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Lovely crochet project book
on 7 May 2014
I'm not keen on the title of this book. Although it does have easy projects suitable for beginners, it is a progressive book and there are some quite complex patterns at the end of the book as well as simple ones. The structure of the book reflects that this is a book for everyone but the title doesn't. I feel putting 'easy' in craft titles undermines the workmanship that goes into both the designs of the author, as well as the maker's endeavours. I feel the same way about anything that has 'quick' or 'weekend' or 'one hour' in the title - all too many craft titles. Often they are anything but and it undermines the skill needed and the achievement and pride at the end result. The beginner needs to feel some sense of deserved accomplishment. There is plenty of scope to feel that with the projects in this book. Even the simple projects are very nice and worth while to make.
Anyway, now I've got that out of the way, I do think this is a lovely book. I prefer it to the original cute and easy crochet by the same author as it seems more substantial with more projects I will actually make. The book is beautifully styled, so nice eye candy but there are quite a lot of items I would actually like to make. There is also scope for using the flowers for other things or altering some of the projects a little to give them a personal touch by maybe mixing and matching the flowers. The projects range from decorative (for example floral shelf borders, a garland and necklace), with some cute amigurumi cats (mum and kittens), and the more utilitarian fingerless mitts which are rather nice and several lovely throws and blankets and cushion covers. I'm quite taken with a bag, as well as one of the scarves and a crochet roll to store those hooks I've acquired but which don't have an official home yet. I've tried out a square for the daisy scarf at the end of the book which is for the more confident crocheter. It was a satisfying pattern and enjoyable and understandable to follow. It's in UK terminology, which is always nice.
A very colourful and pretty book to inspire you to get on making. It's also a lovely book just to look at for inspiration. Obviously you can change colours to suit your own requirements, as well as use your yarn of choice. There is substance to this book, it isn't just about looking pretty because of the nice styling of the pictures. At the current price it is cheaper than some magazines so well worth the money. If you like flowers I'm sure there will be projects to tempt most people.