It’s the holiday season and most of us are in a festive mood and a cheerful spirit. The stores are thick with shoppers looking for those perfect gifts at bargain prices. As an addicted crocheter and knitter, I enjoy making the gifts I give to family and friends, whether it’s for Christmas or other special events during the year. So, I’m always on the lookout for new, fresh and different ideas for adults and kids. I recently found a beautiful craft book by Ira Rott, Crochet Animal Blankets and Blocks, and it caters to kids or anyone who just loves animals.
Crochet Animal Blankets and Blocks
Inside Crochet Animal Blankets and Blocks you’ll find enchanting patterns to create 16 different animal blocks. The beauty of these patterns is that they all have some cool 3D elements added to them, which gives them a dimensional look. Plus, you can combine elements and features from one block and add them to another block to create your own unique project.
The beginning of the book shares some how-to information and what tools and material you will need to complete the included projects. The patterns are rated by one of three different skill levels from Easy to Moderate to Challenging at the top of the page. So if you are a beginner crocheter, look for patterns with a one-flower skill level rating. Moderate is two flowers and challenging is 3 flowers.
Each pattern features lots of details. Included are full-color images, a color chart with yardage, a pattern chart, and other charts for animal pieces that your can crochet from, written instructions for the square and each individual animal piece (ears, eyes, nose, muzzle, etc) and to finish your project off, Granny Square Border instructions.
If you like some elements from one block, you can take that feature and add it to your project. For instance, if you are making the Cow Block, but love the hair from the Unicorn Block, you can make the hair for your Cow project. Or maybe you’d like to create some new animals such as a Bear. You can do this by using parts from the Sloth, Bunny and Lion. Mix and match and have fun creating your vision.
If you need some inspiration, the back of the book offers a bunch of different Project Ideas. You can join the blocks and make a child’s blanket. Or make a pillow, tote, storage bag for toys or doll clothing, wall hanging, or a doll blanket. Use your imagination, the possibilities are limitless. The back of the book also shares some Terminology, Abbreviations with symbols, how to do Special Stitches, how to Join Blocks, and how to add those Finishing Touches. It’s a wonderful book for any crafter’s home library. I’ll know I’ll get a lot of use out of it. It’s also the perfect book to give as a gift to someone who loves crocheting.
Disclaimer: I received complimentary products to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.