Beginner’s Guide To Crochet
Sarah Shrimpton • David and Charles, £14.99 from
This cheerful book is enthusiastic about the joys of crochet and wants everyone to be able to join in! It starts with an introduction to the
basics, then tutorials for chains and double crochet are followed with a simple pattern for a cafetiere cosy, so you can create something practical straight away. This pattern is followed through the book, as increases lead to a bunting pattern, stitch patterns lead to chunky lace scarfs, working in the round to basic amigurumi, and much more. You’ll be hooked in no time!
Amigurumi Fairy Tales
Tessa van Riet-Ernst • Amigurumipatterns.net, £11.50
This book contains a selection of patterns to make eight fairy tale scenes, from the Ugly Duckling to Goldilocks and the Three Bears. There’s a guide to the basics and amigurumi techniques before you begin, and the patterns cover a good range from suitable for beginners to more advanced. Any of the dolls would make a much-loved toy, and we especially like the quirky details such as Snow White’s perfect black curls.
Crochet So Lovely
Kristin Omdahl • Interweave, £16.99
This collection of designs by Kristin Omdahl was put together with one simple
question asked by the author: “If money were no object and I was going on
a very special date with Prince Charming, would I still wear this?” The adorable designs in this book have all given an answer of yes. The result is a stunning collection of garments and accessories – we want to hook them all! Favourites include a delicate Corset-Tied Cardi, a stunning spiral shrug in Bruges lace and the drapey Trapeze Tank.
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