Pattern – Mohair shell wristlets

I recently made a pair of teeny tiny wristlets / fingerless mitts in newborn size to go with a shell stitch bonnet I wanted to make. I thought I’d share the pattern with you all.

Level: Intermediate

Yarn: Drops Kid Silk (Light Pink 03)

Guage: 14dc and 15 rows = 4 inches

– single crochet
slst – slip stitch
dc – double crochet
Rnd – round
sk – skip
fsc – foundation single crochet
ch – chain

Special Notes:

Beginning Ch 2 counts as first dc throughout.
You will need to know foundation single crochet for this pattern.
These are only to be used as photography props and babies should never be left alone with them.

Special Stitches:

3 dc
sk 1
1 sc
sk 1

Method (make 2):

Rnd 1:
FSC 15
Join to form a circle (15 stitches)

Rnd 2:
Ch 2
1 dc in same stitch
sk 1 sc
sc in next
sk 1 sc
shell x3
dc in same stitch as first dc (4 shells, 15 stitches)

Rnd 3:
ch 1
1 sc in same stitch
sk 1
shell x3
sk 1
3 dc in next stitch
sk 1
slst to join

Rnd 4:
Repeat rnd 2
Fasten off and weave in ends


Strapless romper – dolls make great props

I’ve had a terrible cold for the past week which has moved to my chest and refuses to shift, this is what I get when the little lady goes to the childminders and mixes in the germ soup! She’s also been teething and cut her 3rd tooth with the 4th not far behind, so very little sleep has been had in our household.

I have however found time to work with some of the lovely mohair I’ve received in the post recently a mix of Rowan Kidsilk Haze and Drops Kidsilk Unicolours. The Drops is a little fluffier than the Rowan, but they are both absolutely lovely to work with. I’m currently making a lilac bonnet to go with a pair of newborn wristlets I made this morning.

I took the little lady to buy some reins last week as she keeps running off in the supermarkets. Whilst we were in the baby shop I spotted a dolly that didn’t look too scary, my Mum has one nicknamed “Chuckie” after the horror film, and as it was on offer thought little lady might like a friend. Turns out the dolly, nicknamed Agnes or Aggie in our household, is the perfect size to model all the lovely things I’ve been making. Here she is modelling a newborn strapless romper in a delicate shell pattern. What do you think?

Newborn mohair lace strapless romper

Baby Bonnets – dreamy mohair and super soft acrylic

Last week we had the first bought of snow for the year. I absolutely love looking out the window and watching a blizzard. Unfortunately, whilst I wondered why there was water coming down our chimney I didn’t think to actually look out the living room window so I missed the whole thing. It wasn’t until I had to get the little lady from the childminders that I realised that it was snow, not rain, that was coming down and hitting the chimney balloon.

First snow of the year in bristol

I’ve been busy over the weekend making some very delicate newborn baby bonnets using Rowan Kidsilk Haze. This delicate yarn works up beautifully using a 5.5mm hook to create gorgeous patterns. I’ve made 3 so far, one in a v-stitch, one in a full shell and another in a shell after the crown. They’re so scrummy and lightweight. I wish I’d made one for the little lady when she was still small, it could have been used as a faux wig as she had no hair whatsoever and they’re snuggly warm too.

Mohair/silk newborn baby bonnet in salmon. Delicate photo prop

Grey shell bonnet in mohair. Incredibly delicate and prefect as a photo prop

I’ve also been making some lovely little 0-3 month hats using Stylecraft Special DK. This yarn is as soft as butter and a delight to work with as far as acrylic goes. It’s my go-to yarn for baby blankets at the moment also and the yarn I’m using for a few throws to go on our beds, although they’ll take me quite awhile to finish.

Cream acrylic baby hat in a lovely soft shell pattern 0-3 months