Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sweet & Simple Baby Crochet

When I was asked to join the blog tour for Sweet & Simple Baby Crochet, by Kristi Simpson, and perhaps review the book, I said "Absolutely!" I love crocheting for babies - anything from hats to afghans to swaddles (I usually call them buntings, some call them cocoons) , and I always need new ideas and projects. I don't know about you, but there always seems to be babies among my family and friends - and they always need a present or two or three. And now that Sparkle Season is getting nearer, the need for quick, cute presents is growing. And time is growing shorter and shorter. So quick projects, in worsted weight or bulkier yarns, are a necessity. And this book - Sweet & Simple Baby Crochet - is full of these kinds of projects.

You can make all sorts of projects, and put them in your Baby Gift Closet for safekeeping, until you need them. The one above, on the cover of the book, is called Elephant Ears Beanie. Can't you just see the cuteness of it! Perfect for a baby picture. 
Here are some more designs for you to crochet:

I think this one, the Fruit Punch Hat, is my favorite one. I love the look on the baby's face!

And what about this one - Emily Cluster Hat. So cute - child and hat.

And every baby needs a swaddle or bunting or cocoon - whatever you want to call it. Here's a great one to crochet first - the Peapod Hooded Cocoon.

And another one for the family with a football fan or two, the Football Cocoon and Hat Set:

One more I have to show you - the Cuddle Me Hat and Cocoon Set.

There are more - hats, cocoons, baby blankets, socks, headbands, diaper covers and more - 35 patterns in all,  for babies from newborn to 12 months. The patterns I showed here are all worked in worsted weight, or bulky, or super bulky yarns. And the yarns are readily available at craft stores.
If you're a beginner crocheter, and aren't sure how to read patterns, there is a section in the back of the book called "How to Read My Patterns". It includes everything you need to know about reading and following patterns, and what all the symbols and words mean. There are even directions on how to crochet the different basic stitches and all the techniques you need to know for these patterns, including finishing techniques. 
So if you're a beginner who wants to do more than just washcloths and scarves, or if you are an experienced crocheter who wants to do more than just the same old, same old that you've been doing for years, or if you need a quick present or presents (and don't we all), then this is the book for you!
Sweet & Simple Baby Crochet by Kristi Simpson 
And, if you post a comment on this blog about what you would like to crochet from the book, and why, then you'll be entered in a random drawing for a free copy of the book. To count, your post must be placed by midnight, October 28th, 2013 (that's one week) and you will need to make sure I can contact you if you win. 
Good luck to all, and happy crocheting!