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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
If I could have given the book 3 and a half stars I would have. The projects look beautiful, and some have instructions that are clear. Unfortunately, the book as a whole is disappointing.

I consider myself an intermediate to advanced-level crocheter, and have completed a variety of projects. As a beginning sewist, I loved Brett Bara's Sewing in a Straight Line: Quick and Crafty Projects You Can Make by Simply Sewing Straight and found that book's instructions clear and well photographed.

Unfortunately, "Clever Crochet Accessories" is more like a crochet coffee table book. The projects are beautifully photographed, giving two or three views of each accessory. Disappointingly, the instructions seem like an afterthought. Some of the projects do have diagrams and well written instructions. A few more charts and diagrams would have made a big difference for the majority of the projects. Did the publisher set a page limit per project?

The instructions for the Pork Pie Hat (which looks like a really cool project) are particularly inpenetrable. The intro to the project describes it as made in Tunisian crochet, but the list of hooks doesn't specify Tunisian. I think it might need a double ended Tunisian hook, if indeed it is a Tunisian project, but the book doesn't say! A drawing of one or two (or all) of the special stitches used in that project would have made a world of difference, since I have never seen those stitches anywhere else. There are diagrams of basic crochet stitches at the end of the book, though if you need those diagrams, you've bought the wrong book.

Maybe it's me. Maybe this is an experienced-level book, designed to challenge the top level crocheter. It would have been nice if that had been made more clear.
It would have been a five star book with better instructions. The projects look really lovely, and I wish they were more accessible.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2013
The items in the book are really cute and as an advanced crocheter I've tried several. I've had trouble following several patters but specifically the feathered cloche pattern does not create the hat pictured. The pattern just makes no sense and I can't see how a beginner would ever figure it out. very frustrated.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2013
It's very hard to find patterns for crocheted garments and accessories that don't look dated or just plain ridiculous. This book has many innovative, classy and pretty things. Most of the patterns are things I would wear. 4 stars instead of 5 (4-1/2 actually) because it does contain a few of those tacky crocheted cliches like a horrid brooch and a stringy shoulder cape, but the good patterns far outnumber the bad, so I'm very happy I purchased this book and plan to make many things out of it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2012
I thought this would be good for someone who just began crocheting in the past year. Unfortunately I am having a hard time with the instructions and guess I need something even easier. I am definately glad that I have it for my library because someday I will be able to make these projects look as good as they do in the book
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2013
I have made some items from the patterns in here. They are beautiful on the outcome. There are plenty of positive feedback on the items I have made. They are cute, different, and head turners. The pattern especially on the cover, the Bruges Lace is a catchy hat to wear. I have reduced the pattern down to a beanie from a beret. Beret or Beanie, it is so cute to wear.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2014
I am an avid knitter, but my Grammy taught me to crochet when I was a kid. All the patterns out there for crochet seem so frumpy and old-fashioned, that I hardly gave them a glance . . . until I found this book. My husband bought it for me for Christmas from my Wishlist and I haven't stopped crocheting since! The patterns for this book are very interesting, but not unattainable. I've made several hats already from it (lots of compliments received, I might add) and just want to keep going and trying new patterns. One of the best books I've found for awhile!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2013
Most of the projects invite re-creation. I immediately started with the shawl (gray)...loved making it and gifting it to my daughter. Then the mittens -- to which I added a matching hat using the same stitch pattern. (Fun) Now working on the cover beret making alternate color ribbons of black and white. Saving Pork Pie Hat for later...level of difficulty a bit much...but worth the purchase of the book for challenges it offers the crocheter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Although I'm more of a knitter than a crocheter, CLEVER CROCHETED ACCESSORIES has a lot of designs that make me itch to pick up a crochet hook! My favorite design is the man's "Sedimentary Hat" (sort of a beanie), but a close second is the woman's "Entwined Ear Warmer" (a wide, colorful, button-on band made of two interlocked half-bands). My husband is going to get one of those Sedimentary hats.

I also love the "Flowering Change Purse" (using an Inazuma metal purse frame), the "Silky-Soft Scarf (worked lengthwise in a shell pattern), the "Embellished Belt" (Tunisian crochet with embroidery and faux leather buckle), the "Interlocking Rings Necklace" (a tour de force made from metal key rings covered with sparkly thread crochet), and the "Amazing Motif Bag" (looks like it is made of loomed flowers, but the puffy flowers are crocheted motifs).

There are some pretty patterns for socks: "Diamond Lace" (with "eyelet" holes), and "Hiking Socks" (with faux "cables"). These I won't make, because I think knitted socks achieve a better fit, but I'm still impressed with the designs.

Because this is an Interweave Press book, the photography and pattern layouts are beautiful. Also, the instructions (whether written-out or charted) appear to me to be clear and easy to follow. There are written-out directions for executing the unusual crochet stitches, even though there are no illustrations for these stitches.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2012
I'm quite drawn to a few of the projects - and find about half of those in the book as projects I'd be willing to do and make as gifts for others. The other half hold no appeal for me whatsover. I find that I like the hat patterns in the book - they are fun and refreshingly different from the typical crochet patterns for hats. The two sock patterns are cute - I'd make them. The fingerless mitts are elegant-looking, I'd make them. I suppose most of the rest of the accessories (shawl, ring, necklace, clutch, brooch, motif bag, scarf, belt, capelet, tablet cozy, mitts) do not enamor me at all.

Therefore - 3 stars. It's okay. It's not a bad book to have in my collection as there are a number of interesting hats I wouldn't mind making - along with a couple of other projects that catch my eye.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2013
Nice book for the weekend crocheter. I like some of the styles but again as with a lot of crochet books, less than half of the patterns are modern enough for my kids. I crochet for my college kid's and their friends and being that they are into the beanies, bulky scarves and leg warmers, I could only find a few patterns that would pass the "Campus Diva" test. Don't get me wrong the book has some good patterns, I guess i'm just frustrated that crochet designers aren't keeping up with designs for knitting. I only have one good working arm so knitting is a bit too difficult. Maybe I should learn how to make my own patterns and quit whining...
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