Easter Finger Puppets and Basket – Crochet Pattern

Easter is coming up so early this year, and reading a few posts about Easter gifts for children, it hit me: my baby is old enough for her own first Easter basket. Whaaa?

She is now 13 months, so there won’t be candy in the basket yet, but I have ordered a few cute toys to add. I found these Easter egg shaped shakers that are perfect, as she loves making noises. I also could not help myself ordering a fun bunny board book with sensory parts to feel and explore. Unfortunately, the book has not yet arrived.

Crafty me obviously had to make part of this basket myself. I made the basket with a waffle crochet stitch.

The part I enjoyed making the most, probably because I came up with the pattern myself, are little Easter themed finger puppets. There is a chicken, a lamb and a bunny. Although the lamb looks more like a dog, probably due to how I embroidered the face. Embroidery is not my strong suit 😀

Because this is for a 13 month old, I didn’t want to use Easter grass, and instead used some left over green tulle from a skirt project.

Find the pattern for the basket and finger puppets below the pictures.

Crochet Easter basket with crochet finger puppets and egg shakers
Crochet Easter basket with crochet finger puppets and egg shakers
Crochet Easter finger puppets: Bunny, Chick, and Lamb
Crochet Easter finger puppets: Bunny, Chick, and Lamb
Crochet Easter finger puppets: Lamb, Bunny, and Chick
Crochet Easter finger puppets: Lamb, Bunny, and Chick
Easter egg shaped shakers
Easter egg shaped shakers
Easter egg shaped shakers
Easter egg shaped shakers
Crochet Easter basket with tulle for grass
Crochet Easter basket with tulle for grass
Crochet Easter basket
Crochet Easter basket

Materials

  • Worsted weight yarn in brown,  yellow, and white
    You need about a skein for the basket and just a little for each puppet. For the lamb I used fluffy yarn
  • Bigger hook: crochet hook US size I – 5.5 mm for the basket
  • Smaller hook: crochet hook US size G – 4.25 mm for the puppets
  • Different colors embroidery floss for the faces of the finger puppets (I used black, brown, and orange)

Pattern

Finger Puppets

Body

In the color of whichever animal you are making this for, and with smaller hook.

Row 1: 6 sc into a magic ring. sl into the first stitch to form a circle (6 st)

Row 2: 2 sc into each st (12 st)

Row 3 – 12: sc into each st (12 st)

Fasten off and weave in end.

Ears for the bunny

In brown, and with smaller hook. Make 2.

Row 1: chain 3

Row 2: sc in 2nd ch from hook and following (2 st)

Row 3:  ch 1, turn, sc in each st (2 st)

Row 4: 2 ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st, sc in next st (3 st)

Row 5: ch 1, turn, sc in each st (3 st)

Row 6: ch 1, turn, sc3tog (1 st)

Fasten off and weave in end.

Sew to the top of the bunny body.

Embroider a face.

Ears for the lamb

In white, and with smaller hook. Make 2.

Row 1: chain 3

Row 2: sc in 2nd ch from hook and following (2 st)

Row 3:  ch 1, turn, sc in each st (2 st)

 

Fasten off and weave in end.

Sew to the top of the lamb body.

Embroider a face.

Wings for the chick

In yellow, and with smaller hook. Make 2.

Row 1: chain 4

Row 2: sc in 2nd ch from hook and following (3 st)

Row 3 – 4:  ch 1, turn, sc in each st (3 st)

Row 5: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next st (2 st)

Row 6: ch 1, turn, sctog2 (1 st)

Fasten off and weave in end.

Sew to the sides of the chick body.

Embroider a face.

Easter Basket

Special Stitch – V shape for the waffle pattern

FPtrVstitch:

  • double crochet (dc) in the next stitch but do not pull through the last two loops (2 loops on hook)
  • front post treble crochet (FPtc) around the front post of the dc two stitches back and in row below, but so not finish the tc (3 loops on hook)
  • FPtc around the front post of the dc two stitches ahead in the row below. Finish FPtc by pulling though all remaining loops (4 loops) on the hook

Basket

In brown and with bigger hook.

Row 1: 6 sc into a magic ring. sl into the first stitch to form a circle (6 st)

Row 2:  2 sc into each st (12 st)

Row 3: *sc into one st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (18 st)

Row 4: *sc into 2 st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (24 st)

Row 5: *sc into 3 st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (30 st)

Row 6: *sc into 4 st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (36 st)

Row 7: *sc into 5 st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (42 st)

Row 8: *sc into 6 st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (48 st)

Row 9: *sc into 7 st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (54 st)

Row 10: *sc into 8 st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (60 st)

Row 11: ch 2 (counts as dc from here on), with right side facing, into the back loops only, dc into the next and each following st, sl to chain (60 st)

Row 12:  ch 2, dc in next 2 st, *FPtrVstitch in next st, dc in next 3 st* repeat 9 times from *, FPtrVstitch, sl into chain (60 st)

Row 13:  FPtrVstitch (do a ch 2 instead of the dc in the FPtrVstitch) , dc in next 3 st, *FPtrVstitch in next st, dc in next 3 st* repeat 9 times from *, sl into chain (60 st)

Row 14: repeat row 12

Row 15: repeat row 13

If you want to the basket to be taller you can continue alternating row 12 and 13.

Fasten off and weave in end.

Handle

Row 1: chain 35

Row  2: sc in 2nd ch from hook and all following ch (34 st)

Row 2 sc in each st (34 st)

Fasten off and weave in end.

Sew onto the top of the basket.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. I hope you enjoyed and I would love to hear if you made this basket or these finger puppets <3

Thread Thursday: Sweater Weather

I finally finished a chrochet project again AND started Inktober.
We had family visiting for the first week of October and I got nothing done. But that is totally ok, because I had a wonderful time hanging out with them.
We did a lot of walks in nature ❤

The crocheting I did, is a warm sweater for my little girl. I got some wonderful yarn through a craft party and chose a maritime theme. I pretty much just made up the pattern as I went. The sweater has buttons on the shoulder, but the neckline is so big, it fits over a big baby head without opening the buttons. The arms seem a little short and I may need to add some cuffs at some point. But that is no big deal. I also tried it on my little girl right away, and it fits!

Hoping to get some more inktober in today and another crafty project before next Thursday. Fingers crossed.

Thread Thursday 5: Bonnets & Hats

Last week I finished another bonnet. I used this pattern with the gauge adjustments for a thinner yarn again, like I did for the last bonnet.

Hunny Bunny Bonnet | Free Newborn Size

Then I had my baby shower on the weekend, so there was not much done other than preparing for it.

Then this week I finished a few preemie hats to match the little NICU gowns I wrote about in the last post.

They are super easy and quick and I used this pattern:

Quick Color-Band Preemie Beanie

Now that it is getting close to the baby arriving, there are a few things I want to finish up yet, like a little crochet romper and some sewn onesies from old T-shirts.
Let’s see what I can finish for next weeks post.

Thread Thursday 3: Baby Bonnet

Last week I have finished another crochet project I have been working on: a baby bonnet.

I used my favorite yarn, the Woolike from Loops & Threads in charcoal. It is a super fine yarn (size 1) and super soft.
The pattern I used is this one:
Now, normally it is possible to adjust the hook size to get the gauge of the pattern but the yarn weight used in the pattern is so much different than the one I used, so I had a different approach.
Instead, I used the hook size recommended for my yarn and made a swatch to figure out the gauge for a 4″ x 4″ square (10 x 10 cm). Then I converted the whole pattern to this gauge, which means I had to add stitches as well as rows based on the ratio of my gauge stitches to the pattern stitches and my gauge’s rows to the pattern’s gauge’s rows.
I think it turned out great, however I am not sure for which age this was for. It does not say in the pattern. I guess once the baby is there I just have to try it on 🙂
It measures 7″ x 7″ so maybe a 6 to 9 month?
For the next post I have a bunch of things and it may even turn into two more posts.
I was busy cutting fabric for a few patterns and now working on sewing them all.
Here a pic of the cut fabric – a bunch of work 😀
Plus I am working on another fun project with sharpies and rubbing alcohol, as well as another bonnet. Yeah, I know, I cannot have less than 3 projects going at once, lol.
Thanks for reading. Hope
 you come back for the next post.

Thread Thursday 2 – Fluffy Polar Bear Jacket

Ok this post is pretty late but still on Thursday.
Just in time I finished my latest crochet project: a fluffy polar bear jacket for the baby.
I used Bernat Pipsqueak yarn in the color vanilla. Guys, it is amazingly soft and fluffy. I just want to cuddle it all day. This will be so great on the baby.

I used this pattern for a romper because I wanted to make it as a romper first.
B25-34 Baby Blues pattern by DROPS design
But after starting I felt it was more like a jacket and stopped right before making the legs.
I also added a hood based on the measurement from another pattern.
Three Way Baby Sweater
However because the yarn is so much thicker than the yarns used in either of these patterns I had to calculate quite a bit. To do that I converted the gauges on each into stitches per inch, made a gauge pattern for the Bernats yarn to also get stitches per inch and then used this to calculate how many stitches and rows I would need for each section of the pattern.
That was quite some modification. I also made sure to always measure the piece regularly.
Luckily the main pattern also provides a drawing of the measurements in inches and centimeters.
Very helpful.

Then I added some ears and a little tail to round the look of a polar bear 🙂
I just kinda winged those. Isn’t it cute?
So the only thing missing on this one are the buttons which I need to buy yet.
I’ll add a picture with the buttons once I have them.

Thread Thursday 1 – December 2016 recap

I have been sewing and crocheting a few things lately. Especially in anticipation of the new baby.
Because of that and because I like the alliteration with days for blog posts, I am starting Thread Thursdays. 🙂

For the first one I am doing a recap of the projects I have done in December 2016 that I have not posted about yet.

Baby Crochet Cardigan & Vest

I created two pieces from patterns off this book:
Crochet One-Skein Wonders® for Babies: 101 Projects for Infants & Toddlers
They turned out very cute. The cardigan is from finer yarn and I used some wooden beads as buttons.

The vest is from a yarn I salvaged off an old sweater I didn’t like. I had some cute buttons with an eagle on it that give it a nautical / navy feel.

Harry Potter Robe

In December, I went to a Harry Potter themed Yule ball with a friend and we HAD to have Harry Potter robes.
I used a Jedi robe pattern and added a stipe of colored lining for the front as well as lining for the hood.
Here the robe pattern:

Rebel Legion :: View topic – Jedi Master’s Robe Tutorial, by EeanLedgor

The colors were matching with the houses we each prefer.
I picked Ravenclaw and my friend picked Hufflepuff.
We also bought some patches to iron onto the front of the robes:

Set of 4 Hogwarts House Crests Robe Emblems Harry Potter Iron On Applique Patch

Here some pics of the robes in action.

NYE outfit & Leggings

Lastly, I also did two projects were I traced the pattern from clothes I had.
The first one is leggings, for which I used some interesting fabric left over from a past Halloween that looked like a mermaid tail.
So of course I called them mermaid leggings J
Here the leggings with detail of the fabric and how they look worn.
I also made an outfit for New Years. It had a tulle skirt which I made by cutting the tulle bottom of a dress that I thrifted but did not fit and using some of the top fabric as the waist band.
It is glittery, yay. I also made a top in silver knit fabric but then decided to wear the original black top I traced it from because I could not wear the really high heeled silver shoes I had being pregnant and such, lol.
But  I will surely wear it some other occasion or if I get some silver or nude flats.

And that was the recap! Hope you enjoyed it.

Future Projects

Currently I am working on more sewing and crocheting projects for the baby. I will show the results in the next weeks.

Tiny Tiny Crochet Things

I think crocheting and looking forward to our little human is something very comforting right now.
However things will go, I will make sure she will be born into a nest of warmth and love.

I made a few items for a newborn set, which she can wear when she comes to this world.
And I used these patterns:

Newborn Socks

Newborn Baby Socks – The Yarn Box

Newborn Hat and Mittens

These are from a book from the library so I do not have the link directly to the pattern.
Right now I am working on a cardigan for a 12 to 18 month old from the same book with the same yarn.

Crochet One-Skein Wonders® for Babies: 101 Projects for Infants & Toddlers

But I will have to spend most of next week making Christmas cards. Yes, you heard right, Christmas.
Time flies and some of the international main takes a little longer.