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  • Keep Calm and Carry Yarn

    October is I ❤️ Yarn Month at Leisure Arts, and we're excited to share projects that will satiate your love for yarn crafts. Baby toys, afghans, fashion for kids and adults and home decor—we've got what you've been yarning for.

    I Yarn, Therefore I Yarn

    Babies can't get enough of the delightful stacking toys in Baby Stacks. Each one is so easy to crochet, you'll be yarning to make one for each precious baby in your life. Choose from six designs including zoo animals, donuts, flowers, an octopus, and a rainbow. 

    Baby Stacks - 6 Easy Toys to Crochet #75668

    Surround Yourself With Yarn

    Snuggle up by the fire with a gorgeous knit afghan, and gift the other 23 to loved ones! Each solid-color knitted wrap in the Big Book of Quick Knit Afghans offers comforting warmth while adding a welcome spot of color to the gray days of winter.

    Big Book of Quick Knit Afghans #3137

    Have a Yarny Yuletide

    Yarn Whimsies for the Holidays shows just how easy it is to transform colorful yarns into festive, whimsical decorations. There are so many fresh and unique projects, you can have endless fun! Create your own holiday cards, a wreath, garland, light covers and other décor!

    Yarn Whimsies for the Holidays #6889

    Yarn Is Cheaper Than Therapy

    Crafting with yarn is not only fun, it is good for your psyche. So obviously, you can never have too many yarn hobbies! Modern Punch Needle takes your beloved yarn to a whole new, texture-y level! So easy to master, punch needle crafting is what’s been missing from your life. 

    Modern Punch Needle - step-by-step guide plus 14 progressive learning projects #7513

    Yarn It, Darn It

    No matter the outfit—whether casual to dressy—crocheted Lacy Wraps can add plenty of style, flair and a touch of warmth. Choose from eight airy shawl designs for you or as a gift for a loved one.

    Lacy Wraps #6995

    Coast Into Fun Home Décor

    Give your drinks a safe place to land with a set of plastic canvas Coasters. From kittens to succulent strawberries and vibrant sunflowers, you'll find designs for every style.

    Coasters #6078

    Great Balls Of Yarn

    Make life comfy for kids with the classic sweaters in Knits For Kids! Featuring pretty patterns and lace, or stripes and checks, you destined to create their new favorite tops for the cooler seasons.

    Knits For Kids #7118

    No Spinning A Yarn Necessary

    We're not spinning a yarn when we tell you how easy and fun these projects are, and how much you will be appreciated when you gift them.

    Please share your spook-tacular creations by tagging your photos with #leisurearts or @leisureartsinc on your social channels. We love to see what's going on in your studio.

    Yarns truly,

    Leisure Arts Team

  • What's Everyone Creating? #LeisureArts

    We've gathered up more posts that you have shared on the Internet tagged #leisurearts for one of our favorite blog posts! We love to see what everyone's working on, and now we're going to share that inspiration with you.

    Don't Throw In The Towel

    Crochet-A-La-Dia created this Daisy Set and shared it with us on Pinterest! The colors couldn't be better to brighten up a kitchen! Want to make this set yourself? Find it in Crochet Towel Toppers and Potholders.

    Crochet Towel Toppers and Potholders #5733

    Baby Activities Cubed

    We love it when people get inspiration from us and make the projects their own! Agnesa Istokova posted an adorable in-progress activity cube on Pinterest! Love that elephant! Another activity cube, this one from Christina Avgoustidou, comes complete with the sun and rain clouds. We can just picture baby spending lots of hours playing and learning with these! Inspired by Play & Learn Activity Cubes, you're sure to find a cube that fits the baby in your life!

    Seeing Double

    Alicia James' daughter kept herself busy creating this Heart Unicorn (pictured right) after finishing up her reading and math for the day, while her mother was on Zoom doing professional development hours. While at Elizabeth-Herring's house, Elizabeth was finishing her latest diamond painting—Fun Unicorn (pictured left). Don't you think they're both magical?

    Diamond Art by Leisure Arts - Powered by Diamond Dotz - 5D DIY Diamond Painting Kit - Fun Unicorn Design #49291 & Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz 5D DIY Diamond Painting Beginner Heart Unicorn Kit #50464

    Dreams of a White Christmas

    Cindi Louis has been using the White Christmas in Thread Crochet book for years. She shared this charming photo with us on Facebook showing the tree skirt and garland she created. She says she's halfway done with the garland, which is 60-feet long, and plans to finish it this year along with more of the snowflakes.

    White Christmas in Thread Crochet #3232

    All You Knit Is Love

    Infinite Yarns posted a gorgeous heirloom baby gift set including a hand-knitted pattern from our Adorable Baby Cardigans book. We know at least one baby will be classy and comfortable very soon!

    Stay Calm And Color

    Jaya Prakash Mateti posted this beautiful mandala page on Facebook from one of our Color Art For Everyone coloring books. We don't have this mandala book anymore, but we have many fantastic coloring books to choose from.

    Preparing For The Holidays

    It looks like Norma Davis celebrated #ChristmasInJuly along with us this year. She posted this enchanting Christmas afghan on Facebook, and we're loving the hint of glitter! We've got plenty of Christmas afghans and other holiday decor to choose from!

    Pretty As A Peacock

    The peacock's colors and "thousand eyes" on its tail promote fame and good luck in feng shui, and enhance protection and awareness. Ramya Sabari created and posted this mesmerizing Diamond Art Peacock, available as a kit with everything you need.

    Diamond Art by Leisure Arts - Powered by Diamond Dotz - 5D DIY Diamond Painting Kit - Peacock Design #49940

    Let's Chime In

    Schmelzgranulat shared this beauty, created by Sonja, with us on Pinterest. We are impressed by the color and light! You can get started in crafts just like this with Melted Pony Bead Art.

    A Blanket Statement

    Stefani Lynn created this intricate afghan and shared it with us on Facebook. Classic comfort at its best. Check out Aran Afghans, and create your own!

    Thin Green Line

    Theresa Hanson posted this Thin Green Line afghan on Facebook, and we adore it—such a loving way to show support for the men and women of our military and/or federal law enforcement agents. Theresa used our American flag pattern in Honoring Our Veterans, with the green, white and black color scheme.

    We love to see what you are creating! Please share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels. Maybe we'll pick yours to feature in our next #LeisureArts Hashtag blog post.

    -Leisure Arts

  • Dazzle Days of Summer

    We're celebrating the Dazzle Days of Summer this month, and have we got some projects for you! From stars to bright color, we're confident these will dazzle you!

    To The Moon And Back

    What could be more dazzling than the moon and stars in the night sky? This knit Diaper Cover Set is perfect for the future astronomer in your life.

     Stars & Moon; Diaper Cover Sets #6396

    Vases To Make Your Daisy

    The brightly colored vases are the perfect complement to your patio furniture. With Yarn Crafts, yarn isn't just for knitting or crochet. Grab your brightest yarn and start wrapping!

    Yarn Crafts #6758

    Go A Little Wild

    We would go safari as to say our Elephant and Giraffe kits will brighten your world. Whether you choose both or just one is irrelephant, your results will be giraffic! Bring these majestic creatures to your home, or gift them to an animal lover in your life.

    Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz 5D DIY Diamond Paintings: Advanced Elephant Kit #50457 & Advanced Giraffe Kit #50463

    You'll Be Hooked

    We'll hook you up with this bright and cheerful afghan—all you'll need are scraps of colorful yarn and your favorite crochet hooks. We've got this and other Scrappy Afghans you'll be yarning to create!

    Harlequin; Scrappy Afghans #7135

    Star Power

    Any baby would love to wrap themselves in the universe with this crochet Starry Set from Nature’s Gifts For Baby. Reach for the stars, yarn & crochet hooks and create a galaxy!

    Starry Set; Nature’s Gifts For Baby #6718

    Color Us Dazzled

    August 3 is National Coloring Book Day, a great occasion to get yourself our Summer Coloring Bundle. All the things you love about summer bundled up and ready for you to add your own special creativity.

    Color Art for Everyone - Summer Coloring Bundle #30027

    You Will Love Your Letters

    We initially thought you would love these letters, and we don't think we're mistaken! Pick a letter you love, add some bling, and brighten up your room! Decorate with Letters shares ideas and inspiration to spark your creativity!

    Decorate with Letters #5953

    We'll Have You In Stitches

    You need our Neon Mandala Embroidery Stitch Kit in your life! Your fingers will delight in every moment of this all-in-one project, with colorful embroidered threads that pop in a big way on black fabric. Dazzling!

    Mini Maker Mandala Embroidery Stitch Kit #49808

    Don't let this summer end without being dazzled. All of these projects make shimmery shiny gifts, or why not keep them for yourself! So many possibilities—what will you choose?

    We'd love to see what you are creating! Please share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels. C'mon, dazzle us!

    -Leisure Arts

  • We Love What You Create! #LeisureArts

    Everyone here at the Leisure Arts office loves to know what you're working on! It makes our day to see all the great photos you share with us on social media. We enjoy them so much, we're dedicating this blog post to some of our favorites!

    Wool You Look At This Adorbs Sweater

    Don't you just want to hug this little hand-knitted cardigan shared by Dilek Karadağ on Pinterest? We love when people take our patterns and make them their own! You can make this for yourself with Adorable Baby Cardigans.

    Adorable Baby Cardigans - 9 Quick Projects knitted from the top down #7290

    Perfectly Pastel Pillow

    We just want to sit back and sink into the welcoming comfort of this pastel pillow. Thanks, Teresa Hudson, for sharing your colorfully gorgeous results! Fashion your own cushy cozy pillow using Crochet for the Home.

    Crochet for the Home - 40 Quick Projects to Add Style to Any Room #7580

    Craftastic Way To Mark Your Page

    Paper crafting designer Lolly Palooza shared these bookmarks on Instagram. She created them using Diamond Art and Diamond Dotz Freestyle. Beautiful and functional.

    Diamond Art and Diamond Dotz Freestyle

    We Think These Are Roarsome

    We're wild about these face-painting designs! Of course, they used Leisure Arts markers and colored pencils to create their intricate and colorful patterns. Check out Face Painting with Paint Time Fun's Facebook page, for even more awesomeness!

    Face-painting designs with Leisure Arts markers and pencils

    Baby's First Cardigan

    Cozy Homes Craft Shop posted this delightful baby crocheted sweater on Facebook. She made one for her firstborn, 18 years ago, and has made it a number of times since then. "It’s such a pretty, classic pattern. This is the first time that I made it in fingering weight. I held 2 strands together of Loops & Threads Woolike Simili-Laine. I love how it turned out, so soft and delicate."

    We love how it turned out too!

    Baby Layette Cardigan: My Very First Layette #6394

    A Potholder To Prickle Your Fancy

    Suzanne Liedloff did a super job on this crochet cactus potholder. We're so glad she shared it with us on Pinterest! Not only will this cactus protect your table and countertop, it adds a whimsical touch to any décor.

    Potholder: Make A Crochet Garden #75669

    Red, White, And Blue

    Just in time for the upcoming July 4th holiday, we're showing off these majestic flag afghans, shared by (from top to bottom) Lisa Park, Stefani Lynn, and Pamela Brazier Seymour. Great job—we salute you!

    Honoring Our Veterans #6081

    Style And Class Are The Words For Today

    This baby blanket by Zmirelda's Homemade Goods is absolutely gorgeous. We love the touches on the border! Looking for more inspiration? Check out Our Best Baby Afghans for more than 50 different patterns.

    Our Best Baby Afghans #2853

    Cat Got Your Project?

    Adrienne Szoke posted this adorable photo of her cat, "I'd get a lot more done if he would stay off of my project." 😹 We're betting many of you out there can relate!

    You do have to admit—the purrpetrator is too cute to get mad at!

    The designers and staff here at Leisure Arts cherish the idea that the patterns and products we work on every day help you express your creativity, exercise your talents, and create items you or a loved one will hold dear for years or even generations. Thank you for sharing your magnificent work!

    Now it's time for the rest of you to show us what you're creating! Be sure to post your pics on social media and tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, so we can all enjoy your creative treasures!

    -Leisure Arts  

  • Knit Gifts For Babies

    Top Gifts To Knit Baby

    We've compiled our most unique, unexpected, and beautiful knit patterns in a search for the best gifts for baby.  Use your knitting skills and softest yarns to create perfect, memorable gifts for baby this year.

    1. An Adorable Knit Sweater: These cute baby sweaters will be loved by everyone! Baby will get all of the attention and compliments - a great sweater for pictures! Use fun colorwork, lace, cables, and more to create the perfect gift for baby as shown in Adorable Baby Sweaters.

    Knit Sweater For Baby

    2. A Warm Hooded Blanket: The sweet cooing of a baby is surely the best sound in the world! Make that bundle of joy comfortable and happy with this unique knit. This cozy blanket features a pig hood, complete with ears! Enjoy making this little knitted 'hug' for the precious babies on your list. Get started now with Oh-So-Sweet Baby Knits.

    Knit Hooded Blanket For Baby

    3. A Snuggly Animal Lovie: Babies and toddlers will love this fun, huggable little creature. Knit a Brown Bear, Bunny, Lamb, Penguin, Duck, Owl, Puppy, Kitten, Panda, or Giraffe! This perfect, soft toy that comes in handy as a blanket for naptime as well. Give this great gift to baby with Animal Lovies.

    Knit Animal Lovie For Baby

    4. A Sporty Hat: Let your playful side show when you're knitting this cozy cap for baby. This fun football hat is perfect for daddy's little boy or girl. Wearing it is sure to get so many compliments and cute pictures, plus the warm knit will keep baby warm! Knit this great gift for baby with Knit Hats For Babies.

    Knit Football Hat For Baby

    5. A Cozy Blankie: So original, so adorable--a blanket this warm and beautiful will be perfect for that special baby! Delight a new mom with a blanket of sweet sheep for her little lamb. Baby will be delighted by the fluffy textures of the sheep too! This small afghan is quick and easy to knit, making it a truly precious gift. Get the pattern now with Precious Knit Blankies For Baby.

    Knit Blankie For Baby

    6. A Fun Diaper Set: Great for shower gifts and picture days, this knit set will be loved by both baby and parents! Baby will love to buzz about happily and explore the world in this cute, easy-to-knit set found in Diaper Cover Sets.

    Knit Bee Outfit For Baby

    7. A Playful Hat: Keeping babies warm is so important to their health! Knit this unique hat for baby to wear everywhere. Any baby would adore the soft texture, button eyes, and big nose! Plus, a variety of sizes are included so every baby can have the cozy warmth of a knit hat! Knit this cute hat now with Warm Hats For Wee Noggins.

    Knit Deer Hat For Baby

    8. A Flowery Little Afghan: Knit the perfect present for baby when you make this Pretty Posies Afghan. Fashioned with soft pastels and fun textured flowers, this afghan makes a great gift for keeping baby warm and for decorating the nursery. Plus, this fun-to-knit design come with plenty of close-up photography and step-by-step instructions just for you - find it in Our Best Knit Baby Afghans. 

    Knit Floral Afghan For Baby

    9. A Set Of Soft Knit Balls: The impulse to knit for little ones comes naturally for many of us! These knit toys - Baby's First Balls - will be a joy to make and to share! Parents will love how soft and gentle this toy is, and baby will love to throw and roll them around the house. Knit this unique gift for baby now with It's Playtime Baby!

    Knit Balls For Baby

    10. An Adorable Pair Of Booties: Every parent and baby can appreciate a nice, cozy pair of booties. And the bow on these is too cute! Keep baby's feet warm and safe with these loom knit Garter Booties. Great for a quick, small gift to show how much you care! Knit this great gift for baby now with Oval Loom Knit Collection.
    Knit Booties For Baby

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Knit.

  • Crochet Gifts For Babies

    Top Gifts To Crochet Babies

    We've compiled our most unique, unexpected, and beautiful crochet patterns in a search for the best gifts for baby.  Use your crochet skills to create perfect, memorable gifts this year. Both baby and parents all be thrilled by these fun gifts!

    1. A Crochet Mobile: This colorful Baby Bugs and Happy Flowers Mobile will make any baby giggle happily when it is hung above their crib. They will love the fun colors and textures along with the smiling flowers and bugs. Crochet this great baby gift now with the Simply Soft Baby Brites eBook.

    Crochet Mobile For Baby

    2. A Baby Blanket Inspired By Nature: New parents will love how this gender-neutral blanket use imaginative stitch patterns, color blocking, and appliquéd shapes to celebrate the beauty of the natural world. Baby will the love the playful fox and cozy matching hat! Crochet this great gift with Nature's Gifts For Baby.

    Crochet Fox Set For Baby

    3. A Dumbbell Shaped Rattle: Parents and baby will laugh at this soft, unique rattle. Shaped like a dumbbell, it's perfect for baby to exercise their minds as they shake the rattle around and begin to explore the world. Crochet this gift that's sure to be a hit with everyone with Baby's Buddy Amigurumi.

    Crochet Rattle For Baby

    4. An Animal Lovie To Snuggle: Give baby a little friend to cuddle and take everywhere they go. Cute, fun, and loved by everyone who sees them, each blanket is a simple granny square with the toy attached at the center. Crochet this great gift for baby now with Animal Lovie Blankets. 

    Crochet Animal Lovie For Baby

    5. A Ferocious Hat: Any baby will look adorable in this fun animal hat, complete with ears. It is sure to keep their own little ears warm too!  Great for cold winter days and wearing for adorable photos. Crochet this quick and easy hat for a gift baby will love with Baby Hats.

    Crochet Bear Hat For Baby

    6. A Sporty Diaper Cover: Great for baby pictures or baby showers, this fast and easy-to-crochet diaper cover makes a great gift. New moms will love seeing their precious babies dressed in this fun, sporty piece. Find the pattern for this great baby gift in Sweet & Sporty Diaper Covers.

    Crochet Sporty Diaper Cover For Baby

    7. A Sweet Striped Afghan: Create nursery pizzazz with simple stripes and interesting stitch patterns that everyone will love. Baby will be entranced by these gentle waves of color. This adorable baby afghan is Easy-Plus skill level, making it a great project to relax with. Get the pattern in Sweet Stripes For Baby. 

    Crochet Afghan For Baby

    8. A Set Of Soft Stacking Rings: This soft crochet toy is perfect for keeping baby entertained and encouraging their little mind to grow. The plush rings are great and safe for little hands to explore. Everyone will love this thoughtful and unique gift for baby! Get started now with Everyday Crochet For All.

    Crochet Toy For Baby

    9. A Fun, Colorful Play Mat: This Crochet comfort for baby with this great pattern! This cozy scrap afghan is great for nap time, but also makes a classic, soft play mat for baby - a perfect addition to any nursery. Baby will love the bright colors, shapes, and textures of this gift! Get started now with Great Grannies!

    Crochet Play Mat For Baby

    10. A Cute Sock Monkey Set: Want a gift idea that will be a big hit at baby showers or any gathering? Crochet this adorable hat and diaper cover set! Transform Baby into a playful sock monkey with these cozy pieces, adorned with adorable ears, a pom-pom, and an oversized button for extra cuteness! Make this great crochet gift for baby now with Hats & Diaper Covers Book 2.
    Crochet Sock Monkey Set For Baby

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Crochet.

  • Quilting & Sewing Gifts For Baby

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    Baby gift ideas to quilt and sew have never been this adorable.  Use your quilting and sewing skills to create the perfect gifts for your youngest family and friends this season. These handmade gifts will be loved by baby and parents alike!

    1. A Modern Baby Quilt: New parents will adore this unexpected, beautiful quilt design, and baby will love the bright colors and bold patterns. Create it in bright blue for a boy, hot pink for a girl, or use other bright and fun colors like lime green or orange! Get started on this stunning quilt for baby today with Lap & Throw Quilts.

    Modern Quilt For Baby

     

    2. A Set Of Fun, Soft Blocks: This adorable gift is certain to garner a roomful of "oohs" and "ahhs.". Not only will these add to a baby's room decor, but also to the toy collection. The blocks feature animal images as well as alphabets to start baby on his or her way to creative learning, plus they're soft and safe! Bonus: You can get started on this gift right now with the ePattern.

    Soft Blocks For Baby

     

    3. An Adorable Hooded Kitty Blanket:  Baby's catnap will be a cozy one when he or she is wrapped in this hooded blanket featuring an appliqued kitty face. Great for cute photos, too! Sew the perfect, cozy gift for baby with Soft & Cuddly Fleece For Baby.

    Hooded Cat Blanket For Baby

     

    4. An Personalized Little Quilt:  The bright colors and soft fabrics of this quilt will bring plenty of giggles from Baby, as well as happy smiles from Mom. Great as a blanket, soft play mat, or wall hanging! Create the best gifts for baby this season with Baby, It's You!

    Play Mat For Baby

     

    5. A Fun Diaper Bag and Changing Pad:  Baby and parents can be prepared for anything with this cute set! These hand-sewn travel necessities are the perfect set to take along. The tote can hold one or two diapers, a bottle, and a pacifier. Roll up the panda pad, great for naps and changing, and it fits right in the tote, too! Get started on this great gift today with Easy Fleece For Baby.

    Diaper Bag Set For Baby

     

    6. A Fun Pillow:  This bright and comfortable pillow would be a great addition to a baby boy's room. Accented with playful fringe and made from cushy fleece, it's bound to come to the rescue when baby need a pillow to cuddle. Create great gifts for baby - get started today with Easy Fleece For Baby.
    Car Pillow For Baby

    7. A Cute Bib:  Sew baby a cute little bib to protect his or her clothes during meal-time! Choose fun patterns and colors to add your own special touch.  Get started on baby's gift now with Gooseberry Patch: Sweetly Stitched For Kids. 
    Bib For Baby

    8. A Charming Quilt & Diaper Bag:  Sew New parents will love this confident and cute diaper bag, and baby will love the cozy matching blanket. Make this great gift, and everyone wins - including you when you experience the ease and convenience of making this set from Quilting With Precuts.
    Quilted Diaper Bag and Blanket For Baby

    Need More Great Gift Ideas?

  • One-Skein Baby Projects

    Please welcome our Guest Blogger, Sharon Silverman.  Sharon is the author of Crochet Refresher, Tunisian Crochet Baby Blankets, Tunisian Shawls, and most recently One-Skein Baby Projects.  Her very popular Heirloom Frame Crochet Blanket ePattern gets rave reviews on LeisureArts.com.  She has two brand new ePatterns that you can be among the first to download.  They are a Mosaic Blanket ePattern and a Lacy Crescent Shawl.  Sharon is here today to tell us about her latest Leisure Arts Book: One-Skein Baby Projects.  

    “Good things come in small packages,” the saying goes, and that’s certainly true for babies and for crochet projects.  My goal for One-Skein Baby Projects was to create adorable designs that crocheters could whip up for a special little baby without a large investment of time or money. I’m delighted that Leisure Arts was on board with the concept and gave me the go-ahead.

    Photo 1, book cover One-Skein Baby Projects book cover.

    The first part of my design process was to decide what items to focus on, and to select yarn for each project. I was inspired by Bonbons and Vanna’s Palettes. Both are mini-skein sets from Lion Brand. So cute to have all of those colors in one package! Those seemed ideal for toys.

    Photo 2, Pretzel Rattle Pretzel Rattle

    I used Vanna’s Palettes for the Pretzel Rattle. Why a pretzel? I should probably confess that pretzels have fascinated me ever since I wrote a travel guidebook about my home state, Pennsylvania Snacks: Your Guide to Food Factory Tours. I learned that Lititz, Lancaster County is home to the first commercial pretzel bakery in America, and that the history of the pretzel extends as far back as 610 A.D. That’s the first documented instance of European monks rewarding children who had memorized their Bible verses and prayers with a pretiola, Latin for “little reward.”

    A pretzel-shaped rattle has other advantages, too: lots of places for baby to hold on, and holes that are perfect for peek-a-boo.

    Safety is always my top priority when designing baby items. For the rattle, I used an unopened tube of beads completely encased in clear, waterproof packing tape. It’s positioned in the middle of fiberfill stuffing so it’s completely hidden from view, from feel—and from little teeth. Unless an elephant steps on the rattle and then a tiger rips the packing tape and the bead tube to shreds, the beads pose no danger.  (If you are in regular contact with an elephant and a tiger, omit the bead rattle—although a choking hazard may be the least of your worries.)  

    Bouncy Block uses Lion Brand Bonbons for a bright-colored, highly textured cube that’s fun for little hands.

    Photo 3, Bouncy Block Bouncy Block

    I think crocheters will enjoy making this because each side is different. Instead of fiberfill stuffing, I used washable cotton batting because it is denser and keeps the block nice and plump while retaining its shape.

    Every baby needs a “lovey” to cuddle and snuggle with. The Snow Bear Lovey (Bernat Baby Sport and Patons Astra) is a sweet bear-and-blanket combination. I chose a textured stitch pattern on the blanket to keep it interesting for crocheters and for babies. The head, muzzle, nose, ears, and arms are made separately, then assembled and attached to the center of the blanket. The ears are definitely my favorite part of the Snow Bear’s head. Something about them makes me go, “Awww…”

    Photo 4, Snow Bear Lovey

    Once the toys were finished, I worked on baby garments from head to toe—literally!—the Bubble Hat (Red Heart Anne Geddes Baby), Ribbed Vest (Caron Simply Soft), and Booties for Cuties (Red Heart Baby TLC).

    My own children are in their twenties now and hence no longer suitable models for baby gear, so it was thrilling to see the smiling little boy wearing the Bubble Hat and the Ribbed Vest in Leisure Arts’ photos. Way to make my work look good, buddy!

    The hat is sized for 0-3 months, 6 months, and 12 months; the vest is sized for 0-3 months and 3-6 months.

    Baby Bubble Hat Bubble Hat
    Baby Ribbed Vest Ribbed Vest

    Booties for Cuties are designed to keep little tootsies warm. High cuffs cover the ankle and keep the footwear right where it belongs. This project is sized for 3-6 months and 6-9 months.

    Baby Crochet Booties for Cuties Pink Booties for Cuties - Pink
    Crochet Baby Booties for Cuties Blue Booties for Cuties - Blue

    One other garment, the Hibiscus Top in Lion Brand LB Cotton Bamboo, has very recently been published as a stand-alone ePattern by Leisure Arts on its website.

    Crochet Hibiscus Top Hibiscus Top

    Every parent will tell you that you can never have too many bibs or washcloths. The final three projects in the leaflet are two bibs and a set of washcloths.

    The Bright & Easy Bib (Patons Grace) is worked in single crochet so it’s nice and dense. The ties are worked as part of the neckline so there’s no chance they can come loose.

    Crochet Bright & Easy Bib for Baby Bright & Easy Bib

    The Pullover Bib (Bernat Handicrafter Cotton) has a stretchy neckline that makes it easy to get on and off. A variation on single crochet produces a tight weave to keep messes from getting through. This bib is sized for head circumference 14” and for 16”.

    Baby Pullover Bib to Crochet Pullover Bib

    Sunshine Washcloths (Lily Sugar ’n Cream) brighten up baby’s nursery or bath. Thick and thirsty cluster stitches make these quick cloths pretty and practical. Make a few, roll up and tie with ribbon, and pop them in a basket with baby toiletries for a charming shower gift.

    Baby Crochet Sunshine Washcloth Sunshine Washcloth

    It was a pleasure working with Leisure Arts on One-Skein Baby Projects. Along with doing the editing and photography, they added helpful video links to the patterns. What a great way for crocheters to learn something new or to get reacquainted with a technique they haven’t used in a while. In the past I’ve written Tunisian Crochet Baby Blankets, Tunisian Shawls, and Crochet Refresher for Leisure Arts; another leaflet, Easy Afghans, will be published this spring. They also offer some standalone ePatterns of my work on their site.

    My hope for One-Skein Baby Projects is that relatively new crocheters will find easy items to suit their skill level, experienced crocheters will enjoy exciting stitch patterns and techniques to hold their interest, and that the finished projects will put a smile on the faces of babies and their parents.

    One-Skein Baby Projects Table of Contents Table of Contents

    To tell you a little bit about me, I’m a lifelong crafter who switched gears from travel writing to crochet design after I rediscovered my love of crochet about ten years ago. I’m a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America and a design member of The National NeedleArts Association. I was a featured guest on HGTV’s fiber arts program, “Uncommon Threads,” and have been interviewed on numerous radio podcasts. Recently I expanded my crochet work to include large-scale museum installations, indoors and out. I love to travel and explore the outdoors, especially with my husband, Alan, and our two grown sons. So far I have visited 48 states, 5 Canadian provinces, and 9 European countries. You can find me on Facebook and Pinterest at Sharon Silverman Crochet; on Ravelry at CrochetSharon; and on my website, www.SharonSilverman.com. I would love to hear from you!

    Happy crocheting!

    Photo 14, Sharon Silverman Sharon Silverman
  • Pumpkin Hat

    100 Hats to Knit & Crochet

    I love Halloween. It is my favorite holiday. I have a friend with a new baby. So, I thought I would crochet him a cute little Pumpkin Hat. I used Crème de la Crème 100% cotton. I used three different colors orange, brown, and green. This pattern will fit an infant/toddler. I didn't get this pattern from a Leisure Arts book. 100 Hats to Knit and Crochet has hats that you could modify to work for your needs.

    Pumpkin Crochet Hat

    With a size G hook. Chain 60 stitches. Join in the round with a slip stitch. Be careful not to twist!

    Row 1: With main color (orange) chain 1, single crochets all the way around, and slip stitch into the chain 1. Row 2: Chain 3, double crochets all the way around. Continue Row 2 until the hat is about 3.25(3 ¼) to 3.50(3 ½) inches tall.

    Decrease is chain 3, 7 double crochet, and crochet 2 together, then 8 double stitches and crochet 2 together. You are going to continue decreasing by 1 stitch until you finish the chain 3 and 3 double crochet and crochet 2 together, 4 double crochet and crochet 2 together.

    Color change/Stem: To join the brown yarn slip stitch where you slipped the last stitch, chain 2, double crochet around. I didn’t crochet 2 together on the first round, because I did 2 regular double crochets into the next two stitches. The 3rd and 5th stitch a double into the middle of the lower stitch, and the 4th double crochet I went into the lower stitch. Continue this all the way around. The next round start your decreases chain 3, 2 double crochet and crochet 2 together, 3 double crochet and crochet 2 together. Continue decreasing by 1 stitch until you get to six stitches left and do double crochets until you get the stem length that you want then crochet 2 together 3 times.

    Green curly cue: Chain 35 stitches or however many you want to do. Do 6 double crochets into the 2nd stitch and 4 more stitches into ever chain stitch. Bind off when you get to the end. With a darning needle or crochet hook attach where ever you want it.

     

  • Baby Washcloths Part Two

    Baby Washcloths to Knit

    Alright the knitting part of my baby washcloths is done. What am I going to do with all 9 of them? I am going to crochet them together and make a baby blanket. I got the pattern for the washcloths out of the book from Leisure Arts called Baby Washcloths to Knit by Melissa Bergland Burnham. It took me a few tries to get it all worked out and it to look how I wanted it to look. It only a couple hours to finish it once I sat still long enough. A lot of procrastination went into this project. I started this project back in May. Then my ADHD kicked in. I think that I was worried how it would turn out. I get ideas for projects some work out some do not. I am so happy that this one turned out so well.

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    After I tucked in all my ends on the washcloths, I placed all 9 washcloths out and into 3 rows. Again I used white Egyptian cotton for this project. Then I began crocheting the sides of the washcloths together with a single crochet until I had 3 panels. I then crocheted again using a single crochet a panel on the top and the bottom through the cast on row and cast/bind off row. Make sure before you crochet together that once not upside down or wrong sided. When all this was done I then used a yellow Egyptian cotton to do a simple border. I did a single crochet around the blanket and 3 single crochets on the corner turn and 3 single crochets into the first stitch. This gives it a nice rounded edge. This is for a boy so I didn’t want to do anything frilly.

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    There is another washcloth book that I want to make a blanket out of and that is Dishcloths for Special Days by Julie A. Ray. I thought how cool it would be to make a baby’s first blanket. Do it in all different colors like a patchwork quilt. The important thing to remember is to make sure that you buy and use the same type of yarn but in different colors. Why? It is important because all your pieces will be the same size and easy to piece together.

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