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So Pretty! Crochet: Inspiration and Instructions for 24 Stylish Projects Hardcover – May 2, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (May 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452103607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452103600
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Amy Palanjian is the former deputy editor of ReadyMade magazine and blogs about the work of artists and crafters who have an eye for combining traditional techniques with a modern aesthetic at Amypalanjian.com. She has appeared on Planet Green and ABC News and has been featured many publications including The Wall Street Journal. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Customer Reviews

I love the hat and could not wait to try it.
Charlie
Don't buy this book sight unseen, check it out from the library or have a look at it at your local bookshop first.
Sonia
The designs are creative and the patterns are actually wearable and modern.
Alma Stoller

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MrsBaze on September 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I will start out by saying that I am an avid crocheter and do not have any trouble with "advanced" crochet patterns. First, I tried out the mitten pattern - I cannot get the gauge correct with hooks in a similar range and the weight of yarn listed. So, I moved on. I tried the slipper pattern - the first paragraph says it will be worked in double crochet...yet, when you read the pattern, it is all half double crochet. Don't try the hdc unless you want children's slippers (the pattern is supposed to be written for women's sizes 7-10). VERY DISAPPOINTED with this book! Sure the pictures of the completed items are beautiful, but if you can't make them, what's the point in buying this book for the patterns?!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on May 1, 2012
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The hat on the cover is what drew me to this book. I love the hat and could not wait to try it. The instructions are typical and easy for me to follow. I can usually follow easy to intermediate instructions. I am just sad that this is the only hat pattern inside. The rest are creative accessories like fingerless gloves, slippers, necklaces, throw pillows, baskets, hangers,and so on. I was however happy with the rest of the patterns, they overcame my disappointment of only having one hat pattern. If you are looking for a crochet book with a variety of instructions for all kinds of accessories from a hat to a crochet rag rug then this is the book for you. The patterns seem pretty basic and have a nice twist to the style of each item that makes it very new and modern.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Morgan McKay on June 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Like the previous reviewer I was drawn to this book because of the hat on the cover. It is so fun to make! I have made 2 already for friends. There are other patterns in this book which are absolutley doable, which was another selling point for me. I have made one of the necklaces, the pillow and a few others. The patterns are whimsical, feminine and adorable. I highly recommend this book. The patterns are also easy to read and follow. A big plus!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Fan on July 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Yes, this is one of those books that gets the creative energy flowing. The photography is gorgeous, the color of yarn used is beautiful, and the patterns are, well, pretty! Twelve contributors have pulled together under one common theme, beautiful crochet. Their knowledge and love of crochet lend a personal touch to each item.

There is a good mix of projects in this book, ranging from jewelry and clothing to household items (see Inside Book's Table of Contents). The author has chosen the 24 items with care, but I could have done without the bunting, crocheted covered stone, hanger covers, and the headband, but then that's just my preference. Overall, the patterns are novel without being too strange and unusable. And the many that are good, are very good. Just look at that amazing Stormie Skies necklace! The innovative use of DMC metallic floss takes an idea and makes it happen. It really does mimic metal.

Something I don't like in a pattern book is a section on how to crochet....the majority of the users of this book already know how to crochet. There are some specific helps concerning crocheting with different thread/yarn though so it's not entirely useless. Something I did appreciate are the 'Variations' mentioned. These added notes help to push the creative window helping one to see ways of adapting each project to suit different wants and needs. The photos are clear and colorful and I love that the book is a hard cover! It will hold up over time, but will need awhile before it actually stays open.

There's also a listing of Crochet blogs in the back of the book. I was happy to see Attic24 listed there. Trust me, it's a sweet blog to visit. This section should prove to be full of creative ideas, but I know the patterns in this book will lead to what we all need, inspiration.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. C. on August 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I actually got this book from our local library. I love a number of the ideas and will likely try a bunch out. I had an issue with the slippers pattern though (the first one I went for)- it says in the intro paragraph that they are worked in double crochet, but then the pattern itself says half-double crochet (Hdc), and boy, they were way too small when I did half-double. I only worked to the end of the 8th row, and went, "wait a second....this can't be right." So, I'll give it a go with double and hope they fit better! They work up pretty fast though, so no biggie. I'll think I'll put a post-it note in the book for the next borrower :) I'm thinking Christmas gifts already!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 1, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This crochet book has probably 20 patterns which would all make very nice gifts that would probably work up fairly quickly. There's the hat on the cover, fingerless mitts, cute mary jane slippers, a few bags, necklaces, and even a rag rug made of old t-shirts and more. Each project (or two) is from a different designer, and there are short notes about the designers as well.

The reason I only gave three stars to this book is because of the yarn selections. There is no yarn or thread here that I've ever heard of, which would be all right if they had included the standardized yarn weight numbers so you could easily make substitutions. They didn't, so you have to use hook size and gauge to approximate the weight. To be fair, the back of the book lists various yarn suppliers, and the author seems to be promoting sustainable, even hand-spun yarns. And there are a few projects that do use mass-produced yarn.

That said, the Kindle book has an interactive table of contents, so finding projects is easy. The GoTo on my Kindle Fire just lists the designer names -- not helpful, but I guess they are the chapter headings.
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