This is a crochet pattern review of the Boho Baby Bib designed by Ashley Stallsworth of A Crafty Concept. Reviewed by Carrie of Mountain Mama Crochet for EyeLoveKnots.
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Carrie from Mountain Momma Crochet here! Welcome to my first official blog post for Cre8tion Crochet. I hope you enjoy this assessment of the Boho Baby Bib.
I’m here to testify that not all cotton yarn is the same. Can I get a witness?
If you are like me, you have made several projects that call for cotton yarn. Sometimes we shop online, other times we raid our stash, or maybe we make a trip to the local craft store to ‘pet’ the yarn. No matter the preferred method of acquiring yarn for the make, one thing is certain. Not all cotton yarn is as pliable as others, lays as well, or comes out of the wash as we would like.
My first market is in less than a month. Enter panic mode! Boho is still popular, baby items are generally a good idea for holiday gifts, and since they are normally small, most assumptions point to a quick make. Ashley Stallsworth of A Crafty Concept to the rescue. Maybe your first question is – how did you find A Crafty Concept? Pinterest. While Google search or other engines might be helpful to find patterns and makers, I often use Pinterest to find specific items of interest for a variety of topics. Crochet is no different. Makers normally create pins for their patterns on Pinterest, which can drive traffic to Etsy or other websites.
This make uses a bobble stitch, strategically placed throughout the pattern to create texture. As a MiMi, that texture means that any food or dribble is subject to be caught before falling on clothes, reducing the number of clothing changes. But really, for any mom looking for a cute accessory, this is definitely one to consider. This picture shows an antique-looking button. What it doesn’t show is the optional fringe for the bottom of the bib.
Who doesn’t love matching makes? You can see the hint of a Boho Rattle in the picture. This pattern is also available on the A Crafty Concept Blog, and titled Rainbow Baby Rattle. The rattle pattern calls for color changes, which can be paired with a matching bib.
This pattern instructs to use the back ‘bump’ of the foundation chain, which I’m accustomed to, in order to build the first row. Even when patterns do not instruct this method, I often use it to make the beginning row look tidier. Using the back bump decreases any visible holes or gapes in the first row, no matter if your tension is tight or loose. There are several things a ‘hooker’ can do when creating to make clean edges and turns. We all know that in most instances, CH 1 and turn is interchangeable with turn and CH 1. You might have your preferences and even find that most designers, bloggers, or YouTube tutorials have an opinion. In my opinion, this decision should be based on how ‘neat’ you complete either of those options. We all know what the ‘dreaded bump’ can look like when switching to the next row. The ability to create a neater transition to the next row comes with time and a lot of practice.
As with all patterns, count your stitches. With square or rectangle makes, it’s often easy to spot when there are missing or extra stitches. The increases set up the following rows to create the bobbles. If your numbers are off, you’ll have to rip out your progress and figure out the misstep, and sometimes it might take you two rows deep to correct. Who wants that?
Now, let’s talk about yarn. Cotton yarn. Most of us have a love/hate relationship with cotton yarn. If you are in the minority that does not bat an eye at using cotton yarn, hang with me for a minute. There are those of us who tend to crochet a little tighter when using cotton. We experience hand/arm cramps and can often get frustrated, especially when we have to rip out previous rows (probably from failing to count as mentioned above) – which can make the yarn look stretched. Do you see where we are headed with this? And – if the cotton yarn is not 100% cotton, the secondary fiber might have a big impact on how neat our finished make turns out. I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve started a new skein of yarn to avoid my stitches looking stretched when I’ve had to rework rows or stitches. Guilty of this too? You are my people.
Every pattern, when worked for the first time, can feel awkward or time-consuming. This one didn’t, for the most part. I had one hiccup where I didn’t follow my own advice. Picture it, Sicily… I’m in the car, long road trip to Florida. I’m going pretty quickly through the pattern. I get to a bobble row and wham. Yup. You guessed it. My count was off. Had to rip out the previous row or two in order to get it right. The main point of this paragraph: My previous advice about counting has foundation, learn from it grasshopper.
The pattern itself is well written. I used the free version, accessible on A Crafty Concept blog. There are plenty of tips and suggestions for YouTube tutorials to become familiar with things you might have trouble with if you are a beginner. More experienced crocheters should have little to no issues creating this item. Even if you are new to crochet, Ashley provides plenty of resources to help you be successful.
What Supplies Do I Need to Crochet a Baby Bib?
- 2-3 oz. of Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton (100% Cotton Yarn) in Bruschetta [orange] and Serene Spa [minty green]
- G6/4mm Tulip Crochet Hook (sometimes my Clover Amour)
- 1/2 inch button
- Coordinating thread to sew on button
- Needle (two sizes; one with an eye big enough for yarn and the other for embroidery floss)
- Boho Baby Bib Crochet Pattern (Free Version) or (Paid Version) from A Crafty Concept
For the Boho Baby Bib, I used the yarn recommended by the designer for a few different reasons. Ashley uses I Love This Cotton by Hobby Lobby. First, I love the fact that there are 2,567 color choices. Well. Maybe not that many, but certainly a lot more than other lines of yarn offer for 100% cotton. You can immediately come up with any color combinations in a flash. Neutral, blush, and bold tones offer so much variety and creative possibilities.
Some of the colors I selected for the bib (and by extension the rattle): 308 – Pewter, 22 – Serene Spa, 18 – Bruschetta, 310 – Dove, 40 – Sage, 95 – Antique Cream, 306 – Dark Denim
For markets, I’m also going with popular color palettes like local football teams. After all, it is football season and we all know super fans who love to show team spirit any way they can. Consider pairing colors for the matching rattle in this way also, if you decide to try out that pattern. Will probably be pretty popular. I hope to find out in next month’s market.
Yarn substitutions? Shouldn’t be an issue here. I’d recommend checking out yarnsub.com if you’d like an alternative to I Love This Cotton. Be weary of anything other than 100% cotton. Remember this make is for a little, so they’ll probably have it in their mouth. As an example, there is another line of cotton yarn that is mixed with linen. I’ve noticed it has little fly away fibers that might be troublesome for little mouths.
How Long Does it Take to Crochet a Baby Bib?
Less than two hours. This assessment depends completely on your skill level and how comfortable you are with the stitches used and of course – the number of interruptions.
6.25″ at widest point
4.75″ top of bib to bottom
7″ strap to bottom
The free pattern doesn’t mention gauge. I’m not sure if the paid pattern might have that tidbit of information. Gauge shouldn’t be an issue as the yarn suggests using a 5.5 mm hook and the pattern calls for a G6/4mm hook. Please don’t mistake this statement to mean that gauge is not important for other patterns. It most certainly is. If you’ve ever crocheted a beanie, you know exactly what I mean. But as written in pattern, you can see my measurements above.
Special stitches to understand:
- Foundation Single Crochet (used to make the strap)
So, what do I mean when I say coordinating thread? My personal preference for this make is to use embroidery thread, for a few reasons.
- Lots of shades to pick from
- Available just about anywhere you buy yarn
- Can be purchased online
No matter how many strands are in the floss, I use the entire strand. Reasons? Sturdiness, looks neater, and personal preference. If you wanted to stretch out your purchase, I wouldn’t recommend going any farther than splitting the initial strand in two (example: 8 strands = 4 strands).
I also found buttons at Hobby Lobby. It was nice to be able to hold the button next to the skein of yarn to picture how they might look together. As for the embroidery thread, you have to thank a friend of mine named Becky. She gifted me two or three large organizers of embroidery thread. I was able to find matching shades with no problem with the colors I’ve used making these bibs.
Here’s a close-up of the embroidery floss and the buttons used for the bibs pictured above.
If you’ve stayed with me this far, I’d like to thank you. This is my first official blog post. Definitely a new experience for me. I decided to write the blog post exactly how I’d want to read about making a pattern for the first time. A little sassy but a good read, I hope. You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok (mountainmommacrochet). Feel free to check me out and give me a follow.
I’d like to thank Cre8tion Crochet for the opportunity to reach out to a larger audience and for the experience of getting to place some thoughts onto digital paper.
Carrie of Mountain Momma Crochet
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