Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Crochet Baby Afghan Patterns for a Gift
I’ve got to get out my crochet hook and get serious about picking out one of the many Leisure Arts baby afghan patterns that I love to crochet for a baby shower present for my daughter’s best friend. Decisions…decisions…Wanna help me pick?
I really love this August baby afghan pattern by C.A. Riley. The mama-to-be that I’m crocheting for is planning a jungle theme for Baby’s room. It’s from our crochet pattern book—A Year of Baby Afghans Book 4:
“Baby gifts are always so much fun to make, and this collection of 12 crocheted baby afghans is sure to have the perfect match for your little one. Baby afghans make great shower gifts, too. Pick your favorite or work your way through the year; you’ll be prepared no matter when the next shower pops up. And you know that new mommy will love you for it! This pattern book includes 12 wraps, from Easy to Experienced, using Light or Medium Weight yarn: Stripes for January; hearts and ribbons for February; flowers for March; rainbow squares for April; floral strips for May; patchwork for June; ripples for July; animals for August; an up-to-date granny for September; X kisses for October; tiered stitches for November; and shells for December.”
The pretty ruffled edging on The Crochet Dude Drew Emborsky’s Baby Comfort Blanket really catches my eye! This precious baby afghan pattern is from our crochet pattern book—Hug It Out:
“Crocheted with love, a warm wrap or a plump teddy bear can be just the “hug” someone needs, says designer Drew Emborsky, The Crochet Dude. After losing his mother, he says, ‘The motion of stitching and working with yarn was the therapy I needed to find comfort as I grieved. Truly it is that if you want to find comfort, comfort someone else. Now I am so happy to have created a book of patterns with the intention of giving you the opportunity to help others in their time of need. Receiving a handmade gift from you can change someone's outlook completely.’ Drew’s nine designs include Mobius Cowl, Chemo Cap, Baby Comfort Blanket, Kennel Blanket, Baby Hat, Comfortghan, Prayer Shawl, Comfort Teddy, and Drawstring Bag. The book includes a contact list of national groups that distribute crocheted donations.”
Granny squares are perfect for warm weather, take-it-anywhere crochet. Plus, the variety of designs in this baby afghan pattern wouldn’t let me get bored while crocheting this Baby Sampler Wrap from Melissa Leapman’s Hip 2 B Square Baby Wraps.
“Hip 2 B Square: Baby Wraps by Melissa Leapman presents endless possibilities for baby afghans featuring your choice of 15 interchangeable crochet squares. Five fresh wraps with 6 squares in lightweight yarn will inspire you! The squares in this and other Hip 2 B Square books work together beautifully when you use the same weight of yarn and the same size crochet hook. Five throws (Alternating Rib Wrap, Baby Sampler Wrap, Concentric Circles Wrap, Four Square Wrap, and Star and Eyelet Wrap) to crochet using one or more of 15 squares (Basketweave, Checkerboard, Chrysanthemum, Circles in the Square, Concentric Circles, Ribbed, Eyelet, Daisy, Diagonal Stripes, Lacy V-Stitch, Griddle Stitch, Crossed Stitch Stripes, Multicolored, Star, and Teardrops).”
Simplicity combines with beauty when it comes to crocheting this Climbing Clusters baby afghan pattern. Thanks to those great 16-ounce yarn skeins that have hit the market, I could crochet any of the pretty baby crochet afghan patterns in Jean Leinhauser’s Crochet Baby Afghans By The Pound:
“Just as babies’ weights are recorded for posterity, in Crochet Baby Afghans by the Pound by Jean Leinhauser, the amounts of yarn needed for all ten blankets is given in pounds—based upon the popular 16-ounce skeins now available. The designs offer plenty of variety, from delicate lace to thick textures, as well as light to bright colors. Afghans include: Rosy Outlook, Bright Popcorns, Minty Fresh, Summer Sunflowers, Blue Skies, Pink Princess, Climbing Clusters, Peppermint Twist, Red Roses for a Sweet Baby, and Lacy Circle.”
If you’re a newbie to crochet or just a little overwhelmed by life like I am, you might pick Kay Meadors’ easy Twinkling White Baby Afghan from our 10-20-30 Minutes to Learn to Crochet pattern book:
“10-20-30 Minutes to Learn to Crochet makes it possible to learn a relaxing new hobby by taking advantage of little snippets of time throughout the day! Step-by-step instructions and expert advice guide you through the basics of crochet, for both right-handed and left-handed beginners. Then there are 9 fresh afghan patterns to put your skills to use: Dishcloth, Striped Scarf, Henrietta Hippo toy, Sweet Mary Janes and Manly Moccasins (baby booties), Twinkling White Baby Afghan, Textured V-Neck Pullover (ladies chest sizes 36 to 51), Building Blocks Quilt, and Mountains Afghan.”
Of course, I could turn to an old standby baby afghan pattern that I’ve crocheted a dozen times before! Anne Halliday’s sweet Tender Hearts design from The Big Book of Baby Afghans is easy to crochet and always a hit with new mamas!
“You’ll find 29 adorable designs to crochet in this big collection of baby afghan patterns! These patterns are classics from the Leisure Arts library, each one created by a popular designer. Choose the quiet elegance of lace or pick a burst of bright motifs. There are wavy panels and lovely pattern stitch afghans. All are perfect for baby shower gifts! Some of the larger designs would also make thoughtful first-birthday presents. Let the clear instructions and sweet photos inspire you to make a very special baby blanket for that wonderful little person in your life.”
Which of these baby afghan patterns would you pick to crochet? Some are simple and others are for the more experienced crocheter. Some are from squares. All are very girly! And all of them are just perfect for my purpose! I can’t decide!!!