Crochet Patterns for Baby

Something about spring always puts me in the mood to crochet baby items. Maybe it’s all the fun and cheerful pastels that pop up everywhere, or maybe watching the little hatchlings in the sparrows’ nest outside my window gives me baby fever when it comes to crafting. Plus, we have several cute and cuddly new patterns that have been inspiring me lately, as well as a few older ones that I keep daydreaming about.

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Bundle of Love

The Bundle of Love Baby Bunting is one new pattern from the Spring Issue of Love of Crochet that is just begging me to make it. Rows of shell stitches alternate with open, lacy rows to create a fabric that’ll keep baby cozy and comfortable. The shells even look like tiny hearts (swoon)! We’re going to welcome a couple new babies into my extended family soon, so I may have to try this darling pattern in two different colors.

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It’s a Hoot Blanket

I really want to up my game when it comes to crochet intarsia, so I’ve had my eye on the It’s a Hoot Blanket for a while now. This cutie is worked entirely in single crochet, and bobbins are used to keep the different strands of yarn in order as you work. I have a soft spot for owls, so I think I’ll make this one for myself – erm, I mean my daughter…

Whenever I’m working on a big project, I like to take a break every now and again by whipping up a quick one. I know not everyone agrees about this, and I totally respect a crocheter who can be loyal to one project at a time. However, I find that a quick pattern really motivates me and gives me the instant gratification a longer pattern just can’t offer.

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Spring Blossom Babies

The Spring Blossom Babies will be perfect for this. Also, toys make awesome travel projects because you can crochet bits and pieces every now and again, and before you know it you have a precious little animal! If you’re making these for a baby, remember to embroider the eyes instead of using plastic ones.

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Fishbowl Beanie

Finally, the baby project I’ll be starting for our spring crochet along on Friday is the adorable Fishbowl Beanie. I’m making this little hat for my daughter, but I might make a couple more for her new cousins. This project comes in a handy kit that will help you take the guesswork out of choosing your yarn for the body of the hat. Each kit has enough yarn to make 2 or 3 hats depending on the sizes, and you can use scrap yarn to crochet the cute fish in all of your favorite colors!

Does the gorgeous spring weather inspire you to make baby items too? Tell us your thoughts here or on Facebook. We can’t wait to hear what you’re making right now!

Modern Baby Crochet – Sweet Tweeter is finished!

I am excited to announce that I’ve finished my (daughter’s) Sweet Tweeter from Modern Baby Crochet! This little guy worked up in a flash, and my only delay was waiting for the squeaker to arrive at my doorstep. I’m glad I waited though, because it makes this darling stuffed animal even more fun!

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All finished!

I made a couple tweaks to the pattern based on the materials I had available. First, the pattern calls for worsted weight yarn, but I fell in love with the teal color of this easy-care DK weight. To make it work, I held the yarn double and used an I hook instead of the H suggested in the pattern. My change worked out nicely, and I love the finished fabric on my birdie.

Also, since I was stitching the yarn from both ends of the skein, I ran out just before the end of the pattern. I had another ball of this same yarn, but since I was so close to being finished I decided that my Sweet Tweeter would simply have a tail that is 4 rounds shorter than the pattern calls for. I think his little tail is pretty cute!

There are several other projects from Modern Baby Crochet in my queue, and I will definitely be making them in the near future. I love how the patterns in this book are cute, bright, and more contemporary than your typical baby patterns. Don’t get me wrong – I adore pastel ruffles and motifs, but it’s nice to switch it up once in a while.

Do you crochet lots of projects for kids or babies? What types of baby projects do you like to make? Do you ever adapt or adjust a pattern to fit your needs? Tell us your experiences here or on Facebook. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Modern Baby Crochet – Sweet Tweeter toy

My daughter and I LOVE birds. We don’t have a pet bird or anything, but they are a favorite stop when we visit the zoo, and she points out every pigeon and goose she sees when we’re at the park. In my crafting, I’ve been known to “put a bird on it” on more than one occasion. I can’t help it – they add a fun and whimsical touch to a project, and they are pretty easy to make. That’s a win-win, in my opinion. Also – I’m ready for spring, and if Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction is correct, I will have to make my own cheery and colorful birds to hold me over until the real songbirds show up!

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The soft grey birds are adorable, but I chose a bright teal.

Right now, I’m in the middle of making the Sweet Tweeter from Modern Baby Crochet for my little bird lover. This cutie has an adorable round shape that’s easy and quick to crochet, and there aren’t too many pieces to sew together. I’m not a big fan of finishing work, so this is a definite plus for me!

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Bird parts

I don’t have any plastic eyes in the right size, so I used the instructions for baby-safe eyes instead of purchasing plastic ones. My kiddo is old enough that plastic eyes wouldn’t be a problem, but the crocheted eyes are definitely the way to go if you’re making this tweeter for a younger child. I did order a plastic squeaker to go inside the toy to make it a little more fun, and I’m eagerly awaiting its arrival so I can finish this cute project!

Who would you make this birdie for, and in what color? I’ll share more photos when my tweeter is finished, and I’d love to see photos of your crocheted toys or bird projects!

My Go-to Guide for Crocheted Baby Gifts

Were you intrigued by our review of Modern Baby Crochet in the Crochet More Issue? If you’re in the market for a cute baby gift, this book has you covered! Whether you’re going to a baby shower or getting a head start on your holiday crafting, there is a project here for every crocheter.

I love how the projects in this book are contemporary, bright, and fun, so they’ll give any nursery a cheerful and current vibe. I have my eye on the Funky Argyle Afghan, and I think it would look phenomenal in green and tan with pink stripes. I have a new little niece to craft for, and this design will be perfect for the decor in her room! The Bubble Ring Rattles are adorable as well, and I can’t wait to watch her play with these handmade toys.

IMG_1140_200pxIf you’re looking for more patterns for baby, check out the Teensy Turtle Baby Set from the Fall 2014 Issue of Love of Crochet. Including a blanket, hat, diaper cover, and even a cape for photographs, this darling set would make a great gift.

IMG_2548_200pxIf you’re in a hurry, the Bear Necessity Hat from the Holiday Crochet Issue can be whipped up in no time. Use scrap yarn to make the eyes, nose, and mouth, and this pattern also becomes a terrific stash-buster!

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Finally, who doesn’t love pandas? Crochet the Panda Party Set from the same issue, and your new arrival will have a cozy hat and pair of pants to wear when the weather gets chilly. The blanket, toy, and beanbag will provide comfort and joy for many years, so this gift will grow with your little one and be enjoyed for a long time.

What is your favorite type of baby gift to crochet? Do you make as many toys as Santa’s elves? Or, perhaps you’re all about afghans? Tell us your go-to baby gifts here, or visit us on Facebook to let us know!