It’s Halloween season again, and you just KNOW I’m over here doing the most for costumes!
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Listen. Mythical creatures are kinda my thing when it comes to costumes. What is the phrase? “Be you, unless you can be a Unicorn, and then be a Unicorn!”
It should come as no surprise that my children feel the same way I do! Each year a request is made for something outlandish to be crocheted!
And I mean. I can’t exactly say no…
This project is made in Bernat Blanket which is a Level 6 super bulky fleece yarn.
For all sizes you will need 2 skeins of the Whipped Cream color, a partial skein of “Dark Grey” for the hooves and horn, and a partial skein of “Ocean Shades” for the mane and tail! But there are a ton of shades to try! All of them would make amazing costumes!
This costume is stitches flat and then seamed together. You can use any method you like, but I like to use a simple Whip Stitch to get it done quick, and it creates a pretty ridge along the edges!
I don’t know if I’m the first to use the method I use for making the mane and tail, but I couldn’t find anything about it when I was searching around. So I created a 21 photo step by step tutorial walking through each movement to accomplish it! This method can be used in so many ways in different patterns, so I hope you have fun playing around with it after you get the hang of it!
Before I’m done I wanted to offer some insights into other yarns that can be used for this pattern. When I was first starting to read patterns I never could figure out the yarn weights and what was the same as another or different! So I will list a few yarns I think would be gorgeous in this pattern!
You know I love me some Lion Brand. And Hometown USA is a great Super Bulky yarn!
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I am pleased, proud, and filled with joy as I announce the release of my first costume, the pattern that started my journey to designing my own crochet patterns, and my first pattern with multiple sizes!!!
I printed the pattern a couple days ago and I just stood there looking at it. I feel so proud of the work I have done and the effort I put into this design. I knew it was special from the first time I put it on my baby 8 years ago, and to be ready to share the entire pattern with all of you is filling my heart to overflowing!!! (IMNOTCRYINGOKITOTALLYAM)
Lets talk a little about the features of the pattern. I’m not one for plain stitch patterns, but I love a nice close weave. Choosing a textured stitch that was interesting to make, but easy to remember was key to the design.
I also wanted to create the structure of the costume it’s self to be easier for the baby to get in and out of than the costumes I was seeing at the time (lets be honest. This trend is not getting any better). Who came up with the idea of shoving a baby through a hole between a hood and zipper? or worse yet, one covered in scratchy Velcro! Like, do they even know that babies are basically tiny wiggly wolverines with chubby sausage legs and SUPER SENSITIVE SKIN?
I love the idea of invisible finishes. I think it elevates designs so beautifully when functional things are worked in such a way that you don’t notice them. I chose to hide the zipper under two rows of spikes to create a beautiful finished and professional looking garment without the hassle and stress of trying to perfectly hide a zipper.
Protecting my baby’s back and making sure he didn’t get caught in the zipper was also forefront in my goals with the design. Enter a zipper guard to save the day! Not only is it easy to slip the baby through the large zipper opening, but it can be closed without worry and won’t scratch their tender skin.
My next concern was that I lived in a very cold climate. The idea of taking my 6 month old out on Halloween night was a huge concern. I chose a thick yarn that created a stable fabric, was great for stitch definition (Gotta show off that texture!!!), would keep the little one cozy warm, and (BONUS ROUND) worked up pretty fast!
Worsted weight yarn is the perfect yarn for this! It was a match made in heaven then and still knocks my socks off now (and I have made 50 of these dragon costumes in the last 8 years)!
Let’s talk substitutions real quick. Not everyone has the same set of problems, right? While I needed something to keep my little man toasty warm, it can be a bit much if you live where it’s still 70’s or 80’s (BTW I’m very jealous). The great thing about worsted weight yarns is that there are a LOT of options. I used a soft acrylic (I’m allergic to wool or I would have gone with that!), but there are several brands that offer cotton yarns (this is a particularly good one, IMO) and Bamboo yarns that would work great for this pattern, and will give it a lighter and airier feel! And don’t worry. You will still feel like you are carrying around a giant stuffed dragon.
The pattern has a full list of information on how to alter the design to best fit the little one and your needs. I walk you through all the alterations you can make and when to do them!
Make sure you check out the free pattern for a candy basket! Trick or treating or not you definitely want to have this lil’ cutie! The best thing about an Egg Basket is it can be used on Halloween for a trick or treating basket, AND used on Easter!!! And it’s even themed properly for the occasion!!!
I wanted to pop on today and share a little bit about my pattern coming out next week! The Baby Dragon Costume. This project has been a long term passion for me, and I am so pleased, proud, and excited to be bringing it full circle and releasing this pattern!
A little history, and the story behind the Dragon.
I am the middle child in a family of 5 and I spent most of my time in middle school, high school, and even into my college years taking care of the younger two. They were quite a bit younger which meant they thought I was super cool and funny (Hello confidence booster!).
One of our favorite games to play in the summertime was that I was a baby water dragon who would chase them around the yard shouting “I’m the baby Dragon!” while attacking them with hose water.
Side note: Did you know you aren’t supposed to drink water from the hose anymore? Because (in my best old lady voice) back in MY day, we totally did that sort of thing.
Fast forward quite a few years and I was having my son, whom we named Drake (which means Dragon in old English), and I was already thinking about his first Halloween costume. Gleefully, I trapesed off to Michael’s to find some yarn and I freaked when I found a gorgeous Kelly green. My maiden name is Greene, I’m Irish, AND Dragons are my favorite creatures! It was perfection!!!
I hadn’t ever designed crochet clothes but I had designed sewing patterns a few years before. I used that knowledge of deconstructing clothing into its pieces to learn how to assemble this. The whole time I was making it I kept thinking “Wouldn’t it be cool to sell these?” Two years later I did just that. And I’ve been spending my falls making these costumes since! I have made nearly 50 of them in the last 6 years. And I still sigh with deep contentment each time I begin.
This pattern was a culmination of so much of my heart and life. I will always cherish it as something special. Are we allowed to pick favorites? It’s definitely my favorite!!!
Earlier this year I took the plunge and learned how to write crochet patterns. I had a fun idea for a sweet little toy so I took my first little jump into the world of crochet patterns. I knew The Baby Dragon was going to be close on its heels. This needs to be out in the world!
The costume is going live on Saturday the 17th of October! That’s less than one week, friends! The sizes on the initial pattern will be for newborn to 24 months with information on sizing adjustments! And I WILL be adding more sizes!!! This will be the first pattern I size up to adult sizes, so stay tuned for that if you want to make a costume for a bigger kid or for yourself! The possibilities are going to be ENDLESS!!!!
Book mark the blog, or come back on Saturday for a freebie make that goes hand it hand with the costume for halloween night!
Now that you know the history of my favorite animal, I want to know yours! Drop below and tell me your very favorite. Real or make-believe!