Wouldn’t a set of three of these pretty baskets make a great baby gift? The can be themed to match the color of the nursery or the bathroom. They’re soft, so baby can play with them. And, best, they’re simple to crochet and felt. This would make a good ‘first fulling’ project. (Read more about felting here: http://crochet.craftgossip.com/wool-felt-and-your-crochet-hook/2009/09/04/ )
Be sure you have a mold on hand – say, a 2 liter soda bottle – to pull your piece over to dry, eliminating any need for further blocking. Also, this would be simple to embellish with some pretty embroidery.
This would be cute made in colors to match baby’s first room – maybe pastels, maybe brights. I’d omit those beaded eyes (for safety):
How about a tiny crochet poncho and cap or headband for a Spring or Fall baby? I prefer to make the rectangle poncho as it’s so easy and requires no shaping (or thinking!). Maybe this one would work for your baby:
And, don’t forget that color and yarn choice, alone, can make a pattern unusual. My son has asked (nay, begged) for me to make babyghans in camouflage for his girlfriend’s sister’s boy and girl twins. While the girlie camo yarn looks fine for a baby to me, I’d be hard pressed to use traditional camo yarn for a baby boy when the parents are completely unknown to me. Now, if Dad was a devoted hunter…….