From the best-selling author of Cuddly Crochet and Crocheted Softies, this book is packed with clever, beginner-friendly projects to crochet for baby boys and girls. A great value!
- Take your pick of 21 easy patterns that are ideal for baby showers
- Crochet novel designs that babies and moms will adore: afghans, a blanket with colorful appliqued circles, stuffed-animal bookends, a bee mobile, and textured toys
- Create items singly or in sets; projects are divided into color groups--brights, pastels, and neutrals
I like to always have at least one baby gift on hand because nine months flies by really quickly and it is too much pressure to wait until the last minute to make a baby gift. Modern Baby Crochet is my new go-to pattern source for choosing the next gift on my to-do list! As Stacey Trock's website indicates, she puts a fresh spin on the look of baby projects. Stacey encourages her readers to step it up a notch when it comes to choosing colors. She says modern babies don't need to be stuck with just pastels anymore! Focused on the hub of baby's life, the nursery, the twenty-one designs are divided into 3 color groups: Bold & Bright, Pretty in Pastel and Naturally Neutral.
Before even getting to the projects, crocheters receive a wealth of crochet knowledge about gauge, choosing hook size and finishing techniques. Presented in a comfortable and nurturing tone, I felt like I was in the classroom actually learning from Stacey! Her anatomy of a stitch section is excellent; and I have found that learning to recognize the parts of the crochet stitches is half the battle for new crocheters who struggle with pattern reading. Be sure to read all of the instructional pages before getting started. Taking a little time with this will surely lead you to success! Obviously experienced with baby's and their most snuggly needs, Stacey is also careful to stress the safety aspect, and she includes instructions on making baby-safe embroidered eyes.
Review from Paula Moliver, Hartford Knitting Examiner, March 2014
Crocheting for babies and their nurseries is fun with quick results. Stacey Trock has 21 patterns incorporating all skill levels, in her latest book Modern Baby Crochet. The patterns include afghans, stuffed toys, pillow, rugs, mobiles and more for "decorating, playing and snuggling". Chapters are divided by color choice into bold and bright, pretty in pastel and naturally neutral. Today's nurseries run the gamut when it comes to color scheme. So use the colors as suggested or choose your own.
If this will be your first go round at crocheting...no need to hesitate. Stacey's writing experience covers Cuddly Crochet and Crocheted Softies. She will help you find a crochet hook that works for you, yarn choice and by using step by step line drawings and written words, shows you how to crochet stitches and techniques. Follow her tips throughout to improve your skills and make the patterns your own.
"Mondrian-Inspired Afghan" from Piet Mondrian, a Dutch painter is perfect for the bright nursery. This easy "neoplastic" design consists of white background with a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines, with several of the boxes filled in with primary colors. Baby will enjoy the bold look. The "Colorful Wiggle Pillow" on the cover is a 3-D ruffle effect. A sophisticated look in or out of the nursery. A rattle is an essential baby toy. Babies enjoy the sound and feel as well as learn to grasp. "Bubble Ring Rattle" is 6" in diameter and has a beginner skill level. It is crocheted using acrylic/wool yarn for easy cleaning. The book has a lot of great patterns to try. After crocheting the projects, read about finishing (blocking) and care (washing). Think about taking some of these patterns to decorate older children's rooms.
Review from Jeanette Benoit, All Free Crochet.com, March 2014
Modern Baby Crochet by Stacey Trock features 21 super easy patterns that both babies and moms will love. Choose from a variety of patterns including afghans, pillows, bookends, mobiles, and more. This 80-page book includes full page color photographs of each project, as well as additional images and diagrams as needed. The projects are divided into color groups [of] brights, pastels, and naturals, so it's super easy to find patterns that match the nursery room decor. Whether you are searching for the perfect homemade gift to make for an upcoming baby shower, or you are expecting your very own little bundle of joy, this is a must-have book of crochet baby patterns. The modern projects you will find inside offer a refreshing take on the traditional crochet baby patterns. Instead of plain afghans and traditional pillows, you will find trendy crochet patterns with interesting design (think geometric shapes, argyle design, and scalloped edges, just to name a few).
Review from Yarn Market News, May 2014
Stacey Trock's latest offering goes beyond the adorable crocheted toys and softies she's best known for, expanding further into baby's nursery. A full third of the 21 patterns-all appropriate for either girls or boys are blankets, from the "Mondrian-Inspired Afghan" in signature red, yellow, blue and white to the "Asymmetrical Basket-Weave Blanket", which resembles a quarter of a traditional log cabin. True to its "modern" designation, the book's designs are clean and relatively simple, though there's room for crocheters to learn something new, from appliqué to surface embroidery. Adorable toys, mobiles, rattles and pillows round out the offerings and give plenty to choose from when planning a gift for your next baby shower.
"I bought the modern baby crochet but I find it hard to do the colorful wiggle pillow . I did one part and would like to know it there is a YouTube tutorial.
Hi Afifa, we don't have a Youtube tutorial for the pattern you mention, but please give us a call at 1-800-426-3126 and we'll try and help. --Martingale customer service"
– Afifa Behbehani
"Modern Baby Crochet has an array of gorgeous designs that are not like traditional crochet patterns. The designs are whimsical, bright, colorful, and beautiful to work up. I love the all of the projects in this book. I especially love the Teddy Bear Bookends. The instructions are written very clearly and are really easy to follow. The guide of basic stitches and finishing instructions are great to help you complete your project. I would definitely recommend Modern Baby Crochet to anyone that is looking for fun, fresh projects to make for their little one or for someone for their baby shower!"
– Amy R.
"Modern Baby Crochet by Stacey Trock is a great beginner’s book. I particularly love that the book goes over the basics of crochet first, as well as several techniques like changing colors, weaving in ends, surface crochet. Unlike my mother, who is really great, I’m terrible at crochet. So, I was really pleased to see that Trock chose to include beginner basics.
I like that it’s not all baby blankets, although I love the Asymmetrical Basket-Weave Blanket. There are several toys like the Bubble Ring Rattle, Sea Urchin Pouf (which I love and want for me), and Sweet Tweeter (how cute is that name?). I have a soft-spot for crochet toys. They’re small, easy, and offer relatively quick satisfaction. The Sea Urchin Pouf would be a little less quick to the satisfaction, but I would love a few of these to toss all over the living room.
All-in-all I think this is a great addition to any aspiring or proficient crocheter’s library. No babies in your life? No problem. Several of the projects could easily fit into any “grown-up” home. There are definitely a few things from this book I’d like in my own home. I definitely recommend checking out this book."
– Anastasia - For the Knit of It
"This book contains loads of ideas for decorating a nursery. From stuffed animals to mobiles, you'll be sure to find something that will complement the decor of your nursery. Definitely patterns/designs that you won't find just anywhere. Very modern and contemporary in design. Book has great illustrations in the how-to section so if you run across a technique you aren't familiar with, you can easily figure it out by the words as well as the illustrations! There are "quick tip" sections throughout that contain great information. "
"Modern Baby Crochet offers a variety of designs from the more modern aesthetic to the traditional. I love the designs offered in this book - my favourite is the Asymmetrical Basket-Weave Blanket. The colours used in the book are beautiful; the written instructions are clear and easy to follow and all the basic stitches/techniques you need to know are included. There is great value in this book - it will provide you with inspiration to create projects for friends, family and even your own children in years to come."
– Rhondda Mol
"I had been familiar with author Stacey Trock's amigurumi, but hadn't seen too many other patterns released by her. I was pleasantly surprised by the patterns in this book. They are modern (like the title implies) and there is something for every skill level, from easy to experienced and every style from practical to whimsical.
The patterns are sectioned off by colors used. So whether you’re looking for something Bright & Bold, Pretty in Pastel, or Naturally Neutral you’ll be able to easily find a pattern that will appeal to you.
Not only does this book have some adorable patterns, but it has a wealth of information on hooks and yarn, tips for new crocheter’s, tips for specific projects in the book, and help for beginners; including stitches and technique help sections.
If you love making things for baby this would be a welcome addition to most crochet libraries."
"I was familiar with Stacey Trock's amigarumi animals, I was really excited to see her take on baby crochet items.
I was looking for patterns for baby items and I felt like I kept coming across the same things, Stacey's book offers a lot of fresh new alternatives. While the book is marketed towards baby projects, all of the patterns are also great for adults. The grey asymmetrical blanket is one of my favorites, it's so simple yet unique.
Stacey is a crochet teacher, and that is really evident in this book. The instructions are so well written and the diagrams are extremely clear and easy to follow. It covers everything from choosing yarn to how to hold your crochet hook, it's a really great guide for beginner crocheters.
The crochet projects are all items that could be used in a nursery and there are three different sections - bold and bright, pretty in pastel, and naturally neutral. Each section has a great selection of projects, the bold ones are so colorful and fun, the pastel ones are beautiful and subdued, and the neutral ones have a sense of sophistication. There's a really great variety of projects - blankets, pillows, mobiles, stuffed animals, and even a pouf ottoman and a rug. I'm always glad to see a crochet book with so many different and unique projects that really show off the range of possibilities available with crochet.
I was extremely happy to see some of Stacey's signature amigarumi stuffed animals in the book, I really want to make a whole flock of multicolor birds!
– Rebecca - Hugs are Fun
"If your looking to make that ideal gift for a baby shower then this book will hold everything you will need. The book consists of 21 easy crochet patterns for you to make. Stacey has used her fantastic designs to concentrate on the Nursery which the the hub of any mother and babies life. I love the way the colours are bright and beautiful and will stimulate anyone to a smile. The designs are fun and interesting and some can be used for around the house as well as in a nursery. You can either make one individual item or make a set to match. You can make the designs your own by choosing your own colour combinations. Stacey hasn't left anything out within the 21 patterns there are: beautiful blankets, entrancing mobiles, whimsical plush toys and an ottoman and rug. The patterns are then showcased in 3 colour stories. Stacey talks you through everything from picking your yarn
to gauge & crochet hooks. Everything is discussed in an easy to read manner with helpful pictures. So if you are a beginner crocheter you feel at ease when you start to make your projects. I love the way that even the finishing techniques are shown. I know quite a lot of crochet books forget to explain this part and it makes a huge difference to how your finished item looks. The thing that gets me most excited it most of the projects don't even have to be made for baby. I've seen quite a few blankets and cushions that I would like to make for my house. I also know there are a few that my son would love to be made for him. All in all I think this book is fantastic value for money. It's one you can keep using year on year."
– Susan D Crochet Addict UK
Stacey Trock is the designer for FreshStitches Amigurumi, an exciting place where her stuffed animal creations live very happy and fulfilling lives. At FreshStitches, Stacey lives out her dream of helping people all over the world make cudddly stuffed animals of their own. Although she has an affinity for stuffed animals, she occasionally gets involved in other fiber projects, including knitwear design.
Aside from designing, Stacey is a blogger, knit/crochet teacher, and yarn-store employee. She enjoys baking, practicing yoga, watching sports, and traveling. She hasn't yet settled down in her dream city and enjoys moving around to wherever life takes her.