With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Infant Crochet Leg Warmers & Baby Beanie

Friday, October 4, 2013

Infant Crochet Leg Warmers & Baby Beanie

Our Jamie is expecting a baby boy the end of this month and she asked me to make a pair of leg warmers for him to wear home from the hospital.
I gave some thought to the length of a newborn leg, the diameter of the thigh and ankle and came up with a tiny, cuffed pair to keep those little legs warm. 



Of course, there needs to be a matching beanie for his little noggin and a super soft blanket to swaddle him in.
When I crochet, I tend to figure it out as I go, using what I have in my stash.  Here is what I did and hope you can follow...

Baby Boy Crochet Infant Leg Warmers

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Hook size H

Worsted Weight Yarn in both Variegated and solid colors
(I used Great Value Bernat 100% acrylique, color: Natures Way variegated and Coats & Clark TLC Cotton Plus medium Worsted Color: Cream)

These yarns are medium weight and not as thick as some worsted weight yarns (like Vanna's Choice)  The leg warmers are soft and flexible for a newborn.

Color A: Cream for cuffs
Color B: Variegated for middle of leg warmer

Make 2
Beginning at the bottom of the leg Warmer

With color A (cream), ch 23 loosely

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. ch 1, turn (22 sc)

Row 2: 1 sc in each across. ch 1, turn (22 sc)

Row 3: Working in back loops, sc in each sc across. ch 1, turn (22 sc)

Row 4: Working in both loops, sc in each across. ch 1, turn. (22 sc)

Row 5: sc in each sc across. Change to Color B (Variegated) ; Ch 1, turn (22 sc) (cut thread of color A)

Row 6: sc in each sc across. ch 1, turn (22 sc)

Row 7-10: work even

Row 11: 1 sc in the next 10 sc; 2 sc in the next sc; 1 sc in the next 11 sc. Ch 1, turn (23 sc)

Row 12-19: work even

Row 20: 1 sc in the next 11 sc; 2 sc in the next sc; 1 sc in the next 11 sc. Change to Color A (Cream).  Ch 1, turn (24 sc) Leave a length of yard to sew edge seam.

Row 21: work even (24 sc)

Row 22-23: work even

Row 24: working in front loops, sc in each across. Ch 1, turn (24 sc)

Row 25: working in both loops, work even

Row 26-27: work even. Finish off leaving a length of yarn to sew edge seam

Using a yarn needle threaded with the length of yarn and keeping the top cuff turned down and the bottom cuff turned up, stitch the leg warmer closed.  I matched the yarn when sewing, cream to sew the cuffs and variegated to sew the center.  When finished sewing, knot and clip all ends.

NOTE: this pattern can be made by crocheting in rounds rather than rows eliminating a seam.  This just happens to be the way I crocheted this time, but next time I will work in rounds.

Baby Boy Crochet Infant Cuffed Beanie


A basic baby beanie that is worked in rounds with a cuff in contrasting color and Pom-Pom on top

PRINT PATTERN
Hook size H

Worsted Weight Yarn in both Variegated and solid colors
(I used Great Value Bernat 100% acrylique, color: Natures Way variegated and Coats & Clark TLC Cotton Plus medium Worsted Color: Cream) 

These yarns are medium weight and not as thick as some worsted weight yarns (like Vanna's Choice)

Using Color A (variegated) ch2

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd st from hook, join

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12 sc), join

Rnd 3: ch1, (2 sc in first st, sc in next st), repeat around (18 sc), join

Rnd 4: ch1, (2sc in first st, sc in next 2 st), repeat around (24 sc), join

Rnd 5: ch1, (2sc in first st, sc in next 3 st), repeat around (30 sc), join

Rnd 6: ch1, (2sc in first st, sc in next 4 st), repeat around (36 sc), join

Rnd 7: ch1, (2sc in first st, sc in next 5 st), repeat around (42 sc), join

Rnd 8: ch1, 1 sc in each st around (42 sc), join

Rnd 9: ch1, 1 sc in first 5 st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 20 st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in last 15 st (44 sc), join

Rnd 10: ch1, 1 sc in each st around (44 sc), join

Rnd 11: ch1, 1 sc in first 10 st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 22 st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in last 10 st (46 sc), join

Rnd 12: ch1, 1 sc in each st around (46 sc), join

Rnd 13: ch1, 1 sc in first 15 st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 24 st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in last 5 st (48 sc), join

Rnds 14: ch 1, 1 sc in each st around (48 sc)

Rnd 15: sc in the next 20 stitches, 2 sc in the next stitch, 1 sc in the next 26 stitches, 2 sc in the next  stitch. (50 sc)

Rnd 16-18: ch 1, 1 sc in each st around (50 sc), join.  Change to Color B (cream)

Rnd  19: ch2, 1 sc in each st around (50 sc), join

Rnd 20: ch1, 1 sc in each st around (50 sc), join.

Rnd 21: working in front loops, sc in each stitch around (50 sc)

Rnd 22: working in both loops, sc in each stitch around. (50 sc)

Rnd 23-24: 1 sc in each stitch around (50 sc)

Finish off, knot ends and trim
The beanie is cute all by itself, but I decided to add a pom-pom. Trim as close as you like. I kept this one a little shaggy.
Follow link for Crochet Edge Fleece Blanket How-to
Update: Here is baby Jethro Ross wearing his going home from the hospital outfit

UPDATE
I made another hat and added ear flaps
Adding ear flaps to newborn beanie
I am writing the ear flap instructions from memory as I gave the hat away and can't look at it. Basically you want to do a row of decrease at both ends, then a row of working even.  Continue until you come to a point.  When both ear-flaps are complete, stitch a row of single crochet along the edges to give a finished look.  

You will want the ear flaps to be slightly more toward the back of the hat than the front so use your judgement for placement.

Attach yarn; 6 Single crochet across edge; turn.

Row one:
Ch 1.  sc decrease 1st two stitches, single crochet in next 2 stitches, sc decrease last two stitches. (4)

Row 2:
Chain one turn, single crochet across (4)

Row 3:
ch 1, turn. 2 sc decreases (two)

Row 4:
ch 1. Turn. 2 sc

Row 5:
ch 1 turn. Sc decrease. End off, knot ends and trim.

Attach yarn at brim edge and work a row of sc along ear flap edge to give finished look.  Add braided ties.


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20 comments:

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

You have lightening fast fingers, I am still trying to learn the basic stitch. Picked up some yarn the other day.

He will look smashing in this set and photos.

You are blessed and so is he, with your faith in the Lord, he will never know a day when Christ is not real in his life.

Debbie said...

Good morning! Goodness this is just ADORABLE! LOVE them...they are so sweet. How blessed the new little one will be!

podso said...

Did you feel your blog being jumped on and off this morning? !! We were in our mentor planning meeting and are teaching crocheting next month to our younger women and are probably doing your infinity scarf. Thank you so much for all your inspiration and instructions! And when I turned on your blog and saw this super sweet post with the leg warmers !!! How fun. We all "oohed and ahh-ed." Have a good weekend!

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very cute! Lovin' the pom-pom:@)

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

I love all of the items that you made! Wonderful color combinations!
and they look so soft!

Ann said...

what an adorable set that is. He's going to look so cute in that

Lorrie said...

Oh, so darling. There's going to be a little one coming home from the hospital in February in our family. If this Nana gets going now, she might finish these before then! Thanks for the tutorial.

Blackberry Lane said...

I cannot wait to see him lovingly dressed in these pieces. You are very talented.

lindsey said...

Such a beautiful little set. He will look very snugly in these. How exciting to have a new baby arriving very soon :)

EMMA said...

What a beautiful coming home package, please share pictures of the new baby in all his finery!

Lea said...

Oh, my goodness, if those are not the cutest and he'll be a little Prince all wrapped up in his leg warmers, blankets and beanie. What a treasure!

Happy weekend!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Pretty lady, you are so talented, the Little baby set is adorable and I can see it's meant for a baby boy! Congrats and he is already a bundle of joy! Thank you for your sweet comment, but all the credit goes to my daughter Sofia who orchestrated the entire FC. God bless you.
FABBY

Pondside said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! I would like to make the leg warmers for our tiny granddaughter. So kind of you!

Think Loveliness said...

Thank you so much for sharing the details of the crochet pattern! I would be so glad to have the opportunity to try this out this fall! Crochet is absolutely relaxing and wonderful hobby/art! I'm always so encouraged when I visit your blog, which is why I decided to nominate you for a blog award! Congrats! If you wish to receive it, please come visit me at http://thinkloveliness.blogspot.ca/ God bless you this week~

Vee said...

Oh you are very clever to figure it out as it goes along. That little boy will be nice and warm thanks to a loving grandmother.

Gypsy Heart said...

Absolutely adorable!! You are so talented and creative.

xo
Pat

Debbie Huffaker said...

So very precious....I pinned this for future reference. Of course, if I made everything I've pinned to crochet....I'd have to live to be 1,283 years old and crochet 24/7!!! ;-) Thanks for sharing the pattern!!! HOPE your day is blessed, sweet Lady!

Teresa Aparecida de Aquino Soranso said...

Ficou muito lindo, minha querida! Adorei a cor. Beijos

Iris Cordova said...

Love your blog. Thanks for sharing your amazing work.

carol newman said...

I just discovered your site and love your work. What beautiful and practical ideas! This has become ibe of my new favourite sites! Thank you for posting your ideas for us to see and use!

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