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My Husband Crocheted These Outfits For Our Baby?!

Thank you for crocheting this pretty dress, Daddy!

Thank you for crocheting this pretty dress, Daddy!

My husband Colin crochets. Swoon! In the months leading up to the birth of our second child, Colin crocheted for hours on end, day upon day, spinning a wee wardrobe in perfect stitches, and letting the thread’s pull ease our growing nervousness about becoming DOUBLE parents.

Husband-crocheted hat, blanket, and booties.

Husband-crocheted hat, blanket, and booties.

Our sweet and chunky baby is now four months old, and we finally have our feet under us enough to do the fashion photo shoot of all Colin’s crocheted creations: Two hats, one dress, a blanket, a pair of booties, and my guy’s magnum opus, a huge purple star-shaped bunting that took FIVE skeins of yarn and roughly four billion hours to complete.

Colin crocheting the star bunting while cuddling the baby.

Colin crocheting the star bunting while cuddling the baby, pattern on the iPad.

This "Star Bunting" took so long to finish!

At last the star was finished!

The Star Bunting in action. "Um, Daddy?"

“Um, Daddy? This star bunting is out of control.”

For those of you out there wishing to crochet away your stresses, too, here are Colin’s top tips for success. (I crochet, too, so these suggestions are from me as well!)

First, choose an ombre yarn: a yarn that changes color every few inches, as shown in every item here. Ombres automatically add pizzaz to your project without the stresses of changing skeins. Also, select machine-washable yarn if you have any desire to use the finished item with the spit-up-factories we call “babies.” (Click here to see an example of washable ombre yarn on Amazon.)

Our toddler modeling the hat his Daddy crocheted.

Our toddler modeling the ombre hat that his Daddy and Mommy crocheted together.

Second, you don’t need to spend money on a crochet pattern (though this animal hat pattern book makes me grin) since the internet is jolly with instructions on how to craft most anything.

I have a hazy memory from the first few hours of going into labor with Joya: Colin showing me pictures of different hat styles on his computer and asking which I preferred. I believe I answered, “I’M IN LABOR! PICK IT YOURSELF!!!” Here’s a photo of the hat my beloved ended up creating. Wow!

Check out the meticulous stitches on this hat.

Check out the meticulous stitches on the hat Colin made.

Third, opt for ergonomic, padded crochet hooks. Crocheting can be tiring on the “fingies” (as our toddler calls them), and heaven knows you’ll need to conserve finger strength for endless diaper changes!

In all seriousness, though, these special hooks are worth it and will make your crochet journey happier. (Click here to see nice deals on ergonomic hooks. I wish we’d bought our hooks there because we paid a whole lot more than that!)

How did he make the ruffles on this hat?

How did Daddy make the ruffles on this hat?

Fourth, let’s be real: You may crochet the best dress or booties (or in this case, star bunting) in the world, and it’s possible it will never get worn. In fact, the more beautiful and time-intensive a crafted item is, the less likely a harried parent usually is to put his or her baby into it!

But that’s fine. Just embrace the truth that it’s the creation of the item and the presenting of it that holds the magic.

Stunning detail of Devi's crocheted hat.

Stunning detail of Devi’s crocheted cap (and his pretty eyelashes).

Our baby may have spent exactly three minutes in the star bunting before she outgrew it, but the hours it took for Colin to loop it all together were blessings of peace. Plus, the guffaws we’ll continue to have, looking at that photo of star bunting Joya will buoy us through many years to come!

Your crocheting makes me happy, Daddy!

Your crocheting makes me happy, Daddy!

So what about you? Do you enjoy crocheting or another craft? What’s your take on creating items for babies and toddlers to wear? Do share!

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Harry

Sunday 7th of August 2016

Wow. This has got me thinking and also provided me with ideas what I consider doing for my children in the near future. I can't imagine crocheting an entire attire. I will enroll for lectures soon.

Lillie

Sunday 7th of August 2016

Hehe -- you can just find a YouTube video to show you how!

riley

Sunday 17th of July 2016

Ohhh my God! Those are really adorable as your baby. Your a lucky one and you deserve that. I couldn't help but notice that cute head band cause I got some for my daughter and they just looks the same. Anyway I would love to have some of those outfits for my daughter as well.

Dave

Wednesday 6th of July 2016

So cool! The public demands more adorable Joya bunting pics :)

Lillie

Friday 8th of July 2016

The bunting!!!! I took a bunch more photos of it, but didn't want to be too redundant. Maybe it will make a surprise cameo in a later article?

Patricia Ritz

Tuesday 5th of July 2016

Colin, I'm so impressed! I had to really convince the boys to attend my free crochet class after school when I was teaching elementary school art. The girls were no problem (they saw me crocheting booties whenever a teacher was having a baby). I told them that my very manly father could sew and crochet and that what did they think fishermen did when they were out at sea and their nets ripped? Crochet on, my friend, your work is inspiring! (ps - join Ravelry; they have lots of free patterns) https://www.ravelry.com/account/login

Lillie

Tuesday 5th of July 2016

Love this, Patricia! Thanks!

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