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By now you’ve seen a few crochet pattern book references in my blogging. I’d like to share with you all the names of the books (and photos of them to help you scout them out at the store). These little books come in handy when you’re looking for a quick and easy crochet project to complete in a day’s time. They provide you with ALL the necessary materials in lovely, big font at the beginning of each pattern. And, they even tell you what yarn is available in the big box store you’re buying them from. Yes, Wal-Mart is my source for these little books. Five are currently in my collection, but there are several more to purchase, ranging from crochet stitches to crochet hats. Each book costs less than $5, which is killer awesome! Scope them out. Tell me which one you think would tickle your fancy. 🙂
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1.) Hats & Diaper Covers Book Two
Hendrix, Shelle, 2013. Hats & Diaper Covers Book Two. Arkansas: Leisure Arts, Inc.
Six uber cute animal diaper covers and hats are featured in Shelle Hendrix’s book. I’ve created all of them (some more than once!), with the exception of the “Sock Monkey Set” on page 28 (for no reason other than I didn’t have the yarn colors). Every pattern was easy to follow, using either 3 or 4 worsted weight acrylic yarn. Hats & Diaper Covers Book Two is my go-to book if I want to give an expecting Mother a unique, from-the-heart gift.
2.) Yarn Booties for Baby 10 Crochet Designs
2014. Yarn Booties for Baby 10 Crochet Designs. Arkansas: Leisure Arts, Inc.
As stated in its title, there are ten (yes, 10!) beautiful baby booty patterns in this book. As I mentioned before in “I Told Ya I Would,” I did have a little difficulty creating my first set of booties. It wasn’t the pattern, but lack of visualization on my end. Beginners: know that “instep” is the top part of the booty (where baby’s toes are gently tucked under). So, some booties get worked from the instep, sides, sole, and finally cuff. Others are worked from the sole, sides, instep, and then cuff. Hopefully this tid-bit helps you out when you start working on any pair of baby booties. Bottom line is, BABY CROCHET BOOTIES ARE SOO ADORABLE!
3.) Headwraps 10 Crochet Projects
Dayne, Sharlee, 2012. Headwraps 10 Crochet Projects. Arkansas: Leisure Arts, Inc.
Let’s face it – us gals LOVE to start fashion trends and make a fashion statement. Headwraps are the perfect way to do so without breaking the bank! Go out and buy a couple of skeins of acrylic yarn for under $12, and you have an array of gorgeous headwraps ready to go with any outfit. I must confess I’ve only created one headwrap, BUT! It worked up soo quickly that I could have gone through all ten projects in just ONE DAY! Sharlee Dayne includes each pattern for both girls and teens sizes. If you’d like to fit a larger head, I’d recommend going up one hook size from the recommended size given in the pattern. I’ll be posting pictures of the headwraps I create soon!
4.) Dishcloths 11 Crochet Designs
2014. Dishcloths 11 Crochet Designs. Arkansas: Leisure Arts, Inc.
Ohhh, dishcloths! These puppies are such a GREAT gift idea! Work up three designs, fold them to make them look like flowers, and place them in a weaved basket with some fruit, and… viola! An inexpensive, 100% useful gift. There are both circular and square designs available. If you ask me, they’re ALL very pretty and colors can easily be changed to suite the theme of your kitchen. 100% cotton yarn is used, making them ultra absorbent and full of texture. I’ve tried and completed one design – can’t wait to finish the other ten! Go on. Start making your gifts for Christmas! Really. It’s never too early for that!
5.) Baby Afghans to Crochet 7 Crochet Designs
2013. Baby Afghans to Crochet 7 Crochet Designs. Arkansas: Leisure Arts, Inc.
While I have not started on a baby afghan, I did purchase this book for a reason – I promise! Each finished blanket is in the ball park of about 3 ft. x 4 ft. (give or take), meaning it won’t take long to finish each project. Be sure to use a SOFT acrylic yarn (3 worsted weight) to ensure that baby will be comfortable when your blanket touches his or her delicate skin. There are a few Intermediate levels, but most are Easy. I’m really, really excited to start on a baby afghan. Hope to have time in the very near future. Will keep you posted on my progress. 😀