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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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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
The gallery section (Dictionary of Flowers) shows the samples in actual size, which is helpful. Crocheted and knitted items are intermingled in the gallery section, but there are separate instruction sections for crochet and knit patterns. The instruction sections are further broken down into basic, intermediate and advance levels. All patterns give the suggested yarn weight used in the sample (typically DK or Fine weights), but there are no suggested hook or needle sizes. The crafter will need to experiment a bit with the suggested yarn to achieve the sample size and then experiment from there for specific projects.
The photos are gorgeous and quite inspiring. I love the rainbow of colors. The patterns are mostly flowers, but there are also leaves (about 14) and a few vegetables (4), fruits (5) and bugs (5).... a nice sampling of a garden. (The numbers I provided include both crochet and knit patterns.)
The crochet patterns also feature symbol charts, which is helpful.
The project section at the end of the book is basically a section of project suggestions, not really full blown projects. For me this was the least helpful part of the book, but others may find it helpful.
Overall, I am very pleased with this book and look forward to crocheting flowers for the charity hats I'm making.
I do both, knit and crochet, so ALL of the patterns are a delight and an opportunity to me.
I love the layout of the book: Beautiful pictures showing several (numbered) items, with the instructions following, organized by item number. The pictures are color-themed, which makes them look even better. I love how one can "browse" this book, it's like walking through a garden and picking flowers for a bouquet. Need a tiny little blue flower on a wedding garter? Turn the pages to the blue hues. A nice, lush rose for Mom's lapel or gift? Find "rose" in the index!
1) However, I think it should have been made clearer, that the majority of the flowers are crocheted.
2) Furthermore, I understand the critique of another purchaser, that no hook/needle sizes and yarn weights are given. Noting the finished size of the items would have been helpful as well.
As a long time crafter, I have a very good feel for the outcome. Less experienced persons don't.
Because of those two points, only 4 stars.
Other than that - great addition to my library of craft books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
my mom loved this book. she is teaching me how to crochet again i forgot how to due to my work schedule.Published 19 days ago by MsBetty
The instructions are unclear. Even my friend who is more experienced in crochet also can't understand the book...it's totally useless... Read morePublished 1 month ago by sofia paseka
From looking at the pictures first, many look difficult to do. Instructions are well written and clear and easier to do than I originally thought.Published 2 months ago by L. Hussey
This is a wonderful book of glorious examples of knitted & crocheted flowers and more. The patterns and finished results were remarkable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chris F.
Beautiful book; bought this and the 75 Birds book to make my own barrettes. Lots of inspiring shapes and little motifs to make for many projects.Published 3 months ago by K.Markey