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Crochet At Home: 25 Clever Projects for Colorful Living Paperback – June 11, 2013
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Brett Bara is the author of Sewing in a Straight Line: 25 Quick and Crafty Projects You Can Make by Simply Sewing Straight, editor of Clever Crocheted Accessories: 25 Quick Weekend Projects, and host of the Emmy-nominated television series Knit and Crochet Now! She blogs about crafts, DIY, and food at brettbara.com.
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It’s rare when I want to make over half of the patterns I find in a book and when I do that book becomes a well-worn favorite. I’m especially keen to make the cute Matroyshka nesting dolls, cube ottoman, lace and wire bowl, zig zag afghan, chunky doily rug, tissue box cozy, chevron bedspread, blooming pot holders, racy pink runner, overstuffed seat cushions, the tiered cozy, flowering trivets, pot scrubbies, and the pan handlers. I’ve never crocheted with Craft Wire before and I’m looking forward to trying it. I’d also like to work up the scrubbies in one of the colorful Red Heart Scrubby Yarns like this one.
The easy to understand instructions are given in written form and diagram. In the back of the book there are illustrations for all the stitches/techniques used. I especially appreciated Bara's many tips on choosing yarn colors.
The three chapters in the book are Bright and Modern Living Room, Tranquil Bedroom and Colorful Kitschy Kitchen. The book jumps right into the patterns and abbreviations and techniques are discussed at the end. I'd say this pattern book is great for crocheters who are advanced beginners and onward. I wish I could stay home and crochet every single thing in this book, they are all so nice. I think it's seeing crocheted items here and there throughout the home, gives any room a nice extra touch.
"Nothing makes a house more like a home than filling it with your own personal touches-and what better way to do that than with crochet? Even if you don't have a ton of time to dedicate to yarn and hook, a few well-chosen handmade accessories will go a long way toward personalizing your abode."
p.5, Crochet At Home: 25 Clever Projects for Colorful Living
I whipped up the Blooming Potholder. The pattern was clearly written, easy to follow and fairly quick to work up. I love the way this turned out and am already working on one for my mom. This is a new favorite pattern!
With such a nice variety of sweet and cozy crochet patterns, Crochet At Home: 25 Clever Projects for Colorful Living has become an instant favorite. I'm happy to have it in my pattern book collection. I recommend this one to crocheters looking to spruce up their home décor or looking to create nice presents for friends and loved ones.
This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and designers, such as this one, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.
I received my copy of Crochet At Home: 25 Clever Projects for Colorful Living from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
As always, my Fiber Fun Group of beginning crocheters was asked to look over this new crochet book. They found several projects they felt they could tackle with no additional help and a few they might need very little assistance to complete.
Some of the most popular projects were:
Happy Hexagons Throw by Maryse Roudier on page 8. I thought this was a great scrap yarn project that was easy to make and would look great in any room.
Switchable Seasons Wreaths by Linda Permann on page 22. Many of the ladies like to change their home decor with the seasons and thought these wreaths would be an easy and fun project for them.
Pinwheel Baby Blanket by Robyn Chachula on page 72. This is a different take on the classic granny square baby blanket.
Chevron Bedspread by Kathie Eng on page 82. A simple but lovely addition to any bedroom.
The kitchen items such as the Nested Squares Dishcloths by Ellen Gormley on page 94 and the Watermelon Coasters by Amy Polcyn on page 102 were also popular choices.
My favorite was the Stitch Sampler Bolster by Kathy Merrick on page 86. It combined textures with smooth stripes to create a very unusual piece.
The instructions are clear and include easy-to-read charts.