"This is the unusual book that has both excellent instructions and very attractive and practical patterns that kids will like and that you will enjoy making for them. You can read my entire review of this book here:
I think it will make a great addition to every crochet library!
jd in st louis" jd wolfe said.
"I just received my copy of Crocheting Clothes Kids Love, the new book co-authored by Shelby Allaho (@stitchstory) and Ellen Gormley (@GoCrochet). Before I opened it I suspected that I’d find it beautiful and inspiring but largely irrelevant to me since I don’t have or craft for kids. When I opened it I found it beautiful and inspiring … and largely relevant to me because so many of the designs can easily be adapted to an adult size to fit my own style. This shows that the items are contemporary and cute and while certainly suitable for the kids they’re intended for are also definitely inspirational for anyone.
There are more than two dozen crochet patterns to be found here. Many of them are clothes but there are also crochet slippers and lots of accessories for kids like legwarmers, a backpack and hairbands. The book also has some great tips and information – some basic to crochet (like gauge) and some specific to crocheting for kids (smart yarn coices for this niche, for example). The book has a really fun design, with bold coloring and little drawings that capture childlike wonder without being childish.
Definitely one worth adding to your crochet library, whether or not you craft for kids!" Kathryn Vercillo said.
"The book is a joy to browse through. It has a bright and cheery page layout with great colorful photos.
The schematics are bold and easy to understand. The designs are trendy, yet practical and Allaho and Gormley seem to know exactly what kids would want to wear in today's world.
I like the fact that there is Information written especially for children's garment making including Gauge, Sizing, Choosing Yarns and Blocking Techniques. There are also two pages on Special Techniques, which through photos and easily understandable text, teach the reader How-To's for 3 different crochet techniques that are very popular among crocheters today.
There is a great page of Tips and Tricks written by the designers as they were writing the book that should be helpful to anyone crocheting a pattern from this book." Jocelyn Sass said.
"Crocheting Clothes Kids Love is every grandmother’s dream: a go-to resource for best-dressed grand-kids! What fun! I have already added several from the twenty-eight featured projects to my To-Do list. When my heart skips a beat and I go right to my stash to pick yarn and get started on one of its projects, I know I love a book! That’s the case with this book and I’ve already started on the quick and adorable daisy head band from the headband trio of designs,
This book written by two talented designers is full of colorful photography and fashion-forward instructions to make garments and accessories for school-age kids. New crocheters: don’t be intimidated! You will find lots of helpful information that makes it easy to follow along. Imagine the positive feedback you’ll receive when your very first attempt yields unique and fashionable results. You’ll surely become a lifelong crocheter!
Designed for use with a variety of yarn types, the patterns list the yarn requirements generically which encourages the crocheter to add a personal signature of creativity to the projects. Included are sweaters, vests, a capelet, a dress & skirt, tank top and slipper in styles kids are certain to love plus a variety of accessories." Crochetqueen said.
"Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned crocheter, you probably have favorite items you like to create. If you are a mom and a crocheter, much of your time will be spent crocheting items for your kids. There are a world of fun amigurumi dolls, princess tiaras, pirate eye patches and other cute patterns to make things for children but until recently very few children’s clothes crochet patterns.
The book provides a range of projects from fun and unique accessories like the whimsical wheel necklace and daisy flower headband to wearable sunny day skirts, vests and tank tops. There are also some really cool and fun projects like the Mohawk Earflap Hat and the Zebra Cropped Hoodie sure to appeal to kids’ fun and whimsical side. The patterns are straightforward and clearly explained and categorized into easy, intermediate and more advanced.
I love the diversity of projects in the book and the many tips, tricks and loads of guidance provided, especially in helping explain the construction of each project, how to plan it and how to execute it even before you begin to crochet.
With each pattern and project, specific instructions on finishing, detailing and assembly are also provided, making the book much more accessible for crocheters of all different levels. Take for instance the Plate Steel Tunisian Crochet T-Shirt. The pattern provides clear instructions for each of the special stitches used, detailed information on the type of yarn, gauge and hook as well as the stitch instructions for each section of the T shirt. But it goes a step further to provide a full schematic of the shirt’s construction as well as assembly, finishing and edging.
As a beginning crocheter myself, I plan to start with the easy level patterns like the daisy headband, the graphic messenger bag and the girl’s charm bracelet. I’ve already learned several new things about crochet including the very useful invisible fasten off to help make projects look cleaner and more professional.
The fun thing about Crocheting Clothes Kids Love is that it’s a book you can build your skills as a crocheter while your children grow. You can start with the easier projects and work your way up to the more challenging ones. You can also involve your kids in helping choose the patterns and projects they want to wear and choosing the colors. My older daughter has already asked me to make her the lacy sundress in pink and I will make the prim wristers for my preschooler. Even my hubby has gotten in a request - for the Mohawk earflap hat!" Jamie Etheridge said.