I was thrilled when Denise from Voie de Vie invited me to be part of the blog tour for her new pattern collection e-book, Accessories: Autumne 2012. I first “met” Denise soon after I started blogging, when I hosted the yarn swap adventure through the Blog Hub group on Ravelry. (By the way, Denise was a very good sport about that swap. You can read about her swap adventures here, here, and here.) Denise has also been generous enough to offer a free e-book to one of my blog readers, so continue on for details about how to enter.
Denise has done a courageous thing with this pattern collection: She included both crochet and knitting patterns. Even though it seems that about 60% of yarn crafters both knit and crochet, some folks seem to feel pretty strongly that they don’t want the two crafts to mix. Not to worry – if you’re one of those people, you can also buy each pattern in the collection separately.
So what’s inside the collection? As the name suggests, the e-book includes five patterns for fall accessories and is available for $14.99. The e-book layout is like an online magazine, with full page photos, mini essays describing Denise’s inspiration, and many pictures of each design. Denise also includes some process photos for broomstick lace and tassels. A lot of designers skimp on pictures because they worry customers will complain about the ink required for printouts, but Denise has combined the best of both worlds here. She has a visually stimulating layout, but the pattern pages are more-text heavy with only one or two pictures so you can save ink by printing just the patterns.
The collection includes one crocheted hat, Slouching Towards Tassels Cap, and one knit scarf, The Piaf Scarf, which are both for sale individually for $3.99, and three crocheted neck/torso projects, Enveloped Cowl, Le Bouquet Stole, and Rustically Elegant Shoulder Warmer, which are for sale individually for $5.
My favorites are the Enveloped Cowl, which Denise blogged about here, and Le Bouquet Stole, which Denise blogged about here.
Enveloped Cowl. This about describes how I feel about the pattern. I love the use of broomstick lace and the buttons are awesome!
Le Bouquet Stole is elegant and classic.
Denise is also hosting a JAL (join-a-long) in her Ravelry group here. Besides all of the fun of working on your projects alongside other crafters, there are prizes involved for everyone who posts project pictures by December 9.
Thanks, Denise, for providing me and one lucky reader with a free copy of your e-book! If I wasn’t worried about Hurricane Sandy, I might even be outside crocheting up a swatch for one of these projects.
Are you ready to win your copy of Accessories: Autumne 2012? This giveaway is open to all readers with an email address. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, November 2, 2012.
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