Crocheting for babies and their nurseries is fun with quick results. Stacey Trock has 21 patterns incorporating all skill levels, in her latest book "Modern Baby Crochet". The patterns include afghans, stuffed toys, pillow, rugs, mobiles and more for 'decorating, playing and snuggling'.
Chapters are divided by color choice into bold and bright, pretty in pastel and naturally neutral. Today's nurseries run the gamut when it comes to color scheme. So use the colors as suggested or choose your own.
If this will be your first go round at crocheting...no need to hesitate. Stacey's writing experience covers "Cuddly Crochet" and "Crochet Softies". She will help you find a crochet hook that works for you, yarn choice and by using step by step line drawings and written words, shows you how to crochet stitches and techniques. Follow her tips throughout to improve your skills and make the patterns your own.
'Mondrian-Inspired Afghan" from Piet Mondrian, a Dutch painter is perfect for the bright nursery. This easy 'neoplastic' design consists of white background with a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines, with several of the boxes filled in with primary colors. Baby will enjoy the bold look.
The "Colorful Wiggle Pillow" on the cover is a 3-D ruffle effect. A sophisticated look in or out of the nursery. A rattle is an essential baby toy. Babies enjoy the sound and feel as well as learn to grasp. "Bubble Ring Rattle" is 6" in diameter and has a beginner skill level. It is crocheted using acrylic/wool yarn for easy cleaning.
The book has a lot of great patterns to try. After crocheting the projects, read about finishing (blocking) and care (washing). Think about taking some of these patterns to decorate older children's rooms.