Crocheting is one of my all-time favorite handmade crafts to engage in. I’ve been crocheting for decades and truly love it. I find crocheting not only enjoyable and productive, but it also relieves depression, reduces stress, anxiety, and restlessness and it puts me in a good mood. I think this goes for any craft; they’re all constructive, beneficial and soothing to one’s spirit.
Of course, I make some of the same items over and over, but I also want to broaden my repertoire. I’m always looking for new patterns and I found several craft books through Stackpole Books. I’m usually attracted by the image cover, but don’t really get a feel for the book until I crack it open. Here are two books that will inspire you to get out your hooks and yarn and crochet up a storm.
Even though crocheting is a lot faster than knitting, some of you might be anxious to finish a project. The Crochet in a Day craft book features 42 Fast and Fun Projects you could whip in a day.
- Hats & Headbands
- Wraps & Other Wearables
- Bags & Totes
- Kitchen & Dining
- Abbreviations & More
To work the patterns in this book, you will already have to know the basics of crocheting. If you are new to this craft and want to learn techniques and stitches, the authors recommend watching some tutorial videos from the American Crochet Association. But there are numerous other sites like the Creative Crochet Corner and tons of how-to teaching videos on YouTube.
Each pattern features a full-color image, along with the yarn weight, materials needed and the written pattern. The patterns also share any special stitches and skill levels ranging from easy to intermediate. They offer a variety of different projects that you can use up those leftover balls of yarn on. Need a quick gift? Peruse through the patterns and make a handmade gift your friends and family will love and appreciate. Some of the featured projects include the Feng Shui Wrap, Sparkle Soft Cowl, Kaleidoscope Slouch, Blackberry Coffee Cozy, Hexagon Potholders and many more. It’s a fun book that will return to when you want or need a speedy project.
Babies are always been born. We usually know someone who is having a baby. I love, love to make baby items and have lots of favorite patterns I reuse over and over. Adorable Baby Crochet is filled with 40 super easy baby patterns. Included are patterns for blankets, hats, toys, vests, booties, sweaters and more.
Each pattern has one or more full-color photos with a sweet little baby modeling the item. The pattern themselves are well laid out and easy to follow. Plus, they include the skill level and any special stitches. Some of the projects you can make include the Twinkle Tunic, Spun Sugar Bonnet, Dazzle Beanie, Hopscotch Baby Booties, Baby Mat, Big Champ Hooded Jacket and tons more.
I found the patterns cute, but I wasn’t dazzled. We see the same type of patterns over and over in craft books so I was hoping for some showstoppers. But that being said, if you are a crochet beginner, these patterns will appeal to you.
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