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As part of my daylong celebration of International Crochet Day, I’m sharing a mini review of Crochet Boutique: 30 Simple, Stylish Hats, Bags & Accessories by Rachael Oglesby and offering a giveaway for my review copy of the book, courtesy of Lark Crafts.
Crochet Boutique: 30 Simple, Stylish Hats, Bags & Accessories is a crochet pattern book featuring 30 on-trend (mostly) accessories designs by Rachael Oglesby, the proprietress of softspoken. The projects are made using easy-to-find yarns, which are mostly synthetic fibers and/or affordably priced. The book includes a beautiful layout, fashion photography (including many great outdoor shots), and simple patterns, which combine to make a book filled with funky and quick projects. Many of the designs use bulky yarns or simple pattern repeats to create projects which can be completed in less than 20 rounds/rows.
This is the type of book which is all about personal taste. While Rachael shares some great tips on gauge and blocking, ultimately this book is about the projects. If you are attracted to the projects, you will probably love this book as it is much more affordable than buying 30 e-patterns. Most of the projects are beginner friendly, so if you are a crochet newbie, these fashions are definitely within your reach. On the other hand, if the projects are not your style, then you would be better off with another book! Ravelry members can view all 30 projects here because the author was wise enough to upload pictures of all the projects. Check them out and see if this is the book for you.
Full disclosure: A free review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. Although I accept free books for review, I do not accept additional compensation from the publisher, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. This also post contains affiliate links. You can read my affiliate and review disclosures here.
Giveaway Thanks to the generous folks at Lark Crafts, I’ll be giving away my review copy of Crochet Boutique: 30 Simple, Stylish Hats, Bags & Accessories. This giveaway is open to all readers with a U.S. mailing address. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.