(reviewed by my girlfriend!)
Crochet generally suffers from an image problem and being forever associated with the 1970s and granny's beaded milk jug cover, multi coloured sofa throws and piles of coasters, doilies and decorative circle patches made by people who never cracked crochet beyond basic circles. This book does, sadly, nothing to improve on that image.
Arguably the book embraces naff crochet, calling it "vintage vibe", but make no mistake - this is beautifully presented 70s style home-made, and some would say, tat. Complete with beige 70s colours and faded backgrounds.
'70s style is completely personal choice, and the patterns here are reasonably clear to follow. (Although they are way too complex for an absolute beginner, unless you've got a helpful friend who can walk you through them.) The book layout is absolutely charming. But I do have two reservations about the patterns.
The author uses some very pricey, designer yarns, and there are no notes about what yarns could be substituted in their place. A lot of the patterns are for adding crocheted embellishments to other items, such as towels, pillowcases, and knickers (really). What the book doesn't mention is that once you add these embellishments the item becomes unwashable, so only good for a single use. (Yes, you could wash your grotty knickers with the delightful crochet trim very gently in cold water by hand if you really wanted, but you'll then spend an hour carefully ironing that itchy trim back into place.)
A first glance a lovely, charming, enthralling pattern book. On second glance, not so much.