Crochet Crafting for Chloey’s Birthday
As you know I love making gifts for our grandchildren. Birthdays and Christmas are great opportunities to do so. You might have seen in our recent Birthday post that it was recently a whole bunch of our families special days, including our littlest Princess, Chloey, who turned two at the latter end of September.
Crochet Bag with Handles
I crocheted her a pretty little bag in bright sunshine colours and a taupe coloured cat. The yarn I used for the bag came in a mixed box of 10 50g balls from Aldi in their So Crafty range.
I chose bright sunshine colours for her, starting with a really vibrant yellow, a bright orange and a deep red pillar box red – sadly the colours isn’t showing as the light is truly awful for photograph taking today, sorry.
Using a simple chain stitch to start of 28 and with single crochets and increasing as I crocheted both sides chain. I did this to give the bag a more stable bottom for everything a Princess needs to carry within and not loose anything. After a few rows I switched to shell stitch off setting each row with the row before to give it a diagonally slanted pattern as you can see. Once I felt the bag was tall enough I went back to single crochet for the top. I think I chained 18 stitched to make the handles.
With a little crocheted heart added front right as a little adornment. I felt it needed just a little something and I didn’t want to add any buttons or gems for safety’s sake.
I didn’t follow any pattern for this bag, just made it up as I went along. I’m quite pleased with the end result.
I wanted some cute amigurumi to go with the bag and went to Ravelry for some inspiration. I saw this little lying kitten and just knew it was perfect for Chloey. The pattern is so easy to follow and complete. It’s made in three main parts. The head,the front legs and the body and rear legs. OK plus the two little ears but for the major bits it is just three separate ones. I used Poundland yarn in their Knitting Basket range which is lovely and soft.
I’m not sure if they still sell it as I have quite a bit in my stash. The colour is a taupe and I used a pair of small safety eyes.. To sew the two parts of the body together I used the mattress stitch and was really impressed that very little showed of the join. The next up was sewing on the head, that I had already sewn on the whiskers. I made sure that this was totally secure with Chloey only being two, I wanted to be sure it didn’t part.
I just sewed a little pink ribbon rose on her head again sewing securely in place. You may notice that the kitten doesn’t have a tail. Chloey and family live in the Isle of Man, cats on the island don’t have a tail, so it was only right for her kitten not to have one either.
Kitty kitten had a big cuddle of both myself and Grandad Al before her was popped in the bag and wrapped to be sent off in time the big day.
Chloey’s Mummy sent me this beautiful photograph of her blowing us a kiss as a thank you.
I love both of these items I produced. Both would be great stash busting projects. I’m not that good at making up patterns but the bag was so easy once I had got the bottom completed.
The kitten is a really easy pattern to follow and complete, had no problems what so ever. I have had a couple more requests to make more of this pattern. I really don’t mind at all and can’t wait to start them.
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