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Crochet Patterns for Babies

Anyone will admit that there are few things in life more precious than a pair of crocheted booties on a newborn baby. Homemade crocheted articles are, without a doubt, the coziest gifts sure to bring a smile, and maybe even a tear to any parent-to-be. Crochet patterns for babies are not just limited to footgear, either.

Blankets are the close second to the generally favored booties, though some will fight for its right to first place. They keep the baby warm and safe, and still manage to look beautiful all the while (almost as tall an order as caring for the child himself!) Dresses can also be made with simple crochet patterns for babies. Just picture your pretty princess in a pink frilled crocheted dress. If you're not into the frills (like myself), you can don your sweet little few month old daughter/niece/sister in a nice summery sundress, or a warm sweater for the winter chill (yes, these patterns come in colors other than pink).

And, while your handmade dress or sweater certainly won't need any accouterments, a hat crocheted in a similar or matching pattern can brighten up an otherwise dull baby outfit. Crocheted scratch mittens keep baby's pristine face safe, and are simply adorable, as are bottle warmers, diaper holders, and clothing hampers! Make clean-up simple with a nice crocheted bib or spit up cloth. You won't want to get your baby dressed once he's wrapped in one of these cute hooded towels. If you use cloth diapers, crochet a pretty diaper cover to give a simple diaper a colorful touch.

As you can see, the list of crochet patterns for babies and baby supplies is nearly endless. Try as many as you like because when crocheting items for babies, you enjoy the added bonus of quick results. Since these pieces are smaller than their adult counterparts, production time is dramatically decreased. A beautiful pair of booties, for example, can be finished in an hour (or less if you're a real expert)!

So next time you're stuck the morning of your girlfriend's baby shower without any gift, don't panic. Pull out your needle, and get to work! It will be the talk of the party. If you have time to plan out your present, here's a unique and breathtaking idea; crochet a baby doll.

There are several patterns out there for these dolls, and they range from the sloppy rag doll, to the professionally stitched shelf warmer. I've provided a doll pattern that falls somewhere in the middle. I thought it was cute (though you may prefer a different style). It's one of the easier doll patterns, and can be designed with whatever colors you like. Bear in mind, though, that crocheting dolls is a very difficult project, and, unlike other crochet patterns for babies, will take a good amount of time to complete. If you are up to the challenge, though, you'll be simply ecstatic with the results. And so will your friends!

Here's a great example of those quick and easy booties I was talking about. With this design, you'll never have to worry about baby gifts again! For twins, make two pairs in different colors, and use the alternate color for the ties (i.e. make one pair blue with a white tie, and one pair white with a blue tie). Fun and beautiful, what more could you want?!

Foundation row: Ch 25

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from the hook and in each ch across. Ch 3, and turn.

Row 2-4: Dc in each dc across the row. Ch 3, and turn (except in row 4 do not ch 3 at the end of the row, just turn).

Row 5: Sl st in the first 5 sts, then ch 3 in the 5th st. Dc in the same st, and then in the next 12 sts, leaving the last 4 sts undone. Ch 3, and turn.

Row 6 and 7: Dc in each dc across the 14 sts, ch 3, and turn.

Row 8: Sc into 1st st near the hook, ch 3, sc in next st, and repeat across to make a ruffle.

To finish these dainty little darlings fold the crocheted piece in half and whipstitch up (weave the yarn in and out up the seam of the bootie) using yarn and a big-eyed needle. Then flip the booties right side out (so the seam is on the inside of the bootie). If you're crocheting for a girl, a thin silk ribbon makes for a beautiful tie for the booties.

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