Crochet for children

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I crocheted these 3 sweaters

I crochet 3 sweaters each for a little girl.

This is the sweater for the 5 year old.

Back of sweater
This is the back of the sweater for the 5 year old.[slideshow]

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I was crocheting a sweater for my oldest granddaughter that I thought she could grow into. I am trying the sweater on her as I was working on it. It just so happens that the short little girl started a big growth spurt as I started the sweater. It is now too small for her. I have not had that problem since her aunt was little about 27 years ago.

Back then I was crocheting a little jumper for my oldest daughter. By the time I finished it a week later she had grown to the point it was 2 sizes too small. I then saved it for her little sister the mother of my granddaughters. She wore the jumper to day care as did their younger sister. It was too warm for them to wear often as we live in a warm climate.

I am now looking for white yarn in a sport weight so the sweaters will be used when in the A/C. The sport weight yarn is also good for young children to wear as many times worsted weight yarn is too hot for them. Unless it is outdoor winter wear then the lighter weights are best. 

I finished the sweater that I started because I thought I will give it as part of a baby shower gift next month.  I also have a white sweater and a white with off white sweater crocheted in the worsted weight for my granddaughters. These sweaters are long sleeve bulky looking that I did with a 9 mm hook for most if it and then the lower part of the sleeves I switched to a 6.5 mm hook. I added one set of ties to the front of the white one and I think I will put 2 sets of ties on the other one.

I had also crochet two Rapunzel hats for the granddaughters as well.  One is done in rose with a pink flower and the other is pink with a rose color flower so the girls will know that it is theirs and the other one is her sister’s hat.  I hope their mom will be ok with it as she thinks they should be the same.  The one for the younger child has shorter braids and the older child’s hat has longer braids.

Many baby or children’s blankets can be crocheted in sport weight of worsted weight as well as the sweaters and jumpers.  Many times the children will like bright colors but adults prefer pastel colors for children’s blankets.  I like to ask what the child’s favorite colors are so the child will want to use the blanket.  I also like to as what the parents preferences are if the blanket is for a newborn.  

      Many times I crochet the colors of the parent’s favorite sport team.  This makes for non-traditional colors for a baby blanket.  Many sport teams use bright and/or contrasting colors.  Babies and young children like bright colors and contrasting colors.  They do not like pastel colors as much as pastels look blurry and the bright colors catch their eyes better thus helping with eye sight in the growing child.

Note: The picture of the blanket is crocheted in royal blue and orange is for my daughter the mother of my granddaughters and my “Gator” fan in my family.

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2 thoughts on “Crochet for children

    • The sport weight blankets are better in my opinion for babies but for older children the worsted weight is good. But it depends on what the blanket is going to be used for. If it is to wrap or swaddle the baby then yes sport weight is a better choice. But in very cold weather the worsted weight blanket would be better for taking baby outside as you see parents caring the baby in the car seats. Also if the baby is being placed on the floor for some tummy time then the worsted weight blanket could be better. Then again it is the parents or grandparents preference.

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