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Picked up a crochet hook for the first time in 20 years (yikes) and would love to get suggestions on what would be a good first project to make for my 5 month old DD. Sun hat? Stuffed animal? Toys?<br><br>
I've got a book called "Adorable Crochet for Babies and Toddlers" from the library, but it organized the projects by color (go figure), not by difficulty. Any help is very much appreciated! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'd go with the standard baby 'ghan. You can do either a variety of stitches (worked in verigated yarn) or all the same. Just keep it smaller. If you do a variety of stitches, I'd do something like this:<br><br>
Chain for an odd number of stitches (meaning if you want 51 single crochet, you'd chain 52)<br>
3-4 rows of single crochet<br>
1-2 rows of half double crochet<br>
3-4 rows of single<br>
1-2 rows of double crochet<br>
3-4 rows of single<br>
1-2 rows of single and double (meaning: *sc, dc, sc* across, Then for the second row do alternate)<br>
3-4 rows of single<br><br>
Continue alternanting stitches until it's large enough. Once you finish it, your dd will have a great baby blanket (for her doll) and you would have practiced several stitches. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Hugs,<br>
tammy
 

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Since I have been on bedrest since Thanksgiving I have done a TON of crocheting!!<br>
I would NOT start with a afghan and this is why....it takes sooo long! to see your results and I would give up!<br>
I got a *how to* book from Walmart ($5) and they have great starter projects. I started first with a slipper. It was a basic square witha neat stitch (through the back loop) and then when i put it together it was walla! A slipper!<br>
Not sure if this would work for a 6mo old though (my pattern was for an older child).<br>
Bevs crochet (do a search) has a ton of free patterns online and she has a really super simple baby bootie that she does for both babies and preemies. It is very easy and would be a good starter thing after you learn basic stitches.<br><br>
The more you do it, the better you will get. Being on bedrest so long, I am now quite a proficiant *hooker*.
 

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I have the worst time with booties, myself. Bev does have some great patterns. <a href="http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/patterns.html" target="_blank">Bev's Country Cottage</a> I think one easy project might be to crochet some 4 inch squares in single or half-double crochet and then make baby blocks out of them. I think the easiest thing in the world is actually the granny square. I can whip one up in 20-30 minutes. Then you can make a blankt out of those, too.
 

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Thanks everyone for the great help! I'm practicing every night after DD goes to bed... It feels good to be making something again. Thanks!
 
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