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So Simple Crochet: A Fabulous Collection of 24 Fashionable and Fun Designs Paperback – October 15, 2005


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"Though the designs here will appeal to crocheters at any level, the most striking are advanced-level designs...an excellent choice for large public libraries."

--Library Journal
December, 2005

Book Description

Crochet beautiful accessories the easy way with So Simple Crochet. From chic ponchos to trendy scarves, this book includes 24 patterns that showcase all of today's styles. The designs, including wraps, boleros, jackets, hats, and mittens, use many of the popular fashion yarns available, such as cottons, tapes, mohairs, and metallic threads. All of the pieces are amazingly fast and simple to make. Basic techniques are explained to get beginners started, while clear, concise pattern instructions and full-color photographs show stitch details. With So Simple Crochet, readers will discover how easy - and fun - the craft of crochet can be.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner; First edition (October 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580112765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580112765
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Stern Fan on October 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
Don't let the title fool you. The stitches may be simple but the designs are out of this world! Melody Griffiths use of motifs, in a join-as-you-go style, create the most beautiful ponchos, vests, cardigans and scarves. A number of patterns feature big gauge yarns, big hooks and lacy stitches; that means you'll have a designer accessory to wear the next day. I am totally in love with the Gold Circle Vest. It's made with Lurex. I declare that if you make and wear this, you'll get a rich boyfriend! There's also a Spangle Tank Top that is just spectacular! You'll also find belts, hats, coats, a caplet, a shrug, a sweater, a cowl, a long pointy waistcoat, jacket, boa and a wrap. In all, there are 24 patterns and not one of them is a dud. I love this book!!!!!!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jyl Milner on February 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
I borrowed this book from my local public library. It is filled with darling projects - in fact, a friend asked me to make the shell-edged shrug for her. Well, it started out fine, but about halfway up the first sleeve, the instructions went wacky. Realizing the book was first published in Great Britain and translated to American (the crochet terms are very similar, but a G.B. single crochet is a U.S. double crochet), I tried to work with it using the photo as a guide.

When it was time to shape the shoulder, front, and back, however, the instructions became incoherent. I gave up at that point - it just wasn't worth the struggle.

I've crocheted for many years, and it is rare that I find a pattern that stumps me so completely. Needless to say, I've found a different pattern with a similar finished look to make for my friend, and I won't attempt any of the other projects in the book. I don't have time for this!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. Jesch on February 15, 2006
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The patterns in this book look absolutely beautiful on the pages but the book was not originally published in the US. There are instructions for converting British Crochet to US Crochet online, but now that I have found this out I have given up on this book. Also the yarn that is used can only be found online for extremely high prices. If you don't want to do that you have to convert the yarn into what is available in the US. Just a note...the white cardigan that held my fancy when purchasing this book would cost over 100 dollars to make if you bought the comparable yarn in the US. I would stay away! (but the patterns look so pretty) Pretty..Yes...but are they worth the effort and money?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan Martin on November 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
I like the designs in this book. Unfortunately, only experienced crocheters should buy the book. I made the lacy sweater cardigan. It was going really well until one line of directions made no sense at all. Luckily I was able to create directions for that line and go forward. The cardigan turned out fine. This book would also be OK if you had support from a yarn store to help rewrite a few lines of directions. I would buy this book again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Most of the projects are quite involved lace style patterns. I am an experienced crocheter and would not attempt these projects, because I do not like to spend a year crocheting a poncho. Other projects have so many colorchanges that you will spend all day weaving in the ends. Before you buy it, preview it. The price on the used book is so low that you really are not taking a big chance and you might get some ideas. The Items are pretty.
I'll propably pass my copy on to someone who likes doily style, repeating patterns that take a long time to make.
My name for this book: NOT SO SIMPLE CROCHET.
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So Simple Crochet presents 24 fun, fashionable, and easy-to-do designs for novice to intermediate crocheters. Projects are divided into four categories: "Classic", such as the denim duffle coat; "Weekend", such as the chunky blue beret, "Casual", such as the shimmery tank top, and "Glamorous", such as the beaded evening scarf. An extensive introductory section walks beginners through basic techniques, from how to read stitch diagrams to making a slip knot or chain stitch to grouping stitches and more. Full color photography and step-by-step instructions make So Simple Crochet an ideal hands-on project guide for needlecrafters interested in creating holiday gifts with a personal touch.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sue Brown on June 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
Several unique and trendy patterns. I've already made several items from this book. This one is worth the money you spend for it!!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ea reviews on June 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
First and foremost, the majority of the patterns in this book are really beautiful. But, as always, there are a few items that serve as "filler" (nothing new or extraordinary). Overall, I would have given this book a 4-star review based on patterns alone. However, there are a few problems.

I would recommend this book to more experienced crocheters simply because (as other reviews have already expressed) the patterns can be really tricky.

Two thoughts for anyone who is interested in purchasing this book. Firstly, be aware that the patterns must be converted. Yes, this is a pain, but if you have the time and ambition, the end result will be worth the effort. Secondly, as others have stated, the yarn prices are HIGH. So, it may be worthwhile (and more economical) to substitue for some more reasonably priced yarns. These two factors are why I gave this book only 3-stars.

So, all in all, this book is best for those with more experience who feel comforable converting patterns to American crochet. While the patterns themselves ARE quite simple, the task of doing all the converting could drive even the most experienced a little nutty.

Best of luck!
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