I’m sharing a review of a new crochet pattern book from Charles Voth, along with a giveaway for your chance to win a copy, so read on for details! I first “met” Charles back in 2011 when he tech edited one of my first published crochet patterns, Quadrilateral: A broomstick lace shawl. (It’s now available as a free blog pattern and broomstick lace tutorial here.) Charles was also one of the first people to be interviewed in my Hispanic Heritage Month series, back in 2012. In all of these years, we’ve never met in person, but it has been great to get to know Charles as a crochet and knitting designer, tech editor, and author.
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Emoji Crochet: 20 Easy-to-Make Projects Expressing Attitude & Style by Charles Voth is a crochet pattern collection filled with tips and tricks for customizing your crochet with emojis. It opens with Acknowledgements by Charles and then moves into a visual Table of Contents with thumbnails of the patterns included in the book.
Crochet Stitches and Techniques includes written and illustrated instructions for the slip knot, yarn over, six basic crochet stitches (chain, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet), post stitches, decreases, and special stitches. It also explains how to crochet in the front, back, and under both loops; how to work flat in rows and in the round; how to crochet into the foundation chain and the adjustable ring; the difference between the right and wrong side; tips for changing colors; and how to work several seams, joins, finishes, and decorative stitches.
Adding Faces to Your Projects includes 36 patterns for crocheted features. Each pattern includes a close up photo of the expression and a written pattern using U.S. abbreviations. There are also tips for making embroidered and pom pom facial expressions, as well as tips for crocheting faces using charts (with reference to charted facial expressions later in the book).
The book then moves into the patterns, which are arranged by type. There are six home decor patterns (including pillows, blankets, and an ottoman cover), eight clothing and wearable accessories patterns (including hats, slippers, mittens, a hoodie, a scarf, and a bib), and five accessories patterns (including cases and bags, earrings, a washcloth, and a hacky sack). Each of the patterns includes a description, finished measurements, gauge information, and materials, including the yarn weight symbol. Patterns with crocheted emojis also include a Facial Features Directory that explains which elements are used from Adding Facing to Your Projects. There are 31 emoji charts (in addition to the 36 crocheted emoji patterns) as well as blank charts with just a face for every pattern that uses charts. These charts and the features from Adding Faces to Your Projects allow you to customize the emojis for each project included in the book, and, of course, help you to customize other projects to add characters. The patterns include multiple project photos and charted emojis typically include charts and a photo of the completed emoji.
Project Colors provides details on the yarn used for each project, including brand and color. Resources includes a U.S. crochet pattern abbreviation key and information about yarn weights and hook sizes. The book ends with two blank grids that can be used to make your own picture charts, along with tips for doing so.
Like all paperbacks, it doesn’t lay flat easily so it will be difficult to crochet while reading. While the patterns don’t include difficulty levels, each pattern is clearly divided up into sections and most use simple stitches.
Emoji Crochet: 20 Easy-to-Make Projects Expressing Attitude & Style is more than a pattern book. While there are (as advertised in the title) 20 projects, there are actually over 50 facial expressions (including crocheted features and charted emojis) that can be used to customize other projects. Charles is a great teacher, and you will get some great tips about adding character to your projects from reading his suggestions. If you love emojis, or want to crochet for kids or teens who do, you’ll find a lot of inspiration in this book.
I hope my review has you excited about getting your hands on Emoji Crochet: 20 Easy-to-Make Projects Expressing Attitude & Style. The folks at Spring House Press were nice enough to put aside a copy for one lucky winner!
This giveaway is open to readers in the U.S. and Canada, except where prohibited by law. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, September 21, 2017. One winner will be chosen at random from the entries submitted via the Rafflecopter widget. The winner will receive 1 copy of Emoji Crochet: 20 Easy-to-Make Projects Expressing Attitude & Style by Charles Voth, courtesy of Spring House Press. Good luck!