I'm really excited about today's subject! Crochet for children is a magnificent website for those looking to make children smile all year round. Many of you who read this blog are fiber artists who share their work with children around the world. Today's resource, Crochet For Children, is a bonanza of great ideas.
Crochet For Children is described on their facebook page as "Cute Crochet Items For Children and Babies, Step by Step Crocheting Tutorials." Now everyone knows how much I love working for children and children's charities. Because I both knit and crochet as well as loom knit I am always looking for great resources to share. Crochet For Children is one site that will fill up that project list FAST. (like I need that kind of help, LOL!)
The first thing that caught my eye about the Crochet For Children website is that it is highly organized. Every pattern is linked properly and under each pattern is a list of similar patterns! For instance, if you click on the pattern for the "Everyday Fingerless Gloves", you will find that there is a section entitled "You might also like:" containing other patterns for an infant headband and the "Everyday Blanket". The site, containing hundreds of patterns, is super easy to navigate with a search box at the bottom of the page. Of course, you can find a discussion about the patterns on the Facebook page. Always fun to see what others are thinking about the various patterns.
Now for my favorites. I could spend days collating and printing fabulous, easy, fun patterns found on Crochet For Children. Beginners can count on Crochet For Children for great projects that would be perfect for charitable giving. The "Springtime Set" is one such project. The set, originally found on lionbrand.com, is created with the "fun" yarn which has been discontinued but was a bulky yarn. (when in doubt check Ravelry's yarn library) Beginners, using the search engine at the bottom of the page, can find instructions for the various crochet stitches, tips, and patterns. Patterns for beginners include everything from hats to blankets. No fear that you have to be an expert to crochet for charity.
I am also crazy for baby blankets. I do not know why, but I collect baby blanket patterns like some people collect stamps. It's a little crazy. Obviously, I couldn't make that many baby blankets in a million years LOL. Crochet For Children gives those who crochet for groups like Project Linus and Binky Patrol plenty of patterns to enjoy. I have a few favorites :) The beautiful "Cherry Blossom Blanket" is just what the doctor ordered for children in hospital wards around the world. Its sweet design makes the heart smile :) The "Citrus Stripe Blanket", designed by Susan Carlson of The Felted Button, is a very sweet free pattern that is a totally unisex blanket for children. Happy colors, happy kids. (Susan Carlson's specialty) We couldn't close this section without a "scrappy" blanket. No sense in throwing out those odds and ends! The "Lazy Waves" blanket is a great way to use up leftover yarn!
I learned to read patterns but it never hurts to have a tutorial to help give a visual on a pattern or a stitch. Crochet For Children offers links to tutorials galore! There are some crochet stitches that look just amazing but require a little bit of finesse to finish. The "Clam Shell Stitch" is one example. It looks so cool but I needed a tutorial to visualize how to work it. When it comes to crocheting clothing, even those of us who have been crocheting for years need a little help from time to time. This cute "Girl's Summer Bolero", by Wooly Wonders Crochet, is carefully described in a 2 part youtube video. (Wooly Wonders has many great videos on YouTube so don't forget to check those out as well) Love those cute baby headbands but you don't have a clue how to create one? Check out this really brilliant tutorial for a "Baby Head band" (with a flower!).
I like crocheting sets for kids and babies. Ask anyone who has ever asked me about making a gift for a child. My brain starts grinding out ideas like a freight train (or maybe more like, "The Little Engine That Could." LOL) There are some very nice ideas available on Crochet For Children. It is the Winter season here in the Northern Adirondacks so I'm always on the look out for hats! I like these brightly colored "Basic Beanies in All Sizes". Because infants have a hard time regulating their body temperature hats are important. Crochet For Children shared this link for a "Baby Blanket and Hat". The colors used in the example are very eye catching. This set can be made unisex as can the "Sleep Sack with Matching Hat".
There is so much on Crochet For Children I have not covered in this blog post including toys. I hope you'll take the time to check out the site for yourself. Do some exploring (make sure you have lots of time LOL) Thanks to the owners of Crochet For Children for their careful maintenance of the site!
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