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Simple Crochet Paperback – September 2, 2003
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I've actually been inspired to try different mediums by this book. I"ve made two projects because of the use of different materials, textures, and modern colors. The items are also very decorative and useful.
Beginning crocheter's will find a project in this book that they can actually complete and more advanced crocheters will find that the materials used and colors will be worth adding this book to your collection..loved it!!
There are also many patterns that use not just yarn, but raffia, material, leather, etc., something I hadn't considered before and have used as inspiration.
I was a little disappointed, though, that the aesthetic photos of finished projects aren't supplemented with a more functional picture that shows the piece in its entirety, especially the four throws.
There are 10 pages devoted to learning all the stitches used in the book. While the accompanying photos are helpful and clear, I don't think it's comprehensive enough for the complete beginner, especially the instructions for crocheting in rounds. I've found much better instruction in Leisure Arts' 10-20-30 Minutes To Learn To Crochet ($8.95).
One reviewer had mentioned she was looking for more beautiful projects like the ones featured in Simple Crochet. Candi Jensen has a few books that also help to bring crochet into the 21st century...check out Candy Blankies and Hip to Crochet.
You can get squares a dime-a-dozen, but interesting, tasteful and useful items for age-old activities can be hard to come by. This book's range of projects would fit into most shabby-chic, country or Ikea decorated homes and are fairly straightforward to undertake.
The only annoyance I have with the book, which is shared with many other publications, is that the images of the finished products are often photographed 'artistically' at the expense of giving a clear idea of what you're supposed to end up with. :|
Otherwise, I'm going to be using this as my source book for a few more projects yet - if I could afford all the materials, and had the time, I'd be making at least 11 of the 20 projects (and have made the slippers, yum), which is a good ratio for the cost.
I didn't give it 5 stars because the instructions could've been a little better. First-timers may need some supplemental explanation from other sources.
I only hope she continues to write more of these books. The color combinations and photography are enough to inspire anyone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love everything about this book the patterns sre modern and adaptablePublished 17 months ago by Mia
Loved the designs in this collection and the use of different materials - these patterns aren't your granny's afghans. Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by kglynn
I love Erika Knight. She is a fabulous teacher. This is the 2nd of her books I have purchased and will likely hunt down more from her. Read morePublished on September 7, 2013 by Janet L Barker
Not as nice as other patterns simple slipper is ok but not firm. This dies not look like it will stay onPublished on June 13, 2013 by Jeffrey White
Although I am fond of the items for the household I would have preferred to see more patterns for wearable accessories. I will most items for gifts.Published on March 21, 2013 by Amazon Customer
i love this book, it came quickly and is in good condition. it will definitely help me with my crocheting i can't wait to start using it and making the things that are in the bookPublished on March 5, 2013 by victoria godsoe
More on crochet that I don't already have. Good photos and directions seem easy to understand. I have not used the Rowan brand of yarn yet but look forward to trying the patterns.Published on February 22, 2013 by Suzanne Silva