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CRO­CHETED BABY SHOES

VAL PIERCE (£4.99, Search Press) Baby shoes make a great gift for lit­tle ones, and this col­lec­tion of 20 de­signs will have you oohing and aaahing. Find ad­vice on how to ad­just the size to fit baby’s toes and have fun cre­at­ing all the fun de­tails. Our faves in­clude pas­tel bootees, pom­pom pumps, straw­berry shoes and sweet slip­pers.

CRO­CHETED AN­I­MAL HATS

NICKI TRENCH (£12.99, CICO Books) With her trade­mark gor­geous de­signs, easy-to-fol­low pat­terns and clear pho­tos, Nicki’s col­lec­tion of 35 fun an­i­mal hats is a win­ner. Learn to cre­ate whiskers, ears, eyes and noses and keep kids, ba­bies and grown-ups cosy in cute top­per de­signs, in­clud­ing birds, in­sects, pets, wild an­i­mals and even a di­nosaur.

COL­OR­FUL CRO­CHET

MAR­I­ANNE DEKKERS ROOS (£14.95, Tuva) In­ject some colour into your cro­chet with th­ese fresh de­signs. Choose from bright cush­ions and blan­kets, vi­brant things to wear and beau­ti­ful bags, all hooked in blog­ger Mar­i­anne's sig­na­ture cheery boho syle. Over 20 things to make.

MEGA MINI CROSS STITCH

MAKOTO OOZU (£9.99, Pavil­ion Books) Tokyo-based cross stitch guru Makoto has packed 900 mo­tifs into his book, which you can use to dec­o­rate bags, ta­ble linen, T-shirts and more. There’s a sim­ple guide to the stitches, charts and how to use waste can­vas. The mo­tifs are ar­ranged into shops, plus an al­pha­bet, so get your teddy, robot or aero­plane from the toy shop, ball of wool and hook from hab­er­dash­ery, and dough­nut from the bak­ery.

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