I don’t typically do much kid-craft coverage here, but I’m a fan of Linda Permann‘s work, so I was thrilled to be part of the blog tour for her newest book, Little Crochet: Modern Designs for Babies and Toddlers.
Linda’s done a very adorable collection of clothing, cuddles, and gifts for little ones aged 4 weeks to 4 years. Clearly, I need to adopt some more kids (in a “cool aunt” capacity, of course).
Linda does very good crochet instruction, too, so beginners will find the opening chapter of basics very useful – especially where pattern sizing is concerned. What I think is great about Little Crochet is, even as a beginning crocheter, you can approach many of the projects right away – and then grow into the more complex ones.
Case in point: you could start with some fun crochet embellishments on ready-made tees. Or make a stack of washcloths for the nursery.
(Also, are you kidding me?! Why do I not own a rocket-ship shirt?)
…And then you could move up to a simple garment, like these leg-warmers. (Those little boots are killing me.)
Each garment pattern is written in a range of sizes, with measurement cues to help you choose the best one for your little one. (Maybe go a size up, in case it takes you longer to finish than you think!)
I absolutely love this little dress. I wonder how hard it would be to grade the pattern up for someone who’s, say, 528 months old.
It’s not all garments, of course. There are blankets, from this simple square-based motif to some beautiful lacy designs to provide a little challenge for more experienced crocheters. (I love the application of embroidered details here.)
…And I love the toy patterns! This ball has jingle bells inside it, and what a fun way to practice color-work!
If you ask me, there aren’t enough crocheted giraffes in the world. Actually, you should watch this adorable stop-motion video trailer – if showcases even more of the projcts:
Each pattern is presented in both text and diagram form, which I always love in a crochet book.
There’s a Giveaway!
Potter Craft has kindly donated a copy of Little Crochet for me to give away here. So to enter to win, just comment below and tell me about the kiddo you plan to do some crochet for. We’ll draw a winner at random at noon PST Tuesday, April 12th.
(Oh, before I forget – disclosure time. Potter Craft sent me a review copy. The title links are affiliate.)
UPDATE: Congratulations to Danikat72, our winner! Check your email for more information!