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"I think the book is fantastic... It's a beautiful book with gorgeous projects and outstanding photography... A reasonably cost-effective way of owning the highlights of the first five+ years of patterns and articles published in Interweave Crochet." - About.com Guide to Crochet

"There is truly something in this book for everyone. Designers featured in this book are an enormously talented crew that includes Kim Guzman, Robyn Chachula, and Carol Ventura among others. There are NO weak links in this crochet collection." - CraftGossip.com

"This well-rounded collection of designs is a 'must have' for those who may have missed early issues of Interweave Crochet. Interweave is known for pushing the crochet envelope, with designs that continue to inspire the exploration of what can be accomplished with a hook and string and this book is no exception. Not just a collection of the magazine's favorite patterns, but a celebration of how far crochet has come in the last ten years." - CrochetInsider.com

"I think the book is fantastic. Five stars. It's a beautiful book with gorgeous projects and outstanding photography." - About.com Guide to Crochet

About the Author

Marcy Smith is editor of Interweave Crochet. A crocheter since age 8, she loves to explore the potential of what happens when hook meets yarn. She also enjoys other fiber crafts, including knitting and spinning. Marcy lives in North Carolina with her outdoors-writer husband and three adventurous half-grown children.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596683023
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596683020
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Cllynn on November 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the first time I have come across a book filled with at least 5 patterns that I would like to make and has tons of great crocheting techniques, shortcuts, and tutorials. A balanced mix of the two make this book a positive purchase for me. I am, as probably most people, a self-taught crocheter (Granny showed me the very basics but never taught me how to follow a pattern) so many of my techniques are rough. I really enjoyed the first browsing of the book and stopped to have a thorough read of some of the crocheting tutorials. One last note...finally a book with non-vintage styles! Thank you Marcy Smith.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Fan on April 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've seen (and own) a lot of crochet books. So I always look for certain things to see if the book in question is for me. One is the patterns, of course. I am 52 so keep this in mind, but I really like many of these patterns. They will appeal to most age groups, not just younger women. But it's not old, boring stuff either.

For instance, there is this really cute item called Rosemary Sweater. It would look good on anyone. As you can see from "Look Inside", each pattern has the finished size and type and amount of yarn. There are charts and/or layouts (with measurements of all dimensions) of the articles of clothing. The three blankets are also well charted. Oh my, those are some sweet blankets too.

While this is not a 'how to crochet' book, there are helps with more difficult concepts throughout the book. These are called Back to Basics and Beyond the Basics. These come with full color pictures when helpful in understanding the concept. I usually don't like how to stuff in a pattern book, but these seem to compliment the patterns nicely. For instance, there is one called Linked Crochet. I had never heard of that before; it looks very useful. Also, there is just the right amount of photos in the book, not too many and not in your face. The focus is the item to be made, not the model's perfect face.

The font is easy to read and the instruction is quite detailed. The book lies open fairly well as it has that helpful folding line down the spine. It will still need some help staying flat until it's worn in a bit though. I got this from the library, but it is now in my wish list. I really do like this book a lot!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K TAYLOR on November 21, 2013
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Enjoyed all the patterns and suggestions within these pages. I just wish the outline of information was a bit more uniformed. Not an AMAZON issue, it's just that starting a pattern and then having to go twenty pages over for the remainder of the pattern is a bit frustrating especially if you're using a Kindle or Ipad. Interweave by far has the best patterns and designs for crochet so don't slip on this book. Even from 2006-2010 their patterns are still more stylish and modern as many of the books published just this year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kschimmelwriter on May 13, 2014
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These projects include lace, motifs, accessories, garments, and home decor. Charts are provided for most of the lace projects, which is a big plus for visual learners like me. My one gripe is that the Lily Chin lace dress has only written instructions--and no way would I attempt a lace dress without charts. I can still enjoy looking at the pictures, though!

There really is something for everyone, whether you prefer to work with featherweight yarn or create a sturdy, two-tone Tunisian stitch vest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rabid Reader VINE VOICE on August 19, 2014
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Crochet has been a passion of mine for quite a while, and I am always looking for new and interesting patterns to try. This book has some really beautiful designs, especially for women's wear. There is a fantastic wrap in a spiral theme (gorgeous), and a couple of sweaters that are simply stunning. I know I will be making a few of the designs. However, like many "fashion" crochet pieces, the yarns that are called for tend to be very light weight (lace or sport) which are exceptionally hard to come by in my area. To make things in these weights, I inevitably have to order my yarns online, so it becomes cost prohibitive. I would really love to see some options for trendy, fashionable things made in worsted or DK.

My only other criticism of the garments in this book is that many of the sweaters are pullovers in a very close-fitting style, which aren't very flattering on me. I prefer something a bit looser.

Overall, though. Great designs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne Speck on October 30, 2013
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I got this book for one pattern: the Babette blanket. This pattern sells for $6 on its own so to find it in a book full of techniques and interesting patterns for only $9.99 was a steal. I've been using the technique for a small-centered ring in my amigurumi and I'm delighted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 10, 2013
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This book offers unique and fun designs that are easy to make and beautiful. I bought it for one pattern but ended up making several.
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I googled for errata and this is what popped up: http://www.crochetme.com/content/Corrections2009.aspx

The patterns I would love to attempt are:

moorish mosaic afghan on page 48
solas caomh (tender comfort) baby blanket on page 86
seafoam vest (goes up to only a 46 inch bust) on page 132

There is a gorgeous dress by Lily Chin I'd love to try but it only goes up to a size 42 inch bust. It can be found on page 144. I either have to use a chunkier yarn with a bigger crochet hook or lose around 50 pounds to fit into it.

Many of the women's sweaters but not all are plus size friendly.
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