• Crochet Book Reviews

    Waterfall Crochet Granny Squares Book Review

    Cover of the book Waterfall Crochet Granny Squares
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    Thanks to Annie’s Craft Store, I was given the opportunity to review one of their newest crochet book releases: Waterfall Crochet Granny Squares by Joanne C. Gonzalez 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.

    Annie’s has provided a copy of this book to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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    Waterfall crochet is a technique that was new to me when I received my copy of the book to review and I was very intrigued to learn more. The granny squares on the front of the book are beautiful and feature a lot of colourwork in their designs so I was interested to see how this technique would work. Waterfall crochet is a method that utilizes chain spaces left intentially in the design to create a long cable stitch through. By doing this, colours are worked for a full round rather than a few stitches and carried along the back of your work until their needed next. A technique that limits colour changes and weaving in ends? Where do I sign up?

    Waterfall Crochet Granny Squares includes the patterns for 20 different ganny squares that use the waterfall crochet technique. The long cable stitches create kind of a lattice through the chain spaces and it leaves a decently clean back side to the fabric as well. The patterns all use a worsted weight (4) yarn so it is easy to mix and match your favourite colours using readily available yarns.

    Crochet granny square from the book being reviewed.
    This is the square from Waterfall Crochet Granny Squares that I tried

    I always love the look of granny squares with intricate colour designs but unfortunately, once I finish them, they’re relagated to the WIP pile for a while until I have time to weave in the ends. I couldn’t wait to give this technique a shot so I picked a square and got to work.

    I started with reading the reference section to learn how to do the special stitches in the designs. I kind of got the jist of what wasa going to be happening and decided to go for it. I picked a square with two colours to work on and the center was one in on colour and the remainder of the main body of the square was done in another. Creating the base/body of the granny square was quick and easy and I finished it in less than 30 minutes. Now, onto the waterfall crochet technique.

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    Completed blanket project from the Waterfall Crochet Granny Square book.
    Completed blanket project from the Waterfall Crochet Granny Square book.

    For the last round of my square, I changed to my second colour and crocheted around the outside but my block was divided into 4 by chain spaces. To do the waterfall technique, I had to work through the chain spaces of 7 rounds to create one long cable stitch the interweaves through the chain spaces. It was a bit tricky at first, especially because I didn’t have a tunisian or afghan hook available (which is recommended in the book for this part but says it’s not required) but I was able to accomplish it with a regular crochet hook. My tension in the cable would have been better had I used a longer hook so if you’re using this book and doing the longer sets of cables used in the patterns, I’d definitely recommend having an afgahn or long tunisian hook handy for that part.

    My waterfall crochet granny square I made using this book.
    My waterfall crochet granny square I made using this book.

    After I did my first set of waterfall crochet cables, I got the rhythm of the technique and thought it was so cool! Seeing how the cables work and interweave with the fabric was super interesting and I can’t wait to try this technique again.

    This book and technique are suitable for intermediate level crocheters. I recommend printing the resource section out and having it next to your pattern page as you work until you get the hang of the technique. I found this helpful and it saved me the time of flipping back and forth. And definitely don’t skip the resource section of this one. Even if you’ve done a hundred granny squares, you’ll probably find something there you’ll need to reference so definitely a must-read for this book. The book also comes with special access to a video that shows parts of the patterns that may be tricky. This is available upon request to Annie’s to those that purchase the book. Instructions on how to get access are included in the book. I didn’t personally see the video but I wanted to mention that it is available so if you’re wanting to check it out but are nervous about not having video to help you out, that is an option.

    Overall, I think this is a really cool technique and I really enjoyed learning it and trying out the designs in the book. The granny squares in this book are used to create a blanket design but my favourite part about granny squares is that you can use them for so much more than that. Mix and match the designs, use them to creat pillows, scarfs, etc. and create something unique. Once you have the patterns for the squares, the only limit is your imagination.

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    Thanks to Annie’s Craft Store, I have a PDF copy of the book Waterfall Crochet Granny Squares by Joanne C. Gonzalez to giveaway to one lucky winner!

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    Crochet Cafe by Lauren Espy Book Review

    Crochet Cafe by Lauren Espy next to some furls crochet hooks and yarn.
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    I’ve got another amigurumi book to review this week and I am very excited. Recently, I had the opportunity to review Whimsical Stitches by Lauren Espy and the book this week is by the same designer. The book we’re talking about this week is called Crochet Cafe: Recipes for Amigurumi Crochet Patterns. I really enjoyed Lauren’s last book so I couldn’t wait to dive in to see what Crochet Cafe had in store.

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    The cover of this book is beautiful. It has preview images of many of the patterns contained in the book. All the patterns are of kawaii foods and drinks and this book is meant to mimic a recipe book. It’s a cute concept and the cover makes me think of a cute but trendy cook book I’d definitely want to take a look at in the book store.

    cover image of Crochet Cafe by Lauren Espy
    amigurumi apples featured in Crochet Cafe

    Crochet Cafe starts off with a reference section and the very first page of that reference section shows the reader how to identify the difference between the right side and the wrong side of the project. I think that’s a great addition as it’s a question that comes up often from crocheters but you rarely see covered. Another fun technique I saw included which you don’t see spoken about often is melting the backs of safety eyes. Lauren is sure to advise extreme caution when pursuing this because, as I have learned from experience, things can get dicey doing this, fast, if you aren’t very careful.

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    Continuing in the fashion of her last book, Whimsical stitches, this book is chalk full of clear and well-done photography to walk you through not just every stitch/technique in the book, but also in the patterns themselves.

    Crochet Cafe is broken down into meal sections, just like a cook book. So the sections are:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Snacks and,
    • Dessert
    Amigurumi Avocado toast and Avocado patterns inside Crochet Cafe

    The projects are absolutely adorable and it’s hard to know where to start first or to pick a favourite. As I’m writing this, I’m looking at the pattern for Bacon, Eggs & Toast and I’m thinking “Girl, shut up! That toast is way too cute! Annnd now I want to eat bacon.” Some of my favourite designs in the book were:

    • Lobster & Corn on the cob
    • Spaghetti & Meatballs
    • Pie and ,
    • Chinese Takeout Shimp Lo Mein (because I defy you to resist those little shrimps!)

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    Lobster & Corn on the cob in the book being reviewed

    The patterns were well written and simple to follow, supported by a plethora of beautiful images to walk you through each pattern. If I want to be nit picky, my only thing is that the yardage amounts for the yarns aren’t provided and the exact yarns/colours weren’t provided. There was a shade of green used in one of the patterns that I really liked and would have liked to use the exact yarns she used to make my project but it isn’t the end of the world. This is by no means a deal breaker for anyone. I am a prepper and just like to know how much yarn I’ll need exactly and I like to match what’s used. But, if you don’t follow gauge (which I know many crocheters do with amigurumi), it may have been considered better to just leave it out. So, not a big deal.

    Besides that, the attention to detail and cute little extras are really what makes this book fantastic. There’s a little butter dish to go with the lobster and corn! How stinkin’ cute is that?! And the little shrimp? I can’t even start. If I had to describe this book in two words, it would be: absolutely adorable.

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    Crocheted Wreaths for the Home Review

    Picture of the cover of Crocheted Wreaths for the Home
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    The fall season is coming up and one of the things that makes me think of fall is wreaths. I don’t really see too many wreaths in the summer around here but when fall hits, they really start to make their debut. It seems appropriate that in light of this, I’m reviewing the book Crocheted Wreaths for the Home by Anna Nikipirowicz. Thanks to Search Press, they have provided us with a copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky winner so keep reading to learn you you can possibly win a copy for yourself.

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    Crocheted Wreaths has patterns for 14 different seasonal wreaths that you can crochet. You could potentially get many other wreaths by mixing and matching the components to create your own custom wreaths. Some of th wreath patterns included are:

    • Valentine Wreath
    • Autumn Wreath
    • Berry Wreath
    • Halloween Wreath
    • Christmas Wreath
    • Summer Wreath
    • Easter Wreath
    • and more.
    Inside cover of the crocheted wreaths for the home book

    Most of the wreaths use a premade wreath form as the base of the wreath and the crochet patterns provided are for the various components added to the wreath and assembly instructions. Each wreath pattern has a mini project that can be made with one or more components of the wreath pattern. For example, One of the pumpkins from the halloween wreath can be used to make a pumpkin pincushion and the author gives instructions for how to do that. The patterns are written in the UK terminology. The UK/US terminology conversion chart hs been included to aid those that may not be familiar working in the UK terminology.

    The yarns used in the books are popular in the UK and Europe and may need to be ordered online for North American readers that want to use the exact yarns in the book. The yarn weights used range from lace to light worsted. Other yarns could be substituted if you are able to match guage or keep in mind that you may have a finished project that is much larger (or smaller) than expected if you are substituting yarn weights.

    crocheted wreaths found inside the book

    The resource section in the back of the book is helpful covering techniques used in the book like how to crochet an i-cord, crocheting with beads, crocheting with wire, blocking your pieces and more. This section is well illustrated and explained although, does not cover all the techniques in the book. There are no basic stitch demonstrations or explanations in the book so you will need to have at least an intermediate level of crochet knowledge in order to pick up this book and start working with it. There are brief written explanations of how to do some the stitches in an abbreviations section at the front of the book but this wouldn’t be enough for most beginners.

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    This book is suitable for intermediate to advanced level crocheters. The patterns offer a lot of variety and you can create some stunningy detailed crocheted wreaths with them. If crocheted wreaths are your thing, this resource has the patterns to provide you with a diffferent wreath for every new season. The elements of the patterns could be mixed and matched to create a wide variety of different and customized wreaths beyond those given in the book.

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    crochet halloween wreath

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    Mabel Bunny & Co. Crochet Book Review

    Cover of the book Mabel Bunny & Co. by Claire Gelder.
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    I have another amigurumi crochet pattern book to share with you all today: Mabel Bunny & Co.: 15 loveable animals to crochet using chunky yarn by Claire Gelder. I love amigurumi projects so I couldn’t wait to dig into this book and see what it’s all about. Thanks to Search Press, they have provided us with a copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky winner so keep reading to learn you you can possibly win a copy for yourself.

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    So what’s unique about this amigurumi project book is that the main projects are made with chunky weight yarn and they’re all jumbo sized. The toys in this book are 27 1/2″ or 70 cm tall with the patterns for a smaller sized 12″ toy also included with some of the patterns. These toys are the ultimate in cuddle-sized toys. Thankfully they are made with the chunky weight yarn so they won’t take you weeks to complete.

    The patterns in Mabel Bunny & Co. include:

    • A bunny
    • Polar Bear
    • Elephant
    • Sloth
    • Dragon
    • Koala
    • Lamb
    • Octopus
    • and more!
    Inside cover of the book being reviewed.
    Inside cover of Mabel Bunny & Co. by Claire Gelder.

    My personal favourites in the book are Ruby Elephant and Oliver Octopus (who also comes with a baby). The toys are very cute. None of the patterns require the use of safety eyes so the materials needed to get started are relatively simple. To get started with a project in the book, you’ll need yarn, stuffing, a crochet hook, scissors and a tapestry needle. The recommended yarns in the book are easily substituted with some bulky weight yarn in your stash. So you can get started with the patterns in this book relatively quickly.

    Mable Bunny & Co, is written in the U.S. terminology with notes throughout the book converting the pattern terminology to the UK terms. So rather than using a chart that one may need to flip back to refer to, they’ve provided the information in the patterns to prevent that. I thought that was handy for those that may not be accustomed to the translations however, it does crowd up the patterns visually a bit which could be confusing if you’re rushing or not paying attention. I personally would’ve preferred the chart since the instructions for assembling your toy make you flip back to the reference section anyways but that’s my personal preference.

    Clarence Pig Amigurumi Pig Pattern

    A fun little touch is that each doll has a mini heart crocheted and sewn to the toy’s bottom. This seems to be the designer’s little signature on each piece and I thought it was a sweet addition to the doll. It also serves as a reminder to the recipient that their toy was made with love.

    The resource section is thorough and clear and includes lots of photos. Photos and well-done instructions are included for getting a clean finish, joining the head and parts to your toy and making the eyes and nose.

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    The patterns themselves are most appropriate for an intermediate/experienced crocheter that has experience with amigurumi projects written in different styles. Some of the patterns could have been clearer and I felt that the addition of a step or some images would have made the pattern clearer without the reader having to attempt to fill in that blank themselves. I was able to figure out what needed to happen in the pattern I was trying but a beginner would have likely been lost and frustrated. Further to that, not all the stitch abbreviations used in the book are listed or explained consistently. The resource section shows you how to do a single crochet decrease stitch and calls it in the resource section “decreasing in single crochet”. But in the patterns, the abbreviation of SC2TOG is used and I could not find that explained anywhere in the book. It’s for these reasons I think that the book is best suited for a seasoned crocheter and not suitable for a beginner.

    Stitch Puppy Amigurumi Dog pattern in the book Mabel Bunny & Co.

    If you’re a seasoned amigurumi maker and are looking for a resource that will provide you with a set of jumbo-sized friends to make, this may be the book for you. If you’re just starting out with amigurumi projects or even just learning reading crochet patterns, I’d recommend getting more experience under your belt or trying a different resource to get you started before moving onto this one.

    Back cover of Mabel Bunny & Co.

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    Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet Review

    Beginner's Guide to Tunisian Crochet with a pair of scissors and yarn next to it.
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    I’m back this week with another book review. This week, I have the opportunity to review the Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet by Emma Guess. The fun thing about this book review is that I am a beginner when it comes to Tunisian Crochet so we’re going to get to see if a beginner can pick up a copy of Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet and make something. Thanks to Search Press, they have provided us with a copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky winner so keep reading to learn you you can possibly win a copy for yourself.

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    So I’ve been dying to try tunisian crochet and I’ve done some swatches and to be honest, not all of them have been successful. Half of them I’ve ended up abadoning prior to finishing them. When the opportunity came up to check out this book, I decided it was time to give tunisian crochet another try. I decided that I’d give the cute little basket pattern a try as it uses at least 3 different techniques to see if I could be successful and how quickly I could be successful.

    The book starts out with a resource section that walks you through the basic techniques as well as a variety of stitches. The illustrations were very clear and I was able to pick things up really quickly. Like many beginners, I was eager to get straight to the project, so I skipped the resource section and got straight to work. I read through the pattern and flipped back to the reference section to learn the stitches as they came up in the pattern. Within 30 minutes, I had the first panel of my basket done.

    Tunisian Fingerless Gloves found in the Beginner's Guide to Tunisian Crochet Book

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    I took a break from crocheting after my first panel and went back to read through the resource section more thoroughly and it really genuinely helped me understand the different techniques and concepts like reading a chart. Several different stitch instructions are included with the book, kind of like a mini stitch dictionary. Although they don’t include the step-by-step photos, once I worked through the basics section, I didn’t have any issues understanding the instructions for the more complex stitches.

    Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet has a good variety of projects in it for getting started. There are patterns for scarves, fingerless gloves, blankets, a wall hanging, basket, bag, pillow and tablet pouch. Even as a beginner, you’re able to customize the pattern with your different colour choices and adding or omitting a colour like I did with my basket. The pattern called for three different colours but I used two and it looks so different! So there’s plenty to keep you busy and igniting your passion for tunisian crochet.

    Tunisian bag project found in Beginner's Guide to Tunisian Crochet

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    The patterns were very clear and as I said previously, I had the first panel to the basket without having even fully read the book, done in 30 minutes. My basket isn’t perfect but I think it’s pretty darn good for my first tunisian project! I didn’t worry about my gauge (gasp!) because it’s just a basket and my main concern was learning the stitches and executing the pattern (like a begginer!).

    Tunisian scarf project for beginners found in the book

    Overall, I really loved this book! A lovely, clear resource book that is genuinely acccessible to a beginner. Any resource that can get me up and running with a skill as fast as this book did is an absolute winner in my book. Emma has got me hooked on tunisian crochet and I’ll be working my way through the patterns in the book to continue working on my tunisian skills. So if you’re interested in giving tunisian crochet a try, I recommend checking this resource out to see if it may be a winner for you too.

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    Fairytale Blankets to Crochet Review

    front cover of Fairytale blankets to crochet by Lynne Rowe
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    I was recently given the opportunity to review Fairytale Blankets to Crochet by Lynne Rowe 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 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.

    Fairytale Blankets to Crochet is written using UK crochet terminology but a UK to US term conversion chart is availabe via a flap inside the front cover of the book. Also on this flap is a list of stitch abbreviations used in the pattern. This is the first time that I’ve seen a flap utilized in this manner in a crochet book and I can definitely see how this could be handy! The flap can be used as a book mark or, keep it over top of the page you’re working on for a handy reference any time you need it. No flipping back to the reference section for you! It goes with you wherever you go in this book.

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    Hooded Blankets in the book Fairytale blankets to crochet

    Fairy Tale Blankets to Crochet contains the patterns for “10 fantasy-themed childrens’ blankets for storytime cuddles”. The blanket patterns included int his book are:

    • Polar Bear
    • Princess or Prince
    • Wolf
    • Little Red Riding Hookd
    • Deer
    • Festive Elf
    • Fish
    • Lion
    • Unicorn
    • Dragon

    Each blanket pattern is accompanied by a pattern for a matching bunting that can be used to decorate your child’s room to make story time even more magical for them.

    Pattern image of the deer hooded blanket in the book being reviewed

    The book is bright, colourful and whimsical. My kids have not left me alone about making them each a blanket since I took the book out of the book so I’d personally call the patterns “kid-approved”. The patterns are worked in the corner to corner technique and include sizes for 2-4 and 5-7.

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    The front of the book contains and through and clearly illustrated resource section that walks you through how to do corner to corner crochet from beginning to end. It even covers weaving in your ends and how to properly crochet your border, how to read a chart, adding fringe joining pieces, blocking and more. I really enjoyed the resource section and thought it was very thorough and well done.

    I want to make a point of noting that the materials list give you both the listing of the exact yarn that was used as well as a generalized list without brand names which makes it easy to quickly assess whether you can shop your stash for materials or if a quick run to the store is needed before you get started.

    Polar bear hooded blanket for kids

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    The patterns themselves, deliver on their promise of whmisy and to be honest, I want one for me. As someone that is always cold these blankets look cozy and just downright fun. I know that I’ll personally reference this book multiple times in the future as the projects would make for great gifts for childen. This book would be a great for intermediate level crocheters or adventurous beginners and those that like to make gifts for children.

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    Back cover of the book Fairytale Blankets to crochet.

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    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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    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.
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    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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    Simple Crocheted Hats by Vanessa Mooncie Review

    Simple Crocheted Hats Book
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    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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