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Crochet Adorned: Reinvent Your Wardrobe with Crocheted Accents, Embellishments, and Trims Paperback – August 11, 2009

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"This delightful book is a must-have for the crafty lady who wants to spruce up her life with a little crochet flair. Linda Permann’s designs are approachable, fashion-forward, and totally cute!"
—Brett Bara, Editor-in-Chief, Crochet Today

"The lacelike and sculptural qualities of crochet are beautifully highlighted in Linda Permann’s clever book. Appearing in the form of subtle rick-rack on a plain T-shirt, a cute scalloped edging on a coat, a butterfly on an apron, or colorful flowers on a simple cardigan, crochet is here applied like icing on a cake, improving everything it touches. Permann’s book is an inspiration for beginning and advanced crocheters alike"
—Debbie Stoller, author of the Stitch ’n Bitch series of knitting and crochet books

"With outstanding style and creativity, Linda Permann takes crochet embellishment to a fashionable, creative high. Simple instructions, easy project adaptability, and clear stitch diagrams make this book a sure hit."
—Kim Werker, author of Crochet Me: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution

About the Author

LINDA PERMANN is a writer and crochet designer whose work has been featured in popular crafty magazines including Bust, Adorn, Crochet Today, and Knit. 1, as well as the books Stitch ’n Bitch Crochet and Hooked. She was the founding Craft and Decorating Editor of Adorn magazine and loves to mix and match her crafty skills whenever she can.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; Original edition (August 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307451968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307451965
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As you know, there's a HUGE surge in crochet right now. Lots of gorgeous patterns have been showing up all over the place from Linda, Robyn Chachula, Amy O'Neil Houck, Julie Holetz, Marly Bird, and longtime designers like Dora Ohrenstein, Doris Chan, Lily Chin, Annie Modesitt, Teva Durham, and many many more. They're really using crochet in new ways and creating gorgeous garments and accessories.

Seeing all of the new things that crocheters are doing makes ME want to crochet, and I've dabbled. A little. Badly.

A book like Linda`s is the perfect resource for someone like me. I already design garments. I already know how to manipulate crochet stitches, I'm just not proficient enough to DESIGN in crochet. Crochet Adorned (Potter Craft, 2009) is full of ways to add a little crochet to another project. Whether that project is a design that I'm working on OR, as in many of the projects in the book, a pre-made dress, jacket, or pair of shoes.

What really makes this book stand out is the fact that all of the crochet instructions are presented in words AND charts. I'm visual. I can crochet from a chart much more easily than I can from a string of abbreviations (remember when you first learned to read patterns...you spend most of the time looking up definitions!)

There are tons of instructions for trims and photos showing how they can be used to decorate LOTS of different things. I like this because it really fuels my own imagination and helps me visualize ways that crochet can be used as an accent. There are also patterns for whole crochet objects, like pillows, table runners, trivets, and more.
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As a crocheter, I'm always on the lookout for books that highlight crochet to its best advantage. Crochet looks lovely when the lines are clean and the pattern is showcased with appropriate yarn. Kitchy crochet can be cute but an elegant, fresh trim applied to a hem, a sweater or a t-shirt can be even better. Crochet Adorned leaves the kitch behind and presents thoughtful projects that are perfect for crocheters of every skill level. The how-to information is solid, the stitch reference section in the back of the book is really handy, and the projects themselves are inspired. I love that the author used the "less is more" approach and judicious applied her crochet trims to provide just the right amount of bling for the buck. No gobs of grannies, piles of petals (the cover art is probably the most crochet intensive garment) - just good use of yarn, interesting stitches and a little needle and thread. Crochet chic can co-exist and Crochet Adorned proves that.
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After many years of crocheting, I didn't think I needed anymore books in my craft library. However, this book is irresistible for its luscious photographs that will inspire you to get your hook and re-evaluate your belongings. Crochet Adorned encourages reinventing what you already have, which is both green and trendy, while giving your pieces individual flair. The book also offers a plethora of stitches making it an excellent reference guide. So for a fresh perspective on an old friend, Crochet Adorned is a must have.
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The cover on this book drew me in. The flowers were kind of puffy and three dimensional while still being flat enough to wear on a garment. The book is divided in seven sections. The first section is about the basics, tools and materials needed, how-to for crochet, and some sewing information needed for some projects. I really like the clear directions for making a "magic ring" for the center of motifs. It's a great way to start a project and then pull in the center so there isn't a hole.

The next three sections show projects - Fashions, Accessories and Home There were some cute things that I would make mixed in with some things I would never make. Some things look like stuff my Grandmother would have made and I think that is intentional. It's kind of a retro style I'm seeing here. The butterfly apron is retro and cute. Althought, I don't know if I would wear it, the cover jacket just really appeals to me. I think I would use the colorful flowers, leaves etc. in a project that I wouldn't wear. I loved the little bird brooches and the medallion table mat (but not the colors on the mat). All of the motifs/patterns needed for each project are included in the project pages. That's nice and prevents alot of flipping back and forth.

The next section ((about 1/4 of the book) is a stitch dictionary with trims, motifs and stitch patterns. There are clear pictures, charts, written directions and one other thing I found very helpful. There is a stitch key by each pattern. This is nice because you don't have to flip the book back to large stitch key in another part of the book. There were some nice motifs and flowers especially. I tried a few out and the directions were excellent. I was able to reproduce the samples. I would say I'm an advanced beginner at crochet.
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CROCHET ADORNED: REINVENT YOUR WARDROBE WITH CROCHETED ACCENTS, EMBELLISHMENTS AND TRIMS packs in some 20 patterns and 200 stitches to pair crochet with embellishing existing clothing. The emphasis on crocheted flowers, trim and other accents makes it easy to quickly dress up a dull sweater or article of clothing and offers all the basics including a complete stitch reference for beginners, making this a fine pick for any basic library.
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