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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; Original edition (August 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307451968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307451965
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This delightful book is a must-have for the crafty lady who wants to spruce up her life with a little crochet flair. Linda Permann’s designs are approachable, fashion-forward, and totally cute!"
—Brett Bara, Editor-in-Chief, Crochet Today

"The lacelike and sculptural qualities of crochet are beautifully highlighted in Linda Permann’s clever book. Appearing in the form of subtle rick-rack on a plain T-shirt, a cute scalloped edging on a coat, a butterfly on an apron, or colorful flowers on a simple cardigan, crochet is here applied like icing on a cake, improving everything it touches. Permann’s book is an inspiration for beginning and advanced crocheters alike"
—Debbie Stoller, author of the Stitch ’n Bitch series of knitting and crochet books

"With outstanding style and creativity, Linda Permann takes crochet embellishment to a fashionable, creative high. Simple instructions, easy project adaptability, and clear stitch diagrams make this book a sure hit."
—Kim Werker, author of Crochet Me: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution

About the Author

LINDA PERMANN is a writer and crochet designer whose work has been featured in popular crafty magazines including Bust, Adorn, Crochet Today, and Knit. 1, as well as the books Stitch ’n Bitch Crochet and Hooked. She was the founding Craft and Decorating Editor of Adorn magazine and loves to mix and match her crafty skills whenever she can.

More About the Author

Linda Permann is a crochet and craft designer, writer and editor. She loves to design patterns that are fun to work, and delights in quick projects.

Her crochet patterns have been published in Crochet Today, Interweave Crochet, Knit 1, Knit Simple, Living Crafts, Craftstylish and more. She also writes the Crochet Doctor column in each issue of Crochet Today. She loves to teach crochet to newcomers and seasoned crocheters alike, and works at her local yarn shop, Yarnivore, in San Antonio, TX. No matter how many times she's in the store, she can always find a new yarn to play with.

See more of her projects at http://www.lindamade.com/wordpress.

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Highly recommend to all crafters.
XV Corps
This book helped me to see beyond making a scarf or afghan and helped me to get started in making some crochet flowers and small motifs!
dixie
The written instructions are very clear and easy to follow and so are the charts/stitch diagrams.
Allison LoCicero

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Stefanie on July 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
As you know, there's a HUGE surge in crochet right now. Lots of gorgeous patterns have been showing up all over the place from Linda, Robyn Chachula, Amy O'Neil Houck, Julie Holetz, Marly Bird, and longtime designers like Dora Ohrenstein, Doris Chan, Lily Chin, Annie Modesitt, Teva Durham, and many many more. They're really using crochet in new ways and creating gorgeous garments and accessories.

Seeing all of the new things that crocheters are doing makes ME want to crochet, and I've dabbled. A little. Badly.

A book like Linda`s is the perfect resource for someone like me. I already design garments. I already know how to manipulate crochet stitches, I'm just not proficient enough to DESIGN in crochet. Crochet Adorned (Potter Craft, 2009) is full of ways to add a little crochet to another project. Whether that project is a design that I'm working on OR, as in many of the projects in the book, a pre-made dress, jacket, or pair of shoes.

What really makes this book stand out is the fact that all of the crochet instructions are presented in words AND charts. I'm visual. I can crochet from a chart much more easily than I can from a string of abbreviations (remember when you first learned to read patterns...you spend most of the time looking up definitions!)

There are tons of instructions for trims and photos showing how they can be used to decorate LOTS of different things. I like this because it really fuels my own imagination and helps me visualize ways that crochet can be used as an accent. There are also patterns for whole crochet objects, like pillows, table runners, trivets, and more.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cherrybomb VINE VOICE on November 4, 2009
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As a crocheter, I'm always on the lookout for books that highlight crochet to its best advantage. Crochet looks lovely when the lines are clean and the pattern is showcased with appropriate yarn. Kitchy crochet can be cute but an elegant, fresh trim applied to a hem, a sweater or a t-shirt can be even better. Crochet Adorned leaves the kitch behind and presents thoughtful projects that are perfect for crocheters of every skill level. The how-to information is solid, the stitch reference section in the back of the book is really handy, and the projects themselves are inspired. I love that the author used the "less is more" approach and judicious applied her crochet trims to provide just the right amount of bling for the buck. No gobs of grannies, piles of petals (the cover art is probably the most crochet intensive garment) - just good use of yarn, interesting stitches and a little needle and thread. Crochet chic can co-exist and Crochet Adorned proves that.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By XOSonja on September 14, 2009
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After many years of crocheting, I didn't think I needed anymore books in my craft library. However, this book is irresistible for its luscious photographs that will inspire you to get your hook and re-evaluate your belongings. Crochet Adorned encourages reinventing what you already have, which is both green and trendy, while giving your pieces individual flair. The book also offers a plethora of stitches making it an excellent reference guide. So for a fresh perspective on an old friend, Crochet Adorned is a must have.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 15, 2009
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CROCHET ADORNED: REINVENT YOUR WARDROBE WITH CROCHETED ACCENTS, EMBELLISHMENTS AND TRIMS packs in some 20 patterns and 200 stitches to pair crochet with embellishing existing clothing. The emphasis on crocheted flowers, trim and other accents makes it easy to quickly dress up a dull sweater or article of clothing and offers all the basics including a complete stitch reference for beginners, making this a fine pick for any basic library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 12, 2010
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This is full of really fascinating projects. I bought it for my sister and I almost didn't give it to her because I wanted to keep it for myself. And I don't even know how to crochet.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By XV Corps on August 22, 2009
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Linda Permann's book is a great intro to beautiful crochet for all kinds of fun projects. This is the perfect book for the cold winter evenings and will have you doing great projects to adorn your environment. Highly recommend to all crafters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Meghan on October 30, 2009
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My depression area gradmother would approve of this book idea. And I love the idea of taking something old and making it new again. Especially in these more difficult economic times, wouldn't it be better to take that blouse that's been hanging in your closet for a few years and turning it into something new and unique, rather than buying a new blouse. For the cost of some yarn that's probably in your stash anyway. Even if you have to buy the yarn, the fraction of a skein you use would still cost less than the $60 for a new blouse or dress. I've already pulled out a few things in my closet that could use some re-styling with crochet.

The ONLY thing that I didn't like about the book was that they wasted space including stitch patterns more sutited to afghans and sweaters. More motif patterns would have been a better use of the space. I'd also have liked to have seen more patterns for altering and embellishing clothing instead of accessories like a headband or jewelery.

That being said, I still very much recommend this book to all who deftly wield a hook and yarn.
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