I’ve been crocheting since I was a fairly young kiddo. My mom owned a yarn store, and I gradually became addicted to all things yarn and crocheting. None of my friends crocheted, and neither did my siblings, so I would hang out with my mom and her customers and enjoy the vibe. As a younger adult, I did have a few friends… female friends who adored crocheting as much as I did. It seemed back then, it wasn’t cool for guys to get into yarn crafts. But now we are seeing more and more men, young and older, getting into handmade crafts like knitting and crocheting, and it’s inspiring. I’ve seen several guys on Instagram sharing their handmade projects—all the power to them. My newest book, Crochet Journey, A Global Crochet Adventure From The Guy With The Hook, was created by a guy who blended his passion for travel and crocheting with 12 exquisite patterns. Let’s check it out.
There are so many things we can learn and glean from another culture… food, clothing, music, beliefs, traditions, education, religion, landscape, flowers, and even their home decor and accessories, and crafts. This is the premise behind Crochet Journey. It’s where culture and crochet meet to form a creation of both worlds. And it’s a beautiful world.
Tips & Tricks
Santa Maria Maggiore Rug
Kamakura Pin Cushion
Fading Light Scarf
Irish Shores Throw
Rainbow Subway Throw
La Boca Shawl
Templar Cross Table Runner
The beginning of the book shares some tips, tricks, and techniques, including left-handed insight. Next, you can get familiar with the abbreviations and then on to the patterns.
Each design features a few full-color images, clear and legible instructions, and some information on what area of the world inspired its creation. You’ll also find a graph for each design for those who prefer not to use the written pattern.
All the designs are busy and quite attractive. Most are colorful with a variety of harmonious hues that can bring a room back to life. If you are a fan of the Lord of the Rings, then the Rivendell Shawl. The design was taken from the leaf engravings on the gate in Kaitoke Park in the Wellington region of New Zealand. From Rome to India to Ireland to Poland and more, you find designs that will influence you to get out some yarn and make one of the projects. It’s a nice book to have in my craft collection.
Disclaimer: I received complimentary products to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.