Crochet Book Review & Giveaway ! – Design Your Own Crochet Projects by Sara Delaney

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Winner : Sarah, please contact me with your details

Storey Publishing gave me this book ‘Design Your Own Crochet Projects’ by Sara Delaney around Christmas time and it is only now I have taken the time to sit down and have a read properly.  So grab a coffee yourself and have a little looksie at Sara’s latest book.

This book as mentioned is written by Sara Delaney, some of you might know her from Craftsy and author of ‘How to Crochet’.  If  you want to try and start designing your own crochet makes, then this book will help you get started.

Book Review & Giveaway - Design your own Crochet Projects by Sara Delaney

The book has fill-in-the-blank templates and a stitch dictionary, here’s a little sneak peek of one of the pages …..

Book Review & Giveaway - Design your own Crochet Projects by Sara Delaney

Sara has broken it down into designing for scarves, cowls, hats, fingerless mittens, mittens, gloves and socks.  So lots to get you started.  There is a stitch dictionary and a metric conversion chart all included.  Did I mention the book is spiral bound?  Which is great, as it lays flat for you. She has included some of her original patterns along with the formulas she used to create them.  I particularly like the scarf and hat patterns.  The hitchcock scarf is one that I have ear marked for the winter months, I can but hope we will get a summer, as I type this !

If you would like to win a copy of the book, just follow the blog and let me know in the comments section, what was the first crochet item you every designed and made.  I will pick a winner next week and publish on the blog.  Its open internationally too !

Till next time !

Maura

Please note, Storey Publishing supplied me with the book, all opinions/comments are my own.

 

Book Review & Giveaway - Design your own Crochet Projects by Sara Delaney

 

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Book Review: Every Which Way – Crochet Borders By Edie Eckman & a Giveaway!

everywhichwaycrochet*** Giveaway now closed ***

winner was Sarah @yarnanblarney. Congratulations !

I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Edie Eckman’s latest book
‘Every Which Way Crochet Borders, 139 Patterns for Customized Edgings’ Having been familiar with Edie’s work, I was delighted to be asked to participate in the blog tour of the book and today its my turn.

Published by Storey Publishing and out since 7th February, here’s my take on her latest offering.

This books offers more than 100 borders, well that’s 139 to be exact for your projects. Each one has step by step text instructions and easy to read symbol charts for each border.

The borders range from narrow to simple designs to wide and more complex designs.  So all the designs are aimed for the beginner and the more advanced crocheters alike.

There is a border directory included, which lists each border in picture format and gives the page number, so no flicking back and forth trying to locate the page.

She gives help with working on knitted fabric, woven and non woven fabric.  Choosing colours for your borders and especially your base round.  How to handle corners and troubleshooting fabric flatness.  She gives direction on stitch multiples and why whey matter, there is a good section on the maths behind this, maths was never my strong point, I’m afraid.

Each pattern can be approached in both rounds and rows, she gives full detailed pictures and charts on this, really valuable especially if you are a visual learner like me.

I used one of her borders on this blanket, remember I blogged on it here, finally its finished ! ta-dah what you think ? I used copper for the border.  This border is no. 62 but from her previous book.

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But don’t despair, Storey Publishing have given permission to share one of the patterns from the book, I choose pattern no. 121.

everywhichwaycrochet - pattern no 121

All in all, a great book to help you finish off those crochet designs  that you have lying around.  If you are like me and struggle with that final bit, this book will definitely help you along the way

GIVEAWAY!

And now for the best bit, the good people at Storey Publishing are giving away a copy of the book to one of you lucky lot, so to win, please like and comment either here on the blog or on Instagram, you can find me here.  I will announce the winner on Saturday. (Opened Worldwide)

To find out more on Edie and her work, have a look here and to find out more about the blog  tour, click on image below.

Till next time !

Maura

 

 

Book Review ‘Mandalas to Crochet, 30 great patterns’ by Haafner Linssen

Book Review on Haafner Linssen 'Mandalas to Crochet'

I recently got my hands on this book ‘Mandalas to Crochet 30 great patterns’ by Haafner Linssen.  Published by Search Press.

Book Review

I love crocheting mandalas, there’s just something very soothing and relaxing about doing these.  Plus they are normally quick to make up, so you have a finished project in no time, which is a bonus as I always seem to have unfinished wips lying around! but then again doesn’t every crafter?!

Back to the book ….. The author starts off by giving you information on yarns and selecting colours. Also she gives tips on crocheting the perfect mandala and by using certain techniques how you can achieve a more finished polished look to your work.  If you are a beginner some of this information might go over your head for example, she uses standing stitches to begin rounds but you can still do them using the starting chain.  I found this section very informative as she gives you information on starting rounds, joining a round, reading charts and how to do invisible joins, which I have always been lazy about doing but hey it does look better!

She breaks the mandalas down into these sections …

Basic: which as the name suggests is a good place to start off if you are a beginner. The mandalas here are basic patterns just increasing and using different colours.  A good place to start.

Classic:  these patterns are a little more challenging but still doable, more advanced stitches are used like popcorns and front post trebles.  I crocheted the Lovely Lace Mandala & the Make it Pop Mandala from this section.

Book Review on Haafner Linssen 'Mandalas to Crochet'

Book Review on Haafner Linssen 'Mandalas to Crochet'

Flowers: these patterns had a flower like theme and all so beautiful.  I did the mandala “Oriental Lily” from this section and its my favourite from the book.

Book Review on Haafner Linssen 'Mandalas to Crochet'


Something Special:
the last section of the book, again more beautiful mandalas with great colour combinations.  All the mandalas in the book have a chart included too.

The next section deals with borders and how you can finish off your work with a pretty border.  She gives examples.

The final section is all about projects and how you can incorporate the mandalas into projects.  She lists the following:  boho bag, hotpad, tablemat, summer scarf, lap blanket, rug and finally leaves and lace blanket, which is stunning.

If you enjoy crocheting mandalas then this is the book for you, she gives 30 patterns which you crochet in no time and make them your own, simply by changing the colours or adding a different border.

If you want to find out more about the author Haafner Linsseen, she blogs here and you can find her on instagram which is where I came  across her lovely patterns.

Thank you to Search Press for giving me the book to review.  Please note, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Book Review on Haafner Linssen 'Mandalas to Crochet'

Till next time !

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Mandala Crochet Wall Art

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Review of Emma Lamb’s ‘Crochet Home’ Book

Book Review

I love books of any type and lately its been all about craft books.  I got some at Christmas & I am slowly getting through them.

Going to just have a look at this book today called
‘Crochet Home’ – 20 vintage modern crochet projects for the home by Emma Lamb.

Anyone that knows the name of Emma Lamb will know how great her work is. She is a British designer and has been featured in the likes of Mollie Makes to Inside Crochet.  This book deals with, yes vintage modern projects for your home.  They range from beautiful throws, cushions to potholders to sun catchers, the book is so visually appealing and you could look just look at the pictures and be happy.  It’s a visual treat for the eyes.  She explains her patterns well and uses the most gorgeous yarns.

The books itself is broken down into these sections

  • Pattern Abbreviations & Symbols
    There is a very detailed list here and she does use charts throughout the book on all the patterns as well as the written instructions.  I am trying to get used to reading charts.  You also have side by side chart symbols in UK and US terminology, which is a bonus.
  • Getting Started
    She gives information on charts, tension and blocking.
  • The book then starts into Garlands & Decorations.  These are just so lovely and the colours she uses are very appealing. I am currently working on the oversized wallflower hanging, this uses t-shirt yarn.  I was delighted to see this project in the book as I had some of this yarn & was wondering what to do with it.  These patterns are very beginner friendly and easy to whip up.  She has included garlands, a polka dot streamer, paper flower charms, this uses paper twine and a blossom wreath, the flowers here are worked in linen, which is a first for me & lastly a suncatcher.
  • The next section deals with potholders.  I know you might not think this is going to be very exciting but again the colours and techniques she uses are lovely.  I am going to try my hand at the Filet Daisy potholder.  There are charts all the way through to help guide you if the written instructions seem daunting.  She starts with a simple folk circle potholder and works up 5 patterns in total in this section.  These are great small projects with a nice selection of stitches.
  • Cushions and blankets/throws are covered in the final sections of the book.  I especially love the Fabulous Rose Cushion.  It has colourful layers of petals against a cream background, it’s kinda like a 3D effect the way it’s done.  There are 5 patterns to chose from. Also it’s good to note there are no fiddly zips to be worrying about on the cushions, she uses simple button fastenings.  All the designs are versatile and she uses a great colour palette but you can easily substitute your own of course.  She has 3 patterns for the blankets/throws, again in great colour choices, I especially love the Granny Chic Pinwheel blanket, very modern and a great take on granny chic.
  • Lastly, the book deals with techniques and has some handy pictures to guide you along. This makes it accessible to all skill levels I think, as she covers a lot.  Details on the suppliers she uses are also given.

Here’s a peek at my work in progress  – this is from her pattern on the wall hanging using t-shirt yarn ……….

Crochet Wall Hanging in T-Shirt Yarn

 

Crochet Wall Hanging in T-Shirt Yarn

 

Crochet Flowers

The above is her flower garland pattern, a very simple project but lovely all the same.

All in all, a great visual appealing book with great instructions.  Not a hint of old granny but new modern granny!

You can find more on Emma here.

I hope to have this wall hanging finished soon, would you like to see?

What are your thoughts on Emma’s book? Or have you tried any of her patterns before?

Till next time !

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