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Runway Crochet: High-style Patterns from Top Designers' Hooks to Yours Paperback – May 1, 2013
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
1) I am greedy... not enough of such a good thing!
GIVE US MORE! I just wish there was a 6th STAR!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A disappointment. Most of these patterns can be worn only by the very young and very (model) thin.Published 5 months ago by Tsingtao Tootsie
Very nice designs and well written patterns. Definitely not tacky or old lady!Published 17 months ago by Heather N. Favret
If you are tired of the same old crochet patterns, this book offers fresh, original patterns. I have already started one project, and look forward to working my way though the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Ida's Girl
Kind of disappointed...not really interested in many of the designs...Published 23 months ago by Jamie Ayers