• Crochet Book Reviews

    Fair Isle Crochet Workshop Review

    Close up image of the front of the book Fair Isle Crochet Workshop
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    I was recently given the opportunity to review Fair Isle Crochet Workshop by Natasja Vreeswijk so today I want to share with you my thoughts on this book and give you an idea of what to expect if you’re considering purchasing this book. Thanks to Search Press, they have provided us with a a copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky winner.

    This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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    Fair Isle Crochet Workshop begins with a brief overview of basic techniques used in the book and walk through of the Fair Isle stitch technique. The technique utilized in this book is very similar to tapestry crochet in that the colour changes are carried inside the stitches and then brought back up when needed. The overview covers the technique, colour changes, crocheting in rounds & rows as well as the author’s tips & tricks for working with this technique. Since the majority of the designs in the book utilize the humble single crochet stitch this section doesn’t take up a lot of space in the book and doesn’t waste time jumping right into getting you started with it’s beautiful patterns.

    Inside cover of the book Fair Isle Crochet Workshop

    Fair Isle Crochet Workshop contains “15 modern projects for the home”, all of which are just beautiful. There is a throw blanket pattern in the book that is an absolute show stopper that I’m confident would garner compliments and inquiries from every visitor to your home.

    The projects in the book include patterns for:

    • Pillows
    • Blankets
    • Nursery Items
    • Plant Holders
    • A Ragdoll
    • A Clutch
    • A Pouffe
    • A Wall Hanging
    • and more!
    Tapesty crochet baby blanket pattern found inside the book

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    The patterns are written in the UK terminology but to be honest, it is used sparingly as most of the patterns reference the charts and aren’t written out row by row. Directions for borders and special considerations are written out in more detail so it is something to keep in mind when reading those sections if you are most used to the US terminology. A UK to US terminology conversion chart is available in the front of the book, but again, since most of the patterns are comprised mostly of single crochet stitches, it isn’t something you’ll likely have to reference often, if at all.

    Modern crochet colourwork wall hanging image from the book being reviewed

    The charts are typically large enough to see and understand clearly. There were a couple of instances where I found the chart a little small and wish there was a way to enlarge them but, with some patience, I was capable of sorting things out. Grid lines/row & stitch numbers would have been helpful to have but, not a huge deal.

    The pictures of the patterns are clear and beautifully illustrate the projects, making it difficult to determine what project to start first. The projects really wash away any “crochet is for grannies” perception. The styling of the book finds a fun and unique way to mix vintage and modern styling and is a visual pleasure to flip through it’s pages to look at the pictures. I honestly probably flipped through the pictures at least 3 or 4 times before settling down to actually read the content.

    The projects in Fair Isle Crochet Workshop use a variety of yarns in different weights from fingering to aran. The yarns are available to most via the internet or at your local yarn store but could easily be substituted for other yarns you may already have in your stash.

    Overall, this book would be a great addition the crochet library of an intermediate level crocheter that enjoys or wants to work on more colourwork projects. The designs in the book are gorgeous and definitely worth checking out. If you want to purchase a copy of Fair Isle Crochet Workshop, you can check it out HERE.

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    Back Cover of the Fair Isle Crochet Workshop book.

    Thanks to Search Press, I have a copy of the book Fair Isle Crochet Workshop by Natasja Vreeswijk to giveaway to one lucky winner!

    The Fair Isle Crochet Workshop Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to participants in the U.S., Canada and U.K. and ends Friday, August 28th, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

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  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Two-by-Two Crochet Book Review

    Cover of the Two-By-Two Crochet Book from Annie's
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    Thanks to Annie’s Craft Store, I was given the opportunity to review one of their newest crochet book releases: Two-by-Two Crochet: 2 Colours; 2 Rows by Bendy Carter 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.

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    The theme of Two-by-Two Crochet is crochet patterns that use two colours and two row repeats to create a design. Two-by-Two Crochet contains 8 different patterns using two colourways of yarn per design. One may make the assumption that the patterns in this book may look relatively simple but these designs are anything but. The designs in Two-by-Two Crochet are fun, textured designs with a high-level of visual interest to them. The designs range from hats to ruana scarves, blankets and ear warmers.

    image of the crochet ruana pattern available in two-by-two crochet.

    The patterns in this book are all rated as intermediate level. Post stitches are utilized heavily in these designs to create texture and visual interest. The designs are beautiful and interesting to execute. They could be done while binge-watching your favourite show, as long as you’re still able to pay attention to make sure you’re not accidently using a back post stitch when you should be using a front post stitch.

    A variety of yarn weights are used in the designs from fingering to super bulky. The yarn brands utilized are easily accessible yarns for most North American readers. You may even have some of the yarns used already in your stash so you could potentially get started right away.

    In the back of the book is a brief and clear reference section which is handy to have. I enjoyed the addition of a blank notes section for you to make any notes you may wish to make on the pattern, yarn selection etc.

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    Image of the crochet spinning colours throw featured in the crochet book being reviewed

    As mentioned above, the patterns are rated as appropriate for intermediate level crocheters which I think this book would be perfect for. Two-by-Two is filled with patterns that are easy enough to crochet while watching TV but with enough interest to prevent you from getting stuck or bored.

    If you want to purchase a copy of Two-by-Two Crochet: 2 Colours; 2 Rows by Bendy Carter, you can check it out HERE.

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    Cover of the Two-By-Two Crochet book available from Annie's

    Thanks to Annie’s Craft Store, I have a PDF copy of the book Two-by-Two Crochet: 2 Colours; 2 Rows by Bendy Carter to giveaway to one lucky winner!

    The Two-by-Two Crochet Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to worldwide participants and ends Friday, August 14th, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

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  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Debrosse Modern Crochet Book Review

    Modern Crochet Book by Debrosse with a furls crochet hook on top and a cup of coffee next to it.
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    If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love crochet books. I’ve always been a big reader so it seemed natural to combine my love of reading with my passion for crochet. I was recently given the opportunity to review the book Modern Crochet: Patterns & Designs for the Minimalist Maker by Teresa Carter of Debrosse. When this book came out there was a lot of buzz about it in the Instagram crochet community and I’m excited to share my review of it with you today.

    Thanks to Paige, Tate & Co., they have provided me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review of this book. All opinions are my own.

    When Modern Crochet first arrived and in taking it out of the box, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the book has a hard cover with a matte finish. I love when crochet books are hard cover and my first thought when I picked up this book was that it reminded me of a coffee table book. Even my husband, (who doesn’t crochet) said “that looks like a nice book” as he walked by. Opening the front cover I was greeted by two black pages and just on the inside of the cover is a ruler and there is a braided book mark attached to the book. I had a “YASS QUEEN!” moment when I saw that ruler and bookmark because it gave me hopes that this book was one of those fabulous finds that is a thoroughly though-out treasure.

    Faux fur cowl picture in the debrosse modern crochet book

    I sat down with Modern Crochet immediately and made the decision that house work would just have to wait. I poured over the pages, reading the foreword, written by Alexandra Tavel (@twoofwands) and the intro. The introduction was wonderful. It gives you a glimpse into the start of Debrosse, where the name came from and Teresa’s hopes for the book.

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    Bobble Pillow pages of the Debrosse Crochet Book

    I had this impression that the book was going to be a standard pattern book. To my surprise, it was much more like a fundamentals of crochet book. Pages 15 to 35 cover basics like yarn fundamentals, crochet hook fundamentals, how to read a pattern and more. Reading through this section, I thoroughly enjoyed the way it was written. It feels more conversational rather than formally instructional which just invites you to read more. The back of the book has a resource section that walks you through the stitches in the book. The instructions are clear and accessible to absolute beginners.

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    Table of contents of the book being reviewed by Debrosse

    Modern Crochet is beautifully illustrated with clean, crisp imagery – keeping with it’s modern/minimalistic theme. The text may be a little small for those that have issues with their vision but overall, the whole package is beautiful and well-thought out.

    The exact yarns and yarn brands that are used in the book are given and they’re all brands accessible to everyone willing to take a quick trip to their local big-box store that sells yarn. None of these yarns are particularly expensive either. In my opinion, this makes this book even more accessible. Readers don’t have to go out and search for materials. Many of the yarns used in this book are likely already in your stash.

    The Leogane Infinity scarf pages of Modern Crochet

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    The 16 patterns in this book are simple and easy to understand. A total beginner should be able to completed these patterns after reading and testing out the techniques shown in the book. There is an online component to the book as well that was unexpected. So if you’re stuck and need further help, there is a video support link accessible to those that have bought the book. I think this is a great addition that can help ensure success to Modern Crochet’s readers.

    Pictures of the Debrosse scrunchie pattern inside Modern Crochet

    Overall this is a beautiful book that begs to be left out, just like a coffee table book. It’s goal of shattering the grannies-only perception of crochet has been met, with a resource that proves crochet has evolved beyond that granny square and has it’s place in a modern and minimalist world. If you’re a beginner, this book is a wonderful resource that is worth investing in.

    If you want to check out Modern Crochet from Debrosse you can grab a copy of the book HERE.

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    Back cover of the book by Debrosse
  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Whimsical Stitches Book Review

    Front Cover of the Whimsical Stitches book with a plant, coffee and tip of a crochet hook visible in the edges of the photo.
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    If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love, love, LOVE crochet books and amigurumi. So when the opportunity became available for me to review this amigurumi crochet book called Whimsical Stitches: A Modern Makers Book of Amigurumi Crochet Patterns by Lauren Espy, you know I jumped all over it.

    Thanks to Paige, Tate & Co., they have provided me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review of this book. All opinions are my own.

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    First impressions upon receiving the book was that the cover is bright, fun and well…whimsical. I loved that it’s a hardcover book with a matte finish and the cover gives you a great selection of images from the patterns in the book. It’s one of those covers that invites you in and begs to be picked up if not by you, then definitely by any kids that may be with you.

    Inside cover of the amigurumi book by Lauren Espy.

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    Whimsical Stitches has 25 different amigurumi crochet patterns for a variety of different items. From plants and animals to different food items, this book has a gets big points for cuteness factor. The book is split into 5 different sections: In the Garden, At the Aquarium, Down on the Farm, At the Bakery and At the Market. The patterns are grouped under these sections in the book. Some of the patterns in this book include:

    • Saguaro Cactus,
    • Octopus,
    • Duck,
    • Mug & Donut,
    • Berries,
    • Sunflower,
    • Whale,
    • Bunny,
    • Macarons,
    • Eggplant;
    • and more!
    The table of contents in the Whimsical Stitches book.

    The patterns in the book use worsted weight yarn to complete. Most people have yarns that could work for these projects already in their yarn stash and can easily get started on projects in the book right away instead of having to track down supplies. The patterns themselves don’t list the exact yarns used which may be problematic for anyone that was the EXACT same yarn but you could easily find similar colours in your stash or yarn shopping at a big box store.

    Whimsical Stitches, of course, has a resource section. It details the stitches and techniques used for the patterns in the book and all stitches/techniques are accompanied by clear, step-by-step photographs. Since each pattern in the book has a face, instructions are given to instruct you how to do the mouth and eyelash stitching. When reading the instructions for how to embroider the mouth, I found the pictures to be particularly helpful in clarifying the written instructions.

    crochet tulips in pink and purple illustrated inside this crochet book

    The patterns themselves are clear, concise and loaded with photos to help you through the process of making your little amigurumi cuties. The photos in the book are bright, clean and helpful. I loved the amount of photos included to help you through the process. If I were a beginner or someone newer to amigurumi, the pictures included really help to guide you through the process to help ensure you get the best results possible. For example, to make the wings of the duck pattern, there are 18 pictures, spread across a 2-page spread to walk you through making the wings. I think that level of detail is great to include and can help you through what may have been tricky spots had photos not been included.

    Crochet strawberries and blueberries inside the amigurumi book being reviewed

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    Overall, I think it’s an adorable book of amigurumi crochet patterns and definitely worth adding to your crochet library if amigurumi is something you enjoy. I wouldn’t hesitate to give this book as a gift to a fellow crocheter. I think this book could be accessible to a relatively newer crocheter due to the level of detail given in the photos to walk you through the patterns. Lauren Espy has done a wonderful job of making this book accessible to as large an audience as possible and I won’t hesitate to recommend her book to any friend that should ask me about it.

    Picture of the crochet macarons pattern inside the Whimsical Stitches book

    If you want to check out Whimsical Stitches: A Modern Makers Book of Amigurumi Crochet Patterns by Lauren Espy you can grab a copy of the book HERE.

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    Back cover of the Whimsical stitches book with a furls crochet hook lain on top of it.
  • 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.

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    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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  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Crocheted Birds by Vanessa Mooncie Review

    Copy of the book Crocheted Birds by Vanessa Mooncie and an amigurumi cardinal made using a pattern in the book.
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    I was recently given the opportunity to review Crocheted Birds by Vanessa Mooncie. In this book, Vanessa Mooncie provides the designs for 10 gorgeous, realistic amigurumi birds. Keep reading to learn more about this book and how you can enter to win a copy of the book.

    I have been a long-time admirer of Vanessa Mooncie’s work when I stumbled across her on Instagram and saw this beautiful picture of a show-stopping crochet barn owl. As an absolute owl-fanatic, I was hooked. I later learned that the pattern for that same crochet barn owl is in this book Crocheted Birds: A Flock of Feathered Friends to Make by Vanessa Mooncie. So when the chance to review this book became available, I was obviously all over it.

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    The designs in this book are absolutely gorgeous. I seriously love them. These designs aren’t your standard amigurumi designs though. They are meticiulously constructed and more of an art piece than a toy. The list of supplies needed for each bird is a little more extensive than you may expect because the designs utilize various gauges of wires which would require you to utilize pliers, glass teddy bear buttons for eyes and adhesives. Because of the wires and the glass eyes, these projects wouldn’t be appropriate to give to young children.

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    A copy of the Vanessa Mooncie Book Crocheted Birds with some furls crochet hooks and scissors

    Patterns are given in Crocheted Birds for the following birds:

    • Blackbird
    • Robin
    • Blue Tit
    • Wren
    • Budgie
    • Dove
    • Cardinal
    • Swan
    • Bald Eagle
    • Barn Owl
    Crocheted barn owl page inside the Crocheted Birds Book
    Crocheted Blue Tit Bird pattern image

    The projects are a variety of sizes. The largest being the bald eagle, followed by the swan. My favourite design is the barn owl but the swan is a close second. The designs to create realistic bird eggs for each bird species in the book are also included.

    Most people won’t have everything in their house to make the birds exactly as written but to get the desired effect, it’s worth the time to get the supplies. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, I was unable to obtain all the supplies necessary to make the birds exactly as written. But, I didn’t let that stop me. Knowing that my bird wouldn’t be exactly like the book, I decided to try one of the patterns with what I had on hand. I decided to give the cardinal a try since I had some red and black yarn on hand and after reading through the pattern, I figured I could accomplish something similar with my on hand materials.

    Image of the crochet cardinal available in the Crocheted Birds book

    The pattern worked up quickly and the techniques that are used in creating the patterns in this book really gave me an education in looking at amigurumi shaping in a completely different way. Rather than just working in rounds, short rows are used to assist in chaping the bird and creating the main part of the bird all in one piece. Despite the fact that I had never done amigurumi in this way, the pattern was clear and easy to understand. Charts are included for all of the patterns in this book to assist with ensuring the patterns are understood but honestly, I didn’t even need them.

    Crochet Cardinal on a white background

    Even without the exact same materials, my crochet cardinal turned out incredibly and I am really happy with how he turned out. I will probably make another one once I’m able tot get the proper wires because the legs on this one aren’t as strong as I’d like them to be, but I knew that was a possibility because I didn’t have the right materials on hand.

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    The book is written in UK terminology and after looking for it, I found that a UK to US terminology conversion chart was included in the resource section in the back of the Crocheted Birds book. The resource section itself was well instrated, helpful and just, well, cool. There is a section that shows you step-by-step how to make the birds’ legs and as I’ve never attempted to make birds’ legs from wire, I found it really cool how it was accomplished. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. The illustrations that accompanied the instructions were really helpful.

    Back Cover of the book showing some of the patterns inside.

    I think this book is best suited for intermediate level crocheters. Although there are great resources available in the book to assist you in creating the projects in Crochet Birds, ultimately, despite the clear instructions, I think the construction techniques may be confusing to beginners, and leave them frustrated.

    I absolutely love this book and it has become one of my favourite pattern books that I’ve come across in a while. Not only are the designs gorgeous, the book has taught me a few things and the unique construction of each bird kept me thoroughly engaged and interested from beginning to end. If you’re interested in birds, amigurumi or even just trying different amigurumi shaping techniques, this is a beautiful addition to your crochet library.

    If you want to check out Crocheted Birds: A Flock of Feathers Friends to Make by Vanessa Mooncie you can grab a copy of the book HERE.

    Follow Vanessa Mooncie, the author/designer of this book on Instagram: @vanessamooncie. I’ve also reviewed another book by Vanessa Mooncie called Simple Crocheted Hats. You can check out that review HERE.

    If you enjoy crochet pattern books, you can check out some more of my crochet book reviews on my blog: Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley, Weekend Makes, Crocheted Toys by Emma Osmond, Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop by Dora Ohrenstein. You can find all my crochet book reviews HERE.

    Crocheted Birds Book Giveaway

    Front cover of the book Crocheted Birds by Vanessa Mooncie

    Thanks to GMC Publications, I have a copy of this beautiful book to giveaway to one lucky winner.

    The Crocheted Birds Book Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to Canadian and U.S. participants and ends Friday, June 19, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

    To enter, use the King Sumo form below. If you are on mobile and have difficulty entering, please use a desktop computer to enter. Only the Email option is mandatory – all other tasks are optional, for bonus entries only. Please note that by entering your email below, you are subscribing to The Loopy Lamb email list. We will not send you spam, just notifications about new free crochet patterns, news and giveaways.

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    Weekend Makes: Crocheted Toys Review

    Front cover of Weekend Makes: Crocheted Toys by Emma Osmond with a text overlay indicating the book has been reviewed.
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    I was recently given the opportunity to review Weekend Makes: Crocheted Toys – 25 Quick and Easy Projects to Make by Emma Osmond. In this book, Emma Osmond provides the designs for 25 amigurumi projects that should be able to be completed in a weekend. Keep reading to learn more about this book and how you can enter to win a copy of this book.

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    This book starts off with the standard section you find in all crochet pattern books: a resource section. Step-by-step instructions are provided for the stitches and techniques utilized in the book. The illustrations are clear and easy to follow. The instructions accompanying the illustrastions could be a little bit clearer but the illustrations get the point across well enough. The book is written in UK crochet terminology however, charts to convert the UK terminology and hook sizes to U.S. terminology and hook sizes are included.

    The projects included in the book are a variety of items for young childen. Some of the projects include:

    • Rattles
    • Mobiles
    • Stuffed Animals (Teddy Bear, Rabbit, Octopus, Girafe, Elephant, Unicorn)
    • A Toy Basket
    • A variety of different games;
    • And more.
    Inside page preview of car pattern inside Weekend Makes Crocheted Toys by Emma Osmond

    I really enjoy the variety of projects in Weekend Makes: Crocheted Toys by Emma Osmond. There are a few projects in this book that I think would be wonderful baby shower gifts and I would definitely add them to my baby shower project short list. Specifically the Stacking Rings toy, Cloud Cot Toy and Star Mobile.

    The skill levels in the book are described as “Easy” and “Some Experience”. “Some Experience” is not defined anywhere but “Some” implied to me that not a lot of experience would be needed to complete the project, just “some”.

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    I found the “Easy” levelled patterns to be mostly straight forward to follow. There were some points with the “Some Experience” levelled patterns where I felt like further clarification being included could have been helpful. Again, because I felt that “some experience” implied not a lot of experience, I looked at the patterns as if I was someone that had maybe a few crochet projects under my belt or even a year of experience casually crocheting. When making the Star Mobile pattern, I didn’t feel like a beginner would necessarily understand how to create the center of the star appropriately. I have done a star shape previously and was therefore, able to fill in the blanks that would have existed for someone without that experience. Because of that, I can’t recommend the book for beginner crocheters but if you have a decent amount of experience doing a variety of amigurumi projects then I think you could really enjoy this book.

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    Overall, the patterns should be relatively quick makes. There are a couple of patterns, specifically the Skittles bowling game and the Colour Game that I doubt I’d be capable of completing in a weekend. For those two patterns specifically, I’d probably have to do nothing else that weekend to get them completed but hey, if you’re quicker and have got some extra time, you may be able to get them done. The Skittles bowling game is really fun so although I may not have been able to complete it in a weekend, I would definitely still want to make it.

    Crochet Stacking Ring toy picture inside Weekend Makes Crocheted Toys.

    The projects in Weekend Makes: Crocheted Toys are whimsical and full of colour. My youngest found several projects to request after only a moment or two with the book. Even my son who is almost 6 made a request or two. Because of the variety, I think you could find something to please young kids at a variety of stages. The variety of project types means that you shouldn’t be bored quickly either. The stuffed animals in this book are a good size and could be customized pretty easily as well, by experienced crocheters.

    Overall, if you’re looking for a boredom buster or a project book that could act as a quick resource for a last minute baby shower/kid’s birthday gift, then Weekend Makes: Crocheted Toys by Emma Osmond could be exactly what you’re looking for.

    If you want to check out Weekend Makes: Crocheted Toys by Emma Osmond you can grab a copy of the book HERE.

    Crochet bowling set image with a furls crochet hook and yarn.

    Check out some of my other crochet book reviews while you’re here:
    Simple Crocheted Hats by Vanessa Mooncie, Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley, Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner, Snuggle and Play Crochet and Crochet Mini Animals Kit Review. Find all my Crochet Book Reviews HERE.

    Weekend Makes: Crocheted Toys Book Giveaway

    Thanks to GMC Publications, I have a copy of Weekend Makes: Crocheted Toys to giveaway to one lucky winner.

    The Weekend Makes: Crochet Toys Book Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to Canadian and U.S. participants and ends Friday May 29, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time. Winner will be notified by email by Monday June 1, 2020.

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    Simple Crocheted Hats by Vanessa Mooncie Review

    Simple Crocheted Hats Book
    This post may contain affiliate links. This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

    I was recently given the opportunity to review Simple Crocheted Hats by Vanessa Mooncie. In this book, Vanessa Mooncie provides the designs for 15 beautiful hats that are simple to make. Keep reading to learn more about this book and how you can enter to win a copy of the book.

    I have been a long-time admirer of Vanessa Mooncie’s work so when I had the opportunity to check out this book, I was all over it. I had come to know Vanessa’s work through her amigurumi designs and was surprised to learn that the book was crochet hats which made me more intrigued and excited to take a look.

    Simple Crocheted Hats has a variety of different hat styles in the book. Although the title is Simple Crocheted Hats, Mooncie shows us that simple doesn’t have to look simple or unstylish. There’s a plaid hat, cowl hood, pompom tam, beret, earflap hat, hooded scarf, sun hat, brimmed hat and more. My personal favourites are the Pinwheel Beret and the Pom Pom Tam hats. Different sizes are included for each hat so there’s no need to worry about whether the hats may be too big or small.

    Image of the pom pom tam crochet hat in the book Simple Crocheted Hats by Vanessa Mooncie

    The first thing to note about this book is that it is written in UK terminology. That isn’t a huge deal because converting it to US terminology isn’t very difficult but if you’re not aware of that up front, you could be frustrated when your work isn’t coming out the way it should. There is a chart in the back of the book with the terminology conversions to help you out. They’ve also included the crochet hook conversion charts in the book as well.

    In terms of resources, the book covers the basic stitch tutorials you’d expect to find as well as instructions on the different techniques used in the book. There’s a section on seaming your projects and how to use the techniques used in the projects that I found helpful. All the patterns in the book are accompanied by crochet charts so if you’re stuck or just prefer to read the charts, they’re a helpful addition.

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    To get a sneek peak of the designs available in the book, watch my video review of this book below!

    If you’re a beginner, this book may seem a bit intimidating when you quickly flip through the pages and are met with a plethora of crochet diagrams. Don’t let that scare you. The actual text of the patterns in Simpled Crocheted Hats are incredibly clear and simple to follow. A point to note is that the book is written using UK terminology.  But there is a conversion chart in the back of the book to help you out. Overall, regardless of your skill-level, I think this book is a great addition to your crochet library.

    If you want to check out Simple Crocheted Hats by Vanessa Mooncie, you can grab a copy of the book HERE.

    Follow Vanessa Mooncie, the author/designer of this book on Instagram: @vanessamooncie

    Back cover of the book Simple Crocheted Hats, a Furls Crochet Hook and some blue Knitcrate yarn

    If you like crocheted hat patterns, you may enjoy these free crochet hat patterns available on my blog: Juneau Blues Beanie, The Catena Hat, The Aeipathy Beanie, Crochet Tartan Beanie, Arctic Gem Beanie. Find all my hat patterns HERE.

    Simple Crocheted Hats Book Giveaway

    Thanks to GMC Publications, I have a copy of this beautiful book to giveaway to one lucky winner.

    The Simple Crocheted Hats Book Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to Canadian and U.S. participants and ends Friday May 1, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

    To enter, use the King Sumo form below. If you are on mobile and have difficulty entering, please use a desktop computer to enter. Only the Email option is mandatory – all other tasks are optional, for bonus entries only. Please note that by entering your email below, you are subscribing to The Loopy Lamb email list. We will not send you spam, just notifications about new free crochet patterns, news and giveaways.

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    Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley – A Crochet Book Review

    Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley cover image with a furls crochet hook underneath.
    All opinions are my own. This page may contain affiliate links.

    I was recently given the opportunity to review the brand new Kawaii Crochet: 40 Super Cute Crochet Patterns for Adorable Amigurumi by Melissa Bradley. In this fun new book, Melissa brings us a variety of cute amigurumi patterns, organized by colour. Keep reading for a sneak peak inside this exciting new book and a chance to win a copy of Kawaii Crochet!

    My first impression of this book was “adorable!”. The cover art is colourful, inviting and fun. I would’ve definitely picked this up to take a further look when browsing the book store. The bright and fun colours are continued throughout the book and it’s hard not to smile when flipping through it’s pages. The patterns in this book are organized by colour so flipping through this book is like flipping through a rainbow.

    Fun illustrations compliment the colourful pages in Kawaii Crochet. One of my favourite features of the book are the little suggestion boxes sprinkled throughout the book. Many of these boxes have puns (which you know I love) and were a fun addition. Besides the puns, the boxes contain tips for additions and alterations to the pattern on that page.

    Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley open to pattern page featuring image of an apple.

    The beginning of the book includes a bit of an intro to colour theory which was interesting. It doesn’t get too technical or in-depth, which keeps it easy and accessible to everyone. It outlines the different colour terms which I found helpful and made me consider how colour theory applies to my own colour choices in my designs.

    The book includes 10 pages of tips and instructions for techniques which were clear and helpful. If you’re someone new to crochet that wants to take a stab at making the little cuties in Kawaii Crochet, then you have all the tools needed to get started here in the book.

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    The projects in Kawaii Crochet are indeed “super cute” as the title suggests. With everything from pencils and brussel sprouts to condiment bottles and bowls of cereal, there is a great selection of fun and unique patterns in this book. The patterns themselves are clear and easy to follow. I made the beet in the picture below and found the pattern to be quick and simple. My daughter scooped it up immedately and claimed it as her own. My son wants me to make him the pencil (among other things) from the book so the patterns are definitely a hit with little ones.

    Kawaii Crochet opened to a book featuring images of crochet patterns in the book.

    Overall, the book is a visual pleasure and contains plenty of patterns to keep your interest. Everything in the book is well-thought out to maximize the cuteness factor. The difficulty gauge is illustrated with little clouds! It is really adorable. This book is just cute, cute, cute! I’d gladly gift this book to any crocheter in my life.

    If you’re interested in grabbing your very own copy of Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley, you can grab a copy of it HERE.

    Follow Melissa Bradley, the author/designer of this adorable book on Instagram: @yarnblossomboutique.

    Kawaii Crochet Giveaway

    Thanks to David and Charles publishing, I have a copy of this beautiful book to giveaway to one lucky winner.

    The Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to Canadian and U.S. participants and ends January 17th, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

    To enter, use the King Sumo form below. If you are on mobile and have difficulty entering, please use a desktop computer to enter. Only the Email option is mandatory – all other tasks are optional, for bonus entries only.

    Check out some of my other crochet book reviews: Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner, Crochet Animal Rugs by Ira Rott and, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop by Dora Ohrenstein

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    Dinosaurs to Crochet: A Crochet Book Review

    The book Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner laying next to three toy dinosaurs
    This post was sponsored by Springhouse Press. All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.

    If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably caught on to the fact that I’m a bit of a crochet book lover. I have a stack of crochet-related books next to my bed that I’m working through. This week I read Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner so I thought I’d review it for you all this week. I’m also giving away a copy of this book! Keep reading to find out how to enter.

    Last fall, after a dramatic trip to the library, I made it home with a copy of Christmas Ornaments to Crochet: 31 Festive and Fun-to-Make Designs for a Handmade Holiday by Megan Kreiner. (You can read that review and the tale about the dreaded library trip HERE). I came home, consumed the book and posted my review.

    I was so shocked when Megan contacted me directly and thanked me for the review. It seriously made my day. She mentioned that she had a dinosaur crochet book in the works. Dinosaurs are a big deal at my house so we couldn’t wait for it to come out.

    Fast forward several months and Dinosaurs to Crochet is here and my first impression was “This. is. SO. COOL!” I reached out to Megan and she kindly arranged to get me a copy of the book to review.

    Megan is an animator for DreamWorks (how cool is that?) and her attention to detail in this book is insane. The dinosaurs in Dinosaurs to Crochet aren’t your normal cutesy cartoonish crochet dinosaurs. These dinosaurs are legit. They look like actual dinosaurs and each one is an absolute work of art. Don’t believe me? Take a look at this ankylosaurus!

    crochet ankylosaus from new book by Megan Kreiner

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    Each pattern is accompanied with multiple pictures to guide you through the process of making your own prehistoric pal. Many of the projects include instructions for utilizing wire to make your dinosaur poseable and keep them stabilized. It is an optional step but I love that it is included

    Dinosaurs to Crochet comes with 12 patterns so you’re sure to find something for the dinosaur lover in your life. Dinosaurs in this book include:
    – T-Rex
    – Triceratops
    – Stegasaurus
    – Velociraptor
    – Brachiasaurus
    – Pteradon
    – and more!

    Preview of crochet triceratops from new dinosaur pattern book by Megan Kreiner

    As with most crochet books, Dinosaurs to Crochet includes written and visual instructions for the stitches used in the book, crochet and finishing techniques. I found the patterns to be clear, concise and logical. If you’re a beginner or absolutely new to amigurumi, all the steps involved may seem a little daunting upon first inspection but I think Megan has done a great job of making this book accessible to everyone.

    This book generated a lot of excitement when it arrived at my house. My family has already put in requests for me to make almost every dinosaur in this book. Even my husband asked me to make him a triceratops. So if you plan on getting yourself a copy of Dinosaurs to Crochet, you may find yourself very busy making dinosaurs if you forget to put it away when company is over.

    If you’re interested in buying a copy of Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner, it can be purchased from Amazon HERE. If you purchase through this link, I will get a small commission which helps keep my site running and my patterns free.

    Group of triceratops looking at a crochet triceratops in Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner
    My husband and I had a bit of fun taking pictures.

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    Check out these other crochet book reviews I’ve done: Crochet Animal Rugs by Ira Rott and, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop by Dora Ohrenstein