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Crochet With Color: 25 Contemporary Projects for the Yarn Lover Paperback – November 12, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (November 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440320330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440320330
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If your goal is to be able to read Japanese crochet charts and illustrations, Crochet with Color is one of the best stepping stones you can get." --Stacey from Fresh Stitches

"The color palette is bright and cheery, the photo styling is wonderful, and the projects, while not overly complex, are more interesting than what you might find in most American advanced beginner project books." --Underground Crafter

About the Author

Kazuko Ryokai has been teaching crocheting and sewing classes for over a decade. She is the author of multiple books in her home country of Japan. To learn more about Kazuko Ryokai, you can visit her web site at www.keepintouchtokyo.com.


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Customer Reviews

Can't wait to start my first project!
Jayne
Clean, crisp colors, easy to read, easy to follow instructions.
Joanne Jerrell
Shows how to combine color combos good.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Underground Crafter on March 5, 2013
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I recently received a review copy of Crochet With Color: 25 Contemporary Projects for the Yarn Lover by Kazuko Ryokai from North Light Books. This is the English translation of a Japanese book published in 2008. If you have had access to Japanese crochet pattern books, the basic format of Crochet with Color will be familiar to you.

The book opens with a 40+ page project gallery. Each project layout is two pages and includes a picture of the full project displayed along with close ups of several project details. The projects are organized into two sections: Domestic Bliss Crochet (home decor) and Out and About (accessories for women and children).
The next section, Crochet Techniques and Instructions, features information such as tips for reading symbol patterns, different methods for starting a project in the round, and joining motifs. The rest of the book focuses on the patterns for each project. There is a small photo of each project (so you don't need to flip back to the project gallery), a list of materials, and general instructions about construction. Then patterns are shown through crochet stitch symbols. The materials list is general - e.g., "49 yards (20 g) of aran-weight (#4 medium) merino yarn in purple for grapes" - so you can easily identify appropriate yarns for each project.

This book, like most of the Japanese crochet books I've seen, is delightful and inspiring to look through. The color palette is bright and cheery, the photo styling is wonderful, and the projects, while not overly complex, are more interesting than what you might find in most American advanced beginner project books. Kazuko's designs make great use of crocheted adornments like flowers. Ravelry members can see several projects from the Japanese edition of the book already.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 31, 2012
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A host of unique and colorful projects. Not for the beginner, though. Uses stitch charts which may be confusing for the novice crocheter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scotchyroo on August 10, 2013
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The projects are great and have clear instructions, but best of all, the book teaches you to read japanese style crochet diagrams for when you find great patterns that don't have english explanations. I'm working on the potholders now and love them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Manda Bear on February 2, 2014
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Im an intermediate crocheter. I thought there were going to be more patterns. The instructions are difficult to read. I do not recommend for a beginner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dianna Locke on July 15, 2013
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I am going to make several of the patterns in the book. The pot holders and the hangers. I love the flowers and I am going to make some for my clothes. Looking for flower jewelry or silver crochet jewlery. great book
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jayne on January 29, 2013
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Beautiful book, great projects! The instructions are super easy to read and follow. Can't wait to start my first project!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Scott on December 26, 2012
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Loved this book with all the projects in it. I bought a couple of extra copies for gifts because I liked it so much.
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By Joanne Jerrell on April 19, 2014
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Clean, crisp colors, easy to read, easy to follow instructions. There is a lot of versatily in the different patterns and a wide enough range to meet all levels of skill.
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