• Crochet Book Reviews

    Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley – A Crochet Book Review

    Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley cover image with a furls crochet hook underneath.
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    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.

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    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

  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Dinosaurs to Crochet: A Crochet Book Review

    The book Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner laying next to three toy dinosaurs
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    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

  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Christmas Ornaments to Crochet by Megan Kreiner: A Crochet Book Review

    A copy of Ornaments to Crochet by Megan Kreiner with a Harry Potter pen on top.

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    This is an unsponsored post and the thoughts/opinions are all my own.

    This week I want to tell you what NOT to do when you go to the library with a toddler.  Oh, and also review this adorable book that I got while at the library: Christmas Ornaments to Crochet: 31 Festive and Fun-to-Make Designs for a Handmade Holiday by Megan Kreiner.

    Recently I made a library trip to get myself another pile of crochet books to bring home.  I had put some books on hold and expected to be picking up 1 or 2 books.  When I got to the library with an already fussy toddler in tow, I found out that I had a lot more books waiting for me.  I was expecting a max of 2 and found there were 9.

    My first instinct was to get excited about getting my hands on those glossy pages and finding new techniques, projects and inspiration.  My fussy toddler’s first instinct was to drop on the ground and go limp.  I, being the brilliant person that I am, did not bring a bag with me.  I, also being the stubborn person that I am thought “I can do this.  Take the books to the check out, your child will suddenly comply with your requests and you’ll walk out of here a superstar.”  I am an idiot.  None of those things happened.

    My daughter decided that this was the day to experiment with running away, screaming in public and rolling around on the floor.  While trying to balance 9 books under one arm, I tried to hold my daughter with the other arm and make my way to the librarian’s desk.  Well, my daughter wasn’t having that.  She wriggled out of my grip and after running a few feet away, dropped to the ground while screaming.  A smart person would take their child and leave.  I am not that smart person.

    After what felt like forever, I was able to get to the librarian’s desk with both my screaming child and my books.  The librarian offered to help me and lent me a bag to carry the books in.  I was so grateful to this woman for not just helping me but for not judging me and my child’s tantrum that was happening in the library. I can now tell you from experience that a toddler’s screaming never sounds louder than when you’re in the library.  It may not seem like a huge gesture but in that moment, when my stress level was through the roof and my hands were full, this woman felt like my saviour.  So if you’re ever reading this: Thank you so much for your kindness and making my day so much better.

    Christmas Ornaments to Crochet by Megan Kreiner - A Crochet Book Review by The Loopy Lamb

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    In this nightmare of a trip, I picked up Megan Kreiner’s book “Christmas Ornaments to Crochet: 31 Festive and Fun-to-Make Designs for a Handmade Holiday“.  I’m so glad that I persevered to bring these books home or I would not have remembered to go back for this book.

    “Christmas Ornaments to Crochet” is a book of mini amigurumi Christmas ornaments that are beyond adorable.  Some of the projects include:

    – a Christmas tree
    – Santa and Mrs. Claus
    – Woodland creatures: Owl, Fox and Moose
    – Baby’s first Christmas ornaments and,
    – A nativity scene, complete with Camel, Donkey and Christmas star

    Megan’s designs are clear, easy to follow and come with illustrations to assist you in various steps like attaching limbs or doing embroidery.  The pictures are clear and fill me with Christmas anticipation.

    One of my favourite things that Megan has included is how to make decorative wire ornament hangers. These are gorgeous and I need to hit Michaels up for some wire ASAP to make some. Instructions are also given on how to customize/personalize the hangers with things like adding gems or initials and dates to the hangers.   Combine this with her fun and easy designs and you can make some seriously awesome stuff using her book.  I don’t know anyone on my Christmas list that wouldn’t be impressed when receiving something made from this book.

    So if you’re interested in checking out Megan’s book “Christmas Ornaments to Crochet: 31 Festive and Fun-to-Make Designs for a Handmade Holiday”, it’s definitely worth checking out.

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    Christmas Ornaments to Crochet by Megan Kreiner - A Crochet Book Review by The Loopy Lamb
  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Crochet Book Review: The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs

    Crochet Book Review: The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic & Original Patterns
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    Today I’ll share my crochet book review of the book The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic and Original Patterns by Linda P. Schapp and the story of how I came across this gem.

    From the second that I picked up a crochet hook and took those first steps to learning the basics, I was hooked (<—see overused but still apt pun here).  I have always loved to create and when I was younger, I always had this urge to create something and sometimes struggled to find an outlet that held my interest for long.  Then I set out to learn crochet and I finally found that outlet that I had been searching for.

    My first crochet project was a headband.  It was too big, my tension was a nightmare but it was mine.  Bringing my completed project home, I dove headfirst into the never-ending rabbit hole that is Pinterest.  I was obsessed with finding new information, seeking to expand my skill set.  I joined Facebook crochet groups, watched Youtube videos and pinned on Pinterest until the wee hours of the morning.  There are crazy amounts of information out there!  If you’re not careful, you look up from your screen and realize that you have spent an hour on Pinterest when you only meant to spend 5 minutes.

    I checked online to see what kind of books I could find on crochet.  My initial search on Amazon for “crochet books” yielded 30,000 results.  30,000!   On an initial scroll-through, most books were priced at around $30.  I wasn’t prepared to drop $30 on a book I hadn’t yet touched and been able to flip through in person.

    A Crazy Girl In The Library

    My next step was checking out my local library to see if there were any books on crochet available to borrow.  My first trip to the library, I checked out over a dozen books.  Looking at the Librarian’s face as she saw me checking out so many books on crochet, I knew exactly what she was thinking.  “This girl is a PSY-CHO!”  I didn’t care.  Placing my books in my crochet market bag (obviously), I set off for home to devour these wonderful new treasure troves of information.

    That day, my daughter decided that nap time was optional so my books would have to wait.  Since I am a weirdo, every time I looked at the books waiting in my bag I thought “I’ll read you my pretties, and your author bios too”. Cue: maniacal laugh.  Look, the blog name is The Loopy Lamb.  I love puns, and I’m (more than) a little loopy.

    After looking at all the books I decided that what I had been looking for was a book on various stitch designs.  The library only had three available to borrow and some psycho that took out more than a dozen books had all three of them… oh wait, that was me.  After reviewing all three, I decided that I liked “The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs – 500 Classic and Original Patterns” by Linda P. Schapper the best.  It just also happened to be on sale on Amazon and I had Amazon Prime, so it was a no brainer.  Two days later, I had the book in my hands.

    The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic & Original Patterns Review. A crochet book review by The Loopy Lamb

    The Best Things About The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs:

    My two favourite things about this book are that:

    1. It has a pictoral index.  When I’m searching for inspiration or wanting to reference a stitch design whose name I can’t recall (thanks mommy brain!), I can look at the pictures and find it quickly.

    2. The instructions are clear and easy for beginners and it gives you the multiples needed to implement it in your own project.  Basic stitches are clearly illustrated in the front of the book.  There is also a guide to international crochet symbols.  Each stitch design has an image of the crocheted design as well as the chart and written instructions.  Before I bought this book I could not read a crochet chart to save my life but after using this book and seeing the side-by-side chart and written instructions, I can confidently say that I understand the basics now.

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    The book is broken down into sections which is great too.  If you’re looking for a stitch design using a certain type of stitch, you’ll find this helpful.  I have used this feature to look for a design many, many times.  The other day I was wanting to find a design that featured a cluster stitch.  Flip to section 17 and there are all your cluster stitches.  The sections are all helpfully outlined in the contents section of the book which makes finding the section you’re looking for a breeze.

    What Could Be Improved

    The one thing that I’m not crazy about is that stitch design images are done in white yarn with a coloured background behind the design.  It really makes the book seem dated.   If I was shopping the shelves at Indigo, this book would not have drawn my eye and made me go “get in my buggy!”  Doing the designs all in white can illustrate the designs more clearly and I appreciate that fact.  However, mixing things up with another light colour could maybe make the book a bit more visually appealing.

    Additionally, none of the designs have names.  This makes it difficult to reference a stitch design when describing it to someone else.  It isn’t a deal breaker but it would be nice to have had it included.

    Overall, I think it gives you a nice variety of different stitch variations and when I’m in a crochet rut, flipping through the pages always gives me a flare of inspiration.  As for the price of the book, it was pretty reasonable. The cover price (at the time I bought it) was $22.95 CAD and $19.95 USD so at approximately $0.05/stitch design, it’s a great buy. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced crocheter, this book has something to offer everyone.

    If you’re interested in getting yourself a copy of The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs by Linda P. Schapp, you can find it on Amazon by clicking HERE.

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