Crochet 24 Hour Baby Afghans Book by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss

Do you need patterns for crocheting a super quick baby shower gift or charity crochet donation? Check out Crochet 24 Hour Baby Afghans by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss. This book offers you a variety of FAST, easy crochet baby blanket patterns plus some intermediate-level designs that are also quick to crochet.

The Details You Need to Know About This Crochet Pattern Book:

Crochet 24 Hour Baby Afghans by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss, published by Leisure Arts
Crochet 24 Hour Baby Afghans by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss, published by Leisure Arts

Book Title: Crochet 24-Hour Baby Afghans

Authors: Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss, with contributions from other well-known crochet pattern designers including Darla Fanton, Darla Sims and others

Book Publisher: Leisure Arts

ISBN 13: 978-1-57486-338-3

ISBN 10: 1-57486-338-X

Book Format: Trade Paperback With Staple Binding

Number of Pages: 49, including the inside back cover of the book

Cover Price: $10.95 US dollars

Crochet Skill Level Ratings: 9 of the baby blanket patterns in the book are rated as “easy” and 7 of these blankets are rated as “intermediate.”

The Focus of This Book

The authors claim that each of the 16 baby blanket patterns included in Crochet 24 Hour Baby Afghans can be crocheted in 24 hours.

About These Crochet Patterns:

I think Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss have done an outstanding job of putting together this collection of baby blanket patterns. There’s an excellent variety of different types of designs here: several textured patterns, a cabled pattern, a ripple pattern, a round baby afghan pattern, a couple of hexagon patterns, a granny afghan pattern, and a couple of baby afghans made with joined panels.

I think the patterns in this book range from genius to mediocre, with the majority being lovely patterns.

In the Genius Category:

One of my favorite baby blankets featured in this book is the “Spring Song” afghan by Jean Leinhauser, which is remarkable for its beautiful texture and easy design. I don’t know how she did it, but with this pattern, Jean managed to make Red Heart Super Saver look like the chic-est, most sophisticated yarn you could use for crocheting a baby blanket. If you’re trying to crochet baby afghans that look amazing, but you’re working within a short time frame and a tiny budget, I’m thinking you can’t go wrong with this particular pattern.

The “Pretty Pastels” blanket designed by Darla J. Fanton is another of my favorites from this book. It’s a classic design, and it looks like it would be an interesting project to make.

Another favorite: the “By the Sea Round Afghan” by Deirdre Eyles. This playful design features a whirlpool of crocheted ocean waves, cute little fish, and even a few sailboats. This just couldn’t get any cuter. Another bonus: I’m thinking this fun little blanket could accompany a child well into childhood, and wouldn’t be outgrown the minute the baby outgrows his or her crib.

Also in the genius category: The “Blissful Baby Blanket” design by Darla Sims. I confess that I don’t care much for the color choices used in her sample blanket; she used vibrant green combined with a variegated print, and the result looks a bit busy for my taste. But overall, I think the pattern itself is fantastic. I could see making zillions of these in different colors for charity crochet projects, baby shower gifts, etc.

Is This Book a Good Value for the Money? I Say YES!

Overall, I think this book offers you outstanding value in exchange for the money you’ll spend on it. If you pay the cover price, that means you’re spending less than a dollar per pattern, and you’re getting a fantastic variety of patterns for the money you spend.

This is an older book that was originally published in 2010. By now, there are many used copies of the book available for sale online. If you’re able to buy a new copy of this book directly from the publisher, I suggest doing so, because it helps to support their excellent mission of making affordable craft patterns widely available. But for those crocheters who are on a super tight budget, buying a used copy is likely to save you a few dollars — which makes the book an even better value.

Can You Really Crochet These Baby Blankets in 24 Hours?

I haven’t yet tried crocheting any of these baby afghans, so I can’t comment with certainty about whether these afghans really can be crocheted in 24 hours. However, I’ve been giving some thought to whether or not I think they could, and for the most part, I think it could probably be done; there are a few designs I’m skeptical about, but I think most of them do look like pretty quick patterns.

I confess to being skeptical about the time frame needed to complete the “cute kitties” afghan. While I do think the crochet work could probably be completed in 24 hours, it’s the detail work that would get you with this design. This design features bunches of cat faces; to create the details, you need to sew on buttons and work some embroidery. Looks to me like I’d be sewing buttons for a good chunk of the 24 hours, if not longer. Don’t even get me started on how long the embroidery would take me; it’s just not a fast process.

Your Comments, Please:

So now I’d like to open the floor for comments from readers. If you’ve actually crocheted any of these designs, tell us how it went – were you able to get it done in 24 hours? How’d it turn out? Thanks in advance to everyone who comments.

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This book review is by Amy Solovay

About the Author: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer who holds a degree in textile design and previously enjoyed a career in the textile industry. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at, and Amy sends out a free knitting and crochet newsletter so interested crafters can easily keep up with her new patterns, tutorials and book reviews. If you’re already an Instagram user, Amy also invites you to follow her on Instagram.

This page was last updated on 8-26-2019.

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