Do you enjoy crocheting baby projects? Would you like to learn how to crochet baby booties that are sophisticated, stylish and up-to-date with current fashion trends? If so, you’re going to want to pick up a copy of Super Cute Crochet for Little Feet: 30 Stylish Shoes, Booties, and Sandals to Crochet for Babies by Vita Apala.
The Focus of This Book:
This book is all about giving you bunches of fun baby bootie crochet patterns — every type you could possibly wish for, suitable for both baby girls and baby boys. There are patterns for crochet baby slippers, moccasins, cowboy boots, ballet flats, mary janes, clogs and much more.
What You Need to Know About This Crochet Pattern Book:
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
ISBN 13: 978-1-250-05910-9
Book Format: >Softcover With Perfect Binding
Number of Pages: 144
Cover Price: $22.99 US dollars / $26.99 in Canada
Skill Level: The team at St. Martin’s Griffin has assigned three different skill level ratings to the patterns in this book, with “I” being the easiest and “III” being the most challenging.
I counted 9 patterns with the easiest skill level rating, 15 patterns with the intermediate level rating, and 6 patterns with the more advanced rating. Did you notice the cute cherry slippers pictured on the front cover of the book? They’re an example of a pattern that has the easiest skill level rating.
As far as I can tell, these ratings are in relationship to each other; the skill level ratings do not seem to correspond to the standards suggested by the Craft Yarn Council of America.
Main takeaway: The crochet baby bootie patterns labeled as level “I” are not necessarily going to be appropriate projects for brand new crafters who have never crocheted before. If you’re a beginner to crochet, I recommend mastering your basic crochet stitches to the point that you can maintain an even tension before you begin working any of the baby bootie patterns in this book. I make this recommendation because these are, obviously, all projects for paired items; after you make the first one, you’ll want to be able to duplicate its mate precisely so you have a pair. This is easy if you’re able to work at a consistent tension, and it’s challenging if you aren’t able to.
The Best Things About This Book
This book shines for its sophisticated design work. These crochet baby booties stand out as being some of the most creative and stylish I’ve yet seen. Each pair of booties has its own distinctive personality, so you’ll find suitable options for footwear no matter how the baby’s parents want to dress their sweet darling.
It’s remarkable to me that there are no losers in this book; all of these patterns are appealing. With a whopping total of 30 crochet patterns for baby booties, I find it amazing that there aren’t any duds.
Each pattern includes multiple work-in-progress photos, so you’ll be able to see how the work progresses before you even start crocheting. These photos are also helpful to refer to as you are crocheting; you can compare your own booties against the ones shown in the pictures at each step. If you’re making any major mistakes, you’ll hopefully be able to catch them by double-checking against the tutorial photos in the book.
This book is organized logically in a format that makes sense and doesn’t waste space. The resulting book is portable and concise, yet it doesn’t skimp on necessary details like photography.
For example, most of the patterns in the book require you to work a sole for the booties or shoes — so the sole instructions are grouped together in the back of the book.
The author has also included helpful tips with many of the patterns plus a section of the book detailing how to make non-skid soles for your baby’s footwear. The sections on soles and yarn tell you things you might not have known otherwise if you are new to crocheting baby booties. You’re sure to appreciate these insights when you get started crocheting projects from this book. You can also use these insights and adapt them to projects you’ll find in other books and magazines — a definite bonus.
Reference information is included for all the basic crochet stitches plus all the special stitches you’ll need for working these patterns. The reference section of the book includes illustrations to help you visualize each stitch or technique being described.
This is a gorgeous book in all its details. The photography and styling are both excellent, and they are done in a way that doesn’t distract from the projects or instructions. The graphic design is on-trend. The fonts used throughout the book are readable and appealing.
These crochet baby booties don’t require much yarn, so they’re a great way to use up single skeins and leftover bits you may have accumulated in your yarn stash.
Things to Be Aware of Before You Buy This Book
There are two versions of this book; an earlier edition of this book is intended for a European audience, and includes UK terms. If you’re in the USA, or you prefer to use US crochet terms, you want the version of the book which has the cherry slippers pictured on the front cover. This is the version of the book I am working from and reviewing.
I tested one of the patterns in the book and found that there are some minor ambiguities in the pattern. This is because the author has not included total stitch counts at the end of every row or round.
I don’t see this is a being a problem for anyone who has been crocheting awhile; experienced crocheters will likely understand how to double-check their work against the work-in-progress photos and find other clues in the text of the pattern. However, it could be frustrating to inexperienced crocheters or any crafters who prefer to have things over-explained.
This book includes two sizes for each pattern. The smaller size has a 3 1/2 inch sole and is recommended for babies ages 0-6 months; the larger size has a 4 inch sole and is recommended for babies ages 6-12 months.
Keep in mind that the suggested age ranges are only guidelines. Every child grows differently. My tiny daughter somehow managed to have larger-than-average feet; on her first birthday, the measurement of her sole was well over 4 inches. But my friend’s daughter’s feet didn’t reach 4 inches until she was a little over 14 months old.
I’d delighted to recommend >Super Cute Crochet for Little Feet to other crafters, particularly to intermediate and advanced level crochet enthusiasts who would be able to use a wide variety of crochet baby bootie patterns. This book could also be a good buy for beginning crocheters who have practiced enough to be confident in their abilities to create two identical, matching objects.
I think this book is an excellent value for the money you spend on it. If you do the math on the individual pattern price, you’re looking at spending about 77 cents per pattern here — and that’s how the math looks if you pay full cover price for the book. The retailers I’ve linked to below typically offer books at discounted prices — so if you can find this book on sale or discounted, the book is an even better value.
It’s well worth owning these patterns, especially if you ever need last-minute baby shower gifts, Christmas gifts, etc.
Where to Buy This Book:
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Super Cute Crochet for Little Feet vs Baby Blueprint Crochet — Super Cute Crochet for Little Feet does not include international symbol crochet charts; however, as I mentioned already, you do get multiple work-in-progress photos in addition to the written instructions.
Comparing this book against the other baby pattern books I own, I should add that the majority of the books in my library do not have symbol crochet charts — so I hope it wouldn’t be a deal breaker for anyone that they are not included here. However, if you have a strong preference for working from charted patterns, check out Baby Blueprint Crochet by Robyn Chachula; that book has 3 cute footwear patterns including designs for crochet baby slippers, boots and socks, all of which include symbol crochet charts. The book also includes baby blanket patterns, baby sweater patterns and other great patterns for accessories like a diaper cover, hat and washcloths.
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