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Book Review: Crocheting Clothes Kids Love by Shelby Allaho and Ellen Gormley

Tuesday, April 2, 2014
Crocheting Clothes Kids Love 

by Shelby Allaho & Ellen Gormley
Ellen Gormley is the new editor of Crochet! Magazine. She says in the book that she stitched more than 80 afghans before beginning her design career in 2004. Shelby is an award-winning designer who has widely published her unique accessory designs widely.

Crocheting Clothes Kids Love is every grandmother’s dream: a go-to resource for best-dressed grand-kids! What fun! I have already added several from the twenty-eight featured projects to my To-Do list. When my heart skips a beat and I go right to my stash to pick yarn and get started on one of its projects, I know I love a book! That’s the case with this book and I’ve already started on the quick and adorable daisy head band from the headband trio of designs, for Chloe!

Daisy Headband
Bow Band
This book written by two talented designers is full of colorful photography and fashion-forward instructions to make garments and accessories for school-age kids. New crocheters: don’t be intimidated! You will find lots of helpful information that makes it easy to follow along. Imagine the positive feedback you’ll receive when your very first attempt yields unique and fashionable results. You’ll surely become a lifelong crocheter!

Designed for use with a variety of yarn types, the patterns list the yarn requirements generically which encourages the crocheter to add a personal signature of creativity to the projects. Included are sweaters, vests, a capelet, a dress & skirt, tank top and slipper in styles kids are certain to love plus a variety of accessories.
Chelsea Caplet

Lacy Sundress
Rochelle Hat
I'll be making this hat over and over to have on hand for baby showers and I'll be the hit of the party with my gift. Love, love it!

Crocheting Clothes Kids Love was published in December 2013 and is available in softcover from Creative Publishing for $24.99.

Comments

deb said…
I'm not a grandmother but I can feel your excitement over the projects in this book. I have used many of Shelley's jewelry patterns for inspiration in the past few years. I know adult ladies who would also enjoy the headbands.

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