My oldest kiddo, soon to be 5 years, has always loved playing with her baby dolls and lately has wanted all the accessories for them. We’re talking cradle, stroller, shopping cart, car seat, all of it. Well like most parents we aren’t made of money so of course I turn to my crafty side to create cheap alternatives!
So what could I make? I’ve started with a baby carrier. (Maybe a cradle/bassinet will be in the works soon 😉) This pattern is simple, using basic stitches and easy construction, it can easily be adjusted for a smaller/larger child. For reference my kiddo is currently in 4T/5T clothing.
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- RHSS stripes, you will use less than one skein (you can also use whatever yarn you’d like, this pattern is a great guide for simple construction. Just get out your measuring tape! OR just grab your kid and wrap them as you go <- tried and true method ha!)
- 5 mm hook
- Tapestry needle
Ch 1 and ch 2 do not count as stitches
FSC- foundation single crochet, if you are not familiar with this stitch check out this great tutorial at Moogly Blog. I suggest using the FSC as it will give the bottom band a good stretchy-ness to it!
Row 1: FSC 100, or ch 101, sc in 2nd ch from hook and sc 100 across
Row 2-4: ch 1, sc 100
Feel free to add more rows if you’d like a wider band. You can also adjust your starting chain to make the band longer, just make sure to place your body of the carrier close to the middle.
Count 38 stitches and place a stitch marker (or yarn scrap) to mark your place. Count 24 more stitches and place another marker. Your 100 sc should be split 38, 24,38.
You can make the body wider as well! These numbers are what fit my kiddo pretty well and can serve as a guide for you to create your own version.
Row 1: Attach yarn to one of your marked stitches with a slst and ch2, hdc in same st, 23 hdc, ch2, turn (24 hdc total, and you can remove your markers)
Row 2-19: 24 hdc, ch2, turn
Once again, you can continue these rows to make the body of the carrier taller.
Arm Straps (make 2):
Row 1: ch 6, sc in the 2nd ch from hook, 5 sc, ch1, turn
Row 2-38: 5 sc, ch1, turn
A good addition to add to this carrier would be an extra, longer strap to tie in the back to the arms to prevent them from slipping off. My daughter refused this idea completely (shes a sassy one)
Take your arms straps, try not to twist them (I totally did when attaching one and had to take it back off), and attach them to the top corners of the body of the carrier. Then attach the bottoms ends about 5-7 rows down from the top. Weave in all ends!
I hope you have fun with this pattern! Our Ana Banana sure has, and she even picked out her rainbow yarn 🙂
** Not intended to carry actual children, this is meant for toys only! **
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