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Cute and Easy Crocheted Baby Clothes Paperback – April 1, 2012
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Nicki Trench is one of the leading figures in the revival and promotion of home crafts. As well as teaching, lecturing, and feature writing on knitting, crochet, sewing, cake decorating, and hen keeping, she is the founder of Laughing Hens, the UK s leading online yarn store, and Rooster Yarns. Some of her most recent books include Super Scary Crochet, Cute & Easy Crochet, Creating Your Backyard Farm, Super-cute Crochet, Sweet Temptation, and 201 Knitting Motifs, Blocks, Projects & Ideas, all published by CICO Books. Visit her website at nickitrench.com. The author is based in Hertfordshire, UK.
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The book is well arranged and the author's attention to detail shows on every page. The contents of the book begin with a short Techniques section (I usually don't like these, but this one is just so pretty to look at that I'll just smile and move on). There are then 4 chapters (followed by suppliers and an index). All the patterns are rated either Beginner, Improver, or Enthusiast. The materials are listed (one type of yarn is used throughout, but substitutions are easy with the yardage clearly stated) and any special stitches are explained in the pattern along with finished size measurements. The colors of the yarn throughout is beautiful. This, plus great photography, makes one just want to linger over the pics, and well, smile again.
The chapters and what is included in them are as follows:
'Sweaters and Cardigans' has an assortment of sweaters, cardigans, and tank tops. (out of 11 items, 3 of these patterns could be for boys)
'Stepping Out' encompasses bootees, hats, blankets, and mittens. (out of 11 items, 7 could be for boys)
'Jackets, Shawls, and Dresses' includes jackets, ponchos, shawls, a cape, and dresses. (out of 8 items, 2-3 are for boys)
'Toys, Accessories, and Room Decorations' has a bunny, coat hangers, garland, baby cloths, and a bear. (all 5 items could be for boys or girls)
I wish you could see how pretty some of these items are! The Springtime Sweater uses updated granny squares and picot stitches. Just adorable. The booties are not gaudy, the hats are sweet, and the mittens are so pretty.Read more ›
This book is a JOKE. Not a *single* one of the patterns I have begun is without glaring errors, and I am a very experienced crafter. I've designed my own patterns and have worked countless pieces from pattern books. This "book" is an insult, and asking money for it borders on fraud.
As an example: The "Hooded Jacket" pattern gives a tension of "8 patt x 18 rows [...] using a 4mm (F/5) hook" to make a 10cm (4in) square. Even varying the hook size (3mm, 3.25mm, 3.5mm, 3.75mm, 4mm, 4.25mm, 4.5mm: all tried) and yarn (4 different yarns all equivalent to Rooster Almerion Aran in weight, label gauge, fibre type and yardage), this tension never comes out. Ever. This is either a blatant misprint (because the tension that does come out is 8 patt x NINE [9!!] rows to a 10cm square) or an indication that whoever wrote this pattern down like this has a broad-minded (read: bloody idiotic) approach to numbers.
"Row 2 (patt row)" instructs as follows: "1 ch, 1 dc in first dc, miss 2 sts, *make 1 V-st in next st, miss 2 sts; rep from * to end, ending last rep miss 1 dc, 1 dc in last st."
Again: anyone who does *not* think that the number 1 is pretty much the same as the number 2 will notice that this instruction cannot be correct. If you miss 2 ch at the beginning of each "patt row," you will find yourself 1 ch short at the of every row. As follows:
Note: the repeat (or "patt") means "work 1 V stitch, then skip (sk) 2. So one rep can be written as V-sk-sk.
Row 1: 1dc, skip ONE ch, V-sk-sk, V-sk-sk and so on until the wnd of the row where you work V-sk (NOT V-sk-sk as you did up to this point), 1dc.Read more ›
However, I made the teddy bear at the end of the book and in the parts I didn't understand, I just winged it and it turned out wonderfully.
I recommend that only intermediate and above get this book because some parts you will have to use your own experience to navigate through.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So beautiful dresses cute sweaters lots of projects to choose fromPublished 10 months ago by Elaine Wagner
The book was in EXCELLENT condition, was full of wonderful projects and I'm in the middle of completing a blanket in it for a family member!Published 11 months ago by Patti Smith
Not that many different clothes. Mainly sweaters and dressesPublished 15 months ago by Lisa Winters
Wonderful baby items that you will enjoy making. They are different and give lots of good ideas on color, etc. I highly recommend.Published on March 2, 2014 by Steeler Sue
This book is exactly what the title states. Cute and easy baby clothes - great for gifts and fast to crochet. Love this book and glad I added it to my library.Published on October 22, 2013 by O. Mallard
Attic 24 recommended this book, I like it, but like her stuff more. Great illustrations of stitches in it! FunPublished on January 11, 2013 by Martha