The full title of this book ‘Design your own crochet projects : Magic Formulas for Creating Custom Scarves, Cowls, Hats, Socks, Mittens & Gloves’ will tell you it’s the perfect time of year in the UK for this book to be published. I’ve found it very inspiring and highly recommend.
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 34526 KB
Print Length: 256 pages
You love to crochet, but you’re tired of the granny square and other predictable projects. Let celebrated crochet teacher Sara Delaney help you expand your skills while showing you how to create custom-fit wearable accessories. Delaney’s unique, flexible formulas let crocheters of all levels easily design scarves, cowls, fingerless mitts, mittens, gloves, hats, and socks. With fill-in-the-blank templates and a stitch dictionary, you can use your favorite yarn and stitch pattern, and make accessories that fit.
You’ll probably have realised by now that crochet has kind of taken over. With my love of colours, the ‘being in the moment’ peace it brings and total satisfaction of finished crochet projects, I guess that’s no surprise really! I’ve designed a scarf and been adapting patterns so when I saw Design your own crochet projects on Netgalley I couldn’t resist requesting.
Sara Delaney, designer and instructor, shares her knowledge and creativity at a level that is accessible to everyone. There’s a logical progression through the book beginning with the basics such as the 3 types of fibres, the ply, yarn weights, swatches and blocking (which of course is transferrable to all crochet projects) through to designing your own.
Want to know how to measure a scarf so that it will keep out cold drafts? Or how to measure for mittens? Socks? How to adapt an adult size pattern for a child? How to change colour? There are many awesome tips which Sara shares from her years of experience. You’ll find formulas and templates and tips on writing your patterns. You can try out those tips by following Sara’s own patterns at the end of each section and when you feel ready to create your own, there’s a stitch dictionary detailing 27 stitch patterns taken from those patterns.
I like to experiment and just run with an idea … I have had to frog a couple of crochet projects I started which just didn’t work for me. I’ve been lucky it hasn’t been more! Using the knowledge in this book will give me a high success rate moving forward. I’m feeling very inspired and excited.
If you’re ready for that next step, this is definitely for you!
Design your own crochet projects is publishing in Kindle format 31st October and spiral bound 1st November.
Here’s a pair of fingerless mitts I’ve created using measuring tips:
Sara Delaney is a renowned designer and instructor who has taught at the popular East Coast yarn store Webs since 2007. She coordinates all adult workshops at the annual Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair.
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