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Simple Stylish Crochet Paperback – 29 Jun 2007


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (29 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845378903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845378905
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 1.1 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 723,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Melody Griffiths studied graphic design and after a brief spell as an art teacher, joined Woman magazine as assistant knitting editor. Since then she has been knitting editor at Woman, Me and Bella magazines. As a freelance designer she has worked for Debbie Bliss and most of the major yarn companies including Patons and Sirdar. Her designs appear regularly in many magazines including My Weekly, Woman's Weekly and Knitting. She lives in London.

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Collier VINE VOICE on 3 Dec. 2005
Format: Hardcover
These styles really are simple and stylish; there is a great scarf crocheted in Big Wool that is just 11 rows,add a fringe and you're done!Also a chunky beret that is 9 rounds,and should take about 2 hours.
There are also more complicated patterns,beautiful evening waistcoats,a sequinned top,and a gorgeous duffle coat,made in a denim yarn that will fade with time and look even better!
There is something for every occasion; a brilliant chenille cowl,2 wraps,2 ponchos,a boa,a frilled- edge cardigan and a very wearable shrug.I am really glad I bought this book,it is full of useful tips I had not heard of before,even though I have been crocheting for years.Some of the patterns would be a bit ambitious for you if you've never crocheted before,but they are all pretty easy and well explained.This book would be an ideal present for anyone who loves crochet,and comes highly recommended by me!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. J. Simpson on 11 May 2009
Format: Paperback
On the plus side: Nicely laid out, pretty pictures, the models aren't stick thin, so you can see what the clothes would look like on real people! Easy to read, and there's actually some nice things in. A cute (but oversized :/ ) blue coat, a gold circle waistcoat which is quite pretty. Some really nice scarves that would actually stand out among other scarves.

On the negative: There are some poncho cowl things, that although there're pretty in themselves, I can't imagine anyone ever wearing. Some garments, like the shaded blanket coat, are pretty shapeless and look really unflattering.

In summary, none of he designs are amazing, but quite a lot are wearable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cj on 8 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
This book enthused me when I first saw it, and some of the designs really are lovely. Crocheted clothes can be very naff, but these show genuine flair in the design.
So far I have finished one garment (the shell-edged shrug) and am part way through a second (the gold circle waistcoat. What I have found is that the shrug pattern omitted some helpful features, such as telling you how many rows you should end up with after each repeat pattern, something that I consider very useful for the confident and completely essential for the novice crocheter. As a result that part of my book now contains pencil notations reminding me which row number I'm on after each repeat.
The gold circle waistcoat is very beautiful. At the time of writing I have reached round 10 and come to a full stop because the pattern instructs me to put a treble in the next 3 chain space. I can't because round 9 doesn't contain any 3 chain spaces. By looking at the diagram I have just concluded that what it actually should say is "miss 1st 5 chain space, 1 tr in next 5 chain space." The diagram only shows the first 14 of 20 rounds, so if there are any errors in the pattern after this, I am up the creek.
I have searched the internet for errata for this book, but can't find any. I hope that this review might help out anyone else who finds this problem. If it does, feel free to email me because we might be able to help each other through this pattern, working it out between us!
I accept that accidents will happen, but surely patterns should be tested before being published. Hence just the three stars, even though as I say, many of the designs are lovely.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Roycroft on 27 Mar. 2008
Format: Paperback
The instructions in the book helped me learn to crochet. They are simple, to the point and accompanied by clear diagrams showing how the stitches are made. The patterns are easy to follow, and each has helpful hints and tips on how to make each project to the best of your ability. The techniques range from lace, to colourwork to basic one-piece garments and I am pleased to say that there is very little seaming required to finish the items you make. Most of the yarns refered to are easily available in the UK and the different properties of the yarns used really suit the look of the items that Melody has created.

This is the British version of So Simple Crochet, all the patterns are the same but the crochet terminology is British-style instead of American.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MrsDoyle on 22 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
I think this is a great book. There are loads of things I want to make in here, things I actually want to wear! I am a crochet novice, and having got to grips with it using Jan Eaton's brilliant "200 crochet blocks for blankets throws and afghans" I felt ready to move on to something more challenging, but that I could wear. The designs are graded as to how easy they are, so you know what you're getting into, I made the flower and mesh patterned scarf over the weekend - graded very easy, and it's gorgeous! I have ordered the thread to make the long pointed edge waistcoat and can't wait for it to arrive. Out of the 24 patterns in this book, there are at least 15 I want to make, and I can start on the very easy, and work my way up as I gain confidence. A great book for the price I think.
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