Halloween is coming up and you’re probably trying to figure out what to dress your child up as to go score mommy and daddy some free candy (I mean, to take your babies trick-or-treating *wink wink*). If you’re crafty, you still have plenty of time to make your own costume rather than deal with hectic and crowded stores digging through costumes that aren’t in your little ones’ size.
I don’t have any little ones myself, but my sister-in-law has the most adorable 2 month old baby girl and I was beyond excited when she asked me to crochet her costume for her. She originally saw this adorable baby deer costume on Etsy for sale, but knew that Aunt Nicole would more than likely be thrilled for another excuse to buy yarn. Of course, my luck would have it that I could not find the exact pattern that this woman used to make the costume, so I had to use a few different patterns that I found from ravelry.com. The Baby Deer pattern (which can be found here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/262825107/pattern-deer-crochet-newborn-outfit-baby?ref=shop_home_active_2 ) is written by Brittany Sharp of BeeMineCrochet on Etsy and sells for $5.50 USD. She has a ton of really cute similar patterns, and they are all easy to follow if you are not as versed in reading patterns. The only thing I modified on this pattern was I sewed my tail onto the diaper cover opposite of what she has in the photo—as the white in the tail is usually underneath and points upward. Other than that it was a perfect pattern for me.
As far as the buttons go, I was gifted by a craft-loving friend of mine these specialty buttons that are actually made from antlers—so I thought they would go perfectly with the theme for the costume.
The original Etsy post had shown flowers on the hat filling in the space between the ears and antlers. I found a basic, free pattern for a simple rose (found here). I used this pattern for the rose I made on the hat, as well as the roses on the slippers. However, to get a much smaller rose for the slippers, I only did the first row.
The booties are a pattern I also found on Ravelry.com as free Ravelry download (found here). This was another simple, easy to follow pattern that worked up super quick.
As far as the leaves on the hat, those I kind of just winged myself but were still super easy to do. With any size crochet hook (remembering that hook size will affect the size of your finished product) do the following (and please try to forgive me as this is technically my first ever written pattern):
Dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next 2 ch
Hdc in next ch, Sc 2, Slst in same ch 2x
Sc2, Hdc 1, Dc in next 2
6 dc in last ch, slst to first dc in round.
(You can choose to switch to a darker/accent color as I did or keep the same color)
Ch1, slst all the way around and slst into first slst
Trust me; assembling this costume looks more complex than what it really is. It was super easy and the fact that I found three different patterns to help suit my needs I think makes it a little more unique. The costume did not take long at all to come together, however I tend to start a project and let it sit for a week or so. Nonetheless, it was finished in plenty of time, my sister-in-law absolutely loves it and lil Miss Jenna looks adorable in it. What’s even better is all we have to do is paint her nose red and we have a perfect lil Rudolph costume come Christmas time!