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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762441461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762441464
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Library Journal
“The designs, which are romantic enough for the most ardent of Austenites but modern enough for everyday wear or use, are suitable for crocheters of a variety of skill levels, and written directions are provided for all designs, with charts for the more complex items.”

About the Author

Melissa Horozewski is a professional crochet designer with twenty-six years of crochet experience.  Her work has appeared in Interweave Crochet, Inside Crochet, Crochet!, Crochet World, and Debbie Macomber’s Blossom Street Collection Books 1 and 2. Melissa lives near Madison, Wisconsin, and if a hook is not in her hand then a book is. You can see all her literature inspired designs at www.stitchscene.com.

 


More About the Author

Melissa Horozewski is a professional crochet designer whose work has appeared in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Crochet, Inside Crochet, Crochet!, Crochet World, and Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street Collection Books 1 and 2. Melissa lives near Madison, WI, and if a hook is not in her hand, a book is. You can see all her literature inspired designs at www.stitchscene.com

Customer Reviews

Jane Austen fans will love this book.
Jill Verley
And the patterns are so clearly written and easy to follow.
mollym.
I love the romantic look on many of the items in this book.
Chi Che

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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Marilee on October 14, 2011
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I received the book this past week and have been looking through it for some time. There's a lot to read and enjoy, including many interesting illustrations, excerpts, as well as some lovely garments and accessories. But I must be honest, there are a few [hopefully] minor problems too.

A pet peeve of mine and many other crocheters and knitters are the "artfully" posed photos of garments that cover important construction details. I've learned that hidden details, such as necklines covered by scarves or long hair, the artfully posed hand on a waistline holding the side in or covering a pocket, too often hide flaws in the garment and design. In AUSTENtations, we have numerous examples of hidden details. What to make of these? Do photographs hide things we ought to know before committing yarn to hook? Or are the cropped, carefully posed photos simply ART? A crochet project is a major undertaking of money and time. I, for one, don't quite trust that hidden details are going to be OK.

Let me give some specific examples in this book... on page 53, the model's hand is covering the attachment of a handle to the Legacy handbag in closeup. Why? Is it unsightly? Reading the instructions, I think so, given how the awkward addition of a fabric tab looks in the distant photo where it's not hidden. The neckline is hidden by an ascot in all the photos of the Wicked Wickham jacket, an otherwise lovely classic red jacket. Is something amiss with the neckline and collar design or the execution? The Jane Bennet skirt does not show the waist or front, only the back featuring the flirtatious ruffles. What would we see if there were photos of the entire skirt? The Mr. Knightly pajama set showcases an interesting corset look with lacing up the front, but what are we to make of the knickers?
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Diane Brown on January 19, 2012
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I really really wanted to like this book. I love old-fashioned crochet and I like Jane Austen (I was an English major in college!) and requested this book as a gift based on the title alone. As other reviewers have noted, the book is beautifully produced with lovely photographs and vintage illustrations. I, too, enjoy a pattern book that actually contains something to read beyond the patterns themselves. But when it comes to the projects, not many of them seem wearable or practical (let's face it, we do live in a modern world, even if one's taste tends to the romantic). The "Gazing at Stars" "shawl" is the most ridiculous example--a giant loose motif that I cannot imagine anyone wearing. Ever. Also, even patterns that might be appealing on first glance are composed of primarily simple single crochet or half double crochet fabric. The cover sweater is appealing, for example, but the half double crochet fabric will end up looking as though it is horizontally striped, which does not flatter most real world figures. Ultimately, there are no patterns in this book that I am planning to make, and that makes it sort of a waste of money. Admittedly, this is my own opinion and a reflection of my personal tastes, but that's my two cents.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sunny Sewing Honeybee on January 8, 2012
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I read this book cover-to-cover and have made Emma's Hood (so far). This is a really entertaining book, done very artfully and with plenty of extras that help make it more than a run-of-the-mill crochet pattern book. If you're like me, you don't like pattern books where the authors say little to nothing about the finished projects. Horozewski not only gives an opening paragraph about each pattern, but she also has interspersed short sections of a fictional story that helps introduce how certain specific items might have fit in with characters' tales.

A couple tests of a craft books: (1) How many projects capture your interest, and (2) How many you can do at your current skill level. Enough for me, in this book there are 19 projects I really like, with at least six being ones I would truly hope to make (counting the one I did). The designs are worked in a wide range of sizes of thread/yarn, from fine crochet cotton to bulky weights. The patterns would most easily be worked up by those with significant crocheting experience.

The patterns are really unique. "All Buttoned Up" is a creative piece of clothing made up of three sections that can be separated and rearranged to be a tunic, wrap, and shawl. There are two blankets that are made out of a mesh crochet stitch, and then woven with plain yarn. Through this interesting technique, one duplicates the look of three-color plaid! There's also a small introduction to hairpin lace (which requires a loom) in one of the necklace patterns (Although with hairpin lace it would have been a special touch to talk about the history behind this craft.) Emma's Hood is a pretty and practical winter addition for anyone who lacks a hood on her coat or jacket, and wishes to have the convenience of one.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jody Couch on September 29, 2011
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I don't normally do this - but as i just got home and waiting for me was my new book...all i have to say is OMG it really is amazing! This is going to be the most loved book I have ever owned. I cannot wait to start....I am thinking the lovely cape...no maybe the eat your heart out sweater...or wait maybe the pj's they are really awesome too...and I see a whole bunch of all buttoned up shawls being made as gifts... All i can say is thank you ever so much to Melissa Horozewski for an amazing book! For all of you who love Jane Austen or just love the idea of modern clothing resembling that time period, what are you waiting for, CLICK that buy button now!
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