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Cute, colorful crochet book, but boring for a seasoned hooker.
on September 14, 2013
I was honestly disappointed in this book! As an avid crocheter (and of course, crochet book collector) I was really looking forward to receiving this one when it came out. However once I opened it and browsed through it, I was less than satisfied.
First- you can find many of the crochet patterns in other books (not the exact ones, but patterns that are very similar). Or even online for free. The book itself is super cute and fun to look at with linen-type paper that is fun to flip through and a nice, solid hardcover. The stories behind the designers are great to read as well. Second- it's advertised "20+" patterns. In reality there are only 14 and maybe 3 of them have another variation to the pattern. Half the book is a how-to, which is nice if you don't already own a "how-to crochet" book. The instructions are really well written and easy to understand, so if you are a beginner crocheter it would be a helpful how-to. BUT most of the actual patterns are intermediate (there may be a couple that are considered "advanced beginner").
I really wanted to like this book, but it's just average. There are a lot better pattern books out there if you are looking for fun, colorful, and cute projects. But it's not a bad one to add to your collection. Or if you are new/interested in crochet and catch on to things easily, this would be a great book to own (based on the thorough and lengthy "Technique" section). Personally, I think I am making my first return to Amazon.