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Crochet Lace Innovations: 20 Dazzling Designs in Broomstick, Hairpin, Tunisian, and Exploded Lace

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  • Author: Doris Chan
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Everything crochet is new again!

Doris Chan is not just a crochet designer—she is a self-described “fiberazza, tinkerer, and crochet advocate.” And yet, when it came to exploring a few of the more traditional crochet techniques, such as Broomstick, Hairpin, and Tunisian crochet, she resisted. Why would anyone be interested in these antiquated methods? Who wants to struggle with strange hooks, sticks, and looms anyway?

After Doris took a few choice crochet classes taught by her peers, the answer soon became abundantly clear. Broomstick, Hairpin, and Tunisian lace are incredibly cool. The methods are easy to learn, and the results look spectacular—completely unlike anything else.

So now, Doris has officially caught the bug, and she is eager to share her own twist on these techniques. Crochet Lace Innovations is a collection of 20 stylish designs that use these treasured crochet lace methods to create garments that are not only modern and flattering, but custom-fit to a broad range of sizes.

Chapters include designs using not only these three classic methods, but also the “exploded”lace (working lace patterns in thicker yarn for a completely eye-opening effect) that has become Doris's signature. In all, you will find:

                        • Broomstick Lace
                        • Hairpin Lace
                        • Tunisian Lace
                        • Exploded Motifs
                        • Exploded Doily Lace
                        • Exploded Lace Trim

Tutorials at the beginning of chapters help the reader learn the simple methods necessary for making each kind of lace. And a special Garment 101 section provides an essential template for crocheters to follow in order to make infinitely adaptable and wonderfully versatile patterns.

With 20 projects from wraps and scarves to skirts and dresses to collars and belts, Crochet Lace Innovations brings this enduring craft into a new, decidedly contemporary, light.


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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By R. Pruss on April 28, 2010
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Yes, there are beautiful patterns and very clear instructions. These designs are the first hairpin and broomstick patterns I've added to my queue - they just look like things I'd love to make and wear. I also wanted to point the section that really sets this crochet book apart from the others in my collection. Towards the end of the book is the Garment 101 chapter, where we are given templates called Jacket 101 and Skirt 101 to do our own lace garment designs. Doris leads us through choosing, designing, adjusting, fitting, and troubleshooting a custom item. That is very unique and elevates the usefulness of the book beyond "four new techniques" and "20 patterns" would imply.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Meghan on April 14, 2010
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I'm a big fan of Doris Chan's work. I've made a few of her garments from patterns published in magazines and she's the one who taught me how to "fit" a garment in crochet. When I heard about this new book by Ms Chan I pre-ordered it and it came last night. I spent half the night browzing and reading the patterns and little tid-bits behind each design and worked up a broomstick swatch. I think my favorite part of this book is that it's not the typical crochet book focusing on the same basic tecniques. Instead Ms Chan takes you on a wonderful exploration of some of the less known and less used forms of crochet (broomstick, hairpin, tunisian). The instructions are clear, easy to follow and as always easily adaptable to size, shape, length, etc.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Valentino on April 14, 2010
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I totally love this books, the patterns are so fashionable, and dressy, It has dress, scarves, tops, cardigans, skirts, a poncho, shawl, all of them very delicate pices. I love all the patterns in this books, I have so many crochet magazines, and books, but some times there some patterns that you don't like, it did not happen with this book, I'll try to do all the patterns, I have all the books fron Doris Chan I like the other ones, but this is far the best one of them. I always look for her patterns in magazines, and the internet, She is one of my favorite designers. One of the tops called: Rosalinda top, is a wide very boxy top, if you don't like this version, you can go to naturallycaron. com and you'll find a tight version called: Avalon top. This book is not for beginners, she uses techniques for more advanced crocheters.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Schroder on April 15, 2010
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there are new uses of familiar stitches in this book, the garments are fashion forward, it has charts as well as written directions.

This is not oldfashioned or dowdy granny square crochet. Doris Chan's other crochet books are awesome also.
Highly recommend to crocheters and knitters. Beautiful stuff, all clothing.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lora Weatherly on November 29, 2011
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Let me start off by saying that this book has a lot of beautiful patterns in it, many of which I fully intend to do. I've only done one item out of the book so far, so bear that in mind through my critique. I still like the patterns, but could wish they had formatted the book a little differently.

The pattern I worked on was the relatively simple and small Ling Collar. Throughout this book, Ms. Chan tends to settle on a motif and repeat it, with slight modifications, in several other patterns. So, the Ling Collar is connected to the Ping skirt and Ming jacket. Rather than writing out full instructions for each pattern they would send me to one of the others to get more information. But is was always "follow instructions from such-and-such, except..." So to accomplish the Ling collar, the smallest and simplest of the three, I was sent to the Ping skirt, which sent me back to the Ming jacket. It was awkward to be balancing the book in my lap, flipping pages between three patterns, all the while trying to hold my crochet hook and yarn.

My other difficulty with this book may simply be a matter of my own learning style not meshing with Ms. Chan's teaching style. While I liked her sense of humor evident in the introductions, I found her written instructions not as easy to follow. I had to rely heavily on the stitch diagrams that were included. I also had to look some information up online to get a better idea of what she was wanting me to do.

A note on guage: I read an article by Ms. Chan in a magazine that said she tends to crochet quite loosely. That was very helpful in making guage.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Iriskat on May 31, 2010
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I was looking forward for this book, and was not disappointed. The patterns are beautiful, the explanations (at least those I've gone through) are detailed and clear, and yes - you can learn some new techniques.
While the book has mostly advanced patterns, there are a few simpler patterns, that even beginners can make, and from which you can learn a new technique. There is a gorgeous and rather simple broomstick lace belt (which I made in 2 days - and I certainly do not crochet all day long), some scarves and a lovely exploaded lace collar. There are very few tops - but there are several jackets, and if tops are what you are after then her former book "everyday crochet" is full of them. Also, unlike "everyday crochet" the jackets here have shaping at the waist, and the "nip" technique shown may be applied to other garments Ms. Chan designed.
I'd also like to mention the fact that the publisher did a great job with the styling, photography and graphics. Every garment is shown from several angles, which makes it easier to understand how it is constructed, and the book is generally very pleasant to look at.
All in all - a wonderful book which I highly recommend.
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