Sunday, June 7, 2015

Review: Candy Crochet, 50 adorable designs for infants and toddlers, by Candi Jensen

Are you looking for cute patterns for a little one in your life? You need this book. It has a variety of sizes, and you will find patterns for boys and girls. 

With just a one page intro, this book goes right into the patterns. You will find headings like, Sweaters and Vests, Chill Chasers (hats, scarves, and outerwear), and Blankies. Everything you could want to crochet is included, even pants. The back has a brief basic crochet section, if you need help you might need another resource. A great addition is the Size Chart. It shows what sizes are included for each project (except the blankets) making it easy to find a project for your little special someone. She also gives a resources page with addresses and websites of yarn companies featured in the book.

The pattern pages on Ravelry show that people like these patterns. 361 Projects have been linked to this book. No errors have been mentioned.

I like the use of different colors in each project. They aren't your usual baby pastels, but include some bold choices. Some of the use of novelty yarns means you will have to keep your eye on the little one when they are wearing or using those items. Jackets out of a fun fur type yarn may be better for older kids. Before they get to old to protest to wearing it. Though I do love the use of Berroco Plush to line the edge of boots and aviator style hat. Adorable! Make the jacket for a complete set.  The fur trimmed jacket called Raspberry Rhapsody is one your girly girl will love. The dinosaur, bear, bunny, and duck booties are so cute. Available in 2 sizes 6-12 months and 12 to 18 months, they just might fit the older sibling to be. The East meets West Asian inspired dress will work up quickly, you crochet the bodice, then attach a fabric skirt. Have more time? Crochet the matching jacket with fabric lined edges. Only three sizes are given, another bodice with attached skirt includes sizes up to 3 years.

The blankets are so cute! To include a black and white cow motif, one of those also has squares that look like jeans pockets. Two are bear or pig squares. Another two blankets are argyle, one for girls, the other in colors for boys. Plaid, zig-zags stripes and sheep complete the blanket collection. What ever your or the parents style you will find a blanket that will be loved.

What books have you crocheted from lately?

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