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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Crochet Book, 14 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Cute and Easy Crochet (Paperback)
I am telling you it is GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS - the patterns are lovely, the wool they use is lovely and there seems to be something for everyone - little practice crochets like Jam Jar Covers, to chair mats (which will make a FABULOUS 1st project for when my kids are older), to gorgeous throws and bags. It is fabulously structured - patterns are clearly marked as "beginner", "improver" and "enthusiast". I like these labellings, as "improver" to me sounds like I can have a go and I may even manage enthusiast one day!!! The beginning of the book as a guide to all the stitched you will need - so "their double crochet" or "their treble". This is great for making sure you are not getting the American and British stitches confused, as well as serving as a reminder as to "what these actually are again"... I last crocheted about 2 months ago, so as a beginner I did need to revisit all the stitches again to remind me what I need to do.. and then I had a go: at their "Baby Bouncing Balls". I decided to make these, as they are small, quick, help me practice following a pattern (which is the skill in need to improve) and allowed me to use up some odds and ends of wool I had lying around. The beginning was a little fiddly (isn't all crochet beginning a little fiddly?) and then I quickly got the hang of the pattern. I didn't make just one, but 5!! Well we have some babies just born amongst my friends, so these make perfect little additions to their gifts. I love them. I am hooked.

I highly recommend this to any beginner. My only "but" would - with the less complicated patterns - use what would wool you have that roughly corresponds to the pattern - don't worry about buying a whole ball of wool, just to make a little bouncy ball or Jam Jar cover... However, take care to get the right wool for bigger or more complicated patterns - I know this from "bitter knitting experience"! Ask advice in a store or buy the wool stated for the pattern (which is often Debbie Bliss, which I LOVE!).
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