It seems like yesterday that my best friend was welcoming her first grandbaby! I’m sure Anja, who is now six would be sure to inform us of how grown up she is, thank you very much!
But the occasion called for a very special gift, and I loved that the pieces in this book were just a little bit different from many baby patterns. These are probably not projects for beginning crocheters, but they weren’t too difficult. Of course, some of the directions didn’t seem to come out quite right on the count, so I had to rework portions of the pattern. But there are very few patterns that seem to actually be correct. I’m only surprised when I find one that is right any more.
This American School of Needlework book is by Diana L. Sippel. It was a little more expensive than some similar books, but I felt that I wasn’t getting the same old patterns with just a tiny bit of new material thrown in.
There are eleven different items to make, and they all are designed around a similar theme. You can mix and match the items to make nice sets with simple color coordination. The items are: a blanket, a sleeveless onesie, pullover sweater, pants, booties, hat, skirt, two cardigans, a short-sleeved shirt, and overalls. The basic design is a crocheted seed stitch with a petal design worked in that looks something like a flower bud with little leaves around it.
Since the expected baby’s parents love purple I used the suggested colors (white, moss green, and lavender) for the two items I made. I made the blanket and the onesie. They are done in baby sport yarn and sizes given in the directions are for 3 months and 6 months. I regret that I never took a picture of my work before I sent it off to Philadelphia.
I was a little concerned about how evenly the blanket would turn out because it is worked in eight long strips which you then sew together. But they came out just fine, and sewed together so perfectly that it looked as if it had been worked in one piece. Making it in these panels results in a large scalloped edge on the ends of the blanket.
I love the little overalls, and suspect that some future baby I can’t escape caring about might be the recipient of those. I can picture the whole set in white, bright yellow, and soft green for a spring baby. And of course there are those who love the timeless pink (but I’m not in those ranks... sorry).
You can occasionally find this book on line through eBay or other used book outlets.