I've created this hat to support the initiative of BC Women's and Children's Hospital to inform patents of the period of PURPLE crying. Many newborns discharged from the hospital receive a tiny purple hat, with information booklets to remind them that sometimes inconsolable baby crying is normal, and that it is never ok to shake a baby. These purple hats are donated by knitters and crocheters, and may be a fun theme to your usual knit get together with friends.
A few words about the PURPLE Program:
The letters in the wordPURPLEdescribe the properties of normal
infant crying that are frustrating:
of Crying- Crying peaks at
around 2 months, then decreases at around 3 to 5 months; UforUnexpected- Crying comes and goes unexpectedly,
for no apparent reason; RforResists
Soothing- Crying continues
despite all soothing efforts by caregivers; PforPain-like
Face- Infants look like they
are in pain, even when they are not; LforLong
Lasting- Crying can last as
much as 5 hours a day, or more; EforEvening- Crying occurs more in the late
afternoon and evening.
Changing behavioural responses to crying, both
to less severe and to more intense and inconsolable crying, are very important
for SBS prevention. ThePeriod
of PURPLE Cryingoffers the
following actions steps for coping:
the carry, comfort, walk and talkbehaviours
with your baby. Unfortunately, what may work one day may not necessarily work
the next and what may work for some babies, may not work for others. It is
important to keep in mind however, that close contact with your baby may reduce
the length of crying bouts by up to 50%; 2. If the crying is very, very, frustrating
for you,it is OK to walk away.
This step recognizes the caregiver's feelings of frustration and their need for
relief. Placing the infant in a safe place and taking a break for 5 to 10 minutes results in the
caregiver not being in direct contact with
the infant during times when they are most likely to shake or abuse; 3.Never
shake or hurt a baby. This is an important clear reminder that under no
circumstances is it okay to shake or hurt an infant.
Purple Hat Pattern (0-3 m.)
You have my permission to make as many hats as you need, however do not re-post the pattern. Feel free to post direct links to the source.
Yarn: worsted weight, 33 gm, 70 yards (64 m)
Hook: 5 mm (H)
Gauge: 14 dc & 9 rnds = 3x3” square
Hat circumference 12 ½”
bpdc - back post double crochet
ch - chain
dc - double crochet
fpdc - front post double crochet
rnd - round
sc - single crochet
sl st - slip stitch
sts - stitches
Starting chain does not count as st in this pattern.
First st of ea round is made into the base of starting
1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next st, hdc in 2 st, sc in 2 st,
sl st,ch 2, (continue working on other
side of chain) sl st in same st as last sl st, sc in next 2 st, hdc in 2 st, dc
in 2 st, ch 2, sl st in same st as last dc.
2: ch 3, sc in 4 sts, sl st in 4 sts, picot
(ch 3, sl st in 1st ch), sl st in next 4 sts, sc in 4 sts, ch 3, sl
st in base of last dc. (Do not fasten off.)
1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. join with sl st.(6 sc.)
2: ch 2, 2 dc in ea st, join with sl st. (12 dc.)
3: ch 2, 2 dc in ea st, join with sl st. (24 dc.)
4: ch 2, [dc in next st, 2 dc in next st] 12 times, join with sl st. (36 sts.)
5: ch 2, [dc in next st, fpdc, 2 dc in next] 12 times, join with sl st. (48
6: ch 2, [dc in next st, fpdc, dc in next st, 2 dc in next] 12 times, join with
sl st. (60 sts.)
7-14: ch 2, [dc in next st, fpdc, dc in next 3 sts] 12 times, join with sl st.
15: ch 2, [dc in next st, fpdc, dc in next st, bpdc in next 2 sts] 12 times,
join with sl st. (60 sts.)
Rnd 16-17: ch 2, [bpdc
in next st, fpdc, bpdc in next st, fpdc in next 2 sts] 12 times, join with sl
st. (60 sts.)
Meet Fire Blanket!
I don't know if I have the right to say it, but this may be my favorite thing I've ever made. Ok, this and the rose blanket maybe share the first place. I'm in love with how this turned out! You can make it too, and I have a pattern available on etsy and ravelry.
I used Patons Lace yarn in Bonfire color, and it helps create this ombre effect.
I've made a pattern with many pictures to guide you through the process, so you can easily make one of your own.
After many days and nights of crocheting, taking process pictures, the blanket pattern is finally ready! This one is a reversible blanket with fabric backing (I've used a thin flannel receiving blanket for that).
I'm very happy with the design. The small clean details give it a modern look, which will easily match any nursery. And it is not as difficult to make as it seems. The motifs are made very fast and attached as you go.
The pattern includes many step-by-step pictures! You can find it in my etsy shop.
I find that I buy about 10 times more yarn than I really need at the moment... Are you guilty of this too?
I don't think I will ever change, but I've made this picture big enough for you to save it and print it out or put as a background on your desktop as a reminder of a guilty pleasure we all have :)
As I look at this picture though, all I want is to buy some more yarn.. Weird..
After 4 weeks of being away I am finally back home! I am working on a secret project, which involves strawberries (for my consuming) and green, grey and ivory yarn (for the actual project). What do you think it can be?
I've been working on this blanket and a tutorial for it for a while now, and happy to announce that it is now available for purchase at my etsy shop!
To help you decide what type of yarn to use to make this blanket, I've made a few versions of it. The one on top is made using Patons Grace yarn (100% Mercerized Cotton, light (sport) weight) and G-hook (4 mm).
The blanket below is made using Patons Astra (100% Acrylic, light (DK) weight) and G-hook (4 mm).
I worked extra hard on making this pattern as readable and easy as possible. And even though the official skill level for it is intermediate, I've had a beginner crocheter in mind when I was writing the pattern and taking the pictures for it. I understand that not all the mommies and soon-to-be-mommies have advanced crocheting skills, and may still want to make this beautiful blanket.
Here's a sample of one on the pages of the pattern, for you to have an idea about pattern instructions (the quality of the picture below is intentionally poor):
This blanket is great as a photo prop for a newborn or a baby! It looks great in photos, and just as good in real life! Color combination and possibilities are endless!
I hope you enjoy this blanket as much as I do!
It's been a long time since I posted last, hasn't it? So I decided to start posting again with a free pattern to make up for the time lost.. This is my way of bribing you. :)
The pattern is pretty easy, and I hope you will like it as much as I do. Make it to fit your own phone, as the pattern can be easily changed for custom size (hey, you can even make one for your iPad or laptop).
The phone case is made by working in spiral, and I am warning you that I will be used many words and explanations, aiming this tutorial for beginners, who may be not as familiar with working in spiral.
It has been a while, hasn't it? My life has been very busy lately, and I had to put on hold creating new patterns for now. But the one thing I haven't stop doing is making food. After all, I need to eat to survive :)
I've tried making these beautiful roasted potato spirals, and I just had to share the recipe, because it will turn any plain and simple dinner to fine dining experience at home :)
For 2 people:
8 large white potatoes
4 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dry parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon dry rosemary
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
fresh ground black pepper and sea salt to taste
Preheat oven to 450F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Make potato spirals using spiral cutter, and arrange the spirals into little nests. My mom brought me one a while ago, and frankly I didn't know what to do with it, until I tried cutting a potato with it a few days back. I was absolutely amazed by the beautiful potato ribbon, and here are the results of my experiments. This is what the spiral potato cutter looks like:
All you have to do is to drill this thing into the center of the potato, and keep drilling until you have drilled through the whole thing. Ah, I sound so professional! Apologize my language, please, I only know how to cook, I am not used to writing about cooking yet!
Mix the rest of the ingredients and evenly spread them over potato spirals with silicone basting brush.
Bake potatoes for 25-30 minutes. Enjoy!! I really loved how they turned out, both taste-wise and appearance-wise.
The leftovers of the poor potatoes can be grated, blanched in boiling water for 3 minutes, and frozen in small portions for easy morning hash browns.