- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (March 17, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312538340
- ISBN-13: 978-0312538347
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 10.5 x 221.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 212 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet: A Collection of Beautiful Blooms for Embellishing Garments, Accessories, and More Paperback – March 17, 2009
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LESLEY STANFIELD has authored a number of books on knitting and crochet, including 150 Knitted Trims. She is a long-time hand knitting designer and has been the knitting editor at Woman and Family Circle magazines.
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I have strong crochet skills and a basic knowledge of knitting and I can follow most crochet patterns. I found these difficult and annoying and I don't think a beginner would have an easy time.
I would not recommend this book to a newbie, which is sad as just a few tweaks would have helped this book immensely. Newcomers should start with Thompson's book Crochet Bouquet.
Both written and graphic instructions are poor. A simple arrow to show where to start the flower and numbering the rows would have helped. I've already penciled in additional instructions in many of the pages. I just want to crochet and I get annoyed when I find myself reading the written instructions then checking the graphic instructions back and forth over and over again...a sign of poor instructions. These are fairly simple projects, they need not be so complicated!!!
Take the Centifolia Rose, page 69. It is difficult to crochet a second row (here row 2 was a fairly complex pattern) over 99 floppy chains!! I ended up adding an intermediate row of sc between row 1 and 2 of sc for the following reasons: 1. a sturdier base, 2. something to hold onto when crocheting and 3. something to sew the flower together when rolling it up. The graphic instructions have brackets below reading "repeat" but why couldn't the author type the number of repeats? How hard is that?! A simple arrow showing where the pattern starts and number of rows. How hard is that?!
The oriental poppy's (page 100) is another example where the graphic instruction was unreadable. Once again just a simple arrow pointing to the beginning and numbering the rows would have helped immensely. A second graphic noting that there are 3 rows of petals underneath the top petals. You have to read the written instructions to understand the concept. I think that written and graphed instructions should each stand alone.
Purchasing the following three books: this book, Stanfields' Butterfly book and Thompson's book, Crochet Bouquet will provide an excellent resource for making flowers. Stanfield assumes that you not only know how to crochet and knit but that you are a professional gardener. And you got to give Stanfield kudos for the meticulousness of her botanical creations...but we are not all gardeners. Maybe it's the fact that she is British? (not sure but that's where the book was published) I live in the US desert SW. I am unfamiliar with many of the flowers shown.
Thompson on the other hand provides not only real flowers, but fantastical creations as well plus quite a few pages of helpful references, resources and tutorials. She also provides a description of the different parts of the flower and how to use different type of yarns and materials to match these parts.
Less pretty pages and more instructions are needed in the next edition of this book. For example the Gerbera (page 93) looks like Chrysanthemum (p. 67), dahlia (p. 52) and Michalmas Daisy (p. 70) but in different colors....so just give us just one page with all these flowers and provide more detailed instructions!!... The same goes for crochet vs. knitting which many people complain about in previous reviews. The Dahlia p. 12 is the knitted version of the chrysanthemum p. 67. Crochet sunflower pg 96 vs. the knitted sunflower p. 63.
Unbelievable none of these books provides a sample of a bouquet of flowers. Most of these flowers are just photographed flat on a white background. I've added a green cup (sepals?, see page 80) to the back of my roses and poppies, added a crochet covered stick and made a dainty bouquet for my mom who loves flowers. Uses for these flowers are mostly limited to slapping them on a hat or clothing.