Baby Crochet Isn’t Boring
Baby girls—everywhere I look I see baby girls. Family and friends are all sharing their exciting news, and I need to start planning my crochet baby gifts. Some of the precious additions will arrive this summer, but a crochet afghan is always welcome. Many of the little girls are expected this fall, giving me time to crochet and a great selection of sweaters, hats, and blankets.
Baby crochet patterns are adorable and can be quick, but I still want a design that is invigorating and highlights an innovative technique or design element. I’ve found several designs in Sharon Zientara’s Modern Baby Crochet. I really want to make the Liam Pullover in pink for a little girl. If you want to explore a new technique, here are just a few that are represented in the 18 patterns in Sharon’s book.
With the Liam Pullover by Robyn Chachula, you can explore a variety of Tunisian crochet stitches without committing yourself to an adult sized sweater. In addition to the Tunisian simple stitch, Robyn uses Tunisian knit stitch and Tunisian purl stitch which give you beautiful stitches that mimic their knit counterparts. But the Liam Pullover really creates a fascinating fabric with the twisted simple stitches. Add in a few increases and decreases, and you will be a Tunisian expert by the time you finish this adorable, tiny crochet pullover.
Back Loop Only Crochet
The back loop only technique can be worked with all of your basic stitches and stitch patterns. But the addition of this simple stitch alteration can create incredible textured fabric. Working in a single loop instead of under the top two loop can create a fabric with increases elasticity making it perfect for ribbing. Or work in the back loop only for an additional textural element to a well-loved classic pattern like the ripple stitch used in the Cameron Blanket by Cristina Mershon.
Post stitches that weave over and under each other to create raised crochet cables are fun and classically elegant. Crochet cables are fun to work, and a little practice makes them simply approachable. The Dylan Hoodie by Anastasia Popova is a brilliant introduction to cables with a gorgeous twisting cable that runs up the front panel and around the hood. You will also learn how to sew in a zipper in this pint-sized cardigan.
Learn a new technique, make incredible baby gifts, and create thoroughly modern designs for the babies and toddlers in your life.
P.S. Let us know in the comments what technique you want to explore next.