Sunday, September 24, 2006
It looks a little boyish to me but it will work great when winter hits. The floors in our house are always cold.
Friday, September 22, 2006
Above is a picture that shows what I created with my kool-aid dyed fisherman's wool. They look kind of fun all together.The short in the picture above is one I made up the same way I did the orange, green, and off white shorts. I just skipped every other or every third stitch (not sure I didn't write it down) to bring in the top. I like look with the front tie so if I do ever use this pair of shorts I might add in the tie just for looks. My DD is very thin she might need the tie to help keep them up.This pair I did in half double crochet. Same pattern just less rows. I made it to the same length as the others.
This one took the longest but was the most FUN to make. I finished it up last night. I used all my last bits of yarn in a random order. I used a half double crochet stitch and make it the same as all the others. Above is the front view. Below is the back view. I added some green fringe trim and a peace sign. I think it looks better in person than in the picture. I think it looks FUN.... I haven't showed it to my DH yet. I have a feeling he won't like it at all. It isn't his style.
Monday, September 18, 2006
For leg adjustment give the leg a small tuck. Sew it along fold. The yarn can be taken out to adjust the leg size as baby grows.
The 2 pictures below show the legs can be adjusted from tiny to large.
This is another way to adjust for a smaller child. Just fold down to the front of shorts.
This is for a larger child. It is a shoestring tie on the sides. This way can give a much smaller front and still leave lots of room for a thick diaper in the back. Sorry about the color of the string. It is also done a little sloppy. It looks great when the ties match and I take my time.
This is a gathered tuck (don't know what to call it). I tied it on the back side of shorts. It gives the bubble shape on the back and keeps my DD from undoing the tie. It looks like a butterfly to me.
The one above with orange ties is a double side tie.
The one below is NOT the same shorts above but it was made with the same pattern. I felted this one. It still fits my almost 15 month old DD. I should tell you she is very small for her age. She just hit 18 pounds. She is in the bottom 5th percentile for her age. It is getting a little low in the rise. If I felt another for her I would add another 5 row stripe first. She is very thin if she was a chunky baby like my son was I would have to add a lot of stitches to make it wider.
They all are the same pair of shorts. I have some more I will try to add if I get time. I am sorry that some of the ties look sloppy and some have strings that don't match. I am very picky about stuff like that most of the time. This project took longer than I thought it would so I cut corners to speed it up. I hope you can get the idea. If not email me and I can give better instructions.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
This is a very simple shorts pattern. Although, it will take more yarn than other soaker patterns. It will fit size NB all the way up to 4T. This one is made with all single crochet (SC) so you can do this even if it is your first crochet project. Single crochet should work well for a night cover even on a heavy wetter. People who knit or crochet a lot might be disappointed with this pattern as it isn't quite as nice as many of the beautiful soakers I have seen pictures of. Green, off white, and orange were used because of their neutrality. They are good colors for a boy or girl.
SC wool shorts.
Using wool yarn and crochet hook (I).
Starting with green Chain 68 stitches
Single crochet 4 more rows (giving you a total of 5 rows).
Change color to off white and single crochet 5 rows.
Change color to orange single crochet 5 rows.
Change color to green and single crochet 5 rows.
Change color to white and single crochet 5 rows.
With orange yarn chain 5. Count in 10 stitches from edge of off white and single crochet 20 stitches. Chain 5 more stitches.
Make 4 more rows of orange. Tie off yarn.
With orange yarn chain 5. Count in 10 stitches (same as other side) from edge of off white and single crochet 20 stitches. Chain 5 more.
Make 4 more rows of orange. Tie off yarn.
Fold the sides to the center. It will begin to look like shorts now. Sew up orange to form leg holes.
Line up front and sew off white to orange.
Take a long chain in your color choice and weave in and out to form drawstring.
Yarn was tied (not tight) then put some warm water in sink with a squirt of Dawn.
I mixed koolaid in a dish of warm water. The wet yarn was put in the dish and stuck in the microwave for 2 minutes. The dish sat for 5-10 minutes and then heated in the microwave for another 2 minutes. 1/4 cup of vinegar and a little salt was added. This was the first time I ever added salt or vinegar. I read it doesn't hurt anything so I did it. The dish sat on the counter for several hours to cool. After a rinse (the rinse water was about the same temp. the water in the dish was) The yarn was hung to dry.
I did the same for lemon lime koolaid(my favorite), Ice blue raspberry lemonade, and grape. The ice blue raspberry lemonade didn't turn out the color I wanted. I put about 10 drops of blue food color in a dish with 1/2 cup vinegar to try to get the color I wanted.
This is how they turned out. The darker blue is the one made with food coloring. I ended up adding some red food coloring into the grape koolaid dish. It was more blue than purple so 2 drops of red gave it more of a purple color. The food coloring was added after the first 2 minutes in the microwave.
I picked out the lemon lime, orange, and some yarn with no color to make my shorts. My first shorts (ones in my first or second post on this blog) I made with the same 3 colors and some cherry koolaid yarn.