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"I don't know when I have been as excited about a crochet fashion pattern book as I am about Yumiko's new book Rustic Modern Crochet! All 18 designs in the book appeal to crocheters who seek an upscale look in their garments. Refined, Yumiko's designs feature eye-catching construction based on simple lines that come together in unexpected ways." --Crochet Queen

"The patterns are fashion forward and are sure to give your wardrobe that 'something special' look." --Hartford Knitting Examiner

"With so many fun accessories to choose from, the hardest part is figuring out which to knit first." --Good Reads

About the Author

Yumiko Alexander is a designer of both knitting and crochet patterns. Currently residing in Chandler, Arizona, Yumiko was born in Japan and brings a unique organic sensibility to all her creations.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (January 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596687363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596687363
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born and lived in Japan until 1997. While in Japan, I designed and sold my original knitted and crocheted garments. After moving to the US, I started own business (DanDoh Design Company). I have focused on sharing my written knitting and crocheting patterns as opposed to garments. I enjoy any activity that allows me to knit and crochet and spend time with my twin boys.

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By egoh on February 5, 2014
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The patterns in this book are a little different (more of an organic feel to the shapes?) than what I'm used to seeing and that led me to take a chance and buy it. I consider myself somewhere between a beginner and intermediate crocheter and have been able to follow the instructions and diagrams well.

One thing worth noting, the first pattern I chose to make was the Sea Flower wrap with instructions that had some mistakes (not all that uncommon for needlework publications--oopses happen). I checked the author's site (dandoh . com / pattern-errata) and found the corrections and penned them into my book. Worked like a charm.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By KC Daniels on March 12, 2014
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I absolutely love the designs in this book. Clearly Ms. Alexander is an amazing visionary of design. Each pattern inspired by sea and shore, each clearly representing nature. So now that I am done gushing over how wonderful the patterns items appear in the book, let's get down to the reality . . . can you make them?

If you're a beginner at crochet, I would suggest holding-off until you have either mastered difficult patterns or written any for yourself. I cannot stress enough how unclear these patterns are, and I am a skilled crocheter! The written directions for the cover-photo pattern are strange to follow, and a bit off. If you don't use the chart and/or count using the pictures, this will not turn out correctly. I bought the yarns to make the cover-pattern: "Sea Turtles" and the first pattern in the book: "Lacy Shoals". While I am currently working on Sea Turtles, I have glanced-over Lacy Shoals numerous times and it's given me a headache each time. Why? Because there's no clear directions on which strip to start with. Which strip is next? How do you attach them to each other? I am sure I'll figure it out once I sit down, yarn and hook in hand -- but really, when you pay over $20 for a book, it should not be giving you headaches -- much less have directions that aren't written in a basic: first, next, last, bullet-ed, numbered, by row/round -- simplicity. These directions turn what should be an enjoyable project into a puzzling and frustrating undertaking. And let's face it, we don't want to look at our end-results and be reminded of what a pain-in-the-arse it was to make!

I have to say I am very disappointed that Interweave published these written directions in this state. They barely follow normal pattern rules/guidelines for typical crochet patterns.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 3, 2014
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Because you cannot print images from a Kindle book, this version strips the crocheter of the ability to print and use the charts effectively. Normally, the easiest way for one to follow the pattern, charts on a computer monitor are useless.
The designs are lovely; the execution via Kindle is not.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By kharmakat on January 31, 2014
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The patterns are beautiful and caught my attention immediately!!! Just my style. I already made the Water Lily scarf. Very easy. I am experienced at crocheting and have found the instructions a bit confusing with the Sea Turtle and have had to use the lay out for the primary source of instructions.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Julie on January 25, 2014
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I am so excited about the book rustic modern crochet...I started with bridges...so far, the instructions are a little confusing..on bridges...the repetitions are marked by '*to*' twice, I am not sure what exactly the repetition is...I imagine it is a nested loop, but the nesting is not clear! (After playing with the instruction, it is now clear.) This makes it impossible for me to figure out where the 3xdbl stitches go..I did manage to get the circles..so I figure the fundamental structure is there...so I am going ahead with it...also, there is the trm 'pm' at the end of row one .."pm; rep from * to * across, return. -- I realize now pm, means place marker..which of course make more sense.

I would like an abbreviation summary at the back of the book..and more detail charts..or more description of the whole pattern, for example, maybe saying at the end of rows..how many circles..etc.

Still, I was able to follow through the instructions and am well on my way!

I would like either an actual diagram ...of at least the beginning rows with circles and 3*doubles...not the abbreviated one..as the abbreviation makes it impossible to decipher.

The patterns look great, I am hoping author sees this, and responds somehow...as I want to make many patterns from this book..

if anyone knows of a way to contact the author, please advise!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cherie Hill on March 9, 2014
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This book really packs alot under one cover, rarely do I purchase a crochet book and find myself wanting to make every project in the book ... but this book finally made that happen! The designs are well writen, have wide range of styles, and have some real sense of fashion/style to them that doesn't look like what you find in every single book out there on the market already. Highly recommend it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By maureen benevides on January 24, 2014
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this is one of the best crochet books i've seen in ages. i want to make almost everything. the patterns are all very modern, stylish and not your typical, everyday, mondane stlyes. hats off to ms alexander! i look forward to seeing more from this talented designer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brenda K. Griffith on January 25, 2014
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I am a novice spinner, a dabbler weaver, a sporadic knitter and an even more intermittent (but very enthusiastic) crocheter. I bought this book because of the project on the cover, hoping for the best with the rest of the projects. Wow was I not disappointed! I want to do most of the projects (unusual for me), and I am confident I will be able to execute them because of the clear layout, great photography, and detailed text and graphical instructions. Our hand-spinning guild has a spring challenge to take 4 oz of fiber and turn it into a finished project and I can't wait to do the water lily scarf on page 70 as my project!
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