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Vintage Crochet: 30 Gorgeous Designs for Home, Garden, Fashion, Gifts [Paperback]

Susan Cropper , Kristin Perers
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Book Description

13 Nov 2007
Get the vintage
the vintage aggravation

Everybody loves a great vintage find on eBay or in
an antique shop. Unfortunately, everybody also
knows that for every great vintage find, there are
dozens of "vintage" items that are really just "old
and kind of dirty." Ick. Now readers can make their
very own "vintage" home accents, accessories,
gifts, and more with Vintage Crochet, the book that
brings together the best in brand-spankin' new
designs for great nostalgic projects. Author Susan Cropper gathers the finest crochet designs into four
sections: Nostalgic Home, modern-retro accents;
Lazy Summers, hot styles for picnics and patios;
Boho Babes, hip fashions like a sheath dress, a
shrug, and a beaded necklace; and Gorgeous Gifts,
nifty presents. This is vintage as it was meant to be: fun, amusing, nostalgic... and really really clean.

• More than 30 chic, nostalgic projects for
crocheters at every level

• Home accents, clothing, gifts, more, by top
designers, including Bee Clinch, Alicia Paulson,
Kristeen Griffin-Grimes

• International style! Author has roots in
NYC and London

Product details

  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications (13 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823099768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823099764
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 22.9 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 799,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Errata!! 14 April 2008
By D. Hill
I got this book hot off the press as I was inspired by a review I'd read.I have the US version 1st edition (Bed on the front- UK version has the girl on the front). I bought some yarn and got stuck in to the "Millie" cardigan.....
If you have this book and are having problems, check the errata page on the Loop website. I have marked the star rating down due to the hassle I have had with the pattern.
The styling and lovely patterns are let down by the dreadful pattern-checking on some of the patterns.Hopefully they'll have remedied it in future editions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, contemporary crochet! 3 Feb 2008
By Louise
The patterns in this book are great - so often I end up just wanting 1 or 2 from a whole book, but I love most of these. There is everything from a dress to a corsage (and even a curtain!), and would suit intermediate to advanced. Simply the best crochet book I have bought in ages!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cover photo misleading 7 May 2008
By MidwestMom - Published on
This book has some very beautiful patterns in it. I love the way the patterns incorporate embellishments such as buttons, etc...and there is a very nice variety from wearables to items for the home. Even a doggie sweater! I am not sure how many of these I will actually make, but they are just so beautiful to look at, I enjoy just flipping through this book. There truely are some gorgeous photos. However, the reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is because I feel the cover photo is misleading. On the cover you see 5, possibly 6 crochet items. There is a filet pillowcase edging, 3 crochet pillows, a bedspread, and also the green pillow in back that I cannot tell if it is knit or crochet. Well, I expected the book to have patterns for these pillows....wrong! Out of these 6 handmade items on the cover there is a pattern for only 1 of them...the bedspread. So just beware, if you love the pillows like I did...forget it, you will not find those patterns in this book! Otherwise though, well done.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, yet elegant... 3 Mar 2008
By S. Carter - Published on
I am really enjoying this book. Not only are the pictures beautiful, but the patterns are a little off-beat and unexpected, also quick and sweet. In particular, I love the baby blanket with pom-pom corners and the bobble scarf by Juju Vail, but could easily find a use for all other patterns in the book. I did have some issues making the bobble scarf. I do wish there was a site for any errata, if only to share my fixes. Despite this, it is one one of my favorite crochet books for the style, simplicity, and elegance of the patterns, much like Erika Knight's books.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Problems with pattern for Ava Shawl 12 May 2008
By CDM - Published on
I really love this book as the patterns are unusual and very inventive. The Ava Shawl is one of my favorites, so when I started it, I was very saddened to find a problem with row 3. Since the book only gives written instructions there isn't a way to look at jus the pattern and fix it.

If anyone has figured out how to fix the errors, please let me know! I'll try something else and see if the pattern works.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really what I expected 8 Jun 2008
By Cherrybomb - Published on
I had hoped that this book would share some lovely updated patterns for vintage style crochet items. I expected crochet trimmed pillowcases, dresser scarves, kitschy potholders, granny squares - things with a vintage feel that have been brought into the next century.

Unfortunately, this book only partially delivers. There are a few cute purse patterns I will likely try, a scarf that looks interesting and a round sofa pillow (all featuring the bobble stitch) but the clothing featured isn't too exciting and the home section is too small.

This is the kind of book that I like to browse at the bookshop but that I ultimately don't purchase. Now that I own it, I won't bother sending it back because I might make a few gifts from it, but for those looking for a book with fresh though vintage styled projects, I would suggest you keep looking.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating Shrug Pattern 2 Oct 2008
By A. Suave - Published on
I purchased this book because I enjoy crochet and wished to make the grey shrug. I can't look up the name of the shrug as I had to leave the unfinished sweater with an expert to figure out how to put it together. There are not enough diagrams for the average person to solve their own difficulties. The directions in general were extremely difficult to read as well. The size of the finished shrug is way smaller than what is stated in the pattern. This was not due to my crocheting tightly or the wrong hook or yarn. I used the recommended size hook and the Blue Sky Alpaca yarn suggested. Crocheter beware, beautiful pictures can turn into a nightmare with this book.
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