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Product Details

  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (November 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561588504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561588503
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I love Afya's hats. They're like crowns and brims of creativity, of genius, of love--they're soulful, something powerful. You'll gotta know that!" --Common
"Any notion that crochet isn't cool ends right here... Terrific how-to illustrations help first-timers get into the stitching groove while ideas for customizing projects with color, yarn and embellishment are sure to keep you hooked."
"- Crochet Today
""Fashion doesn't have to break the bank: Afya Ibomu shows how a skein of yarn and a crochet hook can inexpensively add spice to your wardrobe. These 20 hats for men and women blend together ethnic style and hip-hop chic while keeping construction a breeze!"
"- Simply Creative Crochet
""Crochet meets fresh, fabulous headwear in this book...no matter what level you are, we won't blame you keep these cool caps all to yourself."
"- Adorn magazine
""Get Your Crochet On! Hip Hats and Cool Caps" is a must-have book of patterns for every hat or cap you passed on the street and said to yourself, "I want one of those!" This book includes all kinds of cool hats and caps originally designed by the author, who owns a custom-order, Brooklyn-based crochet business and whose creations have appeared in "Jet" and "Complex" magazines. "Get Your Crochet On!" covers the basic crochet stitches, techniques and tools to get you started. This book hopes to capture and express the fresh and innovative styles of a new generation of crochet artists. --"The Daily Advertiser" - Lafayette, LA

About the Author

Afya Ibomu is a certified holistic health counselor, AADP, and has been a vegetarian since 1990. She previously owned and operated a vegan catering business in Brooklyn, New York, and served as Erykah Badu's nutritionist on tour.

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The instructions are very clear and easy to follow.
Jane E. Buckthal
Yes, the book is geared towards a younger, urban crowd, but I think most of the hats would look great on people of any ethnicity or age.
Laura C. O'Neal
I have yet to complete a project, but I have had fun just trying!
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By M. K. Carroll on December 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
There are times when I pick up a book or magazine and the description "fun and funky" comes up, in a way which is, quite frankly, more a warning that the items being showcased are likely to be uncomfortable, difficult to wear, and flattering only to 15-year old Brazilian models who have been worked on by a team of makeup artists and carefully lit by a professional photographer. For example, a fun fur dress in a recent magazine - just looking at it made me feel itchy and overheated, and it made the sleek, slender model wearing it look chunky. There are times when I pick up a publication and find myself wondering if I am looking at randomly selected projects with only the vaguest of themes (perhaps, "using specialty yarns you can't find locally"). Get Your Crochet On is not one of those books. This is a strong, cohesive collection of genuinely fun and funky patterns by Afya Ibomu, who sells her handmade creations through shops and boutiques and well as styling such luminaries as Erykah Badu, Common, and M1 (who also appear as models in the book). All the patterns are designed by Afya and are based on the hats she makes, sells, and wears. The photos in the book are people on the street type shots, and I really get the feeling that the people modeling the hats are people who would be wearing them even if a camera was not pointed in their direction. The styles shown in the book are very much what you would expect to see walking down the street in certain Brooklyn neighborhoods, if that helps. The tone of the book is warm and friendly.

One comment I've heard on the patterns was "I think I'm the wrong flavor for that" but I'm of the opinion that a closer look and a little time spent on thinking about color and yarn possibilities would open up the possibilities.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Leelo on June 13, 2008
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Love the ideas and options throughout, such as simple things like adding a bill. However, I have found that objects I have crocheted do not turn out to be the dimensions visually represented. I have checked, double-checked, and triple-checked my guage. I am an intermediate skilled knitter and crocheter, so I greatly understand the dynamics of guage. Yet, everything I have made, especially the stunning Queen head-wrap, has turned out smaller -- dramatically smaller -- than portrayed. Schematics are not provided and perhaps could greatly remedy this problem. I have made my own adjustments to get the proportions needed; but what a chore to have to make everything twice. The styles are great, and hopefully the author will republish with schematics; otherwise be forewarned.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Berger on January 9, 2007
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Easy, fast (less than a day), tons o' color possibilities, classic styles, bee-yoo-ti-ful models - YEAh!

Clear instructions - reasonable price. I made every one, and people love them.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By P. Gatewood on January 10, 2007
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I really enjoyed this book! I found it to be very detailed in crochet techniques and I love the hat patterns. I would definately buy more books from this author in the future.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Wade on March 28, 2007
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Afya Ibomu's designs fill a definite void in the crochet world. Her hats are fun and functional and all of her patterns can be created with multiple yarn and needle sizes giving the reader the chance to use up some stash yarn. The only complaint I have about this books is that some of the photography is pretty bad, but not bad enough to lose any stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Cooper on May 6, 2007
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This book has the best overview of special techniques (adding elastic, selecting colors, and weaving ends) and also excellent instructions for basic crochet. I bought one copy for my friend who taught me to crochet. She thoroughly enjoyed the book. A few days later, I bought another copy for myself. Patterns are cute. She has some innovative construction techniques. Highly recommended!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Whitfield on February 20, 2007
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This book is so cool that I had to buy another one for my mom. It has step by step instructions which makes it easy to do.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AlwaysLearning on November 22, 2007
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This book made me start crocheting again after 20 years. The hats are sooooooo cool and I really needed the extra how-to instructions provided. I particulary liked the close ups of the stitches and the arrows pointing to which stitch to start working in. I also like that she encouraged you to experiment with different yarns. The famous folks modeling the hats didn't hurt either. That tie-on type head covering too. This is a keeper!
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