Inside this book I found an email that I had written in 2009 about the book with the sub-title “Seriously Cute Crochet”. In the email (written when I worked for Red Heart), I suggested doing a feature in our newsletter on the book. I said that it was full of “so-cute” projects. Now 6 years later, I’m less inspired by the book. It is still “cute”, but would I make any projects – doubtful.
Simply because I’m not going to use the book, I’m giving it a Thumbs-down.
Amigurumi World – Back Cover
The projects are really well-thought out and designed, but I wondered about the $18.95 cover price. You can now get it on Amazon in a Kindle version or a used copy for far less.
The General Guidelines in this compact book are seriously clear and well-done and would be perfect even for a novice crocheter.
Abbreviation and Glossary
The nice page of abbreviations features a project that I thought to be the “cutest” in the book – Eggzactly!
Just one of the projects with easy-to-see photos. When necessary the author has also included back views, especially where animals have tails not obvious in front views.
Crocheting School – A Complete Course
Crocheting School has no author listed. It is a Italian translated book published by Sterling Publishing in 2002.
Crocheting School – back cover
What did I think? I’ll give this one a thumbs up (with reservations).
Single Crochet – basic stitch
I admit that I always like drawn illustrations of techniques rather than photos. Photos of the finished stitches are fine, but it’s sometimes hard to understand how-to’s from photographs. It’s pretty clear that this book has a European slant and would be bit difficult to use for a real novice. I would suggest it for a learn-to-crochet, but overall it has redeeming value that I will discuss later.
Crocheting in rounds
Notice the clever use of illustrated hand holds with photographs of yarn. I thought this was a very interesting way to show a technique, but didn’t go quite far enough.
I kept looking for the two American favorites – Granny Squares and the Ripple Stitch. I found the Granny, but not the Ripple.
The section on edgings is very good, although we would probably not use the term “trims”.
This is a new technique to me and is one of the reasons that I gave this a thumbs up. I would definitely refer to this type of explanation.
Crochet Interlocking Rings
Another clever technique that I might use in the future.
Circles into squares – this is a real basic for granny square lovers. These circles/squares are a bit more advanced. This gives me another reason to keep the book!
Notice I said Baby Books Week. This means more than one book this week. After getting bogged down with the last book, I’m determined to get a few more books under my belt.
I’m starting with two that are in the thumbs down category.
Candy Blankies and Candy Tots – both by Candi Jensen both crochet baby/toddler books. They are both nicely photographed and have contemporary layouts and styling. The problem is that there is only one pattern in both books that I might make. I’m going to make a copy of that pattern and move these books off my shelf.
Baby Ripple I’m saving –
I have more baby pattern books that I’ll discuss later this week. Can’t you just see the smile on my face!