Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Geektastic Knit and Crochet Projects: Child Edition

by Sara N.

Tom Servo! Crow! Joel or Mike! (It's tough to tell in the knit medium.)
Summertime doesn't seem like the most logical season to start knitting a toasty hat or crocheting a snuggly blanket, does it? Yet crafters know a couple of truths. First, people have babies all the time, so whipping up a wee little gift is a year-round occupation. Second, the holidays sneak up on you, and it's never too early to start working on handmade presents for the little people on your shopping list. Third, vacations and holiday travel often leave you waiting in airports or stuck in the car on long road trips. Having something on your needles is an excellent way to pass that time.

So pack your suitcase, your cooler and your yarn. These projects, which will bring great joy to the little nerds-in training in your life, are a mix of knit and crochet projects of varying skill levels. Happy crafting!

Tetris baby blanket

 Baby lightsabers

Baby Link outfit

Stegasaurus hat

Child (and adult!) R2D2 hat

MST3K sweater (Seriously, I can't tell you how much I love this sweater!)

Child (and adult!) robot hat

Baby (and adult!) brain slug hat

 Spiderman blanket

These final patterns are available on Ravelry, the uber-website for knitters and crocheters. The website is members only, but membership is free. If you haven't joined yet, what are you waiting for? It's knitting nirvana.

Lego man

Out of This World sweater (I adore this! How weird would that be in adult size, do you think?)

 Yoda baby hat

Yoda baby bottle cozy

So what do you say, crafters? Do you use the lazy days of summer to get your knit on?

Oh, and a pro tip: Try not to make anything larger than a baby blanket while you're traveling. I knitted a full-sized afghan on one road trip, and it took me forever to get in and out of the car because I had to untangle myself from the yarn, disentangle myself from the heavy afghan sitting on my lap, and try to cram the entire unwieldy blanket into a bag. It made bathroom breaks and junk food pit stops much longer and more complicated. Small projects are best!
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1 comment:

  1. I want all of these! But where are the crochet options, huh?