of waiting to buy buttons for it. I think it’s kind of a cute touch.

My final project only counts halfway as being made for the girly-poo, because I didn’t start it with the intention of keeping it, and I’m still not 100% sure whether I’ll keep it for her or sell it.

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I used the Bold Stripe Blanket pattern (another free one!) from Baby Love Brand to make this, and I love the gradient purples mixed with that silvery gray. The colors are a bit distorted in these pictures, but I used a very light lavender, a pinky-‘orchid’ purple, and a deep jewel-tone purple along with the gray. It was a fairly quick blanket to make, and works up so fast thanks to using two strands of yarn at a time, making for a super-thick, super-chunky, super-warm finished blanket with a lot of great texture in the stitches.

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I made it more of a throw size than a typical baby blanket, inspired by my buddy Kim of Newly Woodwards’ baby blanket . . . when I worked on her little Henry’s blanket (which you can see in this post), she requested it be big enough for mom and baby to cuddle in at the same time, and I don’t know why I’ve never thought before that it would sure be nice to BOTH be warm while cuddling under a baby blankie, not to mention that it can eventually be upgraded to a toddler blanket or a throw blanket when baby outgrows it. So a big’un it is. 

Make sure to stop by again on Wednesday—I’ve got a great giveaway that you’re going to love!

14 comments :

  1. Love! I have also been eyeing that Angel Wings Pinafore pattern.... I have just been waiting for one of my lovely friends to find out they are having a girl!

    I love the colour of the pistachio yarn - I actually quite like crocheting/knitting with simply soft, but I have never used that colour before! ~Stephanie

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  2. Very cute! As the mom of three girls I can tell you, you can never have enough cute! Also when newborn handmade's are outgrown you can put them on teddy bears or doll's, well unless you are saving them for another child!
    I grew up with three brothers and was so un prepared for girls, but they are awesome:D

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  3. Soo cute..Rachel you're amazing! I so want to make that Angel Wings dress..any advice on sizing it up to a 10 month old..? Bigger hook I'm guessing..hmm so cute.

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  4. I love that blanket so much that is makes me want babies. Okay, not quite that much but almost!

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  5. Those are all beautiful! Isn't it fun to make girly things? Little boy projects bring you a sense of satisfaction, but there's something extra special about something girlie :)

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  6. Hola y muchas felicidades por tu nuevo embarazo y que bonito es todo lo que has tejido para tu niña.
    besos

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  7. You know I love all of your projects :) You amaze me at how fast you work things up!

    I'm so excited for you and adding a little sweet girl to your family!

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  8. Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you all. I hate that you were so ill, tired, etc. I know how that feels! Yeah!!! I am excited to see what you crochet for this sweet girl!

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  9. Thanks for sharing all these! I love that blanket! I've been wanting to start another.... and it might be that pattern! Thanks for the inspiration! :) Have a great week! xo Holly

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  10. How did I miss those two sweaters? They're adorable! And I love the colors of the blanket. I personally think it's a keeper, but I'm sure your stash of blankets is big enough already!

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  11. Well I'm sitting here 2 days past my due date and I see your angel wings dress...thinking I'll make just that to help occupy me!! I feel like if you see the right picture of the right crocheter's project, it can look more enticing. Yours looks so cute. Others I have seen that are similar didn't convince me. I think maybe I'll make it in Caron Simply Soft? Since I have some cute colors in that.

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    1. I am somewhere in the middle of making the dress...It's cute, and a really easy pattern, but I am impressed you crocheted it completely in a naptime! Of course, I seem to have ADD so maybe that's why it's taking me twice as long...

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  12. Rachel, first off you have an exquisitely beautiful family. You were and continue to be my inspiration for growing out a pixie. I finally made it to about month 8, and it's finally become an A line bob. I'm a 53 year old Grammy to one boy and a soon to be (October) girl as well. I've been looking for girlie things to crochet and alas you are once again not only my inspiration but my hero. (Please don't think me a creeper :/) I love the crocheted dress and can't wait to get started. Thank you so much, I would never have grown that darn pixie out without you, your humor and wit is fabulous! Congrats on baby to be! Sandra

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  13. LOVE the little purple dress!!! too, too cute!

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