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Amazing Crochet Lace: New Fashions Inspired by Old-Fashioned Lace Paperback – November 21, 2006

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About the Author

Doris Chan began crocheting when she was eight years old. She spent twenty years working in broadcast radio, crocheting just for fun. In 2002, her original crochet shawl appeared on the Lion Brand Yarn Company website, and she leapt into the world of crochet design almost overnight. Since then, her designs have appeared in publications such as Family Circle Easy Knitting, Crochet!, Vogue Knitting, Interweave Crochet, and Knitscene magazines, and in several books, including the Lion Brand Just series. She is an active member of the Crochet Guild of America. This is her first book.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (November 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307339750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307339751
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Atheen on March 6, 2007
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First and foremost I have to admit that while I do crochet, it is not my first passion since I learned it after I learned to knit. Like most people who learn both, I tend to enjoy the technique I learned first; probably because I've had more experience doing it. That said, I have to say that I think a crocheted lace is probably only second to bobbin lace in its beauty, so I bought this book mostly to see how the lace looked enlarged.

Ms Chan's technique in this book is to "explode" lace patterns to create wearable apparel. Some of them are lovely, others less so. The most valuable thing about the method is that it yields more rapid results. For someone who, like me, has less than average patience and not a great amount of free time, this may count for a lot. For the beginner, the fact that the materials used are bulky and the stitches consequently large will make the process of learning and of producing a finished product simpler than a finer material will; fewer dropped stitches, less frustration.

While I liked many of the patterns in principle, some of them will only look well on a young girl or woman who has a slender, almost perfect figure. That in no way describes me, and probably not many others who crochet. If I were to produce the mini dress on page 56, the close fitting coat on page 53, the pineapple pattern skirt on page 66, or the straight skirt on page 82, it would definitely have to be for someone else, since all of these patterns showcase the figure. I don't want my figure showcased, thank you!

On the other hand, most of the shawls and several of the shrugs and bolero jackets would be suitable for most people.
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Harris on January 19, 2007
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This author is my kinda gal. She asks that you trust her to plunge into elaborate crochet designs with no gauge! But what happens is quite fun and a lesson in trust. Those who crochet must admit we are knitters who like to "fudge", but Chan takes the "fudge" factor I've always used and explains her stitching philosophy. The designs are the product I've been looking for for years: a puzzle like challenge that gives that wonderful period lace look. Feminine, but dramatic in all that it holds. Though most projects, I would say, are not for the novice, the detailed stitching chart graphics are very helpful. I've already done 3 of the patterns and they've all turned out wonderfully. Chan gives you courage to crochet in your own way. Want to change the look of a design? Use thicker yarn and a bigger needle. Experiment with other patterns in the same way. I love it. Best crochet book I've bought (and I buy lots) in years.

K. Harris
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96 of 108 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Kellersberger on January 5, 2007
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As an avid crocheter, I have been so thrilled to see crochet sweaters, skirts, etc. in department stores, catalogs, and on runways in recent seasons. Usually, I look at a beautiful and stylish garment, and think "I could make this," and at a fraction of the cost of buying the finished garment. For this reason, I have been on a quest in recent months for beautiful, stylish, accessible crochet patterns that reflect the actual trends in fashion that we are currently seeing.

When I first saw the cover and description for Doris Chan's book, "Amazing Crochet Lace...", I was ecstatic. Finally, someone had taked the time to translate elements from beautiful, old-fashioned lace, and integrated it into the garments I was seeing all around me! So I ordered her book, sight unseen, and eagerly awaited its arrival, all the while planning my fall/winter crochet binge.

When the book arrived, and I anxiously thumbed through the patterns, I was bitterly disappointed. These are not patterns inspired by doilies, they are actual doilies, blown-up to gargantuon proportions, draped over the shoulders and re-named a shawl. Or, in one case, doilies with large holes in the center that one is supposed to center on the waist and call a skirt. All in all, I believe I counted 2 patterns in this book that are not doily-wannabees, or at least ripped up doilies strategically re-sewn to intimate sleeves. Notably absent are the sweaters, halters, elegant skirts, jackets, and peasant shirts I had daydreamed about finding. In their place are shawls, a couple of skirts, shawls, a very odd-looking tank, and would you believe, more shawls!

Perhaps my expectations were too high. Perhaps I am very particular about my choice of patterns.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Patricia D. Harper on November 24, 2006
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I bought this book solely for the pattern for the Chrysanthemum Tea Shawl, although there are other patterns in the book that are also interesting.

Upon starting the first round, I immediately found an error in the stitch instructions. Now while I consider myself to be good pattern reader, the novice crocheter might be a little confused at first because the instructions for the tr2tog (aka 2-trc cluster) says you should have 4 loops left on hook, when in actuality, you only have 3 loops. The tr3tog (aka 3-trc cluster) DOES have 4 loops left. Publisher should have had someone proofread patterns more thoroughly.
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