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Simply Crochet: 22 Stylish Designs for Everyday Hardcover – January 17, 2012
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"Now that the crushing weight of holiday crafting has lifted, crocheters may be inspired to take up their hooks and make something from this lovely new book by Chachula (Blueprint Crochet). The premise of the book is that patterns are grouped into sections according to how much yarn will be needed -- from 1 ball to more than 5. It's a neat organizational point, but the majority of readers may find that they prefer the patterns to be ranked by difficulty. Indeed, there's a vast range here, from a simple Dots and Dashes Baby Blanket, which will take more time than skill, to the Amelia cardigan that takes up 12 pages of instruction and presents a test of technique. All of the patterns are modern in design and are presented in attractive, multiple, full-color photographs. The Spa Shawl Top, a lacy marvel, along with the intricate Iced Ascot and a Flapper Hat, show the author's particular gift for feminine but still current design, which can be hard to find in crochet books. The standard basic instructions in the back won't be enough for the new crocheter, but this book isn't the right starting point in any case. The experienced crocheter will find a gratifying -- yes, even stash-busting -- challenge." - Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Robyn Chachula is the author of Baby Blueprint Crochet, and best-selling Blueprint Crochet, and a contributor to Crochet Me and Crocheted Gifts. She has been published in a number of magazines, including Interweave Crochet and Crochet Today! Robyn has been a guest on Knit and Crochet Today and on Knitting Daily TV. She lives in Pennsylvania.
Top Customer Reviews
As for the projects themselves, there are 6 that are scarves or wraps along with 5 baby/child patterns, one lone household article (place mats), and the rest are women's clothing items (and one bracelet). Of these, I like the Spa Shawl Top in the longer style, the Linked Jacket, and the Giselle Vest. There is a cute purse and a neat felted basket (I really like the design of basket weaving that takes on a whole new dimension when felted). The kid's clothes are for girls with a little dress, a cardigan, and a sweater. This is a lovely book and there are some real gems mixed in with not so great ones (the shrug comes to mind) or just not useful for me (kid's clothes). I gave it 4 stars, but for someone else with different needs, this book could easily be considered 5 star. :-)
I would recommend that you check Ravelry with ANY pattern in ANY book before you buy yarn and start working. For example, the Emma scarf (one big reason I bought the book) uses at least twice as much yarn as the pattern states.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book with lots of nice patterns. The delivery was very fast! Book quality was just as described.Published 4 months ago by kmag
Nice book. Robyn knows what people like to make and the patterns are clear.Published 14 months ago by Posiecat
I really enjoy collaborative books, and I especially liked this one with several authors contributing not only designs, but adding tips for purchasing and using yarn one may... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Anne Free
The patterns where not as creative as I would have expected. And several non useful children's patterns that were not advertisedPublished 17 months ago by the dawn of osteo
I am retired so like to dress casually. That's why I like the patterns in this book. A good variety of crochet patterns!Published on February 7, 2014 by Marcia
I was very pleased with the book. Have already made several things in the book. I have always been pleased with Amazon.Published on January 31, 2014 by P. Hendershot
I think I expected more patterns for items to be used around the home, like placemats, pot holders, etc. I very very seldom make clothes. by crocheting. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by myrna tillett