A wonderful guide to the traditional crocheted granny square. There are 23 granny squares at the start of the book which vary widely in the stitches they use. There are over 25 projects in the book which then use a granny square from the front of the book in a project. There is a project for four bags or pouches (mobile phone, colourful bag and a spectacle case), six 'covers' (wall hangings, covers for coat hanger rails), five clothing projects (hat, slippers and wrist warmers), five 'kitchen' projects (mug cosy, fruit basket), and eight projects for the bedroom such as blankets and cushions. It was published last year in Germany but has now been translated into English by Search Press. I think in all honesty there are only a couple of projects I wouldn't make. What's so wonderful about the granny square is that it's so versatile. It speaks a universal language so a German book is much the same as an English book. There are four pages of instructions at the back of the book if you are new to crochet. There was no problem at all with the pattern translation. This is a great introduction to granny squares if you are new to them or a fantastic addition to your collection if you already have a few books on them. It's a great 'first crochet book' to buy as the granny square practices a lot of stitches and makes you learn magic ring!-sewingisforgirls.blogspot.com Granny squares are still the staple of the crocheter, and as they enjoy a resurgence in popularity this book is sure to be a popular choice for crocheters old and new. Containing more than 25 pretty projects, the granny squares are used for a whole host of interiors and accessories projects from bath mats and bolsters to stoles and slippers.-Craft Business The time when making these versatile and beautiful little squares were associated with grannies is long past; now everybody seems to be taking up yarncrafts. If you are a beginner, somebody with lots of oddments or you want a quick project that grows fast here are not only the squares, but also what to do with them. I do like books like this; thin and inexpensive but filled with possibilities. Originally published in Germany this combines traditional written instructions with charts for maximum accessibility. There are twenty-three different squares to make in the first part of the book, some one color and others using several different yarns. They have names like starfish, carnation and snowflake and appearances to match. The rest of the book is filled with twenty-five different projects both large and small, beginner or more challenging. There are baby blankets and household items like a mug cozy, napkin ring, placemat and table runner, trims for towels, a throw, wearables such as a beanie hat, stole, slippers and bags. Each project has a whole page colored photograph of the finished item plus a page of instructions and sometimes small details are shown as extra photographs. Projects are grouped according to use, and graded according to difficulty. Total beginners, who have not crocheted or made up a pattern before, are advised to go elsewhere for their initial crochet training. Project instructions are the type that require some previous experience, although there is a brief refresher course on the stitches at the back, it is not sufficient to teach beginners. Chain and double crochet are not covered although treble and others are, which is odd, but Search Press also publish some excellent books for beginners. Try this one when you know the basics and you won't be disappointed, particularly for presents and crafts to sell.-Myshelf.com
About the Author
Stephanie Goehr was born in Stuttgart and grew up near Tubingen. She lives in Esslingen with her husband and two children. Stephanie spent a lot of time in her mother's craft shop as a child, where she learned many different types of handwork. While she studied to become a graphic designer, she wrote several books about different craft techniques. Stephanie enjoys the challenge of looking for new ways to use traditional crafting techniques. You can see all her published books at www.stephaniegoehr.de. Melanie Sturm was born in 1973 in Bavaria. As a child, she watched her mother and grandmother sewing and knitting almost daily. During the last 15 years, she has been busy with many creative endeavors. About two years ago, she became re-acquainted with her original passion for textiles and since then works exclusively with yarn and fabric. Her creations can be seen on her blog, http://nomimikry.blogspot.com. Melanie currently lives with her son near Munich. Barbara Wilder lives with her husband and two grown children in Ilsfeld near Heilbronn. Her love of handwork began at a very young age. As a child, she spent a great deal of time with her grandmother who was an accomplished seamstress and taught her everything she knew about handwork. It became clear that her granddaughter would follow in her footsteps. In 2004, Barbara Wilder created her label, "Raumseelig" (http://raumseelig.blogspot.com). She recently began working on her Graphic Design certification and has many creative ideas that she'd like to have translated.