Over the last few months thanks to various very kind gifts for different things I have accumulated a number of new crochet books and I thought you might like to see them and to know what I think of them so here is a little book review.
First is Around the Corner Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman. This is all in US crochet terms, so if you are in the UK you need to bear this in mind.
I haven't made anything from this book yet, but, there are lots of really interesting borders, with good written instructions, a chart and a clear photo of the finished border.
I am looking forward to finishing something flat and square or rectangular so that I can add a border from this book.
You might have seen Modern Crocheted Shawls and Wraps by Laura Strutt as I think that I have seen it on several blogs.
This is a lovely book. There are 35 projects, some of which I will never make, but many of which I would love to make. I am already using the stitch pattern of one of the wraps to make a cowl. The instructions are very clear, but I would like a chart for some of the more complicated designs and also a flat photo of the finished item. They are beautifully styled, but it isn't always possible to see all of the details that you might want to look at.
Overall though another lovely book.
If you read any crochet related blogs there is a very good chance that you will have seen Mandalas to Crochet by Haafner Linssen on more than one occasion recently.
There are lots of different mandalas, the instructions are really great with written patterns, a chart and very clear - flat which I like! - photos of each mandala.
I am very anxious to get making several things from this book!!
Finally a bit less serious than the other three books. Tasty Cute by Annie Obaachan. This was a gag gift from my husband as it was in The Works - very reduced price bookshop - for £1.00. It has lots of fun crocheted food patterns from cakes to sushi and lots in between.
I am not sure that I will be crocheting any food anytime soon, but if you wanted to make some play food for a child for example I think this would be great. The patterns are in US terms only.
So those are my reviews. As and when I make things from these books I am sure I will share them with you and in the meantime I will enjoy looking at them and reading the patterns.
Do share your favourite crochet pattern books as I would love to know what you are enjoying.
This is one of the posts that I wrote in August to be published in September but publishing it got delayed by my need to take a blog break.