I just received my copy of Crocheting Clothes Kids Love, the new book co-authored by Shelby Allaho (@stitchstory) and Ellen Gormley (@GoCrochet). Before I opened it I suspected that I’d find it beautiful and inspiring but largely irrelevant to me since I don’t have or craft for kids. When I opened it I found it beautiful and inspiring … and largely relevant to me because so many of the designs can easily be adapted to an adult size to fit my own style. This shows that the items are contemporary and cute and while certainly suitable for the kids they’re intended for are also definitely inspirational for anyone.
What I’d Wear
Let’s start with a visual of a few of the crochet projects from the book that I could definitely scale to myself and would happily wear:
More About the Crochet Book
These are just a handful of the projects in the book. There are more than two dozen crochet patterns to be found here. Many of them are clothes but there are also crochet slippers and lots of accessories for kids like legwarmers, a backpack and hairbands. The book also has some great tips and information – some basic to crochet (like gauge) and some specific to crocheting for kids (smart yarn coices for this niche, for example). The book has a really fun design, with bold coloring and little drawings that capture childlike wonder without being childish.
About the Crochet Authors
Ellen Gormley is a crochet designer whose first book, Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workshop was published in 2011. She followed that up with her book on Bruges Lace Crochet. When I reviewed that last one I said, “I can’t wait to see what she does next” and with this new book I am certainly not disappointed.
Shelby Allaho is a crochet designer whose work I love to follow on her blog because she’s really inventive in the shapes that she works with (particularly in crochet jewelry design) and she shares a lot of great information about how she tweaks her designs for innovation.
Both women have had their designs published in Interweave Crochet and Inside Crochet among other places and can be found on Ravelry.
I really love that this book was a collaboration between two designers. It can be difficult to collaborate, especially if you are used to working alone (which I’m just guessing from my own experience that these designer/authors often do). But when you can collaborate, something greater than the sum of each person’s parts comes out and I think that’s very true of what’s happened here.
About the Crochet Photographer
I just want to give a shoutout to Nancy J.S. Langdon who was the photographer for this book. The items are photographed in truly beautiful ways, set in lovely settings and yet with a great emphasis on the detail of the crochet itself. The pictures make the book a nice coffee table book as well as a crochet pattern book.