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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2013
I bought this book because the cover was colorful and fun and because I love the Mollie Makes magazine. But wow - was I disappointed in this. The projects (which were far too few) were incredibly lame and old fashioned. The afghan you see on the cover is the only cute thing I would make.

The rest of the book is about the basics of crochet, so if you're a newbie you'd probably feel differently.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2013
I didn't see anything in the description for this book that said it was targeted at beginners, but it is. I am not a beginner by any means, but I still found a lot to like here. The patterns are simple, but cute and modern, and I like the color and designs.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2013
I love Mollie Makes magazine and was excited to see them offer a crochet book. Once I got it, I realized what I like the best about the magazine is that it makes projects from every genre accessible, and the book is no different. I don't need the crochet lessons, but I was still able to find useful references, especially for working between English and American patterns. I think the details would be excellent for a beginner. Having been an avid crocheter since the 1980s, I found most of the projects familiar, as the Mollie Makes style is inspired by the type of vintage patterns from Grandma's basement I cut my teeth on back then. The patterns are overall "too easy" for me, but I will enjoy using them when I want something simple and quick or to help me spruce up some of those 1960s originals I'm still working with. If I were to leaf through it in person first, I may or may not buy it again. Those expert crocheters who are looking for something specialized and challenging should skip buying it and check it out from the library. Those who don't have much crochet experience and appreciate how Mollie Makes can help you do a project you thought seemed impossible should grab it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2013
Mollie makes is great for beginners. The quality of the book is exceptional. Fast delivery through Amazon. I will only suggest this book for beginners.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2013
I thought of having a look inside first before buying but it's awesome.
I thought of myself like a beginner in crochet, but this book has great tips, for all levels.
I wish to make all the projects. and I'll consider to buy more books from this serie.
The cover is great, that's what hooked my eye, but all the single patterns could have been the cover of this book.
Great. I'll recommend this book as a gift, a treasure for oneself and a teaching book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2014
If you like things a little bit retro yet with a modern handmade, homespun look, this book is for you.

It is aimed at complete beginners or beginners who are eager to progress to more adventurous projects and explore new techniques. To that end, it contains all the basics such as – lists of hook sizes from US and UK, equipment descriptions, yarn and thread weigh charts, how to substitute yarn and pages of stitch and technique information, plus added tips.

That being said, I found some projects I really liked and will be making in the future.

My personal favorites are:
Contrasting Trim Pocket Placemats by Ilaria Chiaratti on page 12
This is a great project for beginners and those who want to use their stash. Take all your brightly colored yarn and make a set of placemats for yourself or as gifts. Adding a pocket to hold the silverware is a really cute idea.

Bouquet of Flowers by Emma Lamb on page 16
There are some great looking flowers. I know I’ll be making the Tropical Bloom, Double-layered Corsage and Pinwheel Blossoms.

Hexagon Motif Blanket by Anita Mundt on page 64 and the cover
Of course, this beauty graces the cover and is another great stash project.

Monster Gadget Covers by Cara Medus on page 68
This is my favorite favorite!! They are a lot of fun to look at and more fun to make as you add your own personal touches. It’s another great project to use up your stash and would make amazing items for a children’s charity. Or add some handles and crochet yourself one crazy purse!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2013
Even an old dog can learn new tricks. Take the time to read this and don't just jump into it the projects while using old bad habits. Take advantage of hints and instructions on how to do it correctly. Colorful and cute ideas. Great use of all those scraps you've held on to for no real reason. Book looks great sitting out in your craft room.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2013
I made the cover afgan for the bed in my guest room and just love the way it brightens up the room. I'm going to make a couple of the others as gifts.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2013
This book contains some cute projects. However, I had difficulty locating the yarn used in these patterns. For example I wanted to make the doilies; however I found that the yarn was only sold in England. For someone like me, with a little experience, it was frustrating trying to locate the equivalents of these fibers.
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