Title: Cozy Toes For Baby
Author: Chantal Garceau and Mary J. King
Publisher: Martingale, 2014
Photographer: Brent Kane
Before I share my review of this adorable book, I want to share a little more information about why this book was created.
This book is dedicated to the Masheheni children and the Imani Project. The first orphaned child Chantal Garceau (Co-Author of Cozy Toes For Baby) sponsored through the Imani Project became the inspiration for her Charitable Enterprise, Chantal’s Little Shoes.
Chantal’s Little Shoes is a volunteer-driven company. The baby shoes are sold online and in Seattle-area markets. These sales allow Chantal’s Little Shoes to sponsor 10 orphaned children with foster families in their own villages and provide them with food, clothing, medicine and school supplies.
The motto of Chantal’s Little Shoes is
“Give a little love …give a little shoe”.
Proceeds from your purchase of Cozy Toes For Baby are used to support sanitation, health and education projects in the children’s communities.
You can also find more information about Chantal’s Little Shoes on their Facebook Page. To find out how to volunteer to help with this fantastic venture and/or purchase kits to make additional little shoes visit the following links:
and here is My Review!
I want to try to make a pair of these adorable little shoes!
Each shoe is made from the same basic pattern and has a leather sole. It is also felted! I have wanted to try felting for a very long time.
The basic little shoe pattern is sized to fit 0-3 months (XS), 3-6 months (S), 6-12 months (M), 12-18 months (L) and 18-24 months (XL). The instructions included provide the specific measurements you need to reach for each size, both before and after you have felted the little shoes, as well as after you have added the little leather soles.
All sizes need 1 skein of 100% wool yarn of medium worsted weight. A 5 mm (H-8) hook is suggested. Since these are made to fit it is highly recommended a gauge swatch be done. The instructions to make the swatch are also included.
The book includes a diagram you can use to compare the finished size of your shoe to the specified size for the pattern. This makes it very easy to determine if you have crocheted the appropriate size!
The pattern for each pair of shoes is the same; however, instructions and templates are provided to make the following variations:
- Fresh Watermelon
- Ollie Owl
- Panda Bear
- Silly Monkey
- Sparky Dog
The variations listed above, require additional skeins and colours of wool yarn so it is best to double check which colours you need for your pattern before you begin.
At the beginning of each of the above Pattern Variations the specific size(s) and measurements are provided. I know this is a repeat of information contained elsewhere but I prefer this – it makes it easier for me to follow a pattern when everything I need is in one spot and I do not need to flip back and forth (or scroll back and forth in the eBook version) to find what I need.
Felting Instructions are provided on pages 34 – 36 and there are a lot of fantastic tips and tricks provided I have never seen or heard of before.
The soles are explained on pages 37 – 38.
To me this book is valuable for the felting instructions and sole making instructions alone!
All the abbreviations and basic stitches are included from page 40-45. Diagrams are included for the stitches, as well as, the detailed written explanations.
Cozy Toes for Baby also includes ‘A Gift Insert to Copy and Give’ on page 39 and the patterns for each size of the leather soles are provided on pages 46 and 47.
You can find more out about the Authors (p 48), Online Sources (p 48) and Acknowledgements (p 48) at the end of this 48 page book.
As an added bonus there is an online project available to those who purchase this book – an online download link is provided to receive the Teddy Bear Shoes!
Cozy Toes for Baby is an excellent book and an excellent resource if you want to try felting and adding leather to your crochet projects. I definitely recommend this book and I really want to try to make a pair of these little shoes! I love the Little Froggy shoes and the Little Ladybug shoes! I only wish they were in MY size too!
To purchase your own copy of Cozy Toes for Baby, Sweet Shoes to Crochet and Felt please visit one of the following links.
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A special thanks to Martingale for providing me with a review copy of this book! All images used with permission from Martingale and their Photographer Brent Kane.