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75 Seashells, Fish, Coral & Colorful Marine Life to Knit & Crochet Paperback – January 17, 2012
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“With items this small (the smallest being a ten-row fish, six stitches at its widest), don't be afraid to dive right in.” ―Knit Simple
“Dive into an ocean's worth of underwater creatures with Jessica's wonderful patterns.... We really love that each project is silhouetted in multiple views, taking the guesswork out of what your work will look like.” ―Crochet Today!
About the Author
JESSICA POLKA is a designer of soft sculpture and embroidery based in San Francisco. Her online shop, Wunderkammer, opened in 2007, and her designs have been featured in galleries and stores throughout the world.
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The patterns are well written and well photographed. The instructions are clear and correct. Some people do better with a diagram, so some of the patterns use crochet stitch symbols to give another level of understanding to the pattern. I don't know but I presume (from the other reviewer) that colors match what is found in real life. I think my favorite is the puffer fish but all of the crochet patterns look good.
There is a section of projects at the end of the book that combine both the knit and crochet marine life. But you could always switch the patterns around to make it all crochet if that's what you want. I'm not sure when I will need to create a deep sea diorama but it's good to know I could create one. I liked the seaweed shawl - it's a show piece and it would look good dressed up or dressed down.
Despite the fact that 75 Seashells, Fish, Coral & Colorful Marine Life to Knit & Crochet is not more crochet oriented, I am happy I bought this book. I have great-nephews who are into "fishy" things and I'm sure I will be crocheting the patterns from the book.
I would recommend this book to any crocheter 0 and you'd get an added benefit if you were a knitter.
Actually I think she made some of the terms up instead of using widely used ones. Her charts are unusual to say the least. She also uses the term cord when meaning Icord. If she had said Icord I wouldn't have needed to frog as much.
Love the pictures and the concepts. The fish are very well done.