Since this was the requested shower theme I have no idea if they are going to decorate the nursery on this theme or not, but either way I think the parents will love the set. Plus when the baby grows out of them they will look really cute on a stuffed animal, so there is a function on them after the newborn stage, too. (Or at least this is what I'm telling myself!)
I am knitting the hat in KnitPicks Wool of the Andes yarn in Red and White with a size H hook. The pattern calls for an I hook but I liked the gauge from the owl newborn hats that I know fit Lucky as a newborn.
So I am mostly self taught when it comes to crochet, and I have a question... am I doing something wrong? The beginning of my rows when I am not doing a spiral go off at an angle. Is this the way it is supposed to happen?
The ruler is in the photo to help show where the diagonal.
I finished up the hat in an afternoon. I love a fast little project, especially when it is helping me use up some yarn from my stash! I will wait until the morning to start the bow tie, although that also looks like a simple project.
I didn't worry too much about counting rows for the bow tie prop. I'm glad that there is no neck piece because this really is just a photo prop and the parents can rig something up if they want to for when the baby is older (or to secure it to a stuffed animal.)
I learned something cool as I was making these pieces. I don't mind short crochet pieces with a lot of back and forths. This is much easier to do than a 3 stitch wide knit flat piece for some reason. (Although I would knit backwards for something like that.)
In the end I used 33 g (73 yards) of red yarn and 18 g (40 yards) of white yarn. Only 7 g of the red were needed to create the bow. I really like the natural curl in the tie that happened from the crochet fabric. I could have blocked it if I wanted to remove it, but I think that the curl brings movement to the piece, and we know that the Cat in the Hat is a creature of movement!
This is a cute and fun little set. I hope that the mama- and dada-to-be send me some cute pictures of my new cousin-in-law-once-removed (aka Lucky's second cousin) in the set.