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I was very excited when Martingale sent me a sample copy of Modern Baby Crochet – Patterns for Decorating, Playing, and Snuggling to review. The patterns in this book are designed by Stacey Trock.
The book has some very colourful and modern baby patterns –
I loved the Bold and Bright Section – especially the Rainbow Granny Squares Afghan and the Colorful Wiggle Pillow.
My favourite pattern in the book is the Asymmetrical Basket-Weave Blanket. It has a subtle elegance about it – my Nana would have called it ‘classy’ and I think it would make a beautiful gift.
You can view all the photos from the book on Martingale’s site.
The book also includes some fun stuffed toys, mobiles, play mats/rugs and bookends –
I was going to make Zabby the Giggle Monster for Drew; however, he had other plans.
He was insistent he must have the BEAR! He kept repeating “Andrew’s Bear” over and over…so…of course I made the bear 😉
The pattern I tried is called Teddy Bear Bookends and there is a note indicating how you can transform the bookends into Cuddly Teddy Bears – which is what I did.
I used Bernat Handicrafter Cotton and a 4.00 mm crochet hook (5.00 mm was recommended but my stitches were too large so I went down a hook size). I used safety eyes, since Drew is almost 3-years old – the book recommends crocheting eyes from Zabby the Giggle Monster’s pattern to embellish the Teddy; to make it safer for babies.
The instructions were very easy to follow – especially since the format was similar to how I word my patterns. For example, the written instructions state the number of times you need to crochet into each stitch, rather than indicating “increase” or “decrease”.
Every technique you need to know is included in the book – even the joining stitches.
The assembly instructions are precise – right down to the stitch you need to use to join the arms and legs to the body of the bear.
I crocheted the Teddy in a few hours and was able to finish it just as Drew woke from one of his rare naps.
He loves his bear – but don’t just take my word for it 🙂
If you are looking for a crochet book featuring modern baby patterns – this book is for you!
Modern Baby Crochet includes 21-patterns – in a variety of options: Bold and Bright, Pretty in Pastel and Naturally Neutral. A selection for every type of nursery.
Here are some of Stacey Trock’s other Crochet Books (Affiliate Links):