6 Tips on Crocheting For Kids and Babies

May 14, 2012

I love cashmere and lambswool, delicate lace and elegant high necklines, and the perfect row of buttons. All of these little details can combine to create phenomenal garments and accessories for adults, but they don't necessarily work as well for kids.


 
Joni Jumper by Robyn Chachula
 

When you are choosing a pattern or designing your own crochet pattern for kids and babies, there are suddenly a different set of priorities for yarn choice, neckline design, and embellishments. The finished crocheted garments need to be easily wearable, safe for little ones, and washable. Robyn Chachula is one of my favorite children's wear designers, and she has a few great tips for designing and crocheting for babies and kids.

Embellishments

And speaking of buttons, remember that small buttons can be a choking hazard for babies and toddlers. If you are using them as embellishments, make sure they are stitched very firmly in place. I love the crocheted frogs in Robyn's Stella Jacket. Another great embellishment option is appliqués. Add a fun dinosaur, a lacy doily, or a little monster to liven up a cardigan or pullover.

 

 
Hunter Pullover by Robyn Chachula

Finishing

Whether pulling on their sleeves, sliding across the floor on their bellies, or snuggling their favorite stuffed animal, children are not generally know for treating their clothing gently. When you are weaving in loose ends, make sure you are weaving the loose ends several stitches in multiple directions. If you are seaming a garment, choose a seam that is sturdy and not likely to stretch. A slip stitch or single crochet seam are good options. If you are whipstitching a seam or embelishment, make sure to work under multiple loops with each stitch.

For more tips on Yarn, Neckline, Stitch Pattern, and Color, check out Robyn Chachula's 4 Best Tips for Designing Baby Sweaters.

Yarn: Babies spit up frequently, and small children are better than a GPS at finding dirt, making handwash-only yarns purely impractical. Read more . . .

Neckline: If you have ever tried to dress a baby or toddler, you know that getting a pullover neckline over their head is the most apprehensive step of the process. Read more . . .

 
Stella Jacket by Robyn Chachula
 

Stitch Pattern: Despite lace's beauty, the many openings in the pattern are the perfect obstacles for little fingers as they slide through sleeves. Read more . . .

Color: For a unique sweater that Mom, Dad, and child will love, walk right past those pastels. Read more . . .

Find the perfect pattern for the kids in your life in the Crochet Me Shop or download Design Your Own Crochet Baby Sweater with Robyn Chachula to begin designing your own patterns today.

Best wishes,


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Char55 wrote
on May 14, 2012 10:18 AM

Since babies can also have sensitive skin (my daughter broke out in hives just from being near anything wool when she was a baby) I make sure that I make baby blankets, sweaters and booties with only very soft 100% acrylic yarn. Acrylic yarn is also very durable and can be machine washed & dried without losing it's shape. I have a blanket I made from acrylic yarn from 35 years ago when my kids were little that looks almost good as new...and that blanket has been EVERYWHERE and seen all kinds of "accidents". Just throw it in the washer and then the dryer and you're good to go!

martha63 wrote
on May 14, 2012 10:43 AM

Don't forget that ties can be a choking problem especially with children playing  on playground equipment.

mperkins1 wrote
on May 21, 2012 7:00 PM

When my youngest son was born, a close friend knitted him an absolutely beautiful wool sweater.  He wore it once and spit up all over it.  I washed it by hand and re-blocked it, and never put it on him again.

When I make sweaters, blankets, hats, and such for babies and children, I want them to be worn.  I never, ever make anything out of wool.  It has to go into the washer and into the drier, or it's the wrong yarn.  Babies grow so fast, anyway.  You're lucky to get a couple dozen wearings out of a sweater before it's too small.  The number falls off dramatically if you have to "baby" the fabric.

I kind of feel the same way about the socks I make for my family.  I use acrylic yarn, worsted weight, size 7 needles, and can turn out a nice, heavy pair of socks in a couple of days.  Again, I want them worn!  My grown sons won't bother about hand washing or laying out to dry.  Everything goes into the washer together, usually without regard to color, then into the dryer.  They would end up with felted socks half the size they need for their size 13 feet!  I go with acrylic on sale every time!