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Vintage Crochet
Vintage Crochet
by Susan Cropper
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why so boring?, 14 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Vintage Crochet (Hardcover)
Goodness but this book is dull. When you think of all the interesting old crochet patterns that were around in the 20s/30s and earlier, I don't know why this particular selection was made. The garments are pretty awful, to my mind. The one on the cover is a good indicaion of what is inside, so if you like that, you might like the others. There are a number of items for the home, and I think that this section is more successful, but there is nothing that screams 'make me now!'


Amazing Crochet Lace: New Fashions Inspired by Old-fashioned Lace
Amazing Crochet Lace: New Fashions Inspired by Old-fashioned Lace
by Doris Chan
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some fun patterns, 14 Sept. 2011
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Another book with lots of lace shawls, scarves and wraps, and a smaller number of garments; several short jackets and brief tops. Everything in here is based on scaling up lace patterns and using thicker yarns to create the finished items. This does mean that you will create an item more quickly, but you will be getting an item with a fairly chunky or crunchy appearance - it's not gossamer lace here. You will need to decide whether this is to your taste.


Crochet Lace Innovations
Crochet Lace Innovations
by Doris Chan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A few nice items, 14 Sept. 2011
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The book is divided into sections, each dealing with a different type of crochet. I thought that this was interesting, and encouraged you to try different techniques. I have made one item from the book, and it fits well. Construction and stitch were very similar to 'everyday crochet'. The patterns tend to use slightly thicker yarns than regular lace-type patterns, and some of the lace patterns are truly 'exploded'. I think these pattterns are less successful, and the finished work is quite clumsy. I like Doris chan's books very much, and wanted to like this one more, but found that The patterns in this one where much less successful than in her other books.


Crochet It. Love It. Wear It!
Crochet It. Love It. Wear It!
by Drew Emborsky
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile addtion to your library, 14 Sept. 2011
The patterns in this book have been thoughtfully put together. There is some interesting variety here, both in shape and stitch used. Most crocheters would find several items to their taste, i think. As always, there are a couple of dresses and skirts that will not appeal to everyone.
The items are not necessarily particularly fashionable, but you could make some useful garments.


Contemporary Crochet: 37 European Designs
Contemporary Crochet: 37 European Designs
by Sys Fredens
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary????, 14 Sept. 2011
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This book has garments in basic shapes, constructed in basic stitches. The patterns use double and treble (UK) stitches almost exclusively. I got part-way through a garment in double crochet, but it was so tedious, I gave up. some of the garments, especially the mohair ones, do not even look good on the models. I am sorry that I cannot say anything more positive. I think that if you have this book, you might use it as a starting point for a pattern, and then change aspects to create something more worthwhile.


Crochet Me: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution
Crochet Me: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution
by Kim Werker
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars very few wearables, 14 Sept. 2011
I keep going through this book trying to find something to make, and then shuting it again. There are a couple of nice garments in it, but then you also get stuffed toys, stockings, bags, scarves(yawn) a choker and so on, and i don't think that any of these are particularly well designed. Even when you start to think more about the better patterns, there is nothing that you could not find elsewhere, and in truth they are a little on the dull side. Certainly it does not live up to its title; I felt uninspired by the pattern choice.


Sensual Crochet
Sensual Crochet
by Amy Swenson
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting collection, 14 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Sensual Crochet (Paperback)
There is a good variety of patterns here. Tops in particular are well represented, though there are also cardigans and a skirt and accessories. there is also a good variety of stitch pattern. The patterns probably tend to suit younger people more, because they are quite revealing (the tops in particular) and I think the wearer of many of the designs would also need to be small-busted. If this sounds like you, then I think it would be a good buy.


Crochet So Fine
Crochet So Fine
by Kristin Omdahl
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It depends what you like, 14 Sept. 2011
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My view of this book differs from those that have been written so far. Inside you will find a lot of shawls, scarves, hats and stoles and one bag. i find that there is already an over-abundance of patterns for these items available, so I am less interested in seeing more.

There is a relatively small number of garments, and as you would expect from the title, the yarns required are mostly on the fine side. The construction techniques are mostly based on lace stitches, so one's work would grow relatively quickly. There is also a hairpin lace tunic.


The Crochet Closet: 15 Designs to Enhance Your Wardrobe
The Crochet Closet: 15 Designs to Enhance Your Wardrobe
by Lisa Gentry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Rather uninspired designs, 14 Sept. 2011
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This book is mostly made up of cardigan and jacket patterns, and a couple of waistcoats. The patterns are clearly written and simple to follow. It's a matter of taste, but I do think that some of the patterns are particularly uninspired, and some of the things just don't look very good, even in the photos in the book. Items tend towards the cooler seasons, so no little summer tops or tunics in here. there is some variety in the patterning, necklines and openings as well as in yarn thickness. Two of the items have a strange puff sleeve, like you can see on the cover; that doesn't seem very flattering to me. The finished items are not really fashion items, you might think of them more as wardrobe staples.


Everyday Crochet
Everyday Crochet
by Doris Chan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars useful patterns, 14 Sept. 2011
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This review is from: Everyday Crochet (Paperback)
I have owned this book for about six months and have made several items from it.
Good things: there are several different options for bust and waist shaping, and variety in neck openings etc. there is a little variety in yarn weight.
Not so good things: The pattern stitch used is always a shell pattern - there are two or three variations of shell only. The pattens are quite difficult to read - I know others have said this, and I do find myself reading and re-reading the pattern to get a sense of what is needed, even though i have been crocheting for years and would call myself an experienced crocheter.
The biggest plus is that you do end up with some very usefula nd wearable items, and in that sense, the book does fulfil the promise of the title and provide you with 'everyday' crocheted garments.


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