I’m sharing a review for a 100 Little Crochet Gifts to Make, a crochet pattern compilation, as well as starting a series where I’ll be sharing five crochet patterns from this book throughout the week. Oh, and did I mention there’s a giveaway, too, where you’ll have the chance to win your own copy of the book? Read on for details!
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100 Little Crochet Gifts to Make is a crochet pattern collection from Search Press Studio that includes patterns from eight previously published books in the Twenty to Make series:
- Mini Christmas Crochet, Crocheted Bears, and Crocheted Granny Squares by Val Pierce,
- Crocheted Flowers by Jan Ollis,
- Crocheted Beanies by Frauke Kiedaisch,
- Crocheted Purses by Anna Nikipirowicz, and
- Crocheted Hearts and Granny Square Flowers by May Corfield.
The book opens with a visual table of contents that includes thumbnail images of all 100 patterns in the book, so it’s easy to find a project after perusing through. It continues on to an Introduction by the editors. The 4-page Crochet Know-How section starts off by explaining the differences between US and UK pattern abbreviations. (The patterns in the book are written in US abbreviations with UK abbreviations in parenthesis.) It then moves on to cover issues such as yarn selection (again, clarifying differences in terminology used in the US and UK), gauge, hooks, and notions. It moves on to written instructions for the mattress stitch and blocking, a written and photo tutorial for making pompoms, and a glossary of US and UK crochet abbreviations with a key to international stitch symbols. The 4-page Useful Stitches section includes written and photo tutorials for three methods for starting to crochet in the round (chain foundation ring, starting with two chain stitches, and an adjustable ring), tips for working in spiral rounds, stitch tutorials for three stitches (two decreases and the crab stitch), and changing colors.
100 Little Crochet Gifts to Make then dives into the pattern section. Each pattern includes at least one full page picture of the finished project being worn or displayed on a styled background and most include other small pictures as well. The patterns include a materials list, which describes the yarn requirements without listing brands, hook, notions, and size of the finished project. The patterns include written instructions in US terms with UK terms in parenthesis. Eight of the hat patterns also include international stitch symbols for a portion of the pattern.
The book includes a variety of patterns, reflecting its origin from eight books by five designers, including:
- 14 purses,
- 14 hats,
- 14 non-square motifs,
- 11 amigurumi bear outfits,
- 11 ornaments and Christmas decorations,
- 10 motif patterns with project instructions (e.g., how to make a pillow with the motifs),
- 9 granny squares,
- 8 flowers,
- 4 amigurumi softies (including the bear the clothes are designed for), and
- 4 jewelry projects.
As someone who makes a lot of handmade gifts, I appreciate the variety of projects. I also like that many styles are represented in the book because it is a compilation from different designers. It was easy to find gifts for children and women of all ages. 100 Little Crochet Gifts to Make is also a great value — with a retail price of $19.95, patterns are about $0.20 each. The photography is appealing and the layout is clean and readable. It’s a hefty paperback book, so it isn’t portable, but if you enjoy crocheting at home while streaming video or listening to audiobooks, you won’t be too worried about the size.
There are a few things about the book that make it challenging for beginners. First, the tutorials in the beginning are written more as a refresher than as complete instruction. Second, newbie pattern readers may find the use of terms in parenthesis confusing (and may think they are being asked to make additional stitches). The patterns don’t include difficulty levels, so a newer crocheter wouldn’t be sure which projects are simple enough to start with. The individual patterns don’t list the author, so you need to do a bit more sleuthing if you want to find it on Ravelry or seek out the designer’s other work. There is a slight difference in style among the patterns as they are written by different designers. For these reasons (and my own assessment of the difficulty level of most of the patterns), I would recommend this book to an intermediate crocheter who enjoys making small gifts, or a confident beginner who is willing to use online tutorials to supplement the book.
Throughout the week, I’ll be sharing excerpted patterns from this book so you can get a sense of the projects and pattern writing styles that are used in 100 Little Crochet Gifts to Make. I’ll be updating these links as the patterns go live.
- Teddy Bear by Val Pierce,
- Watermelon purse by Anna Nikipirowicz,
- Flirty Flowers Hat by Frauke Kiedaisch,
- Street Smart Beanie by Frauke Kiedaisch, and
- Sunflower by May Corfield.
Now that you’ve read the review (and possibly some of the excerpted patterns), I’m sure you’re ready to get your hands on your own copy. The nice folks at Search Press North America are providing one winner with a copy of 100 Little Crochet Gifts to Make!
This giveaway is open to readers with mailing addresses in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, or other parts of Europe, except where prohibited by law. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. One winner will be chosen at random from the entries submitted via the Rafflecopter widget. The winner will receive 1 copy of 100 Little Crochet Gifts to Make, courtesy of Search Press North America. Good luck!