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Cool Crochet: 30 Hot, Fun Designs to Crochet and Wear Paperback – 28 Nov 1999
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COOL CROCHET offers the growing market of crocheters 30 fresh and fashionable designs. Illustrated with dramatic fashion photography, this collection of quick knits, includes such wearables as tanks, pullovers, cardigans, hooded sweaters, and a bikini, and accessories like purses, hats, and jewellery. Also provided are "Cool Tips" - specific comments to aid in a garment's construction - an appendix of crochet stitches, guidance on how to make successful yarn substitutions, an abbreviations list, and materials and instructional resources.
About the Author
Melissa Leapman is the author of Hot Knits (0-8230-2338-9), which has sold over 14,000 copies since publication in 2003. She is a widely published sweater designer whose patterns have appeared in premiere needlework publications including Vogue Knitting, Knitter's, McCall's, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, and Interweave Knits. Joe VanDeHatert is a commercial. His dramatic images are also featured in Hot Knits, Yummy Yarns, and Shibori by Karren K.Brito, all published by Watson-Guptill.
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29 October 2007
I've had this book for a while, but just made one of the sweaters recently. It worked out OK, but I found that the instructions were not always clear: the rows are not numbered (it just says, next row, next row), and there are no charts to help you along visually when the written instructions make no sense. If you are a relatively beginning crocheter, stick with the easier patterns (the one I did was an advanced pattern). I still like a lot of the patterns, and will keep the book, but will in future be prepared to do some adaptation of the instructions to get good results.
18 June 2008
I was given this book as a present and I find the title to be completely misleading. I'm not inspired to make any of the designs, they're really dated and do nothing to remove crochet's old lady-ish reputation.
14 February 2012
Great book full of crochet designs to suit all ages. Instructions easy to follow, with additional details on specific stitches at the back as a handy reference. I also liked the yarn guidance, which meant I didn't have to buy the most expensive brands to get the look. Sample swatches to obtain the correct tension are a real time saver!
23 January 2006
Received this book a few days ago and have a really good look through it. It's great to find a book with such good designs in it and the patterns seem easy to follow. There is something in there for everyone. The book has re-ignited my enthusiasm for crochet. I can't wait to get started.
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