Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Toddler Bibs

Even toddlers need bibs sometimes, that is if you don't want them staining their good clothes learning to feed themselves. Those little infant bibs won't do the job. I crocheted these just for that reason, with Bernat Cottontots--the softest cotton yarn on the market! I have not washed them, and I suspect they will shrink as most all cotton fabrics do. They were made similar to the baby bib pattern you can download for free on the Bernat website. I just increased the starting width, and the length. I also used the "seed stitch", (sc, ch-1, skip next st; sc, ch-1, skip next st...) I like this stitch better than sc in each sc because it makes for a less bulky bib.
The heart, is "tapestry crochet" of which I am terrible at! I was using scrap yarn, and running out, so I gave it a go with this heart. After all, bibs eventually end up stained and in the trash anyway--so what if it isn't perfect? The flower is just your standard 5 petal flower, with a little embroidery (embroidery is also not a talent of mine). I used velcro for closure. On the last bibs I made I used huge snaps, so the velcro wouldn't cling to everything in the wash. Trouble was they were so secure it was hard to get the bib off the baby's neck.

If you want to make a useful baby gift, go for the all-cotton bibs!

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