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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway: Little Crochet

Little Crochet: Modern Designs for Babies and Toddlers by Linda Permann with Potter Craft Publishing.
Linda Permann has followed up her first book, Crochet Adorned, with another fun crochet book, Little Crochet. Generally, Linda's patterns in this book are sized from infant to 3T or 4T.  There is a pretty equal balance of patterns for girls and boys.  Her mastery of color comes through in the colorful projects that are even appropriate for beginner crocheters.  How many crocheters were inspired to learn to crochet because of the news a baby was arriving?  MANY!  This book is perfect for expressing that happy feeling that a loved one is expecting.  Whether you have just a few minutes to whip up a crocheted ball to place on a shower gift, a few hours to make a cute beanie the night before the baby shower, or weeks to make a sweater or blanket for a long-awaited arrival, there is something in here you can make to give.

I made the beanie (with a bigger hook and a slightly bigger yarn to accommodate my older child), and I think it looks great!  Here's a photo of my beanie.  I made it for Chief, but it looks like Chickee may steal it... I feel a second beanie coming on to keep the peace.
Blankets, sweaters, toys, accessories... there is a wide variety in the 24 projects. A few of the projects offer photos of alternate color schemes.  All the boy projects can be made in girl colors.  There are 2 pretty dresses and 2 pretty cardigans for girls.  The rest are unisex patterns. Linda took care to make one of the dresses in her signature hybrid sewing/crochet style, perfect for little ones who live in warmer climates!  Those of you who loved Linda's appliques' in her first book will be thrilled to fine little appliques for boys and girls in this book.  Dress up a plain tee (or dare I say, 'cover up a stain with' an applique?  It wouldn't be the first time parents have gotten creative to get more life out of baby's clothes!

Would you like to win a copy?  (psst, you don't get mine, I'm keeping it, but I can have a chance to win one).  Here's the details... Open to US residents, place a comment here with your first name, last initial and city, on this Post by Monday night 11:00 pm EST on Monday 4/18/11. The winner will be randomly drawn from the commenters. I'll announce the winner on Tuesday, 4/19/11.  The winner MUST email me at ellen @ gocrochet dot com  by Friday 4/22/11 11:00 pm EST with your mailing address. If the winner doesn't email by that time, the prize is forfeited and will be given away in my Ravelry chat room the following Wednesday.
In the interest of full disclosure, Potter Craft provided a complimentary copy of the book for review.

29 comments:

wendyb532 said...

would love this book.

wendy z , meriden, ct

Anonymous said...

I am awful at making baby booties. Maybe this book can help me! Would love it!
-Irene I.

Cheryl Moore said...

Please add my name to the drawing!

Cheryl M, Wichita! :)

yardsailor said...

I recently crocheted some baby hats and I was thrilled how quickly they were finished. Would love to have this book, I have it in my wish list on Amazon. Jane G. Seekonk, Ma

Bea said...

Looks like a great book! Bea G., Norman, OK

JoKaren said...

This is on my must have list!

JoKaren M Sausalito CA

Grace said...

I would love to win this book! The patterns look so sweet :)

Grace L.
Castle Rock, Co

Anonymous said...

These look really cute! Sure, I'll toss my (crocheted) hat in the ring!

Deb L., Palatine IL

Jane B., Clarksville TN said...

Great patterns! I love the way you adapted the beanie pattern for a larger child.

Anna Bananas said...

I love this book! pick me pick me! :)
Anna H, Lebanon, ohio

Andrea said...

I would LOVE this book. I've seen so many great patterns in it and I love making things for little ones. :)

Andrea S., Akron, OH

John Hablinski said...

Though babies are pretty much over for those of my generation, my nieces and nephews are just now getting into their turn and I always seem to be searching for new patterns for babies and children. I would love to win a copy of Little Crochet.
John H. of Corpus Christi Texas

Hugbuggal said...

The book looks Amazing - would be so wonderful to have a copy of this book!

Tracy R., Hampton, Va

CrochetBlogger said...

The sneak peeks I've seen on this blog tour make me very interested in the book!

Kathryn V., San Francisco

jmo said...

OH! That book looks fantastic! I just finished a slew of 1 year birthday presents, but i'd love to have options for all of their second years!!

Cheryl Brown said...

I've read several reviews about the book and I am interested in the the Ribbed Cardigan, Sleep Sack, Legwarmers, and Vest for my neice.

persia lou said...

I've got a baby at home who needs some new crocheted goodies. I'd love a copy!

Alexis M.
Las Vegas

Richard Rose said...

While I'm sure this book would be a great addition to my library I'm ineligible as I don't live in the US. Ah well, maybe next time.

CupcakeCatie said...

This book looks amazing, ive been waiting for it to come out for so long! :)

Catlyn L.
Greenville, Ohio

Esther said...

I would love this book and so would my grand-children. New designs. Thank you for the chance to win

mtlion said...

Been wanting a copy of Linda's new book since it came out.
Janice P Tucson AZ

Bz ThingZ said...

might be a fun book to have....

b in gilbert, az

Anonymous said...

I've got some little grandkids who would love some of the things from this delightful book!

Janet K Hoisington, KS

Renee said...

Love that the patterns go a little bigger for my little ones, and plenty of babies to crochet for! Would love to have a go-to book for gifts!
Renee H Englewood, OH

alltheshinythings said...

I need to get me this book! Too many cute things in it!!

treva e said...

All the designs in this book look lovely. I would love to have it to increase my repertoire. For years I had a little booklet, that included a dress, sweater and booties set, a blanket, and made these each time a new baby came to my friends. Now there's much more variety. Love to crochet for kids because its quicker to see your results. Good luck with your re-work. I hate to tear out, but would rather do that, than keep something that I know I will be less than satisfied with..
treva

Lee said...

Looks like such a cute book, thanks for the review.

Megan said...

How fun! I just heard you on a podcast (the Yarn Thing with Marly, I think) from like 2 years ago. I'm glad I came over to visit on your blog! Oh, and I hope I win, this book just looks fantastic!

Megan N
Redlands, Ca

Elora said...

I love Linda's work. I would like to make all of these patterns for my niece!