Authors: Judith Durant and Edie Eckman
Genre: non-fiction, crafts, hobbies, crochet
First Published: 2013 by Storey Publishing
Pages: 288 (advance ebook version)
I have a complete addiction when it comes to buying craft book (that probably doesn’t come as a surprise!) but what my collection seriously lacks is a ‘go to’ crochet book when I fancy a new project. With so many fantastic patterns being easily accessible online crochet books really have to stand out to grab my attention, and I often struggle to find books that have more than one pattern that I would like to try.
What really drew me to this book was the idea of being able to complete projects with just one ball of yarn. Since I am taking part in the stash buster challenge, I have been busy seeking out patterns that I can complete using the bits and pieces that I have lying around…which isn’t as easy as it sounds!
The first thing that really stood out for me was that each section is divided into projects using the same yarn weight. This seems like a logical idea but it is the first crochet book that I have come across that does this! I have an extensive collection of double knitting yarn so having the projects divided by yarn weight would mean that I could flip straight to the relevant section of the book rather than having to leaf through all of the 101 projects to find suitable ones.
The other thing that really sold this book to me was the range of projects that it had in it. I find that a lot of craft books, knitting and crochet ones in particular, are swamped with patterns for scarves and babies. While this book does offer patterns for both of these, it isn’t inundated with them, and the projects range far and wide. Everything from jewellery to shrugs, bags to doll’s clothing is included and it is easy to find several projects that you want to get started on. If the range of products wasn’t enough, this book also covers a range of techniques including beading and Tunisian crochet.
This book really stands out for me when it comes to crochet books. I haven’t come across another book which includes such a large volume of projects that are so varied. I had no trouble deciding whether or not I will buy this book when it comes out in print, I simply can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! The difficult bit will be deciding which project to start first!
I received this book as a free Advanced E-Reader Copy from NetGalley. This book will be available for purchase on 12th March 2013 in USA and 13th April 2013 in UK.