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!




23 comments:

jessica Aviles said...
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jessica Aviles said...

would love a book with baby shoes and boots

jessica Aviles said...

would love a book about baby shoes and boots

Rev. Kimberly Rich said...

I would love to make some of the peapid coccoons. I have several friends with new littles who would love these.

Debc06 said...

Love the cocoons. Think these are so wonderful no need to wrap up the baby any more. It stays in place. Have several co-workers that are expecting and would love to make them all one.
Debbie Craine
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chris0855 said...

I would love to make baby shoes & boots! I think my friends daughter that's expecting in April would find them cute!

Amy said...

Would love to make any and all items shown. I have my first grandson coming real soon.

Davierae said...

I would love to make the hooded cocoon for my friend's new born. Just so sweet.

LadyDisdain said...
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LadyDisdain said...

I'm interested in the headbands you mentioned-- baby accessories are perfect for photo shoots with little ones!

Laurie Baxley said...

I absolutely LOVE the Fruit Punch Hat! I would love to make some for babies I know and some to donate to those in need.

Susan Osborn said...

I especially like the buntings. I have made little hats by adjusting the hook size and rows, But these hat patterns would make it much easier.

Thank you

Susan Osborn

itsme53 said...

I think I would like to make the Elephant Ears Beanie for my six month old grandson. With cold weather coming (we got our first snow today, anything to keep warm is called for.

Joy Kirk said...

I would love to make the pea pod for my friend's soon to be born son, Max. It would be perfect for I'm. :)

Debbie Naeser said...

My bff just had a new grandbaby, and I would love to make her the Fruit Punch Hat and the Sock It to Me Baby Socks. They are both so cute, and I would be able to make them quickly, which is important, as the baby is already born. For the next baby in my family/friends, I would love to make the Peapod Hooded Cocoon, which is practical as well as adorable, and would be ideal for babies born in the cooler months. Both the hat and the cocoon would be great items to wear for photos, too. In fact, in my OB/GYN office, they have several professional photographs hanging on the wall with similar items on the babies.

Debbie Naeser said...

I would love to make the Fuit Punch Hat for my friend's new granddaughter. It is an adorable hat and could easily be made in a day, which is important as the baby is already born. I would also like to make the Peapod Hooded Cocoon, which would make a practical as well as beautiful gift for a baby born in the cooler months. These items would also be wonderful apparel for photos. In fact, my OB/GYN's office has several professional photos hanging on their wall with babies wearing similar items.
dnaeser at g mail dot com

Lynsi Romano said...

I would make the football cocoon first, for my sister in law who is due in about a month. They love football, so it would be a perfect gift for the new baby!

Shirley Valvo said...

I would love to make the cocoons, especially the Pea Pod Cocoon, for my newest granddaughter, due in March. It is nice to have little ones to create for.

Faye Rotunda said...

I would love to make the fruit punch hat, my new granddaughter will look so cute in it and she has that cute little smile & belly to go with it. I also love the little vest with the tie on it! This is an adorable book for me as a gift to me!! Tee Hee!!

Melissa said...

I would make the football cocoon as our son is about 5 months old and my husband is a huge football fan. He just recently purchased a onesie for our son that says my dad loves me more than football which is a big statement for him.

Melissa said...

I would make the football cocoon as our son is almost 5 months old and my husband is a HUGE football fan. I've never met anyone who loves football as much as he does. He's a great dad though because he'll sacrifice it to help with the kids. So I would make the football in honor of him.

melody rose said...

They are all too cute and I would have to make them all but if I had to chose one it would be Emily Cluster had for my granddaughter.

melody rose said...

They are all too cute I would have to make all of them but if I have to chose 1 it would be Emily Cluster hat for my granddaughter