Ready for football season?!?!?! Wow, can you believe it’s here? Tons of Red Heart free patterns can easily be turned into sporty themes with just the change of a color, an added applique or an embroider here and there…just use your imagination!
A friend from college just had her first baby boy a few weeks ago. She asked if I would make Brennan a football diaper cover and hat. How could I say no??? Newborn photography props are my FAV!!!!!! I searched RedHeart.com for a diaper cover and came across the Cutie Blue Bird Hat & Diaper Cover pattern. I’ve used this pattern before to make the bird hat but hadn’t tried the diaper cover yet. So I thought this pattern will do!
This pattern uses a 5.5mm [US I-9] size crochet hook and the smallest diaper cover this pattern makes is 3 month size so I decided to use a smaller hook, a 4.00mm [US G-6], to make a newborn size.
Here is what the diaper cover will look like before the edging.
Then, I changed colors for the edging.
I sewed the sides to the center and decided not to use buttons.
Now comes the time to embroider the football stitches to the center back of the diaper cover. HOW CUTE!
On to the hat…I used the same hook as before, a 4.00mm [US G-6].
I changed colors at Round 6.
Then changed back to the original color at Round 7.
I changed colors again at Round 11.
Then back to the original color.
Then I completed the right ear flap.
Then the left ear flap.
Then the edging which makes the long straps.
Weave in your ends and embroider the football stitches in the center of the hat and there you have the football diaper cover and hat.
I thought I’d add a crocheted football to the baby set. Red Heart’s Young Athlete Blanket and Rattles pattern gives you directions on how to make a football, baseball and basketball along with those sporty appliques added to the blanket. I’ve added this pattern to my Red Heart Favorites! I know I’ll be referring to it a lot in the future!
You can add a rattle mechanism inside the football but I decided not to and added just a little extra stuffing instead. Click here for the pattern directions and scroll to find the section on how to make the football or read below. Refer to the pattern for the specifics on gauge, yarn, hook size, etc.
With hook size appropriate to this section and B, ch 30; being careful not to twist ch, join with slip st in first ch.
Round 1: Working in back bumps, sc in each ch around-—30 sc. Place marker for beginning of round and move marker up as each round is completed.
Rounds 2–4: Sc in each st around.
Round 5: *Sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog; repeat from * around; change to C at end of round—24 sc. Drop, but do not cut, B.
Rounds 6 and 7: Sc in each st around; change to B at end of Round 7. Cut C.
Round 8: *Sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog; repeat from * around—18 sts.
Round 9: Sc in each st around.
Round 10: *Sc in next st, sc2tog; repeat from * around—12 sts.
Round 11: *Sc2tog; repeat from * around—6 sts. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Weave tail through last round and pull gently to close opening. Secure tail and weave in end.
Round 12: Working in opposite side of foundation ch, join B with slip st to first ch, ch 1, sc in each ch around—30 sc. Place marker for beginning of round and move marker up as each round is completed.
Rounds 13 and 14: Sc in each st around.
Rounds 15–21: Repeat Rounds 5–11, inserting rattle mechanism and adding stuffing as you go before opening becomes too small.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Weave tail through last round and pull gently to close opening. Secure tail and weave in end. With 2 strands of C held together, embroider laces on football between Rounds 6 and 16
As you can see, the football is no where near perfect but it’s still cute. I pulled a little too tight on the foundation chain (which is in the center of the football). I’ll know to go a little looser next time…I think I was just super excited to find a cute football pattern, I couldn’t wait to start it. ;)
And there you have it…a newborn football set.
Check out how sweet, precious, cute, adorable, darling (the list goes on) he is…omg I could eat him up!!!