Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Perry Preemie Cocoon




Good morning lovelies!

Wow is this month flying or what! Are you enjoying the new posting schedule? I know I am!
Today's post is a new crochet pattern for a tiny little cocoon to suit 18 weeks gestation. I really do like making these cocoons. Often babies this small simply cannot be dressed, and so having the option of a beautiful cocoon to wrap them in, is pretty important.

Today's cocoon is a simple one that won't take more than a few hours at most. I started with a 50g ball of yarn, and have 29g left, you you'll easily get 2 from one 50g ball.




Perry Cocoon

Sized To Fit:
18 Weeks Gestation

You Will Need:

2.5mm hook
4ply/Fingering Weight yarn
2 buttons
Sewing needle for attaching buttons.

1: Into a magic ring, dc 12 times, join to the first dc. -12 (Alternatively, ch3, 12dc into the first chain, join to the first dc)

2: ch3, 2dc in the same stitch, 2dc in each remaining stitch around, join to the first dc. -24

3: ch3, 2dc in the same stitch, dc in the next stitch. *2dc in the next stitch, dc in the next stitch*, repeat around, join to the first dc. -36

4: ch3, 2dc in the same stitch, dc in the next 2 stitches, *2dc in the next stitch, dc in the next 2 stitches*, repeat around, join to the first dc. -48

5: ch3, skip the first 2 stitches, into the next stitch (2dc, ch1, 2dc), skip the next 2 stitches, dc into the next stitch, *skip the next 2 stitches, (2dc, ch1, 2dc) into the next stitch, skip the next 2 stitches, dc into the next stitch*, repeat around, when you get to the end of the round, do not join. We'll work in rows from here on out.

6: ch3, turn, (2dc, ch1, 2dc) into the next ch1 space, skip the next 2 dc's (part of the shell), bpdc around the next dc, *(2dc, ch1, 2dc) into the next ch1 space, skip the next 2 dc's (part of the shell) bpdc around the next dc*, repeat around, dc into the top of the last dc (the ch3 from previous round)

7: ch3, turn, (2dc, ch1, 2dc) into the next ch1 space, fpdc around the next bpdc, *(2dc, ch1, 2dc) into the next ch1 space, fpdc around the next bpdc*, repeat around, dc into the top of the last dc (the ch3 from previous round)

8: ch3, turn, (2dc, ch1, 2dc) into the next ch1 space, bpdc around the next fpdc, *(2dc, ch1, 2dc) into the next ch1 space, bpdc around the next fpdc*, repeat around, dc into the top of the last dc (the ch3 from previous round)

9-20: Repeat rows 7-8

21: When you finish row 20 do not end, instead, chain 2, then hdc evenly down the side of the opening to the bottom of the opening, then back up the other side. Do not end yet.
Sew buttons into place on the opposite side of the edge you finished row 21 on.

22: ch1, turn sc down the side, when you come to a spot opposite a button, chain (3-8, depending on the size of the button, and slst back into the same stitch the last sc was made in, Continue to sc until you've gone to the bottom of the opening and back up the next side.

Finished Measurements: 
18cm in length
12cm in width


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Play Dough Mats - Gumball Machine



Good morning lovelies!

If there's one thing Master J loves to do more than any other messy activity, it's play dough! He loves to squash it, smash it, pull it, poke it, roll it and jab it! He will happily spend a good 30 minutes totally engrossed in a blob of play dough and a few cookie cutters.

I decided to extent his play with a little educational aspect to it. He might be a little too little yet for a lot of numbers, but it never hurts to start introducing them into his play.

The idea for the gumball machines actually came from Miss L, who helped me design them in Photoshop, and picked out the colours! She has some more ideas, and so do I, so you can expect to see some more throughout the year.



Play dough mats are a fantastic resource for kids. They encourage learning while having fun, and add extra play aspects to their activities. The mats are laminated too, so they can be re-used again and again! Right now, he just has fun putting play dough blobs onto the shadows in the gumball machines, and doesn't seem too concerned about the numbers. He is, after all, only just (as in last week!) 3. But eventually we'll swap them out for a set without the shadows. The set has numbers 1-5, we'll eventually add to 10, but 5 seemed like a good starting point for his age.

We're also going to use them for placing pompoms on with a pair of tweezers, to help with his motor skills!

You can download the set of 5 with shadows HERE and grab the set without the shadows HERE

Simply save, print, laminate and play!