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"The phrase crocheted clothing brings to mind 1970s-era granny square vests—an image that designer Hubert attempts to dispel in this collection of fashion-forward crochet patterns. Her audience is younger crocheters, particularly those with the body type to pull off some of the form-fitting garments included here. Some of the designs read 1980s a little too strongly—particularly the off-the-shoulder dress crocheted out of a teal sock yarn—but there are a few gems sprinkled in, such as the Asian-inspired Qipao tunic and the dramatic Catawba shrug. Step-by-step text instructions are included, as are charts as needed. VERDICT Younger crocheters who are curious about creating their own clothing may find something of interest here." — Library Journal

About the Author

Margaret Hubert is the author of more than 20 crochet and knitting books, including Plus Size Crochet, Knits for Men, Knit or Crochet--Have It Your Way, The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet, The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting, The Granny Square Book, Lacework for Adventurous Crocheters, Runway Crochet, and Customize Your Knitting. She has enjoyed a lifelong career designing both crochet and knit patterns for yarn companies and book and magazine publishers. Hubert also teaches at yarn shops, retreats, and national gatherings, and rarely misses a national conference in the needle-arts field. A world traveler, Hubert pays close attention to the fashions in Europe and spots trends as they hit New York. In 2012, in fitting tribute to Hubert's lifelong work as a knitting and crochet designer, the Crochet Guild of America inducted her into their Jean Leinhauser Crochet Hall of Fame. Her work and information about the events she attends can be found on her blog: margaretshooksandneedles.blogspot.com. She lives in Pawling, New York.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing int'l (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589237498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589237490
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have striven to make my crochet items not look 60s or tacky and that is usually a very tough thing to do. This book is the epitome of those goals! For the first time ever, I can envision making each and every item from a handcraft book of any sort.

Pros
1) The binding! Finally I can say I found a book that has the absolute crafter in mind!
2) The patterns are absolute CHIC!
3) The designer list is both well known and new, the additions are of the same caliber!
4) The descriptions of each and every pattern, it's use, alternative suggestions, alternative constructions, etc all aid the crocheter in making unique and unusual items!
5) The layout of patterns is unique, easy to follow, easy to read and easy to find exactly what is needed for each pattern
6) The charting/reading of patterns is easy no matter your preference
7) Most cases the designer dialogues their thought processes on the pattern they contributed. Makes the process of reading more fun in my opinion.
8) Overall the book inspires me to think outside the crochet norm I have apparently unwittingly allowed myself to slip into

Neut
1) Mostly an intermediate to expert crochet book BUT I remember when I picked up my first hook... I can so see myself hunched over, concentrating so hard steam comes out my ears, ripping out lines to redo or eliminate mistakes, etc on 4 of the sweaters. They are in no particular order Antonia Peplum, Kelley's Island, Parisian Swing and Qipao Tunic. I am a person daunted by very little though so I embrace challenges and such, beware of that if you are new to crocheting when taking my opinions in.

Cons
1) I am greedy... not enough of such a good thing!

GIVE US MORE! I just wish there was a 6th STAR!
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I love the patterns in this book! I've been amazed at what crocheters do in other parts of the world and have wondered what was holding back American designers. They have set themselves free in this book.

I have one complaint: each pattern lists the exact yarn brand that was used for the project, but does not give that yarn's weight. That's critical information especially when I find that a project's yarn is $50 per 50gr hank! That could be $200 investment; no room for mistake in crafting.

So, I'm making notes in the book as I look up yarn weight. Looking forward to making these creations my own.
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If you are an intermediate or advanced crocheter who is looking for some high fashion items to make, this is the book for you.

As always, I took the book to my Fiber Fun Group of beginning crocheters. The fashions were a big hit, but since they are mostly beginning crocheters, they felt at this point the projects were too difficult for them to crochet on their own. I definitely agree.

However, for an intermediate or advance crochet, the items presented provide an exciting challenge. Contributed by many well-known crochet designers, they offer a great selection of high-fashion items. The instructions are clear and include easy-to-read charts and schematics.

My personal favorites are:
Antonia Peplum Jacket by Margaret Hubert on page 16, a great looking jacket/sweater.
Parisian Swing Coat by Margaret Hubert on page 28, a light weight and stylish coat.
Fiesta Shell and Convertible Skirt by Margaret Hubert on page 46, a fabulous outfit with a clever two-skirt option.
(Do we notice a trend here? Obviously I like Margaret Hubert's designs!)
Catawba Lacy Shrug by Ellen Gormley on page 90, an unusually textured shrug.

I'm sure you will find many of your own favorites among the diverse options.
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There are some cool patterns to be found here. Don't be afraid to mix and match designs from this book or use with edgings/patterns you've found elsewhere. I liked some of the designs in here and got some great ideas for different items I'd like to make into something that's a little more custom. Very fun book overall.
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I love this book. I have made the halter sweater... That came out just like the pattern pic. And now I'm working on the off shoulder dress. If you like fashion or have a woman in your life a scarf just won't do for..try this collection of patterns. There I nothing in n this book you can't make...I didn't like the coat pattern but my 21yr daughter loved it. I wish all my pattern book where this full of great ideas...instead of three good patterns and the rest crapp. I hope you guy came up with a new book. Hopefully with more dresses...winter to summer. I'd really like that.
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I love it when I can get crochet patterns that are something other than cardigans and scarves and this really meets the need.
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I was very disappointed in this book. I have seen almost all of these patterns before. The pieces are bulkly and use old-fashion stitches (i.e., shells, pineapple motif). Almost all pieces have such an open stitch they would require are tights and a shirt underneath. There is nothing new or innovative or runway worthy.
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Although I have not yet made any of the garments or accessories in this book, I'm very pleased with it. The garments are very stylish and more sophisticated than what is in a lot of crochet books out there. I'm also very pleased that the patterns contain detailed stitch diagrams. I'm a crocheter that loves stitch diagrams and am inclined to avoid patterns that don't contain them.
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