Granny Square Weekend by Emma Varnam
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love a good Granny Square. I came across Emma’s previous venture, Granny Square Home, last year and I instantly fell in love. I love the inventive use of the traditional crochet technique. So when Granny Square Weekend landed in my inbox I was thrilled. Emma’s designs are always brilliant, she has a fantastic sense of colour and an eye for the perfect application of my beloved Granny Square. Continue reading “Review: Granny Square Weekend”
200 Fun Things to Crochet edited by Victoria Lyle
200 Fun Things to Crochet is a collection of five previous titles from Search Press – 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet and 75 Birds, Butterflies & Beautiful Beasties to Knit & Crochet by Lesley Stanfield, 75 Shells, Corals & Sea Creatures by Jessica Polka, 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt by Kristin Nicholas and 75 Crocheted Floral Blocks by Betty Barnden. With a large focus on floral designs, it takes the crochet sections from each of these books to collate 200 projects boarding from simple and ready for beginners through to more complicated designs fit for improvers and advanced crocheters.
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Rainbow Knits by Nicki Trench
Nicki Trench strikes again with Rainbow Knits. This time, instead of exploring the magic of the Granny Square, she’s taking us into the beautifully bright world of the rainbow knit, using both block colours and variegated yarns for a wonderful mix of patterns.
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Once Upon a Time in Crochet by Lynne Rowe
I am a sucker for amigurumi, nearly as much as I am for the humble Granny Square. I am even more of a sucker for amigurumi created around a theme. This book of fairytale amigurumi from Lynne Rowe is perfect. Great for lovers of animal amigurumi and cute figures alike, Once Upon a Time in Crochet is a brilliant book because not only does it cover the figurines, but it gives you the patterns to incorporate the character into their surroundings, too.
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Pixel Crochet by Hannah Meur
Inspired by the 8-bit days of old, Hannah Meur’s book presents you with 101 cool designs to be made up with granny squares of a sizing you choose. The idea behind this book is brilliant. It’s simple and effective and so easy to execute. What’s great about Hannah’s book is that it doesn’t limit you to certain patterns, but merely shows you the pixel patterns you can use on another project of your choice. Continue reading “Review: Pixel Crochet”
Learn to Crochet Granny Squares & Flower Motifs by Nicki Trench
The granny square is a fundamental part of crochet life, you can’t watch a TV show these days without at least one family having a granny square throw on their sofa. It’s one of my all-time favourite things to crochet, they’re so simple and they can make up so quickly, too.
But in Nicki’s Learn to Crochet Granny Squares & Flower Motifs I’ve been introduced to even more ways that I can utilise these perfect motifs. While the term ‘granny square’ might literally make you think of your granny, that simply won’t be the case with this book. The projects are fresh and bright, let alone inventive. Continue reading “Review: Learn to Crochet Granny Square & Flower Motifs”