It's always great when a pattern book not only has a whole bunch of patterns, but also has a lot of things that you'd actually want to make. Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Babies and Toddlers by Norah Gaughan and the Berroco Design Team, has a whopping 50 patterns for knitters and crocheters who want to outfit little ones in style.
Inspired by modern art, vintage style and a variety of traditional and more modern-day designs and color choices, these projects all use the affordable Berroco yarns Comfort and Vintage, both of which are also machine washable.
About the Book
- Pages: 160
- Format: paperback with flaps
- Number of patterns: 26 knitting patterns and 21 crochet patterns (the book counts it as 50 total; some projects include more than one piece)
- Skill level: none given, but range from beginner to advanced
- Sizing: most garments range from 3 to 24 months, though some take a smaller portion of those sizes
- Illustrations: full-color photographs
- Knitting lessons: abbreviations for knit and crochet are given, as well as a three-page "special techniques" section
- Publication date: October 2012
As mentioned above, this book includes a selection of knit and crochet patterns for babies and toddlers up to two years of age. Because this is a knitting website, I'll focus on the knitting patterns, but there are some really cute crochet projects here, too, and I think if you're a multi-crafter you're definitely going to want to pick up this book.
On the knitting side there are 13 blankets, a bib, a couple of hats, a romper, a bunting, a couple of toys and some cardigans, coats and sweaters. It's a nice range of stuff that is sure to keep you interested if you happen to knit a lot of different things for a lot of different babies.
It didn't strike me immediately, but I did notice there are no patterns for socks or baby booties in this book, which some will see as a big oversight.
The patterns I really love here are the ones that have that Norah Gaughan/Berroco style, using bold colors and interesting shapes. For example, the Kumquat Blanket is mostly Stockinette Stitch with five pinwheels made up of five different colors of yarn running just off-center. I'd really like to have one of these on the back of my couch.
Other cuties include the Campus Onesie, which uses classic onesie design elements including snaps and lapped shoulders and has sweet two-row stripes; the Compass Cap, which uses big, graphic cables seen again in a round blanket; the Yuzu Blanket, pictured on the cover; it has a background of Stockinette with a shell edging and half circles of Garter Stitch sewn on top; Bertie Bird, a pretty little birdie with Feather and Fan wings and tail (brilliant!); and the super-cute Tuxedo Romper, with a frilled collar and a ruffle running down the front.
The patterns feature big photographs and a lot of them have adorable kids in them, which just makes everything look cuter.
There are a lot of cute pattern in Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Babies & Toddlers. I like this book particularly for people who are comfortable with both knitting and crochet because there are some really great crochet patterns in here, too (speaking of projects I want on my couch, I'd take one of the crocheted High Fidoodlity Blankets as well). It's just a better value if you could potentially make any of the projects in the book rather than being limited to half of them because you only know how to knit.
Still, if you love Berroco and Norah Gaughan designs, you'll probably want to pick up this book anyway and have fun exploring the shapes and colors of these great designs.