Linda Permann’s Little Crochet!
VH: You don’t have children yourself, so what was the draw for you to write a book on little bits for kids?
LP: There were several reasons I wanted to do a book for kids—one of the big ones was my nephew. Due to some tragic circumstances, I spent many months helping my sister to raise him in the first year of his life, and even when I wasn’t in the same state, I was always thinking of him and making little toys and sweaters for him. I realized that there weren’t a lot of cute patterns for boys, I always had to modify things, and I thought this was a great jumping off point for a book.
VH: I noticed that like me, you tend to veer away from using traditional, pale colors when designing for children. How do you think this choice speaks to modern design?
LP: I’m trained as a painter, and color is very important to me—but I think that sometimes people are afraid of it because they aren’t sure how to use it or visualize it. Choosing a pastel is a safe, sometimes arbitrary way for a crafter to narrow down the overwhelming amount of choices they have to make about any given project—color, yarn weight, fiber content, pattern style, size, etc.
I like all colors—including pale ones—and I use them in the book, but I made color choices (and swatches showing alternate colorways) to help people visualize how lovely the results can be when they venture out of that traditional comfort zone. If you take a look at the kid’s section at any department store, there is a lot of variety in color and style—and that feels very modern. When I design, I use colors that I enjoy seeing every day—while I am working on the item, and while it is being used.
VH: Did you have someone who used to crochet for you, when you were a child? If so, do you still have any of those pieces?
LP: Both of my grandmothers crocheted, although my dad’s mom was the more prolific of the two. When she died, each of us got a bag full of things she had made for us, mostly lace work like doilies and edged dish towels. I can vaguely remember some dresses she made for our Barbie dolls as well. I still have all of the doilies, and I also have a crocheted baby set that was made for my mom when she was a baby (although I’m not sure who made it). I actually asked her if it was for a doll because the pieces were so tiny!
VH: What do you look for in a yarn when designing for children?
LP: I look for yarn that’s durable, fun to work with, available in a wide array of color choices, and that makes practical sense when it comes to laundering—depending on the recipient. I’m so drawn to the richness of dyes in wool, but I tried to use superwash where possibe, although drying is not much of an issue for me because we don’t even own a clothes dryer. I also look for lighter weight yarns that are made to last—like sock yarns—they flatter small bodies so well in comparison to worsted weights. I love the finer weights because they give me a little more space to design in. If I’m making a dress with a 4 row repeat, I might only have room for 2 repeats if I use a worsted weight yarn—but I can create a much more delicate, fluid piece with thinner yarn.
LP: For those who are short on time and heavy on stashed worsted weight yarn, a combination of the Star Booties and either the Beanie or Bonnet would be a great last-minute gift.
For a special new baby that still doesn’t make you want to work a foundation chain, the Sunshine Blanket (seen above) makes a great useable heirloom. I love this one because it is worked in the round, and the diagrams make crocheting it a breeze.
And if you’re not sure what the stork will bring, the Boat Neck Sweater (seen above) is an easy first garment project that would look great in gender neutral colors. It’s shown in stripes but for pure simplicity, make it in a solid. You can always add some Tiny Tee appliqués to the sweater once the baby is born.
My sister is pregnant with her second child, so I’d definitely make a project for this new family member. I made a blanket for my sister’s 3-year-old girl, so definitely want to make something for the new niece/nephew due in November.
Super cute! I have a lot of friends having babies so I’m always looking for baby patterns even if I have to wait!
I’d like to crochet something for MYSELF!! This book is the cutest!
Lovely! I really want to try it!
So wonderful! I especially love her words on color! I’m be making things for my fututre kids & adding things to our handmade gifts list around here. So many great projects to make & love!
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I know of quite a few new little ones who could use something from this book!
I think I’m blog-stalking this book. I’d love to get my hands on it for my neice. I have a supertiny neice (she’ll always be quite small) that I just love making things for.
I popped in to enjoy the Q&A, and also to get my eyes on more of the projects in this book!
I have so many friends who have either just had a baby or are getting ready to have a baby. I have lots of little ones to crochet for!
Oh, Linda! I love Crochet Adorned and I love this new book too!! I have a two little neices, a new nephew, and another nephew on the way in July! I can imagine at least one of them in each creation in this book! Wonderful!
I like everything I’ve seen from this book, especially the party bib for three new baby girl nieces and one in the way.
I love crocheting for babies and toddlers! I would crochet something for my own kids (ages 28 months and 6 months) and for the March of Dimes charity auction that a friend of mine hosts each year.
I usually do more kitting and crochet in the summer because it is more portable than my sewing machine projects so this is perfect timing for a lot of new inspiration.
I have 2 little nieces and a new nephew, so having someone to crochet for isn’t the problem! Finding time to crochet something for all of them, now that’s a problem 🙂 I have looked through this book and I absolutely love it! If I were to win a copy I would be forever grateful, but if not, I am surely going to buy one to add to my crochet library.
I would make something for my long awaited for niece or nephew who at this point has some lovely limb buds and for my own marvelous eleven month old. And for many more beloved friends and family!
This is lovely giveaway.Already I have a favorite,I would so much like to make that adorable crochet dress for mu daughter.
i would love to made something for my nephews from this book! thanks!
I would love to have a book to have on hand for when my MOPS friends have baby showers. Linda Permann is the best, I love her use of diagrams and her eye for design. If I won this book, it would keep me from having to repeatedly check it out from the library!
Though my girls are big now, I work in a child care center and so I get to know my coworkers’ small children very well. The blanket, balls, and swing set cardi would make wonderful gifts!
I would crochet for my daughter, Shelby! Definitely! She is knit & crochet worthy ^_^
Great interview! Can’t wait to make something for my niece from this book.
I’m a current knitter, but crochet has been calling out to me lately. My two kiddos would be the first victims — make that recipients!
I would love to crochet something for my goddaughter… this book looks adorable!
i would make baby gifts for friends.
I want to make baby gifts that will be handed down.