As a lifelong crocheter, I am thrilled to review DK’s newest offering, The Crochet Book. The patterns in this book are gorgeous and accessible for many skill levels.
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- Title: The Crochet Book
- Publisher: DK Publishing on September 15, 2020
- Genre: Non-Fiction/Crafts
- Pages: 320
- Format: Hardback
- Rating: 4/5
Thank you to DK and NetGalley for providing me a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Preorder now on Amazon.com – Available on September 15, 2020
Synopsis of The Crochet Book
Learn more than 130 fully illustrated techniques and stitches and put them into practice as you go, creating 80 imaginative projects for home and to wear.
Packed with step-by-step photography and clear instructions, Crochet has everything you need to crochet a gorgeous array of clothing, soft furnishings, and toys. Get to grips with your first crochet hook, work a range of classic granny squares, and discover how to craft delicate lace and openwork pieces. Practice your newly learned skills on simple projects as you move through the book, or dive straight into the dedicated projects chapter, which includes amigurumi and toy designs, blankets and cushions, and individual clothing for children and adults.
Newly updated with a fresh design and six new projects, Crochet is both a perfect guide for beginners and an invaluable resource for more practiced crocheters.Amazon.com
The best part of the book, aside from the sheer volume of patterns, is the Techniques section. This section shows you how to work many different stitches, including how to increase and decrease for shaping. It has a section about how to block your project plus various notions you might find helpful.
The biggest problem I have with this book is that it uses British crochet terms, which are different than American terms. So, as an American, I am unable to make any of the patterns. However, for those who use British terms to read crochet patterns, you will find a wide assortment of projects. There are blankets, stuffed animals, and even jewelry. There is something to love for every crocheter.
One thing I find odd is that there are several patterns located in the Techniques section. The odd part is that the section right after Techniques is How to Read Crochet Patterns. I don’t understand why the publishers would lay the book out this way.
But the book does a wonderful job of telling you all you need to know to take up the hobby. Even experienced crocheters will find some of the information useful. There is everything from the different kinds of yarn to how to hold your hook. You will find a section on how yarn comes packaged and a section on color theory.
There is much to love about this book, and I recommend it to anyone who loves crochet. Unfortunately, the cover is a bit boring.
I am pleased to award this book 4 out of 5 stars.