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Don't judge this book by its cover!
on July 25, 2013
My standards are probably higher than most people's as I've been crocheting for more than 44 years and I'm selective about adding a book to my library. My low rating is a criticism of the book's cover claim and a few of its unfulfilled implied promises.
Several projects are prominently displayed on the front and back cover (two are repeated within) and within. I find it highly disappointing that there are no references for patterns for these- in this volume or at other locations. This can't be for lack of space as some items are fully explained twice: ruffled and shell edging fto name just two.
Missing are directions for 2 different flowers, each with large pictures on the cover and inside pages(26, 66), 2 sets of booties(60,72), a large motif (80), and a jacket and skirt outfit (25).
Using the book would be easier, especially for beginners, if there was some cross-referencing; for example, Cobble stitch is explained on page 45, but there is no photo of the stich until the Stitch Directory at the end of the book.
What I liked: the spiral binding (his book is made to last), the photo project directory, the range of projects: simple/intermediate/advanced, projects using a range of fiber weights and uses, projects for Broomstick, Hairpin, Tunisian.
Could author Julie Oparka, project editors Hissey and Brook, and editing director Gregory done a better job of working together on this book?