Crochet Book Reviews

Giving Back Crochet by Jonah Larson Review

Cover of Giving Back Crochet by Jonah Larson with a text overlay indicating this is a review of the book
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Thanks to Annie’s Craft Store, I was given the opportunity to review one of their newest crochet book releases: Giving Back Crochet by Jonah Larson and I have a copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky reader! Keep reading to learn more about this book and how you can enter to win a copy of your own.

Jonah Larson is a world renowned crochet prodigy who taught himself to crochet using YouTube videos at the age of 5. This little guy has taken the crochet world by storm. His business, Jonah’s Hands, sells everything from apparel, memorbilia, items handmade by Jonah, videos and book. Giving Back Crochet is one of a few different crochet books that have been in the pipeline for Jonah and I’m excited to see what it has in store.

crochet mittens in three different sizes and colours.

Giving Back Crochet has 26 crochet patterns designed specifically for charitable giving. The book contains patterns for a variety of projects, some of which include:

  • Bracelets
  • Blankets
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Mittens
  • Baskets
  • Soap Sacks
  • Lip Balm Holder
  • Slippers

The book includes a series of basic crochet instructions as a reference section in the back kof the book. The instructions are accompanied with illustrations to assist you through the written steps. The reference section was clear and easy to follow. The reference section did not contain the illustrated instructions for all the stitches/stitch variations used in the book but a quick Google search could get you anything you felt you needed further clarification on.

Textured Crochet Beanies worn by a male and female in brown and blue.

A fun item included in the book is a set of three different gift tags that you can print and cut out to include with your charitable crochet projects. Since this book is available as a printable PDF, you can print this page out over and over again to have an endless supply of tags to accompany all your projects.

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The patterns in Giving Back Crochet are written in U.S. terminology and the patterns themselves were easy to follow. The projects use a variety of Yarnspirations yarns so finding the necessary materials to make the items couldn’t be easier. Some of the projects could be a bit on the pricey side though. There is a beautiful blanket pattern in the book that uses 10 balls of Bernat Blanket yarn, which normally runs at about $12 CAD plus tax here so could get a bit expensive. But, if you plan ahead and use sales/coupons, or substitute another more lower priced yarn, the blanket could be done for much cheaper which would enable you to donate more for the same cost. If the cost is not prohibitive to you, the Bold Blue Stripes blanket is really stunning and bound to wow anyone that you give it to.

Blue and white corner to corner blanket pattern in Giving Back Crochet by Jonah Larson

The patterns are accompanied by beautiful and clean photography that give you a really great sense of the finished projects.

I would say that the book is suitable for an intermediate level, experienced crocheter. Because things like illustrated instructions for all stitch variations aren’t present, I think having some crochet knowledge would be helpful in using this book. But, as I said above, anything not present in the book can quickly be found with a quick Google search if you aren’t sure how to execute it.

If you like to crochet for charity, the book contains some beautiful projects that give you enough variety that you don’t get burnt out making the same thing over and over again. If you want to purchase a copy of Giving Back Crochet by Jonah Larson, you can check it out HERE.

Soap savers made with a crochet pattern found in the new Jonah Larson book.

If you enjoy crochet pattern books, you can check out some more of my crochet book reviews on my blog:

Thanks to Annie’s Craft Store, I have a PDF copy of the book Giving Back Crochet by Jonah Larson to giveaway to one lucky winner!

The Giving Back Crochet Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to worldwide participants and ends Friday, July 31st, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

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