This has been a busy month for crochet and to be quite honest I wasn’t sure that I would keep my commitment concerning having no uncompleted kits laying around. I planned to have each kit finished before the next one arrived. Up to November with the Sugar N Spice Baby gift set, this had not been a problem since the kits were usually easy and not overwhelming to crochet. With the Sugar N Spice Baby Gift set I just finished my last stitch around the time that the mail lady delivered my December kit. Even with the busiest of Decembers I am experiencing, I am glad I have joined this club. 2013 has brought me projects that I have really enjoyed crocheting.

The Sugar N Spice kit came with two sets of two patterns. The patterns included baby hat and booties in both crocheting and knitting. The stitches include chain stitch (The Chain Stitch, slip stitch (Slip Stitch), single crochet (Single Crochet), half double crochet (Half Double Crochet) and the double crochet (Double Crochet). There was three special stitches starting with the Single crochet decrease (Single Crochet Decrease) and the Double crochet decrease (Double Crochet decrease). The Foundation single crochet (Foundation Single Crochet) was not mentioned by name, but this was the stitch worked in the first round.

The yarn that was sent was from the Deborah Norville collection, Cotton Candy in everyday soft worsted. Using the required F hook it was very easy to work with and both the hat and booties were crocheted by setting aside two afternoons to crochet.

The hat was crocheted from the brim working toward the middle. I would strongly suggest that you check your gauge as your work this pattern. Having the right gauge will ensure the right size for the hat and booties. The entire pattern was worked in a continuous round so you will want to use a marker in order that you do not lose the first stitch of each row.

With the exception of round two the pattern instructions were easy to follow. At the end of each row there is a stitch count which is very helpful to ensure each row was completed correctly. The only problem? When I was going from row one to row two it was unclear for me how to go from what appeared like a row to form a round. I quickly called Annie’s Pattern Services and they had me going in the right direction within seconds. They were very courteous and helpful. This was only the second time I had to call them this year regarding a pattern. Which is really a credit to them.

The pattern for the booties were easy to follow and quick to make. A word of warning, even after you finish off after round 6, keep your marker in place. You will need it later in the pattern in order to finish each bootie.

I am rating this pattern an eight, based on the one problem I had with the pattern. But the end results were really cute. I do not really have a need for a baby item at this time, so I am placing them in my gift box. I believe it is always a good idea to have two baby gifts ready, one for a girl and one for boy. This will be my girl one. By having them already made, it takes away the pressure of a deadline for a finished project.

I am starting the first of six special tutorial’s tomorrow on the Filet double crochet. Through out the six tutorial’s I will be covering everything you need to know concerning this poplar crocheting technique.

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.