Upon opening this kit from Annie’s Hook & Needle club my excitement grew, I knew instantly who I was going to crochet this project for – my youngest grand daughter. The kit, titled “Easy Baby Hoodie,” is a sweater type hoodie which could be crocheted to the sizes of 6, 12, 18 or 24 month olds. I opted for the 24 month, as my grand daughter will be two in October.
The kit came with four skeins of yarn: a pale yellow, royal blue, spring green and turquoise. (unmarked labels) approximately 160 to 230 ounces all in light worsted weight acrylic yarn and 1 green button. In order to complete the kit I needed to have on hand, an H crochet hook, a tapestry and sewing needle and matching thread for the button.
This is an easy level pattern which only requires a working knowledge of the chain stitch (The Chain Stitch) , single crochet (The Single Crochet) and the singe crochet join (Single Crochet Decrease) to be able to work the pattern through to completion.
The pattern in regards to crocheting the sweater is easy enough to follow, however, if you have never crocheted a sweater before I believe you might have a problem following the assembling instruction. I knew what they wanted, having crocheting sweaters in the past, but I believe a less experienced crocheter might benefit from some diagrams to better understand the placement of the sleeves for sewing.
I did the following: With right sides together, I pinned the sleeve into the armhole, (under the shoulder) matching the bottom seam to the side seam. Then I whip stitched the sleeve to the body of the sweater, and then down the side seam. Finally, I pulled the sleeve through the arm hole. I regret that I did not take some pictures for a clearer explanation but in my excitement I did not. Next time, I will know better.
My hubby has generously surprised my yarn addiction a few months back with some crochet labels, so the final touch was to attach one with love to the inside of the hoodie and voila, it was ready to give to my youngest grandchild. I enjoyed crocheting this project so much, it was completed in a 24 hour period.
I am rating this kit a eight, losing one point for clarity in the assembly section of the pattern and one for never having a possibly of working with this yarn again. I loved the colors and the yarn worked up beautifully. I know I would, if I could, definitely purchase more yarn and work up a few more hoodies in these colors as gifts.
On the other hand it is one of a kind and for now, I will look forward to seeing my granddaughter wearing this Easy Baby Hoodie for the fall weather. If you have ever crocheted something special for a grandchild, please share. Who knows, your story might inspire a new grandma to start crocheting sweaters, baby clothes, hats, scarfs etc…. for their grandchildren.
Until next time, keep those hooks flying.