#Crochet #TipsTuesday: 3 Tips for Customizing Adorable Crochet Baby Gifts

3 Tips for Customizing Adorable Baby Gifts on #Crochet #TipsTuesday with Underground CrafterI love crocheting blankets, so I keep a stash of handmade baby blankets in my closet for last minute gifts. Once in a while, though, a dear friend or family member will be welcoming a newborn, and I decide to make up something special.

Here are 3 tips for crocheting customized gifts to thrill your favorite parents-to-be.

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Carefully choose colors

An easy way to customize a crocheted baby gift is by choosing yarn colors  to match – or contrast – with nursery colors. Look through the online baby registry for decorating clues, or follow the parents on social media (especially Facebook or Instagram) to find pictures of a painted room. (And, of course, if your gift isn’t a surprise, you can just ask!)

If you don’t have nursery decor information, think about the parents and their personalities. If they’re more traditional, classic “baby yarn” colors (whites, yellows, pastel pinks, and baby blues) may be best. Many modern parents prefer less traditional color combinations. Some contemporary gender-neutral color combinations, like teal with white, navy, or brown, or pale green with chocolate brown, gold, or white, would be great for such a family.

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Add letters or names

If the parents have already named the baby, you may want to add a crocheted, embroidered, or “monogram” name to your project.

Moogly Crochet Alphabet, a free crochet pattern available here.
Use Moogly’s Crochet Alphabet (available for free here) to make applique letters to attach to your finished project.

Another option is to use graph paper to chart out the letters of a baby’s name. You can use this chart to make a corner-to-corner graphan (Repeat Crafter Me has a great tutorial for doing this in her Corner-to-Corner Baby Sheep Graphghan) or a granny square blanket. Choose a one-color granny square pattern, like the Basic Block from my free Mod 9-Patch Blanket pattern, and “spell” out the name with squares in a contrasting color yarn.

Use solid color squares, like the ones in the upper left corner, to spell out the baby's name.
Use solid color squares, like the ones in the upper left corner, to spell out the baby’s name.

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Make a layette set

A layette set including a blanket as well as a jacket, cap or bonnet, booties, diaper cover, or a hooded towel makes a truly special gift. I love to include a set of baby washcloths in organic cotton yarn, like Galler Yarns Inca Eco or Lion Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton, because they are so gentle on baby’s skin.

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Choose your favorite baby patterns to mix and match into your own special layette set set. If you keep the color scheme consistent, it will look coordinated, even if you choose patterns from different sources.

What are your favorite tips for crocheting baby gifts?

Free pattern: Alpaca Caress Infinity Scarf

Alpaca Caress Infinity Scarf, free crochet pattern by Underground CrafterI love the feel of alpaca yarn. It’s so soft and silky. It’s just perfect for wearing around the neck, especially if you have sensitive skin.

This post contains affiliate links. Yarn for this sample was generously provided by Galler Yarns. I also loved marled yarns where two different colors of fiber are twisted together to create a tweedy look. Galler Yarns Peruvian Tweed brings together soft alpaca, a marled yarn, and a jumbo skein (8 ounces/227 grams!), and you can make two of these infinity scarves out of one skein – one for you, and one for a gift. Alpaca Caress Infinity Scarf, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter Don’t forget to share a picture on Ravelry or with my Facebook page if you make one! Add to RavelryIf you want an easy print format, you can buy an ad-free PDF version on Craftsy.

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Alpaca Caress Infinity Scarf

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

03-intermediateUS terms 504-medium 50This lacy and textured infinity scarf is perfect for transitional weather. The soft alpaca yarn will caress your neck and can be wrapped around up to three times.

Finished Size

  • Adult: 60” (152 cm) long x 4” (10 cm) wide after blocking.

Materials

  • Galler Yarns Peruvian Tweed (100% superfine alpaca, 8 oz/227 g/600 yds/550 m) – 1 skein in 121 Pewter Black, or approximately 295 yds (270 m) in any medium weight alpaca yarn.
  • US Size H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Stitch marker or scrap yarn (optional).

Gauge

  • 13 sts x 10 rows = 4” (10 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

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  • ch – chain
  • cdc – crossed double crochet – Skip st, dc in next st, dc in skipped st.
  • dc – double crochet
  • FPsc – front post single crochet – Insert hook from front around back to front of pf in previous round, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops, sk st behind FPsc.
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • pf – puff stitch – (Yo, insert hook in sts, yo and draw up a loop) 4 times, yo and draw through all 9 loops.
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisks as indicated.

Pattern Instructions

  • Ch 252 (or any multiple of 10 sts, + 2 sts). For tips on how to work with a long foundation chain, read Easy fixes for a foundation chain with too few or too many chains.
  • Set up row: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next st and in ea st across. Being careful not to twist, join with sl st to first sc to begin working in the round. (251 sts) Optional: mark last stitch of Round with stitch marker. Move stitch marker up each Round.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), cdc around, join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
  • Rnd 2: Rep Rnd 1.
  • Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st and in each around.
  • Rnd 4: Ch 3, *dc in next st, ch 1, sk 1; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
  • Rnd 5: Ch 2 (counts as hdc, here and throughout), *pf in next st, hdc in ch-1 sp; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first ch 2.
  • Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in same st, *FPsc around next pf, sc in next st; rep from * around.
  • Rnd 7: Rep Rnd 4.
  • Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in same st, *sc in next st, sc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * around.
  • Rnds 9-11: Rep Rnds 1-3. Fasten off.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in yarn tails. Gently spray block if desired.
© 2015 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2015/11/11/free-pattern-alpaca-caress-infinity-scarf. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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#5FridayFreebies: Keyhole Scarves

#5FridayFreebies: #Roundup of 5 free #crochet patterns for Keyhole Scarves on Underground CrafterHappy Friday! Here’s a roundup of 5 free crochet patterns to get you excited about crocheting all weekend.

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This week’s theme is keyhole scarves. Keyhole scarves are fun to make and to wear. They can be worn very close to the neck for extra warmth but they usually don’t have to be as long as other scarves. And, best of all, unlike a close-fitting cowl, there is no chance of messing up your hair when putting one on!

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  1. Chunky Keyhole Scarf and Slouchy Hat, free crochet pattern by AG Handmades: This quick set is made holding two strands of yarn together.
  2. Vintage Blossom Keyhole Scarf, free crochet pattern by Fiber Flux: This pattern is made with just one skein of Mrs Crosby Hat Box Yarn.
  3. Twisted Crocodile Stitch Keyhole Scarf, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter (that’s me!): One jumbo skein of Galler Yarns Prime Alpaca Heathers makes two of these keyhole scarves, and the pattern includes a photo tutorial for the special stitch.
  4. Charming Cherry Blossom Keyhole Scarf, free crochet pattern by Kaleidoscope Art N Gifts via Cre8tion Crochet: This pattern includes photo tutorials to help you make perfect cherry blossoms!
  5. Wrapped in Hope Scarf, free crochet pattern by Snappy Tots: This scarf can be made in any color to support a cherished cause.

if you enjoyed this post, you may enjoy these other pattern roundups. Click the image to go directly to the roundup.

Roundup of 15 free #crochet patterns for lacy scarves on Underground Crafter#FlashbackFriday: Roundup of 15 free #crochet patterns for infinity cowls on Underground Crafter