From Marcy: I am in an awkward stage in life: I have no babies
in the house! Sometime last week, it seems, all my babies turned into teenagers.
This is all the more sad because Robyn Chachula's Baby Blueprint Crochet
really makes me want to make baby things. Her designs are the
smart, colorful, wearable kinds of things that kids really enjoy
wearing. I caught up with Robyn so she could tell me something about
what inspired her to make these oh-so-kid-friendly designs. Here's Robyn:
Ellie on Parade
Burp Cloth Bib
Crochet and babies go together like peanut butter and jelly. How many
people do you know who learned how to crochet because a baby was
joining their lives? I sure fall into that category.
learned how to crochet while I was taking care of my sister and newborn
niece. While the family napped, I broke out my stitch dictionary to try
a new granny square. By the end of my visit, I had enough grannies to
make my niece a little crochet sampler baby blanket. Also by the end,
I was totally hooked on crochet. All I wanted was more patterns.
I now have 17 nieces and nephews, so I was looking for lots of patterns in a range of sizes. I found lots of frilly pastel baby
things that I would never put my own child in, so I
knew my siblings would not either. As the babies turned into kids, I
kept searching for projects they would like. Often a cute design would turn out to
be difficult to wear or launder. So I started designing sweaters and
toys, following my own Baby Mantra.
Choose the right yarn for the job. Make sure your yarn
is machine washable. Babies spill and
spit up—they just can't help it—so make sure it is easy to clean.
Choose stimulating colors. Babies like bright and bold colors with
lots of contrast. Pastels are really difficult for them to see.
Choose the best style for your baby. Babies
often throw a fit when something gets pulled over their heads. If your baby is
like this, make a cardigan or jacket instead of a pullover. If your
baby crams everything into his mouth, choose a project
that he can't reach (like the Ellie on Parade mobile) or one that can be goobered
on (like Burp Cloth Bib). If your sweetie likes to snuggle with fabric,
then choose a project with pettable fabric (like the Froggie
Blanket) that their fingers won't get tangled in.
your work. Reinforce collars and seams with
grosgrain ribbon behind the snaps. That simple trick will keep your
work from getting stretched out of shape while wrangling the cutie into
Baby-proof your stitches. Weave in the ends really well so those little fingers do not find a way
to unravel all your hard work.
That's it. I just stuck to those 5 rules. And so far my nieces and nephews actually wear and use every gift I have crocheted for them. I
also went with the personality of the pumpkin. For kids always racing
to get outside, make zip-up vests that are easy to throw on for both
mom and baby. The Hank Vest is a perfect example: I created this vest for my nephew Henry who is always racing after his older
siblings. Also, I never try to put a sporty girl in ruffles and
frills, or a little boy in grandpap's clothes. Stay true to their
I hope you enjoy the projects from the book. All the garments in this book are things I would put on
my own kids. The
mobile in the book, Ellie on Parade, hung over my desk while I was finishing the book. My daughter--still a newborn--loved that mobile. To this day, elephants are her favorite
animals, next to dogs that is. I hope these projects become favorites
for your cuties as well!
Babies or no babies, that elephant mobile is on my list! Baby Blueprint Crochet is an inspiring source of crochet for your own work and, even better, you can empower an expectant mom to crochet by giving her this book. If she can't crochet yet, she soon will learn when she sees these great designs! Preorder now to have it for holiday gifts.