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Sensual Crochet: Luxurious Yarns, Alluring Designs Paperback – January 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling/Hollan (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402749198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402749193
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

I am very glad I got this book, thank you Amy Swenson!
Angela Applegate
I have only done two of the projects from this book but I absolutely love them.
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I'm looking forward to trying just about every pattern in the book.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By missouri reader on April 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a very well-produced book, with designs that I think represent some of the best in crocheted garment design today. (I have not made any of the patterns, so I can't say how accurate they are, otherwise I would give it 5 stars.) The crocheted items are beautifully photographed. Stitch diagrams and schematics are included. To substitute yarns, info is given on the total required yardage, weight and composition of the yarn, and knitting gauge (usually found on the skein wrapper and in catalog descriptions of yarn). Information is given about the properties of the fibers used. The crocheter is encouraged to use fibers which feel good, look good, and will last a long time. This I think is good advice, but some of the recommended yarns are extremely expensive. For example, Lorna's Laces Angel seems to sell for about $14 a 50-yard skein. The cover sweater is made in Angel and requires 21 skeins for 28" bust ($294) and 35 for 44" bust ($490). Besides the cost, that is a heck of a lot of ends to weave in! So, the yarn substitution info is likely to come in handy.

There is a range of items, from revealing strapless top to the relatively covered-up sweater featured on the cover. Many tops will require a camisole underneath, but some are quite bare and would be hard to wear a foundation garment under. There are several skirts and a dress. Most are, in my opinion, beautiful designs, but a few are pretty ordinary, like the 2 boleros, a small bag and a white scarf/belt. There is one scarf made in a very fine silk (with steel 8 hook) that I think is quite pretty. Sizes range from 28" to 50" bust for some articles. Quite a few items use fairly fine yarn and hooks from C to G, and a few use H-J hooks.

Most of the designs are by Amy Swenson, and other designers include Robyn Chachula, Annie Modesitt, Debora Oese-Lloyd, Amie Hirtes, Dana Codding, and Amy O'Neill Houck.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Marie on December 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is chock full of absolutely gorgeous designs. This is most certainly not your granny's crochet. These are all beautiful styles that drape beautifully on the female body. I have not yet started any of the projects, so I don't know if there are any technical errors, but the book is very well organized. If you've been looking to expand your crochet library--this is your book. Keep in mind this is not for someone that still needs to learn how to crochet. You should still get it for inspiration.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Sorensen on March 9, 2008
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This book offers a variety of patterns, but women who aren't model-size may have to search carefully to find appropriate garments here. The Butterfly Cardigan is a good design for all. Stitch schematics are sometimes included and I would love to see more of them in future books -- they are so much easier to follow than miles of words. The inclusion of substitute yarn info is very welcome.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Fox on October 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is full of beautiful crochet designs. It is very refreshing to see some modern, beautiful designs. I am currently working on "The simple sheer skirt" and it is very simple, but yet very beautiful. All of the skirts are on my do do list! I have been crocheting for over 20 years, but I think a beginner would do just fine with just about any of these patterns.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Angela Applegate on April 17, 2009
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I was very impressed with the patterns in this book (normally I like the look of knitted tops and such better than crocheted ones), there are a wide variety of styles and the layout of the book is fantastic. I am very glad I got this book, thank you Amy Swenson!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Bell on February 18, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I like the patterns in this book, they don't "look" homemade when you are done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. C. D. Hunter on March 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
I live in New Zealand on the other side of the world and love to crochet but have trouble finding funky patterns that anyone would want to wear.
I love this Sensual Crochet book - the book is well set out and the patterns are reasonably easy to follow. I have started a jacket for my daughter and its going well. I like to spin my own wool and am using it for this pattern.
Well done, great book, nice to look at and easy to follow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have only done two of the projects from this book but I absolutely love them. The directions are easy to follow and though some of the yarns are very expensive, detailed is provided which makes substitutions fairly easy. Yay for crochet that looks beautiful and stunning!
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