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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (3 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845336992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845336998
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.1 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Crafter and blogger Sara Sinaguglia has created 35 easy-to-make crochet projects for everyday life. From cushions, coasters and bags to toys, scarves and pot holders, bring a little of Sara's stylish vintage vibe into your crafting life.

About the Author

Sara Sinaguglia is thirty-something mother of two living in Dorset, with a cat, two hens and several bantams. When not crocheting, sewing or knitting, she's running a cookery school with her husband, a Sicilian chef. With a background in design, interiors and antiques, Sara stumbled on crochet when she moved from London to the country. With a cottage in the middle of the woods, shelf edgings and crocheted blankets seemed to fit the eclectic mix of local auction room finds and mismatched tableware. Keen to stick to natural fibres and fabrics she realized she would need to produce her own work to avoid acrylic fibres in garish hues. After learning to crochet she picked up linens, cottons and yarns and started creating. She now sells her crochet creations via etsy and teaches crochet workshops. Her work was featured on the front cover of the sell-out first issue of hot new craft magazine, Mollie Makes. Visit Sara's blog: http://onechurchillsgreen.typepad.com/

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vicki @ Cosy Books TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Jan 2013
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This is an absolutely beautiful book...I could happily look through it again and again. The paper is thick and luxurious and the photography stunning, if you enjoy a vintage whimsy, as I do.

I'm very new to crochet myself, having just started to learn a few weeks ago. I find the instructions in here quite good however they lack a little illustration, so abeginner may need to hop onto youtube just to check they're getting it right.

The patterns vary. I really like the apple cosy's. yes, they're pretty pointless...but cute and this will be good practice for crocheting rounded shapes. There's a lot of stuff I would never bother with...like a leather steering wheel cover!

Overall a truley beautiful book, but practically speaking probably not the greatest out there.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bee of Good Cheer VINE VOICE on 10 Jan 2013
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Crochet doesn't seem to be having as much of a renaissance as knitting, which surprises me a little in some ways, as it is both easier to learn, and more portable. I guess it still suffers from the slightly old fashioned image of granny square blankets and crochet doilies. There is a fine line between retro chic and retro ugly...

So, does this book manage to make crochet retro chic? I really don't think that it does. And I'm not entirely sure it entirely works as a good beginner's guide to the craft, either.

First, the good points:

1. The photos - lots of them, clear, detailed and colourful. Helpful in the techniques section, and very stylish in the projects section.
2. The author's voice - friendly, chatty and encouraging
3. The how-to section - clear, covers most of the basics well
4. The suppliers page - not just the usual suspects, but some nice independents as well, who are available online
5. The pattern instructions - clear and easy to follow

And now, the bits I think could have been better:

1. The finishing of the projects - FAR too many of them rely on crochet being used as trim on sewn items, or require lining in some way. There's very little instruction on the techniques needed for this, and it could be off putting. It's off putting to me, and I've been sewing for the best part of forty years (did I really say that?). If I want to sew a handbag and attach motifs to it, I'll buy a book on making handbags...
2. The types of project - whilst it's nice to have items for every area of the home, who these days uses a jug cover? Or steering wheel cover? Or crochet doilies, even in an ironic manner?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sheenagh Pugh VINE VOICE on 4 Jan 2013
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My daughter and I, both total beginners, have both tried this book out. So far my daughter's got really into it and has made several small items. I've figured out how to do 2 basic stitches.

So far, so good... but the diagrams and instructions are sometimes not as clear as the author thinks. It's not easy to tell others how to do something that you're good at, and that seems obvious and simple to you - as anyone who ever had a maths teacher can testify. In her book "Simple Knitting" a few years ago, Erika Knight did this very well; this author is less adept. The diagrams need to be bigger and there could be more of them, illustrating more stages. I figured out the chain stitch OK, but could not fathom what she meant in the instructions for the slip stitch until Daughter demonstrated - and she herself had to go online to get further instructions for things that were unclear to her.

On the plus side, there are patterns for several small items that are easy to make and which give an incentive to learn. At least, the mats and quilt squares do. But many of the items are infuriatingly twee, useless and a bit too Country Lady for my liking - who on earth wants an "apple cosy", in this world or the next? I suppose they provide practice, but I'd have more incentive to carry on if I thought I was making something more useful and less pretentious. Maybe this is the nature of crochet, I haven't yet got far enough to be sure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith_Joseph HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 April 2013
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My wife and 18 year old daughter like art & crafts, knitting and sewing, plus they are both very active in the Brownies/Girl Guides and the Duke of Edinburgh award that can include craft handywork skills. So they are always looking out for new craft ideas, and were pleased to get this 'Simple Crochet' book. My wife has always enjoyed elegant lace making, but that's so painfully slow. Crochet is a far simpler and faster method for making usable little round doilies, and this book has quite a few suggestions on knitting these, with 35 projects in total. The doilies can be used as mini table mats & coasters, napkins, or jar/bowl covers, and there's projects to use them as decoration on table runners, bags, phone cases, and suchlike.

Other crochet patterns include making scarfs, wrist warmers, little animals/dolls and their clothes, pencil/storage pots, seat covers, or the classic mini-squares blanket. There's even suggestions for making flannels and towels. Some others are decidedly oddball, like making a string vest for your car steering wheel or little jackets for fresh apples (the 'Apple Cosies' shown on the book cover). The books ideas are themed around: the kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom, children's rooms and out and about.

To get going you will also need a crochet hook or two, some fibre (e.g. yarn or crochet thread), fine scissors, and a tapestry needle can be useful to weave in the ends when you've finished. We also use a 6" and 12" metal ruler to check the gauge.

In the front of the book there's 29 pages of advice on the basics of crochet knitting. The books filled with pretty photos and there's 143 pages in total. The hard back book size is 25 x 20 x 2 cm, and the book is very well bound and presented.
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