Vintage Crochet Paperback – 1 Feb 2012
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"If your goal is to be able to read Japanese crochet charts and illustrations, "Crochet with Color" is one of the best stepping stones you can get." --Stacey from Fresh Stitches"The color palette is bright and cheery, the photo styling is wonderful, and the projects, while not overly complex, are more interesting than what you might find in most American advanced beginner project books." --"Underground Crafter"
About the Author
Kazuko Ryokai has been teaching crocheting and sewing classes for over a decade. She is the author of multiple books in her home country of Japan. To learn more about Kazuko Ryokai, you can visit her web site at www.keepintouchtokyo.com.
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not crocheted, but all in all an inspiring book.. due to the translation, you do need to take your time as you are mainly working
from a crochet chart.
The yarn choices and colours are beautiful and there are a number of projects I will make. I should say I am new to crochet (although a very experienced knitter) but this is inspiring me to do much more than granny squares. The book arrived today and I have already had a go at swatching a couple of things.
Love this more than any of the other crochet books I have seen and bought.
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The book opens with a 40+ page project gallery. Each project layout is two pages and includes a picture of the full project displayed along with close ups of several project details. The projects are organized into two sections: Domestic Bliss Crochet (home decor) and Out and About (accessories for women and children).
The next section, Crochet Techniques and Instructions, features information such as tips for reading symbol patterns, different methods for starting a project in the round, and joining motifs. The rest of the book focuses on the patterns for each project. There is a small photo of each project (so you don't need to flip back to the project gallery), a list of materials, and general instructions about construction. Then patterns are shown through crochet stitch symbols. The materials list is general - e.g., "49 yards (20 g) of aran-weight (#4 medium) merino yarn in purple for grapes" - so you can easily identify appropriate yarns for each project.
This book, like most of the Japanese crochet books I've seen, is delightful and inspiring to look through. The color palette is bright and cheery, the photo styling is wonderful, and the projects, while not overly complex, are more interesting than what you might find in most American advanced beginner project books. Kazuko's designs make great use of crocheted adornments like flowers. Ravelry members can see several projects from the Japanese edition of the book already. My favorite projects are the Basketweave Pillows, the Daisy Throw, the Garland Scarf (called Lariat on Ravelry), and the English Garden Scarf.
On the downside, as a small yet thick paperback, it is difficult to keep the book open while crocheting. Those who don't like stitch symbols will have a hard time following along as written pattern abbreviations are not included.
Crochet with Color is a great book for an advanced beginner crocheter who has the basic stitches down but is able to read crochet stitch symbols (or willing to learn how). Working through these projects will introduce new stitches and colorplay. More advanced crocheters might find the patterns too simple, but would still enjoy looking through this book for ideas for adding color to their projects, displaying their projects around the house, and using crochet adornments to add a finishing touch to a project. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Full disclosure: A free review copy of Crochet with Color was provided by North Lights Books/F+W Media. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.
I will say the layout of the book makes good sense and it is very well photographed.