Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Book Review: Modern Baby Crochet by Stacey Trock

March 6, 2014
Modern Baby Crochet by Stacey Trock


I like to always have at least one baby gift on hand because nine months flies by really quickly and it is too much pressure to wait until the last minute to make a baby gift. Modern Baby Crochet is my new go-to pattern source for choosing the next gift on my to-do list! As Stacey Trock’s website indicates, she puts a fresh spin on the look of baby projects.

Bold & Bright: Mondrian-Inspired Afghan
Stacey encourages her readers to step it up a notch when it comes to choosing colors. She says modern babies don’t need to be stuck with just pastels anymore! Focused on the hub of baby’s life, the nursery, the twenty-one designs are divided into 3 color groups: Bold & Bright, Pretty in Pastel and Naturally Neutral.

Pretty in Pastel: Crinkly Toy
Before even getting to the projects, crocheters receive a wealth of crochet knowledge about gauge, choosing hook size and finishing techniques. Presented in a comfortable and nurturing tone, I felt like I was in the classroom actually learning from Stacey! Her anatomy of a stitch section is excellent; and I have found that learning to recognize the parts of the crochet stitches is half the battle for new crocheters who struggle with pattern reading. Be sure to read all of the instructional pages before getting started. Taking a little time with this will surely lead you to success! Obviously experienced with baby’s and their most snugly needs, Stacey is also careful to stress the safety aspect, and she includes instructions on making baby-safe embroidered eyes.

Naturally Neutral: Buzzy Bee Mobile
Modern Baby Crochet is published by Martingale and they have also published two other baby-oriented books by Stacey Trock: Cuddly Crochet (2010) and Crocheted Softies (2011). it retails  for $22.99, and is also available in a Kindle version.
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