I’m excited to share a crochet book review with a giveaway, so read on for details!
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Quick Crochet for the Home: 20 Fast Projects to Liven Up Every Room is the first book by Tamara Kelly. Tamara is the crochet and knitting blogger behind Moogly and a Craftsy instructor. (Besides all the important professional stuff, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that she’s also someone I have gotten to know over the past year and would consider a friend! You can also learn more about Tamara in this interview I did with her a few years back.)
Back in January, I had a little fan girl moment with Tamara at Creativation.
(And, um, no, I’m not giving away my signed copy. But, you still might win a copy!)
As the title suggests, the book features home decor projects. It opens with an introduction from Tamara that reminds us that “crochet is the touch that makes a house a home.” (I can say from personal experience that it also makes an apartment a home!) The book is then organized by room, with patterns for the living room, kitchen, dining room, bathroom, bedroom, and the kids’ room(s).
Each pattern opens with a full-page photograph, finished measurements, yarn requirements, hook size, notions, gauge, and notes. The yarn requirements include the standard size (e.g., Worsted weight/#4 Medium) as well as the brand name and color of the yarn used with detailed yardage/meterage, weight, and fiber content, making it easy for crocheters to find the same yarn or substitute it. The pattern instructions are written in U.S. abbreviations and also include international stitch symbols. Many of the patterns include helpful tips as well. There are also multiple pictures of each pattern from different angles and in a home setting so you can really see how the projects might look in a room (if your place was as neat as the house used in the photo shoot, of course).
The book ends with an abbreviation key and a 6-page illustrated glossary of stitches and techniques. There is also a page of yarn resources and an acknowledgements section. The patterns are clearly written. The book is bright and clean, with lots of well lit pictures and white space to make it easy to focus on the patterns while also getting some styling suggestions.
Like all pattern collections, you’ll get more enjoyment out of the book if there are several patterns you want to make. You can take a look at all 20 designs on the Ravelry source page here. My favorites are the Modern Tile Placemats, the Chevron Cuddles Blanket, and the Smart as a Fox Book Ends.
Because I think most crocheters can’t learn from illustrations and because the patterns don’t indicate a difficulty level, this book is best for crocheters who have already mastered the basic stitches, or who are adventurous enough to seek out tutorials for help with stitches. Advanced beginner and intermediate crocheters who can read patterns or stitch symbols should have no trouble making these patterns. If you are looking for ways to transform your home with a touch of crochet (or have a supply of housewarming gifts at the ready), then you’ll enjoy Quick Crochet for the Home!
Now that you’ve heard a little more about Quick Crochet for the Home: 20 Fast Projects to Liven Up Every Room , I’m sure you’d like to get your hands on a copy. Well, the nice folks at Interweave are making that possible by sponsoring a giveaway!
This giveaway is open to readers with mailing addresses in the United States and Canada, except where prohibited by law. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. One winner will be chosen at random from the entries submitted via the Rafflecopter widget. The winner will receive 1 copy of Quick Crochet for the Home, courtesy of Interweave. Good luck!