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So Pretty! Crochet: Inspiration and Instructions for 24 Stylish Projects Hardcover – May 2, 2012
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There is a good mix of projects in this book, ranging from jewelry and clothing to household items (see Inside Book's Table of Contents). The author has chosen the 24 items with care, but I could have done without the bunting, crocheted covered stone, hanger covers, and the headband, but then that's just my preference. Overall, the patterns are novel without being too strange and unusable. And the many that are good, are very good. Just look at that amazing Stormie Skies necklace! The innovative use of DMC metallic floss takes an idea and makes it happen. It really does mimic metal.
Something I don't like in a pattern book is a section on how to crochet....the majority of the users of this book already know how to crochet. There are some specific helps concerning crocheting with different thread/yarn though so it's not entirely useless. Something I did appreciate are the 'Variations' mentioned. These added notes help to push the creative window helping one to see ways of adapting each project to suit different wants and needs. The photos are clear and colorful and I love that the book is a hard cover! It will hold up over time, but will need awhile before it actually stays open.
There's also a listing of Crochet blogs in the back of the book. I was happy to see Attic24 listed there. Trust me, it's a sweet blog to visit. This section should prove to be full of creative ideas, but I know the patterns in this book will lead to what we all need, inspiration.
The reason I only gave three stars to this book is because of the yarn selections. There is no yarn or thread here that I've ever heard of, which would be all right if they had included the standardized yarn weight numbers so you could easily make substitutions. They didn't, so you have to use hook size and gauge to approximate the weight. To be fair, the back of the book lists various yarn suppliers, and the author seems to be promoting sustainable, even hand-spun yarns. And there are a few projects that do use mass-produced yarn.
That said, the Kindle book has an interactive table of contents, so finding projects is easy. The GoTo on my Kindle Fire just lists the designer names -- not helpful, but I guess they are the chapter headings.
I didn't buy this as a book. I got the kindle of it. I with more books would be available in this format actually. While I DO love having an actually book to use, I don't like hauling them up and down several flights of stairs whenever we move! Since I know I will not be using this one too often, having it digital was also more practical for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really liked to read the story and background of some of the artists, but I wasn't necessarily thrilled with the selected patterns, with the exception of maybe two or threePublished on July 8, 2014 by B. Rodriguez
I liked how the book was written and gave a picture of each of the projects. The links and resources were also greatPublished on June 5, 2014 by Sasha Lopez
So many sweet things I can't wait to make! Not tacky at all and will make great gift items. Now what to make first....Published on March 9, 2014 by Carol Young
Good book for this beginner crocheter and a more interesting assortment of projects than most books like that. Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by egoh
Not the same ol projects. Very inspiring collection. Really liked the list of blogs at the end. I've added several to my bookmarks as a source of inspiration.
Very beautiful items, including many that are not clothing. Great ideas for gifts that are for summer time. Cool stories are told about each author. Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Kimberly D. Wilkinson
Lots of interesting jewelry and other quirky items, but nothing that I wanted to make other than the headband and bowls. This book could just possibly not be my style. Read morePublished on June 12, 2013 by Amazon Customer